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.
The Primary's Over, Prepare for the Runoff
Miguel Santana - Los Angeles City Administrative Officer, Raphael Sonenshein - California State University, Los Angeles - @SonensheinPBI, David Zahniser - Los Angeles Times - @DavidZahniser, Jon Regardie - former editor of the Los Angeles Downtown News - @DowntownNews