MEASURE E LOSING
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.