Local Elections

LA leaders OK $85 million in Prop HHH money — including for homeless housing in Valley |Jun 9, 2017

Funding for a pair of San Fernando Valley projects to house the homeless was approved by the Los Angeles City Council Friday as part of the first batch of money awarded under Proposition HHH, a $1.2 billion bond measure passed by voters in November.

Jimmy Gomez wins Democratic fight for House seat in 34th District |Jun 7, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> A Southern California legislator backed by the Democratic establishment and supporters of Bernie Sanders won an open U.S. House seat Tuesday. State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez on Tuesday defeated rival Robert Lee Ahn to claim the seat in the 34th Congressional District, which runs through downtown Los Angeles.

Monica Rodriguez named caretaker of northeast San Fernando Valley council district |Jun 6, 2017

Councilwoman-elect Monica Rodriguez will get an early taste of what it will be like to lead Council District 7 in the northeast San Fernando Valley. The 43-year-old former Public Works commissioner was appointed Tuesday as caretaker of the district more than three weeks before she is set to represent the area on the City Council on July 1, when her official term begins.

LA Election Results: Monica Rodriguez certified as CD7 winner, Karo Torossian concedes |May 26, 2017

Monica Rodriguez has been certified the winner of the City Council race in the northeast San Fernando council race. Rodriguez pulled in 53.63 percent, or 9,588 votes, coming out ahead of her opponent Karo Torossian’s 46.

With LA election certification on fast track, Valley district could soon have its caretaker |May 23, 2017

Council President Herb Wesson is expected to wait until after election results are certified before taking steps to appoint a caretaker for a northeast San Fernando Valley district that has been vacant since September, a council aide said Tuesday.

Election Results: LAUSD board President Steve Zimmer loses to Nick Melvoin |May 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education conceded defeat Tuesday night in his re-election bid as he fell far behind a challenger backed by well-heeled supporters of charter school expansion in the nation’s second-largest school district.

Election results: Gil Cedillo, Monica Rodriguez win LA City Council races, sparking Garcetti’s praise |May 17, 2017

The morning after a contested election, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hailed the winners of newly won council and school board seats, as well as a new police disciplinary procedures.

Election results: LAUSD’s Zimmer concedes to Melvoin, but Gonez-Padilla race is close |May 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES — A pair of candidates heavily backed by charter-school proponents are ahead in the vote count for the Los Angeles Unified School District board, potentially signaling a major policy shift in the nation’s second-largest school district.

Election results: Charter Amendment C gives disciplinary flexibility to LAPD officers |May 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police officers facing disciplinary hearings will have a choice of appearing before an all-civilian review board or a panel that includes two command-level officers, thanks to voters’ approval of a ballot measure condemned by critics as a weakening of the LAPD’s disciplinary system.

Election results: LAUSD board seat still in play with 40K ballots to be counted |May 17, 2017

The runoff election to decide the fate of Los Angeles City Council and LAUSD board seats will not be official until nearly 40,000 outstanding ballots are counted through next month, city election officials said Wednesday.

Election results: LA City Council welcomes CD7 winner with plans to get her right to work |May 17, 2017

Monica Rodriguez was already fitting in with her future colleagues during a visit Wednesday to the City Council chambers, just hours after emerging victorious in a runoff for a vacant northeast San Fernando Valley seat.

Election results: Voter turnout in city, LAUSD races on par with recent runoffs — low |May 17, 2017

Fewer than one in 10 registered voters in Los Angeles cast their ballots this week to decide the outcome of fiercely contested city and school board races, election officials reported Wednesday. The combined voter turnout Tuesday across Los Angeles was 8.

Election Results: In LA City Council race for Valley seat, Karo Torossian has not conceded |May 17, 2017

Los Angeles Planning Director Karo Torossian has not conceded the unofficial winner of the Council District 7 race in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Torossian is down 833 votes, but 3,000 to 3,500 ballots in the district remain to be counted, according to campaign manager Eric Hacopian.

