Or they'll double down.
At a League of Women Voters debate recently, the moderator asked the candidates whether they would renegotiate the 5.6 percent raises due for city workers next year if the city was still in a fiscal crisis.
Mr. Garcetti responded with a barely audible “no.” Ms. Greuel gave an equivocal answer that produced a rustle of laughter among a few in the audience. Mr. James jumped to his feet.
“My opponents gave them those raises,” he said. “They must be renegotiated, and I will do that.”