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Hilda Solis resignation opens up possible run for LA County Supervisor

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El Monte native Hilda Solis has served in the both houses of the state legislature and in the House of Representatives.

Hilda Solis was vague about her future when she issued a statement announcing her resignation as President Obama’s labor secretary Wednesday.

"After much discussion with family and close friends, I have decided to begin a new future, and return to the people and places I love and that have inspired and shaped my life,” Solis said.

For some time, various politicos have suggested she might run for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina’s First District seat.  Molina is termed out next year.

Solis has deep roots in the communities east of downtown L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley that make up the First District.  She got her political start serving on the Rio Hondo School Board and went on to represent parts of the area in the state assembly, state senate and Congress.  She has excellent name recognition and no doubt an extensive fundraising network.

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Garcetti campaign spins lack of endorsement from LA County Democrats

Eric Garcetti Twitter

Garcetti Campaign

The Garcetti campaign tweeted this picture after the Los Angeles County Democratic Party declined to endorse him in the 2013 mayor's race.

Well, this is one way to turn lemons into lemonade.

The Los Angeles County Democratic Party decided Tuesday night not to make an endorsement in the L.A. mayor’s race, which is nonpartisan. However, that didn’t stop Eric Garcetti from touting a “victory.”

“I'm honored to have received the most votes from LA County Democratic Party delegates!” he sent from his campaign Twitter account. The Tweet was accompanied by a photo of Garcetti with the caption: “Thank you Democrats!”

And he’s correct – as least as far as the numbers.

In the first round of voting, Garcetti received 84 votes. That’s compared to Wendy Greuel’s 76 and Jan Perry’s 15. In the next round, with Perry out of the picture, Garcetti had 83 votes to Greuel’s 75. (Republican Kevin James did not seek the group’s endorsement; Emanuel Pleitez was not present.) However, those figures weren’t enough to get either candidate an endorsement from the party.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: accusations in mayor's race, endorsements from Democratic Party, Jerry Brown "raring to go"

Wendy Greuel

Wendy Greuel Campaign

The Los Cerritos Community News published several years of Wendy Greuel's public calendar. Rival Kevin James says those documents show she campaigned for mayor on city time. The controller denies any wrongdoing.

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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 9, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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Did Controller Wendy Greuel inappropriately conduct campaign business on city time? That's the charge from mayoral candidate Kevin James, according to the Los Angeles Times and Daily News. He pointed to her public calendar, which was posted by the Los Cerritos Community News. Greuel denies any wrongdoing.

The Los Angeles County Democratic Party declined to endorse in the mayor's race, reports KPCC. The party backed Mike Feuer for city attorney and Ron Galperin for controller.

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Democrats refuse to endorse a candidate in Los Angeles mayor’s race

LA County Democratic Party Central Committee Endorsement Meeting

Frank Stolze

A box holding the votes of members of the LA County Democratic Party Central Committee as they vote at a meeting on January 8, 2013 on who the party will endorse in the upcoming election.

In a hot and crowded meeting room on Wilshire Boulevard Tuesday night, Democrats declined to enter the early fray of the race for Los Angeles mayor.

To win the official stamp of the L.A. County Democratic Party, a candidate must garner the support of 60 percent of the voting members of the Central Committee.

During the first ballot, City Councilman Eric Garcetti won 84 votes, City Controller Wendy Greuel received 76, and City Councilwoman Jan Perry picked up 15. 

After Perry was eliminated, the vote was Garcetti 83, Greuel 75. The primary election is March 5. The party can still endorse someone in the May general election.

Candidate Kevin James, a Republican, did not seek the Democratic endorsement. Emanuel Pleitez was not present.

After weeks of courting fellow Democrats by phone and by mail, Garcetti and Greuel moved throughout the room shaking hands and patting backs – even as the air conditioning struggled and the temperature soared. Neither took their coats off, as they delivered impassioned pleas for support.

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Major women's group backs Eric Garcetti for mayor

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Howard Pasamanick

Eric Garcetti was endorsed Tuesday by the California National Organization for Women PAC.

The California chapter of the National Organization for Women endorsed Eric Garcetti Tuesday in his bid to become Los Angeles’ next mayor.

NOW declined to endorse either of the leading female candidates – Jan Perry and Wendy Greuel. Los Angeles has never had a female mayor. 

The NOW chapter’s president, Patricia Bellasalma, pointed to Garcetti’s work on domestic violence and gender equality as the basis of the endorsement.

“We asked which candidate has the vision needed to move Los Angeles forward and who would be most willing to create a more equal playing field for the city’s almost 2 million women and girls. The answer to that question – without hesitation – was Eric Garcetti,” she said.

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Last May, Greuel's campaign announced the formation of "Women for Wendy," a committee that the candidate said would help "get one step closer to breaking that glass ceiling and electing our city’s first woman mayor.” 

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