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Elections: Bell voters supporting recall effort; incumbents hold leads in L.A. Unified races

March 8, 2011 |  9:49 pm

Cesar Hernandez
As election results began to be tallied in corruption-plagued Bell, voters were overwhelmingly supporting the recall of four council members on the ballot.

With just several hundred votes counted, more than 90% of the city's residents were voting to recall 
council members Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal and Oscar Hernandez, as well as former Councilman Luis Artiga, who resigned but was still on the ballot.

In four contests for the seven-member Los Angeles Board of Education, incumbents raced out to comfortable leads in early returns, but the race for an open seat could be headed toward a runoff.

Well ahead so far are incumbents Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte in District 1, Tamar Galatzan in District 3 and Richard Vladovic in District 7. In District 5, Luis Sanchez is leading, but has not climbed over 50%, the plurality necessary to avoid a runoff. In that contest, Bennett Kayser is running second and John Fernandez third.

For complete election results, see the County Registrar-Recorder's website.

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-- Robert J. Lopez and Howard Blume

Photo: Cesar Hernandez holds a sign toward passing motorists on Atlantic Boulevard in Bell on Tuesday evening. Credit:  Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

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