This has the looks of another quality endorsement day for mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel. She announced the backing of Rep. Brad Sherman and of the veteran Democratic representative he defeated in last year's nasty Valley fight, Howard Berman. Those were two pretty divided camps during the reelection battle last year. Having both men in her column figures to help Greuel in the Valley and among whatever Democrats have been sitting on the sidelines of the mayoral runoff between Greuel and Eric Garcetti. Another potential plus for Greuel: Former president Bill Clinton will be in town April 20 to accept GLAAD’s first Advocate for Change Award. Clinton came out for Greuel last week and if he's in town and should happen to make a joint appearance with the candidate, that won't hurt her cause.
Garcetti has called a presser for Thursday apparently to announce the endorsement of Councilman Tom LaBonge. The media op will be at Silver Lake Meadow, adjacent to Silver Lake Reservoir.
Greuel said she would consider raising the retirement age for current city workers, along with other changes to the city's pension systems.
But she said she would seek changes only through collective bargaining, not by forcing new rules on workers.
A day earlier, Greuel proposed that budgets for the City Council and the mayor be cut by 25%. Garcetti responded Wednesday, saying such a reduction was inconsequential given the size of Los Angeles' deficit problem, estimated to be up to $165 million in the coming year.
"That's a drop in the bucket," Garcetti told reporters after a campaign event in Echo Park.