<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - ]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/feature/decision-2013 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:30:51 -0700 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:30:51 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Garcetti, Villaraigosa Share Advice, Hug]]> Thu, 23 May 2013 14:27:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/garcetti-villaraigosa-la-mayor-hug.jpg Eric Garcetti shared a talk and hug with outgoing mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Thursday before talking about his upcoming transition period. Toni Guinyard reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Thursday May 23, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Hundreds of Pot Shops Will Close After Measure D Passes]]> Thu, 23 May 2013 09:50:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/13190072_BEVPOTSHOPFORWEB_722x406_31142467869.jpg Voters this week did what LA leaders could not do for years: they decided on the future of the city's medical marijuana dispensaries, and opted to limit the number of shops to 135. One dispensary owner believes lax policies enabled the explosion in the first place. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on May 22, 2013.

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<![CDATA[LA's Voter Turnout "Appallingly Low"]]> Wed, 22 May 2013 20:19:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/185*120/voting+generic.jpg About one in four LA city residents cast a vote in Tuesday's election to chose the next mayor and decide the fate of the city's medical marijuana dispensaries, but that is only among those who are registered voters. One resident said he was "embarrassed" that he didn't vote. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Venice for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on May 22, 2013.

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<![CDATA[Greuel: Garcetti "Cares Deeply" About LA]]> Wed, 22 May 2013 13:58:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/KNBC_000000006937759_722x406_31092803536.jpg Wendy Greuel spoke with supporters Wednesday, just hours after she was defeated by Councilman Eric Garcetti in the hard-fought election for LA mayor. Toni Guinyard reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Wednesday May 22, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Voters Approve Medical Marijuana Measure D]]> Wed, 22 May 2013 05:46:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/potshopstory.jpg

Voters approved a ballot measure Tuesday that restricts the number of medical marijuana dispensaries.

The approval of Measure D comes after more than five years of wrangling over regulation of the businesses. D was one of three initiatives on Tuesday's ballot involving medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Measure D, which garned 63 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting, restricts the number of medical marijuana dispensaries to the original 135 approved before a 2007 requirement that dispensaries register with the city. The measure would apply a tax of $60 for every $1,000 in sales.

A rival proposal was placed on the ballot after a signature drive. Measure F would allow for unlimited dispensaries and call for a 20-percent sales tax.

A third measure would, like Measure D, would have capped the number of dispensaries at 135, but had little chance of passing. Measure E, which includes no new taxes, was placed on ballot by the United Food and Commerical Workers union, which withdrew support and backed Measure D.

The winning measure required a majority of the vote. If no measure gained more than 50 percent of the vote, the issue likely would have returned to the Los Angeles City Council.

As of 5:45 a.m. with 100 percent of precints reporting, these are the results for the trio of marijuana measures, according to LA City Clerk:

Measure D

  • Yes: 63 percent
  • No: 37 percent

Measure E

  • Yes: 35 percent
  • No: 65 percent

Measure F

  • Yes: 41 percent
  • No: 59 percent



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<![CDATA[LA Selects Garcetti as Next Mayor]]> Wed, 22 May 2013 20:16:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/garcetti4.JPG

Los Angeles Councilman Eric Garcetti defeated City Controller Wendy Greuel in a mayoral election that set spending records and saw both candidates rack up high-profile endorsements on the way to Tuesday's runoff.

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Garcetti garnered 54 percent of the vote and Greuel 46 percent.

"Thank you Los Angeles--the hard work begins but I am honored to lead this city for the next four years. Let's make this a great city again," Garcetti, 42, wrote on Twitter early Wednesday.

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Garcetti becomes the first Jewish candidate to be elected to the mayor's office. In 1878, Bernard Cohn was a member of the city's council when he was appointed acting mayor to fill a vacancy. He served for less than one month.

Garcetti will inherit a city still struggling to pull itself from an extended fiscal slump.

"We're going to have to give a little something to get a lot," Garcetti said Tuesday night. "Independent leadership and doing what's right for the city is what I'm going to continue to do."

