(Reuters) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti clinched re-election on Tuesday in a landslide victory that handed him a second term for 5-1/2 years in charge of America’s second-largest city.
Garcetti, a 46-year-old Democrat, was “deeply honored” to serve a second term, he said on Twitter early on Wednesday. Garcetti will serve 5 1/2 years instead of the usual four due to a change in the city’s election calendar, officials said.
During his campaign, the mayor highlighted his support for a measure to raise the city’s minimum wage, and employment gains in the aftermath of a nationwide recession. He also enjoyed a significant funding advantage over his rivals, reporting raising more than $3.8 million as of March 1.
Garcetti, who defeated then-city Controller Wendy Greuel in a run-off four years ago, is the son of former prosecutor Gil Garcetti, whose office tried O.J. Simpson for murder and lost.
Drawing almost as much attention in Tuesday’s municipal elections was ballot Measure S, aimed at limiting urban development by halting “spot zoning” amendments to the city’s General Plan for two years.
Supporters of the plan, which was defeated with 69 percent of voters against, said spot zoning permits granted to wealthy real estate interests had spurred runaway construction, increasing congestion and driving up housing costs.
Opponents said it would have undermined the city’s efforts to create more affordable housing.
(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; editing by John Stonestreet)