Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Wendy Greuel, Eric Garcetti each top $4 million mark in fundraising

Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association mayoral debate.

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With 12 days until the primary, Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti remain virtually tied in fundraising. At the same time, the Greuel campaign released a graphic defending her claim that as controller, she has identified $160 million in waste, fraud and abuse.

Wendy Greuel Truth Squad

Wendy Greuel Campaign

Wendy Greuel's campaign released this graphic on social media Thursday to defend against allegations that numbers from her audits as controller are not accurate.

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.


Jerry Brown goes to Washington to build relationships with other governors

Gov. Jerry Brown

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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 touts LA Times endorsement in new TV spots

Eric Garcetti

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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.


Maven's Morning Coffee: mayor's race gets nasty, Eric Garcetti's high school friends help him out, city attorney talks about Skid Row

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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.


California GOP House members shifting to the center on immigration reform

Rep. Darrell Issa Republican National Convention

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Republican Congressman Darrell Issa of Vista says Congress has to consider citizenship for those who "are capable of meeting all the responsibilities."

President Obama called Republican Senators this week to talk about immigration reform. The House is content to wait until the Senate acts, but the President – and immigration activists – may want to call on California GOP members who are sounding more open to immigration reform than any time in the recent past.
It’s a different conversation about immigration these days among most Republican members of Congress from California.
GOP Congressmen John Campbell of Irvine calls the current immigration system "broken." Jeff Denham of Turlock says we "really have to address the issue" of the 11 million undocumented people in the U.S. today. And Darrell Issa of Vista says we "have to consider" citizenship for those who "are capable of meeting all the responsibilities."
Citizenship has been the line-in-the-sand Democrats have drawn on immigration reform. In the past, some moderates in the GOP embraced legalization for undocumented residents. But many on the right labeled any kind of legal status as “amnesty.” However, more Republicans are now bowing to political realities after Latinos overwhelmingly voted for Democrats in November.