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Hawthorne voters will be asked to increase sales tax rate to bail out city

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 ...

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    Nils Nehrenheim finishes 750 votes over Martha Barbee in final Redondo Beach ballot count

    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. The tally of 465 outstanding ballots in the District 1 race marks the end of a contentious...

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    Election results: Charter Amendment C gives disciplinary flexibility to LAPD officers

    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. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Charter Amendment C earned 92,874 yes votes (57.14 percent) and 69,647 no votes (42.85 percent). “The...

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    Election results: LAUSD board seat still in play with 40K ballots to be counted

    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. That means that the 39,948 vote-by-mail, provisional and miscellaneous ballots are still on the table, according to the Los Angeles Office of the City Clerk. The official canvas began Wednesday and must be finished by June 13. The initial estimate includes...

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    Nils Nehrenheim ousts Martha Barbee in Redondo Beach District 1 runoff election

    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. Nehrenheim won in a landslide with 60.8 percent of the vote, defeating Barbee by 653 votes, according to a count of more than 3,000 ballots that were mailed in or dropped off at City Hall in recent weeks. Another 291 outstanding ballots, plus those arriving in the...

    Megan Barnes
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  • Local Elections

    LA voters favoring all-civilian option for police review panels

    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. In early returns, Measure C enjoyed the support of 64.3 percent voters. The measure was placed on the ballot by the Los Angeles City Council and received support from council President Herb Wesson, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the police union, the Los Angeles Police Protective...

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    LAUSD board President Steve Zimmer losing by wide margin

    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. Like Melvoin, another candidate supporting charter schools, Kelly Gonez, also was leading her opponent for the LAUSD board. Zimmer, currently serving as president of the seven-member board, had just 39.8 percent of the vote in his bid to retain his District 4 seat,...

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    Balance of power at stake in Redondo Beach District 1 runoff

    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. A lot has happened since Nils Nehrenheim and Councilwoman Martha Barbee

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    LA City Council members call for Joe Bray-Ali to drop out of race

    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. “Enough is enough. We will not allow intolerance to poison our city and I am personally calling on Mr. Bray-Ali to withdraw as a...

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    LA City Council candidate slammed after online slurs insult black, transgender, obese people

    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. Bray-Ali appeared to have made the comments more than a year ago in the online discussion forum Voat, using the...

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    LA council candidate vows to stay in race despite losing endorsements over online slurs

    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. One of the biggest blows to Bray-Ali’s campaign came from seven of his potential colleagues on the City Council who took the unusual step Thursday evening of demanding the candidate drop out of the race. The...

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