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Candidates in last minute rush for votes in 28 cities in Los Angeles County

Janet Chin, Rosemead City Council candidate

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Rosemead City Council candidate Janet Chin outside her campaign office, March 2, 2013

In medium and small cities across the Los Angeles region, dozens of candidates for mayor, city council, and school board are up for re-election.

Without the war-chests -- or media coverage--big city candidates get, these aspiring public servants are spending the last hours before their elections looking for votes one on one.

Janet Chin, a school board member running for Rosemead City Council, spent much of the weekend before the vote walking precincts. She also put on a big "get out the vote" party in her campaign storefront's parking lot.

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City Attorney Trutanich cuts down on appearances after mother's death; campaign continues

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City of Los Angeles

Carmen Trutanich

Esther Trutanich, the mother of City Attorney Carmen Trutanich died Saturday of pneumonia in a San Pedro hospital. Her son is running for re-election on Tuesday's primary ballot.

Campaign spokesman John Schwada said Trutanich will not be campaigning in the few days remaining in the primary election, however he might attend a few low-key campaign events.

"In respect to the campaign the city attorney will be dealing with family matters in the next few days and will suspend his personal involvement in the campaign," Schwada said. "That is not to say that the campaign has stopped."

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City Attorney Carmen Trutanich suspends reelection campaign after death of his mother

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City Attorney Candidate Carmen Trutanich.

Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich — who is running for reelection —issued a statement Saturday saying that he is suspending his campaign indefinitely following the death of his mother, Esther, Saturday afternoon in San Pedro.

Trutanich spokesman John Schwada issued the following statement:

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich's mother, Esther, died this afternoon (Saturday, March 2, 2013) at San Pedro Hospital from complications involving pneumonia. Mrs. Trutanich had been ill for some time and had twice before been stricken with pneumonia.

City Atty. Trutanich, who is now running for reelection, said he would have no comment on his mother's passing except to say that he felt truly blessed to have been raised by such a wonderful woman. Esther is pre-deceased by her husband, Andrew. The couple had seven children, 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

The Trutanich's were married in San Pedro and raised all their children in the same house where Mrs. Trutanich lived up until a week before her death. Mrs. Trutanich spent her life as a homemaker. Her husband worked for Starkist Tuna for more than 40 years.

City Atty. Trutanich has indefinitely suspended his campaign activities to deal with family matters. Service arrangements are pending.

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Mayoral candidates pay for misleading mailer endorsements

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COPS Voter Guide

The COPS Voter Guide is a familiar sight during election season. Candidates pay to appear in the mailer, which can give the misleading perception that law enforcement has endorsed them.

A familiar sight in voters’ mailboxes every election is the COPS Voter Guide, and this season the guide shows an endorsement for Eric Garcetti’s mayoral campaign. Which means LAPD cops back Garcetti, right? Wrong.

The COPS Voter Guide is one of several mailers candidates pay to appear in. In this case, the Garcetti campaign paid $75,000 to get on the mailer, according to records with the Ethics Commission.

The mail pieces can give the incorrect impression that a party or union is backing a candidate. The Los Angeles Police Protective League endorsed Wendy Greuel for mayor – not Garcetti – and has spent $246,000 on TV and radio ads in her favor.

The COPS Voter Guide is registered in the Northern California town of Folsom. On the group's website, director Kelley Moran touts "over 20 years of experience working with public safety," and says "The candidates we support have pledged to make public safety a top priority and work with law enforcement to protect our safety."

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DWP union attacks Eric Garcetti for treating every day at City Hall like Christmas

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A new attack ad accuses Councilman Eric Garcetti of living large on the city's dime. The Garcetti campaign says the ad is out of context and ignores similar actions by opponent Wendy Greuel.

The key to the good life – filled with lavish vacations and cars – is apparently as simple as getting elected to the Los Angeles City Council, according to a new attack ad from the union representing Department of Water and Power employees.

The TV spot from the independent political action committee, Working Californians, calls out mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti for allegedly treating every day at City Hall like Christmas. In fact, Garcetti’s voice provides the ad’s background music as he sings “White Christmas” at a convalescent home.

According to the ad, Garcetti stayed at five-star hotels while the city faced financial problems, drove seven city-owned cars, and cut fire services that led to slower 911 responses. In response, a spokesman for the Garcetti campaign noted that the trip cited in the ad was paid for by the city’s three proprietary departments – airport, harbor and DWP – which have budgets separate from the city.

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