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Voters in dozens of municipalities across the Los Angeles region went to the polls Tuesday to vote for mayors, council members and other city offices.

Outside the big contest in Los Angeles, four mayoral seats were up for election, but only one was competitive, in Redondo Beach where Steve Aspel won the office.

Pasadena voters cast ballots in three council districts, but only the Third District in the central part of the city had multiple candidates. In that race, businessman John J. Kennedy outpolled  activist Ishmael Trone by 55% to 38%. Kennedy will replace longtime councilman Chris Holden, who won an Assembly seat in November.  

West Hollywood voters chose two City Council members from a field of nine candidates, electing incumbents Mayor Jeffrey Prang and Councilman John Duran.

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Election live blog: Garcetti, Greuel speeches cause headaches for TV news directors (Updated)

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City Controller Wendy Greuel speaks to her supporters after moving forward to a runoff against Councilman Eric Garcetti in the race for Los Angeles mayor.

Eric Garcetti Election Campaign

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Eric Garcetti and his wife Amy Wakeland celebrate his campaign on March 5th, 2013.

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City Controller Wendy Greuel's nine-year-old son Thomas listens to her victory speech on election night in a citywide primary.

Eric Garcetti Election Campaign

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Eric Garcetti supporters sign in at the Avalon in Hollywood, Calif. on March 5th, 2013.

City Primary Election Night

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City Controller Wendy Greuel speaks to her supporters after moving forward to a runoff against Councilman Eric Garcetti in the race for Los Angeles mayor.

Eric Garcetti Election Campaign

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Nate Shutman, a finance associate for Eric Garcetti, watches the polling numbers come in on March 5th, 2013.

Eric Garcetti Election Campaign

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Eric Garcetti celebrates with his supporters at the Avalon in Hollywood, Calif. His campaign will continue into a runoff election against Wendy Greuel.

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City Controller Wendy Greuel speaks to her supporters after moving forward to a runoff against Councilman Eric Garcetti in the race for Los Angeles mayor.

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Mayoral candidate speaks optimistically during an 11:30 p.m. update during a primary election event at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz on Tuesday night.

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Campaign volunteers Chad and mother Hydee Vandermolen, mayoral candidate Kevin James, and volunteer Anthony Jakstis watch the vote count updates during a primary election event at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz on Tuesday night.

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Supporters Todd Priest, left, and Peter Jacobs applaud as mayoral candidate Kevin James speaks to supporters in an 11:30 p.m. update during a primary election event at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz on Tuesday night.

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Volunteers man the phones in the final hours of the race for mayor at Emanuel Pleitez's headquarters in Boyle Heights.

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Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich greets the crowd during primary election celebration at Rocco's Tavern in Studio City on Tuesday night. With the first round of votes counted, Trutanich was in second place with more than 30 percent of votes.

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Field coordinator Jason Maruca, supporter David Shaby, and field coordinator Melissa Jacobs check the first update of primary election results during a primary election celebration at Rocco's Tavern in Studio City on Tuesday night for Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who is seeking a second term.

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Sonja and daughter Reagan Conner of Arkansas look at their cell phone as Rocco's Tavern is turned into a celebration location for Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich on Tuesday night.

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LAUSD board president Monica Garcia addresses supporters on election night.

Mayoral Election Held In Los Angeles

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Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel votes with her son Thomas by her side in the Los Angeles mayoral primary on March 5, 2013 in Los Angeles.

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This combo shows a Feb. 20, 2013 file photo of Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti speaking to media in Los Angeles, left, and undated image provided by the Wendy Greuel Campaign of mayoral candidate Greuel meeting with voters.


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11:15 Garcetti and Greuel continue fight, this time over air time

The two mayoral candidates who have been neck-and-neck in the polls continued their fight to be first by both giving their election night speeches just as the 11 p.m. TV newscasts hit the airwaves.

Garcetti and Greuel surely created a headache for news directors who had to decide where to go first. NBC4 went with Greuel, who thanked all four of her opponents for their efforts and for withstanding 42 debates.

NBC4 then switched to Garcetti in mid-speech, just in time to hear him criticize the independent groups that are spending millions on Greuel's behalf.

— Oscar Garza  

11:01 Garcetti party heats up

The Avalon in Hollywood is packed now with Eric Garcetti supporters. Near the stage, a former California Supreme Court justice and playwright are standing near a neighborhood activist from Watts. 

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Election Day, turnover on Animal Services Commission, LA's NFL hopes on hold

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It is Election Day in the Southland.

Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Tuesday, March 5, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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Despite all of the debates, TV ads and mailers, the Los Angeles Times says the mayoral race is light on details for the city's future. In addition to the top job, Angelenos will vote on controller, city attorney and eight city council seats. "The leadership turnover is the most sweeping since term limits took effect in 2001," writes The Times.

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Mailers confuse party endorsements in race for Los Angeles' mayor

Slate mailer

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Despite its appearance, this mailer is not affiliated with the Democratic Party. In fact, candidates paid thousands of dollars to appear in the booklet, which was sent to registered Democrats.

Eric Garcetti is often described as a liberal progressive, but is he (secretly) a Republican? One slate mailer implies that’s the case.

Candidates pay to appear in slate mailers that are targeted to select groups of voters. Despite his liberal credentials, Garcetti paid $8,000 to appear on a mailer that is titled “Continuing the Republican Revolution.”

Did Garcetti switch his party affiliation? No, according to the campaign.

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“Eric has a broad base of support across Los Angeles, including many Republicans,” says Jeff Millman, a spokesman for the campaign. “They particularly like Eric’s leadership on enacting pension reform, cutting business taxes and standing up to the special interests at the DWP that want to buy the election for Wendy Greuel.”

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Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel locked in tight race heading into Election Day

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Mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti are in a dead heat, according to polls released by the Los Angeles Times and ABC 7.

Los Angeles mayor race 2013 Two surveys released in as many days differ on which candidate leads in the mayoral primary, but both polls agree – it’s close.

A Survey USA/ ABC 7 poll released Monday found Controller Wendy Greuel leading the pack with 28 percent, though Councilman Eric Garcetti was hot on her heels at 26 percent. From there, the survey found former prosecutor Kevin James at 15 percent; Councilwoman Jan Perry at 12 percent; and former tech executive Emanuel Pleitez at 9 percent.

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