Local Elections

Hermosa Beach City Council candidates to debate the issues |Sep 21, 2017

By Sandy Mazza amazza@scng.com @sandymazza on Twitter Candidates in the Hermosa Beach City Council election on Nov. 7 will debate the city’s most pressing issues in a forum on Wednesday.

Redondo Beach school board extends terms by more than a year |Aug 23, 2017

Redondo Beach school board members have extended their terms of office so they can move elections to years that see greater voter turnout. After little discussion, the five-member Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to lengthen their terms by one year and two months and to move elections from March of odd-numbered years to June of even-numbered years starting in 2020.

Field already taking shape for 2018 Torrance city election |Jul 22, 2017

Former Torrance Councilman Tom Brewer, vanquished three years ago by Pat Furey in a spirited race for mayor, has emerged as the first viable challenger to the incumbent in next June’s election.

El Segundo explores moving elections from April to November |Jul 19, 2017

El Segundo leaders are exploring — with some reluctance — how to go about moving city elections to comply with a new state law designed to boost low voter turnout. On Tuesday, City Council members seemed skeptical that

Rolling Hills takes another stab at replacing view regulations |Jul 15, 2017

After a canceled election, the tiny, gated city of Rolling Hills will take another stab at repealing a controversial view ordinance. Passed via the initiative process in 2013, Measure B rolled back a long-standing policy on views, and left the city with a host of administrative and enforcement issues.

Former aide to Janice Hahn found guilty in campaign sign theft |Jun 17, 2017

Annette McDonald of San Pedro, a former aide to Janice Hahn, was found guilty this week of petty theft and sentenced to 10 days of community service for stealing a campaign lawn sign of Hahn’s opponent in the county supervisor’s race.

Hawthorne voters will be asked to increase sales tax rate to bail out city |Jun 14, 2017

Trying to stave off deep cuts in basic services at a time when the city is trying to launch a rebirth, Hawthorne will ask voters in November to add three-quarters of a cent to its sales tax rate. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to place the proposed tax hike on the Nov.

LA leaders OK $85 million in Prop HHH money including for homeless housing |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.

Nils Nehrenheim finishes 750 votes over Martha Barbee in final Redondo Beach ballot count |May 25, 2017

By Megan Barnes mbarnes@scng.com @meg_barnes on Twitter Redondo Beach Councilman-elect Nils Nehrenheim finished 750 votes ahead of Martha Barbee in the May 16 runoff election, according to a final ballot count at City Hall Thursday.

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.

Nils Nehrenheim ousts Martha Barbee in Redondo Beach District 1 runoff election |May 16, 2017

In an election that will tip the balance of power on the Redondo Beach City Council, slow-growth activist Nils Nehrenheim overwhelmingly swept Martha Barbee from her District 1 seat in Tuesday’s heated runoff.

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.

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

A proposal that would create an all-civilian panel to review LAPD disciplinary matters as an alternative to a board including two sworn officers was headed to a resounding victory in Tuesday’s election.

Balance of power at stake in Redondo Beach District 1 runoff |May 13, 2017

This week, voters in South Redondo Beach will decide a heated City Council race between an activist leading the fight against a $400 million waterfront makeover and an incumbent pushing for its success.

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 candidate slammed after online slurs insult black, transgender, obese people |Apr 27, 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 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.

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.

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.

Can meditation heal political wounds in the South Bay beach cities? |Mar 27, 2017

With the dust settling from one of the most heated local election seasons in years, the Beach Cities Health District wants to help residents move on and mellow out. On April 6, the public health agency — which serves Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach — is putting on a free post-election community mindfulness workshop at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

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.

Final election vote count delivers new Gardena mayor, Redondo Beach City Council runoff |Mar 20, 2017

Nearly two weeks after she placed second in election-night voting, Gardena Councilwoman Tasha Cerda was declared the city’s first new mayor in a dozen years Monday after county officials finished their final count of late ballots.

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.

Latest ballot count confirms Redondo Beach runoff election; Gardena mayor’s race still close |Mar 17, 2017

Redondo Beach’s District 1 City Council seat is headed to a certain runoff election, but Gardena’s mayoral election remains undecided after the latest count of outstanding ballots Friday from the March 7 municipal elections.

New ballot count widens Cerda’s lead in Gardena mayor’s race; Redondo Beach runoff likely |Mar 14, 2017

A new count of leftover ballots from the March 7 elections has boosted Gardena Councilwoman Tashsa Cerda’s narrow lead in the mayor’s race and nudged Redondo Beach Councilwoman Martha Barbee and Nils Nehrenheim closer to a May 16 runoff.

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.

Manhattan Beach school board latest to extend terms to comply with recent law |Mar 11, 2017

While Manhattan Beach was swept up in the homestretch of election season, the city’s five school board members quietly voted to give themselves an extra year in office.

In reversal from election night, new tally puts Tasha Cerda atop Gardena mayor’s race |Mar 10, 2017

Gardena City Councilwoman Tasha Cerda, the runner-up in election night balloting for mayor this week, vaulted into first place Friday after about 200 more ballots were tallied. Former Councilwoman Rachel Johnson, a cheerleading coach and retired elementary schoolteacher, held a 12-vote lead over Cerda on Tuesday.

