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Chief Deputy DA Jackie Lacey (R) and Deputy DA Alan Jackson.
Long time prosecutor Jackie Lacey became Los Angeles County's first female and first African American district attorney when she defeated Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Jackson.
Early Wednesday morning Jackson conceded in a statement first published by the Los Angeles Times.
"Ms. Lacey ran a dignified campaign and has earned our respect,'' Jackson said in the statement. "While she and I have serious disagreements, we share a commitment to making Los Angeles County a safer place to live. I look forward to working with Jackie and her administration to take on the dangerous criminals who threaten our community, fight for the vulnerable and for victims of crime, and work to keep children out of crime in the first place."
Lacey, 55, an L.A. native, is a 26-year veteran of the L.A. County District Attorney's Office who rose up through the ranks to reach the top spot. She will oversee about 1,000 attorneys, 300 peace officers and 800 support staff members.
A vote-counting machine and voting stickers.
The results for the 11 propositions on Tuesday's ballot reinforced one thing: California voters remain unpredictable. They softened the Three Strikes law, but kept the death penalty intact; our supposedly health-conscious denizens don't care to know if their food is genetically modified; and they voted for a tax hike, even as the state economy continues to struggle. Go figure.
Prop 30 — Temporary taxes to fund education: The Governor’s initiative rebounded after a precipitous drop late in the polls (54%-46%). The threat of $6 billion in cuts to public schools and universities was the motivation for a majority of voters. (For more, click here.)
Prop 31 —Establishes two-year state budget cycle: This cornucopia of government reforms fell flat with voters, who rejected it by a wide margin (60%-40%). While Californians consistently give state lawmakers low approval ratings, they were not convinced the proposed changes would make much of a difference. Some politicos think the measure was too confusing for voters.
All 80 of California's State Assembly seats were on Tuesday's ballot in contests that ranged from slam-dunks to squeakers. Some of the races got pretty rancorous, too.
The citizen-led redistricting made many races more competitive than they had been in years. Changes in California law also led several districts to have general election runoffs featuring candidates from the same party.
Sacramento Bee reporter Torey Van Oot tweeted that Assembly Speaker John Perez told her he expected Democrats to secure a two-thirds majority in the lower house. Such a supermajority would remove the ability of Republicans to block Democratic budget votes.
Here's a rundown of some of the more competitive and noteworthy Southern California Assembly races. Complete results also on our results page.
--Assembly District 39: San Fernando Valley: Richard Alarcon (D) / Raul Bocanegra (D)
The voter fraud charges hanging over the head of Los Angeles City Councilman Alarcon seemed to take a toll. Bocanegra knows how Sacramento works — he's worked as legislative director for state senators.
ALARCON: 37%; BOCANEGRA: 63%
Prop. 30, a measure to increase taxes and stave off nearly $6 billion in education cuts, appeared to be headed for passage as election results trickled in early Wednesday.
The measure received support from 53 percent of voters with 72 percent of statewide precincts reporting and less than half of L.A. County's votes counted. The passage marked the end of a last minute frenzy by Gov. Jerry Brown and supporters to reverse dropping poll numbers.
Prop. 30 will increase personal income tax for seven years on Californians earning more than $250,000. It would be implemented retroactively, starting Jan. 1, 2012. Those earning between $250,000 and $300,000 will pay 1 percent more. People making between $300,000 and $500,000 will pay 2 percent more and people making more than $500,000 will pay 3 percent more in taxes.
Republican Abel Maldonado conceded to Democratic Rep. Lois Capps Tuesday night. With 100 percent of precincts reporting at least partially, Capps led 54.8 percent to 45.2 percent, 119,344 votes to 98,391.
Maldonado released a statement which began, "A short while ago, I spoke with Rep. Lois Capps, and offered her my congratulations on her victory tonight. For anyone today who supported my campaign, I am honored and grateful for your support, not just today, but throughout my life in public service."
Maldonado thanked his family and said he would be spending more time with them following his campaign. He also thanked his staff and volunteers.
"It wasn’t easy, but nothing ever worth fighting for ever is and even though the outcome wasn’t the one we had hoped for, this was a campaign we all can be proud of," Maldonado's statement said.