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Crime alerts for Sawtelle, Valley Village and nine other L.A. neighborhoods

Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 11 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

Eight neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Sawtelle (A) was the most unusual, recording six reports compared with a weekly average of 1.3 over the last three months.

Valley Village (I) topped the list of three neighborhoods with property crime alerts. It recorded 24 property crimes compared with its weekly average of 11.5 over the last three months.

Alerts are based on an analysis of crime reports for March 9 to March 15, the most recent seven days for which data are available.

Ben Welsh, Thomas Suh Lauder

Violent crime up significantly
Neighborhood Average Reports
 Sawtelle 1.3 6
 Vermont Square 9.7 22
 Del Rey 0.8 3
 West Hills 0.7 3
 West Adams 3.0 7
 Sylmar 3.0 6
 Exposition Park 5.8 9
 University Park 1.5 3
Property crime up significantly
Neighborhood Average Reports
 Valley Village 11.5 24
 Vermont Knolls 13.1 20
 Fairfax 13.2 19

Crime alerts for University Park and 12 other L.A. neighborhoods

Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 13 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database.

10 neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. University Park (A) was the most unusual, recording seven reports compared with a weekly average of 1.5 over the last three months.

Arlington Heights (K) topped the list of three neighborhoods with property crime alerts. It recorded 12 property crimes compared with its weekly average of 5.5 over the last three months.

Alerts are based on an analysis of crime reports for March 6–March 12, the most recent seven days for which data are available.

-- Ben Welsh, Thomas Suh Lauder

Violent crime up significantly
Neighborhood Average Reports
 University Park 1.5 7
 West Hills 0.6 4
 Exposition Park 5.8 12
 Granada Hills 1.0 3
 Vermont Square 9.6 19
 Sherman Oaks 1.2 3
 Valley Glen 2.4 5
 Eagle Rock 1.3 3
 Lincoln Heights 1.8 6
 Canoga Park 2.9 5
Property crime up significantly
Neighborhood Average Reports
 Arlington Heights 5.5 12
 Echo Park 11.2 17
 Adams-Normandie 4.5 8

Crime alerts for University Park and eight other L.A. neighborhoods

Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in nine L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

Eight neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. University Park (A) was the most unusual, recording six reports compared with a weekly average of 1.5 over the last three months.

Lake View Terrace (I) was the lone neighborhood with a property-crime alert. It recorded six property crimes compared with its weekly average of 2.8 over the last three months.

Alerts are based on an analysis of crime reports for March 3–March 9, the most recent seven days for which data are available.

Ben Welsh, Thomas Suh Lauder

Violent crime up significantly
Neighborhood Average Reports
 University Park 1.5 6
 Sherman Oaks 1.2 4
 West Hills 0.6 3
 Exposition Park 6.1 12
 Canoga Park 2.7 5
 El Sereno 1.9 5
 Watts 9.2 18
 Highland Park 3.4 8
Property crime up significantly
Neighborhood Average Reports
 Lake View Terrace 2.8 6

Crime alerts for Canoga Park and eight other L.A. neighborhoods

Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in nine L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

Eight neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Canoga Park (A) was the most unusual, recording seven reports compared with a weekly average of 2.6 over the last three months.

South Park (I) was the lone neighborhood with a property-crime alert. It recorded 17 property crimes compared with its weekly average of 12.2 over the last three months.

Alerts are based on an analysis of crime reports for March 2–March 8, the most recent seven days for which data are available.

-- Ben Welsh, Thomas Suh Lauder

Violent crime up significantly
Neighborhood Average Reports
 Canoga Park 2.6 7
 University Park 1.5 5
 Silver Lake 0.8 3
 Sherman Oaks 1.2 3
 Winnetka 2.3 5
 Watts 9.2 18
 Exposition Park 6.1 10
 Arlington Heights 1.9 4
Property crime up significantly
Neighborhood Average Reports
 South Park 12.2 17

L.A. Votes: Garcetti, Greuel reach out; how the tax vote varied

How LA voted
After winning spots in the May 21 mayoral runoff, Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti are back on the campaign trail and heavily courting two distinct constituencies -- black Democrats in South Los Angeles and white Republicans in the San Fernando Valley.Election Memo

The candidates are also increasingly highlighting their plans to revitalize the city’s economy -- a reaction, some argue, to widespread criticism that Greuel and Garcetti failed to offer many specifics during the primary.

