Traci Park

LOS ANGELES  - Traci Park took the lead over Erin Darling tonight in the race to replace City Councilman Mike Bonin in the 11th District -- garnering 22,685 votes, or54.68%, compared to Darling's 18,804 votes, or 45.32%, according to initial numbers released by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

The race is a contest between two lawyers with different viewpoints on how they would approach the position.

  The 11th District stretches along the Westside of the city along the Pacific Ocean.

   Bonin decided not to run for a third term, but his legacy looms large in this race. One of the more progressive members of the council, Bonin was one of two dissenters on adjusting the 41.18 ordinance that made it illegal for encampments to be within 500 feet of schools and daycare centers.

   ``I have called out irresponsible and failed approaches to homelessness and homeless interventions that we have seen in our community,'' Park said.