City of South Pasadena | Final Election Results

Final numbers as of Wednesday, December 2

PHOTO: Esteban Lopez | News | Vote Center at the South Pasadena Public Library's Community Room

The LA County Registrar late Monday issued the final certified results of the Nov. 3 election, in which a record 4,338,191 voters took part. At 76 percent, voter turn out was also high, up from the 69 percent in the 2016 general election but below the 82 percent turnout in 2008.

In South Pasadena, 15,833 voters cast ballots for a remarkable turnout of 89.47 percent. Of all the incorporated cities in the county, only two reported a higher turnout than South Pasadena: the City of Vernon (91.67 percent), which has only 108 registered voters; and Palos Verdes (89.65 percent), which has 10,720 voters. Only Hidden Hills and Westlake Village also broke 89 percent.

For South Pasadena, the certification did not change outcomes in any of the local races.

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City Clerk Evelyn Zneimer narrowly edged out incumbent Mayor Robert Joe for the District 1 City Council seat; Jack Donovan won the race for District 2 despite a strong write-in challenge by incumbent Stephen Rossi; and school board member Jon Primuth won a plurality in the four-way race for District 3.

In addition, Suzie Abajian and P. Martinez-Miller got the highest totals for the South Pasadena school board race in which voters could pick two of the four candidates.

City voters also approved Measure U, the indefinite extension of the 7.5 percent Utility Users Tax by a wide margin of 75.83 to 24.17. It required only a majority to pass.

As for the presidential race, 12,246 South Pasadenans voted for Joseph Biden, while Donald Trump came away with 2,915, a 4-1 ratio that exceeds the county-wide 3-1 ratio.

City voters also supported Democrats Representative Judy Chu, State Senator Portantino and Assemblymember Chris Holden by margins similar to those in the presidential race. All three were re-elected.

Charles Trevino, who had two opponents, got 62 percent of South Pasadena’s votes and won another term on the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water Board.

South Pasadenans supported State Measures 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21 and 24 but rejected Measures 19, 20, 22 and 23.

The City Council is set to adopt the results Wednesday evening. The County supervisors will formally declare the election over Dec. 8.

Results by the numbers:

District 1

Evelyn Zneimer: 1,398  |  51.06

Robert Joe: 1,340  |  48.94

District 2

Jack Donovan: 1,462  |  100.00

Stephen Rossi: (write-ins)   814  |   

District 3

Jon Primuth: 1,040  |  41.01

Michelle Hammond: 871  |  34.45

Alan Ehrlich:  447  |  17.63

Jaz Sawyer (dropped out):  178  7.02

School Board (Two Seats)

Suzie Abajian: 7,968  |  38.81

P. Martinez-Miller: 7,136  |  34.76

Erik Gammell: 3,348  |  16.31

Alan S. Reynolds: 2,077  |  10.12

Measure U (Utility Users Tax extension)

Yes: 11,018  |  75.83

No: 3,512  |  24.17




Ben Tansey
Ben Tansey is a journalist and author. He grew up in the South Bay and is a graduate of Evergreen State College. He worked in Washington State as a reporter in a rural timber community and for many years as an editor for a Western electric energy policy publication based in Seattle.