Paul Koretz

It’s hard to beat an incumbent — just look at L.A.’s City Council races

It’s hard to beat an incumbent — just look at L.A.’s City Council races

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...

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