Wendy Greuel, seen here on election night, used a speech at UCLA to address "the political establishment and the media" who have questioned whether she would be beholden to labor if elected mayor.
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Today is Wednesday, April 3, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
In a speech at UCLA, Wendy Greuel told her supporters she would be an independent mayor, despite criticism that she would be beholden to labor because of the money unions have spent to back her campaign. "My opponent seems to think I should apologize for having earned the support of working people. When he's not out pandering to them for their endorsement, (Eric) Garcetti throws the word 'union' around like it's a slur, and has even called L.A.'s working people 'power brokers', " she said in her speech. Los Angeles Times, KPCC, LAObserved, LA Weekly
A Garcetti campaign mailer targeting African-American voters shows the mayoral campaign with the president. Garcetti served as chairman of then-candidate Obama's California campaign in 2008
President Obama’s spokesman, Jay Carney, made it clear Tuesday: his boss will steer clear of the Los Angeles mayor’s race. Here’s the official transcript from a White House briefing where Carney was asked about the issue.
Q: “Is the President planning on weighing in on the Los Angeles mayor’s race? Eric Garcetti has been a big supporter of the President over the years.”
MR. CARNEY: “I appreciate the question. In keeping with past practice, when there is a primary, a Democratic primary in a race like this, we’re not — the President won’t endorse any candidate.”
Of course, it's not a primary, and it's not a partisan race, but you get the idea. President Obama doesn’t want to get involved in a race between two loyal Democrats, City Councilman Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel. That’s doesn’t mean the president doesn’t like Garcetti.
Controller Wendy Greuel, seen here on election night for the primary, gave an aggressive speech Tuesday intended to quiet critics who say she may be overly influenced by support from labor.
Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel rebooted her campaign Tuesday with a speech that defended her support from City Hall unions and attacked her opponent, Eric Garcetti, as someone who “is good at handshakes, but who won’t stand by his work or his commitment.”
Greuel also used the speech to criticize the media for focusing on the $2.1 million that labor spent to support her in the primary. In a briefing with reporters, Greuel said Garcetti chose to “demonize” City Hall unions after failing to win their support.
“When he’s not out pandering to them for their endorsement, Garcetti throws the word ‘union’ around like it’s a slur, and has even called L.A.’s working people ‘power brokers,’” Greuel said.
Her comments came just after former mayoral candidate Kevin James endorsed Garcetti for mayor.
Kevin James, left, endorsed onetime rival mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti outside the Van Nuys branch of L.A.'s City Hall Tuesday.
James said he ran to provide an independent voice at City Hall, and he concluded that Garcetti was the more independent of the two finalists. He also saw Garcetti as more able to focus on economic development and job creation.
“Eric has demonstrated some independence from the traditional power interests inside City Hall. That is important as we move forward as a city,” James told reporters and others as he stood alongside Garcetti at the steps of the Van Nuys City Hall building.
James has been critical of Greuel's support from labor unions, saying she would be beholden to them when key contracts come up for renewal next year. Greuel countered with her own press briefing Tuesday, accusing Garcetti of "demonizing" the unions.
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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 2, 2013.
When the Senate returns from its Easter break next week, one of its first votes is expected to be on a gun violence measure. Some Republican Senators have threatened a filibuster. Any gun control measure that survives the Senate will face stiff opposition in the GOP-led House.
The positions of California lawmakers on gun issues are shaped by political philosophy – but also geography and personal experience.
The Big Bear Shootout
Freshman Republican Congressman Paul Cook represents a rural California district that includes Big Bear, where ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner ended his shooting rampage. That happened on Feb. 12, just hours before President Obama prodded Congress for new gun control legislation in his State of the Union address.
Cook says the Dorner incident could well turn his constituents against gun control. He says that’s part of the reason why they’re "very sensitive about having their own personal weapon, that they can defend themselves against somebody that comes in there."