After a little more than a year in government, private equity baron Austin Beutner has resigned from the office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a move that frees him up to campaign for his boss's job in 2013.

Beutner also filed paperwork Thursday with the city Ethics Commission that will allow him to form a campaign committee and begin raising money.

Beutner, who worked for $1 a year, packed a lot into his 15 months in the mayor's office. He was given the title of first deputy mayor, with responsibility for more than a dozen departments. He ran the Department of Water and Power on an interim basis for about six months.

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