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Measure S passes in close-call victory

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Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 8:22 pm

The full results of the election-night voting show the Coastside school bond Measure S passing with a razor-thin victory a 55.3 percent approval from local voters.

The bond required a 55 percent majority. If the results are correct, the largest bond measure in local history would have been decided by about a dozen votes.

The results will still need to be certified by San Mateo County Election officials, and could change if any uncounted votes are tallied.

Advocates celebrated on Tuesday night that their call to improve local schools had swayed local voters.

“We had a well-executed game plan with education and communication to the community,” said bond co-chair Rob Pappalardo. “This means our kids will have safe schools, healthy schools, improved schools. It means better things for our kids.”

Measure S would issue $81 million in bonds to help repair and upgrade campuses in the Cabrillo Unified School District.

In other election day results, Peninsula voters rejected two county tax measures that would have raised surcharges on hotels and parking lots in the unincorporated area. A similar measure to levy a new tax on car rental companies barely passed by a few hundred votes.

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  • George posted at 10:51 am on Thu, Jun 7, 2012.

    George Posts: 612

    One point that I might mention that I find both ironic and, one has to admit, humorous.

    In 1990, I attended my first CUSD meeting. I had read, on the front page of the Review, that the district had approved $100,000 in expenditures; $50K to cut down trees on their El Granada property and $50K for a new lawnmower. My kids were coming home from Hatch with ditto copies of books that were printed before I was even born, and they're going to do what?

    Well, looks like we won't have to worry about those darn expensive lawnmowers anymore, huh?

    Ironic, and at least to me, humorous. Funny how things come around, isn't it?

  • Tyler Durden posted at 10:48 am on Thu, Jun 7, 2012.

    Tyler Durden Posts: 424

    "....There are over 30,000 residents within the CUSD district..."

    A significant fraction of those are not U.S. citizens and cannot vote. Some may not even pay taxes since they are working in an undocumented status. That means the fiscal burden of the bonds must be borne by the remainder of residents who do pay taxes.

  • George posted at 8:05 am on Thu, Jun 7, 2012.

    George Posts: 612

    There are over 30,000 residents within the CUSD district. Of those, roughly 14,400 are registered to vote. Of those, less than 5,000 actually voted in this election on this measure.

    Mr Larimer comments, in part; "The idea that this difference represents a lack of majority interest as stated below misses the point." Others may feel the same, but is he correct?

    We saw less than 5,000 voters vote on Measure S; 2762 Yes and 2234 No totaling 4996 total votes - out of over 30,000 residents.

    I would not call that anything close to a "super majority" or representative of even a majority. What I would call that is apathy; and I have no cure for that. I would also call it sad; sad that less than 5000 people have dictated to over 30,000.

    Short of getting our collective butts whipped in war, apathy is the only thing that I can think of that can and will destroy any democracy; but then that's just one man's opinion.

  • Jim Larimer posted at 8:04 pm on Wed, Jun 6, 2012.

    Jim Larimer Posts: 42

    The vote spread is slightly larger than 10% the difference between 55 &45%. The idea that this difference represents a lack of majority interest as stated below misses the point.

    Democracy means majority rule and by the common sense defitinition, a majority is one more than half the votes. California by adopting a 55% and 67% rules for victory means that a great many more votes than half are required to win a vote.

    In the case of Measure S about 500 more voters favored Measure S than opposed it. Saying that those 500 voters represent a slim majority does not stand up to the mathematics of election rules.

    These super majority rules have handed over political decision making to the minority. They have weakend democracy in the process.

  • BigPumpkin posted at 4:38 pm on Wed, Jun 6, 2012.

    BigPumpkin Posts: 145

    If you didn't get your way it must be either a mistake or a conspiracy.... maybe even both.

  • lenny posted at 2:25 pm on Wed, Jun 6, 2012.

    lenny Posts: 2

    Shows 3 things:

    1) Voters require that revenue increases be tied to clear and accountable uses - even then it is a high hurdle in this economy and with such lack of confidence in institutions
    2) It matters who votes - especially in low turnout elections and where those who benefit (like the next generation) can't vote
    3) It shows the idiocy of CA funding of education - 55% for bonds, 67% for parcel taxes and impossible to get any reasonable reform and refunding through the legislature

    Thankfully for the future of the coast, we have a far sighted school leadership, real community and civic engagement and supporters who care about our schools, and informed voters. They had their say yesterday

  • Marc posted at 11:53 am on Wed, Jun 6, 2012.

    Marc Posts: 25

    But how will the votes stack up after a recount?

  • John Charles Ullom posted at 9:44 am on Wed, Jun 6, 2012.

    John Charles Ullom Posts: 1106

    Yeah!!! Now we are going to borrow an extra 10 Million so that we can create an endowment meant to buy 21st Century Tools that they said we desperately need today. What could go wrong?

  • Marc posted at 11:56 pm on Tue, Jun 5, 2012.

    Marc Posts: 25

    Considering the razor thin victory, it tells me quite a bit. When you consider that there was no organization formed against Measure S, no phone calls, no signs, no newspaper ads, no extra calls made, and no money put into expensive mailers, I am quite surprised Measure S didn't do much better. Measure S had several mailers, several phone calls made to the homes, glossy mailers, expensive signs, etc. The razor thin vote tells me that the community is divided on this and the schools better account for every nickel they spend of the taxpayers' money.


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