NELA Safe after Election; Midtown Still Threatened

Rejoice, NE Los Angeles, Council District 14 is safe for a few more years: José “Safe Streets” Huizar crushed Gloria “Faster Traffic and More Parking Lots” Molina in yesterday’s election. And, though it was officially a primary, since Huizar won over 50% of the vote, there will be no run-off in May. The man who supports safe streets, community health, and local businesses will stay in office till he’s termed out next time. And next time may be five and a half years away, instead of four, since Charter Amendments 1 and 2 both passed as well.

In fact, Huizar won 64% of the vote to Molina’s 24%, which qualifies as not just a landslide but a massive, thundering avalanche of support for a true neighborhood champion. A total of 16,853 residents voted in cd14. You can read more here.

Meanwhile, across town in Council District 4, the election will see a runoff between outgoing windsock Tom LaBonge’s deputy and anointed successor, Carolyn Ramsay, and challenger David Ryu. Ramsay promises great things to safe streets advocates, but the record of the office she managed for LaBonge for so many years doesn’t give me confidence. However, Ryu is an unknown quantity, so we’ll have to start studying up on him and maybe angling for an interview. There will definitely be a runoff in May for this district, and while there’s a slight chance that #BikeLA-favored Tom´s;s O’Grady will pick up enough votes from mail-in and provisional ballots to supplant Ryu—they are only 61 votes apart as of this morning—chances are it will be Ramsay vs. Ryu.

We’ll keep you up on what happens. CD4 has suffered a lot from LaBonge’s obstructionism, so we have a hard choice ahead of us if O’Grady doesn’t make it into the runoff.

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