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Prop 30 ekes out victory

POSTED November 9, 2012 10:13 p.m.

As early election results came back Tuesday evening, the fate of Proposition 30 – a measure to raise taxes, benefitting schools and the state’s General Fund – seemed in question.

But once all the ballots were counted, Proposition 30 eked out a narrow victory, securing billions in funding for the state’s schools and colleges and avoiding a potentially disastrous round of trigger cuts.

“Last night, Californians made the courageous decision to protect our schools and colleges and strengthen the California dream,” said Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who put forth the ballot measure. “We joined together as Californians first in a resounding victory for education and fiscal integrity. The people of California have put their trust in a bold path forward and I intend to do everything in my power to honor that trust.”

Proposition 30 will add a quarter-cent sales tax, as well as an income tax on those making more than $500,000 annually, through 2016. Planned “trigger cuts” of $5.3 billion to K-14 education and $500 million to higher education this year will no longer occur, thanks to the additional revenue.

All future revenues from Prop 30 will go to the state’s general fund, indirectly raising education spending but primarily helping to close budget gaps.

The outcome was praised by Merced College President Ron Taylor. The measure’s passage will restore $210 million in funding to community colleges, allowing Merced College to restore many classes that had been identified for cuts on the spring 2013 schedule.

“For California community colleges it will finally allow us to begin adding back some of the thousands of classes we have been forced to cut since we began this nightmare of educational rationing in 2008,” California Community College Chancellor Brice Harris said. “Although we have a long road back to financial stability, this victory will allow us to begin serving some of the nearly one-half million students we have turned away in the past four years.”

All other statewide election results remain unchanged from the Journal’s deadline reporting Tuesday evening.

Including Prop 30, just five of the 11 ballot measures earned voter approval: Prop 35, which will increase penalties on human trafficking, Prop 36, which alters the Three Strikes Law to grant a third strike only for serious offenses, Prop 39, which closes a tax loophole forcing multistate businesses to pay more in state taxes, redirecting some revenues to energy efficiency projects, and Prop 40, which upheld State Senate district boundaries.

Other hot-button ballot measures, such as Prop 32, which would have barred political contributions through payroll deductions, crippling the role unions play in elections, were voted down. A measure to revoke the death penalty, Prop 34, and a proposition which would have required genetically engineered foods be labeled, Prop 37, also failed.

Incumbents saw success in the statewide races, with U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R) retaining his District 10 seat over challenger Jose Hernandez (D), a former astronaut. Denham secured 53.7 percent of votes en route to victory.

Incumbent Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen (R) also retained her District 1 seat, besting Christopher Mateo (D), the Vice Mayor of Lathrop, by a 22.8 percent margin. And incumbent Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) easily earned her fifth term in office, defeating Elizabeth Emken (R), a former Vice President for Government Relations at non-profit Autism Speaks, by the same, 22.8 percent margin.

In the local Turlock City Council election, incumbent councilwoman Amy Bublak led all candidates with 32.67 percent of votes, earning her second term in office. She will be joined by first-time councilmember Steven Nascimento, a Turlock Parks, Recreation, and Community commissioner and district director for State Sen. Anthony Cannella (R), who finished second with 29.06 percent of the vote.

“We face some serious challenges as a community, but as a community, we are in this together, and only together will we succeed,” Nascimento told his supporters following the election, via his Facebook page. “We must come together to celebrate our strengths and overcome our weaknesses. I sincerely look forward to working with Turlock residents to better our community.”

Incumbent Councilwoman Mary Jackson finished third in the race for two seats, earning 25.54 percent of the vote, nearly 1,100 votes behind Nascimento.

“I am humbled to have served the Turlock community for the last four years,” Jackson wrote, in a post to her Facebook page. “My commitment to the various organizations and volunteer groups will stay (intact) and I might be more influential off the (dais)!”

First-time candidate Sergio Alvarado, a postal worker, finished last in the campaign; he secured 12.40 percent of the vote.

Those totals could yet change, as the Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder’s Office has yet to count approximately 11,000 provisional ballots and hundreds of military, damaged, 7-day absentee, and reconciliation ballots. Those votes will be counted prior to Dec. 4, the state-mandated date by which the canvass of votes must be completed.

Though percentages may shift, the results are unlikely to change as a result of the remaining ballots.

 

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