Hollywood/Wilshire Election Update
Hollywood/Wilshire had a busy election night, with important LA City Council Races coupled with the race for LA Mayor. Unfortunately, subsequent ballot updates show a poor outcome for some of our supported regional candidates.
City Council Races
Hollywood/Wilshire hosted one of the most consequential LA City Council races between incumbent Mitch O'Farrell and Hugo Soto-Martinez.
With Soto-Martinez campaigning on a platform opposing our values and priorities, BOMA/GLA put in significant time and resources supporting Mitch O'Farrell.
Unfortunately, O'Farrell fell short in his bid for re-election, conceding to his opponent earlier this week.
The race for the City Council District 5 open seat between Sam Yebri and Katy Young Yaroslavsky did not end up close. Katy Young Yaraslavsky took a strong lead on election night and did not give ground.
In West Hollywood, Lauren Meister looks well on her way to another term of office. The race for the second and third seats remains tight, with multiple candidates within striking distance.
LA Citywide and County Candidate Races
Karen Bass has defeated Rick Caruso in the race for mayor.
Election night results were favorable for Rick Caruso. However, recent updates gave Karen Bass the edge she needed to win.
In the race for LA County Supervisor, West Hollywood City Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath has taken the lead against Senator Bob Hertzberg.
We are excited that BOMA/GLA endorsed candidate for LA City Attorney, Hydee Feldstein Soto, won her race against Faisal Gill. She is one of the bright spots this election cycle for the City of LA.
Unfortunately, in the race for LA City Controller, our supported candidate Paul Koretz lost to newcomer Kenneth Mejia. This result could have significant consequences on how the city operates.
LA City Ballot Measures
Measure ULA and Measure SP presented some of the highest potential costs to our members they have seen in years.
Measure SP, a parcel tax on all property types, is headed for defeat.
Unfortunately, Measure ULA, the real estate transfer tax, appears headed for victory. It has maintained a steady lead since the first ballot update on election night.
With this measure's passing, the city's costs for real estate transactions will rise significantly.
The next chance to undo this measure will be with 2024's statewide ballot initiative, the Taxpayer Protection Act. If passed, this act will require more significant majorities to pass tax measures. And because of its "look-back" provision, local tax measures that fail to meet the TPA's threshold will be rescinded.
For other race results, please visit the LA County Registrar's website.
We thank all the members who could join the BOMA/GLA PAC candidate interviews. Your participation and perspective were invaluable!
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