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June 21, 2012
Re "Debating the top-two system," Column, June 18 George Skelton says it's "screwy" to redo an election in November if one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in the primary. But low turnout raises problems with skipping the runoff. Instead, eliminate the primary, not the November election. Allow all candidates to run in November, with voters marking their first, second, third and fourth choices. Count everyone's first choice, eliminate the candidate with the fewest votes and apply those voters' second choice.
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WORLD
April 26, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan presidential race is set for a June runoff between former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani, according to official results released Saturday. The preliminary tally showed Abdullah winning nearly 45% of the 6.9 million votes cast, and Ghani 31.5%. Election officials will examine hundreds of reports of voting irregularities before issuing final results on May 14, but the allegations didn't appear widespread enough to change the results substantially -- or to give Abdullah the absolute majority needed to avoid a runoff.
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WORLD
August 2, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Two former government officials will take part in a presidential runoff election in Mali after a first round of voting in which no candidate won an outright majority, according to provisional results announced Friday. The election is an attempt to usher in stability and peace after a military coup and rebellion saw half the country fall into the hands of Al Qaeda-linked militias last year. Former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 69, will face former Finance Minister Soumaila Cisse, 63, in the Aug. 11 vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The contrast between nostalgia for the Los Angeles River and the reality of it today could not be sharper than at its confluence with the Arroyo Seco, a big, desolate flood-control channel strewn with trash and hemmed by freeways, power lines and railroad yards. Nagged by a sense that a real river lay entombed in all that concrete, L.A. poet Lewis MacAdams and two friends, fortified by coffee and brandy, in 1985 used wire cutters to snip a hole in the fence that separated the river from the city.
WORLD
October 16, 2009 | Paul Richter
Afghanistan's disputed presidential election probably will be decided by a runoff contest, the country's ambassador to the United States said Thursday, a development that would add new uncertainty to the Obama administration's tortuous deliberations over Afghanistan policy. Ambassador Said T. Jawad, a former close advisor to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, predicted the runoff in an appearance Thursday before a Washington research organization. His comment was the first acknowledgment from a senior Afghan official that a runoff is more likely than a declaration that Karzai defeated his main challenger, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, in the fraud-tainted August vote.
WORLD
February 3, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - A runoff presidential election appeared likely in El Salvador after leftist Vice President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the top vote-getter, narrowly missed winning outright, according to preliminary election results Monday. With more than 99% of the votes counted, Sanchez Ceren, a former guerrilla leader, received nearly 49% support in Sunday's election. Sanchez Ceren appeared headed for a March 9 runoff against the second-place candidate, Norman Quijano, who received about 39% of the vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2000
In your Oct. 1 editorial "A Step Toward Clean Beaches," you failed to include several missing pieces of the urban runoff puzzle, namely: (1) Waste treatment plants do not have the capacity to handle the total volume of all of the inland cities. Highly developed watersheds preclude all but the coastal communities, meaning over 90% of the low-flow nuisance water flowing year round remains "toxic soup." (2) The detritus and chemical composition of runoff overwhelm treatment plants. These facilities were designed for human waste--the bacteria in their holding chambers are for organic materials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1991
We sorely need a revitalization of the water conservation method utilized in the Midwest during the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s. Many houses had rain gutters surrounding the eaves and the rain water runoff was plumbed into an underground cistern. A small, filter-equipped hand pump to this water supply was located in the house near the kitchen sink. This cistern water was used for dish-washing and other cleaning. It is amazing the amount of rainwater runoff that occurs even in a mild rain.
