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How You Voted: Bay Area 2009 Election



    How You Voted: Bay Area 2009 Election
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    Lt. Gov. John Garamendi comfortably defeated his four opponents in  a special general election Tuesday for an open U.S. Congress seat in the East  Bay, according to complete unofficial election results.

    Garamendi, a Democrat, beat Republican David Harmer and three  other candidates in the race for California's 10th Congressional District,  which includes much of Contra Costa County, as well as parts of Alameda,  Solano and Sacramento counties.

    The election will fill the seat vacated by Democrat Ellen  Tauscher, who was nominated in March for a State Department position that she  accepted in June.

    Garamendi received about 53 percent of the vote, compared to  nearly 43 percent for Harmer, according to the unofficial final vote count of  the secretary of state's office.

    Get all your election results by the numbers here.

    Contra Costa County:

    Voters in Walnut Creek overwhelmingly approved a  ballot measure that will make way for developers to build a Neiman Marcus  store in the city's downtown Broadway Plaza area, according to complete unofficial election results.

    Measure I amends the city's general plan and zoning ordinance to  allow the two-story department store to be built on the corner of South Main  Street and Mount Diablo Boulevard.

    A development agreement that was part of the measure requires the  developer to provide street and intersection improvements and financial  contributions toward parking and transportation improvements, but allows the  developer to meet the city's parking requirements with an employee-only  parking lot while doubling the square footage currently permitted for the  site.

    Proponents of the measure claim that the new store will bring  additional sales tax revenue to the city, improve parking and safety for  drivers and pedestrians in the downtown area and create new jobs in the  community.

    Opponents argued that the new store would exacerbate traffic and  parking problems in the already congested downtown area.

    More than 71 percent of voters approved the measure, which  required a majority vote to pass.

    Walnut Creek voters also appear to have passed a parcel tax  measure to help fund the Walnut Creek School District.

    Measure H, which required a two-thirds approval, appears to have  won more than 75 percent of the vote. The measure will impose an $82 annual  parcel tax beginning in 2010. The measure, which has no expiration date,  replaces an existing $82 parcel tax, which expires at the end of June 2011.

    Voters in the Acalanes Union High School District also approved a  similar replacement parcel tax measure.

    Measure G appears to have won nearly 74 percent voter approval.

    The measure, which also required two-thirds approval, replaces an  existing $189 annual parcel tax set to expire at the end of June 2011 with a  new $189 annual parcel tax that has no expiration date.

    San Francisco:

    San Francisco voters Tuesday approved four of five ballot  measures, refusing only to enact legislation allowing billboards along a  section of Market Street, according to preliminary election results.

    It was an atypically sparse ballot for San Francisco voters, and  elections officials completed their initial vote tally just after 10 p.m.

    A total of 69,733 ballots were cast, according to the Elections  Department.

    Voters approved Proposition A -- establishing for the city a  two-year budget cycle, instead of the current annual cycle, and adopting a  five-year financial plan -- with nearly 69 percent of voters approving.

    Proposition B, eliminating a City law requiring supervisors to  have two aides, was approved by just over 52 percent of voters.

    Proposition C, allowing the city to enter into a new naming rights  agreement for Candlestick Park, received nearly 58 percent approval.

    Supporters said the measure could bring in about $1 million per  year to San Francisco.

    The measure also specifies that half of the revenue the city  receives be used to fund recreation center directors.

    Defeated was Proposition D, to create a Mid-Market Special Sig
    n  District on Market Street between Fifth and Seventh streets and allow outdoor  general advertising signs. A portion of property owners' revenue would have  gone to arts and cultural programs.

    The measure would have permitted digital billboards and other  signs, as large as 500 feet, on building rooftops and walls.

    Supporters said revenue generated from the advertising could help  clean up and revitalize the neighborhood, an area once known for its arts and  theater venues, but which has struggled with crime, homelessness, drug use,  graffiti and abandoned businesses.

