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Bay Area election results of interest to Tri-Valley voters, commuters

Santa Clara voters approve funding plan for new 49ers stadium

Voters have approved a measure on Tuesday's ballot to construct a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, according to complete unofficial election results.

The stadium measure asked voters to consider a proposal to build a 68,500-seat stadium for the football team next to the Great America theme park and required majority approval.

Measure J passed with 60 percent of the vote.

With the passing of the measure, a 2 percent hotel tax will be established at eight hotels in the vicinity of the theme park to generate $35 million toward the $937 million stadium.

The 49ers and the National Football League have agreed to raise $493 million, and another $330 million would be generated by the Santa Clara Stadium Authority. The redevelopment agency is expected to contribute $42 million.

The proposal has had its fair share of supporters and opponents.

Opponents argued that rather than stimulating the economy, the stadium would sap $67 million from the city's general fund, because money that would otherwise go into the general fund would be diverted to the stadium.

They also had concerns about the stadium's impact on traffic, parking, noise and air quality.

Bill Bailey, a spokesman for Santa Clara Plays Fair, a group opposing the measure, expressed disappointment in the results.

"We stand by our original stance, and that is that the subsidy of a stadium is financially a very bad decision for the city," Bailey said. "Our group still stands by this statement: the NFL teams make money but NFL stadiums do not."

Proponents, however, among them Santa Clara Mayor Patricia Mahan and state Sen. Elaine Alquist, said the stadium would create thousands of jobs for local workers and millions of dollars for schools and Santa Clara's general fund.

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Wilma Chan will be returning to the Alameda County Board of

Supervisors next year after residents in the third supervisorial district voted by a large margin to send her back to the seat she represented from 1994 to 2000.

Chan received a whopping 54.6 percent of the vote in a four-candidate race in District 3, which includes San Leandro, Alameda, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Hillcrest Knolls and parts of Oakland, so she won't have to face a runoff in November.

Alameda Mayor Bev Johnson finished second with 30.7 percent, financial planner Harold Lowe was third with 7.6 percent and retired businessman and perennial candidate Lou Filipovich was fourth with 6.6 percent.

Chan, who served in the state Assembly and eventually became majority leader after she left the Board of Supervisors, said her priorities are solving the county's budget problems while protecting health and senior programs, improving access to quality education and creating jobs.

She will succeed Alice Lai-Bitker, who is stepping down at the end of the year after 10 years in office.

In District 2, which includes Hayward, Newark, Union City and parts of Fremont and Sunol, no one got 50 percent of the vote.

Alameda County Family Justice Center executive director Nadia

Lockyer finished first with 38 percent of the vote but she will face a runoff in November.

It appears that she will face former state Senator and

Assemblywoman Liz Figueroa, who was second with 24.94 percent of the vote.

But Union City Mayor Mark Green finished a close third with 23.78 percent of the vote and only trails her by 263 votes, so there's at least an outside chance that a tally of uncounted absentee ballots could alter the race.

Hayward Councilman Kevin Dowling finished fourth with 12.9 percent.

The winner of the November runoff will succeed Gail Steele, who is retiring after 18 years in office.

Lockyer, the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, said in her ballot statement that she wants to promote economic growth, make government more efficient and create healthy families and safe communities.

Hayward planning commissioner and retired budget Marvin Peixoto won a spot on the City Council by finishing first in a six-person race for two open seats with 29.8 percent of the vote. The seats are being vacated by Dowling and Anna May.

College instructor Mark Salinas won the other open seat by finishing second with 25.3 percent of the vote. Sara Lamnin, the program director for the Hayward Community Action Network and chair of the Hayward Citizens' Advisory Commission, finished third with 19.8 percent.

Food and beverage broker Ralph Farias, Jr. was fourth with 9.8 percent, retired business owner Steve Oiwa finished fifth with 7.5 percent and security guard Lawrence Fitzpatrick was sixth with 7.2 percent.

Michael Sweeney, who was running unopposed, was easily re-elected mayor of Hayward with 97.4 percent of the vote. The other 2.6 percent went to write-in candidates.

Administrative law judge Victoria Kolakowski led a three-way race for an opening on the Alameda County Superior Court bench with 45 percent of the total vote. She will face Deputy District Attorney John Creighton in a runoff election in November, as he finished second with 32 percent of the vote. Attorney Louis Goodman finished third with 22 percent.

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A Berkeley parcel tax measure that would have floated $22.5 million in bonds to improve the city's pools received 60.4 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election but fell short of the two-thirds majority it needed to pass, according to complete unofficial results.

Supporters of Measure C said in their ballot argument that

Berkeley's municipal swimming pools are a treasure but badly need to be renovated because they are deteriorating and are nearing the end of their useful lives.

