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L.A. ELECTIONS : Measure H trails early on

A quarter-cent sales tax increase in Los Angeles County to fund anti-homelessness measures was falling short of the required two-thirds majority late Tuesday, but backers said they remained hopeful about late returns.

Measure H would generate about $355 million annually for homeless programs over 10 years, backers say. The tax increase would raise the sales tax rate to 9% across most of Los Angeles County and up to 10% in a few communities.

It would be the second phase of a two-step

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