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UPDATE: Los Angeles city voters reject Measure A sales tax hike

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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, center, and Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, left, were staunch supporters of Measure A.

Measure A, the proposed half-cent increase to the city of Los Angeles sales tax, failed 55 percent to 45 percent.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck argued the tax hike was necessary to avoid serious budget cuts to the police and fire departments.

During the campaign, city officials said the tax hike would address persistent budget deficits. Los Angeles faces a $200 million shortfall for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The new tax would have raised about that amount annually.

Like many cities, Los Angeles is struggling to recover from a dramatic drop in revenue since the Great Recession while coping with rising pension and healthcare costs for its employees. Since 2009, L.A. has eliminated more than 5,000 jobs, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said.  

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LA mayor's race: Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel set for runoff in May (update)

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As expected, Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti were the top two finishers in Tuesday's primary. The two will be in the May 21 runoff.

Los Angeles Mayor race 2013 Two politicians who once served together as leaders on the Los Angeles City Council will face one another in the May 21 runoff for mayor.

Early Tuesday, with 100 percent of the votes counted , Eric Garcetti garnered the most votes among the field of eight candidates with 33 percent of the vote. City Controller Wendy Greuel followed close behind with 29 percent. The results mirrored what both poll and fundraising numbers showed for months – the councilman and controller remain neck-and-neck.

RELATED:  Eric Garcetti speaks on Take Two about campaigning, LA's biggest issues and his break dancing past

Wendy Greuel on Take Two talking about the mayor race, labor support and education policy

Addressing his supporters at the Avalon club in Hollywood, Garcetti took aim at the independent political action committees that have spent millions of dollars on behalf of Greuel's campaign.

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Election day extends far and wide outside Los Angeles city limits

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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.

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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.

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

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Today is Election Day in Los Angeles. Find your polling place here.

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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