A mail-in election wrapped up in several Bay Area counties Tuesday, where votes weighed in on a number of school parcel tax measures and, in one county, elected a member to its county Board of Supervisors.
Votes concluded in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara and in Santa Cruz counties, where 12 school parcel tax measures were decided in special all-mail elections. As of late Tuesday night, preliminary results for several of those measures were too close to call.
As for the parcel tax measures, in Alameda County Measure E calling for a $98 annual parcel tax in the Pleasanton school district failed by a narrow margin. A similar measure in the New Haven Unified School District in Union City was too close to call as of late Tuesday night. Of the roughly 74,500 registered Alameda County voters included in Tuesday's election, 42.7 percent cast ballots.
Voters in Contra Costa County decided the fate of parcel tax measures for the John Swett Unified School District, which failed with only 59.3 percent voting in favor, and the Lafayette School District, which passed with 74.3 percent affirming the measure. Roughly half of the 25,030 registered Contra Costa County voters included in Tuesday's election weighed in, with 50.4 percent of the 25,030 registered voters casting ballots.
In Santa Clara County, voters weighed in on proposed measures that 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. Of the four parcel tax measures, all but that of the Los Altos Elementary School District appeared to garner passing votes, according to preliminary results, with 72.6 percent, 69.6 percent, 70.0 percent and 67.3 percent, respectively, voting in favor of the measures. The Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District also includes part of Santa Cruz County, requiring the input of some residents in that county.
Of the 3,350 registered Santa Cruz County voters participating in Tuesday's election, 43.8 percent cast ballots and 64.1 percent voted in favor of the parcel tax. In Santa Clara County, 147,036 registered voters could participate in the election, with 44.9 percent electing to do so. The combined results for the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District's parcel tax showed a passing vote, with 71.8 percent of the 15,720 voters in favor of the measure.
In San Mateo County, where three measures were on local ballots voters in the Ravenswood City School District narrowly affirmed their measure, with 68.4 percent voting in favor, according to Tuesday evening's tally. The San Carlos School District parcel tax easily passed, with 81.1 percent affirming the measure. The measure for the Jefferson Union High School District failed, with only 59.5 percent voting in favor of the tax.
The school parcel tax measures in all counties needed two-thirds approval.
In San Mateo County, voters also elected San Mateo Union High School District Trustee Dave Pine as District 1 supervisor. This is the first time the county has filled a seat on the board through an all-mail election. As of late Tuesday night, Pine had garnered the most votes, with 27.2 percent of the vote, edging out San Mateo County Community College District Trustee Richard Holober, who had 26.0 percent of the vote. Of the roughly 341,300 registered voters in the county, 81,641, or 23.9 percent, cast ballots in Tuesday's election.
Millbrae City Councilwoman Gina Papan came in a close third, with 25.8 percent of the vote, according to numbers available Tuesday evening. Burlingame Mayor Terry Nagel, businessman Michael Stogner and retired technical writer and project manager Demetrios Nikas trailed, with 10.1 percent, 7.5 percent, and 3.4 percent of the vote, respectively.
Pine will fill the seat vacated by Mark Church, who became the county's assessor-clerk-recorder on Jan. 1.