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Maxine Waters gives boost to Wendy Greuel's mayoral campaign

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Wendy Greuel accepted the endorsement of Rep. Maxine Waters (behind Greuel in red jacket) outside of City Hall on Monday.

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters joined the Wendy Greuel mayoral campaign Monday as a co-chair, telling supporters she will help strategize, walk precincts and fundraise.

The endorsement came as mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti picked up support from several high-profile African-American politicians: Congresswoman Karen Bass, L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson and former council members Nate Holden and Rita Walters.

Waters told reporters the dueling endorsements should be seen as activism, not division, within the black community.

RELATED: Key endorsements in the run for L.A. mayor

“We don’t like low voter turnouts," Waters said. "We don’t like people not being involved, and so when people can get excited about a race, that’s good for all of us.” 

In the March 5 primary, just 20 percent of L.A.'s registered voters participated. Of those voters, according to an exit poll from Loyola Marymount University's Center for the Study of Los Angeles, 12 percent were African-American. 

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Maven's Morning Coffee: the endorsement game, voter turnout in South Los Angeles, Republicans come to town

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Endorsements continue to roll in for the two mayoral candidates. Over the weekend, Eric Garcetti was backed by council President Herb Wesson. Later this morning, Rep. Maxine Waters will endorse Greuel.

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Today is Monday, April 8, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, a field aide to Councilman Paul Krekorian runs for Assembly, Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti disagree over poll numbers, and Burbank takes an emotional hit as the "Tonight Show" leaves.

Endorsements: Council President Herb Wesson and former Council members Nate Holden and Rita Walters backed Eric Garcetti over the weekend. Rep. Maxine Waters will endorse Wendy Greuel later this morning. Over at the Los Angeles Times, writer Jim Newton questions the importance of endorsements.

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

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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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