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Garcetti, Greuel head to May LA Mayor Runoff

by: Brian Leubitz

Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 07:09:01 AM PST


Mailer WarBlumenfield, Bonin win outright Council seats

by Brian Leubitz

The Los Angeles mayoral election went largely to expectations, as Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel won the top two spots and will head for the runoff. In other races, Mike Bonin won his seat outright, as did Asm. Bob Blumenfield. That, of course, means another vacancy in the Assembly and further erosion of the Democratic caucus until the seat can be filled. That being said, it was something of a scattershot night as the results rolled in.

Mike Feuer will face Carmen Trutanich in a run off for the City Attorney job, as Feuer was unable to get to the 50% mark. And unfortunately, Measure A, the sales tax increase for emergency and other critical city services did not pass. LA Democratic Party Chair Eric Bauman had this to say about it:

Unfortunately, the special interests have managed to twist the truth and defeat our efforts to save critically needed emergency and vital city services in Los Angeles.  The Los Angeles County Democratic Party will continue to stand up for Angelenos and fight back the special interests that have time and again impeded progress in Los Angeles.

If you're in LA, expect to see many more commercials as the Mayoral contest continues in earnest.

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Differences ? (0.00 / 0)
I'm a refugee from LA
(I remember the Yorty years)

What are the differences between these candidates ?

Is is just Tweedle-Dem and Tweedle-Fem ??

Is one competent ? Progressive ? Accomplished ?
Any perceived differences ??

Will either one be effective and responsible ??
WHAT are their Objectives for LA ?
What are their plans ?
Or is it all personality ?


Measure A (0.00 / 0)
Measure A failed for exactly the same reason Measure Q failed in Contra Costa recently.  People are sick and tired of pumping money into so called services, masquerading as lavish pension benefits for public employees.

Go ahead, shut my damn fire house. I'm not paying those bums another dime to retire at 50 on $250K a year.


Yeah (0.00 / 0)
Yeah
At times I can understand that sentiment...

They shouldn't be allowed to retire at full pension at 50...

That said, being a fireman is a dangerous and strenous job
We just had a funeral here for a couple of Santa Cruz police officers
It is a tough call

The ones I can't see with early pensions are the politicians
Especially those that double dip
Supervisor, Mayor and Lt. Governor for Gavin Nuisance
WHAT has He Accomplished for California or SF ??

Then, there are the UC administrators who 'retire' and then come back to work for UC


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Democratic Part Chair is delusional or a fibber (0.00 / 0)
"LA Democratic Party Chair Eric Bauman had this to say about it:  Unfortunately, the special interests have managed to twist the truth and defeat our efforts to save critically needed emergency and vital city services in Los Angeles.  The Los Angeles County Democratic Party will continue to stand up for Angelenos and fight back the special interests that have time and again impeded progress in Los Angeles."

Prop A lost 55%-45%.  There was no organized opposition to the measure.  There was a "Yes on A" committee that raised #1.3 million from, well, special interests- a few unions and big commercial developments.  There was no "No on A" effort- no $ raised.

Wait, by special interests does Mr. Bauman mean the LA Times and LA Daily News?  These papers wrote editorials against Prop A.  Or maybe he means Mitch Englander and Dennis Zine, 2 duly-elected LA City Council members who opposed the proposition.

Indeed, the two remaining Mayoral candidates, Mr. Garcetti and Ms. Greuel, both are on record opposing the proposition.

When the "special interests" you are fighting include the newspapers, the city council and a majority of voters who just voted their preference, AND your side had the support of the "special interests" , I think it may be time to change the rhetoric before you get called a fool.  Wait, I just did that.  Never mind.


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