Culver City Edition

Fisch, Lee win Culver City Council seats

CULVER CITY — Alex Fisch and Daniel Lee were elected to the Culver City Council April 10 by local voters who also approved municipal tax rates for marijuana businesses in the city.

Fisch, an attorney for the California Attorney General’s office, was the leading vote-getter with 3,183 votes, according to preliminary unofficial vote counts. Lee, a social worker and filmmaker who failed in his bid for a council seat two years ago, was second with 2,768.

Businessman Albert P. Vera was third, 170 votes behind Lee, and Marcus Tiggs was fourth with 1,790 votes.

Daniel Lee

Fisch and Lee will replace Jeffrey Cooper and Jim Clarke on the City Council. Cooper and Clarke were prohibited from seeking re-election because of the city’s two-term limit for City Council members.

Voters also approved Measure A which establishes tax rates for marijuana ranging from 5 to 8 percent at medical marijuana businesses and from 6 to 10 percent at recreational marijuana retailers. Also under the measure, cultivation businesses would be taxed on a square-foot basis.

The measure was favored by 85 percent of those casting votes.

The city clerk’s office will continue to count late absentee ballots and any provisional ballot that was cast by April 10. The final vote count is expected to be announced by April 20.

Fisch and Lee are expected to be sworn in to their council seats at a special City Council meeting April 30, at which time the council also will elect a new mayor and vice mayor.