Election 2017: With loss, outgoing LAUSD Board President Zimmer sees a ‘tectonic shift’ |May 17, 2017

Big changes are coming for the second-largest school district in the nation, said its outgoing school board president, a day after his crushing defeat in an election that could have a huge effect on charter schools in the region.

ELECTION 2017: Despite hot races, LA voters weren’t exactly rushing to the polls in north San Fernando Valley |May 16, 2017

It was a steady and slow morning in the north San Fernando Valley, where voters were heading to the polls to elect a representative to the Los Angeles City Council after months without one. Turnout wasn’t hitting presidential election-level numbers, but it was clear Tuesday that those who did vote were tuned in and eager to tap a leader who would represent a diverse area from Pacoima to North Hills.

LA Election Results: Rodriguez headed to win in CD7 race, with decisive lead over Torossian |May 16, 2017

Former public works commissioner Monica Rodriguez looks set to join one other woman on the Los Angeles City Council, after clinching a strong lead over planning director Karo Torossian in a runoff for the Council District 7 seat in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

LA Election Results: Cedillo heads to likely victory over Bray-Ali in CD1 race |May 16, 2017

Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo appeared to be holding onto his seat with a commanding lead over bicycle activist Joe Bray-Ali in the Council District 1 race Tuesday night. With more than 65 percent of precincts reporting, Cedillo had double the votes of Bray-Ali.

LA voters favoring all-civilian option for police review panels |May 16, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Los Angeles voters Tuesday night were approving the creation of an all-civilian review board for police disciplinary hearings as an alternative to the traditional panel, which consists of two command-level officers and one civilian.

LAUSD board President Steve Zimmer losing by wide margin |May 16, 2017

Nick Melvoin grabbed a strong early lead Tuesday over incumbent Steve Zimmer in the runoff for the Westside seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District board, an election serving as a referendum on charter schools.

Gonez leads Padilla in early results for LAUSD District 6 seat |May 16, 2017

Seventh grade teacher Kelly Gonez was leading in early election results Tuesday night, narrowly surpassing rival Imelda Padilla to represent District 6 on the Los Angeles Unified School District board.

ELECTION 2017: LAUSD school board results will affect San Fernando Valley |May 15, 2017

After months of campaigning, two seats are up for grabs Tuesday for the Los Angeles Unified School District board – and both will affect public schools in the San Fernando Valley. In the eastern San Fernando Valley, a seventh-grade science teacher will face off with a community organizer to represent a vast area, from Van Nuys on the south to Sylmar on the north.

Election 2017: 2 LA Council seats up for grabs, LAPD discipline on the ballot |May 15, 2017

High-speed rail and bike lanes are just two of the many issues awaiting the attention of whoever voters elect in today’s runoff to represent a cluster of northeast San Fernando Valley communities on the Los Angeles City Council.

ELECTION 2017: Monica Rodriguez stayed in northeast LA, now she wants to lead it |May 13, 2017

While her high school friends were thinking of leaving for greener pastures after graduation, Los Angeles City Council candidate Monica Rodriguez bought a home in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Rodriguez settled down in that house in Mission Hills in 1997, not long after graduating from Occidental College.

ELECTION 2017: Karo Torossian taps in to working-class roots in bid for northeast LA seat |May 13, 2017

Karo Torossian, a longtime planning director for a San Fernando Valley area councilman, is accustomed to getting into the weeds on policy matters. But on a recent Sunday morning, he was tramping through actual weeds, brushing past wild, prickly overgrowth as he lugged a huge tire, a nearly fossilized tennis ball and other junk of mysterious origin from a bluff overlooking the Big Tujunga Wash and into a dumpster.

Rodriguez, Torossian face off on Tuesday for LA Council’s District 7 |May 13, 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE: Monica Rodriguez and Karo Torossian both say they are ready to represent Los Angeles’ City Council District 7. It’s a sprawling, diverse area of the San Fernando Valley, where the challenges of working-class neighborhoods like Pacoima contrast with the issues faced by nearby Sunland-Tujunga.

