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Inside the Mighty 5th

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A week ago, I said that Vahedi and Ritter-Simon would be one-two in this election, in which no candidate is likely to come close to 40 percent let alone 50, and five days out I'm sticking with that. Ritter-Simon's camp has an absentee ballot effort, which may be critical to the outcome, especially if it rains. Vahedi continues to connect to homeowners. The two candidates had the best name recognition at the beginning of the race, and that trend continues.

The Times' endorsement of Galperin has made things more interesting, but if it had been the New York Times rather than the local fishwrap it might have been more meaningful.

Ritter-Simon is staging a media event Saturday at noon at Owen's Market, across from the Museum of Tolerance on Pico. Haven't heard from other offices today.

The most interesting thing about this race has been the way the candidates have not gone too close to Mayor Villaraigosa. Slow growth is the key issue in the district and the voters recognize Villaraigosa as no slow-growth champion. All candidates have been savvy enough to keep their connections to City Hall at arm's length.

The westside blog Blackburn and Sweetzer has covered two candidate fora. Comments at both generally tilt to Vahedi. Bleich is a polarizing figure who seems to be distancing herself from her old boss Jack Weiss. The two detailed summaries may be found here:


UPDATE: Riordan, who never tires of meddling with City politics, endorses Bleich.
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