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South Los Angeles city council candidates work to mobilize voters for May runoff election

Curren Price Ana Cubas

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State Sen. Curren Price and former City Hall staffer Ana Cubas will face one another in the May 21 runoff.

Ana Cubas

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The campaign of Ana Cubas, center, is organizing loyal supporters in the hopes they'll sway neighbors to vote in the election.

Curren Price

Curren Price campaign website

State Sen. Curren Price is tapping into the network of South LA's churches to mobilize voters.


There’s been considerable civic angst about the low voter turnout in L.A.’s March 5 primary, which was just 20 percent. In some parts of the city, such as Council District 9 in South L.A., it was even lower. 

Only 15 percent of the district’s registered voters came out for the primary, so both campaigns are mobilizing to get a bigger turnout for the May 21 runoff. Each is taking a different approach. In the case of Ana Cubas, campaign volunteer Evelia Palmero says going door-to-door is an important strategy.

“When you call on the phone sometimes they just hang up on you," Palmero said. "But face to face, you are able to dialogue with the people, exchange ideas and when they have a question, you can always clarify the point.” 

Curren Price’s campaign has a different strategy. The state senator appears before neighborhood groups, but – as is tradition for black candidates throughout the nation – he’s tapping into the network of churches. Every Monday morning at Mount Mariah Church in South LA, there’s a meeting of the local Baptist Ministers Conference, which is led by Pastor Xavier Thompson.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Eric Garcetti's military service, women back Wendy Greuel, Republican files papers to run for governor

Nowruz celebrations 2013

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The Los Angeles Times explores Eric Garcetti's military service.

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Today is Friday, April 5, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

The Los Angeles Times looks at Eric Garcetti's service in the Navy Reserve. "For me there was a decision, would I ... regret it for the rest of my life if I didn't serve, especially in the time after 9/11 and especially given my own family's experience?" Garcetti tells The Times.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed Wendy Greuel for mayor during a roundtable discussion with other female politicians, reports KPCC. "You want to talk about increasing the number of women in government, in politics? Lower the role of money, increase the level of civility, and you will have more women and you will make more progress, have a better result," Pelosi says.

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Nancy Pelosi backs Wendy Greuel for mayor

Wendy Greuel

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Leading female politicians came out Thursday to support the Wendy Greuel mayoral campaign. From left to right, Rep. Janice Hahn, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Wendy Greuel, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Judy Chu and former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Roz Wyman.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel Thursday. The support came during a roundtable discussion with other leading female politicians at the Feminist Majority Foundation. 

If she’s elected on May 21st, Greuel would become the first female mayor of Los Angeles. That point was driven home during the afternoon event. On one side of Greuel sat U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn. On the other side were U.S. Rep.  Judy Chu, former L.A. City Councilwoman Roz Wyman and Pelosi.

It was on a flight to the West Coast from Washington, D.C. that Boxer talked to her Congressional colleague about stepping into the mayor's race.

"Nancy Pelosi could not escape from me in the airplane because she said to me, 'I’m really thinking about it,' and I basically said, 'What’s there to think about?'" Boxer said.

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Emily's List backs candidate in South LA council race

Ana Cubas

Emily's List endorsed Ana Cubas Thursday for the Los Angeles City Council's Ninth District.

Emily's List, an organization dedicated to electing Democratic, pro-choice women, is growing its presence in Los Angeles' May 21 election by endorsing a candidate in the race for the L.A. City Council's Ninth District. 

Emily's List endorsed Ana Cubas, former chief of staff to Councilman Jose Huizar. 

"California has a rich history of women’s leadership, and Emily's List is proud to continue being a part of that tradition by endorsing Ana Cubas," said Denise Feriozzi, political director for the group. "She is a champion for education reform who is committed to fighting for the families of District 9, and we are thrilled to support her candidacy."

Cubas is running against State Sen. Curren Price to replace Councilwoman Jan Perry, who is being termed out after 12 years in office. Perry is the only woman on the 15-member council. The makeup of the council that takes office on July 1 will have no more than two women. (The special election to fill the council's Sixth District seat, also on May 21, could ultimately go to a woman.)   

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown to China, voting systems in LA County, arsenic emissions in Vernon

California Governor Jerry Brown Unveils State Pension Reform Program

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Gov. Jerry Brown will travel to China next week to open a trade office and promote environmental regulations.

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Today is Thursday, April 4, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Gov. Jerry Brown is headed to China next week to promote environmental protections and open a trade office, according to the Los Angeles Times. "We're going to facilitate billions of dollars of investments ... Not overnight, but over time," the governor says.

NPR looks at why Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will not be succeeded by a major Latino politician. "From the beginning what I've said is in this the most diverse city ... we need the bridge builders, the coalition builders," Villaraigosa says.

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