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And you thought election season was over

December 4, 2008 |  9:15 am

Two Los Angeles politicians have breezed onto the March 3 ballot without any opposition, according to a report filed last night by the Los Angeles city clerk.

City Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose district takes in parts of downtown and South Los Angeles, has no opponent in her reelection bid. Neither does school board President Monica Garcia, who represents neighborhoods stretching from Koreatown on the west to Highland Park on the northeast.

Perry was first elected to city office in 2001, one of the first council members ushered in under term limits. Garcia was elected in 2006 and drew attention earlier this week for her hastily scheduled effort to oust L.A. Unified Supt. David L. Brewer. That fell apart after Garcia failed to find an errant school board member in a train station.

By 8:30 p.m. last night, election officials still had not finished reviewing petitions submitted by 17 candidates in races for school board, community college board, City Council and citywide offices. Would-be candidates who lack the required number of signatures will lose their chance to run.

Still, the election picture is now considerably clearer. Five candidates are in the race to replace City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo, who is being forced out by term limits. Six candidates are running for the Westside seat being vacated by Councilman Jack Weiss, who hopes to become city attorney.

And just two candidates are in the race to replace departing school board member Julie Korenstein: San Fernando Mayor Nury Martinez and teacher Louis Pugliese, who ran unsuccessfully for the school board seat won by Tamar Galatzan in 2007.

Much more to come as the city clerk keeps reviewing signatures. But yes, David "Zuma Dogg" Saltsburg -- a self-described community advocate who is typically the noisiest presence at City Council meetings -- qualified in his bid to run for mayor.

For more, go to the city clerk's website.

-- David Zahniser

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