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Newton: Decision time in the L.A. mayor's race

All five of the leading candidates are smart and committed, and they all seem to be driven by the opportunity to lead. Still, as usual, the minutiae of the campaign has tended to swallow up big ideas.

Newton: Schools and City Hall

L.A. Councilman Eric Garcetti needs to address fears that his positions in the Los Angeles mayoral race have been molded by his backing from the teachers union.

Newton: An opening for the outliers

Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel's proposal to add 2,800 police officers and Fire Department personnel lends credence to the notion that City Hall knowingly promises more than it can deliver.

Newton: Courting the Valley

The San Fernando Valley could supply as much as 40% of the city's overall vote. No surprise, then, that all four leading candidates have designs on it.

Newton: Paths to victory -- or defeat -- in the L.A. mayor's race

Plausible strategies for Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Kevin James and Jan Perry to win in the March primary and go on to the May runoff.

Newton: The city that could be

Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Kevin James and Jan Perry are asked to describe what L.A. would look like after he or she had been mayor for eight years.

Newton: Which mayoral team will it be?

Garcetti, Greuel and Perry's staff choices offer insight into who they will choose to manage city departments after they're elected.

Newton: In L.A. politics, money still talks

But what does it say? Mainly, that perceived potential attracts more donors, which is good for Garcetti and Greuel.

Newton: Off and running in the L.A. mayor's race

A poll by the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University finds Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel as the front-runners.

Newton: Jan Perry's path to power

The councilwoman, lagging behind Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti in the mayoral race, could become the favorite of L.A.'s business community.

For Zev Yaroslavsky, a familiar end to a familiar saga

Zev Yaroslavsky's announcement last week — that once again, he won't run for mayor of Los Angeles — was no real surprise.

Newton: Greuel's hot hand

It's very early in the L.A. mayor's race, but City Controller Wendy Greuel has the hot hand right now.

Newton: Is Eric Garcetti mayoral material?

Garcetti has a base in his Hollywood district and support in other parts of Los Angeles. Some question his lack of executive experience, but he says he has proved he can get things done.

Newton: Who's on 1st (and Spring)?

The L.A. County supervisor insists he's still undecided. Meanwhile, mall developer Rick Caruso, who aims to own the Dodgers, considers his own campaign

Jim Newton: The race to succeed Mayor Villaraigosa

Developer Rick Caruso and investment banker Austin Beutner both want to be regarded as the preeminent candidate appealing to Republicans in the race, a mixed blessing in one of the nation's most stalwart Democratic cities.

Who will be L.A.'s next mayor?

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