There will be a runoff in May for a pair of long-time Democratic operatives to determine the next mayor of Los Angeles.
Two City Hall veterans claimed spots Wednesday in a runoff for mayor of Los Angeles, setting up a confrontation likely to turn on personality and style since the Democratic pair share much of the same policy turf.
City Councilman Eric Garcetti topped the field in Tuesday's election, carrying 33 percent of the vote. Since no candidate cleared a majority of the vote needed to win outright, he'll face Controller Wendy Greuel in the May 21 matchup to replace exiting Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She had 29 percent, accordingly to preliminary returns.
Meanwhile, in a decision that will hang heavy on the next mayor of the financially troubled city, voters knocked down a proposed increase to the city's sales tax — a half-cent boost to 9.5 percent. The measure was defeated by a double-digit margin, returns showed.