    But opposition groups protested that allowing massive  advertisements was the wrong way to alleviate the neighborhood's problems.

    Just over 54 percent of voters rejected the measure.

    Proposition E, which more than 57 percent of voters approved, will  ban an increase in advertising on street furniture such as Muni bus shelters,  and prohibit new advertising on city-owned buildings.

    In the only other items on the ballot, City Attorney Dennis  Herrera, running unopposed, was easily reelected, as was Treasurer Jose  Cisneros, who was also unopposed.

    Santa Clara County:

    Voters in Santa Clara County elected 11 city council members in  three city council races in Santa Clara County Tuesday, according to complete  unofficial election results.

    Cupertino re-elected incumbent Orrin Mahoney to the City Council  with 18 percent of the unofficial tally. Businessman Mark Santoro was also  re-elected to the City Council with 16 percent of the vote. Barry Chang,  another businessman, also won with nearly 16 percent of the vote.

    In the race for five seats on the Palo Alto City Council,  incumbent Larry Klein garnered nearly 13 percent of the vote, as did  professional city and transportation planner Gail Price and businesswoman and  consultant Karen Holman.

    Nancy Shepherd, a managerial accountant, received nearly 11  percent of the vote and attorney Gregory Scharff won the fifth and final seat  with 9.5 percent of the vote.

    In Sunnyvale, Anthony Spitaleri, currently the city's mayor, was  re-elected to the City Council with 54 percent of the vote. Vice Mayor  Christopher Moylan was also re-elected to the City Council with 55 percent of  the vote. James Griffith, an engineering manager, won the third seat on the  council with 56 percent of the vote.

    A total of 56,760 votes were tallied in Santa Clara County for the  various measures and elections, according to the county's registrar of  voters.
    Santa Clara County voters Tuesday approved an ordinance updating  Cupertino's utility users tax to continue to fund city services, but rejected  a measure to establish a business license tax in Palo Alto as well as two  parcel taxes to improve schools.

    Voters did not approve Palo Alto's business license tax, the most  prominent measure on the ballot that would have required businesses located  or conducted in Palo Alto to pay a tax to the city.

    Measure A needed a majority vote to pass, and fell short with only  43.5 percent of voters approving it, according to complete unofficial  election results.

    The tax was estimated to generate nearly $3 million annually in  local revenue and would have gone towards the city's general fund, supporting  police and fire protection, senior and youth programs, street repairs, parks  and recreation and library programs.

    Under the tax, all businesses would have been charged $75 for the  first employee, and certain businesses would have been charged $34 for each  additional employee.

    Measure B asked voters whether Cupertino's telephone utility users  tax should be updated to continue to fund city services. The measure needed a  majority vote to pass. About 75 percent of voters agreed that it should be  updated.

    Two parcel tax measures on the ballot were for the Santa Clara  Unified School District and the Fremont Union High School District.
    Santa Clara Unified School District's Measure C received 62.6  percent of the votes, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to  authorize an annual $138 parcel tax to fund education programs.
    Fremont Union High School District's Measure G, an ordinance that  will replace an existing expiring parcel tax with the same annual $98 per  year parcel tax to fund education, also fell short. The measure required a  two-thirds majority to pass, but was only approved by about 59 percent of  voters.
    A total of 56,760 votes were tallied in Santa Clara County for the  various measures and elections, according to the county's registrar of  voters.
    San Mateo County:

    San Mateo County voters elected mostly incumbents, along with some  newcomers, to seats in various city councils Tuesday, in addition to electing  a new mayor in San Bruno.

    Jim Ruane, the Vice Mayor of San Bruno, was elected the city's  mayor with 74 percent of the votes, according to complete unofficial election  results.

    Incumbents Warren Lieberman and Coralin Feierbach, as well as  medical engineering manager Dave Warden, were elected to the Belmont City  Council.

    In Brisbane, incumbents W. Clarke Conway and A. Sepi Richardson,  in addition to planning commissioner Cliff Lentz, won the city council race.

