AirTalk for April 16, 2012

How will L.A.’s mayoral race shake out?

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Residents turn out to vote in mid-term elections at a polling place inside a luxury car dealer in Beverly Hills, California.

The top-tier candidates are neck and neck with a year to go until polling day. A survey of 1,600 Angeleno voters show Wendy Greuel, Zev Yaroslavsky (who hasn't entered officially), and Eric Garcetti getting 24 percent, 23 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

That's among voters who already have a pick, according to the Center for the Study of Los Angeles. But nearly two out of three registered voters don't know their pick yet. And it is early days. Financier Austin Beutner has yet to spend his money on a campaign. There is also City Councilwoman Jan Perry who secured a solid 17 percent in that survey; radio personality & attorney Kevin James; and more question marks.

What are the top issues for the city now and going forward? What kind of leader does the city need? Who might get the endorsement from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and how much could that help? Which interest groups have the muscle to help these candidates?

Guests:

Jim Newton, Columnist and Editor-at-Large for the Los Angeles Times; Author, "Eisenhower: The White House Years;"

Frank Stoltze, KPCC Reporter


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