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Mexican-American Bar Endorses Garcetti for Mayor

The Silver Lake resident and mayoral candidate is leading in at least one recent poll in advance of the March 5 primary.

The Mexican-American Bar Association (MABA) said Wednesday it would endorse Eric Garcetti for mayor of Los Angeles.

According to a release from MABA, the organization said "we believe that his impressive professional accomplishments and personal integrity render him the best candidate in the primary.”

MABA represents about 500 attorneys, judges, politicians and business leaders in the Los Angeles area.

A recent poll from Loyola-Marymount University showed Garcetti the favorite among Latinos.

It also showed he had a slight edge in a multi-candidate primary, though City Controller Wendy Gruel would have a slight lead in a runoff against Garcetti.

Garcetti is of Mexican ancestry on his father Gil's side, who is also of Italian ancestry.

Garcetti's Latino endorsers include fellow city council member Ed Reyes and Ana Ponce, head of Camino Nuevo charter schools.

Gruel has also picked up a number of impressive endorsers, including council member Jose Huizar, U.S. Congressman-elect Tony Cardenas and Ana Perez, president of the National Latina Business Women Association—Los Angeles.

Emanuel Alftredo Pleitez, another candidate in the race, is of Salvadoran and Mexican heritage, but is not considered a serious contender at this time.

Pleitz supporters demonstrated outside the downtown Los Angeles theater where Saturday's mayoral debate took place after he was excluded.

Other candidates in the race include former talk show host Kevin James and city council member Jan Perry, who along with Gruel and Garcetti participated in the debate.

nonoise December 20, 2012 at 01:58 AM
The patch mentions everyone's race except Kevin James and Jan Perry? Why mention race at all? Of course the MABA would support one of their own? Is that what Patch is saying? People should vote on issues not race.
nonoise December 20, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Is patch saying latino's only vote for latino's and not on issues? That is what it sounds like. Shame on patch for encouraging that.
Anthea Raymond (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 02:07 AM
@We are waiting to see what happens. AR
Al Sanchez December 20, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I'M LATINO AND I WOULDN'T VOTE FOR ANOTHER LATINO LIKE VILLARAIGOSA!!! HE WAS THE WORST MAYOR WE EVER HAD!!!! SO, WHY WOULD I JUST VOTE FOR SOMEONE BECAUSE THEY ARE MY NATIONALITY? THAT'S JUST RACIST AND SHEER STUPIDITY!! A. SANCHEZ
David Fonseca (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 05:38 AM
That is not what we are saying, Susan. Therefore, we reject your unprompted invitation to feel shame.
The MOG December 20, 2012 at 08:31 AM
What's a Mexican-American?
David Lyttle December 20, 2012 at 03:18 PM
By adding a the suffix "an" to any root word will give the meaning of a "Person" . A Mexican-American would then be a person who is a Mexican and an American. Likewise an you can come up with combinations like Canadian-Ugandan, Australian-Antartican, (ever seen one of those?) how about a Peruvian-Alaskan ? A Mexican- American would be one who has dual citizenship.
ChickenBoyFan December 20, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Vote for Garcetti, and get Villaraigosa,Part Deux. It's a given. I'm voting for Deer in the Headlights Greuel. I'm cutting her some slack for not being a polished speech maker. I think it is terrible that there really are no real contenders, out there.
El Cid December 20, 2012 at 05:28 PM
CBF - I totally agree!!!
The MOG December 20, 2012 at 07:07 PM
If you had seen and heard her at the Congress of Nieghborhoods you would not have been so impressed!
ChickenBoyFan December 20, 2012 at 08:08 PM
@LCdeBA, Thanks, La Casa. You and I seem to be on the same page regarding a lot of our community issues. I watched the "debates". It was a laughable hour-long fender bender, steered, and driven into the ditch, with a game-show mentality. The questions asked were in fact the same redundant questions, posed in different ways. The responses from the candidates, it seemed, were on the same loop. Kevin James, however, provided some much needed levity, as he was very point blank about calling them out for not doing anything for the last 10 years that they have held office. Uh- oh, I thought. We're in big trouble. ChickenShite on the candidates: Greuel- Gets my vote,grudgingly. Should have used her superpowers to expose and prosecute government grifters before now. Garcetti- Eellman- Slippery when faced with having to choose between what's good for us, and what's good for him. Perry- "Toonces"- the driving, clueless, asleep at the wheel, cat. Has dreams of driving more community gardens over the cliff. James- If I wanted to elect an actor/ comedian, I would elect Kevin James, the actual actor/comedian.
nonoise December 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM
We need to stop saying that each race will only vote for their own people. We need to encourage everyone to vote on issues and for who will do the best job. Stop looking at race.
Cerro Gordo December 20, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Luckily for you, this article does not say that.
Mr. jepg December 20, 2012 at 11:52 PM
lol - all mexicans are technically "americans." being that mexico is in the "americans." food for thought....
El Cid December 21, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Nonoise - I'm Mexican! And, I'm not voting for Garcetti. My vote will be based on issues & hope. I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best. I hope the new Mayor of Los Angeles will make us proud. Your rhetoric of people voting on race is getting old and tiresome. Let's give credit to people and trust they will look at the issues too!
Tony Cardona December 21, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I agree with a lot of the comments, Garcetti shut down emergency services (fire dept) resources in our communities, since then we've had numerous fire fatalities and late response to medical calls. The fact is Garcetti now wants side against fire dept closures but he hasn't done anything to bring the resources back in our communities. Gruel had knowledge of fire dept delays back in 2002 and is well aware of fluff in the fire dept, but still hasn't acted to alleviate this crisis. I agree with Kevin James we need new leadership in the city of los angeles to stop the corruption. LAPD had a similar problem years ago and they brought in Bratton an outsider.
nonoise December 21, 2012 at 03:40 PM
The ones that keep bringing up race issues is the patch. "Garcetti is of Mexican ancestry on his father Gil's side, who is also of Italian ancestry." "Garcetti's Latino endorsers include fellow city council member Ed Reyes and Ana Ponce, head of Camino Nuevo charter schools." Everyone running for mayor has been on the city council that put the city in the budget crisis it is in, all except Kevin James.
ChickenBoyFan December 21, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Just don't vote for anyone who thinks all you have to do to get the Latino vote to be a councilman/mayor is give worthless community parties (which we pay for), and give a pony ride and a balloon to the children. They are the most overpaid party planners in the world. LA City Council is the highest paid in the world. It is definitely the dream job to get in this supposed broke down town. Here is the strategy: Get your vote, anyway they can, and jump in bed with everyone they can, like DWP and SEIU.They will put the squeeze for more money out of you, to give to them. Then raise the price on everything in the city, and tell you we are broke, while they are spending like they are in Vegas, and hoarding money for pet projects, that may promise them a job after their City of Los Angeles haul. Wendy still has a conscience, I believe.
nonoise December 22, 2012 at 06:09 PM
CBF, you are one of the few smart ones that know that issues are important. But there are many that do not vote that way. Wendy does have a conscience, but she still does not take action when she needs to. She just follows the crowd of her friends, the mayor, Councilmember Reyes, Garcetti and the rest. She is just part of the in crowd. She does not take positions on her own.
nonoise December 22, 2012 at 06:11 PM
They all vote 99% of the time with the rest of their "in crowd". We need someone different that has different ideas and does not follow the crowd to be "in" or politically correct. We need a mayor that will do what is right for the city.

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