Ex-Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg backs Wendy Greuel for mayor
Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel said Wednesday her mayoral campaign has picked up support from former State Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg, who ran against Antonio Villaraigosa in 2005 but narrowly failed to make the runoff.
Hertzberg, who lives in the San Fernando Valley, issued a statement praising Greuel for her background in private business and her "authenticity." He described her as "the best candidate to lead our city into a new direction, one that ... has its fiscal house in order."
Greuel described Hertzberg as one of three major leaders who have lined up behind her campaign. The other two, she said, are Los Angeles Police Commissioner John Mack and Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers.
All three will provide the campaign with strategic advice as she seeks to replace Villaraigosa in the March election, Greuel said. Villaraigosa must leave in June because of term limits.
As part of the announcement, Huerta said Greuel will “stand up for working families.” Mack, a civil rights leader and a Villaraigosa appointee since 2005, said he has known Greuel since her days working for Mayor Tom Bradley.
Greuel is running against City Council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry and radio host Kevin James, among others.
-- David Zahniser
Photo: L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel in April. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times