The contest to succeed outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who leaves office at the end of June with high marks from his constituents, broke spending records as outside contributions topped $33 million.

"We're talking a whole lot of money and very few votes," said NBC4 political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe. "It's not only the money, but how that money was used.

"It shows the increasing dominance of independent expenditure groups. Those groups can't be controlled by the candidate. Garcetti had greated control over the message. Even though he had far less in contributions from the independent groups, he came out ahead."

Greuel would have become the city's first female mayor, if elected. She called Garcetti early Wednesday to concede, The Los Angeles Times reported, citing a Greuel campaign source.

In their sprint to the finish line after two years of campaigning, both Democratic contenders with similar voting records tried to differentiate themselves from each other in down-to-the-wire pitches to undecided voters.

Greuel had racked up endorsements from the L.A. Chamber of Commerce, the Daily News and high profile figures including former President Bill Clinton, Magic Johnson, and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

"He cares deeply about Los Angeles," Greuel said of Garcetti as she addressed supporters Wednesday in Van Nuys. "He will work tirelessly and be a strong leader at a critical point in the city's history."

Garcetti had the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the L.A. Times and Newark Mayor Cory Booker in his corner. The fluent Spanish-speaker had talked during the campaign about his paternal grandparents' emigration from Mexico.

Villaraigosa issued a statement Wednesday morning on his Facebook page, thanking Greuel and congratulating Garcetti: "Eric is a true leader who I trust to guide our city into its bright future. I know I am leaving Los Angeles in good hands. I look forward to working with Eric and his team over the next month for a seamless transition so that we can keep Los Angeles moving in the right direction.

"I also want to thank Wendy Greuel for her commitment to the people of Los Angeles and admire her for being willing to put her name on the ballot."




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<![CDATA[Voter Turnout Expected to Be Low in LA Elections]]> Wed, 22 May 2013 00:11:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/voting+in+la.jpg

Los Angeles voter turnout was expected to be low as usual in Tuesday’s election, continuing the trend of a disappearing LA voter.

Despite being the most expensive mayoral race in LA history, the election likely will draw only a fraction of the nearly 1.8 million registered voters in LA.

As of 12:06 a.m., 213,049 votes had been cast in the city of Los Angeles, according to the city clerk. Those figures represented mail-in ballots.

This race was just one of many slow election days in Los Angeles’ past, despite contentious items on the ballot, like Tuesday's three medical marijuana initiatives.

Tuesday’s election is a run-off from the March 5 primary, which drew the second lowest voter turnout in LA history at just 20 percent.

The March primary in 2009 that elected outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was the lowest in the city’s history at about 17 percent, according to data from the Los Angeles City Clerk obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

May 27, 1969 marked the peak for LA voters, with as much as 75 percent of registered Angelenos casting ballots for then-mayor Sam Yorty, according to the data.

In the presidential election last year, half of LA’s registered voters cast ballots -- a far cry from the nearly 80 percent in 2008.



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<![CDATA["Last-Minute Trick": Misleading Robocall Targets LA Voters]]> Tue, 21 May 2013 22:25:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/173*120/garcetti3.jpg

The campaign for Eric Garcetti is denying responsibility for Election Day robocalls telling voters that the LA mayoral hopeful has been endorsed by the president and will "fight for universal health care and gay marriage."

Garcetti’s office began receiving numerous calls from Angelenos Tuesday that automated phone messages were circulating as voters heading to the polls.

"This is obviously a Greuel ally," said Jeff Millman, spokesman for the Garcetti campaign. "We are not behind this."

Millman speculated that the calls were used as a tactic against his candidate to target Republicans, who likely would have been displeased with a candidate backed by the Democratic commander in chief.

Los Angeles resident Jeff Freeman told NBC4 that he came home to find a suspicious voicemail at noon.

NBC4 called the number associated with that voicemail, and heard this message:

"Hello, neighbor. I'm calling to let you know President Obama has endorsed Eric Garcetti. Eric Garcetti will fight for universal health care, gay marriage, a strong social welfare system and immigration reform. Thank you for listening."

