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Submitted by on 1, June 22, 2010 – 8:27 pm11 Comments

Early results Tuesday night showed Measure E losing, with 65.39 percent of voters, or 13,789 voters, saying yes to the school parcel tax measure and 34.61 percent, or 7,297, saying no.

Votes cast at Alameda City Hall had not yet been counted, and Board of Education President Ron Mooney said others cast at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters also were not counted. Board Vice President Mike McMahon said he didn’t think there were enough ballots to turn the tide of the vote.

“A two-thirds vote is sometimes an impossible hurdle to overcome,” Superintendent Kirsten Vital said before pausing to compose herself as the board chewed over the vote.

“When we put this on the ballot we knew this was going to be an uphill battle. But the superintendent and the board felt we needed to put this on the ballot to save us from these cuts,” Mooney said.

The preliminary results came just moments after the Board of Education voted to cut $7.2 million from its budget for next year.

More to come.


  • Laura Palmer says:

    It is disheartening to think that 65% of Alamedans support Measure E, yet it looks like the Measure won’t pass. I am feeling very sad for all of our children and the teachers that have worked so hard this year and won’t have a job come September. It is time someone, anyone, in this Government system of ours stands up to do the right thing, simply because it is the right thing, and rebuilds our school system from the ground up.

  • E supporter says:

    Incredibly sad.

  • Mike says:

    Well, I agree it doesn’t look good. I still hope that a few hundred yes votes are found.

  • Joan says:

    This sends the right message.

    Schools need to work with less. Our money is going down the drain.

    Next, we must take on city unions, federal unions.

    After that, healthcare unions.

    Thank god for Prop 13 and the 2/3 vote. My faith in our democracy is renewed.

    Anyone want to go out for drinks??

  • Edouard says:

    The wonderful education our children were getting will also be going down the drain along with our property values thanks to morons like Joan. If she had a brain in her head she’d be dangerous. I hope you drink yourself into a coma!

  • Jessica says:

    UGHH…well school’s gonna suck now. like REALLY.
    i agree with “Joan”, school should be able to work with less, like they should be more careful how much they spend but REALLY, ARE YOU SERIOUS? THIS!?

    i don’t want schools to have to join together and lose all the good teachers!! We already lose good teachers…and then what!? Next year they just get new teachers…that SUCK. so that is why I chose to repeat French next year, because i feel like our new teacher is horrible.
    Im sure there are reasons behind it but really, why would they fire a good teacher because they are short on money and just hire a new one next year? WTH?

    IDK the details…but shouldn’t Obama be against this? He wanted parents to go back to school right?
    Hows the government going to get better if us kids aren’t receiving any education to make the future better? If they ruin kids, they ruin the future. Are they nuts!?

    You’d think if more than half the votes vote yes it would be accepted….but i guess the government would face a lot of trouble if the remaining 30% ( which is quite a lot) were against this…probably because of higher tax rates.

  • Polly says:

    As an Alameda High alumna, I’m sad to hear that our school system is experiencing such heavy cuts. But I agree with Laura, there needs to be SOMEONE in the government system to stand up and do something about the lack of budget. It’s not fair to be asking homeowners and businesses time after time to fund public education.

    And these schools should learn to work with less money as well. From what I understand, the money is budgeted so that a certain amount is allocated to a different area, and I don’t think that is the most effective way. For example, why would they use up money on construction to make the school look nicer when you can use that for programs that actually give the students opportunities and education?

  • Mark says:

    The schools asked for money in 2008 (measure H), they asked for money in 2010 (measure E), will the ask again in 2012? Schools need to learn how to budget too.

    The 65% of Alamedans are probably not home owners and can care less about raising property taxes.

  • Dirk says:

    Is it possible for 2/3rds of the families with children enrolled in AUSD to just donate the what would be tax to the school of their choice? And oh yeah, they should also pay the tax that the measure wanted to get from the commercial property owners – you know the ones that own the vacant non revenue producing lots.

  • Kate Lawlor says:

    I agree with the suggestion that since close to the necessary 66.67% support was demonstrated, that those who voted “yes” on Measure E be provided a way to make the same voluntary contribution that they would have paid as a parcel tax! It would be great if it could be organized as a philanthropic contribution so it could be tax deductible. But the more important point is that there is a very large slice of the population declaring that they are willing to make a contribution to support our school system- so let’s create a way to allow them to contribute! It comes so close to the amount that would have been collected as a parcel tax.
    I for one would be very happy to contribute the $700 if there was a way to do it!

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