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Analysis of L.A. sales tax vote finds deep divisions

March 9, 2013 | 12:36 pm
Proposition A, which would hike the L.A. sales tax, was defeated Tuesday, with 55% of voters opposed. The west San Fernando Valley and South L.A. displayed deeply divergent views.
A detailed Times analysis and interviews with those and other voters found starkly contrasting vote patterns and perceptions of the proposed sales tax hike across the nearly 469-square-mile expanse of the sprawling city.
See the full interactive map by Times Data Editor Ben Welsh here. Check out Welsh, David Zahniser and Catherine Saillant's analysis story here.
Porter Ranch (San Fernando Valley)
Yes 17%
No 83%
Vermont Knolls (South L.A.)
Yes 82%
No 18%

Hollywood: The tax won in central Hollywood but failed in more affluent areas of the Hollywood Hills, Silver Lake and Los Feliz.


Downtown: The tax lost the western part of downtown but won in the eastern part.


CITYWIDE: Support for Proposition A centered in South and East L.A.


In many South Los Angeles precincts, support for the tax increase was overwhelming, as high as 86%. The opposite was true across large swaths of the northwest San Fernando Valley, the Westside and San Pedro, where "no" totals ran as high as 83%. Overall, the measure was defeated with 55% of voters opposed, according to unofficial results.