A proposed half-cent sales tax billed by supporters as critical for funding public safety and other Los Angeles city services appeared to be heading for a narrow defeat.

The proposition needed 50% of the vote to pass in Tuesday's election, but with 100% of precincts reporting, it had received only about 45% of the vote.

Proposition A would have increased the city's sales tax by a half-cent, putting it at 9.5% overall, just under the 10% cap imposed by state law. According to the city, Proposition A would have raised about $211 million a year.

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