CD 1's Ed Reyes Endorses CD 13's Eric Garcetti

Reyes becomes the first city council member to endorse Garcetti after Jose Huizar tapped Wendy Gruel.

Silver Lake resident and mayoral aspirant Eric Garcetti picked up his first endorsement Friday from a fellow city council member, Ed Reyes.

Reyes and Garcetti share district boundaries, much of it along a dividing line that cuts through the center of Echo Park.

Garcetti said he was honored to have earned Reyes' support.

"Ed Reyes is a champion for Northeast L.A. and the L.A. River who shares my belief in the untapped greatness of our city -- greatness we can unleash if we harness innovative solutions to create jobs and and make City Hall work again,'' Garcetti said.

Jose Huizar of nearby Council District 14 as well as Tony Cardenas and Bill Rosendahl have given their support to Wendy Gruel. Bernard Parks has endorsed Jan Perry.

The influential Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley also gave Garcetti a thumbs up this week, possibly influenced by a preliminary poll from The Center for the Study of Los Angeles.

It showed Garcetti as the frontrunner in the race and favored by Latinos and Asian-Americans.

Among "decided voters" surveyed, Garcetti led with 36 percent, with Gruel following at 32 percent, followed by Perry with 15 percent and attorney Kevin James with 8.7 percent.

Asian-American and Latino voters favored Garcetti, whose father is of Mexican ancestry. Perry, an African-American, polled at 51 percent with African American voters, while Greuel won with white voters.

Gruel also slightly outpulled Garcetti when subjects were asked who they would choose in a runoff, with just over 50 percent.

The poll also noted that two-thirds of the voters surveyed were still undecided in advance of the March 5 vote.

Garcetti campaign strategist Bill Carrick called the endorsement by the Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley -- 63 percent of its voting members supported Garcetti -- ``a tremendous asset for our ground game."

