La Opinion Endorses Eric Garcetti for Mayor

The city's leading Spanish-language news organization released its choice Thursday.


La Opinion, Los Angeles's leading Spanish-language newspaper, endorsed Silver Lake resident Eric Garcetti for mayor Thursday.

The paper's endorsement cited Garcetti's experience in municipal government and job creation as capable of bringing economic growth to all Angelenos.

It also called City Controller Wendy Greuel "a solid candidate," making the decision a tough one.

Read the endorsement here.

The Los Angeles City Councilman, whose grandfather was Mexican, has worked diligently to reach out to Los Angeles' Spanish-speaking community.

Earlier this week his campaign released a Spanish-language message. Actress Salma Hayek also recently appeared in a video supporting Garcetti in Spanish.

Garcetti also was quick to push for a $50,000 reward to find the killer of a Guatemalan immigrant killed by taggers outside a church in Historic Filipinotown.

Garcetti, Greuel and six other candidates are on the ballot for the March 5 primary. If no candidate wins a majority, the top two vote-getters will face off in the May 21 election.

El Cid February 22, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Que lastima - Que tonteria de opinion tiene "La Opinion."
Mark February 22, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Actually, Garcetti's grandfather wasn't Mexican per se. He merely lived in Mexico for a while, before moving on to the U.S. Garcetti has said he lived there, not that he was born there and of Mexican descent! Garcetti has promoted this lie that he is Mexican, and I really wish the media would stop regurgitating it. He is not. Gee, for one thing, he doesn't even say anything about his grandmother -- because she wasn't Mexican. In fact, he is Jewish -- and should not be so ashamed of saying so and being honest. His mother is Jewish (making him a minimum of 50% Jewish, and if his grandmother was Jewish, then 62% Jewish) and he was raised Jewish. Even if his grandfather had been born in Mexico rather than merely lived there, Garcetti still would be a most only 25% Mexican, but frankly, I suspect his father was born in Italy, and was just part of the huge outflow of Italians to the Western Hemisphere at that time -- Garcetti has made a point of keeping that detail secret -- because that's what liars do.
Nimby pimp February 23, 2013 at 12:48 AM
I agree. The boy's appropriation of the Mexican identity is offensive. For whatever else he might be, he is certainly a cultural chameleon.
Peter Choi February 23, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Correction: Garcetti is the grandson of Salvador Garcetti and Juanita Iberri. His grandfather Salvador was born in Mexico and brought to the United States as a child after his great-grandfather, Massimo Garcetti, a judge and emigrant to Mexico from Italy, was hanged during the Mexican Revolution. His grandmother Juanita was born in Arizona, one of 19 children in a family that migrated from Sonora, Mexico. But La Opinion did not endorse Garcetti because of his heritage, they "cited Garcetti's experience in municipal government and job creation as capable of bringing economic growth to all Angelenos."
Nimby pimp February 23, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Peter - Please do not confuse us with the facts. This Patch is a zone strictly dedicated to innuendo, prejudice and utter falsehoods. Whatever the facts may be ultimately about Garcetti's Mexican ancestry, young Eric's personal culture does not remotely resemble that of the millions of Latinos living in Los Angeles today. He is a cultural carpetbagger. BTW, is Gruel also Jewish?
El Cid February 23, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Cuando les conviene son Mexicanos o latinos! Solo cuando les conviene! I would like to know, "What has Garcetti done for La Raza?"
Nimby pimp February 23, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Don - I got a more important question for you: what has Raza done for Raza?
El Cid February 24, 2013 at 06:19 AM
Good question? Hopefully, La Raza is helping others get ahead! Inspiring and motivating youth to pursue higher education, accomplish great things, and remember to give back in service, mentoring, and monetary if possible to La Raza (color blind too)! In the end, we are all "Hermanos!" Now - "What has Garcetti done for Angelenos?"


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