Lead Story West Edition

Voters prepare to elect new president, senator in Tuesday’s election

LOS ANGELES — Possibly the most bitterly caustic presidential campaign in U.S. history will be decided Nov. 8 when voters go to the polls to choose between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

State Attorney General Kamala Harris is trying to become the second African-American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate as she faces Democratic rival Loretta Sanchez, an Orange County congresswoman.

Those are the top two races on the ballot that also includes 17 state propositions, two county ballot measures and four Los Angeles City ballot measures.

In other key races, Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro; and Steve Napolitano, an aide to county Supervisor Don Knabe, square off Nov. 8 for a seat on the county Board of Supervisors being vacated by Knabe, who is being forced out of office by term limits.

Hahn is the daughter of the late Supervisor Kenneth Hahn and sister of former Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn.

State Sen. Isadore Hall III is seeking to replace Hahn in Congress. He faces Nanette Diaz Barragan, an attorney from San Pedro.

Seeking to replace Hall in the state Senate are two former assemblymen: Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, and Warren Furutani, D-Wilmington.

In other area races, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass will face Chris Blake Wiggins, a human resources recruiter; in the 37th Congressional District.

The district includes parts of South Los Angeles and Culver City.

In the 43rd Congressional District, longtime Rep. Maxine Waters will face Omar Navarro, a small business owner from Torrance.

In the 54th Assembly District, Democratic incumbent Sebastian Ridley-Thomas will face Glen Ratcliff, a small business owner from Los Angeles.

In the 64th Assembly District, Democratic incumbent Mike Gipson will face Theresa Sanford, a public school teacher from Gardena.

Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer is unopposed in the 59th Assembly District and Assemblywoman Autumn Burke is unopposed in the 62nd Assembly District.

The county ballot measures are Measure A and Measure M.

Measure A would add a tax of 1.5 cents per square foot of improved property to replace expiring funding for parks and playgrounds, anti-gang efforts, senior and recreation centers, safe drinking water, protection for beaches and rivers and preserving natural areas and open spaces.

Measure M would add a half-cent sales tax and continue an existing half-cent traffic relief tax until voters decide to end it, to fund a variety of traffic upkeep and improvement projects including expanding rail/subway/bus systems, street repairs and earthquake retrofitting.

Both measures require two-thirds of the vote for approval.

The Los Angeles city ballot measures include:

• Measure HHH, which would authorize the city to issue up to $1.2 billion in bonds to buy, build or remodel facilities to provide housing and services for the homeless. The bonds would be paid for with an increase in property taxes. Expenditures would be monitored by a citizens oversight committee and an administrative oversight committee, and a financial audit would be conducted annually. The measure requires two-thirds of the vote for approval.

• Measure JJJ, which would require certain residential projects of 10 or more units seeking general plan amendments or zoning changes to provide affordable housing and meet training, local hiring and wage requirements, limit the city’s ability to deny amendments for projects that meet those requirements, require the city to ensure that community plan changes do not reduce the capacity for affordable housing units, and create a new affordable housing incentive program for developments near major transit stops.

• Measure RRR, which would amend the City Charter to expand the Department of Water and Power board from five to seven members, add qualification requirements, stipends and removal protection, double the minimum budget for the Office of Public Accountability, allow the council and mayor to reappoint the Office of Public Accountability executive director for an additional term, require the DWP to provide a four-year strategic plan for council and mayoral approval, establish a DWP analyst office, expand the board’s contracting authority, and require monthly billing by 2020.

• And Measure SSS, which would enroll all new airport peace officers in Tier 6 of the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions Plan, allow current airport peace officers to enroll at their own expense, and allow new airport police chiefs to enroll in the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System.

People wanting to vote early cast their ballot Oct. 29 at West Los Angeles College in Culver City, one of six early voting locations in Los Angeles County. More than 7,700 voters cast early ballots last weekend. (Photo by Tyrone Cole)
People wanting to vote early cast their ballot Oct. 29 at West Los Angeles College in Culver City, one of six early voting locations in Los Angeles County. More than 7,700 voters cast early ballots last weekend. (Photo by Tyrone Cole)

Voters can vote early at six locations around Los Angeles County.

The county Registrar of Voters office in Norwalk offers early voting Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

West Los Angeles College in Culver City also is offering early voting Nov. 5 and 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 7,700 voters cast ballots during the first weekend of early voting Oct. 29 and 30.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Polling places are listed on the back of the sample ballot registered voters received in the mail. They also can be found by visiting www.lavote.net or calling (800) 815-2666.