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June 5, 1988 | CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
After months of long-winded fund-raising dinners, a blizzard of mailers and a wave of doorbell ringing, the race for mayor culminates Tuesday when at least half of the city's voters are expected to cast ballots. An unusually large number of requests for absentee ballots indicates that the turnout may even surpass the 50% prediction, said Lynda Burgess, chief deputy city clerk. She said 15,000 absentee ballots have been requested, "far above anything we've done before."
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March 31, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
This post has been corrected. See note below for details. With just over a week left before election day, the Long Beach city clerk has discovered ballot irregularities that could affect more than half of the city's voting precincts in one of the most closely watched local elections in years. Ballot tabulators failed to count votes marked on the second page of some ballots, said City Clerk Larry Herrera. The mistake affects precincts that have two-page ballots -- about 169 of the city's 295 polling places.
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April 3, 1988 | DAVID HALDANE, Times Staff Writer
There is general agreement on at least one aspect of this city's district school board campaigns. Despite previous arguments over electing board members by area rather than at-large, people on both sides of that question now say the new district process has resulted in more interest and a plethora of candidates in the April 12 election.
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September 3, 2009 | Seema Mehta
Schools trustees voted to hold a Dec. 29 special election to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of a board member who was being sought by authorities and has had several run-ins with the law. Long Beach Unified trustees voted Tuesday to call the election, which will cost the cash-strapped district up to $240,000, to fill the post of Michael Shane Ellis. The city charter does not allow the district to place the vote on the regular election ballots in November or April. Ellis, 41, was elected to the five-member school board in 2006 and has faced controversy.
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March 13, 1988 | CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
The 8th Council District is a land of extremes. The stark Carmelitos housing project rises about a mile across the tracks from the upper-crust estates surrounding the Virginia Country Club. The heart of the district contains proud middle-class neighborhoods like Bixby Knolls and California Heights. For almost a decade, Councilman Edd Tuttle has been a unifying force in his domain.
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April 14, 1988
(Inc.) designates an incumbent office holder. Winners are in bold type, runoff candidates in italics and the voter turnout, where available, follows the precinct report. Artesia CITY COUNCIL 5 of 5 precincts 19% 3 vacancies Vote % Robert Jamison (Inc.) 869 29.4 Ronald H. Oliver (Inc.) 847 28.6 William R. Stach 683 23.1 Gretchen A. Whitney (Inc.) 558 18.9 Bell 8 of 8 precincts CITY COUNCIL 2 vacancies Vote % George Cole (Inc.) 1,228 46.1 Ray Johnson (Inc.) 1,165 43.
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November 5, 1992 | Contributing to this story were Times staff writers Howard Blume, Carol Chastang, Gerald Faris, Mark Gladstone, Jil Gottesman, Tina Griego, and Somini Sengupta, and community correspondent Phillip J. Garcia
A little-known math teacher, making her first bid for public office, unseated a veteran Republican assemblyman Tuesday in one of the major upsets of the local political season. Betty Karnette, a Long Beach resident who teaches at South Gate Middle School, took on 14-year Assembly veteran Gerald N. Felando in a race for the 54th Assembly District that the Democratic Party had virtually conceded.
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July 4, 2000 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Long Beach City Council candidate who lost a runoff election by a razor-thin margin filed suit Monday to overturn the results, alleging that eight people voted twice and dozens of others mistakenly cast their ballots in the wrong council race. Dee Andrews, a candidate in the 6th District, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Laura Richardson-Batts, who won the June 6 special election by six votes after a recount.
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August 5, 1992
Long Beach voters will be asked whether they want to allow gambling in or around the Queen Mary ship, which is in danger of being mothballed. The City Council, in a 5-4 vote Tuesday, agreed to send the issue to the voters in November. The council majority agreed with a consultant's report that the ocean liner can only be profitable if the city allows a card casino. Opponents of the plan said a card casino would tarnish the city's reputation.
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June 9, 1994 | EMILY ADAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a relatively close contest, Long Beach voters elected a first-time politician to the mayor's office Tuesday, giving former community college president Beverly O'Neill the nod over two-term City Councilman Ray Grabinski. City voters also elected their first Latina to the City Council, former school board member Jenny Oropeza, and may have elected two--if Tonia Reyes Uranga's 29-vote lead over her challenger holds up. An undetermined number of absentee and other ballots have yet to be counted.
