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Mailers confuse party endorsements in race for Los Angeles' mayor

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Despite its appearance, this mailer is not affiliated with the Democratic Party. In fact, candidates paid thousands of dollars to appear in the booklet, which was sent to registered Democrats.

Eric Garcetti is often described as a liberal progressive, but is he (secretly) a Republican? One slate mailer implies that’s the case.

Candidates pay to appear in slate mailers that are targeted to select groups of voters. Despite his liberal credentials, Garcetti paid $8,000 to appear on a mailer that is titled “Continuing the Republican Revolution.”

Did Garcetti switch his party affiliation? No, according to the campaign.

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“Eric has a broad base of support across Los Angeles, including many Republicans,” says Jeff Millman, a spokesman for the campaign. “They particularly like Eric’s leadership on enacting pension reform, cutting business taxes and standing up to the special interests at the DWP that want to buy the election for Wendy Greuel.”

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Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel locked in tight race heading into Election Day

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Mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti are in a dead heat, according to polls released by the Los Angeles Times and ABC 7.

Los Angeles mayor race 2013 Two surveys released in as many days differ on which candidate leads in the mayoral primary, but both polls agree – it’s close.

A Survey USA/ ABC 7 poll released Monday found Controller Wendy Greuel leading the pack with 28 percent, though Councilman Eric Garcetti was hot on her heels at 26 percent. From there, the survey found former prosecutor Kevin James at 15 percent; Councilwoman Jan Perry at 12 percent; and former tech executive Emanuel Pleitez at 9 percent.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: race is on in CD13, Greuel and Garcetti locked in dead heat, California's Republicans get new chairman

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KPCC looks at the competitive race for the Los Angeles City Council's Thirteenth District.

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Today is Monday, March 4, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the mayor's race has a tab of $14 million, the campaign is on in the Sixth District, and more staff members depart the Villaraigosa Administration.

The Los Angeles Times' architecture critic looks at what projects the next mayor should take on: LAX, the Los Angeles River and Pershing Square make the list.

With just one day until the primary, the mayoral candidates are attacking each other throughout the city, reports the Los Angeles Times. Wendy Greuel knocked Eric Garcetti for his connection to an oil lease and Jan Perry for her financial problems back in the 1990s. Perry hit back at Greuel for the attack. A USC Price/ Los Angeles Times poll finds Greuel and Garcetti are in a dead heat.

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GRAPHICS: Memorable quotes from the top 5 LA mayoral candidates

Los Angeles Mayor race 2013 We've started collecting some particularly memorable and/or interesting quotes from the Los Angeles mayoral candidates. Do you have any suggestions for quotes you've heard from the candidates that should be included? Let us know in the comments.

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Thousands of students to rally for tuition roll back at public universities and colleges

A crowd of up to 5,000 students plans to rally at the State Capitol Monday to demand more funding for higher education.  

Student groups from the University of California, California State University and community colleges want tuition rolled back to pre-recession levels.  
 
When California’s economy tanked in 2007, state revenues plummeted and lawmakers cut funding for higher education. University administrators responded by hiking the cost of tuition.

"Tuition has risen over the last decade by over 300 percent," says Darius Kemp, an organizer with the University of California Student Association. He says higher tuition costs make college too expensive for many California families.

"If we were looking at this from the price of bread, the price of milk, the price of gas, no one would sit around and say gas prices going up in a decade by 300 percent in a good thing," he says. 

Kemp says students threw their support behind Proposition 30, the governor’s sales and income tax hike to boost funding for education. He says now that the revenue’s rolling in, those students want the state to share the wealth and keep its promise to make a college education in California affordable.

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