    Burlingame Mayor Ann Keighran was elected to the City Council as  well as another incumbent, Cathy Baylock. Business owner Michael Brownrigg  was also elected to the council.

    Incumbent Pam Frisella and real estate attorney Charlie Bronitsky  appear to have been elected to the Foster City City Council.

    Naomi Patridge, the sole incumbent who ran alongside seven  candidates for a seat on the Half Moon Bay City Council, appears to have been  re-elected, along with Rick Kowalczyk, a business consultant, and Allan  Alifano, a local business owner.

    In Millbrae, incumbent Gina Papan, as well as attorney Nadia  Holober, appear to have won the two seats on that city council.

    Incumbent Jeff Ira, and Jeff Gee, an architect, and John Seybert,  a director of operations, appear to have won the Redwood City City Council  race.

    One incumbent, Brandt Grotte, was re-elected to San Mateo City  Council, and deputy district attorney David Lim and retired police lieutenant  Robert Ross were elected as well.

    In South San Francisco, the three incumbents who ran, Pedro  Gonzalez, Karyl Matsumoto and Mark Addiego, appear to have all been  re-elected to the city council.

    Alameda County:

    Teacher Jennifer West was the leading vote-getter in a three-way  contest for two seats on the Emeryville City Council in Tuesday's election  but the race for second place was too close to call.

    West had 707 votes, or 35.98 percent of the vote, and businessman  Frank Flores led fellow businessman Kurt Brinkman by only four votes, 628 to  624, with some absentee results remaining to be counted by the Alameda County  Registrar of Voters office.

    Flores received 31.96 percent of the vote and Brinkman had 31.76  percent.

    West and the ultimate second-place finisher will replace  incumbents Dick Kassis and John Fricke, who both chose not to seek  re-election. Kassis currently serves as the city's mayor.

    In her ballot statement, West said her priorities are building a  more livable community, more parks and open space, better pedestrian and  bicycle access and strong support for the city's schools.

    Flores said his priorities are smart and sustainable growth,  increasing the quality of the city's schools and using tax and redevelopment  money wisely and efficiently.

    Brinkman said the most important things for him are the city's  financial planning needs, aligning the city's planning and transportation  needs and preserving and restoring its waterways.

    Emeryville voters also approved Measure K, which will increase the  business license on the city's lone card room, The Oaks, from 9 percent of  gross receipts or $1,000 per table per month, whichever is greater, to 10  percent of gross receipts or $1,000 per table per month, whichever is  greater.

    All five members of the Emeryville City Council supported the  measure, which won by a margin of 82.6 percent to 17.4 percent.

    In their ballot argument in support of Measure K, they said it  "increases an important revenue source to ensure that our city can maintain  the high quality of public safety, maintain parks and greenways, street  repair and emergency services."

    They said the city has already been forced to lay off 8 percent of  its workforce and reduce some services and "without this measure essential  city services will be further cut."

    No ballot argument against the measure was submitted.

    In a three-way race for two seats on the Newark City Council,  incumbents Ana Apodaca and Alan Nagy were re-elected and challenger Nadja  Adolf finished a distant third.

    Apodaca received 42.8 percent of the vote, Nagy got 42 percent of  the vote and Adolf only received 14.3 percent.

    Apodaca, who works in the community and government relations  sector, said her priorities are fiscal responsibility, economic development,  ensuring rapid response times by public safety agencies and maintaining a  high quality of life for residents of all ages.

