Although the Los Angeles municipal election on Tuesday produced few upsets, Measure EE was defeated, and two candidates will vie for a City Council seat in August.
Former City Council aide John Lee will face scientist Loraine Lundquist in an Aug. 13 runoff to fill the 12th District seat representing the northwestern San Fernando Valley, formerly filled by Mitchell Englander. Lee topped the crowded field of 15 candidates, although he beat Lundquist by only 50 votes, according to preliminary results.
Lundquist, a former research scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, ran her campaign focused on Los Angeles clean energy, addressing homelessness and improving city services. Lee was chief legislative deputy to Councilman Greig Smith, who filled Englander’s seat on an interim basis following his resignation last year.
Measure EE needed a two-thirds majority to be approved and lost by 54.32%-45.68%, according to semiofficial results released today by the Los Angeles County Registrar- Recorder/County Clerk. The measure would have imposed a parcel tax of 16 cents per square foot of building improvements on properties within the district. LAUSD officials estimated the tax would have raised about $500 million a year for 12 years.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, Superintendent Austin Beutner and school board members are expected Wednesday to discuss the next steps for the Los Angeles Unified School District following the measure’s defeat. Winning approval of the tax was considered vital for the district, which was relying on the new revenue source to help cover the costs of staffing and salary agreements it made with the United Teachers Los Angeles union to resolve a crippling teachers’ strike earlier this year.
In Long Beach, Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez is expected to be sworn in to the state Senate this month after a landslide victory over Cudahy Councilman Jack Guerrero in a special election to fill the vacant 33rd Senate District seat.