Local voters will head to the polls Tuesday to determine the outcome of a high-profile congressional battle between two Long Beach politicians and a slate of city measures, among other contests.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The race in the newly-drawn, Long Beach to western Orange County 47th Congressional District has attracted national attention, with state Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, taking on Republican Long Beach City Councilman Gary DeLong.
DeLong has garnered the support of the National Republican Congressional Committee and raised $1.3 million in his bid to defeat Lowenthal, a former assemblyman and Long Beach council member. Lowenthal has raised about $980,000.
In other races in and around Long Beach, seats in the state Senate, Assembly, Congress, Downey City Council and Cerritos College District board of trustees are on the line.
Also in Long Beach, voters will decide two measures.
One, Measure N, would require hotels of more than 100 rooms to pay workers a "living wage" of at least $13 an hour, among other requirements. The initiative is sponsored by Los Angeles unions and opposed by the hotels and the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, who say the proposal is a strong-arm attempt at unionization.
Measure O would switch city elected offices to a June primary and November runoff schedule to match the statewide election timetable. Long Beach currently has an April primary and June runoff in even-numbered years.
The Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education and Long Beach Community College Board of Trustee election would not move since Measure O cannot include them.
Proponents say the initiative would increase voter participation and save money if the LBUSD and LBCC follow suit. Detractors value the focus of separate municipal elections and say Measure O would add $1.2 million in costs.
Other local measures include Downey's Measure D, which would lower the city's utility users tax from 5 percent to 4.8 percent but expand it to new telecommunications technologies; Cerritos College Measure G, a $350 million bond measure; Bellflower Measure BB, a $79 million bond measure proposed by the Bellflower Unified School District; and Bellflower Measure P, which would increase the struggling city's utility users tax from 5 percent to 7 percent for five years.
A record 1.1 million vote-by-mail ballots were sent out in October, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/Clerk's Office. The number represents 24 percent of the county's 4,674,338 registered voters.
More than 549,000 mail ballots had been returned to election officials late last week.
Voting locations can be found at www.lavote.net or by calling 800-815-2666.