Obama has not formally endorsed any candidate for the Los Angeles mayoral race. Calls to his office were not returned by the time of publication.

Wendy Greuel's office responded, saying that the Greuel campaign had nothing to do with the robocall.

"Nothing could be further from the truth," said Shannon Murphy, spokeswoman for Greuel. "We're just trying to speak out against the attack ads that Garcetti is running."

Campaigns use robocalls on behalf of their candidates and the legitimate ones end with a disclaimer saying who produced it, she said.

"This message had no disclaimer, and we didn't do it," Murphy said.

In a Facebook post, Freeman said he received this email signed "Eric Garcetti" after telling the campaign about the message:

"Incredible. The campaign that they are running has sunk to new lows...Thanks for the heads up. We had heard about this. We are going to win despite their dirty tricks."

Freeman said he is a registered Republican and he supports Greuel. He invited both candidates for prayer at Beverly Hills Foursquare Church, where he is a pastor

Freeman said he likes both candidates despite reports of attack ads and robocalls.

"The things happening politically in this race have not been shining examples for either candidates," Freeman said. 

The robocall is a common tactic used during elections, but are difficult to track, Millman said.

"We normally file a complaint with City Ethics Commission, but this was a last-minute trick on Election Day," Millman said.

Millman said he doesn’t anticipate the robocall will affect voters’ decisions.



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<![CDATA[Election Fraud Allegations Fly in City Council Race]]> Wed, 22 May 2013 01:02:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/chenelex.jpg

There are allegations of election fraud in the race for the City Council seat vacated by Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti.

Both District 13 candidates, John Choi and Mitch O’farrell, are accusing each other of stealing votes.

The controversy is centered in the Armenian community, in buildings that house many elderly Armenian voters. They are critical votes in the election for the Los Angeles City Council District 13 between O’Farrell and Choi.

The controversy also centers around a picture that's been submitted to the district attorney and the city clerk's office by Choi's campaign. It appears to show a pile of absentee ballots on a bed.

The Choi campaign alleges that supporters of O'Farrell have been illegally filling out absentee ballots and collecting them from Armenian voters.

The O'Farrell campaign has countercharged that Choi supporters have been intimidating voters and telling them to vote twice.

The allegations are being reviewed by the district attorney's office and the city clerk has dispatched workers to observe polling places.

“We are aware of the allegations, so we basically made sure to take precautions and have not only our troubleshooters monitor the elections, but we also have city employees assisting us as well today,” said Maria De La Luz Garcia, of the Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office.

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<![CDATA[LA Voting District Has a Knack For Picking a Winner]]> Tue, 21 May 2013 16:08:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/KNBC_000000006927054_722x406_30993475808.jpg The Mid-Wilshire District is the only neighborhood to consistently pick winners in every Los Angeles mayoral contest since 2001. Chuck Henry reports on the eve of the election, May 20, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Low Voter Turnout Expected In LA Mayoral Election]]> Tue, 21 May 2013 11:07:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/voting+generic+virginia+voting.jpg NBC4 Political Analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe spoke about the expected voter turnout during the LA Mayoral Election on "Today in LA." This clip is from "Today in LA" on May 21, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Six Candidates Vie for Top LA City Posts]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 20:02:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/la_city_hall_m8.jpg

Angelenos will take to the polls Tuesday to choose the city’s next mayor, attorney and controller after the candidates in those three major races failed to secure a majority of the vote in the March 5 election.

