Garcetti leads in final stretch of mayoral race

Megan Diskin

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The 2013 mayoral race has been overwhelmed with controversy, and Angelenos will elect either Eric Garcetti or Wendy Greuel as the next mayor of Los Angeles on May 21.

A recent straw poll conducted by the Los Angeles Times and USC shows Garcetti has taken a ten point lead over Greuel.

The mayoral run-off race has been dominated by discussion over the Department of Water and Power union’s $3 million investment into Greuel’s campaign. The investment has sparked heated debates between the candidates.

The DWP union’s campaign contribution has influenced Garcetti to call into question Greuel’s transparency and credibility even though Garcetti has also been supported by the DWP in the past.

In between the candidates’ arguing, they have alerted voters to their plans as mayor. Both Garcetti and Greuel want to decongest roads by implementing more public transportation.

Both want the city to invest in technology and recruit businesses, especially start-up companies to come to Los Angeles. The pair have said that they want to make it easier to establish businesses in the city by eliminating the gross receipts tax.