Leaders elected in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Pasadena
Residents in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Pasadena awoke on a post-election Wednesday to find that some pictures of some new faces will be going up on the walls at City Hall -– with some familiar ones remaining.
In West Hollywood, where seven challengers and three incumbents battled for three open seats on the City Council, John D'Amico was the lone newcomer to win a spot.
Current council members John Heilman and Abbe Land were reelected. Lindsey Horvath, who was appointed to the council in 2009 to replace a member who died, was unseated.
With West Hollywood founded in 1984 on the crest of the gay-rights movement, the race had crystallized largely into a referendum on whether current elected officials had allowed the city to stray too far from its roots as a cornerstone for gay rights and representation.
Many of the challengers, all of whom are gay, criticized the incumbents, saying they have encouraged gentrification and pricey developments that younger gays can't afford.
Voters also rejected decisively a ballot measure that would have imposed a tax on some advertisements and allowed billboards to go up on a few major thoroughfares.
In the race for the open seat representing the city’s 4th District, none of the five candidates won a majority of the votes. Gene Masuda and Jill Fosselman, who tallied the most votes, will now compete in a runoff election scheduled for April 11.
Beverly Hills voters showed incumbent Nancy Krasne the exit and elected two new members to the City Council.
Lili Bosse, chair of the city's planning commission, won handily, while Julian Gold, a physician and city commissioner, narrowly beat out Krasne.
Beverly Hills voters also had to decide on three ballot measures. In a close contest, they rejected a proposal that would have increased the taxes imposed on companies that extract oil and natural gas from land within the city boundaries.
And, in a murky debate over parking fees, voters shot down a measure that would have given three hours of free parking and discounted evening parking to Beverly Hills residents in city-owned lots.
Instead, they approved a plan to provide two hours of free parking in city-owned facilities to all drivers, regardless of residency.
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, however, had previously invalidated that measure, ruling that it was an improper use of the initiative process. The judge's decision is being appealed.
The races were just a few of dozens that took place Tuesday in cities and school districts throughout the region. Contests in six cities -- Covina, Cudahy, Gardena, La Verne, Palos Verdes Estates and Paramount -- were canceled when not enough candidates filed the necessary papers.
-- Abby Sewell and Joel Rubin