Furutani loses LA City Council bid


LOS ANGELES — Joe Buscaino, an officer of the Los Angeles Police Department, beat state Assemblyman Warren Furutani in a two-person run-off for a vacant city council seat on Jan. 17, garnering 60.69 percent of the vote with a lead of more than 3,000 votes, according to unofficial Los Angeles County results.

The Los Angeles city clerk posted the unofficial results for the District 15 city council seat on the night of Jan. 17.

Furutani and Buscaino competed in the run-off for the seat after being the top two vote-getters in a special election held in November of last year.

Furutani currently represents the 55th Assembly District for the state of California. He was re-elected to a second term in 2010 and is currently serving the final year of his term.

One of the founders of the Manzanar Pilgrimage in 1969, Furutani — a fourth-generation Japanese American — has a long history of community and civic activism.

In 1987, he was the first Asian American to be elected to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, and in 1999 he was elected to the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees.

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