Attorney Bryan Caforio seeks rematch against Rep. Steve Knight next year |May 13, 2017

PALMDALE >> Attorney Bryan Caforio on Saturday announced his candidacy for Congress in the 25th District, seeking a rematch against Rep. Steve Knight in November 2018. “I am running for Congress to give the people in this district a voice, to harness the unprecedented level of energy we have been witnessing, and to move this community in a direction that aligns with our values -- not Donald Trump’s values,” Caforio said at Laborers’ Local 300 headquarters in Palmdale.

LA City Council candidates weigh in on controversial Valley bike lane projects |May 12, 2017

As Tuesday’s runoff election nears, northeast San Fernando Valley residents are demanding that Los Angeles City Council candidates weigh in on what has become a thorny issue: bike lanes. The lanes are part of a multimillion-dollar citywide effort called Vision Zero, initiated by Mayor Eric Garcetti, to build a bike network and reduce traffic fatalities.

Bike lanes are dividing residents in Pacoima, Sunland, where they’re off to a bumpy start |May 12, 2017

Javier Romero has witnessed nearly 60 years worth of change from the window of his TV repair shop on Van Nuys Boulevard in Pacoima, but the 78-year-old repairman said the new bike lanes that appeared on his street last fall have him worried.

LAUSD District 6 candidates in May 16 election talk enrollment, school safety and charters |May 11, 2017

With the Los Angeles Unified school board election less than a week away, the two remaining candidates for the District 6 school board seat made last-minute rounds to meet with voters, stopping Wednesday night in Lake View Terrace to field questions from the Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council.

Campaign sign theft accusations fly in final days of LA Council District 7 race |May 11, 2017

With the City Council election in the northeast San Fernando Valley heating up, allegations are being flung over the stealing of campaign signs — and now a city leader wants an investigation into whether any of the thefts were perpetrated by a member of a graffiti-removal crew contracted by the city.

LAUSD school board hopefuls to face questions ahead of run-off for Valley seat |May 8, 2017

On Wednesday, the two candidates for the Los Angeles Unified School District board seat representing much of the east San Fernando Valley will field questions and meet with voters at a candidate forum in Lake View Terrace.

LA council candidate Torossian gets praise from group fighting high-speed rail |May 5, 2017

A group that has been fighting high-speed train routes through the northeast San Fernando Valley gave top marks Friday to Los Angeles City Council candidate Karo Torossian over his opponent Monica Rodriguez.

Joe Bray-Ali fires back at local Democrats over call for him to quit LA Council race |May 3, 2017

Despite demands by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party that he halt his city council bid, former bicycle shop owner Joe Bray-Ali appeared to push on with his campaign Wednesday after admitting to making inflammatory online remarks and committing other indiscretions.

Candidates debate to represent Los Angeles Council District 7 |Apr 29, 2017

PACOIMA >> They faced off Saturday as the two top candidates vying to represent a forgotten region of the San Fernando Valley left in the lurch by its former Los Angeles councilman. Both Monica Rodriguez and Karo Torossian vowed that, if elected, the northeast Valley would once again get its fair share of city services.

LA council candidate vows to stay in race despite losing endorsements over online slurs |Apr 27, 2017

Los Angeles City Council hopeful Joe Bray-Ali vowed Thursday to forge ahead with his bid for a seat representing northeast Los Angeles and MacArthur Park, despite mounting backlash over offensive remarks he made more than a year ago in an online discussion board.

LA City Council members call for Joe Bray-Ali to drop out of race |Apr 27, 2017

The calls for Los Angeles City Council candidate Joe Bray-Ali to withdraw from the District 1 race continue to grow louder. On Thursday evening, seven of the council’s 15 members issued a joint statement urging Bray-Ali to step aside over his previous online comments insulting African Americans, transgender and obese people.

LA City Council candidate slammed after online slurs insult black, transgender, obese people |Apr 26, 2017

Los Angeles City Council candidate Joe Bray-Ali came under fire Wednesday for a bevy of comments he made online in which he used a racial slur and disparaged transgender and obese people. Online postings surfaced in which Bray-Ali uses the term “n*****,” comments on videos of black people fighting, shames obese people and criticizes transgender people.