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June 8, 2006 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
Bob Foster, the newly elected mayor of Long Beach, said Wednesday he would work to make the state's fifth-largest city safer, cleaner and more inviting to the sorts of new business that could provide well-paying jobs. The morning after he won the race to lead this city of about half a million, Foster said his immediate goal after he is sworn in next month would be to work with city employees to figure out how they could treat the public like coveted customers.
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June 12, 2002 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tonia Reyes Uranga beat Mike Donelon by 58 votes for the Long Beach City Council's 7th District seat, based on a final count Tuesday of absentee ballots from last week's election. Donelon has five days to request a recount. His campaign consultant said he didn't know whether Donelon, who is in Mexico, would do that. Uranga could not be reached. It is the second close call for the two candidates in an election. Eight years ago, Donelon beat Uranga by one vote for the same council seat.
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April 10, 2002 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A termed-out incumbent who ran a longshot write-in campaign and the vice mayor appeared headed toward a mayoral runoff election late Tuesday in Long Beach, California's fifth-largest city. Dan Baker, a Long Beach councilman of two years, appeared slightly ahead with 30% of the vote in early absentee ballot counting. Beverly O'Neill, the mayor of eight years whose name could not appear on the ballot because of term limits, was running a close second with 29%.
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July 4, 2000 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Long Beach City Council candidate who lost a runoff election by a razor-thin margin filed suit Monday to overturn the results, alleging that eight people voted twice and dozens of others mistakenly cast their ballots in the wrong council race. Dee Andrews, a candidate in the 6th District, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Laura Richardson-Batts, who won the June 6 special election by six votes after a recount.
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September 21, 1995 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two weeks after approving a plan to require all votes in municipal races to be sent through the mail or dropped off at City Hall, the Long Beach City Council reversed itself Tuesday night in the face of an unexpected public outcry. Council members had voted 5 to 4 for the measure, which would have eliminated polls, after reviewing reports showing that vote-by-mail policies had increased turnout and slashed election costs in Stanislaus County and Modesto.
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October 13, 1994 | DUKE HELFAND
The City Council this week ordered a special election Feb. 7 to resolve a chaotic council race in central Long Beach, where the apparent loser emerged with a two-vote victory after a recount. Mike Donelon, a contractor who was declared the winner after the June recount, will face community activist Tonia Reyes Uranga. Uranga, who appeared to win by 29 votes, challenged Donelon's narrow victory in court, contending that ballots were improperly counted, among other problems.
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March 14, 1985 | MARIA L. La GANGA, Times Staff Writer
On a recent Thursday afternoon at the local Elks Lodge, 50 places were set for a "Meet the Candidates" luncheon: 50 name tags awaited the lapels of eager voters; 50 orders of Salisbury steak bubbled in the lodge kitchen, 50 dishes of raspberry sherbet were chilled and ready for desert. But as the event wore on, it gradually became apparent that everyone who came for lunch and information about the upcoming school board and community college trustee races could have had a second helping.
NEWS
September 15, 1988
The Council of Long Beach Organizations has announced the election of Marilyn Russel Bittle as its new chairwoman for 1988-89. Bittle is the executive director of the Teachers Assn. of Long Beach, the union representing teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District. She replaces Robert Kramme, past president of Lambda Democratic Club, a political organization composed of mostly homosexual members. The council has 15 affiliates, which are mostly liberal organizations and a couple of unions.
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June 9, 1994 | EMILY ADAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a relatively close contest, Long Beach voters elected a first-time politician to the mayor's office Tuesday, giving former community college president Beverly O'Neill the nod over two-term City Councilman Ray Grabinski. City voters also elected their first Latina to the City Council, former school board member Jenny Oropeza, and may have elected two--if Tonia Reyes Uranga's 29-vote lead over her challenger holds up. An undetermined number of absentee and other ballots have yet to be counted.
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November 5, 1992 | Contributing to this story were Times staff writers Howard Blume, Carol Chastang, Gerald Faris, Mark Gladstone, Jil Gottesman, Tina Griego, and Somini Sengupta, and community correspondent Phillip J. Garcia
A little-known math teacher, making her first bid for public office, unseated a veteran Republican assemblyman Tuesday in one of the major upsets of the local political season. Betty Karnette, a Long Beach resident who teaches at South Gate Middle School, took on 14-year Assembly veteran Gerald N. Felando in a race for the 54th Assembly District that the Democratic Party had virtually conceded.
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