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Image-for-WWLA.jpgIt's Garcetti and Greuel in the runoff for Mayor of Los Angeles, both opponents of the sales tax increase that went down to defeat. If that means more cuts in services, how will that impact their runoff election in May? What about the influence of organized labor?  Despite major political stakes for Los Angeles, voter turnout was 16%.  For the LAUSD school board it was six or seven percent.  We talk with LA Times columnist Steve Lopez about the latest civic embarrassment. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, in death — as in life — Venezuela's Hugo Chavez remains controversial. Will Cuba play a role in choosing his successor?

Banner image: Eric Garcetti (L) and Wendy Greuel (R) celebrate after winning a place in the May mayoral election.

Main Topic The Primary's Over, Prepare for the Runoff 22 MIN, 58 SEC

In May's runoff election for Mayor of Los Angeles, City Controller Wendy Greuel will face off against City Councilman Eric Garcetti. Both were opposed to Proposition A, the sales tax increase that went down to a sound defeat in yesterday's election. Garcetti, who touted his role in bringing about pension reform, spoke of a choice in the mayor's race "between someone who is going to be beholden to these [union] interests and somebody who can collaborate, step up and make the tough decisions to keep this city moving forward to balance the budget and to protect the city services we depend on." Greuel, who acknowledge the support of yet another union, assured voters, "That I will do my best to make sure that we can address our fiscal crisis. And that they will be at the table – they've got great ideas, they know better than anybody else how the city operates, and they are willing to sit at the table and negotiate." We discuss election results with a high-powered cadre of political pundits.

Miguel Santana, Los Angeles City Administrative Officer
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)
David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times (@DavidZahniser)
Jon Regardie, Los Angeles Downtown News (@DowntownNews)

Reporter's Notebook Low Voter Turnout Signals Need for a Change 9 MIN, 10 SEC

They gave an election and almost nobody came. There was a 16 percent turnout in the City of Los Angeles; six or seven percent for the School Board. When we asked on Facebook, several of those who did vote said, "Because I Love LA." Others said it's a right and a privilege that others have fought for and one said, "I can't complain if I don't." In his LA Times column today, Steve Lopez says it's time for a change.

Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times (@LATstevelopez)

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