Many eyes turned to failed mayoral candidates Jan Perry and Kevin James, whose supporters could be key to winning in the May runoff. Perry has not endorsed, but had harsh words for Greuel’s ties to labor. James met with both remaining candidates in recent days as he decides whether to endorse.

FULL COVERAGE: L.A.'s race for mayor

The Times analyzed voter trends in the other big contest on the ballot: the half-cent sales tax increase that L.A. city voters rejected. The results showed a tale of two cities, with voters in the poorest parts of Los Angeles who are most dependent on city services more likely to support the measure, while residents in more affluent swaths were more likely to be against it.

Columnist Steve Lopez weighs in on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's supporting the sales-tax proposal as vital for retaining key city services, and then claiming that the city’s finances are rosier than believed after the tax failed at the ballot box.

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-- Seema Mehta

Comments, questions or tips on city elections? Tweet me at @LATSeema

Crime alerts for Canoga Park and 12 other L.A. neighborhoods

Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 13 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database.

Eight neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Canoga Park (A) was the most unusual, recording six reports compared with a weekly average of 2.6 over the last three months.

South Park (I) topped the list of five neighborhoods with property crime alerts. It recorded 19 property crimes compared with its weekly average of 12.2 over the last three months.

Alerts are based on an analysis of crime reports for Feb. 27–March 5, the most recent seven days for which data are available.

-- Ben Welsh, Thomas Suh Lauder

Violent crime up significantly
Neighborhood Average Reports
 Canoga Park 2.6 6
 Silver Lake 0.8 3
 Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw 5.3 15
 Watts 9.2 19
 Boyle Heights 7.3 13
 Arlington Heights 1.9 4
 Sylmar 2.8 5
 Green Meadows 8.6 14
Property crime up significantly
Neighborhood Average Reports
 South Park 12.2 19
 Beverly Crest 2.4 7
 Mid-City 20.6 29
 University Park 15.8 30
 Montecito Heights 5.5 10

L.A. Votes: Runoff campaigns kick off, City Hall girds for more cuts

How LA voted
The mayoral campaign entered a new phase Wednesday, as Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel began positioning themselves for the May 21 runoff. The fellow Democrats fought over who can best craft an image of fiscal restraint in a cash-strapped city whose voters refused to raise taxes to maintain public services. Check out a map by the Los Angeles Times’ Data Desk to see how various parts of the city voted.Election Memo

The candidates spent the day after the election moving around the city. Garcetti, a city councilman who finished first in Tuesday's primary with 33% of the vote, sought to use Greuel's broad support among organized labor to portray her as bowing to its demands for scarce public money. He also offloaded a controversial oil lease that Greuel has tried to hammer him over. Greuel, who finished second with 29%, despite more than $2 million spent by union allies on her behalf, argued that she has fostered a coalition of business and labor support, showing that she has the ability to unite disparate interests and deal with the city’s fiscal woes.

FULL COVERAGE: L.A.'s race for mayor

Meanwhile, attention also was focused on the two candidates who effectively tied for third place -- Kevin James and Jan Perry. While Perry was radio silent throughout the day, James spoke to reporters, saying the campaign had been among the most memorable moments of his life and saying he was undecided about whether to endorse a candidate in the runoff. Perry and James will be closely scrutinized in coming weeks, because their supporters could help tilt the election.

Voters overwhelmingly rejected a sales-tax increase proposal, meaning that the next mayor and city council must be prepared to consider a new round of cuts to services, including police.

Labor-backed candidates won four seats in City Council races, ensuring that city unions will retain a strong hand at City Hall. In three of the races that are headed for a runoff, a longtime council aide will face off against a well-financed candidate backed by labor.

The candidates for city attorney and city controller are wasting no time to in trying to win an advantage in the May 21 runoff.

A well-funded campaign to shape the city’s school board and to bolster Supt. John Deasy and his policies  saw mixed results. The Los Angeles Community College District will gain experience with new board members, but the direction of the agency is unlikely to change.

While the Los Angeles races drew the most attention Tuesday, 29 other cities in Los Angeles County held elections.

Despite all the money spent on the race, the blizzard of television advertising and dozens of debates, the Times examines why turnout was dismal, and columnist Steve Lopez describes the situation as “late-night TV joke territory.”