    Nagy said public safety is his top priority and fiscal management  and quality of life are also important.
    Adolf said her priorities are reducing crime, balancing the city's  budget without raising taxes and preserving the city's quality of life.
    Newark Mayor David Smith was re-elected with 95.2 percent of the  vote. Write-in candidates received 4.8 percent of the vote.
    Newark voters were narrowly defeating Measure L, which would have  established a 3.9 percent utility users tax for six years.
    However, there were only 8 more "no" votes than "yes" votes so  uncounted absentee ballots could change the outcome, as only a simple  majority is needed for approval.
    As of Tuesday night, 50.1 percent, or 2,068, of Newark's voters  were against the measure and 49.9 percent, or 2,060, were in favor.
    Supporters say the measure will raise enough money to prevent  severe cuts to important city services.
    Albany voters approved two school-related parcel taxes by well  over the two-thirds margin needed for passage.
    Measure I is a tax of $149 a year on residential units to help  restore teacher positions and student services lost because of state budget  cuts. The measure won by a margin of 75.8 percent to 24.2 percent.
    Measure J is a tax of $555 a year on residential units to raise  funds for programs such as school library and mental health services,  science, technology, the arts, music courses and athletics. It won by a  margin of 76.7 percent to 23.3 percent.

    Marin County:

    Voters in Marin County Tuesday re-elected 10 of 14 incumbents  seeking re-election to nine councils.
    San Anselmo voters rejected re-election bids by Judy House, Ted  Freeman and Peter Breen. Susan Brandborg lost re-election to the Fairfax Town  Council.
    Incumbents Carla Condon, 63, a retired business owner, and  businessman Michael Lappert, 57, were re-elected to the Corte Madera Town  Council. Diane Furst, 45, a stay-at-home mom, won the third available seat.
    Condon led the pack with 1,379 votes. George Topor, 68, a retiree,  finished fourth.
    Fairfax voters denied Susan Brandborg, 65, a retired teacher,  re-election to the Town Council. Environmental attorney and Mayor David  Weinsoff, 51, was re-elected. Consultant Pam Hartwell-Herrero, also executive  director of Sustainable Fairfax, and John Reed, 51, a member of the Fairfax  General Plan Advisory Committee, were elected to the council.
    Larkspur Mayor Daniel Hillmer, 54, a consultant and architect, and  Councilwoman Joan Lundstrum, 74, were re-elected to the Larkspur City  Council. Attorney Len Rifkind, 48, won the third seat.
    In Mill Valley, incumbents Andrew Berman, 50, currently the city's  mayor, and Shawn E. Marshall, 44, a business consultant, were re-elected to  the City Council. They were challenged by George Gordon, 69, a financial  investment advisor.
    In Novato, Councilwoman Pat Eklund, 57, an environmental manager,  was re-elected to the City Council. Businesswoman Denise Athas, 57, won the  second available seat.
    Incumbent San Anselmo Town Council members Peter Breen, 72, the  town's mayor, vice-mayor Judy House, 62, and Ted Freeman, 74, lost their  seats on the council.
    Voters elected Kay Coleman, 58, a retired teacher; Jeff Kroot, an  architect and former San Anselmo Council member; and attorney Tom McInerney,  46, a member of the Park and Recreation Commission.
    San Rafael Vice Mayor Barbara Heller, 71, won re-election to the  City Council. Mark Levine, 35, executive director of a nonprofit tsunami  relief organization, won election to the second available seat.
    Carolyn Ford, 64, a small business owner, defeated realtor Rene De  Bruyn, for election to the lone Sausalito City Council seat.
    Tiburon Mayor Alice Fredericks, 69, won re-election to the Town  Council. Voters also elected planning commissioners Jim Fraser, 63, and  48-year-old Emmett O'Donnell.

