By Melanie Curry, November 5, 2014
The elections are over, we can take the signs down now.
Below are the “semi-official” results from local voter registrars after last night’s count. Vote-by-mail ballots are still being counted, and with the low voter turnout (29.9 percent statewide), this means in some places a third or more of the ballots have not yet been counted. For some measures, this means the tide could yet turn, which is why these are only “semi-official” results.
- Alameda County: Measure BB: PASSED. The Alameda County Transportation Commission has declared this a winner, with almost 70 percent of the vote (it needed 66.67 percent to pass). The last time this measure was on the ballot, two years ago, it failed by less than half of one percent. That time, it started below the 2/3 threshold and climbed towards it as the vote count came in, but never quite reached high enough. This time, the vote count started above the threshold and is staying there. Although vote-by-mail ballots—nearly half the total ballots cast in Alameda County–are still being counted, supporters are calling it a victory. Measure BB will increase the existing sales tax by ½ cent to fund a panoply of transportation infrastructure measures, including the crazy uncontrolled intersection at Gilman and Highway 80, where the long-studied solution of a double roundabout now has funding.
- Berkeley, Alameda County: Measure F: PASSED (74.9 percent of the vote, with 66.67 percent needed). This measure would create a parcel tax to fund parks.
- Measure R: FAILED with a healthy 73.87 percent of the vote so far. R would have rewritten the city’s Downtown Plan, changed some requirements for taller buildings, increased parking requirements, created a downtown historic district, and required a popular vote to approve some developments.
- Placerville, El Dorado County: Measure K: PASSED. The measure only needed a majority vote; “semi-official” results are 58.2 percent of the vote. It prohibits the city from constructing any roundabout or traffic circle without first submitting it to a popular vote. Pity Placerville, and its transportation planners, who now have an uphill battle to fix the town’s seriously constrained intersections.
- In addition, three measures in El Dorado county that would have prevented development, rezoned much of the county from “Community Region” to “Rural,” and extend slow-growth restrictions that would have changed all failed, as did a parcel tax for road improvements in Cameron Estates Community Services District (it needed 2/3 of the vote and so far has only 59.67 percent).
- Los Angeles County: Measure P, parcel tax for parks funding: FAILED. It received 60 percent of the popular vote, but failed to garner the 2/3 threshold needed.
- Malibu, Los Angeles County: Measure R, requiring voter approval for any commercial project over 20,000 square feet: PASSED
- Santa Monica, Los Angeles County: Measure D, prohibiting development and other changes to Santa Monica Airport property without voter approval, FAILED. But Measure LC, written in reaction to D and exempting parks and related facilities from the requirement for a popular vote, PASSED.
- Monterey, Monterey County: Measure P: PASSED with a healthy 74.48 percent of the vote (it needed 2/3 plus one to pass). This measure imposes a one-cent sales tax to “address significant deferred maintenance by fixing streets, sidewalks, and potholes; improve related access and safety for senior citizens, disabled residents, and others” as well as repair the city’s storm drain system.
- Monterey-Salinas Transit District, Monterey County: Measure Q: PASSED with 72.45 percent. Measure Q supports transit services for seniors, veterans, and disabled people with a 1/8-cent sales tax.
- Blythe, Riverside County: Measure Y has 57.19 percent of the vote currently. This advisory measure directs the city to use revenues from a proposed hotel tax for a list of services that include street and sidewalk repairs—but the hotel tax in question, Measure X, is failing, with only 55.11 percent of the votes so far counted.
- Atascadero, San Luis Obispo County: Measure E is passing with 69.13 percent of the vote—as an advisory measure, it only needs 50 percent. E directs the city to use revenues from Measure F, a proposed sales tax, for neighborhood road repair. Meanwhile Measure F is passing with 59.03 percent of the vote. This sales tax measure only needs a simple majority to pass because it’s a general tax, with no dedicated purpose; it’s the accompanying advisory measure that dictates its use.
- Grover Beach, San Luis Obispo County: Measure K is close at 66.34 percent, but it needs 66.67 percent to pass. K would have authorized $48 million on bonds for road repair and maintenance, including pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
- San Francisco, City and County: Proposition A: PASSED. A authorizes a bond for $500 million for transit, road, and safety improvements.
- Proposition B: PASSED. B will increase the base amount of funding the city gives to transit operator Muni.
- Proposition L: FAILED. This pro-car measure would have required the city to adopt regressive parking policies.
- Turlock, Stanislaus County: Measure B: FAILING. So far it has garnered only 61.02 percent of the vote and it needs 2/3. Measure B would have imposed a 0.5% sales tax to fund road repairs, including bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
- Marysville, Yuba County: Measure W: FAILING, with 53.5 percent of the vote. This measure would have added a penny to the local sales tax for a variety of purposes, including improving traffic safety and increase street and sidewalk repair.