WORLD
April 26, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan presidential race is set for a June runoff between former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani, according to official results released Saturday. The preliminary tally showed Abdullah winning nearly 45% of the 6.9 million votes cast, and Ghani 31.5%. Election officials will examine hundreds of reports of voting irregularities before issuing final results on May 14, but the allegations didn't appear widespread enough to change the results substantially -- or to give Abdullah the absolute majority needed to avoid a runoff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Two San Diego City Council members are headed for a runoff mayoral election to replace the disgraced Bob Filner, unofficial ballot results showed Tuesday night. Kevin Faulconer, 46, a Republican, received 43.57% of the vote and David Alvarez, 33, a Democrat, received 25.60%, with 99% of votes counted. Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher received 24.30% and former City Atty. Mike Aguirre 4.45%. Both are Democrats. Faulconer was the only Republican among major candidates in the race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Setting the stage for a shake-up in city politics, a councilman and a real estate investor held off heavily favored Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal in Long Beach's mayoral election and will meet in a June runoff. Unofficial tallies in Tuesday's vote showed Councilman Robert Garcia leading the pack with 25.4% of the vote, and former NFL player and real estate investor Damon Dunn close behind with 22.3%. Lowenthal, a political heavyweight in the port city, garnered 19.6%. It marked the first time in her lengthy career that she lost an election day contest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Howard Blume
The contest to head the nation's second-largest teachers union will go to a second round, pitting challenger Alex Caputo-Pearl against incumbent Warren Fletcher, who finished a distant second in the initial race, according to results released Thursday. Caputo-Pearl, 45, received 48% of the votes and Fletcher 21%. In the vote-by-mail election, 7,158 members of United Teachers Los Angeles returned ballots, about 23% of those eligible to vote. Fewer than one in four voters supported the one-term incumbent.
WORLD
March 9, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - El Salvador's presidential runoff was so close Sunday night that election officials declined to name a winner until a final count Monday. Adding to the confusion of the evening, left- and right-wing parties each declared victory, while conservative candidate Norman Quijano, who was trailing by just a few thousand votes, alleged in a blistering speech that the count was fraudulent. With nearly 3 million votes tallied - more than 99% of the total - Quijano, of the right-wing Arena party, was trailing Vice President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, who was a leftist guerrilla during the country's civil war, by 4,403 votes, according to the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal.
WORLD
February 3, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - A runoff presidential election appeared likely in El Salvador after leftist Vice President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the top vote-getter, narrowly missed winning outright, according to preliminary election results Monday. With more than 99% of the votes counted, Sanchez Ceren, a former guerrilla leader, received nearly 49% support in Sunday's election. Sanchez Ceren appeared headed for a March 9 runoff against the second-place candidate, Norman Quijano, who received about 39% of the vote.
WORLD
February 2, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - A former left-wing guerrilla leader held a wide lead in El Salvador's presidential race Sunday night, but it was unclear whether Salvador Sanchez Ceren could avoid a runoff. With 57% of the ballots tallied, Sanchez Ceren, the vice president of El Salvador, had a bit more than 49% of the vote. If he draws more than 50%, he will avoid a runoff provisionally scheduled for March 9. Norman Quijano, a former mayor of the capital, San Salvador, came in second, with 38% of the vote.
OPINION
February 1, 2014
Re "A dry, distressing reality," Jan. 28 In three short years, Cachuma Lake - a large reservoir in the coastal mountains of Santa Barbara County - has gone from abundance to scarcity. And this time, unlike in the last crisis year of 1991, buying more pricey water from the state is being weighed as a serious possibility. With a big population growth forecast for nearby Goleta over the next 15 years, we will again be seeing the same folks as before clamoring for increased water supplies.
SPORTS
July 2, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
EUGENE, Ore. - Sprinter Jeneba Tarmoh withdrew from consideration for a 100-meter-dash berth on the U.S. Olympic team, canceling the runoff race she and Allyson Felix had been scheduled to contest Monday evening at Hayward Field. USA Track and Field issued a statement Monday morning in which it said Tarmoh, who had been in a dead heat with Felix for third place in the 100 during the Olympic trials, told the organization she had declined the spot. The statement said: “In an email forwarded to USATF President and Chairman Stephanie Hightower at 9:37 a.m. Pacific Time by her agent, Kimberly Holland, Tarmoh said, “I Jeneba Tarmoh have decided to decline my 3rd place position in the 100m dash to Allyson Felix.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Surfers, beware: After two days of rain, public health officials are warning that ocean waters near discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers could make swimmers sick. A rain advisory is in effect for all Los Angeles County beaches until Sunday morning. Jonathan Fielding, director of the county Department of Health, has advised surfers and swimmers to stick to parts of the beach that aren't near discharging drains or natural outlets. Debris and trash make their way into the ocean whenever it rains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Two San Diego City Council members are headed for a runoff mayoral election to replace the disgraced Bob Filner, unofficial ballot results showed Tuesday night. Kevin Faulconer, 46, a Republican, received 43.57% of the vote and David Alvarez, 33, a Democrat, received 25.60%, with 99% of votes counted. Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher received 24.30% and former City Atty. Mike Aguirre 4.45%. Both are Democrats. Faulconer was the only Republican among major candidates in the race.
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