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Looking back at last night's LA Mayoral debate

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City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel greet audience members before taking part in a mayoral debate at USC Health Sciences Campus in Mayer Auditorium on Monday. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Only two weeks are left until voters, or at least some of them, go to the polls to elect L.A.'s next mayor. Candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti ended a busy weekend of campaigning with a debate last night at USC. And while the two did manage to find common ground on some issues, each of them also outlined why they'd be the best choice to be the city's next mayor. A few weeks ago, polls showed Garcetti with a pretty strong lead.  Greuel says her internal polls show a much tighter race. 

Greuel's campaign - and in some cases independent groups supporting her - have been running some pretty tough ads against Garcetti.  And he's firing back, saying she's beholden to labor unions and won't be independent. 

With more is James Rainey, political columnist for the L.A. Times. 

A Martinez had an extended chat with Wendy Greuel that we'll air tomorrow, and Alex Cohen's interview with Eric Garcetti will air on Wednesday's program.

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