Bay Area election roundup
By Brigid Gaffikin, Bay City News Service
June 7, 2006
Measures to increase funding for transportation, schools and
colleges as well as several mayoral races dominated Bay Area ballots
in Tuesday's Gubernatorial Primary Election.
Two Bay Area Democratic primaries also drew attention, with one
incumbent appearing to cruise to victory and another clear leader
emerging in a three-candidate race.
Former Congressman Ron Dellums may be able to avoid a runoff
contest with Oakland City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente
in November in the race to be Oakland mayor.
With almost 89 percent of ballots counted this morning, Dellums
had more than 49 percent of the vote, just shy of the 50 percent
he needs for a clear victory, while De La Fuente had 33.5 percent.
A third contender,
Nancy Nadel, has received 13.2 percent of the vote so far, according
to unofficial results.
Vote counting in Alameda County has been slow because elections
officials have had to hand-feed votes into ballot reading machines.
Another hotly contended mayoral race, in San Jose, saw Councilman
Chuck Reed out ahead of Vice Mayor Cindy Chavez.
Both candidates seem headed for another race in November.
Reed's 28.23 percent of the votes bested Chavez's 23.46 percent,
but with 10 candidates in the race, no one contender has come
close to attaining a clear 50 percent of the vote, according to
unofficial election results.
Santa Clara County also saw a proposed sales tax increase headed
for a sound defeat, preliminary results indicate. Measure A, which
would have raised the countywide sales tax to 8.75 percent, was
rejected by almost 58 percent of voters.
In Solano and Napa counties separate measures, each named Measure
H, both proposed half-cent sales taxes that, combined, would have
raised more than $2 billion for road and highway maintenance and
public transportation infrastructure.
Money raised in both counties would also have gone toward widening
Jameson Canyon Road, which traverses Napa and Solano counties.
But voters blanched at the spending plans and unofficial results
suggest neither measure will pass.
In Marin County voters in the Tamalpais Union High School District
appear to have approved Measure A, which would provide $79.92
million in bonds to modernize five district high schools.
But in Contra Costa County voters appear to have rejected Measure
B, a proposed parcel tax that would have provided funds to make
teachers' salaries in the three-school John Swett Unified School
District more competitive with salaries in other school districts.
John Swett Unified School District teachers are currently in salary
and benefits mediation sessions with district officials.
Measure B required two-thirds of the vote to pass and came up
just shy of that mark, with 64.16 percent of voters approving
it, according to unofficial results.
In San Francisco Measure A, which proposed allocating $10 million
a year to homicide prevention services appears to have fallen
short of the simple majority it needed to pass, while Measure
D, a proposal to re-zone Laguna Honda Hospital apparently endured
a resounding defeat, with almost three quarters of voters opposing
Measure B, which would require landlords selling buildings to
notify prospective buyers about evictions of the elderly or disabled
looks like it has squeezed by with just over 52 percent of voters
In San Mateo County voters came out in support of Measure U,
a bond request to provide funds to the Menlo Park City Elementary
School District, while rejecting Measure S, a parcel tax proposed
for the Cabrillo Unified School District, unofficial results indicate.
In the Democratic primary race for the state Senate seat in District
8 and which drew San Mateo and San Francisco voters, Leland Yee
has emerged as the leader, with 49.7 percent of the vote, ahead
of challengers Mike Nevin and Lou Papan.
Unofficial results for the primary race between Democrats Lynn
Woolsey and termed-out Assemblyman Joe Nation for Woolsey's heavily
Democratic-leaning 6th District Congressional seat, which covers
parts of Marin and Sonoma counties, put Woolsey as the clear winner.
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