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L.A. city elections: Winners and losers

March 4, 2009 | 12:43 pm

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For the folks at home trying to follow along, here’s a quick look at some of the winners and losers in the Los Angeles election.

WINNERS

> Wendy Greuel. She (pictured below) came just shy of securing two-thirds of the vote in her bid for city controller, laying to rest any questions about whether she had the mettle for a citywide contest.

> United Teachers Los Angeles. L.A. Unified’s powerful union fielded two school board candidates, Steve Zimmer and Nury Martinez, both of whom pulled out an election night victory. Martinez in particular had a squeaker against educator Louis Pugliese in the race to replace school board member Julie Korenstein.

> NIMBYs. In the Los Angeles City Council's 5th District, the two candidates who were the most critical of the city's handling of development were also the top two vote-getters. In a Westside district that suffers some of the worst traffic, neighborhood council member David T. Vahedi and former Assemblyman Paul Koretz were surprisingly in sync on the issue.  Separated by just 60 votes, Koretz and Vahedi now head into a May 19 runoff.

> Mudslinging. This will be the preferred form of communication for city attorney candidates Jack Weiss and Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich as they scratch and claw their way to the May 19 runoff election.

Wendy Greuel

LOSERS

>Nick Patsaouras. He placed third out of three candidates in the city controller's race, behind even the underfunded candidate Kathleen "Suzy" Evans. A tough-talking businesswoman, Evans managed to ride the coattails of mayoral candidate Walter Moore. Yes, Walter Moore had coattails. Small ones, but they were there.

>Civic participation. Results showed a paltry 15% turnout, roughly half the amount from four years ago.

Los Angeles goes to the polls

SPLIT DECISION

>The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The union representing workers at the Department of Water and Power struggled to secure a victory for Measure B, the solar energy measure that is currently trailing, with late absentees yet to be counted. Still, the union succeeded in their bid to make Greuel the city controller, having poured nearly $200,000 into the effort to elect her.

-- David Zahniser

Photos: Los Angeles Times

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