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Eric Garcetti Is the Next Mayor of L.A.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Garcetti had 54 percent of the vote, compared to 46 percent for City Controller Wendy Greuel.

Supporters of Wendy Greuel gather at Exchange night club in Los Angeles on May 21, 2013. (Photo credit: Mike Szymanski)
Supporters of Wendy Greuel gather at Exchange night club in Los Angeles on May 21, 2013. (Photo credit: Mike Szymanski)
This story was reported by Craig Clough, Mike Szymanski, Matt Sanderson and City News Service.

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See video of Wendy Greuel's speech and read about details from her election party here.

3:34 a.m. 
City Councilman Eric Garcetti emerged victorious Wednesday in the race to become the next mayor of Los Angeles, ending a nearly two-year campaign that saw record-breaking spending and was punctuated by a spate of attack ads in the waning weeks of the race.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Garcetti had 54 percent of the vote, compared to 46 percent for City Controller Wendy Greuel.

12:01 a.m. 
As election returns trickled in, City Councilman Eric Garcetti pulled ahead of Controller Wendy Greuel Wednesday night in the tight race for Los Angeles mayor.

"Well, the results aren't all in, but this is shaping up to be a great night,'' Garcetti told supporters at the Hollywood Palladium in a speech that sounded like a victory proclamation despite the large number of votes left to be tallied. "So let me start by saying thank you. Thank you to the thousands of you who volunteered for this campaign and thank you to the voters of L.A. who tonight voted for strong independent leadership to lead this city forward."

Garcetti had a roughly four percentage-point lead with about 22 percent of precincts reporting.

11:20 p.m.
A group of 20-somethings standing at the bar at the Greuel party before Greuel even got off stage said, "Let's go to the Prop D party." (About opening up access to medical marijuana shops in the city.) - Mike Szymanski

11:19 p.m.
The numbers aren't being shown on the big screen like they were earlier in the evening, but Wendy Greuel took the stage and said, "We're not going to know tonight." She likened it to the time she ran for City Council and went to bed with a difference of 55 votes, but ultimately when all the votes were counted she won by 225 votes. "I'm fired up," she declared. - Mike Szymanski

11:15 p.m. 
City Councilman Eric Garcetti has taken his first lead in the race to become mayor of Los Angeles, with 51 percent of the vote, compared to 49 percent for City Controller Wendy Greuel. Only about 9 percent of precincts have reported.

10:39 p.m.
Studio City Neighborhood Council members Lisa Sarkin and Lisa Cahan Davis arrived. "It was amazing how people didn't really talk about their private feelings too much on the council, there was a lot of respect because we were divided," said Davis. 

Sarkin said, "It is so important that the San Fernando Valley has a voice, and Wendy will do that. We should have better representation for the Valley in Los Angeles politics."

Did the fact that Greuel is a woman make a difference to these two activists? "No, not at all, it wasn't even a consideration," Sarkin said. "But it is nice to have a few more female voices in City Hall." - Mike Szymanski

10:31 p.m. Gil Garcetti, of Brentwood and father of Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti, tells Patch the last information he's heard Tuesday night was the LMU poll showing his son seven points ahead of Wendy Greuel. Gil said he's elated for his son, who could have had a career as a pianist and musician, but instead chose public policy. - Matthew Sanderson

9:44 p.m.
The Hollywood Palladium is getting filled at this hour with Eric Garcetti supporters. "Garcetti by seven," said supporter "Melrose" Larry Green, of Hollywood, who said he lost twice in a mayoral run himself in L.A., last in 2001. "Eric Garcetti is about as good as it gets. He'll clean up Hollywood." Garcetti supporters Melissa Gonzala and Silvana Belen also wore Garcetti pins, stating they are "Latinos for Garcetti." - Matthew Sanderson

8:54 p.m. 
City Controller Wendy Greuel has jumped to a very narrow early lead in the race to become Los Angeles' next mayor, with early ballot totals showing her with 50.9 percent of the vote, compared to 49 percent for City Councilman Eric Garcetti.

8:50 p.m.
  A Loyola Marymount University exit poll predicted Tuesday night that City Councilman Eric Garcetti will be the next mayor of Los Angeles.

