Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomasand others show support for their chosen mayoral hopeful as she speaks about her plans to move the city forward, if elected.
Wendy Greuel's Fundraiser at Post & Beam Restaurant a success.
As the weeks turn into days, counting down to this yearís potentially historic mayoral race, while both candidates rush to impress upon supporters the importance of voting, City Controller Wendy Greuel struck deep steaks in the African American community by holding a support rally at the Post & Beam Restaurant on Sunday April 14.
The influential African American voters make up 15 percent of the total vote and are always a critical part of any election, according to honorary event chair and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who, along with former NBA star and Dodger owner Erving Magic Johnson, spoke at the event.
Lorraine Bradley and Post & Beam owner Brad Johnson greet Greuel and Erving Magic Johnson
Mirroring the enormous show of support a few weeks ago in front of West Angeles Church of God in Christ on Crenshaw, supporters Johnson, Loraine Bradley, John W. Mack, Laphonza Butler and others, came out to Post & Beam Restaurant, adjacent to the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza, to show their continued support of the mayoral candidate.
Greuel, who worked besides former Mayor Tom Bradley, spoke of bringing more contracts to minority companies, which would in turn create more jobs in the community. She also promised to open the lines of communication between the mayor's office, union officials and trade organizations. "I am deeply honored," said Greuel, "by the support I've received from African American community leaders, and I thank them all for their work to make the Post & Beam fundraiser one of the largest of my general election campaign."
This is in stark contradiction to her opponent, City Councilman Eric Garcetti, who has been virtually absent in the black issues debate during this race, despite picking up endorsements from former mayoral candidate Councilwoman Jan Perry. Regardless of the endorsement of the only other female and the only African-American mayoral candidate, Garcetti has missed 10 of the 12 City Council meetings as well as declining Greuel's request to join her in an impromptu debate on Wednesday April 10.
Despite the uneven presence in the black community, a survey USA poll showed Greuel trailing 40 percent behind Garcettiís 49 percent support. This poll was released last week.
Greuel hopes to rally the black vote in her favor by standing with proven black leadership such as Brotherhood Crusade's Danny Bakewell Sr. and other prominent community and religious leaders.
For more information about Wendy Greuel and her campaign go to www.wendygreuel.org.
Photos by Troy Tieuel