(January 26, 2004) -- At a special City Council meeting this morning, LB Councilmembers declined to invoke a state law to declare 2d district incumbent Dan Baker reelected (since no challenger had submitted sufficient nominating signatures to have their name on the ballot). The move would have saved taxpayers money...but also would have precluded write-in challengers.
The resolution required five votes to pass...and they weren't there. The Council voted 3-2 (with four members absent) to "receive and file" the resolution appointing Baker in lieu of an election...with the net result that there will be a 2d district election in which write-in candidates can challenge Baker.
2d district resident M.I. "Sonny" Bozeman filed paperwork to run against Baker but the City Clerk disqualified some of Bozeman's nominating petition signatures, keeping Bozeman's name from being printed on the ballot. Mr. Bozeman has indicated he now plans to wage a write in campaign against Baker.
The motion to receive and file the resolution appointing Baker in lieu of an election was made by Councilman Dennis Carroll, seconded by Vice Mayor Frank Colonna and supported by Councilman Val Lerch. Councilmembers Bonnie Lowenthal and Jackie Kell voted against the receive and file motion. Councilmembers Baker, Richardson, Uranga and Webb were absent.
The remaining City Council races to be decided in the coming months will be as follows:
District 4: Councilman Dennis Carroll v. Patrick O'Donnell
District 6: Councilwoman Laura Richardson v. Lewis Lester, Regina Chaney and Dee Andrews
District 8: Councilman Rob Webb v. Rae Gabelich, Terry Jensen and Kennedy Collins
Meanwhile, LB School Boardmember Jon Meyer is poised to avoid a reelection contest (if the LB School Board agreees) since he has no ballot opponent in the southeast LB area district. Only one person filed paperwork to run against Meyer...and the L.A. County Registrar apparently disqualified some of the challenger's nominating petition signatures.
Less than a year ago, Mr. Meyer outpaced a large field challengers who sought to grab the 4th district LB School Board seat that opened up on the death of former incumbent Ed Eveland. We presume the School Board can now either appoint Meyer in lieu of an election (which the Council declined to do for Baker) or allow write in challengers. At stake is a full four year term for the southeast area LB School Board seat.
In LB School Board district 2 (as previously reported by LBReport.com), there'll be a duel between business owner W. Mack Tyson and College Dean Felton C. Williams.
And there'll be a battle for LB Community College Board of Trustees District 4 between businessman/realtor Dick Gaylord and LB Attorney Doug Otto. The seat is currently held by Trudy Polsky.
In Community College Board District 2, incumbent Trustee Roberto Uranga has no ballot challenger...and could be appointed in lieu of an election if the LB Community College Board agrees.