Wendy Greuel

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Wendy Greuel
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 33
Prior offices
Los Angeles City Council District 2
Los Angeles City Controller
Campaign website
Wendy Greuel campaign logo
Wendy Greuel was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 33rd Congressional District of California.[1]

She is a former Los Angeles City Controller and was a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles on the May 21, 2013 ballot.[2] Greuel was defeated by Eric Garcetti in the May 21 mayoral general election.[3] If she had been elected, Gruel would have been the first female mayor of Los Angeles in the city's history.[4]


Greuel co-owns a family business, Frontier Building Supply.[4]

Greuel's political career began when she served as an aide to former Mayor Tom Bradley. When Bradley moved to Washington, DC in 1993 to take a job with the Clinton administration, so did a number of his aides, including Greuel. Her role was as an HUD administrator of grants to fight homelessness. She left her position with the federal government in 1997 to go to work for the film studio DreamWorks, as its manager of political affairs.[4]

Greuel was first elected to a political office in 2002, when she won a seat on the Los Angeles City Council with a margin of 242 votes.[4]


Campaign themes


Greuel's campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • Combating Climate Change: "Any discussion of environmental policy must start by acknowledging that our climate is changing and human activity is the cause. The science is conclusive: climate change is the most serious threat to our communities, as agriculture is strained and clean water sources increasingly scarce."
  • Protecting Open Space: "We can’t play a game of chance with California’s groundwater supply. It’s time to demand that companies utilizing natural gas drilling technologies known as “fracking” be held accountable for their practices. The truth is that fracking poses potentially significant health and environmental risks, particularly with regards to water quality in the surrounding areas. And as California faces the worst drought in decades, we need to question whether we want to put any more of our precious water supply at risk."
  • Transportation and Traffic Relief: "I intend to lead on transportation and traffic issues. Henry Waxman worked tirelessly to bring tax dollars to this district for ambitious projects to ease congestion and make daily travel easier on local families. I’m committed to carrying on that legacy by working to fund the practical solutions that will reduce traffic and create jobs and a more efficient economy while cutting emissions and improving the air we breathe."


—Wendy Greuel's campaign website, https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.wendygreuel.org/issues/


See also: Issues in the 2013 Los Angeles mayoral contest

Pension reform:

At a campaign forum held in Koreatown on November 14, Greuel opposed a City of Los Angeles Pension Reform Initiative, and the measure failed to appear on the May 21, 2013 ballot. The pension reform measure was sponsored by former mayor Richard Riordan.[7] Garcetti and Perry also opposed the Riordan plan, while Kevin James supported it.[8]

With respect to Riordan's plan, Greuel said, "I have concerns about it being ... sustainable in the city of L.A. So today it would not be something I would support."[8]

Sales tax:

Greuel opposed the City of Los Angeles Sales Tax Increase, which was defeated on the March 5, 2013 ballot.

If approved, the sales tax would have increased by half-a-cent on the purchase of goods and services made within the city.[9]

Greuel said with respect to the proposed new tax, "I have concerns about going to the public for a sales tax at a time when the public doesn't believe we've done everything that we can do."[10]



See also: California's 33rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Greuel ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 33rd District. Greuel was defeated in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[11]

U.S. House, California District 33 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngElan Carr 21.6% 23,476
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTed Lieu 18.8% 20,432
     Democratic Wendy Greuel 16.6% 17,988
     Independent Marianne Williamson 13.2% 14,335
     Democratic Matt Miller 12% 13,005
     Republican Lily Gilani 7.1% 7,673
     Democratic Kevin Mottus 2.4% 2,561
     Republican Barbara Mulvaney 2.3% 2,516
     Democratic David Kanuth 1.4% 1,554
     Democratic Kristie Holmes 0.9% 994
     Libertarian Mark Herd 0.8% 883
     Green Michael Sachs 0.7% 732
     Democratic Michael Shapiro 0.6% 650
     Independent Tom Fox 0.5% 509
     Democratic Zein Obagi 0.4% 477
     Democratic Vince Flaherty 0.3% 345
     Democratic James Graf 0.3% 327
     Independent Brent Roske 0.2% 188
Total Votes 108,645
Source: California Secretary of State


