What to Know
- Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Measure S could shape the future of development in Los Angeles
- Measure H would ok a quarter-cent county sales tax increase to fund the fight against homelessness
Los Angeles voters will cast ballots Tuesday to decide several citywide measures and races for mayor and city council. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Use the Voter's Edge guide to find information about candidates on issues on your ballot for the March 7, 2017 election.
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Mayor: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is facing 10 challengers, but he holds a significant fundraising advantage and a recent poll shows he has a commanding lead in the race. Garcetti had raised more than $3.3 million as of March 1, dwarfing his opponents. Mitchell Schwartz, a former State Department official who also worked as a campaign operative for former President Barack Obama, is the only other candidate to have raised a significant amount, with more than $691,000.
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City Council: Los Angeles voters will choose from 42 city council candidates vying for six seats, with five incumbents fighting to keep their jobs and 20 candidates looking to claim the open seat in the 7th Council District.
Measure M: With Californians in November voting to legalize recreational marijuana starting in 2018, Los Angeles voters will decide between two ballot measures aimed at regulating the coming industry. Measure M, which was placed on the ballot by the City Council, would allow the city to repeal a current ban on medical marijuana dispensaries under the previously approved Proposition D and replace it with a new set of rules for different types of marijuana businesses. If approved, the measure would give the city tools to enforce its regulations. Businesses operating without a license or ignoring city rules could face civil fines, criminal penalties and the threat of their power and water service being shut off.
Measure S: The most expensive -- and in many ways the most bitter -- campaign in Los Angeles city election is not for mayor or acouncil seat but over Measure S, the much-debated initiative aimed at limiting development. The measure would halt all General Plan amendments, or special permission to developers known as "spot zoning," for two years while the city updates its General Plan and community plans that guide neighborhood development.
Measure H: Los Angeles County voters will decide whether to approve Measure H, a quarter-cent county sales tax increase to fund the fight against homelessness. The Board of Supervisors has declared homelessness a countywid emergency and chose the sales tax hike over a number of other funding alternatives, including a millionaire's tax, a parcel tax and a special tax on marijuana.
LAUSD: In what has become a common theme in Los Angeles Unified School District board elections, the issue of charter schools will play a key role as area residents cast votes to fill three board seats. Backers of charter schools have invested big money in the races, hoping to get a majority on the board in favor of dramatically expanding the number of charters, which are publicly funded but often operate free of unions and some regulations that govern traditional public schools.