    Marin County voters Tuesday approved five of six local measures  asking for money, according to unofficial final election results early this  morning.
    San Rafael voters rejected Measure G, an $88 million bond measure  to upgrade and replace aging police and fire stations and to provide an  earthquake-safe dispatch center. It required two-thirds approval but only  received 60 percent of the vote.
    City officials estimated the average tax rate required to fund the  bond measure over all the years the bonds are outstanding is $41 per $100,000  of assessed valuation.
    Voters in the Lagunitas School District approved Measure A, a $325  annual parcel tax for eight years to pay for basic education programs. 
    Proponents said those local funds comprise 15 percent of the  district's budget and go toward art, music, science, smaller class sizes and  library services among other programs.
    Measure A includes a 6.5 percent annual cost of living adjustment  and homeowners over age 65 by May 1 of any year in which the tax is assessed  are exempt. The measure passed with 68 percent approval.
    Voters in the Larkspur School District approved Measure B, a  renewal of a $368 annual parcel tax for eight years for educational programs.  The measure won 69 percent approval of the voters and required two-thirds  approval.
    There are separate parcel tax rates for non-residential properties  that range between $368.88 and $20,000 depending on the size of the parcel.
    Measure B also exempts seniors and includes a 5 percent annual  adjustment. The revenue will be used to maintain small class sizes and  reading, writing, math, science and other classes, and for instructional  equipment in Corte Madera and Larkspur schools.
    Mill Valley School District voters approved Measure C, a $59.8  million bond issue to reconstruct and modernize Mill Valley elementary  and  middle schools. It needed 55 percent approval and won 66 percent of the vote.
    Nearly 63 percent of voters in the Shoreline Unified School  District, which includes Bodega Bay in Sonoma County and in west Marin and  Tomales, approved Measure D, a $9.29 million bond issue to seismically  retrofit and upgrade schools and pay outstanding debt from past construction  projects.
    The measure, which needed 55 percent approval to pass, won  approval of 72 percent of the voters in Marin County and 48 percent of the  district's voters in Sonoma County.
    San Anselmo voters passed Measure E, an ordinance establishing the  maximum floor area and lot coverage for single-family properties, dubbed  "McMansions", located 150 feet below sea level. It required a majority  approval and got 53 percent of the vote.
    San Anselmo voters, however, rejected Measure F, a 10 percent  hotel user's tax measure. There is only one hotel in San Anselmo, the San  Anselmo Inn. The measure needed a majority approval but 60 percent of the  voters rejected the proposed tax on lodgers.
    Voters in the Bolinas Community Public Utility District approved  an advisory measure that bans camping year round on Bolinas Beach. It  required the approval of the majority of the voters and received 55 percent  support.
    Bruce Bowser, former secretary for the Bolinas Beach Committee,  said in the voter information literature that Bolinas is the only private  beach that allows public camping and that "visitor" campers and the homeless  are camping on the beaches.
    Bowser said the current county ordinance prohibiting camping on  weekends and holidays is ineffective and loosely enforced. He said the beach  is being soiled with human waste and illegal fires are a beach hazard. Most  weekend users of the beach are from outside Bolinas, Bowser said.
    The District's appointed Beach Committee Chairwoman Magi Barror  and others against Measure H said beach problems have already been reduced  and there are fewer campers now because of the existing weekend ban. They  said campers do not cause most of the beach problems and they are against  further restrictions.
    Fairfax voters passed Measure I, an ordinance renewing for five  years a special, annual, municipal services tax of $125 per dwelling or  business. It required two-thirds approval and received 72 percent support.
    The money will be used to maintain around-the-clock staffing of  the police and fire services, make public works safety improvements and for  youth programs.
    The tax was passed five years ago and currently generates $465,000  annually.

    San Mateo:

    All six measures that proposed an increase in transient occupancy  taxes appear to have passed on the San Mateo County ballot for Tuesday's  election, according to complete unofficial election results.

    Measure F in San Bruno, Measure G in Brisbane, Measure H in  Burlingame, Measure J in Millbrae, Measure M in San Mateo and Measure O in  South San Francisco all called for an increase of 10 percent to 12 percent in  the hotel transient occupancy tax.

    Eleven of the other 13 measures on the ballot all passed, which  included measures in Portola Valley, Atherton, San Carlos, Foster City and  Redwood City.
    Measure U in San Carlos, which would have increased the sales tax  in the city, required a majority vote and appears to have lost with 56  percent voting no, according to complete unofficial election results.