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Here’s a look at each candidate:

Mayor

Eric Garcetti

  • Job Title: Los Angeles City Councilman since 2001
  • Age: 42
  • Background: As a city councilman, Garcetti deployed LA’s first constituent smart phone app that lets residents snap a picture of graffiti or a pothole and report it to the city. He served as Council president from 2205 to 2009 and his district, which includes Hollywood and Echo Park, was ranked top in job growth by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
  • Education: Bachelor of arts and masters of arts from Columbia University
  • Personal: A San Fernando Valley native and a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy reserve, Garcetti lives in Silver Lake with his wife and 1-year-old daughter.
  • Website: www.ericgarcetti.com

City Controller Wendy J. Greuel

  • Job Title: Los Angeles City Controller since 2009
  • Age: 51
  • Background: As city controller, Greuel has performed more than 60 audits to uncover wasteful spending in city agencies, including $7 million I missing gasoline and $2 million in salaries paid to employees of a defunct city campsite. In her online biography, she touts her “relentless pursuit of filing (sic) every pothole in her council district.”
  • Education: UCLA
  • Personal: She lives in Studio City with her husband, Dean, and their son.
  • Website: www.wendygreuel.org

City Attorney

Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich

  • Job Title: Los Angeles City Attorney since 2009
  • Age: 61
  • Background: Trutanich served as a deputy DA in the LA County District Attorney’s Office before moving to the department’s hard-core gang unit and then the newly created environmental crimes/OSHA unit. He managed two private law firms from 1998 to 2009
  • Education: Bachelors and master’s degrees in business administration from USC
  • Personal: Has four children with his wife, Noreen, and has three grandchildren.
  • Website: http://www.nuch13.com/

Mike Feuer

  • Job Title: Assembly Member for California’s 42nd District since 2006
  • Background: Feuer authored and helped pass the half-cent sales tax for transportation projects, Measure R, and its extension; he co-authored the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights. He made an unsuccessful bid for City Attorney in 2001.
  • Education: Graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School
  • Personal: Has two college-aged children with his wife of 28 years.
  • Website: http://votemikefeuer.com/

City Controller

Ron Galperin

  • Job Title: Chair of Commission on Revenue Efficiency (CORE); business owner and attorney
  • Background: Galperin chairs the commission tasked with reforming how the City generates revenue and funds projects and operations. He has served on the United Way / L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce Homelessness Task Force.
  • Personal: Galperin has lived in Los Angeles for more than 25 years. He has “started and managed several successful businesses, and has served as a Cantor for more than 25 years – including two decades at a congregation in Los Angeles.”
  • Website: http://www.ronforla.com/

Dennis P. Zine

  • Job Title: Los Angeles City Councilman since 2001
  • Background: Before being elected to the City Council, Zine worked with the LAPD for 33 years and rose to the rank of sergeant. During his tenure on the council, Zine led the effort to cancel the city’s red-light camera contract and disconnect 32 red-light camera intersections. He allocated more than $1 million to the Los Angeles police and fire departments to buy “critical supplies and equipment,” and has championed several public recreation projects in the San Fernando Valley.
  • Personal: Born and raised in Los Angeles, Zine is the father of two sons, one is an LAPD officer and the other is a professional pilot.
  • Website: http://www.zineforcontroller.com/

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<![CDATA[Eric Garcetti "Energized" as Votes Come in on Election Night]]> Wed, 22 May 2013 01:15:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/173*120/garcetti3.jpg Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti entered the race as the victor from the primary, but he still considers himself as the "underdog." He voted at his polling station in Silver Lake, and hopes to celebrate his win from the Hollywood Palladium Tuesday night. Conan Nolan reports from Hollywood for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. on May 21, 2013.

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<![CDATA[LA Voters Face 3 Medical Marijuana Measures]]> Tue, 21 May 2013 10:54:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Medical-Marijuana-Facility.jpg

An issue that politicians have tried for years to resolve -- how to regulate Los Angeles' medical marijuana dispensaries -- will be on the ballot Tuesday when voters decide on three measures involving the number of dispensaries and sales taxes.

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LA has tried for more than five years to balance medical needs with neighborhood concerns about medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the city. Three measures on Tuesday's ballot seek to either curb the number of dispensaries or allow new ones to open.

Measure D would restrict the number of medical marijuana dispensaries to the original 135 approved before a 2007 requirement that dispensaries register with the city. The measure would apply a tax of $60 for every $1,000 in sales.

"Why don't we start with a conservative strategy?" said Los Angeles Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, who credited medical marijuana with helping his fight against cancer. "We take a deep breath, see how it goes, and then we can go from there."

