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Coldwater Canyon attorney to seek L.A. controller's post

November 4, 2011 |  6:28 pm

Photo: Wendy Greuel. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.

The head of a panel devoted to improving efficiency at Los Angeles City Hall said Friday that he will run for city controller in 2013.

Ron Galperin, who ran unsuccessfully for a Westside seat on the City Council two years ago, filed paperwork earlier this week to raise money for his campaign to replace City Controller Wendy Greuel.

Greuel has already announced she will run for mayor. Other candidates seeking her job are Councilman Dennis Zine and former real estate broker Cary Brazeman, a vocal critic of city zoning and development decisions.

Galperin, 48, came in fourth in the 2009 race to represent a district stretching from Westwood to Encino. That race was won by Councilman Paul Koretz.

Since then, the attorney and Coldwater Canyon resident has been president of the city’s Quality and Productivity Commission and chairman of the volunteer Commission on Revenue Efficiency.

“Right now the city’s biggest problem is its finances,” he said. “And unless we fix the finances of the city, we cannot afford to do anything.”

[For the record, 8:37 p.m. Nov. 4: A previous version of this post said Galperin came in third in the 2009 race.]


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Photo: Wendy Greuel. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times