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No rest for Garcetti, Greuel on Mother's Day

May 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles' mayoral candidates kept themselves busy on Mother's Day, each making several stops around the city.

Eric Garcetti traveled from church to church pulling for votes, while Wendy Greuel visited the potential voters at Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging.

The race for mayor is in a dead heat tied at 46 percent, according to our exclusive Eyewitness News poll conducted by SurveyUSA.

"The mayor's race is so important," Garcetti said. "We're also bringing the message that a lot of people struggled for the right to vote. We've got to turn out. If you don't vote, you can't complain later."

One of the main sticking points now is living wages. Greuel is promising to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour for unionized hotel workers in the city.

"The message I'm sending is about jobs, education and keeping our fiscal house in order," Greuel said.

Garcetti isn't committing to that number, but he does support a starting pay hike for hotel workers around Los Angeles International Airport.

The rivalry between Greuel, the current city controller, and Garcetti, a councilman, is also heating up.

The Greuel campaign claims an anonymous group pretending to be pollsters is calling voters and saying negative things about her. The Garcetti campaign claims it has done nothing to do with the calls. Attacks ads from both sides are also ruffling feathers.

"We have pointed out stuff that is in the paper but we've never made character attacks, personal attacks, and I was disappointed in the last eight weeks to see that level of negative campaigning," Garcetti said.

Greuel said she wants she and Garcetti to go through the next week and a half talking about the positive things the candidates will do for the city.

Election Day is May 21.

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