Los Angeles City Council 2022, Other City Election Results

four Members of the Los Angeles City Council led their re-election contests on Tuesday, while a fifth looked to run for a runoff on Nov. 8, according to partial results.

Councilors Bob Blumenfield and Monica Rodriguez, who represent opposite ends of the San Fernando Valley, led their challengers by wide margins, those results showed.

South Los Angeles-based councilor Curren Price was way ahead of his only opponent on the ballot, college governor Dulce Vasquez. Price called the race a referendum on his “progressive, positive, inclusive leadership.”

“People said when it’s tough, that’s the type of leader we want,” Price said.

In an Eastside district stretching from Highland Park to Pico-Union, Councilor Gil Cedillo had a smaller lead over community activist Eunisses Hernandez, who had plans for stronger tenant protections and diverted money from the Los Angeles Police Department to other programs.

In a district stretching from Echo Park to Hollywood, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell appeared to be heading for a runoff election against Hugo Soto-Martinez, an organizer of Unite Here Local 11, which represents hotel workers.

Soto-Martinez said he will focus in a runoff on O’Farrell’s support of real estate interests and the need for change in the neighborhood, which includes areas like Silver Lake, Atwater Village and Windsor Square.

The campaign “was about the city that works for the people,” Soto-Martinez said. “And in round two it will be the exact same message.”

O’Farrell thanked his supporters in a statement. “Serving on the Los Angeles City Council is about public service, making tough decisions and being accountable to voters — not purist politics and ideology,” he said.

The results of Tuesday’s down vote contests, once finalized, will bring in the most revenue at City Hall in nine years, with three new elected officials and at least three new city council members.

In the docklands of LA, attorney Tim McOsker appeared en route to a runoff election against community leader Danielle Sandoval. Both are candidates to replace Councilman Joe Buscaino, who will step down later this year.

On the Westside, political aide Katy Young Yaroslavsky was in charge of attorney Sam Yebri – one who put her on the brink of avoiding a runoff. Yaroslavsky, who has served as assistant to County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, said voters were looking for candidates who “have actually done the job.”

“Every conversation I’ve had with people where I’ve had a chance to talk to them about the issues, I win people over,” she said.

With the early results in the table, Yebri was in second place. He said the results so far have been “a victory for those who have the courage to stand up to the establishment.”

“We are confident that we are going to November,” he said.

In Tuesday’s citywide contests, accountant Kenneth Mejia and city councilor Paul Koretz led a field of six candidates in the race to replace city controller Ron Galperin.

Meanwhile, former District Attorney Marina Torres and Deputy City Atty. Richard Kim led a field of seven candidates looking to replace City Atty. Mike Feuer, early results showed. If those numbers are correct, they will participate in the second round on November 8.

Torres said her early lead in the game showed how frustrated Angelenos has become over the problems of homelessness and public safety. “People believe we need a safer LA,” she said. “The quality of life for people in Los Angeles is getting worse.”

Kim delivered a strikingly similar message, saying the early results showed his focus on crime and corruption resonated with voters.

“They want safe streets. They want clean streets,” he said. “I want to bring the quality of life back to the people of Los Angeles.”

Right behind Torres and Kim was attorney Hydee Feldstein Soto, who has campaigned for the idea that she is uniquely prepared for the job — and has no plans for another political office. “My message is mostly about getting this job done,” she said.

On the Westside, civil rights attorney Erin Darling and city attorney Traci Park led a group of eight candidates seeking to replace Councilman Mike Bonin, who is stepping down at the end of the year.

Darling, who was backed by Bonin, pledged stronger tenant protections and homelessness strategies that don’t criminalize poverty.

“Homelessness certainly set the race for most voters,” he said. “It was number 1.”

Park campaigned as the candidate focused on public safety — promising that her leadership would mean a departure from Bonin’s tenure.

†[Voters] are very excited to have a new councilor willing to listen,” said Park, who wants to represent a district stretching from Los Angeles International Airport in the north to Pacific Palisades.

The issue of homelessness dominated the vast majority of this year’s contests, with some candidates emphasizing the number of encampments along the city’s sidewalks. Others pushed for a law that would allow council members to designate schools, libraries and other facilities as off-limits camping.

Several challengers pledged to repeal that law, saying they would fight to prevent it from being extended to sidewalks around every public school.

Public safety was another focal point, with several candidates signing a “no new police” pledge backed by Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles. A few went further and said they support the complete abolition of the LAPD.

Supporters of O’Farrell and Cedillo, including the Regular Police Officers’ Union, targeted Hernandez and Soto-Martinez — both self-proclaimed abolitionists — who described their stances on public safety as dangerous. Soto-Martinez and Hernandez criticized O’Farrell and Cedillo for their support of that union and of the California Apartment Assn.

Mejia, who has been at the forefront of comptroller candidates, has argued for the transfer of funds from the LAPD to other services, such as a guaranteed income program that has provided $1,000 a month to low-income households.

Mejia did not respond to multiple requests for comment, but posted on Twitter the message “RUN OFF!”

Koretz, who served three terms on the city council, warned the city needs more officers to tackle the rising number of murders, robberies and other crimes. He said he plans to consolidate the support of the four other candidates while highlighting Mejia’s views on policing and other issues.

“The more people know about him,” Koretz said, “the more people will turn to me.”

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