California voters rejected a state proposition on property rights that would have phased out rent control laws, while a competing proposition that prevents government agencies from taking a homeowner’s property for private use won the support of voters, according to preliminary results of the June 3rd primary election.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Proposition 98, a measure on eminent domain that called for phasing out rent control, was defeated by voters by more than a two to one margin — 68 percent to 32 percent.

The competing homeowners’ rights measure, Proposition 99, was approved by voters 64 percent to 36 percent.

“Beyond being a clear victory for renters, the successful NO 98/YES 99 campaign showed how homeowners and renters can work together to protect our families and our housing,” said Santa Monica City Councilman Kevin McKeown, a Proposition 98 opponent.

“Tenants can sleep better knowing rent control remains the law. Homeowners now have real protection against eminent domain.”

In local races, Los Angeles County Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe won his bid for reelection convincingly with 70 percent of the vote, defeating challengers Marylou Cabral and Jay Shah. The county’s Fourth District covers a stretch of the coast including Marina del Rey.

In the highly competitive race to fill the seat being vacated by Second District Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas and Los Angeles Councilman Bernard Parks are headed for a run-off in the November election.

Neither candidate won the majority of the vote, as Ridley-Thomas led with 45 percent and Parks received 40 percent. The Second District covers local communities including Mar Vista.

In the Democratic primary for the State Senate 23rd District, former Assemblywoman Fran Pavley defeated Assemblyman Lloyd Levine 68 percent to 32 percent. The Senate 23rd District covers local communities including Santa Monica.

Acting Los Angeles County registrar-recorder Dean Logan noted a much lower voter turnout at the primary compared to the presidential primary in February. County voter turnout was at 23 percent as of 8 p.m. June 3rd, while the turnout at the February 5th primary was 57 percent, Logan said.

However, Logan commended the election process.

“Today’s election went very well,” Logan said in a statement. “A great deal of the credit goes to the dedicated poll workers who serve their community in an effort to ensure that the statewide primary voting process goes smoothly.”

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