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As the days dwindle down, none of the five candidates for Mayor has become a clear front-runner, and the chattering class is complaining that nobody's come up with a “vision” for one of the world's most exciting cities. We hear what Eric Garcetti and Wendy Gruel promised in private meetings of municipal union members, and why labor is more important in Los Angeles than almost any place else in the country. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Obama Justice Department goes to court in Los Angeles accusing Standard and Poor's of fraud. We hear about a built-in conflict of interest that led S&P to overrate the value of bundled home loans.

Banner image: (L-R) Los Angeles mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel, Eric Garcetti, Kevin James and Jan Perry

Producers:
Evan George
Caitlin Shamberg
Sonya Geis

Main Topic One Month Left until Election Day in Los Angeles 25 MIN, 12 SEC

Labor unions are taking center stage in the race for Mayor of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Times has obtained recordings of candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti making appeals to the SEIU, the Service Employees International Union, which represents a majority of the civilian employees at City Hall. 

Other principal candidates in the mayoral race include:

Jan Perry
Kevin James
Emanuel Pleitez

 

Almost-rans include:
Zev Yaroslavsky
Rick Caruso
Austin Beutner

You can find our interviews with candidates for mayor at KCRW.com/RaceforMayor.

Guests:
David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times (@DavidZahniser)
Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics (@danschnur)
Mary Melton, Los Angeles magazine (@MaryMeltonLA)
Jon Regardie, Los Angeles Downtown News (@DowntownNews)

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