We don’t recall more attention devoted to a local Los Angeles City Council election than we have all endured during the past half year or so.
But the three candidates apparently were speaking to the choir in all those candidate forums and in the last-minute mail-outs.
Only 25 percent of registered voters in the Los Angeles Council District 11 bothered to vote Tuesday, March 8th, in the city primary council district election.
The two top vote-getters, Bill Rosendahl and Flora Gil Krisiloff, will square off in a runoff Tuesday, May 17th.
Alas, we predict the turnout will be even lower — not much more than 20 percent.
And our prediction: the even lower turnout will benefit Krisiloff.
That is because voters in Brentwood and Pacific Palisades — Krisiloff strongholds — turn out in stronger numbers than voters do in our part of the new council district — the former Sixth Council District once held by Councilwoman Ruth Galanter.
Rosendahl’s biggest obstacles to winning the runoff are not the negative hit pieces sent out by Krisiloff’s professional campaign staffer.
Rosendahl’s biggest challenge is to get his fans to vote May 17th.
The political groupies — those few who can’t get enough of politics and flock around the candidates of the moment — are all talking Wednesday morning about how Rosendahl and Krisiloff will want to rush out and lure the third candidate, Angela Reddock and her supporters, to their sides.
Reddock got 5,172 votes and that represents a very respectable 13.8 percent of the total primary vote.
However, we suspect most of the Reddock votes came because:
1. Voters liked Reddock personally; her bubbly charm and her optimism; and/or
2. Voters didn’t care much for the “other” candidates and wanted an alternative.
Voters who didn’t care much for the “other” candidates can hardly be expected to rush to either Rosendahl or Krisiloff in the runoff.
Those who voted for Reddock because they liked her may or may not be interested in shifting their allegiance to either of the runoff candidates.
Look for many of the Reddock voters to sit out the May 17th vote.
We think it was in the Venice Beachhead newspaper that we read the best comment about Reddock and candidates in general.
Wrote the critic: We complain about candidates taking money from special interest groups and then when a candidate does not take money from special interest groups we say we can’t vote for that candidate because that candidate doesn’t have enough campaign donations to win.
Ah, how right on.
MAYOR’S RUNOFF — Meanwhile, as we write this nearing noon Wednesday, we still don’t know officially who will be the second runoff candidate to face Los Angeles City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa in the mayoral runoff Tuesday, May 17th.
Nearly 15 hours after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, city officials still had 24,000 absentee ballots to count, with Mayor James Hahn leading former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg by some 5,800 votes.
Hertzberg had conceded by mid-morning Wednesday but city election officials weren’t nudged by the Hertzberg concession into making an official determination that the runoff will be Villaraigosa and Hahn.
Too close to call, city election officials claimed.
NASTY CAMPAIGNS — A rerun of Villaraigosa and Hahn suggests another round of negative and nasty TV ads between now and the May 17th runoff.
You may want to keep the remote and mute button close at hand during your upcoming television viewing hours.
On the other hand, this might be the perfect time to take that ten-week cruise around the world that you have always been contemplating.
Alas, we fear the Rosendahl-Krisiloff campaigning won’t be much higher in quality during the coming ten weeks than the mayoral contest.
Surely, voters in the Los Angeles 11th Council District know as much about both Krisiloff and Rosendahl as they care to know and there’s not much new left to say.
We don’t need to be subjected to another round of campaign forums, especially if only 20 percent of the registered voters are going to vote.
We’d suggest that instead of throwing mud at each other, all the candidates — mayoral and 11th Council District — devote their limited budgets and energies to getting registered voters out to vote.
The first turnout effort this week in the primary was not too impressive.
SENIOR PROM — Fortunately, the folks in Santa Monica got to avoid the L.A. city elections and were able to devote their attention to planning one of the most wonderful community events of the year — the upcoming 28th Annual Senior Prom Saturday, March 12th, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
This year, the event is being co-hosted by the Cities of Beverly Hills, Culver City and Torrance.
The event sponsors are expecting more than 1,000 senior citizens to show up and receive a red carpet welcome for this marvelous event.
There will be live entertainment from an 18-piece Melody Masters Big Band.
There will a Polaroid picture booth where seniors can take “prom photos” of themselves all decked out in their prom best.
Wrote the Santa Monica Community Programs Division, promoting the event:
“Because seniors are special.
“Because it is wonderful to see a couple in their 90s dance a fox trot.
“Because for many seniors, the Senior Prom is the only occasion that calls for a beaded gown and a three-piece suit.”
And it’s all free.
Information, (310) 458-8644.