Nearly a month after the election, results from the San Mateo County Elections Office were reportedly almost complete on Tuesday with less than 1,000 votes left to count. 

The city of Half Moon Bay officially called its cannabis-related measures at its regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Nov. 20. 

At that meeting, staff announced the three Half Moon Bay City Council candidates who will be taking or maintaining a seat on the council next month and declared that the city’s two cannabis ordinances had passed while the advisory measures had failed. 

Half Moon Bay Mayor Deborah Penrose, Councilwoman Debbie Ruddock and newcomer Robert Brownstone have all consistently been the top three vote-getters in this election and will be sworn in at the Dec. 18 regularly scheduled City Council meeting. A new mayor and vice mayor will also be selected at that meeting. 

Harvey Rarback has served as the council’s vice mayor over the last year and would be the presumed choice among the council members for the city’s new mayor. 

Measure GG — the city’s ordinance permitting the growth of non-flowering cannabis plants within certain greenhouse sites in Half Moon Bay — has also consistently led by a narrow margin. 

As of press time on Tuesday, the ordinance was leading with 53 percent of the votes. It needed a simple majority to pass.

The Coastside Cannabis Coalition was scheduled to celebrate the passing of the ordinance after press time on Tuesday night at a cannabis dispensary in Pacifica. 

The city will be collecting pre-applications for cannabis nursery operations in January after the return from the holidays, according to Half Moon City Clerk Jessica Blair.

The ordinance that calls for a tax on cannabis-related operations, including companies that deliver to Half Moon Bay customers, passed with a wider margin of 60.7 percent of the votes as of press time. 

The three advisory measures that related to manufacturing, full cultivation and retail of cannabis products all failed with roughly 40 to 43 percent voter approval for each. 

With at least one notable exception in the Granada Community Services District, races taking place elsewhere on the Coastside showed fairly consistent results. 

San Mateo County Harbor Commission incumbent Ed Larenas held onto a strong lead with nearly 40 percent of the votes as of press time. Nancy Reyering, a similarly minded candidate with an environmental focus, ran on Larenas’ slate and secured the second open seat with 31.5 percent of the votes as of press time. 

In the race for Cabrillo Unified School District’s governing board, first-time challenger Lizet Cortes remained in first place with 34 percent of the vote. Down on the South Coast, political newcomer Monica Resendiz also maintained her commanding lead in the race for an open seat on the La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District governing board with 43.1 percent of the vote. 

And the race for the third, and final, open seat on the GCSD board of directors continues to fluctuate — and still remains too close to call. At press time last week, challenger Nancy Reed Marsh had overtaken incumbent David Michael Seaton. Now, Marsh has fallen back to fourth place, with Seaton leading by 59 votes. 


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