The measure would have renovated the Willard and West Campus pools, relocated the warm water pool, which is now at Berkeley High and is slated for demolition next year, and build a new competitive pool at King Middle School. The measure also would pay for maintaining and operating all four pools.

But opponents, such as anti-tax groups and some neighborhood groups, said the city can't afford the measure and there are more cost-effective alternatives.

Marie Bowman of Berkeleyans Against Soaring Taxes, or BASTA, said the city's finances already are stretched too thin, as it faces a $14 million deficit next year, and $20 million in new taxes were added last year.

Bowman said rehabilitating existing pools can be done at one-third the cost of the bond measure and paying for memberships for pools at the YMCA or the University of California at Berkeley would only cost about 1 percent of the money that the measure would pay for maintenance.

However, supporters of Measure C said that it will lower, not raise, maintenance costs through modernization and energy efficiency and that the city's debt isn't skyrocketing the City Council is making budget cuts.

Voters in the Alameda County part of the Lammersville Joint

Unified School D because istrict approved combining a portion of the Tracy Joint Unified School District and the Lammersville Elementary School District.

Voters in the Mountain House area of Alameda County voted in favor of Measure A by a margin of 19 to 5. Measure A also was approved by voters in rural Tracy in San Joaquin County. The unification of the districts will result in the formation of the Lammersville Joint Unified School District.

The district will have a five-member board elected at large, but the Mountain House Elementary School District will be permitted to continue to exist as an independent elementary school district.

Voters in the Alameda County portion of the Bethany Irrigation

District, which also includes parts of Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties, unanimously approved reducing the number of divisions within the district from nine to seven as well as reducing the number of directors.

Supporters of Measure B said those steps will save $48,000 a year.

Voters in the Alameda County part of the district approved Measure B 10 to 0. Measure B was also approved by voters in Contra Costa County, according to the unofficial results.

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Contra Costa County voters appear to have elected a new sheriff, a new county supervisor, re-elected an incumbent supervisor and an incumbent county assessor, but neither of the top two candidates for district attorney received enough votes to avoid a runoff in November, according to unofficial election results.

As of 4 a.m. the Contra Costa County Elections Department had not published the final results.

With 102 of 104 precincts reporting, incumbent Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia appears to have been elected to a fourth term representing District 1.

Gioia beat out newcomer Mister Phillips with more than 78 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results.

District 1 includes the cities of Richmond, El Cerrito and San

Pablo and the unincorporated communities of East Richmond Heights, El Sobrante, Kensington, Montalvin Manor, North Richmond and Rollingwood.

With 115 of 116 precincts reporting, Pleasant Hill Mayor Karen

Mitchoff appears to have been elected to the District 4 county supervisor seat, beating Michael McGill by more than 2,000 votes.

Mitchoff will replace current Supervisor Susan Bonilla, who is running for state Assembly. The District 4 supervisor represents Concord, Clayton, Pleasant Hill and part of Walnut Creek.

Incumbent County Assessor Gus Kramer appears to have beat out his three opponents by a wide margin, despite being the subject of an employment discrimination lawsuit that the county settled in 2009.

With 619 of 628 precincts reporting, Kramer appears to have received more than 55 percent of the vote, which enables him to avoid a runoff in November.

Deputy District Attorney Mark Peterson appears to be in the lead in the District Attorney's race, but since he didn't receive more than 50 percent of the vote, he will face off against Dan O'Malley in a runoff election in November.

With 619 of 628 precincts reporting, Peterson appears to have received 47.57 percent of the vote while O'Malley received 36.41 percent of the vote. The third candidate, Elle Falahat, only received 15.66 percent of the vote.

Concord Police Chief David Livingston appears to have been elected to be the next Contra Costa County Sheriff, beating his opponent Contra Costa County Sheriff's Lt. Brian Kalinowski. With 619 of 628 precincts reporting, Livingston received just over 56 percent of the vote while Kalinowski received just over 43.5 percent.

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Voters in Contra Costa County also appear to have approved four out of six ballot measure put before them in Tuesday's primary election, according to incomplete unofficial election results.

As of 4 a.m. the Contra Costa County Elections Department had not posted the final results.

With all but one of the 154 precincts reporting, voters in the

Mount Diablo Unified School District appear to have approved Measure C, which will authorize the district to issue a $348 million bond to help reduce the impacts of state budget cuts and fix and improve school facilities.

The measure required 55 percent voter approval to pass and, according to preliminary election results, it received appears to have received at least 60.7 percent voter approval.

By approving the measure, voters in the district agreed to tax themselves an estimated $40.83 per $100,000 of assessed value of property until the bonds and interest are repaid.

Voters in the West Contra Costa County Unified School District also appear to have approved Measure D, which authorizes the district to issue a $380 million bond to improve school safety, repair and upgrade facilities, qualify for state matching grants, remove asbestos, install lighting and security systems, construct new facilities, repair restrooms and increase energy efficiency.

