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L.A. Votes: Final voter turnout, new challenges for city leaders

March 27, 2013|By Seema Mehta
  • This map shows how Los Angeles voted in the March 5 primary and the previous three mayoral contests. Each dot represents a voter in one of the hundreds of precincts across the city.
This map shows how Los Angeles voted in the March 5 primary and the previous… (Ben Welsh / Los Angeles Times )

The final vote tally from the primary election is in, and the percentage of Los Angeles residents who cast ballots ticked up slightly to 20.8%. The final count, still low compared with recent contested mayoral primaries, did not change the results in any of the city contests on the February ballot.

Tuesday provided a fresh reminder of the challenges that the next mayor will face. The City Council agreed to study a controversial set of budget-slashing proposals, including eliminating the shortened workweek for police officers and getting rid of proposed worker raises.

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Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel, who just picked up the endorsement of President Clinton, went on the attack, slashing at rival Eric Garcetti’s job-creation claims. The Garcetti campaign said Greuel’s accusations were baseless. Greuel also touted her work in the aftermath of the Northridge earthquake and headlined a fundraiser in San Pedro with U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro). Garcetti picked up the backing of the Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee.

In other city races, Richard Riordanendorsed Ron Galperin for city controller, Councilman-elect Mike Bonin backed Mike Feuer for city attorney, and council candidate Curren Price backed away from some racially charged remarks he made about rival Ana Cubas.

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