With under five weeks to go, the lackluster race for mayor of L.A. is starting to get some luster.
This afternoon, writer James Rainey at the LA Times tore the heart and lungs out of the the campaign strategy devised by Wendy Greuel’s tax dodging consultant John Shallman, the guy with 13 state and federal liens against him in the last six years.
Here’s how Rainey started the story, which is rich in details and a spokeswoman’s denials:
At virtually every campaign stop, Los Angeles mayoral candidate and City Controller Wendy Greuel points to eliminating $160 million in “waste, fraud and abuse” she’s found at City Hall as a solution to the city’s fiscal troubles and evidence she would be a tough fiscal manager as mayor.
But most of the dollar total in Greuel’s claim, now featured in television ads, relies on two audits that depend on an accounting maneuver and a large revenue projection that the controller’s office itself said was unrealistic from the start.
Say it ain’t so, Tinkerbell, you of all people should know better than to claim credit for things that are not due to you. But then when most of your audits as controller are pale rewrites of what Laura Chick did, what can we expect.
Greuel, like other City Hall insiders running for mayor — Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry — get some pretty rough treatment from a Kevin James for Mayor video that was produced without his involvement by and independent expenditure political action committee, Better Way LA.
It’s called the “Fox in the Henhouse” and has an astonishing 105,400 views, according to You Tube’s counter, though it’s hard to believe that many believe actually are paying attention to the mayor’s race.