The outcome of the East Long Beach race could have significant consequences for the next mayor and the balance of power on the nine-member City Council. Just 113 votes separates the two candidates.
The first batch of votes show that Area 3 incumbent Sunny Zia has 75% (3,301 votes) while challenger Marianne Case has 25% (1,084 votes); Area 5 incumbent Virginia Baxter has 65% (7,102 votes) with challenger Juan Cepeda-Rizo bringing in 35% (3,874 votes).
Early election returns in the 69th Assembly District race show small business owner Josh Lowenthal taking a seemingly decisive lead over Al Austin, a Long Beach City Council member.
Allen had 50% of the vote, while challengers Mike Murchison had 26% and Gerrie Schipske had 24% in the race for the Area 3 board seat.
Long Beach’s current mayor is cruising to an easy victory over his Republican opponent for the seat Congressman Alan Lowenthal is leaving.
Megan Kerr’s lead over Ian Patton has narrowed to just one percentage point with an unknown number of ballots still to be counted.
Newsom spoke before a crowd of about 500 supporters at Long Beach City College. He was there as part of a series of Democratic Party rallies organized across the state in hopes of passing Proposition 1.
The Billie Jean King Main Library in Downtown resumed normal operating hours with enhanced security measures Wednesday after it closed last month due to safety concerns, library officials announced.
The move is a step toward Long Beach issuing more concealed-weapon permits, but it’s still unclear who will be able to acquire one or when the city will begin accepting applications.
The city’s new First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program will give 100 eligible families up to $20,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance.