Englander Wins Easily
|COUNCIL DISTRICT 12|
|DINESH "DANNY" LAKHANPAL|| |
|KELLY M. LORD, JR.|| |
|BRAD SMITH|| |
|NAVRAJ "SINGH" SINGH|| |
|ARMINEH CHELEBIAN|| |
|MITCHELL ENGLANDER|| |
In an outcome that was surprising to no one, Mitchell Englander, the oft-demonized Chief of Staff to outgoing Councilman Greig Smith, handily won the District 12 Councilman seat with 58% of the vote.
Englander's formidable war chest, stoked by business donations that many feared would make for troubling obligations, by far outstripped that of any other candidate. Englander also had the heftiest list of endorsements, including that of the Los Angeles Times, The Daily News, and lefty Congressman Brad Sherman.
Granada Hills Neighborhood Council Member Brad Smith, the second-biggest vote getter and the only candidate to secure the endorsement of the Democratic Party of L.A. County, brought in 24% of votes, not nearly enough to topple his "anointed" opponent or even to force a run off, which is what Smith's camp was reportedly hoping for.
Of 2,060,913 registered voters, only 97,227 bothered to vote, a measly 4.7 percent.
The typically pathetic turnout, however, was enough to pass all ballot measures save for one: Proposition O, the Los Angeles Oil Production Tax measure. Police and firemen will get a new pension plan per Charter Amendment G, and libraries will be spared further budget slicing per Measure L, perhaps receiving funds from by tax revenue generated by medical marijuana dispensaries, which will now be taxed per Measure M, which brought marijuana use one step closer to legitimacy in L.A.
Members of the "Anybody But Englander" camp, take heart: you can still console yourselves with a good book and a fat bowl.