Ms. Greuel won the backing of the city’s most influential unions, but Mr. Garcetti turned that into a liability, saying it would prevent her from securing concessions, particularly on pensions.The race generated a record $33 million in spending, including outside money from political action committees. Those groups, including the union that represents workers from the Department of Water and Power, spent more than $3 million supporting Ms. Greuel.
Los Angeles faces a $100 million budget gap and, like most blue cities, is currently grappling with the exploding cost of public pensions. It seems that voters in LA considered these financial woes, took a look at the candidate the unions loved, and decided to go the other way.Voters in more and more cities have been turning away from candidates seen as under the thumb of labor. Eric Garcetti isn’t going to be Mayor John Galt by any means, but the outcome of this race shows that even in the heart of blue California common sense and pragmatism still have some appeal.[Public union protest image courtesy of Shutterstock]