Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Mayor Tony


In the end, as LA Observed observes, it wasn't even close.

Antonio Villaraigosa will be our next mayor of Los Angeles, and the first Latino mayor-elect in the city since the 1870s. He smacked down current Mayor James Hahn hard -- at last check, Villaraigosa got 58.6% of the votes, to Hahn's 41.4%.

Turnout, as expected, was small, with just 30.3% of voters casting a ballot, compared to 2001, when 37.7% of voters showed up to hand Hahn the mayoralship over Villaraigosa.

I didn't catch much of the election results, as I got home late... and UPN's "Britney and Kevin: Chaotic" was on the TiVo. (I know. I'm part of the problem. Shame is my middle name.)

But according to Joe, I didn't miss much. He reports that KABC, KCBS and KNBC couldn't be bothered to break into their late night lineup when Villaraigosa was officially declared the winner, or when the new mayor gave his acceptance speech.

We're in the middle of May sweeps, after all, so there better be a pretty damn good reason to pre-empt Jay Leno or David Letterman. And apparently the election of the mayor of the nation's second-largest city didn't rise to that level, as of the four major network-owned L.A. outlets, just KTTV-Fox 11 cut in.

Also Villaraigosa's webmasters are apparently battling a pretty nasty hangover this morning... their blog makes no mention of the mayor results. Psst, guys, you won!

(To be fair, the front page does declare victory.)

UPDATE at 4:45 p.m.: Still no post!

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