DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — It’s certainly not the first or last time the line will be used, but in the Ninth Council District, the Price is right.
That’s because State Sen. Curren Price yesterday defeated Ana Cubas to win the City Council seat being vacated by a termed-out Jan Perry. He will be sworn in on July 1.
Price earned 52.75% of the ballots cast in capturing the seat that includes the L.A. Live and Convention Center campus in Downtown Los Angeles. He won with just 5,184 votes, while Cubas claimed 4.643 votes (some provisional and absentee ballots are still being counted).
Price had a significant financial advantage over Cubas. During the March to May runoff period, he raised $263,000 from supporters, according to statements filed with the City Ethics Commission. Cubas pulled in $120,000.
The disparity was further felt in independent expenditures. Entities including the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce spent more than $1.1 million on behalf of Price.
Cubas, who spent three years as chief of staff to 14th District City Councilman José Huizar, saw only $38,000 in independent spending on her behalf.
In addition to the Downtown territory, the Ninth extends down the Figueroa Corridor to USC before encompassing a large, heavily impoverished section of South Los Angeles.
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Copyright 2013 Los Angeles Downtown News.