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ERIC GARCETTI WINS ELECTION AND BECOMES MAYOR OF LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

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The outcome of the election, in one of the lowest turnouts on record, signaled a defeat for labor unions here, which had spent tremendous time and effort to elect Wendy Greuel, the city controller. LOS ANGELES-Despite the city’s most powerful unions’ having spent millions on behalf of his opponent, City Councilman Eric Garcetti handily won his bid to become the mayor of Los Angeles on Tuesday, receiving 54 percent of the vote. “This election was never for sale,” Mr. Garcetti said in a news conference Wednesday afternoon. “People want you to be independent.” Mr. Garcetti and Ms. Greuel have spent years in City Hall, and they portrayed themselves as moderate Democrats, though the race was nonpartisan. Ms. Greuel won the backing of the city’s most influential unions, but Mr. Garcetti turned that into a liability, saying it would prevent her from securing concessions, particularly on pensions. The race generated a record $33 million in spending, including outside money from political action c…