'Visions for LA' with Wendy Greuel
“Los Angeles needs a mayor who’s tough, competitive, and gets things done,” said LA City Controller and leading mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel to a group of about 50 esteemed API community leaders at Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment’s (CAUSE) fourth ‘Visions for LA’ event held in Chinatown on July 9.
Greuel, who has served as LA City controller since 2009, discussed her strong desire for economic improvement through job creation and stability, citing that there was a need to maintain large and small businesses in the city.
“I’m going to be the job czar for the city of Los Angeles, I want to make sure you have everything you need to keep your business here in the city,” said Greuel. “It’s not only about recruiting new businesses in LA, but it’s also keeping the businesses that we already have.”
Additionally, Greuel spoke about how she would cut unnecessary wasteful government spending by using her experiences as City Controller to improve the fiscal situation of the city. Other highlights on her focus as mayor include creating a seamless public transportation system and ensuring that public schools are giving the City’s youth quality education. Regarding education, Greuel spoke about how, as a parent, she was heavily involved with her son's schooling. She also mentioned him often as a source of inspiration for he mayoral campaign.
“I’m running for mayor so that I can give back and [help the city] move forward. My vision of Los Angeles is one where people fulfill their hopes and dreams,” said Greuel. “But we have to compete nationally and internationally for those kinds of dreams.”
Greuel describes herself as a "Valley Girl." The San Fernando Valley native worked under Mayor Tom Bradley throughout high school and college, eventually becoming deputy to the mayor. She also worked in the private sector at DreamWorks Pictures for five years before returning to the public sector.
“Everything I am today, I got from the city of LA. Everything that I am and the experiences I’ve had have been here in the city of Los Angeles,” said Greuel.
As for her relationship with the Asian American community, Greuel said that she would continue ensuring the engagement of the Asian American community in all levels of city government.
“As mayor of Los Angeles, I’m going to ensure that my administration and my commissioners and everyone represent the diversity of Los Angeles and include the Asian American community at every level to ensure that we’re addressing their concerns in their city,” said Greuel. “I believe when you look at our communities and our neighborhoods, and particularly our Asian American community, it is about ensuring that their part of the process. We need to open up the doors for everyone.”