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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1997
Key to Election Tables * An asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent candidate. * A double dagger (***) indicates a race where a runoff election will be held between the top two candidates if no one receives more than half of the vote. * Elected candidates and approved measures--or those leading with 99% of precincts reporting--are in uppercase and in bold type. Results are not official and could be affected by absentee ballots.
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March 16, 1997 | HENRY CHU, This story was reported by staff writers Jose Cardenas, Efrain Hernandez Jr., Henry Chu and special correspondent Susan Abram. It was written by Chu
At least 13 Los Angeles County residents who were not citizens illegally registered to vote last year under the auspices of an embattled Latino social services agency, a Times inquiry has found. The residents told The Times that they completed their voter registration cards with the assistance of Hermandad Mexicana Nacional. But at the time, none of the 13 had been sworn in as citizens, as the state Constitution requires, according to interviews.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1996
Challenger Fred Rotenberg's marginal victory in the Pasadena Municipal Court race blew to pieces the theory that nice guys always finish last. A self-described "affable" attorney, Rotenberg won the unprecedented support of Judge Elvira Mitchell's colleagues and ousted the only judicial incumbent to lose a seat in Tuesday's election. A 10-year veteran who once ran unopposed, Mitchell could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1997
Key to Election Tables * An asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent candidate. * A double dagger (***) indicates a race where a runoff election will be held between the top two candidates if no one receives more than half of the vote. * Elected candidates and approved measures--or those leading with 99% of precincts reporting--are in uppercase and in bold type. Results are not official and could be affected by absentee ballots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1996 | FRANK MANNING
Westlake Village officials have thrown their support behind a county bond measure on the November ballot designed to raise $270 million for renovation of existing parks and construction of new ones. The City Council unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the measure, which city officials said could provide as much as $1.3 million for a new city park for Westlake Village. The park would be built on a 40-acre parcel off the northern end of Lindero Canyon Road near the Ventura County line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1996 | DADE HAYES
Citing his roots as the son of a South-Central Los Angeles gang member, Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti urged an audience at Cal State Northridge on Thursday to actively fight gang activity, truancy and domestic violence. "We've been sensitizing our judges, police and others to the problems," he said. "But now you have to do something about it to break the cycle of violence. We all have to do something."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti has amassed a fund-raising edge of 65 to 1 over challenger John Lynch, according to campaign disclosure forms made public Wednesday. As of June 30, according to the forms, Garcetti had stockpiled $507,740 in the bank. Lynch, a deputy district attorney who heads the office's Norwalk branch, had $7,858 on hand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1996 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite criticism that tax-weary voters will reject it, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday asked voters to approve a $319-million bond measure in November designed to improve parks, buy open space and provide new recreational facilities. The average homeowner would pay $6 to $7 annually for 20 years if the measure is approved by voters in the November general election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1996 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Yvonne Brathwaite Burke on Wednesday unveiled a broad measure for the November ballot that would reform Los Angeles County's wide-open system of fund-raising and spending on political campaigns. The proposal, which would apply to offices from supervisor to district attorney, will be considered at a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1996 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters across Los Angeles County will shuffle to the polls once more this week to cast ballots for a slew of municipal posts and local measures in elections in more than a dozen cities from the South Bay to the San Fernando Valley. Tuesday's election, which comes on the heels of a statewide primary marred by what some state officials viewed as an alarmingly low turnout, features a handful of down-to-the-wire local contests, and is sprinkled with noteworthy political names.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two senior prosecutors who were outspoken supporters of election challenger John Lynch were told Thursday that Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti was assigning them to new jobs, transfers they bitterly alleged were retaliatory. Deputy Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, who has headed the San Fernando branch office for four years, was assigned to head the welfare fraud division. "It's payback time," Cooley said. Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1996
After a bruising campaign that has left his office sharply divided, Gil Garcetti was sworn in Friday for his second term as Los Angeles County district attorney. Garcetti, who narrowly defeated Deputy Dist. Atty. John Lynch, said in a speech delivered in the Board of Supervisors chambers that his top courtroom priority remains the vigorous prosecution of street crime. He said he also intends to pay special attention to cases involving gangs, domestic violence and the collection of child support.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Challenger John Lynch conceded but did not congratulate incumbent Gil Garcetti. For his part, Garcetti did not commend Lynch. The bruising race for district attorney finally wobbled to a close Friday, 17 days after the polls closed. To the end, it was marked by hard feelings and ill will. "It's safe to say," Lynch said Friday, managing a wry smile, "that I won't be on the short list of those in the running for [Garcetti's] chief deputy."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sixteen days after voters went to the polls, Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti was pronounced the victor Thursday over challenger John Lynch, reelected by a margin of about 5,000 votes out of 2.2 million cast, election officials said. In a verdict that reflected the split in public opinion over whether the first-term incumbent was to blame for the failed prosecution of the O.J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1996 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Veteran Los Angeles political observers agreed Wednesday that Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti has almost surely emerged victorious in his hard-fought race for reelection against challenger John Lynch. They said Lynch would have to win an extraordinarily high percentage of the ballots yet to be counted in order to defeat the incumbent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti has extended his lead over challenger John Lynch to 4,347 votes, gaining 901 votes in counting conducted Tuesday, election officials said. With 18,808 more ballots counted Tuesday, Garcetti, the incumbent who has maintained a slim lead since election night, inched closer to clinching victory over Lynch, who heads the Norwalk branch of the district attorney's office. But the race is still not officially over.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1996 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Apparently reversing course, Los Angeles Community College District trustees signaled their readiness Wednesday to delay a controversial districtwide tax plan for at least a year and place the issue before voters in November. Faced with a looming recall drive, district officials announced that the trustees will hold a special meeting Friday to consider placing the tax measure on the ballot. Several trustees said the board majority has now shifted in favor of holding an election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1996 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a contentious debate with campaign reform advocates, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the drafting of a political reform measure for the November ballot that would impose the first restrictions on contributions and spending in county races.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1996
Reversing a pattern that had seen his slim edge over challenger John Lynch eroding, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti increased his lead by 281 votes in ballots counted Friday, padding his margin to 3,446, election officials said. With all but 1,000 absentee ballots and about 34,000 provisional ballots now counted, Garcetti appears to be on the verge of clinching a second term by a margin of about 1%, political analysts said. About 2.2 million ballots were cast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1996
Upgrading Los Angeles County's outdated vote-counting equipment to avoid the kind of failures that slowed election results last week could cost $5 million to $6 million. But it could cost approximately $50 million to completely replace the county's centralized vote tabulation equipment with a state-of-the-art system that counts ballots at the precincts, Registrar-Recorder Conny McCormack told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
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