• Measure O Goes Down: Full list of Results from Election Night

    As Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over,” but even though some 22,969 mail ballots and ballots delivered to polling places remain to be counted, it’s probably over for Measure O. Supporters of the initiative, which would require a study into public ownership of water for a great portion of Monterey County, are looking at the figures and conceding defeat.

    Public Water Now co-founder George Riley, the driving force behind Measure O, said that he and Ron Cohen, Public Water Now’s president, are likely going to close it down soon and will not pursue public water for a while yet. “We made a sizable impact,” he said. “There’s a legitimate question on public ownership” he added, and said that there will continue to be a watchdog faction keeping an eye on California American Water.

    Andre Charles of the campaign agreed. “As long as Cal-am continues to mismanage our water and gouge ratepayers, people need to stay on top it the issue,” he said.

    More than 8,000 people signed the petition which put Measure O on the ballot, but turnout of “yes” votes fell a little short of that at 6,827. Some 8,826 voters said “no,” responding to a $2.5 million campaign by Cal Am that figured out to $271 per vote. Measure O had a grassroots war chest of a little more than $96,000, mostly small donations by private parties.

    Turnout countywide was only 18.78 percent at last count, while turnout in the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District where the vote on Measure O was obviously a big factor was 29.05 percent.

    In other races, incumbent Sheriff Scott Miller was the overwhelming winner at 42.48 percent in a four-way race, but still fell short of the “50 percent-plus-one” needed to avoid a runoff against the second largest vote winner, Steve Bernal at 31.33 percent.

    As a reminder, these are election night results and could change. Another update is due on Fri., June 6 and the Statement of votes is due July 1, 2014.

    In the races for Superior Court Judge, newcomer Andrew Liu overcame an early lag to defeat his rival, Steve Somers, by 828 votes while Heidi Whilden took 66.61 percent of the votes compared with 33.39 for Luma Serrano Williams. The third seat went to Stephanie Hulsey, uncontested.

    State Assemblyman for District 29 Mark Stone won 65.38 percent of the vote while his Republican rival, Palmer Kain, received 34.62 percent.
    Sam Farr received 70.81 percent of the votes for U.S. Representative for District 20.

    In uncontested seats, Nancy Kotowski retains her Monterey County Superintendent of Schools office as do Assessor-County Clerk/recorder Stephen Vagnini, Auditor/Controller Michael Miller, District Attorney Dean Flippo, and Treasurer/Tax Collector Mary Zeeb.

    In statewide races, Monterey County as a whole voted along the same lines that the rest of the state of California did, with some differences. To be able to compare Pacific Grove and individual precincts, figures will not be available until July 1 at the latest. Top vote getters only are listed below on the linked file. For complete results, check the state elections website at vote.sos.ca.gov

    vote comparison chart

    State propositions 41 and 42 also received wide statewide support. Proposition 41, a bond measure to provide $600 million for affordable multi-family housing for low-income and homeless veterans won 61.5 percent statewide and 67.84 percent in Monterey County. Proposition 42, which would remove state funding for compliance enforcement of the Brown Act while at the same time requiring local jurisdictions to follow laws requiring public access to local government information. It passed statewide at 65.4 percent and locally at 63.69 percent.

    An update on local races and Measure O is expected on Friday, June 6. We will send a bulletin to subscribers as soon as we have it.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on June 5, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News

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