Editorial

The Times' L.A. city election ballot endorsements

Heading to the polls Tuesday? Here are election recommendations from The Times' editorial board

Voters in Los Angeles head to the polls Tuesday to answer a crucial question for local democracy: Should the city and the Los Angeles Unified School District, in an effort to increase voter participation, move their elections from March and May of odd-numbered years to June and November of even-numbered years to coincide with gubernatorial and presidential elections? Charter Amendment 1 reschedules city elections, and Charter Amendment 2 affects school board elections. Both must pass with majority support for the changes to take effect.

Also on the ballot are city, school board and community college district races. Candidates for the City Council and the Board of Education will win office outright if they receive more than 50% of the vote Tuesday. For each race in which there is no such winner, there will be a runoff between the top two candidates on May 19. The Community College District Board of Trustees eliminated runoffs; the highest vote-getter wins Tuesday.

Here are our endorsements.

Charter Amendments 1 & 2: Yes

City Council District 2: Paul Krekorian

City Council District 4. Sheila Irani

City Council District 6: Cindy Montañez

City Council District 8: Marqueece Harris-Dawson

City Council District 10: Herb Wesson

City Council District 12: Mitchell Englander

City Council District 14: Gloria Molina

Board of Education District 3: Tamar Galatzan

Board of Education District 5: Andrew Thomas

Board of Education District 7: Richard Vladovic

Community College District seat 1: Andra Hoffman

Community College District seat 3: Sydney Kamlager

Community College District seat 5: Scott Svonkin

Community College District seat 7: Mike Fong

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