Latest ballot count leans toward runoff for Redondo Beach council seat |Mar 10, 2017

County officials on Friday tallied the first batch of 2,435 outstanding ballots from this week’s Redondo Beach election, pushing District 1 Councilwoman Martha Barbee and challenger Nils Nehrenheim further toward a likely May 16 runoff election.

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.

Why did LA voters take a wrecking ball to Measure S? |Mar 8, 2017

Three decades ago, Los Angeles voters worried about protecting their neighborhoods roundly passed Proposition U, a measure to severely limit growth. But the defeat of Measure S by seven out of 10 voters Tuesday signaled construction cranes will not be quieted across Los Angeles.

Advocates for homeless celebrate Measure H result — and hope the lead holds |Mar 8, 2017

A quarter-cent Los Angeles County sales tax to fund anti-homelessness programs appeared to emerge victorious by a thin margin, but it wasn’t immediately clear how many provisional, questioned or late ballots still needed to be tallied.

Mayor Garcetti’s landslide victory could give him much more political clout |Mar 8, 2017

By Elizabeth Chou echou@scng.com @Reporterliz on Twitter Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti not only won re-election by a wide margin, he may have set a record by taking nearly 81 percent of the vote.

Election results: Will Gardena’s new mayor please stand up? Not quite yet |Mar 8, 2017

It could weeks before Gardena voters know whether they elected former Councilwoman Rachel Johnson or Councilwoman Tasha Cerda to be the city’s first new mayor in more than a decade.

Election results: Palos Verdes Estates voters deliver ‘wake-up call,’ rejecting parcel tax measure |Mar 8, 2017

Palos Verdes Estates voters shot down a parcel tax that funds the city’s fire and paramedic services, blowing a huge hole in its budget and forcing city leaders to ponder how to fill the yawning gap.

Election results: Slow-growth wins big in Redondo Beach as mayor, waterfront plan tumble |Mar 8, 2017

A galvanized corps of Redondo Beach voters rocked the city’s political establishment this week, sweeping Mayor Steve Aspel out of office, rejecting the waterfront makeover he championed and

Election results: New Manhattan Beach City Council has ‘no strangers’ |Mar 8, 2017

Steve Napolitano was 26 and living at home with his parents when he became the youngest person elected to the Manhattan Beach City Council in 1992. The main message of his campaign then — that Manhattan Beach was losing its small town identity — would be the same 25 years later.

LAUSD board President Steve Zimmer forced into runoff election |Mar 8, 2017

Los Angeles school board President Steve Zimmer, the target of a well-financed opposition campaign funded largely by charter-school backers, is heading for a May runoff election. Zimmer, who represents Westchester and other Westside communities, led a field of four candidates in the District 4 race Tuesday, but at 47.

LA Election Results: Mayor Eric Garcetti cruises to easy victory |Mar 7, 2017

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti cruised to an easy re-election victory Tuesday with an ocean of votes separating him and his 10 challengers. With all precincts reporting, Garcetti had 202,278 or 80.

LA Election Results: Voters approve Measure H to fight homelessness |Mar 7, 2017

A quarter-cent sales tax aimed at raising hundreds of millions of dollars to help end homelessness across Los Angeles County was able to pass with two-thirds of the vote in Tuesday’s municipal election, according to county returns.

LA Election Results: Measure S defeated at ballot box |Mar 7, 2017

HOLLYWOOD >> Measure S, the sweeping slow-growth measure that aimed to push pause on big building projects across Los Angeles, went down to defeat. With all precincts reporting, the “no” vote prevailed with 171,831 votes for 68.

LA Election Results: Measure M ends Tuesday on a high note |Mar 7, 2017

Pot will regulated in the city of Los Angeles. That’s because Measure M was approved Tuesday by voters. With all precincts reporting, 192,054 voters voted for the measure, giving it 79.

Follow our live blog for updates on 2017 election in the South Bay |Mar 7, 2017

South Bay voters headed to the polls today to cast ballots in a variety of city elections. Polls opened at 7 a.m. and closed at 8 p.m. Voters will decide mayoral, City Council and school board races in

Election 2017: Live results from the March 7 election |Mar 7, 2017

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Election 2017: Buscaino, Bonin both coast to easy re-election victories for LA City Council |Mar 7, 2017

Two coastal Los Angeles city councilmen whose districts have been roiled by homlessness and development issues romped to easy victories Tuesday, each over a pair of rivals. Councilman Joe Buscaino, 43, seeking a second full four-year term representing the

Election 2017: Measure C to restrict waterfront development wins in Redondo Beach |Mar 7, 2017

In a victory for slow-growth activists, Redondo Beach voters handily approved a ballot measure Tuesday aimed at derailing a $400 million overhaul of the city’s aging waterfront — but the project’s future still hangs in the balance.

Election 2017: Measure P to lengthen LA port leases waltzes to victory |Mar 7, 2017

A ballot measure aimed at spurring development around the waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles easily passed Tuesday at the polls.