Los Angeles has a new mayor Wednesday morning, Eric Garcetti defeated Wendy Greuel by 54 percent of the votes.
Greuel called Garcetti to concede the race after the City Clerk’s office posted at 1:38 a.m. showed Greuel had fallen eight points behind Garcetti, with nearly 73 percent of precincts reporting.
"I'm ready to fight for strong schools and safe streets. I'm ready to fight for good jobs and great neighborhoods. I'm ready to fight for our city and for its future. So I'm ready to ask you, are you ready to fight for L-A," Garcetti said.
Greuel is expected to officially concede the election in Van Nuys with a press conference scheduled Wednesday morning for 10:00 am PST.
"When you run for office its hard to keep perspective, but I am blessed to have so many close friends to remind me that I wasn't just Wendy Greuel the canidate for mayor, Greuel said. But I was also Wendy the mother, a friend, a wife, the daughter, the sister, and yes the valley girl."
This was one of the most expensive mayoral campaigns in history, spending $33 million. The turnout disappointing overall, just 1 out of 4 casting their ballot. Garcetti is scheduled to take office on July 1. He will be the first elected Jewish mayor of the city. At 42, he will also be the youngest mayor in more than a century.
In other elections, LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich lost to former assemblyman Mike Feuer, 62 percent to 38 percent of the vote to become the new City Attorney.
When he conceded last night, Trutanich said, "I can walk out knowing I've done a great job."
It was a bitter runoff election. Trutanich earlier claimed Feuer illegally got matching campaign funds from the city, later they fought over the prison realignment law. Feuer supported it and Trutanich claimed it led to the release of the man accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old Northridge girl. Feuer's campaign said Trutanich himself supported the law when he ran for District Attorney last year.
Monica Ratliff has beaten one of mayor Villaraigosa's old aid to win a seat on the L.A. Unified School Board. Ratliff is leading Antonio Sanchez, he was the top opponent in March and raised more money than Ratliff. Sanchez is a big supporter of Superintendent John Deasy, however Ratliff was endorsed by the L.A . Times and the L.A. Daily News. Ratliff will replace Nury Martinez, who ran for City Council.
Democratic state senator Curran Price and former assemblyman Gill Cedillo have been elected to the L.A. City Council. Mitch O'farrell, who used to work for Eric Garcetti, has won a runoff for Garcetti's Council District seat. Democratic assemblymen Bob Blumenfield and Felipe Fuentes already won council seats in the March primary. And in the valley's 6th district, former assemblywoman Cindy Montanez is ahead in the election for Tony Cardenas' seat. However she didn't get 50 percent of the vote so there will be another runoff in July.
L.A. voters also decided to limit the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city as Proposition D passed, 63 percent to 37 percent. Prop D limits the number of marijuana clinics to 135 and also increases the tax on marijuana sales.
Proposition E and D failed, which would not limit the number of clinics but would have made more rules for employees.