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Voters Hit the Polls in Brentwood

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Voters from 10 precincts in Brentwood took the polls in Tuesdays elections.

At the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, where the hospitality center is hosting quite a spread of food and valet parking to locals, the inspector for those precincts said more than 300 ballots were cast by 5 p.m., the lull before the evening rush. Polls close at 8 p.m.

Len Harris, inspector, said seven to eight people from East L.A. voted provisionally at the Brentwood poll locations and were afraid they would not get back to their local polls in time Tuesday night.

"They're from another area of the county," he said. "They didn't know what to do. We couldn't reach the county by cell phone. There were some candidates they wanted to vote for."

Harris said he and poll workers for precincts 9001354A and 9001364A instructed those voters to at least vote how they could in Brentwood.

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel General Manager Amy Commans said people have appreciated the accomodations of the hotel for locals to vote.

"We really support the electoral process," she said, noting it was Luxe Hotels owner Efrem Harkham's idea years ago to make the Sunset Boulevard location a polling location. "He wanted to reach out to the community. It's a huge philanthropic part."

As in 2008, Executive Chef Olivier Rousselle prepared a menu, and this year it consisted of a variety of finger sandwiches, Chinese chicken salad, cookies coffee and more, as well as valet parking and big screen televisions in the lobby area for votes to watch the race in real time.

At 7 p.m. at the Village Lutheran Church poll site, inspector Zahra Aghakhani said they had lines out of the doors Tuesday morning.

"At 6:30 a.m. there were lines and we opened at 7 a.m.," she said. "We had several first time voters."

She said their site had more than 400 votes by ballot and more than 200 provisional ballots.

At the Brentwood Recreation Center polling site at 7:30 p.m., a half hour left of the polls open in the 2012 election, it was quite active, with people speed walking on Barrington Avenue to make sure they got their vote in.

Inspector Nick Omana, of precinct 9001312A, said they went through 500 ballots and more than 125 provisional ballots during the day. From 6:15 to 10:30 a.m. it was "very" busy, compared to what appeared to be just as busy an evening compared to a few other nearby Brentwood polling sites.

"I was expecting a larger evening rush tonight," he said, "but it was considerably lighter."

Patch will continue providing local coverage of the 2012 elections in Pacific Palissades. Got a news tip or information? Email Editor Matthew Sanderson at matthew.sanderson@patch.com. Got a photo of yourself voting? Upload it to this post!

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