Below is an excerpt from an article written by Hayley Fox and Eric Zassenhaus of KPCC on March 16, 2013, which covers Emanuel Pleitez' endorsement of City Councilman Eric Garcetti for Los Angeles mayor.
"As many expected, Pleitez has endorsed councilman Eric Garcetti in his run for Los Angeles mayor.
The former candidate said Garcetti wants to "bring opportunity to every corner of the city."
Pleitez also praised the councilman for being "ready to tackle the biggest issues no matter how tough they are," and added that Garcetti also takes care of the basics, including good jobs and strong communities.
Garcetti described Pleitez as a "passionate campaigner" whose campaign he admired, and said the former mayor candidate was a "tremendous advocate for the people of Los Angeles."
"I think there's a real spark in this guy and his team," said Garcetti, complimenting Pleitez on his campaign's use of social media and ability to reach out to a wide range of voters.
"We're going to knock on doors," said the councilman. "We're not going to depend on the DWP unit to buy this race."
According to a press release from Garcetti's camp, Pleitez's campaign's focus on job creation and its strong grassroots organization — especially among young and Latino voters — will bring energy and experience to his campaign.
Pleitez placed a distant fifth in the March primary elections, though he came in third among Latino voters, according to polling done by Loyola Marymount University.
As far as garnering the support of other former mayor candidates go, Garcetti said: "I've sat down with Kevin James and been in conversation with Ms. Perry and obviously I'd be honored to earn their support, but there's no decisions that either have made."
Pleitez, who came in a distant fifth in the municipal primaries with 4 percent of the vote, ran on a campaign of bringing more transparency and a entrepreneurial ethic to City Hall."
Read the original article here: http://www.scpr.org/blogs/politics/2013/03/16/12956/pleitez-garcetti-to-meet-with-reporters