Speed Reads


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti easily wins re-election

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) and all eight city council representatives up for re-election on Tuesday won their races outright, avoiding the need to participate in a runoff election, according to partial returns. Garcetti won re-election in a landslide, earning more than 80 percent of the vote against 10 opponents, with half the votes counted. He spent more than $3 million on his campaign, despite facing no big-name challengers, seeking what the Los Angeles Times calls "a solid affirmation of hometown support for a potential run for higher office."

Turnout was low, but protesters still gathered outside Garcetti's election party at a union hall in Pico-Union, pushing the mayor to take a stronger stand against President Trump, and especially his immigration policies. "Sanctuary is our demand, Mayor Garcetti take a stand," protesters chanted. Inside, Garcetti was thanking supporters for "giving me the honor of being your mayor for another term." Los Angeles voters appeared to have defeated a measure to restrict development, another win for Garcetti, and approved a sales tax to help tackle L.A.'s growing homelessness problem.