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Candidate in the Los Angeles City mayoral race, Councilman Eric Garcetti and his wife Amy Wakeland cast their ballots at Allesandro Elementary School on March 5, 2013 in Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Redux is one word to sum up yesterday’s primary election. The mayoral race between City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel will head to a May 21 runoff, with Garcetti getting 33 percent and Greuel locking in 29 percent of the vote.
Voter turnout for the mayoral primary was pretty dismal. Just 16 percent of registered voters showed up at the polls, lower than four years ago. The battles for the city attorney and city controller posts, as well as multiple seats on the LAUSD, will also be decided again in May. Los Angeles voters weren’t too hot on Measure A, the half-cent sales tax increase to ease the city’s budget deficit, which got voted down 55 percent to 45 percent.
The extra money would have gone toward 911 emergency response services, senior services, after-school gang and drug prevention programs, among other things. We will look at the election results and what the city is going to do to try to fix its budget problem now that Measure A is off the table.
Frank Stoltze, KPCC Reporter
Fernando Guerra, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University
Miguel Santana, City Administrative Officer at City of Los Angeles