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CALIFORNIA BRIEFING / BEVERLY HILLS

Measure H takes slim lead as count continues

November 15, 2008|Kate Linthicum

More than 300,000 ballots in Los Angeles County still remained to be counted Friday, 1 1/2 weeks after voters went to the polls.

Election officials are scurrying to process roughly 220,000 provisional ballots and 84,000 mail-in ballots, according to Marcia Ventura, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County registrar.

New vote tallies released Friday showed significant changes in one election.

Measure H, a ballot measure that would allow construction of a luxury hotel in Beverly Hills, was losing by six votes one week ago. But according to Friday's tally, the controversial measure is winning by 40 votes.

The current vote for Measure H, which would allow the construction of a Waldorf-Astoria hotel and two condominiums on the Beverly Hilton property in Beverly Hills, is 7,313 for and 7,273 against.

Election officials have until Dec. 2 to count and report votes. The results will be certified by the California secretary of state on Dec. 13.

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