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Garcetti, Greuel get most show biz donations in mayor's race

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Steven Spielberg is supporting the mayoral campaign of City Controller and former Dreamworks employee Wendy Greuel.

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LA Mayoral candidate Jan Perry has the support of actor George Takei.

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LA mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti's long list of supporters includes actress Salma Hayek.

Show business companies and workers have given nearly a million dollars to candidates running in the Los Angeles mayoral race, with Councilman Eric Garcetti getting about half the money.

An analysis by the reporting partnership of 89.3 KPCC and NBC4 found that entertainment companies and their employees, along with actors, donated at least $960,000 in the mayor's race through the third quarter of 2012. Entertainment-related donations will certainly top the million-dollar mark before the March 5 primary election.

Entertainment companies have varied interests in Los Angeles. CBS, for example, owns a billboard company that has to abide by city regulations. NBC Universal has vast real estate holdings in Universal City. Disney owns El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, and parks its cruise ships at the Port of Los Angeles. 


Villaraigosa endorses Feuer in LA city attorney race

CIty Attorney candidate Mike Feuer (right) accepted the endorsement of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraisosa re-ignited a City Hall feud Thursday when he endorsed Mike Feuer for City Attorney over the incumbent, Carmen Trutanich.

Feuer is a former L.A. City Councilman and State Assemblyman who Villaraigosa said he's know for 20 years.

In 2009, Villaraigosa backed Jack Weiss for city attorney, but he lost to Trutanich.  Villaraigosa, citing the city's budget crisis, cut Trutanich's budget by more than $40 million in the current fiscal year.

But at a press conference in Boyle Heights, the mayor said his endorsement had less to do with Trutanich's performance and more with Feuer's qualitites.

“When he gets on an issue, he is tenacious, he is indefatigable, he is creative,” Villaraigosa said of Feuer.  The mayor cited Feuer’s work on gun control and Measure R, the countywide transportation tax that fell short of approval in November.


Sheila Kuehl launches committee to run for LA County Board of Supervisors

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Former member of the state Legislature Sheila Kuehl confirmed Thursday she will run for the Board of Supervisors' Third District when Zev Yaroslavsky is termed out in 2014.

Sheila Kuehl, a former member of the state Assembly and Senate, confirmed to KPCC Thursday that she will run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2014.

Kuehl will run for the Third District, which is currently represented by Zev Yaroslavsky, who will be termed out of office next year.

“It’s really the only place I can imagine using all the things that I learned in the Legislature in 14 years,” Kuehl told KPCC.

“My priorities [are] environmental, health and human services, and then the third thing really has to do with transportation.”

Members of the Board of Supervisors also serve on the Metro Board, which oversees public transportation for L.A. County. 

“I want to make certain that we continue our adherence to really developing public transit, paying attention to the way people in the county are able to get around, get to work, do what they want to do and maybe not have to use their car so much,” Kuehl said.


Maven's Morning Coffee: Hilda Solis returns to Los Angeles, Sheriff's Department sees drop in homicides, California to get new Republican leader

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Hilda Solis will leave her position as Labor Secretary and return to California. There is speculation she will run for Gloria Molina's seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

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Hilda Solis is leaving her post as Labor Secretary and there is speculation she will return to California to run for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, reports KPCC and the Los Angeles Times. Incumbent Supervisor Gloria Molina will be termed out in 2014.

Which Way, LA? looks at the city's proposed ordinance on community care facilities. Guests include Councilman Mitch Englander and Adam Murray of the Inner City Law Center.


Hilda Solis resignation opens up possible run for LA County Supervisor

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El Monte native Hilda Solis has served in the both houses of the state legislature and in the House of Representatives.

Hilda Solis was vague about her future when she issued a statement announcing her resignation as President Obama’s labor secretary Wednesday.

"After much discussion with family and close friends, I have decided to begin a new future, and return to the people and places I love and that have inspired and shaped my life,” Solis said.

For some time, various politicos have suggested she might run for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina’s First District seat.  Molina is termed out next year.

Solis has deep roots in the communities east of downtown L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley that make up the First District.  She got her political start serving on the Rio Hondo School Board and went on to represent parts of the area in the state assembly, state senate and Congress.  She has excellent name recognition and no doubt an extensive fundraising network.