-- Seema Mehta

Comments, questions or tips on city elections? Tweet me at @LATSeema

 

L.A. mayor's race: Garcetti and Greuel top the field

PHOTOS: Los Angeles voters go to the polls

City Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel remained ahead of the pack in the race for mayor of Los Angeles early Wednesday morning with all city precincts reporting.

The top-two finishers in Tuesday’s election will face off in what is expected to be a bruising May 21 runoff. Only 16% of the city's 1.8 million registered voters cast ballots in the election.

Standing on a stage lined with supporters Tuesday evening, Garcetti thanked the those in the crowd for their help and said he’s ready to get to work on winning the runoff election in May. Garcetti held a slim margin over Greuel and a significant lead over the six other candidates in the mayoral race, returns showed.

INTERACTIVE MAP: How your neighborhood voted

“We have the most votes tonight, and it looks like we are heading to a runoff,” he said. “I’m ready to work as hard as it takes, I’m ready to get up as early as it takes. Tomorrow we’re going to get up, we’re going to get to work and we’re going to win this campaign.”

Greuel took the stage at 11 p.m. after being introduced by Assembly Speaker John Pérez to chants of “Wendy! Wendy! Wendy!”

“Although not all the votes are in, it sure looks good,” Greuel said. She thanked the other candidates: “After 42 debates, I know what your priorities are. In fact, I could probably recite your best lines.”

RESULTS: Los Angeles primary election

“We’re 11 weeks from making history, electing the first woman mayor,” Greuel said. “And, of course, the first mom.”

As with most elections, however, some ballots have yet to be tallied. The pool of uncounted votes usually consists of vote-by-mail ballots, including some that were turned in on election day, as well as provisional and damaged ballots.

Still, Garcetti and Greuel hold seemingly insurmountable leads over the next closest finishers -- attorney Kevin James and Councilwoman Jan Perry -- who appeared to be in a dead heat for third place, the vote count showed.

Emanuel Pleitez on Tuesday night conceded defeat as early returns showed he was capturing just a sliver of the vote.

FULL COVERAGE: L.A.'s race for mayor

"I'm feeling proud of what we accomplished, the issues we raised, the people we inspired and motivated in the city. At every turn, especially these last few days, there were people saying thank you for running, thank you for challenging the status quo," he said as he arrived at the M Bar in Boyle Heights to wait for the results with staff and supporters.

The vote for a measure to add a half-cent to the city’s sales tax appeared to lose by a wide margin, the vote tally showed. The increase, Proposition A, would bring sales taxes in Los Angeles to 9.5%, one of the highest rates in the state, and raise $200 million a year for the city treasury.

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Crime alerts for Arleta and nine other L.A. neighborhoods

Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 10 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

Ten neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Arleta (A) was the most unusual, recording three reports compared with a weekly average of 1.5 over the last three months.

Alerts are based on an analysis of crime reports for Feb. 23 to March 1, the most recent seven days for which data are available.

Ben Welsh, Thomas Suh Lauder

Violent crime up significantly
Neighborhood Average Reports
 Arleta 1.5 3
 North Hills 3.4 11
 Harvard Park 2.8 6
 Chesterfield Square 2.7 5
 Los Feliz 1.7 5
 Vermont Vista 8.9 16
 Green Meadows 8.5 15
 Historic South-Central 8.4 14
 West Adams 2.8 6
 Eagle Rock 1.2 3
Property crime up significantly
Neighborhood Average Reports

Crime alert for Arleta and seven other L.A. neighborhoods

Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in eight L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

Six neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Arleta (A) was the most unusual, recording three reports compared with a weekly average of 1.5 over the last three months.

Vermont Knolls (G) topped the list of two neighborhoods with property crime alerts. It recorded 17 property crimes compared with its weekly average of 12.8 over the last three months.

Alerts are based on an analysis of crime reports for Feb. 20–Feb. 26, the most recent seven days for which data are available.

Ben Welsh, Thomas Suh Lauder

Violent crime up significantly
Neighborhood Average Reports
 Arleta 1.5 3
 West Adams 2.8 7
 Downtown 16.5 26
 Historic South-Central 8.4 14
 Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw 4.6 10
 Eagle Rock 1.2 3
Property crime up significantly
Neighborhood Average Reports
 Vermont Knolls 12.8 17
 Harbor Gateway 19.2 33
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