Note: This post has been updated to include results.
Tuesday May 16 is an election in Los Angeles. Find out what’s on your ballot and where to vote:
Polls are open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Election Day, May 16, 2017. Find out where to vote and what’s on your ballot.
LA City Council District 1: Joe Bray-Ali vs. Gil Cedillo
Winner: Gil Cedillo
Revelations that LA City Council candidate Joe Bray-Ali frequented racist corners of the internet, leaving offensive comments and posts have led many to charge that he should drop out of the race. Bray-Ali, who won enough votes to force incumbent Gil Cedillo into a runoff for the first La City council district seat, has also lost the majority of his high profile endorsements.
Interview with Joe Bray-Ali:
Interview with Gil Cedillo:
LA City Council District 7: Monica Rodriguez vs. Karo Torossian
Winner: Monica Rodriguez
From the LA Times:
The election is a referendum on who can bring “political muscle” to the district and give residents a voice at City Hall, said Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles.
LAUSD School Board District 4: Steve Zimmer vs. Nick Melvoin
Winner: Nick Melvoin
LAUSD District 4 is on track to be the most expensive school board race in the nation. More than $5 million has been poured into the contest. Most of it is outside money. Some of it comes from big-name donors like Eli Broad. This race has become a stand-in for the charter versus traditional school debate. The two candidates join Press Play for a debate.
LAUSD School Board District 6: Imelda Padilla vs. Kelly Gonez
Winner: Kelly Gonez
From the Los Angeles Daily News:
Gonez, a seventh-grade science teacher at Crown Preparatory Academy, worked for the administration of former President Barack Obama as an education policy adviser and also has taught at a charter middle school in Lake View Terrace.
Padilla, from Sun Valley, is a community organizer and has worked with schools to create environmental clubs and also helps organize an annual career fair for high school students.
City Charter Amendment C
Result: The amendment passed.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Charter Amendment C would allow LAPD disciplinary panels, known as Boards of Rights, to be composed entirely of civilians. Under the current system, the panels are made up of two high-ranking officers and one civilian.
(Photo: Neon Tommy)