Top Priority Races Win!
- Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Mayor
- Prop D, Medical Cannabis Initiative
- Mike Feuer, City Attorney
- Curren Price Los Angeles City Council, 9th District
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770 won their top-priority races in Los Angeles. These candidates and proposition will help Local 770 members and the labor movement in championing the rights of working people.
Local 770 had thrown its support behind mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti and Prop. D, a measure to guarantee access to medical marijuana and regulate the clinics that dispense it.
“We are glad the voters agreed with our members that Eric Garcetti would make the best Mayor for the city of Los Angeles,” said Rick Icaza, President of Local 770. “We’re also extremely pleased that nearly two-thirds of the voters supported Prop D, our effort to help regulate and control medical marijuana dispensaries while also guaranteeing access to genuinely ill patients.”
Local 770 represents pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and health care laboratory technicians. It also represents nearly 500 workers in the medical marijuana field.
Eric Garcetti won election night with 54% of the vote. As late ballots are counted over the coming week, that margin is expected to grow.
Prop D passed with nearly 64% of the vote. It required 50% to pass. Rival measure F and E failed to even reach the 50% mark. Prop D will reduce the number of medical marijuana clinics in the city of Los Angeles from an estimated 1,600 to about 135, increase taxes on medical marijuana sales, and place restrictions on where and when the clinics can operate. It was placed on the ballot by the City Council and drafted by the City Attorney.
We are so proud of the hard work of Local 770 members, the community and the important support of labor-friendly candidates that made these victories possible.