By Aaron Blevins, 2/28/2013
Mayor, city council, controller, city attorney all at stake
Los Angeles voters will have some big decisions to make on Tuesday, when the electorate will decide on a new mayor, city attorney, city controller and eight city council seats.
To win, candidates must accumulate 50 percent of the tallies, plus one vote. If no candidate reaches that threshold, the top two candidates will advance to a runoff during the General Municipal Election on May 21. Officials will begin their terms on July 1.
For mayor, voters have eight choices — neighborhood council secretary Yehuda “YJ” Draiman, City Councilman Eric Garcetti, City Controller Wendy Greuel, radio broadcaster/attorney Kevin James, citywide advocate Addie Miller, City Councilwoman Jan Perry and technology executive Emanuel Pleitez.
In the city attorney race, incumbent Carmen Trutanich is being challenged by former Assemblyman Mike Feuer, public safety attorney Greg Smith and attorney/community advocate Noel Weiss.
Six candidates are vying to replace Greuel as the city’s controller. They are business owner Jeff Bornstein, local company executive Cary Brazeman, efficiency commissioner/businessman Ron Galperin, disability advocate/teacher Analilia Joya, student/labor organizer Ankur Patel and Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine.
In Council District 5, incumbent Paul Koretz is seeking re-election against challenger Mark Matthew Herd, a neighborhood council board member.
A total of 12 candidates are seeking to replace Garcetti in Council District 13 — commissioner/community organizer John Choi, small business owner Roberto Haraldson, neighborhood council board member Sam Kbushyan, assistant fire chief Emile Mack, senator’s district director Robert Negrete, charitable foundation director Alexander Ocampo, council member’s senior advisor Mitch O’Farrell, university professor Octavio Pescador, deputy attorney general Josh Post, small business owner Michael Schaefer, neighborhood council president José Sigala and deputy mayor Matt Szabo.
Other city council seats at stake at Council District 1, which has three candidates; Council District 3, six candidates; Council District 7, four candidates; Council District 9, seven candidates; Council District 11, four candidates; and Council District 15, two candidates.
Incumbent Steve Zimmer is being challenged by parent/child advocate Kate Anderson and write-in candidate Jeneen Robinson, an education advocate and minister, in the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education 4th District race. Two other seats — District 2 and District 6 — are also at stake.
In the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees races, voters who live in the area encompassing the district can vote on all of the races. Three seats are being challenged.
Los Angeles voters will also decide on Measure A, a proposed half-cent sales tax increase that would create funding to offset state cuts. According to the Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office, the measure would provide funding for 911 emergency response services, maintain firefighter, paramedic and police officer staffing levels; continue community policing, senior services and after-school gang and drug prevention programs; repair potholes and sidewalks; and fund other municipal services.
A charter amendment will also be on the ballot. Charter Amendment B would amend the city charter to authorize the city council to allow sworn police personnel who are transferred from the Department of General Services to the police department to purchase, at their own expense, retirement credit for prior sworn city service after they become members of the Fire and Police Pension Plan.
In West Hollywood, nine candidates are running for two open seats on the West Hollywood City Council. Incumbents John Duran and Jeffrey Prang face challenges from consultant/safety commissioner Sam Borelli, community organizer Tom Demille, sustainable transport entrepreneur Nick Garzilli, deputy sheriff Christopher Landavazo, attorney Steve Martin, technology entrepreneur Tristan Schukraft and executive director Rusty Wiggs.
There will be no run-off in the West Hollywood election. The two candidates with the most votes will be the city’s next council members.
Voter will also decided whether to impose term limits on West Hollywood City Council members. Measure C, which would not be retroactive, would restrict council members to no more than three terms.
On Election Day, Los Angeles City Clerk June Lagmay will host public observation events, and the clerk will officially open the polls at 6:30 a.m. at the Central American Resource Center, 2845 W. 7th St.
For information, call (213)978-0444 or visit clerk.lacity.org/elections. For information regarding the West Hollywood election, call (323)848-6400 or visit www.weho.org/index.aspx?page=929.