Greuel received the endorsement of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. He said, "Wendy Greuel is the right choice, right now. The Wendy Greuel I know is a champion for women, a champion on the environment and something near and dear to me, a huge champion on transportation and traffic relief."[12]

Greuel was also endorsed by California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Harris said in an interview, "I've known Wendy for a very long time. I know her to be someone who will represent California in a very important way."[13]

EMILY's List endorsed Greuel in the race as well. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, said "Wendy Greuel has demonstrated outstanding leadership as a public servant fighting for education, small businesses, and government accountability for California families. The EMILY’s List community – now more than three million members strong – is excited to support Wendy’s campaign to be a strong voice for the women and families of California’s 33rd congressional district."[14]

The League of Conservation Voters endorsed Greuel along with a Democratic rival, Ted Lieu.[15]


See also: Los Angeles mayoral election, 2013

May 21 general

Mayor of Los Angeles, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEric Garcetti 54.2% 222,300
     Nonpartisan Wendy Greuel 45.8% 187,609
Total Votes 409,909
Source: Los Angeles City Clerk

March 5 primary

Mayor of Los Angeles, Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Jan Perry 15.9% 58,472
     Nonpartisan Emanuel Pleitez 4.1% 15,263
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEric Garcetti 33.1% 121,930
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWendy Greuel 29% 106,748
     Nonpartisan Addie M. Miller 0.5% 1,810
     Nonpartisan Kevin James 16.3% 60,154
     Nonpartisan Norton Sandler 0.5% 2,002
     Nonpartisan Yehuda "Yj" Draiman 0.4% 1,543
Total Votes 367,922
Source: Los Angeles City Clerk (dead link)

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Greuel's reports.


Through December 31, 2012, Greuel had raised slightly over $4 million for her campaign, including matching funds. This put her in a virtual dead heat with Eric Garcetti in the fundraising sweepstakes.[18][19]

This chart shows fundraising totals for the mayoral election's "Big 5" candidates through February 27, 2013:

Candidate Contributions rec'd Expenses Cash on hand Matching funds
Eric Garcetti $4,341,755 $4,958,067 $249,988 $667,000
Wendy Greuel $4,400,365 $4,935,141 $327,245 $667,000
Jan Perry $1,591,529 $2,142,366 $101,898 $667,000
Kevin James $444,328 $732,843 $33,878 $266,986
Emanuel Pleitez $252,618 $554,128 $64,118 $299,265


Greuel lives in Studio City. She is married to Dean Schramm. They have a son, Thomas.[20]

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  1. Campaign website, accessed February 5, 2014
  2. Daily Breeze, "Filing period opens for March elections in South Bay, Los Angeles," November 11, 2012
  3. Los Angeles City Clerk, "Election results," May 21, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Los Angeles Times, "Wendy Greuel walks tightrope in mayor's race," January 7, 2013
  5. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 23, 2014
  6. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  7. Los Angeles Times, "Riordan agrees to debates over city retirement benefits plan," November 15, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 Los Angeles Times, "L.A. mayoral candidates debate Riordan pension overhaul plan," November 15, 2012
  9. Los Angeles Daily News, "Los Angeles City Council votes to put sales tax hike on March ballot," November 13, 2012
  10. Los Angeles Daily News, "Los Angeles mayoral candidates unite against proposed sales tax hike," November 14, 2012
  11. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," June 3, 2014
  12. Los Angeles Times, "Villaraigosa backs Wendy Greuel's congressional bid," February 4, 2014
  13. Los Angeles Times, "Kamala Harris endorses Wendy Greuel in race for Waxman's House seat," February 6, 2014
  14. EMILY's List, "EMILY’s List Endorses Wendy Greuel for Congress," February 7, 2014
  15. Los Angeles Times, "Conservation League backs two rivals for Waxman's House seat," April 18, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Wendy Greuel April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Wendy Greuel Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  18. Los Angeles Times, "Greuel, Garcetti campaigns for L.A. mayor are ahead in fundraising," January 10, 2013
  19. Los Angeles Times, "Eric Garcetti edges Wendy Greuel in L.A. mayoral race fundraising," October 11, 2012
  20. Campaign website, "About Wendy Greuel," accessed May 10, 2012