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Six Candidates Vie for Top LA City Posts

A breakdown of the candidates in three of LA’s major races



    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. (Published Monday, May 20, 2013)

    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:


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    [LA] LA Mayoral Candidates Push for Votes from Latinos and Asian-Americans
    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.
    (Published Monday, May 20, 2013)

    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:

    City Controller Wendy J. Greuel

    Greuel: People Are Ready to Vote In Mayoral Election

    [LA] Greuel: People Are Ready to Vote In Mayoral Election
    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.
    (Published Monday, May 20, 2013)

    • 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:

    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:

    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:

    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:

    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:

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