In a bitter showdown that pitted two Republicans against each other to succeed Buck McKeon in Congress, state Sen. Steve Knight defeated former Sen. Tony Strickland 53.5-46.5 Tuesday.
Strickland, who was McKeon’s pick, outspent his opponent 5-1 but was hampered by the fact that he didn’t live in the congressional district in which he was running.
Sen. Steve Knight, congressman-elect.
Knight, a former soldier and police officer, followed his father Pete Knight’s path into politics by serving on the Palmdale City Council and then the Assembly beginning in 2008. As a state senator for the last two years, he has represented half of the Santa Clarita Valley and all of the Antelope Valley – territories that overlap the 25th congressional district.
On Tuesday, Knight polled just as well in Ventura County as he did in the rest of the 25th district. Strickland had been thought to have an edge there.
In the 38th Assembly district, incumbent Republican Scott Wilk easily defeated challenger Jorge Fuentes 66.5-33.5.
Meanwhile in the 36th, one-term incumbent Democrat Steve Fox lost to Republican challenger Tom Lackey 61.5-38.5. The district was targeted by the Republicans who sought to stop the Democrats from regaining a supermajority in Sacramento – which would have enabled them to raise taxes without needing any Republican support.
Locally, city voters rejected a controversial ballot measure that called for the removal of 62 billboards from the Metrolink right-of-way through town and would have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue to the city annually from three new digital billboards along the 5 and 14 freeways.
Now the city will have to wait a year before it can adopt a similar ordinance. Some critics have called for the city to negotiate directly with billboard owners and cut Metro out of the deal, but that’s not possible under state law, which entitles both the billboard owners and the landowner (Metro) to just compensation.
Anecdotally, after the ballot measures that established the city and its electoral system in 1987, only two ballot measures have gone before city voters. Both failed.
Voters in the Saugus Union School District said “yes” to a school facilities bond measure that will repair leaky roofs and replace worn-out plumbing and electrical systems as well as add new science labs and upgrade technology in the classrooms. The measure, which needed a 55 percent vote to pass, took a narrow lead early Tuesday evening and never looked back.
Los Angeles County has a new sheriff in the person of Jim McDonnell, a 33-year law enforcement veteran who has headed the Long Beach Police Department since 2010. He easily defeated Paul Tanaka, the embattled former undersheriff who has been under scrutiny in the FBI’s jail violence investigation.
In the Castaic Lake Water Agency, all four incumbents who were up for election – Tom Campbell, Gary Martin, Ed Colley and Robert DiPrimio – were given four more years.
Former Sen. George Runner overcame a re-challenge from Democrat Chris Parker and won four more years on the California Board of Equalization.
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