LA's New Mayor
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Eric Garcetti won big majorities last night among whites, Latinos and Asians. He split the women's vote with Wendy Greuel, but lost the black vote big time. What happened to big labor, big money and the Chamber of Commerce? We hear the results in the race for Mayor and other offices in the City of Los Angeles. Also, Measure D won in last night's voting, but the battle between medical marijuana dispensaries might not be over.
On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, on Sunday, President Obama will visit Moore, Oklahoma, where 24 people died this week in a tornado with 200 mile an hour winds. Other federal officials arrived today to assess the needs in 20 miles of total destruction. People educated by past tornadoes in neighboring cities are already there. We hear about rescue, recovery, rebuilding and human resilience.
With the Election over, What's Next at Los Angeles City Hall? ()
Despite big money from the unions thought to dominate the politics of Los Angeles, or perhaps because of it, LA City Councilman Eric Garcetti will be the next Mayor of Los Angeles. Garcetti’s unofficial margin was 54 percent to 46 percent for Controller Wendy Greuel — with a turnout estimated at less than 20 percent.
- David Zahniser: Los Angeles Times, @DavidZahniser
- Franklin Gilliam, Jr.: UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
- Tom Hogen-Esch: California State University Northridge
- Hillel Aron: LA School Report, @hillelaron
Medical Marijuana ()
The City Council's effort to establish some order on medical marijuana in Los Angeles was Proposition D, which won big last night. But supporters of the competing Measure F are threatening court action. D will limit dispensaries to 130 or so, while F would have allowed a free market to work its will. Don Duncan is California Director of Americans for Safe Access (to medical marijuana).
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