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Measure A school parcel tax vote is today

Submitted by on 1, March 8, 2011 – 12:02 am16 Comments

Alameda voters will decide the fate of the Measure A school parcel tax today. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Voter information that includes a list of polling places and a polling place lookup, all the ballot information, an audio file with ballot information are available on the Alameda County Registrar of Voters’ website, along with a form that allows voters to check on the status of their submitted vote-by-mail ballots.

The proposed tax would raise an estimated $12 million a year over seven years for Alameda’s schools by charging property owners 32 cents per square foot of building on each parcel they own. The tax has a cap of $7,999 and $299 for unimproved parcels like parking lots, and an exemption for seniors and some disabled people. It would replace the district’s existing Measure A and Measure H parcel taxes, which generate $7 million a year and are due to sunset in 2012.

More information is available on the Alameda Unified School District’s website; proponents Alameda SOS are online here, and opponents Committee Against Measure A, here. The Island’s editorial board also weighed in, and you can get the board’s opinion here.

In the meantime, keep it tuned right here for up-to-the-minute coverage of the vote; we’ll have updates on Twitter and Facebook too.


  • John says:

    Keep sending them money and they will keep spending it.

  • Huda L says:

    NO on A … enough is enough and more money coming down the pipeline removes the need for Measure A.

    Brown wants to do away with them, collect $1.7 billion from them this year and in 2012 redirect the funds those agencies would have received, about $5 billion, to cities, counties and schools.


    • The non-partisan legislative analyst points out that the redevelopment shift will not help schools. This is yet another cannard. Unsurprisingly, there isn’t some magical cure for addressing school funding.

      From the LAO’s report:

      K-14 districts are largely unaffected by redevelopment

      • C Walsh says:

        No magical cure….REFORM, complete reform of our public education system is needed. The current system is broken, bankrupt and unsustainable in its current form. Glad I dont have the job of defending or lobbying for our public education system. What a disaster it has become and instead of doing the hard work of restructering and reforming the way we educate our citizens, we just keep throwing $$ and resources at our school districts thinking we are doing the right thing and that $$$ is what they need. We will never have enough funds to feed this out of contol entity we call public education. Magic isnt the answer…I say REFORM is.

  • Eric says:

    Dirty tricks? My polling place has been at the same place for 17 years, at city hall. Today I show up and my name isn’t on the rolls. Suddenly, and just for this election, it was moved to Edison School. How convenient! Way to try and intimidate a yes vote.

    • C Walsh says:

      Curious as to the reason why your polling place changed for this election. One reason could be to frustrate and confuse voters to the point they dont cast their ballot. Your comment about “dirty tricks” seems appropriate unless a good explaination was given to you why your polling place was changed (Im sure there wasnt). I felt the same way during the last “special” election for the school parcel tax that was held. What was the wisdom in holding a seperate election for the last school tax vote instead of having it during the regular general election? I felt that it was intentionally held on a seperate day as a way to dilude the “true” vote as many people ended up voting during the general election but didnt make it out for the school parcel tax election which was held on a seperate day. The result was double costs to hold 2 elections and a very weak voter turnout. Hopefully more citizens will come out today and vote on this very dividing, draining issue. A full voter turnout will give us a “real” consensus on this issue but I get the feeling those running this deal dont want real results, just their results. “Dirty tricks” is an understatement. Glad you voted anyway Eric.

    • Kristen says:

      My polling place changed too. I was told that they were consolidating polling places. This makes sense when lots of people vote by absentee ballot, which seems to be the trend at least for this election. If you looked at your voter pamphlet that came in the mail about a month ago, you would’ve noticed the polling place had changed. It has nothing to do with intimidation, but makes for a nice little conspiracy theory for you, if you are inclined toward that sort of thing.

      • Huda L says:

        Kristen, care to comment about this comment by Lauren on her twitter feed? Does it make for a conspiracy theory as well? Do tell.

        Signatory against Measure A working as an elections official at Franklin School precinct

    • Jack B. says:

      Yep, consolidation of polling places to save $ and if you were informed, you would know. Sorry to hear about your inconvenience.

    • Moreland Drive says:

      Our parents paid higher Federal tax rates and higher property tax rates than we do now. Shame on all of you for growing up as the beneficiary of all that, and deciding that you’ll behave like spoiled children, continually repeating empty statements about “reform,” without ever attending a school board meeting, without actually studying the budget, without really having an idea about how to save money.

      Your mom and dad paid their taxes so you could get an education. Buck up and belly up to the bar, like they did.

  • Leland Traiman says:

    Today’s Measure A is the 4th school parcel tax election since June 2005. There seems to be an electoral progression.

    On June 7, 2005 a school parcel tax, also known as Measure A, won. If an additional 98 people had turned out and voted no it would have lost.

    On June 3, 2008 Measure H won. If an additional 60 people had turned out and voted no it would have lost.

    On June 22, 2010 Measure E lost. If an additional 687 people had turned out and voted yes it would have won.

    If history is predictive, and it is not always predictive but it usually is, then today’s Measure A will lose with a larger margin than Measure E. We will (probably) find out tonight after the polls close at 8pm.

  • Trish Herrera Spencer says:

    Measure A (June 7, 2005) Passed – 12,249 total votes: 8,231 (67.2%) Yes votes; 4018(32.8%) No votes.

    Measure H (June 3, 2008) Passed – 17,108 total votes: 11,445 (66.90%) Yes votes; 5,663 (33.10%) No votes.

    Measure E (June 22, 2011) Failed – 21,996 total votes: 14,415(65.6%)Yes votes; 7,551 (34.4%) No votes. *Note that election was all mail-in (all registered voters received a mail-in ballot) and had highest turnout.

    So, if history is predictive, a low voter turnout, then more likely passes and, conversely, a higher voter turnout, then more likely fails.

  • Inne Elsson says:

    Following Trish’s rationale, it’s nice of them to make it a “special election,” isn’t it? Wonder how that happened. (And who’s paying?)

  • David Howard says:

    As of 8:10pm, based on Vote By Mail ballots, “yes” has 66.44% of the vote, less than the 2/3rd required


    • Jon Spangler says:

      We got home just before 11 PM from the crowded and noisy YES on Measure A victory party at Tucker’s Ice Cream. The latest results, with 28/28 precincts reporting:

      Measure A – Alameda USD
      Unofficial Final Results

      YES – 68.43%

      NO – 31.57%

      And the percentage of YES votes is certain to climb as the absentee votes are counted….

      Thank you to all those who worked for and voted for Measure A!

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