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Does the Downtown News own the Mayor's race?

It may look that way to political observers as the archive builds. This week, LA Downtown News's Jon Regardie segments the candidates into four groups: movers, watchmen, whoopies, and Kevin James.

In case you're wondering who's in each:

Movers: Greuel, Beutner, Perry.
Watchmen: Garcetti, Caruso, Yaroslavsky, Padilla.
Whoopies: everyone else, except...
Kevin James: Kevin James.
I suggest you click over and see what makes each one a part of their group.

In recent weeks, the Movers especially have gone particularly bonkers. Jan Perry, who has been busy shaking down various westside casinos, evidently feels that arrogance and distance is working for Austin Beutner, so she's growing arrogant and distant herself. Wendy Greuel is so anxious to get on television that she doesn't spend much time with her calculator anymore.

But let's not restrict our grief to the movers. The media recently drooled when Watchman Rick Caruso made himself available to them for forty-five minutes--they fawned so completely, as they did six years ago, that even Caruso himself seemed to blanch, taking himself out of public view for another month. Zev Yaroslavsky, who has famously not faced a formidable election challenge in his life, is playing a classic insider game, holding out until the last minute, because he knows that as soon as he declares, he'll be the frontrunner and attacked by everyone. And Eric Garcetti probably is holding out for similar reasons--not because he actually threatens to be the frontrunner, but because he has a very vivid imagination.

Forget the Whoopies, whose only hope are the people in the Valley with the pitchforks. There are already two other candidates who appeal to the pitchforks: Caruso and especially....

And especially Kevin James, from the Kevin James cluster of candidates, who as Regardie suggests has a monopoly on Monopoly money, but less reported than projected.