Voters go to the polls in Los Angeles, Bell

A voter holds a ballot and a flyer while waiting to vote in the special election in Bell on March 8, 2011.
A voter holds a ballot and a flyer while waiting to vote in the special election in Bell on March 8, 2011.
Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo

The polls are now closed in Los Angeles, where voters are considering taxing marijuana dispensaries, restricting the Department of Water and Power and a number of City Council races. Voters are also going to the polls in Bell, where angry residents are voting whether to recall leaders charged with corruption, as well as replacing those who've already resigned.

Updated at 10:48 p.m. | Permalink

Watch results as they come in

You can follow today’s election results as they come in at the LA City Clerk’s office.

— KPCC Staff

Updated at 10:45 p.m. | Permalink

San Clemente shoots down development

Unofficial election results show voters in San Clemente shot down Measure A, a referendum on a plan to develop San Clemente's North Beach area.

With all precincts reporting, 57.7 percent voted "no" on the measure. That means the San Clemente City Council will not move forward on a plan to turn a beach parking lot into the Playa del Norte development. The project would have included shops, restaurants and office space.

Supporters had argued it would help revive a blighted area. But opponents said the plan amounted to selling the property to a private developer at a fraction of its value.

— Susan Valot

Updated at 10:40 p.m. | Permalink

Measure L looks to pass

Voters today threw their support behind a ballot measure calling for more money to be allocated to city libraries. As of tonight, the measure was passing with almost 63 percent of the votes counted.

Measure L amends the city charter to ensure that libraries get a bigger portion of the city's property tax revenue. It is a reallocation of existing resources, not a new tax.

Measure L will gradually boost the department's share of property tax revenue over the next four years, until it reaches 0.03 percent. That rate is expected to bring in an additional $51.7 million — which would keep all of the city's 73 libraries open at least six days a week, with new books and equipment. Some locations would also be open on Sundays.

The Los Angeles Public Library System is one of the most extensive in the world, with 72 branches and the Central Library downtown.

— KPCC Wire Services

Updated at 10:25 p.m. | Permalink

Early returns show voters favoring medical marijuana tax

Early returns from today's election indicating voters strongly favor taxing medical marijuana dispensaries.

If ultimately approved, Measure M would allow to the city to collect $50 out of each $1,000 in “gross reimbursements” that dispensaries receive from their patients.

That could generate $10 million a year.

— KPCC Wire Services

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A good night for LA City Council incumbents — so far

Early returns put many of LA City Council incumbents in the lead.

Retaining their seats — so far — are Paul Krekorian with 76 percent; Tom LaBonge with 62 percent; Tony Cardenas with 56 percent; Bernard Parks with 54 percent; Herb Wesson with 68 percent; and Mitchell Englander, who is running to replace retiring Councilman Greig Smith, with 58 percent.

In the highly vitriolic race between Jose Huizar and Rudy Martinez, Huizar leads with 60 percent of the vote.

— Derrick Taruc

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Prop O (for oil) losing by slim margin

With the exception of a proposed tax on companies that drill for oil within city limits, all of the Los Angeles city ballot issues that went to voters today appear heading for passage. Proposition O, the Los Angeles Oil Production Tax issue, is being narrowly defeated, according to the tally of vote-by-mail ballots released by the City Clerk's Office.

— KPCC Wire Services

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Early numbers in for LA Community College District Board of Trustees

Early numbers from the Los Angeles County Registrar regarding the election results for the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees, Seat No. 1, shows incumbent Mona Field in the lead with 43 percent of the vote. Community center director Oswaldo Lopez and retired educator Gwen Walker are trailing behind with 26 percent and 20 percent of the vote, respectively. Candidate Jozef Essavi has 5 percent, and Derrick Mims 2 percent of the vote.

For Seat No. 3, university professor Joyce Garcia has 62 percent of the vote and leads over community college teacher Steven Veres.

