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It's not too late to vote on Measure E

Ballots can be taken to Pleasanton City Clerk's office by 5 p.m. today in time to be counted

Pleasanton City Clerk Karen Diaz said this morning that her office will be open until 5 p.m. at City Hall to accept ballots from those who have yet to mail theirs to the county registrar's office.

The registrar's office will pick up ballots submitted to Diaz at 5 p.m. and take them to Oakland in time to be counted by the 8 p.m. deadline.

Since postmarks will not count, it's too late to mail in Measure E ballots.

Results are expected to be announced shortly after 8 p.m. since this is a one-issue election, asking voters to approve or not approve Measure E, which would impose a $98-a-year, four-year parcel tax on property owners in the Pleasanton Unified School District.

Voters in five Bay Area counties will decide on 12 school parcel tax measures in today's special election.

In Alameda County, besides Pleasanton, voters in the New Haven Unified School District in Union City also will vote on a parcel tax for that district.

Voters in Contra Costa County will decide the fate of parcel tax measures for the John Swett Unified School District and the Lafayette School District.

In Santa Clara County, proposed measures would benefit the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District, the Sunnyvale School District, the Cupertino Union School District and the Los Altos Elementary School District. The Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District also includes part of Santa Cruz County.

In San Mateo County, where three measures are on local ballots, voters also will choose one of six candidates who are running for a seat on the county Board of Supervisors. This is the first time the county has filled a seat on the board through an all-mail election. The winning candidate in the supervisors' race will replace Mark Church, who became the county's assessor-clerk-recorder on Jan. 1.

Four current elected officials are running for the position: Burlingame Mayor Terry Nagel, Millbrae City Councilwoman Gina Papan, San Mateo Union High School District Trustee Dave Pine and San Mateo County Community College District Trustee Richard Holober. Also running are businessman Michael Stogner and retired technical writer and project manager Demetrios Nikas.

The measures in San Mateo County are for the San Carlos Elementary School District, the Ravenswood City School District and Jefferson Union High School District.

The school parcel tax measures all need two-thirds approval.

Pleasanton Weekly staff, Jeff Shuttleworth of Bay City News contributed to this report.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2011 at 9:14 am

There is a special ballot box for all yes votes on new taxes. It's the round one in the plaza right outside of Tully's. You might have to push a few old cups down the hole first to make sure there is enough room. ;-)


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Posted by correction
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2011 at 9:34 am

resident,

That box is only for the no votes. ;-)


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm

"correction" said:"That box is only for the no votes. ;-)"

LOL!

I can't believe that anyone waited to the last day to vote.The ballot requires, what, one line mark and one signature? Postage pre-paid, too, as I recall.


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Posted by John
a resident of Downtown
on May 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

VOTE NO. I don't have kids going to school here so why should I have to pay for all the illegals and others that rent and don't pay taxes.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm

John,
Why? It's called being a contributing member to the greater good, which includes ensuring that the next generation receives a quality education, a primary reason why people want to live in Pleasanton, and contributes to the quality of life we have in this community.


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Posted by huh???
a resident of Amador Estates
on May 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Wow...looks like Measure E is also going down....

Web Link

I hope it's too early to tell...


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm

While the No voters will be happy, I am truly sad for our community. It is always hard to get a 2/3 vote approved, and this was about as close as it could be.

But, the facts is that the negative impact will be felt by the students.


Teachers - thanks for all you do.


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Posted by Laura
a resident of Downtown
on May 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm

John, renters pay taxes too, it's called RENT. Any new property taxes that come down the pike are passed on to renters by landlords in the form of rent increases. Are you THAT simplistic and naive?


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Posted by Wow
a resident of Downtown
on May 3, 2011 at 8:30 pm

huh???

certainly does not look good and we need at least another 320 votes to go the other way which does not look promising at all.


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Posted by Alan P
a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I guess I am disappointed in the community more than anything. Come on. If Fremont could pass the parcel tax, we could, too, right?

Maybe not. There is plenty of blame to go around. While I like and respect Parvin a lot, she should have slowed down the school board and cabinet before proceeding with this parcel tax. Come on. Not even a year in and she pushes the parcel tax without getting a feel for the community. A pretty lousy decision. I value everything else she has done, but pushing this so early in her tenure with the district was a bad move.

I should also shoulder some of the blame. I did not go out to talk with people about the tax and explain how it would have helped the schools.

Shame on all of us.


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