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2 Central Basin water board members trail in early returns

Two incumbents on the board of the embattled Central Basin Water District were trailing in election returns Tuesday night.

Water board members Ed Vasquez and Rudy Montolvo were well behind challengers, with more than half the precincts reporting, according to the L.A. County's Registrar of Voters.

The election comes amid controversy for the Southeast L.A. water district that serves more than 1 million residents.

The district attorney's office is investigating questionable travel expenses as well as the finances of one of its board members. And Central Basin is one of several local water agencies whose rates and spending practices are being audited by the state.

The district last month took the highly unusual step of filing a libel suit against unnamed parties who sent annoymous emails alleging corruption in the agency. The district has strongly denied the charges.

A third incumbent, Phillip D. Hawkins, had a slight lead against two challengers.

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--Shelby Grad

 
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