LA councilman endorses Gil Cedillo’s opponent in District 1 runoff |Apr 6, 2017

Councilman Gil Cedillo, a political veteran, is fighting to hold onto his northeast Los Angeles district for a second term, but he won’t be able to count on the support of at least one City Council colleague.

Labor leader Maria Elena Durazo launches bid for Kevin de Leon’s Senate seat |Apr 6, 2017

Labor leader Maria Elena Durazo, who wielded influence in Los Angeles politics for nearly a decade, has thrown her own hat in the ring for a seat in Sacramento. Durazo revealed her plans Thursday on

24 vie to fill Xavier Becerra’s congressional seat in today’s special election |Apr 4, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Two dozen candidates will be vying in a special election today to fill the 34th Congressional District seat left vacant by former Rep. Xavier Becerra’s move to Sacramento to become the state’s attorney general.

Gomez to likely face Ahn in June 6 runoff for 34th Congressional District |Apr 4, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez will likely face Los Angeles Planning Commissioner Robert Lee Ahn in the June 6 runoff in the 34th Congressional District special election. Gomez, D-Eagle Rock, led the 24-candidate field with 8,156 votes, or 28.

Ferguson mayor seeks third term as challenged city’s face |Apr 1, 2017

FERGUSON, Mo.>> Ferguson’s leadership has changed drastically since the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown put the St. Louis suburb at the center of the debate over the treatment of blacks by the nation’s police forces.

Monica Ratliff endorses former Council District 7 opponent Karo Torossian in runoff |Mar 28, 2017

Los Angeles Unified School District board member Monica Ratliff has endorsed Karo Torossian for the vacant city council seat representing a northeast San Fernando Valley district, and urged her supporters to cast their votes for him.

Measure H campaign relied on public funds, charity funds, and clout: Susan Shelley |Mar 21, 2017

It’s official. L.A. County voters have passed another increase in the sales tax, making it 9.5 percent starting on July 1. On election night, the sales tax increase was barely ahead of the two-thirds vote needed for passage, but then it carried 73 percent of the 283,029 late-absentee and provisional ballots counted later, one-third of the total votes cast.

Measure H, quarter-cent sales tax to fight LA County homelessness, passes |Mar 20, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Measure H, a quarter-cent Los Angeles County sales tax to fund anti-homelessness programs, maintained the two-thirds majority needed for approval in a final ballot tally released Monday.

Council candidates heading to May runoff in Valley, northeast LA races |Mar 20, 2017

Voters will have to decide in May who will represent them in two Los Angeles City Council districts, according to the final tally released Monday. Contests for most seats were decided on March 7, including mayor, city attorney, city controller and several City Council spots.

Measure H, sales tax to help homeless, secures big victory in latest count |Mar 17, 2017

Measure H, the 1/4 cent sales tax increase to pay for programs to assist the homeless in Los Angeles County, has now garnered 69 percent of the vote from the March 7 election, according to updated results released Friday by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s office.

The mourning after another low voter turnout in LA: Doug McIntyre |Mar 11, 2017

Election Day in Los Angeles happened to coincide with National Pancake Day. Parked in a booth at an IHOP on Sunset I anxiously awaited my free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. Every year the International House of Pancakes teams up with the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals for a big fundraiser on National Pancake Day.

Monica Ratliff concedes she is out of the runoff, with thousands of ballots still to be counted |Mar 10, 2017

Monica Ratliff, the third-place finisher in Tuesday’s contest for the City Council District 7 seat in the San Fernando Valley, said Friday she is conceding, further solidifying a May runoff between Monica Rodriguez and Karo Torossian.

Just how low was voter turnout in LA County’s 2017 elections? |Mar 8, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Turnout was expected to be low for Tuesday’s Los Angeles County elections. And it was. Unofficial figures released early Wednesday put the turnout figure at 11.29 percent.