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Former city controller backs Wendy Greuel for L.A. mayor

Former Los Angeles City Controller Laura ChickFormer Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick on Thursday endorsed the mayoral campaign of current City Controller Wendy Greuel, saying Greuel will protect the taxpayers' "precious dollars" and help L.A. recover from a recession.

Chick, who was controller from 2001 to 2009, described Greuel as a candidate who has been a watchdog on city spending and raised important red flags about the city's financial problems. 

"The next few years will not be easy ones for Los Angeles," Chick said in an statement. "The great recession has left small businesses reeling, families struggling to make ends meet and the city's coffers depleted.  It will take an energetic, experienced and devoted leader to get Los Angeles moving again. That leader is Wendy Greuel."

Greuel is running in the March election to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who must step down in June because of term limits. Other candidates include City Council members Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti and former prosecutor Kevin James.

Chick, who developed a reputation for issuing stinging reports on the finances of city departments, also supported Greuel's bid when she ran for city controller in 2009.

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-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall

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Photo: Former Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick in 2009. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

 
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