A rival proposal was placed on the ballot after a signature drive. Measure F would allow for unlimited dispensaries and call for a 20-percent sales tax.

The measure would require worker background checks and several stringent requirements, according to supporters. Proponents also claim zoning language, which outlines where dispensaries could operate, in the measure ensures the number would be limited to about 400.

"Proposition F provides a sufficient number of dispensaries that allows patients to have the access they need to medical marijuana," said Michael Bustamante, of the "Yes on F, No on D" campaign.

A third measure would, like Measure D, cap the number of dispensaries at 135, but appears to have little chance of passing. Measure E, which includes no new taxes, was placed on ballot by the United Food and Commerical Workers union, which has since withdrawn support and backed Measure D.

"There's been absolutely no control, and that's what has hurt the city," Brennan Thicke, who runs a pot clinic called the Venice Beach Care Center, told the Associated Press. "At this point, voters need to finally decide this issue. There's been an overwhelming belief in this city that medical marijuana should not go away."

The measure with the most votes wins, but only if it collects a majority of the vote. If no measure gains more than 50 percent of the vote, the issue could return to the Los Angeles City Council.

The council has been unsuccessful in the past when it attempted to manage medical marijuana dispensaries.

The council required dispensaries to register in 2007 and approved an ordinance three years later that limited the number of shops from about 1,000 to 70. That led to lawsuits from operators and the ordinance expired last year.

Last summer, the city approved a ban that was repealed just two months later after enough signatures were gathered to get the measures on the ballot.

The election will come just days after the California Supreme Court ruled that neither the state's voter-approved law legalizing medical marijuana nor a companion measure adopted by the Legislature prevent local governments from using their land use and zoning powers to prohibit storefront dispensaries. The ruling came in a legal challenge to a ban enacted by the city of Riverside in 2010.

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<![CDATA[LA Mayoral Candidates Stump for Votes on Election Eve]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 19:49:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Councilman+Eric+Garcetti+and+City+Controller+Wendy+Greuel.jpg Los Angeles mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel spent their final day before Tuesday's runoff election stumping for votes across the city. Garcetti campaigned on the Expo Line, while Greuel was at the original Phillipe's near Union Station. Both were trying to convince voters they are the right choice for the next mayor of Los Angeles. Conan Nolan reports from downtown LA for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on May 20, 2013.

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<![CDATA[LA Mayoral Candidates Push for Votes from Latinos and Asian-Americans]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 19:48:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/13166056_N5PPKGLATINOASIANVO_722x406_30897219947.jpg With only one day left in the race for LA mayor, get out the vote campaigns are hoping to change the apathy among voters. The NALEO Educational Fund and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center have been working to get people to the polls Tuesday. Lolita Lopez reports from Boyle Heights for the NBC4 News on May 20, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[May 21 Election: Find Polling Place]]> Tue, 21 May 2013 20:28:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/votehere.jpg

The race for Los Angeles mayor, two key city offices and three medical marijuana propositions are on the  Tuesday ballot in the General Municipal Election.

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Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Election day features the race for LA mayor involving councilmember Eric Garcetti and city controller Wendy Greuel. The candidates, vying for the seat vacated by outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, were the top two vote-getters in the March primary election.

Four measures are on the ballot, including three medical marijuana issues that seek to either curb the number of dispensaries or allow new ones to open.

The proposition with the most votes wins, but only if it collects a majority. If none of the measures pass, the issue could return to the City Council.

Businessman Ron Galperin and LA City Councilman Dennis Zine face each other in the race for controller. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich faces Assemlyman Mike Feuer in the city attorney's race.



