Yesterday was Election Day in California for local elections – including City Council, school board and community college district board members in Los Angeles.
I am so pleased to note that Proposed Charter Amendments 1 and 2, which would change the date of city and school board elections to even-numbered years (when presidential and gubernatorial races are held) in 2020 and beyond, passed. Preliminary numbers from the City Clerk's Office show voter turnout of 8.62%. That number will probably increase as more ballots are counted, but it is far too low. These charter amendments will hopefully change that by making it easier to participate in these local elections going forward - and save taxpayer money to boot.
In other election-related news, Council members Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez, Herb Wesson, Mitch Englander and Jose Huizar all won re-election with more than 50% of the vote. Marqueece Harris-Dawson won the open seat to replace termed-out Councilman Bernard Parks. 👏 Carolyn Ramsey and David Ryu look to be headed to a runoff on May 19.
Tamar Galatzan and Scott Mark Schmerelson will go to a May runoff for the Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education. So will Bennet Kayser and Ref Rodriguez, and Richard Vladovic and Lydia A. Gutierrez. Board member George McKenna was re-elected without opposition.
Scott Svonkin was re-elected and Sydney Kamlager and Mike Fong were newly elected to the L.A. Community College District's Board of Trustees, with the last seat remaining too close to call for now.
Thank you to everyone who has stepped up to run and serve the community. Whether or not the outcome was successful yesterday, your willingness to make the sacrifices to run is a gift to all of us. I appreciate your service.