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Mayoral Candidates Rely on Support from the Valley

Both mayoral candidates made their way around Los Angeles Thursday  to rally up support.

The general mayor elections are only a month away, and both candidates made their way around Los Angeles Thursday  to rally up support. Mayoral candidate citycouncilman Eric Garcetti gathered endorsements from Valley leaders, and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel spoke with Valley business leaders.

Greuel presented her 35-page plan to leaders at the Valley Industry and Commerce Association and detailed her goals for the city. She released a "blueprint" of her policy's goals that highlighted a plan to gradually eliminate the city's business tax.

This plan reportedly will create a $50 million dollar fund to fund tech jobs in L.A., and reform the city's contracting practices. Greuel said the reformation of these practices will make it easier for small businesses to participate.

"The city of Los Angeles has far too much talent and far too many resources to be falling behind other major U.S. cities,'' she said.

"As mayor, I will put a renewed emphasis on putting all of Los Angeles back to work and in restoring L.A. as a regional leader in business growth.''

Greuel's report detailed how she expects to recover $175 million dollars in savings and revenues, in order to help save the city's budget. She outlined her plan in four steps.

  • Focus on cutting employee health benefits and worker compensation costs
  • Going after parking lot operators who evade paying taxes
  • Spending less on consultants to manage pension investments
  • Moving $30 million dollars from the City Council's discretionary funds into the general fund

Greuel also spent her day proposing several pension reform measures, which included: raising the retirement age for non-sworn city employees, capping the salaries used to calculate pension benefits and offering a pension buyout plan so that the city can decrease its long-term pension obligations.

Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti also had a productive day campaigning. He gathered support in the Valley, and announced endorsements from Assemblyman Adrin, Nazarian and former Los Angeles council member Joel Wachs.

Garcetti focused on the fact that he was born and raised in the Valley, and how his support included councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian and Tom LaBonge, as well as LAUSD School Board member Tamar Galatzan.

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