Incumbency and the political establishment once again reigned supreme in Los Angeles’ City Council contests.
Six sitting councilmen eclipsed their rivals by margins as high as 54 points. A seventh — the most vulnerable — appeared to narrowly avoid a runoff, pending the count of some outstanding ballots.
And in the race for the sole open council seat, in a swath of the San Fernando Valley that is hostile to City Hall because of pent-up feelings of neglect, the two candidates who made it into the runoff are city insiders.
“This is a pretty good day for the political establishment in Los Angeles, and probably unexpectedly so,” said Raphael J. Sonenshein, executive...