Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti doesn’t face reelection until spring, but he has a lot riding on the results of two local ballot measures Tuesday.
He has aggressively campaigned for Measure M, which would help expand the county’s transit system via a new sales tax, and Proposition HHH, which would raise $1.2 billion for homeless housing in the city. Voter approval of both could give him two significant accomplishments to tout if he seeks a possible run for governor or U.S. senator, as many expect he will.
Since taking office in 2013, Garcetti’s top policy achievements have been the passage of a citywide earthquake retrofitting program, a higher minimum wage and his push for a new statewide entertainment tax credit program.
Activists are not taking the idea of a Donald Trump presidency quietly. Hundreds of demonstrators across the U.S. hit the pavement during the day and evening Wednesday to protest the Republican's electoral victory.
California voters have approved Proposition 51, a $9-billion bond for school construction projects across the state.
The measure was leading 53.9% to 46.1%, according to election returns at 5 a.m. Wednesday, and the Associated Press has called the victory.
State funding to help finance repairs and new school facilities across California had run dry, and Proposition 51 will refill the pot. School construction needs billions of dollars every year, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. With the new cash infusion, the state will once again match local district funding for construction projects.
California voters have approved a significant change of the rules in how proposed laws are approved by the Legislature, overwhelmingly supporting a new mandate for public review of legislation before any final vote.
The change in legislative rules was long discussed in the state Capitol but failed to gain momentum until the initiative written by a former GOP legislator and bankrolled by a wealthy Bay Area activist.