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Morning Buzz: Mostly politics for Friday 1.18.13

Campaign 2013

greuel-garcetti.jpgIn the mayoral race, Wendy Greuel finds herself a leading target of the other candidates. "One of the few things...Kevin James and Eric Garcetti have in common is their mutual interest in sabotaging a leading rival, Wendy Greuel." LAT/Finnegan and Rainey,

Jan Perry profile in the LA Times (by Michael Finnegan) explores her tendency to speak her mind and whether as mayor she could have good relations with the City Council.

Given her history of tension with other members, Perry could face a tougher challenge than some of her mayoral rivals in building council support when she needs it, said Jaime Regalado, emeritus professor of political science at Cal State L.A. "You absolutely need to play nice," he said.

Garcetti challenged Greuel to donate half of the outside funds spent on their respective L.A. mayoral campaigns to charity. Not going to happen. DN

The three top rivals facing Eric Garcetti in the Los Angeles mayor's race said Thursday they won't sign a pledge to forgo the use of outside funds for their campaigns. DN/Smith

The major candidates for mayor met Thursday night in "a congenial South Los Angeles forum in which they largely agreed and avoided attacking one another directly. Their pleasant demeanor was so marked that the forum's moderator, the Rev. Bob Gay, remarked, 'Aren't they all being polite?'" LAT/Seema Mehta

Two new polls offer murky picture of L.A. mayor's race. LA Weekly/Gene Maddaus

Maddaus and Finnegan were on "Which Way, LA?" last night talking about the mayoral race. KCRW

Wow: this says so much about the Huffington Post's presence in Los Angeles. Associate editor Kathleen Miles writes, "the second-largest city in America looks poised to elect the ultimate hipster candidate as its next mayor." She means Garcetti, who she says has a "reputation as the candidate "of the people.'" Wait, where are the exclamation marks? HP

The city attorney candidates got together in Hollywood on Thursday night and traded verbal jabs. KPCC/Stoltze

Eric Garcetti's Latino roots challenged in Los Angeles mayor's race. Tony Castro


Sheriff's detectives want to talk to actor Robert Wagner about the death of his wife Natalie Wood on their boat in 1981, but Wagner is dodging them. LAT

Leaders of President Obama's reelection campaign announced Friday that they are launching a permanent advocacy organization called Organizing for Action that will enlist his supporters to fight for his policy agenda. LAT

The LA City Council passed the Bike Parking Ordinance, "a measure that encourages safe and secure bike parking in lieu of car parking in all types of new development. The meat of the ordinance lays out how many bike parking spots can be swapped in for car parking--one car spot can be replaced by four bikes for up to 30 percent of the required number of spaces for commercial developments that are near transit lines and for up to 10 to 20 percent at other types of developments." Curbed

The LAPD showed off the control room where screens show live pictures from 16 new surveillance cameras that watch the West Valley. DN

Huell Howser did not talk openly about his illness because "he never wanted the story to be about him," his assistant of seven years, Ryan Morris, said. LAT

An update on the city of Bell with ex-officials scheduled to go on trial next week. KPCC

Gussy Moran, a Santa Monica tennis star who grew up in a Victorian house on Ocean Avenue Avenue and made a name for wearing a short skirt and lace panties at Wimbledon in 1949, died at age 89. LAT

Allan K. Jonas, a Los Angeles real estate developer and former chairman of LA's Best, died at 91. LAT

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