The California primary election will take place on Tuesday, March 3, as one of 14 contests scheduled for Super Tuesday. Voters will select a presidential nominee for both the Republican and Democratic parties as well as officials for state and local offices.
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County changed its voting process ahead of the March 3 primary election to provide more time for voters to get to the polls. Voting opened on Feb. 22, giving voters 11 days to make decisions on races and measures.
Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey faces opponents George Gascón and Rachel Rossi.
Lacey was sworn in as DA in 2012 and reelected without opposition four years later. Gascón served as San Francisco DA for eight years, filling the seat vacated by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). Lacey is also running against Rossi, the first former public defender to run for the office.
In the race for the Board of Education’s 1st District, which encompasses most of central Los Angeles, incumbent George J. McKenna III faces write-in candidate Michael Batie. McKenna started teaching in LAUSD in 1962 and has served as superintendent of several other school districts. Batie is the CEO of the STEM Education and Research Collaborative, a forum for resolving issues in the areas of science and math education for communities of color.
Approximately 188 Superior Court judgeships throughout the county are also open this election cycle, according to the county clerk’s website. Races to watch include Superior Court Judge Seat 145, with contenders Adan Montalban, a prosecutor and deputy district attorney, and defense attorney Troy Slaten.
In Los Angeles, all officials representing even-numbered City Council districts are running for re-election in 2020. Incumbent David Ryu represents the 4th District, which includes the Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Koreatown and Hollywood, among other neighborhoods.
Prior to the polls opening, several forums were held with Ryu, urban planner and homeless advocate Nithya Raman, author and women’s advocate Sarah Kate Levy, and write-in candidates Susan Collins and Eric Christie.
Some of the main topics that candidates addressed at the forums were affordable housing and homelessness, which increased by 53% in the 4th District in 2018 compared with the city’s 16% increase during the same period.
Six candidates are vying for two seats on the Beverly Hills City Council.
Incumbents Lili Bosse and Julian Gold face technologist Robin Rowe, Planning Commissioner Lori Greene Gordon, Rabbi Sidney “Simcha” Green and write-in candidate and attorney Aimee J. Zeltzer. Both incumbents were elected to the City Council in 2011 and have served as mayor twice.
Since Beverly Hills consolidated with Los Angeles County to administer this year’s election process, a new iPad-like voting system, which can only show four candidates at a time on its screen, will be used to cast votes and collect ballots. Voters must press the “more” button to scroll down and see the entire list of candidates for the council race.
In the California State Assembly, Rep. Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, is up for re-election in the 50th Congressional District and running against documentary filmmaker and paralegal Will Hess and LAUSD technical supervisor Jim King. Bloom’s district includes the Miracle Mile, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, faces a variety of challengers across the political spectrum including Democrats Liz Barris and Albert Maxwell Goldberg, Republicans James P. Bradley and Sarah Sun Liew, and Independent Kenneth Wright. Lieu currently represent California’s 33rd District, which includes the Hancock Park, Fairfax and Wilshire areas, as well as the majority of western L.A. County.
U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, assumed office in 2001 and represents California’s 28th Congressional District, which includes West Hollywood. Schiff is running against Democrats Chad Anderson, Sal Genovese, Maebe A. Girl and Ara Khachig Manoogian, Republicans William Bodell and Eric Early and Independent Jennifer Barbosa.
West Los Angeles falls under California’s 37th District and is currently represented by incumbent U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, who assumed office in 2011. Bass faces Republican Errol Webber and Independent Larry Thompson.
Voters will decide whether they support two local ballot measures – Measure R and Measure FD.
Measure R would amend the section of county code related to the Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Commission by adding a plan to reduce jail population and provide alternatives to incarceration.
As a parcel tax measure, Measure FD would authorize the district to levy an annual parcel tax of six cents per square foot of structural improvements on property up to 100,000 square feet, excluding parking areas. A two-thirds supermajority vote is required for its approval.
Select polling centers are currently open throughout the county, and additional sites will open on Feb. 29. To find the location and hours of the nearest polling center, visit locator.lavote.net.
For Beverly Hills voters, voting centers are located at the Beverly Hills City Hall Municipal Gallery, 455 N. Rexford Drive, and the Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., which are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A third location will open on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Beverly Hills Women’s Club, 1700 Chevy Chase Drive. The locations will extend their hours on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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