The exit polling—conducted by students for the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at LMU—determined that Garcetti would win Tuesday's election with 54 percent of the vote, ahead of City Controller Wendy Greuel at 46 percent. The poll was based on a survey of 800 people at polling places in 25 precincts, along with a telephone survey of people who had cast ballots by mail.

However, zero percent of the precincts have reported results. Stay tuned to Patch for live updates of the mayor's race by bookmarking this page. This story will be updated continuously as results roll in.

Click here for live updates on all the Los Angeles election races.

8:38 p.m. At the Wendy Greuel camp's election night party at Exchange Los Angeles, there were more photographers and press people than citizens and fans early on. Press came as far as Japan to cover the campaign. The locale is a famous downtown nightclub, which is a multi-level dance club with fancy lighting.

The lighting, including blinking track lighting and balls, is being used in the upstairs dance floor. Wendy Greuel is watching in a confined area with family and friends and hasn't yet appeared. There are students from a high school, and videos are being shown.





Hans Huth May 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Now hopefully, LAX will focus on alternatives for expansion that don't require moving runways northwards, tearing up Lincoln, and causing massive traffic jams for the Westchester and Playa del Rey community residents. Better yet, how about a regional approach to air-traffic concerns.
Gregory Urbach May 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM
I was voting for Wendy until hearing of the millions she took from the public employee unions, who have way too much power in this city (DWP workers make $100,000 a year plus benefits). I could not vote to give them even more power.
Ajay Singh (Editor) May 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Gregory—is this pun unintended?: "I could not vote to give them even more power."
Gregory Urbach May 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Wish I could take credit, but no.
Pat Lukes May 22, 2013 at 12:48 PM
All I want is a Mayor who will not march in a parade of illegals. There was nothing more insulting than hearing that your Mayor is celebrating the cause of one of our biggest financial problems...supporting the illegals. The DWP thing bothered me also. They are out of control, so that negative advertising did bother me about her alliance with them. But I really did want Wendy Gruel to win, but didn't really care all that much, as long as they were not hispanic, because we saw what happened with Villairagosa.
robert May 22, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Yea! Let the gentrification of Los Angeles began. Garcetti has already been responsable for over 13,000 Latinos being pushed out of their neighborhoods and counting; yet, he goes around pretending to be a Latino. I guess I better get ready to pack my bags because little old working class me don't deserve to live here and its a matter of time before a developer push me out.
Allan May 23, 2013 at 09:39 AM
A warning for those running for office. 1. Don't pander to unions; ie, IBEW/DWP. Folks look at their DWP bill and think, hmmmm is this bill going to be higher 2. Keep outside folks like Clinton and Boxer out of local elections. It's suppose to be a nonpolitical office (even though we know it isn't) but what it does do is piss off those that might consider voting for one over the other. 3. Don't pander to women. Guys vote also so all the talk about the first woman mayor may be okay, but don't make it a big platform item. There you have it all free of charge.
ruth May 23, 2013 at 04:08 PM
With Garcetti, the Millennium skyscraper developer funded and Hollywood Chamber supported Mayor and his Deputy, inheriting his CD 13 council seat, also Millennium developer funded and Hollywood Chamber supported ..Hollywood is finished.Pack up, sell and leave..before it's too late!Just as garcetti told us we all should do on the floor of council the day he got the Hollywood Community higher density Plan approved.to accommodate his developer funders projects...'If you dont like living in higher density Hollywood ..leave'..nice guy. That is how he 'engaged and listened to' communities and why there are now three law suits against the HCP and litigation against his developer funder massive projects.this is his legacy in Hollywood. Wait till he gets the Eminant Domain thing through for his developer funders.. those that voted for him..hope it is not your homes the city takes away for his developer projects! Sad and tragic, so few knew all the developer illegalities this guy has been involved AND GOT AWAY WITH..Greuel campaign was WAY too soft on him. HE led city council voting to raise DWP salaries and wanted DWP support, when he did not get it he destroyed her and demonized them. 'Know thine enemy', his campaign was like the mafia.. dont cross them..but if you want to beat them.. you better be prepared to come out with gloves on and go after THEM..And there was alot to go after..and be willing to NOT run a 'classy' campaign. It's never too late for investigations!
