Controversial anti-development Measure S lost 37 percent to 63 percent while Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti easily cruised to re-election with 81 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary election.
The Los Angeles County Registrar reported results from all precincts with 593,233 votes cast at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Measure S was an initiative aimed at limiting development by blocking General Plan amendments for two years. It is supported by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which argued that development raises rents for AIDS patients.
Garcetti won re-election to a second term as mayor the America’s second largest city. By winning over 50 percent of the vote, he avoided a runoff election in May.
Measure H — a proposed quarter-cent Los Angeles County sales tax to fund anti-homelessness programs — appeared headed for approval, with just over 67
percent of the vote. The measure needed a “yes” vote by two-thirds of voters to pass.
On the Los Angeles City Council, incumbents Gil Cedillo in the 1st District, Paul Koretz in the 5th district, Curren Price in the 9th district, Mike Bonin in the 11th District, Mitch O’Farrell in the 13th District and Joe Buscaino in the 15th District were all re-elected, with over 50 percent of the vote in each case. Monica Rodriguez led in the open 7th District seat with 28 percent of the vote, but faces a runoff election in May with Karo Torossian.
Measure M which was placed on the ballot by the City Council to allow the city to repeal a current ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, was approved with 79 percent in the vote.
Incumbent Los Angeles Unified School District board member Monica Garcia won re-election with 58 percent of the vote, but board President Steve Zimmer — who was the target of a well-financed opposition campaign funded largely by charter-school backers — is heading for a May runoff with 47 percent. The District 6 race will be decided in a runoff between charter-school-backed teacher Kelly Fitzpatrick-Gonez and activist Imelda Padilla.
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