LOS ANGELES — Despite bitter attacks in recent weeks, the two candidates for mayor of Los Angeles grudgingly conceded in a debate Sunday night that their rival was (mostly) honest and not so different on many of the plans they have for leading the city.
That didn’t mean City Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel didn’t find plenty of opportunity for attacks on each other’s trustworthiness and independence.
But they also laid out records that they said made them most qualified to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is leaving office June 30 after serving the maximum two terms.
Greuel cited her audits of city departments and her experience developing housing and community programs, as a staffer for former Mayor Tom Bradley and, later, in the administration of President Clinton.
Garcetti repeated his admonition that voters look at improvements in his council district — from Hollywood to Silver Lake and Atwater Village.
He stressed his work on the city’s recent pension reform and presented a diverse public resume that includes service in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
The debate at USC’s Galen Center was sponsored by the university and the Los Angeles Times and broadcast live on KTLA-TV (Channel 5).