L.A. school tax measure defeated, in blow to Garcetti and Beutner

Leaders of the Los Angeles school district made a calculated gamble: The January teachers strike made such a huge, positive impact on the public that sympathetic voters, they thought, would overwhelmingly pass a tax increase to benefit schools.

They turned out to be wrong.

Measure EE suffered resounding defeat Tuesday, gaining only about 45% of voter approval with 100% of precincts reporting. It needed a two-thirds majority to pass.

School district officials and their allies, including L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, had envisioned Measure EE as a crucial building block in reshaping the district, an effort they had hoped would include a major cash infusion.

But instead of a celebration, the speeches at a Tuesday night rally sounded a consistent theme of: “We’ll get ’em next time.”

“We’re not going anywhere,” Garcetti said at the event in Boyle Heights. “Pass or not, tomorrow we roll up our sleeves and continue that work.”

Opponents of the measure were cautiously celebratory.

“We did our best to run an honest campaign to let voters know that Measure EE was a massive tax increase,” said No on EE campaign spokesman Matt Klink. Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-edu-lausd-parcel-tax-election-20190604-story.html#nws=mcnewsletter