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  • Homelessness

    LA leaders OK $85 million in Prop HHH money — including for homeless housing in Valley

    Funding for a pair of San Fernando Valley projects to house the homeless was approved by the Los Angeles City Council Friday as part of the first batch of money awarded under Proposition HHH, a $1.2 billion bond measure passed by voters in November. The council approved nearly $74 million for nine permanent supportive-housing projects, which will pay for a total of 615 housing units that are mostly aimed at helping those who are chronically homeless or need on-site services. Another...

    Elizabeth Chou
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  • House elections

    Jimmy Gomez wins Democratic fight for House seat in 34th District

    LOS ANGELES >> A Southern California legislator backed by the Democratic establishment and supporters of Bernie Sanders won an open U.S. House seat Tuesday. State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez on Tuesday defeated rival Robert Lee Ahn to claim the seat in the 34th Congressional District, which runs through downtown Los Angeles. Gomez won 60 percent of the 33,000 votes counted, in a contest shaped by racial politics. Ahn, 41, a lawyer and son of Korean immigrants, was trying...

    By Michael R. Blood Associated Press|

  • Local governments

    Monica Rodriguez named caretaker of northeast San Fernando Valley council district

    Councilwoman-elect Monica Rodriguez will get an early taste of what it will be like to lead Council District 7 in the northeast San Fernando Valley. The 43-year-old former Public Works commissioner was appointed Tuesday as caretaker of the district more than three weeks before she is set to represent the area on the City Council on July 1, when her official term begins. Her official start date as caretaker is Wednesday. With less than a month to go, Rodriguez has been...

    Elizabeth Chou
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  • Local governments

    LA Election Results: Monica Rodriguez certified as CD7 winner, Karo Torossian concedes

    Monica Rodriguez has been certified the winner of the City Council race in the northeast San Fernando council race. Rodriguez pulled in 53.63 percent, or 9,588 votes, coming out ahead of her opponent Karo Torossian’s 46.36 percent, which came out to 8,287 votes, according to the final results released by the City Clerk on Friday. The certified numbers still needs approval from the City Council. Torossian called Rodriguez to concede the race, after the City...

    Elizabeth Chou
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  • Local governments

    With LA election certification on fast track, Valley district could soon have its caretaker

    Council President Herb Wesson is expected to wait until after election results are certified before taking steps to appoint a caretaker for a northeast San Fernando Valley district that has been vacant since September, a council aide said Tuesday. Even though the City Clerk’s Office has until mid-June to certify the results, a spokeswoman for Wesson said the tally could be verified by Friday. The City Clerk’s Office on Tuesday announced their office will be...

    Elizabeth Chou
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  • Education

    Election 2017: With loss, outgoing LAUSD Board President Zimmer sees a ‘tectonic shift’

    Big changes are coming for the second-largest school district in the nation, said its outgoing school board president, a day after his crushing defeat in an election that could have a huge effect on charter schools in the region. Los Angeles school board President Steve Zimmer conceded defeat to challenger Nick Melvoin on Tuesday night after a blistering and pricey campaign for Zimmer’s seat, which represents an area of the district from Brentwood on the Westside to Woodland...

    Antonie Boessenkool
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  • Local governments

    Election results: LA City Council welcomes CD7 winner with plans to get her right to work

    Monica Rodriguez was already fitting in with her future colleagues during a visit Wednesday to the City Council chambers, just hours after emerging victorious in a runoff for a vacant northeast San Fernando Valley seat. Rodriguez beat out Planning Director Karo Torossian to fill a seat that was left vacant after the former council person, Felipe Fuentes, opted not to seek re-election. The councilman also stepped down before his first term ended to take a Sacramento lobbying job,...

    Elizabeth Chou
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  • Local Elections

    Election results: Voter turnout in city, LAUSD races on par with recent runoffs — low

    Fewer than one in 10 registered voters in Los Angeles cast their ballots this week to decide the outcome of fiercely contested city and school board races, election officials reported Wednesday. The combined voter turnout Tuesday across Los Angeles was 8.46 percent, with 175,683 ballots cast out of a possible 2,075,452, according to the Los Angeles Office of the City Clerk. This compares with 17 percent of voters who turned out for the March 7 primaries across Los Angeles...

    Dana Bartholomew
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  • Local Elections

    Election Results: In LA City Council race for Valley seat, Karo Torossian has not conceded

    Los Angeles Planning Director Karo Torossian has not conceded the unofficial winner of the Council District 7 race in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Torossian is down 833 votes, but 3,000 to 3,500 ballots in the district remain to be counted, according to campaign manager Eric Hacopian. • RELATED STORY:

    Elizabeth Chou
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  • Local Elections

    Election results: Gil Cedillo, Monica Rodriguez win LA City Council races, sparking Garcetti’s praise

    The morning after a contested election, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hailed the winners of newly won council and school board seats, as well as a new police disciplinary procedures. Former city commissioner Monica Rodriguez on Tuesday took a six-point win over Karo Torossian, an aide to Councilman Paul Krekorian, in the District 7 runoff. Rodriguez clinched nearly 53 percent of the vote, with 100 percent precincts...

    Dana Bartholomew
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