Measure D opponents took an early lead in their effort to block a 51-home development called Oak Grove in Pleasanton's southeast hills.
Some 40 minutes after polls closed, the first numbers posted showed 3228 votes against the Measure, and 2521 votes in favor. Yes voters would allow the project; no voters would block it.
4 of 44 precincts reporting
As of 8:30 p.m.
Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown 661,669
Meg Whitman 525,376
Steve Poizner 211,138
Tea Party supporters gathering in Pleasanton
A group of local tea party members are gathering in Pleasanton this evening to watch the primary election results trickle in.
Bridget Melson, president of the Pleasanton Tea Party, said partygoers can expect a number of candidates to stop by, although she declined to say who for security reasons.
Although the party has been criticized by some as still being too small to have real sway in the California primary, Melson said her group sends e-mail blasts to more than 10,000 supporters. The candidates, she said, know that this is no small number in a primary election with fewer voters.
"They know that 10,000 votes is a huge amount of votes," she said.
Melson said more than 300 supporters are expected to attend tonight's event. They will be most closely watching the race for governor, lieutenant governor, Barbara Boxer's Senate seat, and the Congressional District 11 seat now occupied by Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton).
Although it does not make official endorsements for particular candidates on its website, the Pleasanton Tea Party does rate each candidate on how closely he or she aligns with the party's values.
As for a few of her own picks, Melson said she is rooting for gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and Senate candidate Chuck DeVore. Melson is confident that DeVore can beat Boxer, despite indications to the contrary by recent polls.
"That man can debate," she said.
The primary-watching party will start at 5 p.m. at 1037 Sunset
Creek Lane in Pleasanton. There is limited seating available, and organizers request RSVPs from attendees via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voting light today in Pleasanton
Voting in today's statewide primary election and on the city's Measure D referendum appeared light today with precinct judges reporting only 10-15 percent of their registered voters had come to the polls by mid-day.
Absentee voting was expected to account for more than 50 percent of those casting ballots in today's races, so those voters wouldn't go to the polls.
At one precinct, No. 522400 at Trinity Lutheran Church, precinct worker Ed Cintrone said nearly 100 voters had come in to drop off their absentee ballots that had already been filled out but never mailed.
At the Ruby Hill fire station off Vineyard Avenue, it was more of the same--lots of polling booths for Vineyard Corridor and Ruby Hill voters, but none in sight at mid-day.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. today and closed at 8 p.m.
Only one real Assembly race
Pleasanton is divided among three Assembly Districts but only one – the 20th District – had a real race in today's Primary, with two contenders facing off to run on the Democratic ticket in November to succeed termed-out Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, also a Democrat.
At 10:30 p.m., with 49 of the 209 precincts reporting, Fremont Vice Mayor Bob Wieckowski, 55, had the lead with 53 percent over Ohlone College Trustee Garrett Yee, 44. On the Republican side, Adnan Shahab had no competition.
The 20th District has 25 percent of Pleasanton's voters; the 15th District, 15 percent; and the 18th District, 60 percent.
In the 15th District, Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D., Alamo) was unopposed, as was the Republican candidate, San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson.
Also, in the 18th District, Democrat Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, a Hayward resident, had no opponents in today's primary, while the Republican candidate, Michael Havig, also ran unopposed.
Incumbent Democrat State Sen. Ellen Corbett did not face any opposition either. Republican Rob Maffit was unopposed for his party's nomination as was American Independent candidate Ivan Chou.