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Wendy Greuel gives concession speech in the Valley

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City Controller Wendy Greuel monitored election returns with her husband Dean Schramm and her nine-year-old son Thomas Tuesday evening. On Wednesday morning, she conceded to Eric Garcetti.

When Wendy Greuel took to the stage Tuesday evening at downtown's Exchange club, she and Eric Garcetti were virtually tied in the mayor's race. By early Wednesday morning, it became clear that Garcetti would be mayor-elect.  Greuel phoned Garcetti in the middle of the night and then later gave a concession speech at her campaign headquarters in the San Fernando Valley. 

The unofficial returns posted by the City Clerk show Garcetti beat Greuel 54 percent to 46 percent. 

"Congratulations, Mayor-Elect Garcetti.  I sincerely wish you the very best, both on a personal level, and — because your success is critical to the success of Los Angeles – for your family, and mine, and for each and every resident of the greatest city in the world," Greuel said. 

Had she been elected, Greuel would have become the city's first female mayor. When Tuesday's winners are sworn in on July 1, the mayor, controller, city attorney and every member of the Los Angeles City Council will be a man. (Until the District 6 runoff later in July, which matches two women.)


UPDATE: Eric Garcetti elected mayor of Los Angeles; Wendy Greuel concedes

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Eric Garcetti hugs his wife Amy Wakeland after his speech at the Hollywood Palladium on election night.

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Eric Garcetti, the Eastside city councilman of Mexican and Russian Jewish descent, and son of former L.A. County District Attorney Gil Garcetti, will succeed Antonio Villaraigosa as mayor of the nation’s second largest city.

Garcetti, 42, beat City Controller Wendy Greuel 54 to 46 percent, despite being heavily outspent during the campaign by Greuel and her labor union allies. Those unions spent more than $3 million on her behalf. Garcetti successfully argued the support would make her beholden to organized labor, especially the union that represents Department of Water and Power workers. 

“Thank you to the voters of Los Angeles who voted for strong, independent leadership,” an optimistic Garcetti told supporters late Tuesday night at the Hollywood Palladium before the city clerk had released the final results. “We faced some powerful forces in this race.”


#DearMayor: The 7 issues you said you want LA's new mayor to address first

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Eric Garcetti delivers a speech on May 21, 2013.

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Create more bike lines, make the streets safer, fix potholes, reduce poverty — these are among the top things you told us that you want our new mayor, Eric Garcetti, to do first when we asked you as part of our #DearMayor initiative.

KPCC staff has been hitting the streets of Los Angeles asking folks what they want the city’s next mayor to work on first. We started the conversation online and then traveled to various spots across town from the Coffee Company in Westchester to Auntie Em’s in Eagle Rock.

Eric, here’s a list of the top issues people would like to you to work on first:

1. Create more bike infrastructure, safer roads for all

This was a hot topic during our gathering in Eagle Rock.

Glassell Park resident Jennifer Campbell, for example, frequently rides her bicycle along the L.A. River, but said she would love to feel safer in certain parts of town, like Silver Lake.


LA elects new city attorney, controller and 3 city councilmen


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Carmen Trutanich on primary night, Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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Election Day in Los Angeles resulted in incumbent city attorney Carmen Trutanich being ousted, a new fiscal watchdog and three new faces on the city council. And a special election for a fourth seat guaranteed that the next council will not be populated only by men. 

Four years after roaring into office as a maverick politician promising to upend City Hall, Trutanich was thrown out of the city attorney's office. Voters chose former state Assemblyman Mike Feuer to replace Trutanich, who was seeking a second four-year term as city attorney.

The final tally in Feuer's favor was 62 to 38 percent.

It’s unusual for an incumbent city attorney to lose a re-election bid. Trutanich’s downfall may have had its roots in his failed run for L.A. County district attorney last year, after promising voters he’d serve two terms as city attorney. The loss weakened him, politically.


LA voters opt to limit marijuana dispensaries


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A man smokes a marijuana cigarrette in Montevideo on December 7, 2012.

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Los Angeles city voters Tuesday decided to dramatically limit the number of medical marijuana dispensaries, approving Measure D by a 63 to 37 margin.

The measure allows only the 135 dispensaries that registered with the city before September 2007 to remain open. Hundreds of others must close immediately. In addition, the remaining dispensaries must locate themselves at least 1,000 feet from schools, and employees will now undergo criminal background checks. 

Those dispensaries also face an increase in taxes — rising to $60 per $1,000 of gross receipts.  

A majority of the city council supported Measure D. The United Food and Commercial Workers union, which is organizing dispensary employees, also campaigned for it.

Measure F, which would have allowed an unlimited number of dispensaries, failed 59 to 41 percent.  Measure E, which was abandoned by supporters, also failed.