GREUEL CAMPAIGN RESPONDS TO LCCN EXPOSÉ…BY GETTING PERSONALBy Greater Long Beach
Los Cerritos Community Newspaper this week published an investigative piece on Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, accusing her of spending most of the last three years advancing her mayoral ambitions on taxpayer dime. Greuel’s campaign hit back by releasing the six-year arrest record of reporter Randy Economy, who broke the story.
Economy responded today:
“They want to shoot me that is fine, but the real story is the corruption inside LA City Hall, and when confronted with the truth this is how they react. This is a blatant threat to every reporter in the country by Ms. Greuel. If you publish a story about us we will come after you, violate your privacy, shoot the messenger.
“I acknowledge the fact that I had a substance abuse issue, all my friends and acquaintances know it. I have successfully recovered, I have been clean for six years, and I am now a devout Catholic working very closely with the L.A. Archdiocese.”
Turns out, while LCCN continued to follow up on its Febuary 2012 expose on corruption in the office of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez — which led to his Oct. 17 arrest — it was also looking into Greuel’s activities. A public records request for Greuel’s official appointment calendar went unanswered for five months by her or her office. Nevertheless, Economy’s investigation found that the city controller “has spent an overwhelming majority of her official schedule for the past three years attending lavish dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and social events in an effort to advance her 2013 mayoral campaign,” as well having her city staff scheduled to attend mayoral campaign-related events after hours — in violation of the city ethics ordinance forbidding officials from engaging in (or using city resources towards) campaign-related activities while on the job.
Further, on at least one occasion during regular business hours, Gruel met with people such as Rick Jacobs, a political organizer and founder of the California Courage campaign and past California chairman of Howard Dean 2004 presidential effort; Eric Bauman, Chairman of the LA County Democratic Party and Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party; Maria Elena Durazo, Chairman of the LA County Federation of Labor; Michael Bustamante of California Strategies, a political advisory firm; Michael Mand of Creative Artist Agency (a Talent Agency); John Shallman and Marty Cooper, campaign strategists; LA Grant Communications, a full service marketing, advertising, and communications firm; Donna Lucas, Lucas Public Affairs; Yashar Hedayat, known for fundraising for Hillary Clinton; Teray Stephens another local fundraiser; political consultant Lindsay Bubar; political consultant Myung Soo Seok; Douglas Herman a Democratic political strategist and direct mail specialist; Gary Belz, President of the House of Blues; Arturo Vargas of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials; Antonio Gonzalez of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project.
Greuel even attended a wedding ceremony at the posh Terranea Resort during regular office hours.