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L.A. Votes on Mayor, Development Freeze, Homeless Aid

Polls opened at 7 a.m. on Tuesday in Los Angeles for what will likely be a small number of Angelenos who stand to determine which direction their city will take.

Polling locations may be found online. Polls will close at 8 p.m.

Several measures could have a significant impact on business and development in the City of Angels.

Among items to be voted on is Measure S, a highly-controversial campaign that would implement a two-year moratorium on thousands of real estate projects in Los Angeles.

Other ballot measures include Measure M, which would authorize “an additional 0.5 percent sales tax for transportation and the indefinite extension of an existing 0.5 percent sales tax also dedicated to transportation and originally set to expire in 2039.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, Another initiative, Measure P, would allow “builders to obtain 66-year leases for port property instead of the current 50-year limit. The measure is designed to encourage waterfront redevelopment in San Pedro.”

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti is running against 10 lesser-known contenders, except for Mitchell Schwartz, a former political strategist.

Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who represents the western San Fernando Valley, is reportedly running unopposed. Similarly unopposed are City Atty. Mike Feuer and City Controller Ron Galperin.

This election is unique. According to the Times, “Winners get a 5½-year term, rather the usual four years, because of a one-time change in election dates.”

According to Southern California Public Radio, anyone voting by mail must have their ballots postmarked by today, March 7, for their vote to count. One first-class stamp is enough postage. Polling locations also reportedly offer mail ballot drop-offs.

SCPR also notes that “Los Angeles County residents who haven’t yet registered to vote can do so in person at the Norwalk County headquarters. After registering, those voters can cast a provisional ballot that will be counted once eligibility is verified.”

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