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Mike Detoy, Justin Massey still on their way to Hermosa Beach City Council, after Friday update from LA County registrar


Nov. 09, 2019

Not much has changed in the race for two Hermosa Beach City Council seats, with incumbent Justin Massey and Riverside firefighter Mike Detoy well on their way to five-year terms , according to the latest update on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, election, which the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office released Friday afternoon, Nov. 8.
The registrar finished counting the ballots from Election Day on Tuesday night, as well as vote-by-mail ballots that arrived by then. But provisional ballots and some vote-by-mail ballots — those dropped off at the polls or that hadn’t arrived by Election Day — still need to be counted.
The registrar accepted VBMs, as long as they were postmarked by Tuesday, until Friday.
The registrar has said it expects to certify the election by Nov. 15.
With more ballots counted, Massey, who said his goals for a second term include focusing “on core services,” still has 40% of the vote, with 2,583 ballots in his favor. Detoy, a newcomer who campaigned on public safety, has about 39% of the votes, or 2,479.
The third candidate, Trent Larson, who has now made four unsuccessful runs for City Council, has 21% of the vote — and is more than 1,100 behind Detoy.
Massey and Detoy will serve five-year terms in order to bring the city in compliance with state election law, which requires cities to align their elections with statewide primaries and general elections. After these five-year terms, council members will again have four-year stints.
Measure B, meanwhile, has actually seen the gap between yes and no votes grow. That measure would raise the city’s hotel bed tax from 12% to 14%. On Tuesday, about three-quarters of voters said they approved increasing the tax. As of Friday, 78% say so.
And two-thirds of Hermosa Beach voters, according to the registrar, still approve of Measure H , which would make the city clerk position appointed rather than elected.
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