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Bill Clinton stumps for Wendy Greuel at iconic LA deli (updated)
Former president Bill Clinton came to Los Angeles Saturday to make a public show of support for mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel.
Appearing at Langer’s deli in the Westlake neighborhood, Clinton praised Greuel’s work with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. He also referenced her work with the LA’s BEST after-school program.
“One of the things you need to do is to go out and tell people that the mayor’s job is a job that makes a big difference in their lives and we can’t tolerate, in this condition of the economy, the kind of low turnout you always have in these mayors’ races,” Clinton said.
In the March 5 primary, just 21 percent of L.A.’s registered voters completed a ballot.
In order for Greuel to win the May 21 runoff against Councilman Eric Garcetti, she needs to show voters her true self, Clinton said.
Friday roundup of news from LA's mayoral candidates
Here's what's happening Friday in the race to be Los Angeles' next mayor:
- The Wendy Greuel campaign is on a roll this week, releasing a third television commercial. This one goes negative and highlights Eric Garcetti's vote on digital billboards as well as an oil lease his family owns near Beverly Hills High School. A the time of the billboards vote, the councilman held stock in a billboard company. "Eric Garcetti. In it for himself," the ad says. (It's worth mentioning that all of the city's digital billboards went dark this week following a court order.)
- The Garcetti campaign responded to the ad, noting that both Greuel and Garcetti voted in favor of digital billboards in 2006. Also, his billboard investment, which Garcetti's camp says he has since sold, was noted on state and city ethics forms.
LA City Council wants more info on pension investments in gun businesses
The L.A. City Council asked for more information Friday on how much employees' pension funds may be invested with gun and ammunition companies.
After the mass school shooting in Newton, Connecticut, elected officials requested the information, but months have gone by and the city council is still looking for answers.
A report from the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System found about $158 million with companies that manufacture and sell guns and ammunition. The largest piece of that — $151 million — is invested in retailers such as Wal-Mart and Kroger. Another $6.7 million is with ammunition companies and $240,915 is with gun and magazine manufacturers.
It is unknown how much money the pension funds for police officers, firefighters and utility workers has invested in similar companies.
Senate immigration debate distracted by news stories
Following this week's introduction of an immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate, that body's Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on the matter Friday. But the meeting was shorter and more lightly attended than expected. Testimony by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was postponed because of the fast moving events in Boston, and committee member John Cornyn of Texas flew home after the fertilizer plant explosion near Waco.
The remaining Senators framed the debate over immigration reform.
California Democrat Dianne Feinstein touted the portion of the immigration bill she helped negotiate: a provision designed to prevent farming from migrating overseas by allowing 112,000 temporary work visas. She called it a "good, strong program" that will result in "a consistant supply of agricultural workers for our farmers."
Maven's Morning Coffee: Wendy Greuel as an outsider, Eric Garcetti's relationship with DWP, cycling in LA
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Today is Friday, April 19, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Wendy Greuel's relationship with City Hall insiders runs counter to her "outsider" message to voters, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Over the last eight years, nearly two-thirds of the council's 15 members were endorsed by Greuel, who appeared in mailers, fundraising invitations and other campaign materials promoting them," reports The Times, which also notes that Greuel supported Antonio Villaraigosa for reelection in 2009.