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On the Line
Truthfully, LAist wishes we had more candidate choices to consider in the race for mayor of Los Angeles County. But the Mayor's office isn't the only issue up for grabs during today's election so it's imperative to vote, regardless of mood. Voters also get to decide on who shall replace outgoing Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski to represent the interests of District 11 on the City Council and whether to pass Measures A or B, which amend our City Charter.
Redondo Beach residents also get to elect a new officials.
Considering whether to subject the Airport Police to the authority of the LAPD may not be as sexy as selecting the new face of Los Angeles politics, but do get out and vote. If you need a quick primer on the issues, take a look at the issues outlined after the jump.
Measure A, as analyzed by Smart Voter.org, which posts summarized prepared by the Leauge of Women Voters of Los Angeles:
This measure has already sparked heated disagreements among various city officials. The main point of conflict is whether law enforcement at the airports should become the responsibility of the LAPD, or should continue to be the responsibility of an independent Airport Police agency. The present and former chiefs of police (Bratton and Parks) strongly support the measure, believing that a unified command of law enforcement functions is needed: one city, one police force. Supporters also believe that there is confusion now about who is in charge; they say that this amendment would allow clear lines of authority to be developed. Supporters reject a "hybrid" model of safety functions. Opponents claim that expertise in the needs of a large airport is essential and cannot be provided by the LAPD. They also object to giving additional power over the airports to distant elected officials ("politicians"). Opponents include members of the airport police and some officials of the airports.