    The other measure that lost, Measure W in Foster City, would have  increased the number of terms a city councilmember could serve. That measure  received 66 percent voting no.

    Measure I in Burlingame, Measure K in Millbrae and Measure V in  San Carlos all call for certain positions to be appointed in those cities and  each appear to have passed. Measures I and V were for the city clerk and  Measure K was to make the city treasurer appointive.

    Measure L in San Mateo, which called for a one-quarter cent  increase in sales tax, appears to have passed with 60 percent of the vote.

    In Portola Valley, three measures on the ballot, P, Q and R, all  appear to have passed as well. Measure T in Atherton and Measures X and Y in  Redwood City also appear to have passed.

    Incumbents David Hudson and Jim Livingstone appear to have been  re-elected to the San Ramon City Council in the only race in Contra Costa  County in Tuesday's election, according to unofficial election results.

    Hudson received nearly 38 percent of the vote while Livingstone  received just over 32 percent, beating out newcomers Jim Brady, who received  18 percent, and Doug Burr, who only received 11 percent.

    Hudson has been on the city council since 1997 and served as mayor  in 2001.

    Livingstone has served on the city's planning commission and city  council for 14 years.

    City council terms last for four years.

    Mayor Abram Wilson, who ran unopposed, was also re-elected for  another two-year term.

    A bond measure was approved Tuesday for the Shoreline Unified  School District despite the measure not even receiving a majority of votes in  Sonoma County, which makes up a portion of the district, according to  complete unofficial election results.

    Nearly 63 percent of voters in the district, which includes Bodega  Bay in Sonoma County and in west Marin and Tomales, approved Measure D, a  $9.29 million bond issue to seismically retrofit and upgrade schools and pay  outstanding debt from past construction projects.

    The measure, which needed 55 percent approval to pass, won just 48  percent of the district's 487 voters in Sonoma County.

    However, 72 percent of the district's 825 voters in Marin County  approved the measure, ensuring that it passed by a comfortable margin,  according to the unofficial results.

    Solano County:

    All but one incumbent was elected in three city council races and  one mayoral race in Solano County Tuesday, while voters in Vallejo also  approved an updated utility users tax, according to complete unofficial  election results.

    Fairfield Mayor Harry Price won in his re-election bid, finishing  with nearly 60 percent of the votes in the city. Ray Reyff finished second  with nearly 11 percent of the vote, while none of the other four candidates  reached double-digit percentages.

    Teresa Courtemanche, the mother of slain Fairfield City Councilman  Matt Garcia, was among seven candidates vying for two seats on the council  this year, but fell short in her bid.

    Fairfield Vice Mayor John Mraz and Councilwoman Catherine "Cat"  McCoy were re-elected to the city council seats with 18.9 percent and 17.8  percent of the vote respectively.

    Pam Bertani finished third with 17.1 percent of the vote and  Courtemanche finished fourth with 16.8 percent, according to complete  unofficial election results.

    In Vallejo, Tom Bartee was the county's lone incumbent not to  regain his city council seat. Bartee finished fourth behind incumbents  Stephanie Gomes and Herminio Sunga and newcomer Johnathan Logan.

    In Benicia, incumbents Mark Hughes and Alan Schwartzman were  re-elected to the city council, each receiving about 32 percent of the vote.

    Dan Smith received 25 percent of the vote and Jubal Biggs received  nearly 11 percent, according to the unofficial results.

    Voters in Vallejo approved by a wider margin Measure U, an  amendment to the existing utility users tax that was adopted in the city in  1969.

    The existing 7.5 percent tax is on telecommunications, gas,  electricity and video services. Measure U will reduce the 7.5 percent tax to  7.3 percent for all telecommunications and video services only.

    It will also clarify what can and cannot be taxed, close  unintended loopholes and ensure that users of similar services and equipment  are treated the same regardless of the types of telecommunication services  they use now and in the future.

    More than 69 percent of voters approved the measure, which needed  a majority to pass.

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