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CITY COUNCIL VICTORS VOW QUICK STARTS SMITH, LUDLOW BASK IN WINS.

Byline: Harrison Sheppard and Rick Orlov Staff Writers

The city's two newest council members-elect, Greig Smith and Martin Ludlow, on Wednesday celebrated their election victories and promised to hit the ground running when taking office on July 1.

Smith, the deputy to current Northwest Valley Councilman Hal Bernson, won a decisive victory - 61 percent to 39 percent - over Los Angeles Unified School District board member Julie Korenstein, whom he outspent by a wide margin in the 12th District race.

In the Mid-City's 10th District, political activist Martin Ludlow beat council deputy Deron Williams by a 56-44 percent margin.

The latest unofficial tally from the City Clerk's Office showed Smith with 14,631 votes to Korenstein's 9,187. Ludlow had 11,643 votes to Williams' 9,219.

Smith said he plans to be at City Hall today and Friday to talk with city officials about transition issues. He then plans to take a week off to spend with his family. After that, throughout June he will be assembling his staff - including keeping some who worked for Bernson - and writing motions so he can make a quick start on July 1.

Among his first priorities are getting the Valley a greater share of city resources, and horse-keeping issues.

``I will be there the day I take office with motions in hand to start taking care of my agenda,'' Smith said.

The City Clerk's Office has about 6,000 ballots remaining to count citywide and expects to have final results in about two weeks, said Election Division head Arleen Taylor. None of the races appears close enough that the remaining ballots would change the outcome.

Citywide turnout was about 10 percent, the lowest level since 1983 when only 8.6 percent of voters showed up because there were no council races or bond measures on the ballot, only two Los Angeles Unified School District seats and one community college seat.

In District 12, the turnout Tuesday was 19.6 percent and in District 10 it was 25 percent, Taylor said. It was not known how many ballots are still uncounted in the two districts.

Ludlow, who came back from a second-place finish in the primary election, exulted in his victory at a news conference with his political mentor, Councilman-elect Antonio Villaraigosa, and a number of supporters from his district.

``I am not going to wait for the swearing-in to begin working for this district. We have got to move ahead before (school ends for summer) to begin working to stem the violence in this community. We can no longer afford to see our young people killed on the streets of this city.''

Ludlow said the first call he made on Wednesday was to Police Chief William Bratton.
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