Bay Area voters to decide 4 local measures Tuesday

6 statewide issues major focus of ballot that also has others piggy-backing at ballot box

Most California voters will be drawn to the polls Tuesday by a controversial package of six statewide propositions, but voters in four Bay Area counties will also weigh in on local measures.

Measures are on the ballot in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties that would affect education, city services and residential development.

In Alameda County, voters in Hayward will consider a utility users tax that would prevent cuts in areas including fire and paramedic services, neighborhood police patrols, youth and anti-gang programs, disaster preparedness and job development services.

Measure A would enact a tax of 5.5 percent on gas, electricity, and video and telecommunications services for 10 years. Low-income and some other users would be exempt from the tax.

The measure needs majority voter approval to pass.

A measure in Contra Costa County would authorize a parcel tax to aid the Mount Diablo Unified School District.

Measure D would provide local funding to the school district to protect against statewide cuts. The money would go toward attracting and retaining teachers, maintaining programs and enhancing classroom technology.

The annual tax would be $99 per parcel, and senior citizens would be exempted. The money would not be used for district office administrator salaries and would be monitored by an independent citizens' oversight committee.

The measure requires two-thirds voter approval to pass.

In San Mateo County, Pacifica voters will decide on Measure D, a one-cent sales tax increase that would go toward police and fire services, street and pothole repairs, youth recreation programs, improving traffic flow and safety, and protecting local coastal areas and beaches from polluted runoff and trash.

The tax would expire in 2016 and would be subject to financial audits, public expenditure reports and reviews by a citizens' oversight committee. The measure requires 55 percent approval to pass.

In Santa Clara County, a measure is on the ballot that would aim to increase opportunities for economic growth in Morgan Hill while maintaining the city's population cap of 48,000 residents by 2020.

Measure A would adopt an ordinance that would exempt 500 residential units in a 20-block area of downtown from the city of Morgan Hill's Residential Development Control System.

The system is a process that uses a series of standards and criteria to determine whether developers may obtain allotments prior to building residential units in Morgan Hill, according to the city's Web site.

The measure would also authorize the City Council to adopt policies and procedures for implementing the exemptions. The measure requires majority approval to pass.

Laura Dudnick,Bay City News

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