W&W Morning Run: L.A. Mayoral Candidates in a Money Race

There’s a presidential race looming, but the field of candidates running for mayor of Los Angeles in 2013 is growing, and they are courting donors and fund raisers.

While candidates are tapping donors one-on-one, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, who announced just a few weeks ago, also is raising money at the home of Steven and Dayna Bochco on Oct. 13, with tickets starting at $250.

Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Gruel, who has strong ties to the business from her stint as a executive at DreamWorks, has already raised from such industry figures as Paris Barclay, Marilyn Bergman, Norman Lear and Peg Yorkin, as well as from the political action committees of the Recording Industry Assn. of America, according to reports filed with the City Ethics Commission.

Another candidate, former Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner, has collected contributions from Clarence Avant, Michael Lynton, James Lassiter, Bill Lawrence, Alan Bergman, Peter Ligouri and Peter Benedek.

Also running are Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry, radio host Kevin James and filmmaker Malcolm Mays, while there’s speculation that developer Rick Caruso and even comedian George Lopez are considering a bid. 

And there’s somewhat of a waiting game among donors as to whether Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who would have strong support from the city’s Westside, would run.

Feinstein on the Bill: As Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) tries to determine the extent of her losses from treasurer Kindee Durkee, she will be the guest of honor at a fund-raiser for the Golden State Victory Fund, with contributions split between Feinstein’s re-election bid and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Haim and Cheryl Saban are hosting the Oct. 26 event, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) also will be on the bill. Tickets start at $500, with dinner chairs at $35,800. Her campaign is trying to determine whether it can go back to donors who have already maxed out and see if they can donate again.

Today: Matt Damon narrates “American Teacher,” opening in New York and Los Angeles, with is somewhat of a counterpart to “Waiting for Superman.” Rather than an indictment of teachers unions and educators themselves, it looks at the almost heroic lengths with which some teachers strive in their profession against low pay and little support. Variety’s review from May is here.

 

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