With 126 or 129 precincts reporting, Measure D appears to have received more than 62 percent of the vote. It required 55 percent voter approval to pass.

Property owners in the district will pay an estimated annual tax of $48 per $100,000 of assessed property value until the bonds are paid off.

Voters in the unincorporated El Sobrante and North Arlington neighborhoods appear to have rejected Measure E, which would have funded increased sheriff's patrols in the area. The measure required two-thirds of the vote to pass, but, with 11 of 12 precincts reporting, it appears to have received just over 45 percent approval.

Voters in Kensington, however, appear to have passed Measure G, agreeing to tax themselves to pay for increased police protection in the Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District.

According to complete unofficial results, voters in the district approved the measure by more than 70 percent. The new annual tax, which will be $200 for a single-family residential parcel, will be in addition to the existing $300 annual tax. The new tax will begin July 1 and has no expiration date.

Voters in Brentwood appear to have rejected Measure F, which would have extended the city's urban limit line to make way for a major new development on 740 acres west of the city's current city limits, according to complete unofficial election results.

The measure required a majority vote to pass, but more than 57 percent of voters appear to have rejected it.

Voters appear to have overwhelmingly approved Measure B, which changes change the number of divisions in the Byron Bethany Irrigation District from nine to seven, which will save an estimated $48,000.

The district, which was formed under the California Water Code to provide water service for agricultural, municipal and industrial lands in its boundaries, encompasses parts of Contra Costa, Alameda and San Joaquin counties.

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With half of the votes in Tuesday's statewide primary tallied early this morning, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and District Attorney Kamala Harris appeared set to earn the Democratic Party's nomination for lieutenant governor and attorney general, respectively.

According to unofficial numbers from the Secretary of State,

Newsom was leading his closest competitor, Los Angeles city councilwoman Janice Hahn, 55 percent to 33.5 percent.

Slightly more than 50 percent of precincts were reporting as of

12:15 a.m.

Newsom's likely Republican opponent in November, current Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonando, was well ahead in his race as well, garnering 45.5 percent of the vote.

Harris was leading former Facebook chief privacy officer Chris

Kelly 32.6 percent to 16.6 percent.

If Harris holds on, she would likely face Republican Steve Cooley in November.

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San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed appears to have easily won re-election to the office by receiving 76.7 percent of the total votes.

His 70,088 votes far surpassed the totals of challengers Thomas

Nguyen, Susan Barragan and Bill Chew, who received 9,016, 7,573, and 4,752 votes, respectively.

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Ten measures on Tuesday's ballot in Santa Clara County appear to have passed, in addition to the proposal to build a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara.

Among them, Measure J, which asked Santa Clara voters to consider a proposal to build a 68,500-seat stadium for the football team next to the Great America theme park, passed with 60 percent of the vote.

Three school bond measures also passed by a wide margin.

Measure A, a bond for the Mountain View-Los Alto Union High School District, passed with 77 percent approval. The bond will allow the district to add classrooms and science labs to prevent student overcrowding, improve instructional technology to support academic programs, and lower energy costs by upgrading heating, ventilation, electrical and other systems.

Measure E, a bond for the Los Gatos Union School District, passed with 71 percent of the vote. The bond will allow the district to create additional classrooms and school facilities to avoid overcrowding, provide science labs, and improve energy efficiency and fire safety in elementary and middle schools in the district.

Measure G, a bond for Campbell Union Elementary School, won with 73 percent approval. The bond money will go towards repairing leaky roofs, providing disabled access; upgrading wiring, electrical, fire alarm and security systems, improving energy efficiency, replacing failing heating and cooling systems, and upgrading computer learning technology.

Measure B, an $84 annual parcel tax for five years for the

Milpitas Unified School District, passed with 70 percent approval.

Measure H, a five-year, $95 annual parcel tax for the Mount

Pleasant Elementary School District, won with 71 percent approval.

Measure I, a five-year $48 annual parcel tax for the Alum Rock

Union Elementary School District, passed with 75 percent of the vote.

The passage of Measure C with 72 percent of the vote allows the

Oak Grove School District to continue for four years expending funds generated by the existing special tax of $68 per parcel.

Measure L, a 20-year $76 annual parcel tax for the North County Library Authority, passed with 77 percent approval.

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San Francisco voters Tuesday gave broad approval to a $412.3 million bond measure for seismic upgrades to the city's firefighting and police facilities.

Measure B passed with more than 79 percent of the vote, according to complete unofficial results from the city's elections department.

The money will be used to renovate and make seismic upgrades to the city's auxiliary water supply system; to build, repair and retrofit fire stations; and to build a new Public Safety Building in Mission Bay that would house police headquarters, the Southern District police station and a fire station.

