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Brace yourself, Los Angeles -- election day lasts another six months

November 07, 2012|By Robert Greene
  • For Angelenos, voting day will last almost until Memorial Day 2013.
For Angelenos, voting day will last almost until Memorial Day 2013. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated…)

No, of course one election is not enough. Let’s look ahead, ever so slightly. Los Angeles city voters begin selecting their next mayor beginning with mail-in ballots in February. Voting day is March 5.

So how did those candidates spend this election day?

Jan Perry voted Tuesday morning at 9-ish at Bunker Hill Towers on 1st Street in downtown Los Angeles. Her evening schedule included the Tolliver Barber Shop election night party in South Los Angeles; the Jackie Lacey election night party in Northridge (Lacey is running for district attorney); the Maxine Waters election night party in Hawthorne; and the Big One -- that is, the Big One for Democrats: the Los Angeles County Democratic Party and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor night shindig at Dodger Stadium.

Yes, Dodger Stadium. If you planned on dropping by for a Dodger Dog, you found out that this was a big yes-on-30, no-on-32 crowd. Which is just fine with The Times' editorial page. Just saying.

Perry also planned to hit the Reggie Jones-Sawyer election night party on Manchester. Jones-Sawyer is a candidate for the 59th Assembly District seat. And the Isadore Hall election night party at Culver Studios. Hall is an assemblyman seeking reelection.

Eric Garcetti voted around 8-ish Tuesday morning at his polling place at Allesandro Elementary School. He then went on KNX in the evening to do color commentary before going to the Dodger Stadium event. Does that make him Jerry Doggett?

Garcetti was also scheduled to appear at a Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley event in Van Nuys, a President Obama event in Culver City and other bashes as well.

Kevin James skipped the photo op and voted by mail last week. He said he was having lunch with Los Angeles City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana and had no particular plans for the evening, although “I anticipate that I’ll get out at some point.” James is a Republican, so you wouldn't find him at the Dodger Stadium event.

Wendy Greuel tweeted a photo of herself voting, with her young son. She spent the day phone-banking to get out the vote for Obama, for yes-on-30 and for no-on-32. She wears her no-on-32 sentiment right on her sleeve, or rather, on her campaign homepage.

And that’s our not-so-sneaky way of saying that the presidential returns are just the beginning. Los Angeles will be in full-election throttle through the holiday season, into next year and almost to Memorial Day 2013. Depending on how you feel about such things, either (1) hallelujah for democracy or (2) deal with it.

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