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Greuel beating Garcetti in race for prominent elected Latino endorsements [UPDATED]

Garden Party In Honor Of LA Pride

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California Assembly Speaker John Perez has endorsed Wendy Greuel over Eric Garcetti for Los Angeles mayor

Most elected Latino leaders who have announced a preference in the Los Angeles mayor’s race are lining up behind Wendy Greuel.

The latest endorsement came Monday from State Assembly Speaker John Perez, one of California’s most powerful Democrats.

“Wendy understands the needs of working people and of business owners alike, and can bring them together to rebuild our economy,” said Perez, who represents downtown L.A. in the Assembly.  “Wendy will be a fighter for Angelenos across the city and she has my enthusiastic support.”

Perez brings a lot to Greuel’s campaign.  He is a former union organizer closely tied to the powerful L.A. County Federation of Labor.  He is one of the country’s most prominent openly gay elected officials.  And he is the cousin of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

He joins L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina, Congressman-elect Tony Cardenas, State Senator Alex Padilla, United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta and a number of other Latino elected leaders in backing Greuel, the L.A. City Controller, over her chief rival Councilman Eric Garcetti.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Latinas run for LA City Council, public transit ridership goes up, lawsuit filed after Huizar crash

Ana Cubas

Ana Cubas Campaign

The Daily News looks at Latinas running for the Los Angeles City Council in 2013. Above, Ana Cubas, a candidate for the Ninth District.

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Today is Monday, Dec. 10, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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Latinas are running for the Los Angeles City Council, reports the Daily News. Gloria Molina was sworn into council 25 years ago -- and she's the last Latina to serve. "It just makes L.A. look bad," said Ana Cubas, who is running for the Ninth District.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Wendy Greuel gets a new hairstyle, UFLAC gets new leadership, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gets back to work after two weeks in South America.

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Democrats divided on how much to expand MediCal under healthcare reform law

SCA 5 fallout

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State Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) says "health and human services has been the stepchild of the budget process forever.”

California's plan to expand MediCal as part of federal healthcare reform is now being reconsidered as the state measures the financial burden that will ultimately come.

Nearly 8 million Californians use MediCal, the state’s healthcare program for low income residents. When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, state officials committed to expanding the program — especially since the federal government agreed to pick up most of the tab.

If California implements the full expansion, it could enroll 1.5 million uninsured adults. But the Gov. Jerry Brown's administration appears to be backing away from full expansion.

At a recent symposium on healthcare reform, California's Secretary of Health and Human Services, Diana Dooley, said there’s a risk in moving too fast.

“I don’t want to be on the hook for promising things we can’t deliver,” Dooley told hundreds of healthcare advocates. “So if we disappoint early because we didn’t go as far as people want, it’s because we have to build this on a solid foundation and be ready to make it real over the long-term.”

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Leading mayoral candidates announce endorsements from Latino elected officials

Supervisor Gloria Molina

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County Supervisor Gloria Molina endorsed Wendy Greuel for mayor Friday. Meanwhile, Ed Reyes backed his City Council colleague Eric Garcetti.

The two leading candidates for mayor of Los Angeles released dueling endorsements Friday, each highlighting support from prominent Latino politicians. 

Ed Reyes endorsed his L.A. City Council colleague Eric Garcetti. They have served together since 2001. 

Reyes issued a statement that said: “For more than a decade, Council member Eric Garcetti has been a strong and independent voice for the people of Los Angeles. He marshaled this city through our most challenging economic times while preserving jobs and saving taxpayers millions of dollars. His experience and strong leadership are what Los Angeles needs.”

After that announcement, City Controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel countered with a statement of endorsement from Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. 

“Wendy Greuel will focus on creating jobs, reducing traffic congestion and strengthening our public schools,” Molina said. 

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's poet laureate, City Hall avoids layoffs, attacks in the city attorney's race

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce the city's first poet laureate later this morning.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 7, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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The city of Los Angeles has its first poet laureate: Eloise Klein Healy. "She writes lovingly of helicopters and bougainvillea, of strip malls and Santa Anas. Car thefts and stabbings are part of the backdrop. Freeways wind freely through her verse," according to the Los Angeles Times.

Despite threats of layoffs, the Los Angeles Police Department and Personnel Department both say they've found the $3 million needed to keep almost 100 employees in their jobs through the end of June, reports KPCC. City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana advocated for the layoffs, noting the city is missing out on $55 million in anticipated revenues.

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