Opinion: Primary election results reveal candidates, propositions

By Raymond Nava

The elections on March 5 set the stage for November.

Voters voted on propositions, presidential primary to the local city council.

Some races have been called, while others have not.

The biggest race of the night was the primary for the U.S. Senate.

The race for the seat, held by the late Dianne Feinstein, will be between Democrat Adam Schiff and Republican Steve Garvey.

Schiff is a current House Representative while Garvey is a former baseball player for the L.A. Dodgers.

Schiff spent millions of dollars in running ads trying to boost Garvey’s name recognition so he could face him in the runoff, rather than fellow Democrat Katie Porter, who placed third.

The only proposition on the ballot was Proposition 1, which sought to expand mental health services in the state. It also sought to build more housing to combat the homelessness epidemic.

Prop 1 would amend the 2004 Mental Health Services Act to expand its purpose by including substance use disorders for people with or without mental health disorders.

The prop was supported by Governor Gavin Newsom and many other Democrats in the state.

According to Decision Desk HQ, Proposition 1 was passed narrowly with 50.3% of the vote.

Former ELAC professor and current Democratic Representative, Judy Chu, easily advanced to the runoff in California’s 28th congressional district. She will face Republican April Verlato in November in this heavily blue district, which contains ELAC. Chu has served in Congress since 2009.

Among the local elections were for L.A. district attorney and city council.

Incumbent DA George Gascon will face Nathan Hochman in the general election. Gascon was elected in 2020 after defeating incumbent Jackie Lacey after running as progressive reformist.

Gascon has faced an onslaught of criticism from the right regarding his practices as DA.

The city also voted on a ballot measure known as Measure HLA, Healthy Streets L.A.

The measurement would require the city to install certain enhancements when making qualifying improvements to a city-owned street.

The city must make any enhancements publicly available. The measure passed with 63% of the vote.

One high-profile race for the city council was for District 14. In Council District 14, incumbent Kevin De Leon advanced to the runoff after coming in first place.

De Leon faced a scandal last year after an audio recording revealed him and other council members making racist remarks about the Black community.

De Leon placing first is likely due to the number of candidates who ran for the district, splitting the vote.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *