|Los Angeles City Controller|
|July 1, 2009-present|
|Los Angeles City Council District 2|
Greuel co-owns a family business, Frontier Building Supply.
Although the mayor's race was non-partisan, Greuel is registered as a Democrat. She was registered as a Republican through 1992.
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.
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.
- See also: Los Angeles mayoral election, 2013
May 21 general
|Mayor of Los Angeles, General Election, 2013|
|Source: Los Angeles City Clerk|
March 5 primary
|Mayor of Los Angeles, Primary, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Addie M. Miller||0.5%||1,810|
|Nonpartisan||Yehuda "Yj" Draiman||0.4%||1,543|
|Source: Los Angeles City Clerk|
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. Garcetti and Perry also opposed the Riordan plan, while Kevin James supported it.
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."
If approved, the sales tax would have increased by half-a-cent on the purchase of goods and services made within the city.
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."
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.,
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|
Greuel lives in Studio City. She is married to Dean Schramm. They have a son, Thomas.
- Daily Breeze, "Filing period opens for March elections in South Bay, Los Angeles", November 11, 2012
- Los Angeles Times, "Wendy Greuel walks tightrope in mayor's race", January 7, 2013
- Los Angeles Times, "Riordan agrees to debates over city retirement benefits plan", November 15, 2012
- Los Angeles Times, "L.A. mayoral candidates debate Riordan pension overhaul plan", November 15, 2012
- Los Angeles Daily News, "Los Angeles City Council votes to put sales tax hike on March ballot", November 13, 2012
- Los Angeles Daily News, "Los Angeles mayoral candidates unite against proposed sales tax hike", November 14, 2012
- Los Angeles Times, "Greuel, Garcetti campaigns for L.A. mayor are ahead in fundraising", January 10, 2013
- Los Angeles Times, "Eric Garcetti edges Wendy Greuel in L.A. mayoral race fundraising", October 11, 2012
- About Wendy Greuel