Voters in Encino and Tarzana who turned in ballots for Tuesday's municipal election—and there weren't many—clearly favored City Controller Wendy Greuel over City Councilman Eric Garcetti, according to semi-official tallies released by the Los Angeles City Clerk.
Greuel, who lives in Studio City and previously represented the area on the City Council, won 36 percent of the vote to Garcetti's 30 percent among the eight-candidate field. (In the citywide results Garcetti, who in campaign ads reminisced about growing up in Encino, won 33 percent of the vote to Greuel's 29 percent.)
The two candidates will face each other in the May 21 runoff.
Of the 39 precincts in the two neighborhoods, Greuel won the most votes in 33, with Garcetti finishing first in five.
Only 19 percent of the registered voters in Encino and Tarzana turned in ballots, slightly higher than the 16 percent citywide.
Businessman Kevin James held the distinction of winning 100 percent of the vote in one precinct, which contains the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area and Lake Balboa / Anthony C. Beilenson Park. James received the lone vote cast from that precinct's 22 registered voters.