It’s election day for Carson and Inglewood.
Both cities have non-annual elections on Tuesday, November 2, with Carson filling two vacant seats and Inglewood asking voters to fix two tax measures. And while voters have weeks to vote by mail, Tuesday is the last opportunity to either send their ballots or vote in person.
Here’s what you need to know about Election Day for those cities.
Carson District 4 voters will choose a successor to former councilor and current mayor Lula Davis-Holmes. Davis-Holmes resigned from the District 4 council seat after winning the mayoral election in November 2020.
The candidate for that race is 50-year-old resident Freddy Gomez, who has served as a council advisor; Sharma Henderson, president of a local human and social services agency; former councilor and mayor Michael Mitoma; Carson native Isaias “Isa” Jesus Pulido; and Economic Development Commissioner Arlene Rojas.
The winner of the election would end the last three years of Davis-Holmes’ previously won term.
The Fourth District covers the southern part of the city, stretching from Main Street to Sepulveda Boulevard.
Meanwhile, Carson’s voters will choose a new city clerk.
Five candidates are in the race to replace former city clerk Donecia Goge-Alden, who left after accepting the same position at Riverside earlier this year.
Those candidates are Vera Robles DeWitt, Division 5 director for the Water Replenishment District of Southern California; Jeffrey Caballero, managing attorney at Caballero Law Firm in Long Beach; teacher Monet Gavino; Faliana “Ana” Maini, a labor union president; and Mayla Rahman, District Chief of Staff for State Sen. Steven Bradford.
The winner of that race will serve until the end of next year.
Inglewood voters will weigh two separate tax measures, taken together to help fund public safety and maintain the city’s essential services as the city deals with a financial emergency.
Inglewood has forecast a loss of about $10 million by the end of the current fiscal year.
Measure I tax on the sale of real estate to 4.5% on properties worth more than $10 million, 3.5% on properties costing $2.5 million to $10 million, and to 1.75% on those selling for $1.1 million to $2.5 million to increase. The language that will appear on the ballot paper. The current rate of 0.055% will remain in place for real estate sales cheaper than $1.1 million.
Inglewood will receive $3.5 million a year from that tax, the city has said.
Measure H, meanwhile, would increase the transient occupancy tax — which hotel occupants pay — from 14% to 15.5%.
That tax increase would bring in an estimated $750,000.
How and when to vote
Those who wish to vote may do so in person or by mail or drop the ballot boxes.
Voting will open at 7 am on Tuesday and will close at 8 pm
The Los Angeles County register-recorder/county clerk is handling both elections and those who wish to cast ballots in person can do so at any multiple-voting center in the county. For a complete list, visit the registrar’s website.
But in Carson, voters can vote in these places:
- Carson Civic Center, 801 E. Carson St.
- Dominguez Park, 21330 S. Santa Fe Avenue.
- Foicea Park, 23410 Catskill Ave.
- Victoria Community Regional Park, 419 MLK Jr. St.
- Veterans Park, 22400 Moneta Ave.
- Stevenson Park, 17400 Lysander Drive.
Inglewood locations are at:
- Rogers Park, 400 W. Beach Ave.
- Center of Hope Church, 9550 Crenshaw Blvd.
- Darby Park, 3400 W. Arbor Vite St.
- Inglewood High School, 231 S. Grevillea Ave.
- Munro Middle School, 10711 S.O. 10th Avenue.
- La Tijera K-8 Academy of excellence, 1415 N. La Tijera Blvd.
There are also drop boxes in both the cities.
At Carson, those drop boxes are here:
- Private James Anderson Park, 19101 S. Wilmington Avenue.
- Hemingway Park, 700 E. Gardena Blvd.
- Mills Memorial Park, 1340 E. Dimondell Drive.
- Foicea Park, 23410 Catskill Ave.
- Veterans Sports Complex, 22400 Moneta Ave.
In Inglewood, drop boxes are in Rogers and Darby Parks, as well as:
- Crenshaw Imperial Branch Library, 11141 Crenshaw Blvd.
- Gravilia Art Park, 101 E. Kelso St.
- Edward Vincent Jr. Park, IN Veterans Memorial Building, 328 Sentinella Ave.
Voters still have time to vote by mail.
VMB has until Tuesday, 9 November to reach the registrar’s Norwalk headquarters. But they should be postmarked on election day. The same rule applies to ballots placed in drop boxes.
The Daily Breeze and Press-Telegram, part of the Southern California Newsgroup, will report the election results for Carson and Inglewood.
But people can also visit the registrar’s website to see the live results as they get closer to voting once at 8 pm
The registrar’s first update will include VBMs received prior to election day, the second will include early vote center ballots, and the third and subsequent updates will include vote center ballots received on election day, said registrar spokesman Mike Sanchez.
The next update will come on Friday.
The registrar will also have to reconcile military ballots, VBMs arriving after election day and provisional ballots.
The registrar has been tentatively scheduled to certify the results on November 15, with the board of supervisors scheduled to do so on November 23. Candidates will start serving on 3rd December.