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<![CDATA[Greuel: People Are Ready to Vote In Mayoral Election]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 09:16:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/greuel-guinyard-may21.jpg City Controller Wendy Greuel says she has some momentum entering Tuesday's General Municipal Election. Toni Guinyard spoke with the mayoral candidate Monday May 21, 2013 on Today in LA.]]> <![CDATA[Garcetti: "Enthusiasm" High Day Before Election]]> Mon, 20 May 2013 10:02:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/KNBC_000000006906522_722x406_30835267575.jpg NBC4 catches up with LA Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti on "Today in LA," one day before the elections. NBC4's Toni Guinyard reports on "Today in LA." This clip is from "Today in LA" on May 20, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Stumping for Last-Minute Votes]]> Sun, 19 May 2013 18:40:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/KNBC_000000006901166_722x406_30796867566.jpg The candidates for Los Angeles mayor are stumping for last-minute votes with the election coming up on Tuesday. Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel each made a series of campaign stops. Conan Nolan reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Mayoral Candidates Stump for Votes]]> Sun, 19 May 2013 18:03:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/greuelgarcetti.jpg In the final days before Los Angeles voters go to the polls to choose their next mayor, candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti hit the pavement from the San Fernando Valley to San Pedro to press palms. Conan Nolan reports from San Pedro for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Garcetti Runs for Mayor on "Record of Results"]]> Sun, 19 May 2013 18:18:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/13151303_NewsConference1_722x406_30761539799.jpg Conan Nolan sits down with City Councilman and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti for a one-on-one as voters prepare to head to the polls. Garcetti is running against City Controller Wendy Greuel. This edition of News Conference aired on Sunday, May 19, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Greuel Talks Homelessness; Keeping TV, Film in LA]]> Sun, 19 May 2013 17:00:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/13077654_NC051213Seg3WENDYG_722x406_30116931560.jpg NBC4, Telemundo and KPCC conducted several townhall meetings throughout Los Angeles to find out from the citizens themselves what issues they would like to bring to the attention of the mayoral candidates. Here, LA Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel answers questions.]]> <![CDATA[Mayoral Candidate Greuel Talks Deficit, Pension Reform]]> Sun, 19 May 2013 16:55:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/13075737_NC051213Seg2WENDYG_722x406_30124611766.jpg Wendy Greuel is the controller for the city of Los Angeles and a candidate for mayor. She talks deficit, pension reform and expansion of LAX with Conan Nolan.]]> <![CDATA[Eric Garcetti Talks Education, City Budget]]> Sun, 19 May 2013 16:35:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/13151304_NewsConference2_722x406_30788675505.jpg Eric Garcetti, a Los Angeles City Councilman, is running against LA City Controller Wendy Greuel for Mayor in an election to be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Conan Nolan talks to Garcetti on this edition of News Conference that aired on Sunday, May 19, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Greuel Says She's "Most Qualified" Mayoral Candidate]]> Sun, 19 May 2013 16:52:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/13077627_NC051213Seg1WENDYG_722x406_30126147796.jpg Conan Nolan sits down with candidate Wendy Greuel for a one-on-one interview. As the campaign enters the home stretch, Greuel responds to charges she is the candidate of the powerful LA DWP union.]]> <![CDATA[Garcetti Says He'd Be "Back to Basics Mayor"]]> Sun, 19 May 2013 16:40:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/13151305_NewsConference3_722x406_30763075897.jpg Conan Nolan sits down with City Councilman and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti for a one-on-one as voters prepare to head to the polls. Garcetti is running against City Controller Wendy Greuel. This edition of News Conference aired on Sunday, May 19, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Battle Peaks Over Minimum Wage in LA Mayor's Race]]> Mon, 13 May 2013 21:55:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/13104990_N6PMAYORRACEMINWAGE_722x406_30150211953.jpg An issue up for debate in the race for Los Angeles mayor is a proposal to increase the minimum wage for hotel workers. Workers who would be affected by the increase spoke out about what the hike would mean to them. Conan Nolan reports from downtown LA for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on May 13, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Final Clash For Mayoral Candidates Before Election]]> Sat, 11 May 2013 19:14:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/KNBC_000000006827641_722x406_29964867876.jpg Los Angeles City Councilmembers Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti face off in an election on May 21 to be the next Mayor of LA. Reggie Kumar reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Los Angeles Race for Mayor Heating Up in Final Weeks]]> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 06:53:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/12977785_N5PMAYORRACE_722x406_28443715622.jpg Los Angeles mayoral hopefuls trade barbs in the days before the LA city election. Conan Nolan reports from Westwood for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 29, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Race for LA City Attorney Heats Up]]> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:37:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trutanichfeuer.jpg About 75 percent of all the LAPD Cases go through the LA city attorney's office. As the Los Angeles city election nears closer, the race for city attorney between candidates Carmen Trutanich and Mike Feuer is heating up. Conan Nolan reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on April 26, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Allegations Slung by Both Side in Contentious LA Mayor's Race]]> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 22:52:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/wendy1.jpg In the final weeks of the campaign for mayor, candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti are trading barbs. Greuel launched an ad questioning the campaign fundraising of Garcetti, while the city councilman responded saying the attack is the work of a "desperate campaign." Conan Nolan reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on April 23, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Watch: LA Mayoral Debate Between Greuel, Garcetti]]> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 19:29:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Councilman+Eric+Garcetti+and+City+Controller+Wendy+Greuel.jpg