ruth May 23, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Don't hold your breath ..garcetti was pandering for votes the day he voted against LAX expansion.he knew full well it had the votes to pass. It was all a show..he became their hero.He cared nothing about his own communities in Hollywood..he will not do damn thing to protect Westchester communities. Bill Rosendahl knows this..he supported Greuel With Garcetti, the Millennium skyscraper developer funded and Hollywood Chamber supported Mayor and his Deputy, inheriting his CD 13 council seat, also Millennium developer funded and Hollywood Chamber supported ..Hollywood is finished.Pack up, sell and leave..before it's too late!Just as garcetti told us we all should do on the floor of council the day he got the Hollywood Community higher density Plan approved,to accommodate his developer funders projects...'If you dont like living in higher density Hollywood ..leave'..nice guy. That is how he 'engaged and listened to' communities and why there are now three law suits against the HCP and litigation against his developer funder massive projects.this is his legacy in Hollywood. And MORE crime in our communities, more shootouts, in the streets and in the nightclubs he encouraged the proliferation of. His 'Savior of Hollywood' PR was all bull. Greuel may have been supported by the unions but he certainly was not 'INDEPENDENT"..HE LIES... He sold Hollywood to his wealthy NYC developer funders, and he will sell other areas of L.A. to them too. Wait till he gets the Eminant Domain thing through for his developer funders.. those that voted for him..hope it is not your homes the city takes away for his developer projects! Sad and tragic, so few knew all the developer illegalities this guy has been involved in AND GOT AWAY WITH..Greuel campaign was WAY too soft on him. HE led city council voting to raise DWP salaries and wanted DWP support, when he did not get it he destroyed her and demonized them. 'Know thine enemy', his campaign was like the mafia.. dont cross them..but if you want to beat them.. you better be prepared to come out with gloves on and go after THEM..And there was alot to go after..and be willing to NOT run a 'classy' campaign. It's never too late for investigations! Visit PeopleForLivableCommunities/SaveHollywood and StopTheMillenniumHollywood.org All born out of Garcetti ignoring and dismissing communities in his own District, that he destroyed!
resident90068 May 24, 2013 at 11:52 AM
"Meet the new Boss, Same as the Old Boss" We've been fooled again!
ruth May 25, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Garcetti's already paying back campaign funders for enabling his Mayoral Crown.Millennium PLUM Committee Hearing,June 4th, City Council Hearing..June 19.What's the rush?If passed it will be the RECREATION of Hollywood into a skyscraper city,and will open doors for the 80 some odd similar projects waiting to be built all over Hollywood.DEVELOPER HELL.Garcetti is teamrolling Millennium projects through PLUM and Council BEFORE new council members are seated,and PLUMCommitteeformed.Reyes, termed out head of Plum, will be making decision on projects that will go on for years,he will be gone.Councilmembers will be making decisions and some of them will be gone.Is Garcetti making sure they get approved, before he steps down as councilmember to pay back his campaign funders who helped him become mayor?Shouldn’t the new councilmembers who will be dealing with these projects get to participate in the decisions?? Shouldn’t the NEW Plum committee,have the opportunity to review projects and be in on the decision?Is garcetti worried he won't have a chance to get his controversial babies passed with new councilmembers? DELAY this process.All THREE PLUM Committee members are also Millennium funded. E-mail Garcetti! eric.garcetti@lacity.org,E-mail ALL Councilmembes!Demand a FAIR HEARING! With a CLEAN PLUM Committee and a CLEAN CITY COUNCIL. For information: Visit StopTheMillenniumHollywood.org Sign the Petition Now has 739 signatures Another On line petition opposing Millennium Projects: http://signon.org/sign/opposition-to-the-millennium?source=c.em.mt&r_by=7343547 1,385 signers..read the comments. GROUPS OPPOSING MILLENNIUM PROJECTS: Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council, Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council, Hollywood United Neighborhood Council, Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council, Los Feliz Improvement Association, Over 40 Hillside Federation Organizations Will Garcetti sell them all out to his developer?

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