With just 12 days to go until the primary, mayoral frontrunners Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel remain neck-and-neck in fundraising, according to the latest figures filed to the City of L.A. Ethics Commission.
Between Jan. 20 and Feb. 16, Garcetti raised $452,819, bringing his total to $4.13 million. During the same time, Greuel raised $473,582, giving her a grand total of $4.07 million. (Both candidates have each qualified for an additional $667,000 in matching funds.)
The Greuel campaign has also benefited from $1.2 million in independent expenditures from political action committees, including Working Californians and the Police Protective League. A PAC supporting Garcetti is expected to start spending after the primary. He and Greuel are virtually tied in the polls and are expected to advance to the May 21 runoff.
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Jerry Brown is in Washington, D.C. for the annual meeting of the nation's governors. A couple of them have recently visited the Golden State, seeking to woo businesses away.
Gov. Jerry Brown is in Washington for the annual gathering of governors from around the country, and he'll have his work cut out for him.
Unlike his predecessor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, Democrat Brown is a rare visitor to the nation’s capitol. Last winter, he attended the National Governors Association’s meeting but also met with a cabinet secretary to talk about Medi-Cal reimbursement. This year, the Governor’s office says his only agenda is to “build relationships” with other governors.
He may have some work to do.
Earlier this month, Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry ran ads in California inviting businesses to “check out Texas.” Brown called the ads “barely a fart.” A second governor, Republican Terry Branstad of Iowa, is in California this week to deliver the message that it's less expensive to do business in the Hawkeye State.
Last fall, another GOP governor, Chris Christie of New Jersey, called Brown an “old retread.” The 74-year old Californian challenged Christie to a three-mile race, pushups and chin-ups. The portly Christie declined to take him up on the offer.
Brown will join other governors at a Monday meeting with the President. He’s also expected to talk with fellow governors about California’s climate change law.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The headline on an earlier version if this story inaccurately stated that Gov. Brown was in D.C. to "repair" relationships with other governors.
Eric Garcetti's mayoral campaign is running two new TV spots, highlighting his endorsement from the Los Angeles Times.
Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times backed Eric Garcetti for mayor and now the words of that endorsement are appearing in two 15-second television ads.
The Garcetti campaign is running two spots – “Potential” and “Leadership.” In the first spot, a voiceover quotes The Times as saying: “He shows the most potential to lead L.A. into a more sustainable and confident feature.” The second ad highlights Garcetti’s work on the budget, pension reform and revitalizing neighborhoods.
Wendy Greuel sent out an attack mailer this week, hitting at rivals Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti for questioning the math in her audits.
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Today is Thursday, Feb. 21, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Controller Wendy Greuel is hitting back at opponents Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti for pointing out that her figure of $160 million in identified waste is inflated, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The mailer was significant because it signaled Greuel's approach to taking down her rivals, revealing a crucial part of her campaign strategy to independent committees that are spending more than $1 million for advertising on her behalf," according to the newspaper.
Republican Congressman Darrell Issa of Vista says Congress has to consider citizenship for those who "are capable of meeting all the responsibilities."