Los Angeles mayoral hopefuls City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel met in a debate Tuesday, April 22, to discuss education, the role of the city’s police department and how they would buoy LA’s economy.

Held at University of Southern California less than a month before the election, the debate was co-hosted by NBC4 Southern California and its Spanish-language partner Telemundo52 along with 89.3 KPCC-FM and USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

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<![CDATA[LA Mayoral Candidates Get Testy in USC Debate]]> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:02:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/12921070_ROBERTFORWEB_722x406_26992707811.jpg NBC political analyst Sherri Bebitch Jeffe explains why City Councilman Eric Garcetti won Monday night s debate at USC, which had the candidates sparring over union affiliations and alleged ethics violations. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on April 22, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Both LA Mayoral Candidates Support Extending Measure R Sales Tax]]> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 22:33:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/12920651_MAYORTRAFFIC2_722x406_26982467552.jpg City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti agreed that if elected mayor, they would back extending the half-cent sales tax meant to fund public transportation projects. This segment aired at 7 p.m. on April 22, 2013 during a mayoral debate co-hosted by NBC4.]]> <![CDATA[LA Mayoral Candidates Lay Out Plans to Ease Traffic]]> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 22:32:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/12920648_MAYORTRAFFIC1_722x406_26982467532.jpg City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti cite pedestrian and bicycle safety, and a need for more left-turn signals and anti-gridlock zones as the impetus behind their plans to ease congestion in Los Angeles. This segment aired at 7 p.m. on April 22, 2013 during a mayoral debate co-hosted by NBC4.]]> <![CDATA[LA Mayoral Debate: Closing Statements]]> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 22:45:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/12920663_MAYORENDING_722x406_26984003654.jpg City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti answer the question, "If elected, what is your priority during the first 100 days of your administration?" This segment aired at 7 p.m. on April 22, 2013 during a mayoral debate co-hosted by NBC4.]]> <![CDATA[LA Mayoral Debate: Fostering Trust Between Angelenos, LAPD]]> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 22:31:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/12920654_MAYORLAPD_722x406_26983491658.jpg City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti lay out their plans to improve the relationship between Los Angeles police and the citizens they are sworn to protect. This segment aired at 7 p.m. on April 22, 2013 during a mayoral debate co-hosted by NBC4.]]> <![CDATA[LA Mayor Debate: How Would You Improve Schools?]]> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 22:30:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/12920630_MAYOREDUCATION_722x406_26984003584.jpg City Controller Wendy Greuel proposes increasing local control over education, and City Councilman Eric Garcetti suggests incentivizing school for students who are chronically truant. This segment aired at 7 p.m. on April 22, 2013 during a mayoral debate co-hosted by NBC4.]]> <![CDATA[Former President Clinton Endorses Greuel for LA Mayor]]> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 18:35:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/greuelclinton.jpg Former President Bill Clinton appeared alongside City Controller Wendy Greuel in support of her campaign for Los Angeles mayor on Saturday at Langer's deli. Tena Ezzeddine reports from MacArthur Park for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 20, 2013. ]]> <![CDATA[LA's Budget Deficit Divides Mayoral Race]]> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:03:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/12815828_N6PMAYORRACE_722x406_25417795982.jpg LA Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti gained support from former rivals based, in part, on a looming $100 million budget deficit that the former candidates think Garcetti’s opponent will not push back against hard enough. Conan Nolan reports from Westlake for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on April 10, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Greuel Picks Up New Endorsement, Garcetti Gets Praise on Job Creation]]> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 06:28:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/12794909_N6PPKGGARCETTIGREUEL_722x406_25134147922.jpg LA Mayoral Candidate Wendy Greuel got a new endorsement from Congresswoman Maxine Waters Monday. Meanwhile, candidate Eric Garcetti spoke how his district is leading in job creation. Conan Nolan reports for the NBC4 News at April 8, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[LA Mayoral Candidates Prep for Debate at USC]]> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:33:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Councilman+Eric+Garcetti+and+City+Controller+Wendy+Greuel.jpg As election day approaches, the two candidates vying to become LA's next mayor will meet Monday evening for another contentious debate. An LA Times/USC poll shows Eric Garcetti with a 10-point lead in two different areas. However, in the past week, Wendy Greuel's campaign has unleashed a barrage of television ads featuring a number of well-credited politicians. Robert Kovacik reports from East L.A. for the NBC4 News at 5p.m. on April 22, 2013.