For Seat No. 5 university professor Octavio Pescador leads with 28 percent of the vote, over teacher Lydia Gutierrez’s 23 percent. Nicole Chase follows with 14 percent, Scott Svonkin with 9 percent, Mark Lee with 8 percent, Manuel Aldana with 7 percent and Pamela Bolin also with 7 percent.

For Seat No. 7, incumbent Miguel Santiago leads with 69 percent of the vote over Erick Aguirre.

— Derrick Taruc

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More than 230 people turnout to vote in upscale Windsor Square

Neon Tommy reports that turnout in the Windsor Square neighborhood of Los Angeles was brisk with some 230 residents voting as of 7 p.m.

This is the neighborhood where incumbent Tom LaBonge faces off with bicycle advocate Stephen Box and businessman Tomás O’Grady for a seat in L.A.'s fourth district.

According to polling inspector Giovanna Borgo-Carrillo, turnout was “fantastic” for a non presidential or congressional election, Neon Tommy reported.

- Jason Kandel

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Bell voters flock to the polls

KPCC’s Corey Moore reporting from Bell says voters young and old came in droves “eager to turn city around.”

For the full term City Council seat, Ali Saleh leads with 18 percent of the vote, with Violeta Alvarez and Fidencio Joel Gallardo trailing a few points behind.

Early numbers for the special vacancy election show attorney and organizer Ana Maria Quintana in the lead with 45 percent of the vote.

In the special election to succeed Teresa Jacobo, Danny Harber leads with 62 percent of the vote.

These are all early numbers.

The Associated Press also sets the scene from the polls in Bell.

— KPCC Staff

Updated at 8:37 p.m. | Permalink

Bell votes to recall City Council members

Early numbers are in regarding the election results for the city of Bell, which show more than 90 percent voting to recall councilmembers Oscar Hernandez, Luis Artiga, Teresa Jacobo and George Mirabel.

Right now, results show about 95 percent to recall, with two of the six precincts reporting 33 percent of the votes.

— KPCC Staff

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And the polls are closed
Seven of the LA City Council’s 15 seats were on the ballot, with Bernard Parks and Jose Huizar expected to face the toughest challenges among the six incumbents seeking re-election.

Councilman Greig Smith is not seeking re-election and has endorsed his chief of staff, Mitchell Englander, to be his successor in the 12th District.

Check back here tonight for results on today’s election.

— KPCC Wire Services

Updated at 5:33 p.m. | Permalink

Angry residents of CA city vote on council recall
A steady stream of voters lined up at four polling places in Bell to cast ballots for candidates for all five seats on the City Council, reports the Associated Press.

Voters went to the polls with a chance to elect a group of reformers in this blue-collar community that became the face of municipal corruption in the country when officials were accused of paying themselves six-figure salaries while the city was going broke.

— AP

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A look at the ethnic breakdown of the LA City Council candidates
As new 2010 Census data for California is released, which shows race and ethnicity, our immigration blogger, Leslie Berestein Rojas, gives us an overview of the ethnic breakdown of the Los Angeles City Council candidates running in today's election.

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Voters head to the polls
Ten measures are on Tuesday's ballot. Two would put additional restrictions on the DWP, which had an ugly fight with the City Council last year over proposed rate hikes.

Other measures are aimed at raising money and cutting costs as Los Angeles struggles to close a $350 million budget gap.

There are proposals to reform election financing, reduce pensions for some police and firefighters, increase library funding and change civil service hiring rules.

Voters also must elect seven City Council members and four school board members.

The polls close at 8 p.m.

Voters in the Southern California city of Bell are getting a chance to change the image of a community that's become the poster child for municipal corruption.

Polls opened Tuesday as residents of the Los Angeles suburb decide on a new City Council. Some seats are targeted for recall.

Eight current and former Bell officials are charged with looting the city of $5.5 million through inflated salaries and other scams. They include council members who resigned, and Mayor Oscar Hernandez, who decided not to run for re-election after the scandal broke.

The 16 council candidates include the only incumbent who hasn't been charged with a crime.