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May 30, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
The day after a special election last week, Republican Andy Vidak declared victory in the race for a vacant state Senate seat. He had 52% of the vote. But provisional ballots counted since then put Vidak just below the majority vote he needed to win the 16 th District seat outright. As a result, he will face the second-place candidate, Democrat Leticia Perez, in a July 23 runoff election. The secretary of state said Wednesday night that the final vote tally was 49.8% for Vidak and 43.9% for Perez in a field of six candidates.
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May 28, 2013 | By John Shallman
More often than not, columnist Jim Newton gets things right. But his analysis of Controller Wendy Greuel's campaign for mayor of Los Angeles, which I advised, is dead wrong.  Newton: "Greuel never introduced herself in a positive way to voters. " Greuel's first television commercial did precisely what Newton said she did not: It introduced Wendy in a positive way to voters. The ad, " All of L.A. ," featured her speaking directly to the camera as she described her record identifying waste as controller and her plan to create jobs, improve schools and reduce crime for all of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2013 | Laura J. Nelson
The 1st District City Council race has garnered more than four times the money of previous races there, buoyed by the deep pockets and independent spending of labor and business leaders. In the runoff to replace council member Ed Reyes in the district near downtown Los Angeles, a combined $1.97 million has been raised on behalf of former Sacramento lawmaker Gil Cedillo and Reyes' chief of staff, Jose Gardea, according to campaign finance reports. The election almost ended in the primary: Cedillo received 49.32%, less than 1% shy of winning outright.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
Eric Garcetti's lead in the Los Angeles mayor's race has narrowed to seven percentage points, but his strength among conservatives has blocked rival Wendy Greuel from securing a San Fernando Valley base that is vital to her chances, according to a new USC Price/Los Angeles Times poll. As the candidates and their partisans swarmed across the city in advance of Tuesday's runoff election, Garcetti, a city councilman from Silver Lake, held a 48% to 41% lead, the survey found. Voters in the Valley and every other key region of Los Angeles favored him over Greuel, the city controller.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2013 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The race for a seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education pits the political savvy of Antonio Sanchez against the education skills of Monica Ratliff. And when it comes to campaign resources, politics trumps all. Sanchez, 31, has used his background in campaigns and ties to political figures to attract huge financial support from labor groups and a political-action committee headed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Ratliff, 43, has used her background as a legal-aid attorney and respected teacher in a high-performing school to impress editorial boards and educators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2013 | By James Rainey and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A day after a debate in which they told Los Angeles voters their prime focus as mayor would be promoting job creation, Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti took up the topic Monday, while also continuing a furious debate over union influence in their runoff election. City Controller Greuel met voters at a Century City mall and handed out her glossy 35-page "Leading L.A. Forward" brochure, which includes a multipoint plan that she said would bring more jobs to Los Angeles. City Councilman Garcetti talked with business leaders in North Hollywood about efforts to expand the aerospace industry in Southern California, saying he would look for ways to help with marketing, job training and government regulation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
The independent committee supporting Wendy Greuel's bid has bought $500,000 in television time to air a new positive 30-second spot supporting Greuel's mayoral bid, according to a source familiar with the ad. The 30-second spot , posted on YouTube by Working Californians, features former President Bill Clinton stumping for Greuel at Langer's Delicatessen on April 20. “You want somebody who hit it out of the park every time she had...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Teams will fan out across the Sierra Nevada on Thursday to perform their final snow survey of the season, a closely watched rite of spring that helps determine how much water will flow to farms and cities in coming months. But 18,000 feet above the Sierra slopes, an airborne experiment is underway that could revolutionize that ritual. Starting in early April, researchers have made weekly flights over the upper Tuolumne River basin, taking sophisticated instrument readings of the snow depth and reflected sunlight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2013 | By Abby Sewell and Angel Jennings
Final results from Compton's primary election released Thursday showed longtime Mayor Eric Perrodin ousted and political newcomer Aja Brown and former Mayor Omar Bradley headed for a runoff. Incumbent Perrodin, who is the city's longest-serving mayor, trailed in third place. A deputy district attorney and former Compton police officer, Perrodin ran on a reform platform in the 2001 election in which he defeated Bradley. He got praise for bringing new businesses, including Starbucks and Home Depot, to the city, but came under fire  over city contracts that went to friends and family members, absenteeism at meetings, and most recently, for the city's $40-million budget deficit . Bradley was convicted in 2004 of misappropriating public funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2013 | By Abby Sewell and Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
Final results from Compton's primary election released Thursday showed longtime Mayor Eric Perrodin ousted and political newcomer Aja Brown headed for a runoff with former Mayor Omar Bradley, who is facing a corruption trial. Incumbent Perrodin, the city's longest-serving mayor, trailed in third place. A deputy district attorney and former Compton police officer, Perrodin ran on a reform platform in the 2001 election in which he defeated Bradley. Perrodin got praise for bringing businesses such as Starbucks and Home Depot to the city, but he came under fire over city contracts that went to friends and family members, absenteeism from meetings and, most recently, a $40-million budget deficit.
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