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
Porter Ranch (San Fernando Valley)
Vermont Knolls (South L.A.)
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.