Measure H trailing … but it’s not over yet
The Measure H parcel tax is trailing, but it may not be over for the ballot measure yet. With all the precincts in, the tax is trailing by 115 votes our of nearly 14,000, if my math is right (no guarantee at this hour). The ever-helpful school board Trustee Mike McMahon reports on his site that county elections officials would still have to count another 1,700 to 1,800 provisional ballots and absentee ballots that were carried into polling places on Election Day for the measure to pass (ed.). The measure fared much better at the polls than the mailbox. It needs a 2/3 “yes” vote to pass. It would cost homeowners $120 a year and commercial property owners up to $9,500 a year for the next four years if passed. It would raise an estimated $4 million for Alameda’s schools, which are facing about the same amount in proposed cuts to state funding for next year. We’ll have more on this later today.
In the meantime, it looks like Loni Hancock got the Democratic nod for the chance to replace State Sen. Don Perata, beating out Wilma Chan; Hancock will face Republican Claudia Bermudez and Marsha Feinland of the Peace and Freedom Party in the race for the seat. Dennis Hayashi will ride the bench at Superior Court Office No. 9, and Conchita Tucker will represent Alameda and East and West Oakland on the County Board of Education. About 24 percent of Alameda County’s voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election (though that number has changed a few times, so stay tuned).