Wednesday night Lizzie and Mitchell Schwartz hosted a “meet and greet” with City Controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel at their Windsor Square home. About three dozen people attended, most were neighbors though several came from across the city to listen to Greuel talk about why she is running and perhaps, more importantly, why she thinks she will win. The only candidate running who has run and won, city-wide, Greuel is confident that voters will see her as someone who knows how to do the job of mayor.
Greuel taked about investing in the city’s transportation infrastructure as a way to reduce traffic and increase jobs as well as improve the quality of life in Los Angeles. Greuel spoke of using the mayor’s office to advocate for education reforms that work for all kinds of students. Her son attends the local public school near her home in the valley.
When asked how she would increase revenues, she said, “just like I tell my son, it’s about boundaries and consequences.” From her post as City Controller, Greuel said she has learned how how to improve efficiencies in city department, reduce expenses and increase collections of revenue due the city.
Greuel, who grew up in Los Angeles, greeted old friends, Ben Tysch and Rachel Andres-Tysch, from high school days. A new member of Temple Israel of Hollywood, Greuel greeted a number of temple members, Gary and Judy Gilbert, Peter and Zoey Marcus, Phyliss and Ira Klein, Sharona Alprin, Renee Mochatel, Alex Rains and current president, Steve Sloan and his wife Melissa. Bruce Ellman, husband of Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh who recently moved to Las Palmas, was also there as well as Rachel Lewin, principal of the TIOH Day School who lives in Mid-Wilshire. Greuel met with TIOH third graders at her office earlier that day. Long-time neighborhood activist and former president of Windsor Square HOA Mike Genewick was there along with Kathy and Mike Gless, Dounia and Mike Turrill, Kathy Losey, and Ryan Hawley who live down the street. The Sidleys drove all the way from Malibu to show their support.
Greuel is running along with City Council President Eric Garcetti, and Jan Perry, City Councilwoman 9th District. In addition, Kevin James (Conservative Radio Talk Show Host and Attorney), YJ Draiman (Neighborhood Council Boardmember representing the Los Angeles Northridge East Neighborhood Council District 12), David Saltzburg, Rick S. Young, Addie M. Miller, Malcolm Mays and Jose F. Di Raimondo have all filed papers to run, though most have raised very small amounts of money according to the city’s ethic’s commission website. Austin Beutner, the wealthy former investment banker, dropped out of the race earlier this month.