LA City Election Results Hinge on 20% Voter Turnout

Wed, 05/22/2013 - 10:11am

Phot: eric garcetti with danielle brazellThe good news is voter turnout increased over March's Primary Election in Los Angeles, but the real news is voter turnout didn't rise much above the historic low in the nation's second largest city.

With several high profile seats at stake, voters seemed to have little interest in helping chart the course for Los Angeles's next phase of development.  District 13 Councilmember Eric Garcetti will assume the mayorship of the city on July 1, landing a victory over outgoing Controller Wendy Greuel in a race where heated rhetoric often trumped policy and issue platforms.

Two of Los Angeles City Council's open seats will be filled by political veterans with a history of service at the state level, Gil Cedillo (District 1) and Curren D. Price (District 9). Mitch O'Farrell has been identified as the victor in District 13, although ongoing investigations of voter fraud and voter intimidation may delay certification of that result.

In LAUSD's only run-off election, Monica Ratliff is reportedly holding a slim lead over Antonio Sanchez in the District 6 race even as votes continue to be counted.

Ron Galperin secured the Controller's seat in a victory over termed-out Councilmember Dennis Zine, while incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich lost his relected bid to Mike Feuer.

Arts for LA will be reaching out to the newly elected city leaders in the hopes of scheduling meetings to talk about the impact of arts and culture on Los Angeles and the ways in which arts and culture organizations can serve as partners in building a better city.