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<![CDATA[Leading Calif. Politicians Issue Feminist Call to Arms in LA Mayoral Race]]> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 20:44:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/greuelpelosiboxer.jpg Sen. Barbara Boxer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed City Controller Wendy Greuel for LA’s next mayor, emphasizing the opportunity to make history by electing the city’s first female mayor. Greuel’s opponent Councilman Eric Garcetti – who, if elected, would be the city’s first Jewish mayor – said the candidates' demographics are not the most important facet of the race. Conan Nolan reports from Beverly Hills for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 4, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Eric Garcetti Nabs Endorsement From Former Opponent]]> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:45:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/garcettijames.jpg Former candidate Kevin James' endorsement was sought by Garcetti and his opponent, City Controller Wendy Greuel. Both are trying to attract conservative San Fernando Valley voters who supported James in the primary. Conan Nolan reports from Studio City for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 2, 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Magic Johnson Endorses Wendy Greuel in LA Mayor Race]]> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:53:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/1550385571.jpg

Los Angeles sports legend Magic Johnson endorsed Wendy Greuel Thursday as the city controller heads to a runoff election against Councilmember Eric Garcetti in the race for mayor.

The Lakers great and co-owner of the Dodgers joined Greuel on the steps West Angeles Church of God on Crenshaw Boulevard Thursday afternoon to announce the endorsement, the second high-profile backing for Greuel this week. President Bill Clinton endorsed Greuel Monday.

Johnson's past political endorsements include Phil Angelides for California governor in 2005, Hilary Clinton for president and Sen. Barbara Boxer in her 2010 re-election race.

The Hall of Famer developed a significant business presence during his post-NBA years. He is chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, which provides services to and invests in underserved communities. Last year, a group including Johnson bought the Los Angeles Dodgers from Frank McCourt for $2 billion.

The announcement of Johnson's endorsement came just hours after the Garcetti campaign announced it has the support of Councilmember Jan Perry, who finished fourth in the March primary election. A public announcement of the endorsement was scheduled Thursday for the 28th Street YMCA.

Perry had a strong showing in South Los Angeles precincts in the primary. The top two voter-getters advanced from the primary to the May 21 runoff.

Third-place primary finisher Kevin James, a radio broadcaster and attorney, has not endorsed a candidate to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.



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<![CDATA[Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Endorses Eric Garcetti for LA Mayor]]> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:40:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/217*120/garcetti1.jpg The chamber falls into Garcetti’s council district, and the mayoral candidate was quick to point out that Hollywood is leading in job creation. He says he can bring that same success to Los Angeles. Conan Nolan reports from Hollywood for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on March 26, 2013.]]>