Garcetti Defeats Greuel To Become The Next Mayor Of Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — City Councilman Eric Garcetti Tuesday defeated current City Controller Wendy Greuel in the race to become the next mayor of Los Angeles.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 42-year-old Garcetti garnered 53.9 percent of the vote, according to the City Clerk’s office.
Thank you Los Angeles–the hard work begins but I am honored to lead this city for the next four years. Let's make this a great city again.—
Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) May 22, 2013
Greuel, who won 46 percent of the vote, called her opponent early Wednesday morning to concede the race, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“The one thing I know about Eric Garcetti, is that he cares deeply about Los Angeles, and that he will work tirelessly to be the strong and innovative leader we need at this critical moment in our history. ,” Greuel said in a statement released Wednesday.
Garcetti will take office July 1, succeeding Antonio Villaraigosa. He is scheduled to make his first statement as mayor-elect at 2 p.m.
“Eric is a true leader who I trust to guide our city into its bright future. I know I am leaving Los Angeles in good hands,” Mayor Villaraigosa said.
In other elections, attorney Ron Galperin defeated Dennis Zine, 56 percent to 44 percent, for City Controller. Galperin, 49, will succeed Greuel.
Former assemblyman Mike Feuer beat out incumbent Carmen Trutanich, 62 percent to 38 percent, to become the new City Attorney.
Los Angeles 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 restricts the number of pot shops to the 135 registered with the city before Sept. 2007. It also increases the tax on marijuana sales.
Ordinances E and F, which would have further regulated medical marijuana and its taxation, failed to pass.
All election results must be made official before June 11.
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