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Kevin James Endorses Eric Garcetti For LA Mayor

By The Huffington Post News Editors

City Councilman Eric Garcetti earned the endorsement of former rival Kevin James on Tuesday, giving him the backing of all of the other major candidates from the March 5 primary for his runoff mayoral campaign against City Controller Wendy Greuel.

Greuel on Tuesday, meanwhile, offered a more detailed policy rundown of her platform in a major speech on the UCLA campus, outlining plans to reduce the budget of the mayor’s office and City Council by 25 percent and establish a $50 million fund to create tech jobs.

Both candidates are seeking to differentiate themselves, firm up their bases, and attract voters before the May 21 runoff.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post

LA Mayor Election 2013, March 5 Primary: Ballot Measure Info & Polling Places

By The Huffington Post News Editors

LA, it’s time to elect a new mayor! The primary nominating election is Tuesday, March 5. Find your polling place here.

Five out of the eight mayoral candidates on the ballot have participated in city-wide debates. See HuffPost’s interview with each (in order of who’s leading in polls) here: Councilman Eric Garcetti, Controller Wendy Greuel, Councilwoman Jan Perry, Kevin James and Emanuel Pleitez.

If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the votes, a runoff between the top two contenders will take place May 21.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post

2014 Kia Sorento “Tight Space” Commercial: Very Fitting [The Ad Section]

By Don Klein

Kia Tight Space

Award-winning ad man-cum-auto journalist Don Klein knows a good (or bad) car commercial when he sees one; the Ad Section is his space to tell you what he thinks of the latest spots. The ad’s rating is depicted via the shift pattern at the bottom, but everyone has an opinion when it comes to advertising, so hit Backfires below and tell us what you think, too.

Ads that simulate real-life situations are called “slice of life” commercials. We’re supposed to look at them and say, “Yeah I can relate to that,” or “That could be me they’re talking about.” They vary from vignettes that use exaggerated humor (like almost every breakfast-cereal commercial that depicts a family sitting around the kitchen table cracking jokes about cholesterol), to heartwarming masterpieces that evoke real tears, even though you know the situations are staged (like almost every Hallmark greeting card commercial). This spot for the new 2014 Kia Sorento falls somewhere in between. It won’t make you laugh or cry, but there’s a good chance it’ll make you smile because you really can identify with it.

We open on a family in a parking garage, looking for a spot for their Sorento. They finally come across one, but it’s awfully narrow. Dad wants to give it a try, but his wife makes it clear that he shouldn’t even think about it. And then comes the moment when most of us married guys start nodding our heads, because, boy, have we been there. Yes, the space is narrow, but I can do it! I just know I can! The daughters’ silent glance lets us know this isn’t the first time their parents have come to an impasse like this, and it probably doesn’t always end pretty. But this time Dad is a man with a plan. After all, their Sorento has the optional power folding mirrors that he’s been dying to use. Get out of the car so I can fold those puppies back and ease on in. Everyone humors him—and it works. Until he tries to open his door. Defeated? Not our boy. I’ll, um, just scurry out through the back. A little on-the-spot improvisation? Oh yeah. But his Kevin James–esque swagger and the way he tosses away his “Like a glove” line almost make us think maybe it actually was part of his plan, although he knows it wasn’t. The message? The 2014 Kia Sorento has power mirrors and a remote liftgate like more expensive SUVs, and, more important, it’s perfect for families like yours.



4th GearRecognizing I’m being completely subjective, I’ve got to say I like this commercial. One reason is because I think the actors look like a real family, not four mismatched souls from central casting. The little nuances are totally believable, too, …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver