The Non-Politico’s Guide to the March 5 Ballot

What to know before you vote

The Race For Mayor

Get to know the frontrunners:

      • Mountain Mecca

        Eric Garcetti

        He’s youngish and smart and as polished as they come. But does he have the backbone to lead L.A. where it needs to go?

      • Mountain Mecca

        Wendy Greuel

        Does city insider Wendy Greuel have what it takes to be the next mayor of Los Angeles? A conversation about fixing the metropolis.

      • Mountain Mecca

        Kevin James

        Among the three leading contenders in the race to be L.A.’s next mayor, differences can be subtle. Then there’s attorney and former radio host Kevin James.

        Plus: Gabriel Kahn on the evolution of Kevin James

      • Mountain Mecca

        Jan Perry

        The three-term city councilperson makes her case for taking charge of City Hall.



The Race for City Controller

Meet the candidates:

      • Mountain Mecca

        Jeff Bornstein

        Bornstein has been a local business owner for 30 years, as well as a lifelong Angeleno and Democrat.

      • Mountain Mecca

        Cary Brazeman

        Cary Brazeman describes himself as an openly gay community activist and fiscally conservative progressive Democrat.

      • Mountain Mecca

        Ron Galperin

        If elected, Galperin intends to lean on his experience as chair of the L.A. Commission on Revenue Efficiency to hold government officials more accountable with city funds.

      • Mountain Mecca

        Ankur Patel

        Patel is half the age of some of the other candidates, but he has already accumulated a broad resume.

      • Mountain Mecca

        Dennis Zine

        Formerly a member of the Republican Party (he changed his registration status to “decline to state” in 2011), Zine has represented L.A.’s 3rd district on the city council since 2001.

      • Note: Disability advocate/teacher Analilia Joya is also running for City Controller.


The Race for City Attorney

Meet the candidates:

      • Mountain Mecca

        Mike Feuer

        Feuer served six years on the Los Angeles City Council and is currently representing the 42nd Assembly District as a member of the California State Assembly.

      • Mountain Mecca

        Greg Smith

        Smith is a Navy veteran and seasoned courtroom attorney.

      • Mountain Mecca

        Carmen Trutanich

        A native of San Pedro and a graduate of USC, Carmen Trutanich currently serves as the seventh City Attorney of Los Angeles.

      • Mountain Mecca

        Noel Weiss

        A graduate of UC Berkley, Weiss completed his law doctorate at Loyola University of Los Angeles in 1976 and has been practicing real estate, environmental, and corporate law in our city ever since


Plus, An Overview: A Guide to Power in L.A.

Who has more mojo—the mayor or the city council? It’s hard to vote when you don’t know a controller from a commissioner. A primer on local politics.