The Public Safety Building would replace the current facilities at the antiquated Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St.

The measure allows an increase in property taxes to pay for the bonds.

The measure, which required a two-thirds vote to pass, had wide support from city officials, including Mayor Gavin Newsom and most of the Board of Supervisors, police Chief George Gascon and fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White.

The measure as originally introduced was $652 million, but $240 million -- which would have funded a new forensic sciences center for the medical examiner's office and crime lab -- was later removed.

Seventy percent of San Francisco voters also approved Measure A, renewing a $32.20 parcel tax for seismic and fire safety repairs at public schools.

Voters turned down Measure C, which would have given the Board of Supervisors say over the appointment of some members of the city's Film Commission, who are all currently appointed by the mayor. The vote was 54 percent to 46 percent to reject the measure.

Measure D, which will change the way retirement benefits are calculated for new city employees, was approved by nearly 78 percent of voters. Proponents argued the retirement benefits the city was paying its employees under the current system are unsustainable.

Measure E requiring disclosure of the Police Department's annual budget for security to city officials and visiting dignitaries was approved with more than 55 percent of the vote.

San Franciscans voted down Measure F to allow additional provisions for tenants to postpone rent increases if they become unemployed, and approved a Measure G affirming city policy to locate the northern terminus of the planned San Francisco-Los Angeles high-speed rail line at the city's downtown Transbay Transit Center.

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Both parcel tax measures in San Mateo County and another measure providing rent stabilization and eviction guidelines for the city of East Palo Alto appear to have been approved in Tuesday's election, according to complete unofficial election results.

The two parcel tax measures, for the Cabrillo Unified School

District and the San Mateo County Community College District, required a two-thirds majority to pass.

Measure E, which assess an annual education parcel tax of $150 per parcel for five years for the Cabrillo Unified School District, appears to have passed with 70.7 percent of the votes in its favor.

The measure calls for annual audits and citizen oversight, and the money would not go toward administrative salaries. The tax would help bridge the district's $2.5 million budget deficit, according to supporters.

Measure G, which levies a $34 per-parcel tax annually for four years for the academic programs within the three community colleges in the San Mateo County Community College District, appears to have passed by an even slimmer margin with 66.9 percent of the votes.

The measure exempts seniors and no proceeds will go toward

administrative salaries.

Supporters of the measure said state cuts of more than $25 million to the district have caused significant reduction in faculty, staff and the number of classes, and that about 14,000 students in San Mateo County are on wait lists and cannot get the classes they need.

Opponents have claimed many students attending the colleges do not live in San Mateo County, and that colleges can simply raise tuition prices to cover rising costs.

Measure H, the Rent Stabilization and Just Cause for Eviction

Ordinance, required majority approval and appears to have passed with 78.4 percent of the votes, according to unofficial election results.

The measure will repeal East Palo Alto's existing rent stabilization ordinance for residential tenancies other than mobile home parks and establish rent levels consistent with state law.

The measure also protects residential tenants from unreasonable rent increases and arbitrary, discriminatory or retaliatory rent increases.

In addition, the measure assures landlords the right to a fair return on their properties.

The measure was endorsed by the East Palo Alto City Council.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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Posted by Voter
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 9, 2010 at 9:04 am

I love that all of the other towns were stupid enough to support their schools by passing a parcel tax. What idiots! Now they will have good schools while we can enjoy our extra latte a week from Starbucks. Pleasanton rocks!


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Posted by Keller
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

Professional sports is a funny thing. NFL football is the most watched sports event in the nation. Yet, Oakland is swimming in debt with their deal with the Raiders. Owners obviously want the matching funds so they can make a pile of money with the subsidies. The city gets the benefit of prestige. Maybe that's all they get. But, the voters know best how they want to spend their money. You still have to have a winning team to fill the seats, and the York's are cutout for the job of building a winner.


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Posted by Keller
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

Excuse me: the York's are NOT cutout for the job of building a winner.


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Posted by Ryan
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Voter: Since when did taxes become this magic fairy dust that endows a city with greatness? More money given to *any* public institution does not guarantee any returns on investment. Sadly, schools are no exception. But increasing tax *does* mean decreasing the fitness of the local economy.

Of course, it's fashionable to bash Starbucks patrons but the fact of the matter is schools in Pleasanton are actually ranked quite highly (there was an article here in PleasantonWeekly about it just a few weeks back, in fact).


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 9, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Voter,
If every other city jumped off a cliff would you?

Our schools out score Santa Clara schools and I can promise you its not as much related to funding as it is to the concentration of educated individuals in Pleasanton and the importance they place on education.....and please don't mistake placing an importance on education with blindly throwing money at it. If parents are going to sacrafice more for their children's education, they are going to make sure those dollars go directly to educating their children - i.e. private tutoring, spending more individual time with homework, etc.


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