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Los Angeles mayor race intensifies as March approaches

January 8, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
This race for Los Angeles mayor is getting increasingly nasty as the March election gets closer.

The campaign for City Controller Wendy Greuel is comparing Kevin James, a former assistant U.S. attorney and radio talk show host, to Rush Limbaugh. Meanwhile, James is asking for an investigation into whether Greuel has violated the law.

"Ms. Greuel, who has obviously through her calendar, has demonstrated that she's using her controller's office as a front for her mayoral campaign," James said.

James was citing reporting by the Los Cerritos Community News. The site obtained the public schedule of Greuel after five months of Freedom of Information Act requests.

"These meetings after meetings after meetings that don't appear to be related to anything that the chief accounting officer of the city of Los Angeles would be doing," James said.

He also accuses Greuel's staff of ethics code violations.

"Controller staff are doing work in campaign-related events," he said.

Greuel denies the allegations.

"If they chose after work to go to an event with me or support me, I welcome that and thank them for their volunteering to help me out," she said.

Greuel said James' accusations are desperate and not legitimate.

"I'm doing everyday coming to work to be able to perform my duties and I'm also talking to the residents of Los Angeles and sometimes those interconnect," she said.

Last week, Greuel subpoenaed three cellphone companies for failing to provide records of cellphones used at City Hall. At the time, a spokesman for fellow mayoral candidate and Councilman Eric Garcetti called Greuel a "press release controller."

Greuel's spokesman said Garcetti was "asleep" as council president when millions were wasted.