Results for Sunland-Tujunga are probably a mixed bag. Many local residents were supporting broadcaster and former Federal prosecutor Kevin James for Mayor. Another contingent was active for Controller Wendy Greuel, who served the area for a time as Councilwoman. We also noticed a smattering of Eric Gacetti, Jan Perry and Emanuel Pleitez fans around town. Now, Greuel and Garcetti are headed to a run-off, one that expects to be rancorous as each candidate has clearly defined factions supporting them; and one that will lead to depression, and perhaps even, nausea for some as the city is faced with a Hobson's choice between two long-time, well entrenched City insiders.
|EMANUEL ALBERTO PLEITEZ|
|WENDY J. GREUEL|
|ADDIE M. MILLER|
|YEHUDA "YJ" DRAIMAN|
In the race to replace retiring and recently assigned to Sunland-Tujunga District 7 Councilman Richard Alarcon, Sunland-Tujunga denizens split in camps supporting hometown favorites David Barron and Krystee Clark and Pacoima Boys and Girls Club head, Nicole Chase, a resident of Sylmar. All three of the local favorites were going against former Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, the choice of Wendy Greuel and one local Latino political faction. Fuentes, declared the worst legislator in California by the LA Weekly, scares the bejesus out of Sunland-Tujunga leaders given his record on a number of issues, most notably, his attempts to deliver the Verdugo Hills Golf Course to developers who would erect hundreds of homes at the entrance to La Tuna Canyon and create a traffic, ecological and planning nightmare. Not big fans of Fuentes for many reasons, Alarcon and soon to be retired Los Angeles Mayor Richard Alarcon, the dueling Eva Perons of the day, teamed up to support Chase, but it was too little, too late. Fuentes won the district outright with large support in Pacoima, Sylmar and other parts of the district avoiding a runoff with Clark, Barron or Chase.
|MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL, DISTRICT NO. 7|
|JESSE DAVID BARRON|
Another race of consequence to locals is that in School Board District 6. Teacher Monica Ratliff will now head to a run-off with Antonio Sanchez, who won with a whole bunch of money from the soda-hating, nanny-statist mayor of New York City, the billionaire, Michael Bloomberg. We'll be watching this one.
|MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF ED, DIST NO. 6|
For election winners and losers, check out this post by Scott Johnson at MayorSam; for election results, click here.
Round two starts NOW. The good thing is this one will only last two months. But get those blue bins out for all the mail you're going to get! Cheers!