Mayoral Candidates Attack Greuel at Debate Hosted by Sherman Oaks Homeowners Assn.

The event takes place at Notre Dame High School.

L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel was the focus of the majority of attacks from her three opponents in Los Angeles mayor's race Wednesday during a debate sponsored by the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Assn., according to the Los Angeles Times.

Former federal prosecutor Kevin James, City Councilman Eric Garcetti and Councilwoman Jan Perry focused most of their energy at Greuel, according to the story. Greuel used to represent parts of the San Fernando Valley, including North Hollywood and Studio City, when she served on the L.A. City Council.

The controller described herself as "business friendly," noting her family's ownership of a company in North Hollywood, and was grilled by her opponents about her positions on the city’s business tax and her financial aid from the union representing Department of Water and Power, according to the story.

The debate took place at Notre Dame High School, where SOHA holds most of its meetings. 

Skraeling January 18, 2013 at 04:48 AM
Yes, she is "business friendly" to be sure...so friendly they fund her campaigns, and she lets them do whatever they wish...the worst thing to happen to Studio City in years.....but, the studio execs love her.....hmmm, wonder why.
Jay Stern January 18, 2013 at 09:17 AM
For what its worth, I'm impressed with Kevin James. He has not changed his position of fiscal conservatism and has the credentials to rescue the city from the fiscal mess that Gruel, Garcetti and Perry have all been party to. When you know what caused the problem, why would anyone want THEM to be involved in the solution? THEY WERE THE PROBLEM TO BEGIN WITH! And if any of those three do manage to get elected, we will just have more of the same city mismanagement that we've had for the past twelve years. That sucks.
Miki Henderson January 18, 2013 at 07:53 PM
LEAVE WENDY ALONE! She would be a great mayor, she's a good mom!!! STOP PICKING ON HER!
Skraeling January 18, 2013 at 08:40 PM
LA will never have good, open, non corrupt government until we change the very system we have now that encourages all that. There is no one person that has final responsibility and no one person that stop the buck passing. We need a system of strong mayor and aldermen that represent districts/neighborhoods. Now, all we have is ethinic lobbies, special interests, and politicians that keep true reform from happening. I think, since we have to select one of them, it would be a hard choice between James and Garcetti. We already know who owns Wendy Gruel. It is interesting to see how the LA Times and most media dealing with LA have annointed her...but cannot give solid or fully honest descriptions of her "climb" up the government ladder.
PM January 19, 2013 at 12:05 AM
The minute I read she was attached in any form to LA's DWP - she lost my vote. DWP is reckless and gouging the people of LA.
Mike Bernstein January 19, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Sorry Miki - being a good mom, while incredibly important and admirable, doesn't qualify someone to run the 2nd largest city in the country. It just doesn't. I have heard nothing from Ms. Gruel indicating she understands how to get the city's fiscal house in order.
Larry Andre January 20, 2013 at 06:33 AM
Garcetti, Perry and Grueul have had a "come to Jesus" moment, and now are willing claiming to have solutions to the problems they created and perputated during their terms in office. South Los Angeles looks much the same today that it did in 1965, neglected, dirty, pot holed streets while the money has been spent by these three on special interests. They are getting desperate and now the cannabilsm is starting and watch as they destroy each other to hang on to power. Kevin James has real non-partisian answers to the problems created by these three. There is a better way with Kevin James.
Jay Stern January 20, 2013 at 09:33 AM
Yes, Larry. Kevin is a fiscal conservative. He has impeccable credentials in that he was a successful attorney, so he knows the law, and a conservative talk-show host, so he both knows the issues (and answers) and how to deal with people. Jan Perry, on the other hand, has been indoctrinated by Rita Walters, for whom she was chief of staff. She is in the pocket of lawyers and real estate interests. All this is old knowlege; Perry just is not independent, the way Kevin James is. And Garcetti? His father is a corrupt politician. It was name recognition that got Eric Garcetti into politics and it should be enough to get him out. He is an academic -- sort of -- who focused on southeast asia. (Don't any of these Democrats involve themselves in American culture anymore?) And then there is Wendy Greuel. She has been a politician all her life, starting in school. She has been a staffer for Tom Bradley and for various failed politicians on the national scene. Never worked at a real job a day in her life! Someone wrote that she was a swell mom. Goody. Let her be a "stay at home" mom and leave politics. My gosh, as I review these people, don't any of Kevin's challengers realize that THEY are ones who got the city in trouble to begin with? We need them like we need a hole in our head!
David R January 20, 2013 at 07:27 PM
yes Kevin James as Mayor would be a great start to changing things at Pity Hall but I have a feeling that most of the voters in LA are completely uninformed and have no idea how bad of shape our once great city is actually in. They will continue to vote for the same people that got us here or will just vote for the D next to their name. These three have brought us here and we better not reward them for their incompetence.
Jay Stern January 20, 2013 at 08:13 PM
I am a grassroots activist. Others with whom I associate, all fiscal conservatives, are volunteering to help Kevin win. It involves walking precincts, KNOWING what Kevin James stands for (and more importantly, what he will NOT stand for!) and fostering name recognition among those who do not know him. David R., you also can volunteer to help, and I hope you will.
David R January 21, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Jay- I will be contacting them when I get back in to town


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