Good morning, folks. Let’s get back to where we were with the campaigns at Dodger Stadium.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure, Proposition 30, passed with 54 percent of the vote. Proposition 32 was defeated, achieving just 44 percent of the vote. Both of those are victories for the L.A. County Federation of Labor, which spent months working to defeat Prop 32.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s transportation tax extension was defeated this morning. Measure J fell just short of the two-thirds vote needed. The measure would have extended L.A. County’s half-cent sales tax for public transit projects. Though the mayor was Measure J’s biggest cheerleader, he was MIA in Los Angeles last night. Villaraigosa flew to Chicago for President Barack Obama’s victory party.
In response to the defeat, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party said in a statement Wednesday, "Once again, the special interests and conservative forces have managed to twist the truth and defeat our efforts to create hundreds of thousands of job here in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles County Democratic Party will continue to stand up for Angelenos and fight against the special interests from further impeding progress in Los Angeles County."
At about 11 p.m. yesterday, before Prop 30 moved to the yes side, Assemblyman Mike Feuer told KPCC he was confident that the tax plan would pass once clerks got beyond counting early vote-by-mail ballots.
“The voters whose votes have been tabulated so far are those who really didn’t benefit from the full campaign, especially the last couple weeks,” Feuer said. “We’re going to see a continuing trend toward support for Prop 30.”
(Mike Feuer is running for L.A. City Attorney against Carmen Trutanich, who was at Dodger Stadium at the start of the night.)
Controller Wendy Greuel (who is also an L.A. mayoral candidate) was at Dodger Stadium later in the night. She campaigned against Prop 32 and for Prop 30.
“It’s personal for me. My son is in LAUSD. We will see 15 less days of school if (Proposition) 30 doesn’t pass,” Greuel said.
Her son is a fourth grader who was just elected vice president of his school.
“He won by three votes!” she said. (Greuel won her first city council race by 225 votes out of 30,000.)