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Rick Caruso, Grove/Americana Builder, Not to Run for Mayor

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Many were hoping that shopping mall magnet Rick Caruso would enter the 2009 race to run for Los Angeles mayor. Some wanted to see him as mayor, others wanted him in the race so it would be an actual race--Caruso could afford to run against Villaraigosa's campaign which has already raised over $2 million. But family comes first for the developer he said in a statement today. "I have decided that the obligation of serving as mayor would put a burden on my family that is too much at this point in their lives and, as a result, I will not be a candidate in the upcoming campaign for mayor," he said, per the LA Times.