The CD13 race between Mitch O'Farrell, left, and John Choi isn't as friendly as it looks here. Allegations of voter fraud and xenophobia have surfaced in recent days.
The District Attorney's Office is investigating a complaint that campaign workers in a Hollywood area city council race illegally filled out ballots for voters.
The complaint was filed by the John Choi campaign against his opponent Mitch O'Farrell. According to the campaign, the O'Farrell camp mishandled ballots and outright voted on behalf of constituents in the Little Armenia neighborhood. The O'Farrell campaign denies all the allegations.
"This is the most blatant and widespread case of voter fraud I've seen in 20 years of political campaigns," said Mike Shimpock of the Choi campaign. "They are literally stealing this election. This needs to be stopped."
In response, an attorney for the O'Farrell campaign sent a cease-and-desist letter and countered with its own accusation that the Choi campaign violated election laws by completing ballots for voters.
The Los Angeles Times contrasts the upbringings and lifestyles of Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti.
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The Los Angeles Times contrasts the upbringings and lifestyles of Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel. The two candidates "have been criticized for having nearly indistinguishable records during their more than 10 years at Los Angeles City Hall. But when it comes to their lifestyles, they dwell in very different worlds," according to The Times.
The District Attorney's Office is investigating allegations that a candidate in CD 13 inappropriately filled out voters' ballots in Little Armenia, reports the Los Angeles Times. John Choi has accused his opponent Mitch O'Farrell of voter fraud and illegal electioneering activities.
Los Angeles city voters will choose between three medical marijuana measures on the May 21 ballot. At stake is the fate of hundreds of marijuana dispensaries.
A Studio City strip mall is home to the Perennial Wellness Center. You wouldn’t know it’s a medical marijuana dispensary, except for the telltale green cross and opaque windows. Inside, owner Sam Humeid shows off his array of products.
“We have a shelf full of edibles,” he said. “Everything from teas and honey sticks to full strength brownies and peppermint patties.”
When one of his regular customers walks in, Humeid warmly greets him. Kevin Kipnis, 49, prefers marijuana to codeine or anything stronger for the back pain he suffers as a result of a car accident.
“Usually a couple hits in the morning, couple hits at night, and I’m pretty good,” he said.
Mitch O'Farrell, left, and John Choi are competing to represent the 13th city council district in Los Angeles.
In a heated exchange at a debate in Hollywood Wednesday night, 13th District city council candidate John Choi accused rival Mitch O’Farrell of attempting to stir xenophobia among voters.
“My opponent has continued to attack me from day one, using language like ‘new arrival,' ‘outsider,’ and ‘not one of us,’” Choi told an audience inside Karapetian Hall at St. Garabed Armenian Church. “That type of language has been used for decades to raise xenophobic fears of outsiders and immigrants.”
Choi, 32, who is Korean American, pointed to a red campaign mailer that features a grainy picture of him above the words “not from our community.”
O’Farrell, 52, disavowed the mailer, which was sent by an independent committee. “I didn’t like it anymore than you did, John. I thought it was a terrible picture,” O’Farrell said. “Any sort of hint of discrimination has no place in a campaign.”
The mayor's race is neck and neck, according to a poll released Thursday. According to the Pat Brown Institute, Wendy Greuel leads Eric Garcetti by one point.
With just 12 days to go before the mayoral runoff, a poll released Thursday finds Wendy Greuel leading Eric Garcetti by one point — a statistical dead heat.
The survey from the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A. is the latest sign of how unpredictable the race has become. Greuel leads with 46 percent, with Garcetti at 45 percent. Nine percent of voters were undecided.
The numbers are in dramatic contrast to a USC/L.A. Times poll released on April 20th that showed Garcetti with a 10-point lead.
Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute, cautioned that comparing polls is like comparing apples and oranges, as each survey has its own makeup of participants. As for why there may have been such a shift in support in the past three weeks, he said: "It could be that more people are tuning into the race who weren’t tuned in before."