Cedillo leads Gardea in Council District 1 race*

Gil Cedillo (left) and Jose Gardea

Former state lawmaker Gil Cedillo   has retained a wide margin over rival Jose Gardea  as votes continue to be tabulated from the  Council District 1  election.

With nearly 70% of precincts reporting,  Cedillo claimed 53.08%  of votes cast compared to 46.91% for Gardea , according to unofficial results posted on the City Clerk website.   Cedillo has continued to claim more than 50% of the vote since the first results were released.

The election for Council District 1, which is represented by termed-out Councilman Ed Reyes, has been marked by large amounts of independent expenditures, which are not limited by city rules, poured into the campaign by employee unions, billboard companies and business interests.

With the help of those independent expenditures,  about twice as much money was spent in support of  Cedillo, a former state assemblyman, than on Gardea, who now serves as Chief of Staff to Councilman Reyes, according to figures from city’s Ethics Commission.  The most recent tally compiled by the City Ethics Commission showed that the Cedillo campaign and its allies spent more than $1.6 million compared to about $710,000 spent in support of the Gardea campaign.

While Gardea has won the support of many neighborhood activists by supporting many neighborhood causes,  Cedillo won the backing of the political establishment and focused on the need to bring more jobs to the district.

* This story was updated on Wednesday, May 22 @ 12:19 a.m.


  1. Could someone please explain to me how members of the Los Angeles Fire Department are permitted to use taxpayer funded fire equipment to display signs for Wendy Greuel and Gil Cedillo? I came out of the Highland Park Auto Zone store today and I saw something that was bizarre. A fire truck came up Figueroa blaring its horn and it had Greuel and Cedillo political signs ON OUR FIRE TRUCK. I would want an investigation of this event and those responsible must be fired and fined for using taxpayer assets to conduct a political campaign.

    This is just the kind of sleazy scum activity one would expect of the public unions that are fleecing the Los Angeles taxpayers.

    • Dude, it sucks, but it isn’t being done with public money. The police and firefighter’s unions own trucks and cars to allow them to do stuff like this using their own money. They use these ceremonial vehicles in parades most of the time, but they also get used in elections.

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