L.A. mayor candidate gets Chick's endorsement

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Former City Controller Laura Chick took to Twitter today to endorse the mayoral bid of her successor, Wendy Greuel. “I am proud to enthusiastically endorse Wendy Greuel to be the next mayor of Los Angeles,” Chick tweeted just after noon today.

Greuel is running for mayor in the March 5, 2013, citywide election against City Council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin James and tech company exectuive Emanuel Pleitez, among others.

In a follow-up statement to her tweet, Chick said the city is at a “crossroads” and needs a mayor who is a “committed, focused and experienced manager, as well as someone who can be a visionary leader.”

Chick said she has known Greuel going for two decades and once tried to recruit her to run for the Third District City Council seat after Chick was termed out. Greuel later ran and won in the Second District.

Chick credited Greuel with being a successful “watchdog” for taxpayers who “raised the red flag to alert city leader and the public to financial problems” and “pushed time and again to increase openness and transparency.”

Chick also credited Greuel’s private sector experience as an entertainment executive, saying the city controller understands the role the city can play to create jobs.

Greuel won election to succeed Chick as city controller in 2009.

After largely staying out of city politics since she left office, Chick recently re-entered the political fray by bashing City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s re-election campaign and now endorsing Greuel for mayor.

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