John Goldfarb December 08, 2012 at 03:40 PM
"Asian-American and Latino voters favored Garcetti, whose father is of Mexican ancestry. Perry, an African-American, polled at 51 percent with African American voters, while Greuel won with white voters." Could it be that identity politics is unfortunately alive and well in Los Angeles?
El Cid December 08, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Could it be we are falsely influenced by what the polls reflect? Since Garcetti received endorsement from Councilman Ed Reyes, then I will consider one of the other candidates instead. My ancestry is Mexican and I elect to VOTE for the best candidate. Although, I'm still hoping for a candidate(s) who work unselfishly for what is RIGHT and in the BEST interest of citizens versus their own selfish egos and hidden agendas!!!
Cynthia Price December 09, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Too bad i voted for Ed Reyes, I see I was wrong if he is endorsing Garcetti who was my councilman for years. Career Politicians need to get out. TERM LIMITS
nonoise December 09, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Reyes is for the Northeast? Are you kidding? With the high crime rate? With police officer positions being cut? With no neighborhood prosecutor? With the city attorney's buget cut in half? Are you kidding? Who did these things? Reyes, Garcetti and Wendy Gruel and Jan Perrry. And, who put the city into bankrupcy? all of them. The only one not on the list is Kevin James. The patch needs to stop telling people to vote based on race. The patch still does polls based on race. People need to vote on record, not on race.
nonoise December 09, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Patch, stop pushing candidates based on race. Asian-American and Latino voters favored Garcetti, whose father is of Mexican ancestry. Perry, an African-American, polled at 51 percent with African American voters, while Greuel won with white voters. Stop it!
John Goldfarb December 09, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Why blame Patch for reporting statistics? The racial angle is only one aspect of the story, which includes the voting tendencies of decided voters and percentage of undecideds. Polling data can be analyzed in many different ways, as was the case in the recent national elections; Patch is not expressing its own biases, just those of the groups polled.
nonoise December 09, 2012 at 03:55 PM
It keeps reinforcing telling people that Asians vote for Asians, Whites vote for whites, mexicans vote for mexicans, blacks vote for blacks, ect. What really needs to be reinforced is for people to vote on issues and NOT based on race. The career polliticans only keep pushing people to vote based on race. That way they keep getting re-elected based on race. Anyone that is their race,must vote for them because that is their race. That needs to stop. Unfortunately, lots of people are voting based on race and not issues. It is like a "let's elect on our own color" mentality. Elections need to be based on issues and not on "let's elect this person because they are our race". Vote on issues, not on race.
nonoise December 09, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I guess the patch is reporting that people really are racist. They vote based on race and not issues. Thanks for the reminder.
Mark December 09, 2012 at 04:16 PM
It kind of highlights the the overarching character of Garcetti: He is a fraud. He constantly seeks to pull the wool over people's eyes and parade around as something he is not. And he keeps talking about being Latino, when actually his is at most only 1/4 Mexican heritage, and I think maybe actually only 1/8. In fact, he is at minimum 1/2 Jewish, and quite possible notably more. Not that any of his ethnic makeup should matter; only his actions and ideas should -- as opposed to what he tells you, since he lies at every turn and you better watch what he does rather than believe what he says. In reality, he is 100% completely sold out, and has been his entire time in office. Gee, just look at his list of campaign contributors and match it to his actions: the vast, vast majority of contributors are developers and landlords -- they know who their puppet is!
Mark December 09, 2012 at 04:25 PM
And I note, if Patch is going to push the ethnic background, at least note that Perry, while black, is actually Jewish. So, if you are going to note how candidates fare with voters of their own background, then note it properly.
Culturevator December 09, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Eric Garcetti, aka, Slimy G. Anyone who votes the way Ed Reyes wants them to, should be wary. There is a history there. If you want more of what Antonio has dished out, then yes, vote for Slimy G.
nonoise December 09, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Is Obama black or white? Depends on who you ask. He is actually both.
doreet December 09, 2012 at 07:12 PM
No one, including politicians, is responsible or should take credit for were they or their families came from, but they should take responsibility for their actions. And as voters that should be the ONLY thing we care about.
nonoise December 09, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Doreet, very well said. Hopefully people will vote on issues and not on backgrounds.
John Goldfarb December 10, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Can we talk about something else now, please?
Cynthia Price December 31, 2012 at 08:18 PM
The race issues come about with certain groups taking advantage of L.A. Taxpayers. Have you gone to a County Hospital? Your taxes are paying for that. And being white and unemployed I cant get insurance, yet i pay for many to have free insurance, go figure.
nonoise December 31, 2012 at 08:36 PM
People are waking up to the fact that when they work hard and then need help there is none. But people that never work get all the help in the world. There is plenty of blacklash. Don't vote for anyone that has a lifetime career in government office.
Cerro Gordo December 31, 2012 at 09:06 PM
But you can go to the County Hospital. That's the point of having a County Hospital. If you're unemployed, just how do you "pay for many to have free insurance"? What free insurance are you talking about? Access to the County Hospital is not insurance. I am employed, so I am actually paying for the County Hospital. I have no problem with it. If someone looks like they have signs of tuberculosis, I want them to get checked out even if they can't afford it. That benefits all of us. Try to look at the long view. I'm sorry but, you say you're unemployed, and then you complain about "certain groups taking advantage of L.A. Taxpayers". If you're unemployed, you aren't paying taxes. What are you complaining about again???
nonoise December 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM
If you go to the county General Hospital they will send you the bill in the mail unless you have Medi-cal. There is no free doctor or hospital visits. The problem with the free medi-cal with county hospitals is that people are now using emergency rooms for doctor visits, people that just have colds or minor things. Then taxpayers have to pay those bills and must pay for their own healthcare too. Taxpayers have to pay for their own health insurance and also pay for others.
Cerro Gordo January 01, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Yes, they will send you a bill. Whether that bill gets paid or not... I work at a "Hospital of Last Resort" in Downtown LA called California Hospital Medical Center. We get patients all the time with no money for medical bills and no medical insurance. Homeless people and working poor people. I mean, if you make very little money and your kid gets sick, what are you gonna do? You go where you can. They still get taken care of, just like the folks going to County. Yes, the government (City, County, State, and Federal) often ends up paying the bill, but that is something I will gladly pay for because it's a public health issue. That is a benefit to me, personally. It helps tamp down flu or TB outbreaks, for example. Yes they still happen, but could you imagine how much worse it could be? That isn't a worthy use for tax money? You prefer people just toughing it out with whatever sickness they have and putting other people at risk just to lower your taxes ever so slightly? That sounds awfully short sided. By the way, how on earth do you know why people are in the ER? Do you walk around area ER's taking polls?


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