scc local measures: p, q, n, o, r, l, m
Voters in The city of santa cruz had 2 local ballot measures to decide on, both of which required simple majorities to pass. measure-p was approved, with 71-point-44 percent of voters saying yes. Measure-P will require that any proposed desalination project be put to a vote by city residents. also on the ballot was measure q, an increase of 1-precent in the hotel tax known as the transient occupancy tax. that passed easily, receiving 82-point-44 percent of the vote.
voters in unincorporated areas of santa cruz county were also deciding on whether or not to increase the transient occupancy tax, in the form of measure n, which would raise the rate by 1-point-5 percent. that was approved, with 72-point-11 percent of voters saying yes.
in the city of capitola, measure o asked voters to implement a permanent quarter-cent sales tax. residents were divided on the measure. with all precincts reporting, unofficial results indicate that measure o is ahead by just 51 votes. it needs only a majority to pass, but the measure is too close to call.
watsonville city voters were voting on measure r, which would levy a 5-dollar annual fee on mobile homeowners. the estimated 59-thousand dollar annual revenue would go towards a legal defense fund to defend the city's mobile home rent-control ordinance. voters approved measure r by a vote of 55-point77 precent to 44-point-23 percent. it needed a simple majority to pass.
there were bond measures on the ballot for voters that live in the pajaro valley unified school district, as well as the pacific elementary school district (in davenport). both measures needed 55-precent of the vote to pass, and both were approved. measure L will authorize pajaro valley district leaders to issue a 150-million dollar school bond, which will go towards repairing and upgrading facilities. measure M will allow leaders for pacific elementary school to issue a 830-thousand dollar bond.
SC County Supervisor
In the tight race to represent the 5th Santa Cruz County Supervisorial District, bruce mcpherson looks to have edged out eric hammer. with all precincts reporting, unofficial results have mcpherson winning by just 26 votes. before the election is certified, this race is too close to call.
City Councils—Capitola, WV, SC
There were 2 seats up for grabs on the capitola city council. Edward bottorff and dennis norton won seats on the council. jacques bertrand was not elected.
Kym Dewitt, running unopposed, was selected to be the Capitola City Treasurer.
In watsonville, voters were seating 4 city council members, who were all running unopposed. felipe hernandez was selected to represent the 1st district, while karina cervantez was chosen to fill the district 2 seat. voters elected trina coffman-gomez to represent district 6, and the district 3 watsonville city council seat, (which is a partial term), went to lowell hurst.
and santa cruz voters selected 4 city council members. don lane, cynthia matthews, pamela comstock, and micah posner were elected to that local governing body.
State Senate/ Assembly
Democrat Bill Monning topped Republican Larry Beaman in the race for the 17th State Senate district seat. monning recorded 71 percent of the vote to beaman's 29 percent.
Meanwhile, Democrat Mark Stone will take the Assembly Seat being vacated by Monning. Stone beat out Republican Tom Walsh to represent the 29th Assembly District, by a vote of 69-percent to 31-percent.
Democrat Luis Alejo has won the 30th state assembly district seat, topping Republican challenger Rob Bernosky by a vote of 70-percent to 30-percent.
Trustee area 3 for the santa cruz county board of education was up for election yesterday. sandra nichols was chosen to fill that post, receiving 79-point-71 percent of the vote, ahead of james spano.
In other local school board races, there were 2 seats being contested for the pajaro valley unified school district board of trustees. karen s. osmundson was selected to represent district area 3, with 53-point-11 percent of the vote, while the top-vote getter for trustee area 6 was maria r. orozco. she received 54-point-84-percent of the vote in that race.
2 seats were up for election on the los gatos-saratoga joint union high school board of trustees. lorrie wernick and rosemary rossi were elected to those positions.
in the race to fill 3 seats on the santa cruz city high school board of trustees, sheila coonerty was elected to represent trustee area 1, while patty threet and claudia vestal were chosen to fill the trustee-area 2 seats.
Voters were choosing 3 candidates to fill seats on the aromas-san juan bautista unified school district board of trustees. Those top vote-getters were jose flores, jennifer colby, and mike perez.
2 seats were being decided upon for the live oak elementary school district board of trustees (in santa cruz County). jeremy ray and phyllis t. greenleaf were elected to the board. Also in santa cruz county, voters in the soquel union elementary school district were choosing 3 trustees. those top vote-getters were lynette hamby, tory tupper delfavero, and judy mcgooden.
there were several seats up for various fire protection district boards. in the aptos/la selva fire protection district, mike weatherford, bob spisak, and andrew johnston were elected to the board of directors.
in the race to fill 3 seats on the branciforte fire protection district board of directors, ryan torchio, benjamin f. cahill, and robert l. echols were chosen by voters….while in the scotts valley fire protection district, voters selected jane armstrong, arthur smith, and alan l. smith to be board members.