Managing Editor, LA Weekly
Managing editor of Los Angeles Weekly. Formerly with Buzz, New Times-LA, Los Angeles Times. Op eds in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
blogs.laweekly.com — Amitp Proposition D's huge win on Tuesday was a clear message from liberal Los Angeles that it does not want more than 1,000 weed shops in virtually every business district of the sprawling city, as things stand today. The new law becomes the first tricky and controversial test for Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti, a man with a great distaste for controversy.
blogs.laweekly.com — The wrong city controller ran against Eric Garcetti. As current Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel's run for mayor ended in defeat, one can't help but think that Laura Chick, the hard-charging, plainspoken controller between 2001 and 2009, would have mopped the floor with Garcetti.
blogs.laweekly.com — The final tally is in: By 3:16 a.m., with 100 percent of precincts reporting, newcomer Ron Galperin had decisively beaten City Hall veteran Dennis Zine, getting elected L.A.'s new controller with 56.2 percent of the vote. Galperin's victory is arguably the biggest upset of this city's municipal elections -- the Century City attorney was the only outsider to run for citywide office.
Eric Garcetti Wins Mayor's Race By Rebuilding The Villaraigosa Coalition, Plus San Fernando Valley Republicansblogs.laweekly.com — Eric Garcetti was elected mayor of Los Angeles in Tuesday, reassembling the coalition of Westsiders and Latinos that carried Antonio Villaraigosa into office eight years ago. But as this L.A. Times map shows, Garcetti also carried the northwest San Fernando Valley, a largely Republican area that Villaraigosa lost twice to James Hahn.
blogs.laweekly.com — Polls have been closed for three and a half hours, and the Los Angeles City Clerk has managed to count less than 50,000 votes. At least LA County had that damn fog as an excuse. LA Times columnist Steve Lopez is going absolutely bonkers on twitter: it could take three weeks for city to count votes in this election, despite low turnout.
blogs.laweekly.com — With inexorably slow vote-counting underway by Los Angeles city officials, Eric Garcetti has pulled in front of Wendy Greuel and a local college exit polls is predicting a Garcetti win. Garcetti's lead is not huge, but the all-important "trend" of the count tonight has benefited Garcetti with each new update.
blogs.laweekly.com — Patrick Range McDonald President Bill Clinton is nowhere to be found on the dance floor, but L.A. mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel and her other supporters are hoping to whoop it up at The Exchange nightclub in downtown near Pershing Square. "You've seen some of the absentee results and what do they tell you?!"
blogs.laweekly.com — Gary Leonard Wendy Greuel took an early lead over Eric Garcetti for Los Angeles mayor, mostly thanks to absentee ballots cast several days ago. The two candidates were said to be resting with close advisers and family while much of the rest of Los Angeles watched and Twittered election returns.
blogs.laweekly.com — Local knowledge is prevailing over ambitious newcomer -- at least in the early returns for Los Angeles City Council District 13, a huge urbanized-plus-hills district including Hollywood and the Tri-Hipster Area. City Council aide Mitch O'Farrell has 5,648 votes, or 52.51 percent, and political neophyte John Choi, heavily underwritten by labor special interest groups, has 5,107 votes or 47.48 percent.
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