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Contra Costa County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Directory of Contra Costa County, CA Measures
County Results as of Nov 30 11:25am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (807/807)
66.1% Countywide Voter Turnout (352,687/533,825)

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Measure J. Parcel Tax -- John Swett Unified School District (2/3 Approval Required)
Fail: 2368 / 54.31% Yes votes ...... 1992 / 45.69% No votes
To maintain and improve academic programs including math, science, reading and writing; fund computer technology, music and arts; and retain highly qualified teachers; shall John Swett Unified School District levy a special tax of $96 per parcel, except for industrial/commercial parcels which are levied at $0.015 per square foot (see voter pamphlet), with citizens' oversight, senior exemption and all funds spent at neighborhood schools and not taken by the State?

Measure K. Bonds -- Martinez Unified School District (55% Approval Required)
Pass: 6863 / 65.52% Yes votes ...... 3611 / 34.48% No votes
To qualify for State grants; install solar energy improvements; provide and upgrade classrooms; rehabilitate infrastructure; improve school grounds; enhance Alhambra's performing arts building; add culinary arts, career and technical education classrooms, and furnish computers and other electronic equipment, shall Martinez Unified School District be authorized to issue up to $45,000,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, with citizens' oversight, independent annual performance and financial audits and no increase in the estimated tax rate?

Measure L. Bonds -- Pittsburg Unified School District (55% Approval Required)
Pass: 7391 / 68.52% Yes votes ...... 3396 / 31.48% No votes
To provide safe, modern neighborhood schools with updated computer technology, upgrade energy systems, including solar, reduce cost, improve student learning by acquiring, upgrading, constructing, equipping classrooms, science and computer labs, and school facilities, replace aging roofs, plumbing, heating, ventilation/ electrical systems, improve fire alarms, school security and earthquake safety, shall Pittsburg Unified School District issue $100,000,000 of bonds, within legal rates and state approved bonding capacity limits with independent oversight, no administrators' salaries, keeping funds local?

Measure M. Parcel Tax -- West Contra Costa Unified School District (2/3 Approval Required)
Fail: 35078 / 59.36% Yes votes ...... 24017 / 40.64% No votes
To provide local funding the State cannot take away, and preserve quality education by: providing manageable class sizes to improve core academics like math, science, reading/ writing, restoring arts/ music programs, attracting/ retaining quality teachers, improving campus safety/ cleanliness, preparing students for college and workforce, shall West Contra Costa Unified School District charge an annual tax of 7.2 cents per square foot of building area, or $7.20 per vacant parcel for five years, exempting seniors and requiring independent citizen oversight?

Measure N. Bonds -- Knightsen Elementary School District (55% Approval Required)
Fail: 375 / 54.82% Yes votes ...... 309 / 45.18% No votes
To upgrade classrooms with up-to-date computers and technology infrastructure; repair and replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing and restrooms, and improve the District's budget, preserve school programs and retain teachers by paying lease obligations relating to existing school facility debt; shall Knightsen Elementary School District be authorized to issue $5 million of bonds within legal interest rates, so long as there is independent local citizens' oversight and funds cannot be taken by the State and spent elsewhere?

Measure O. Local Vehicle Registration Fee for Transportation -- County of Contra Costa (Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 143918 / 46.84% Yes votes ...... 163361 / 53.16% No votes
To repair and maintain local streets and roads; improve traffic flow, bicycle, pedestrian and driver safety; and improve public transportation efficiency; shall a local vehicle registration fee of ten dollars be established in Contra Costa with expenditures subject to strict monitoring and with all revenues staying in Contra Costa?

Measure P. Transactions and Use Tax -- City of Antioch (Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 11119 / 48.16% Yes votes ...... 11969 / 51.84% No votes
To avoid further severe cuts to all city services including police layoffs and maintaining neighborhood police patrols and 911 emergency response, fixing potholes and maintaining local streets and sidewalks, restoring code enforcement, and cleaning up abandoned properties; shall the City of Antioch adopt a one-half cent transactions and use (sales) tax, expiring in eight years, with mandatory annual audits and independent citizens' oversight and for local Antioch use only?

Measure Q. Transactions and Use Tax -- City of Concord (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 18250 / 54.34% Yes votes ...... 15332 / 45.66% No votes
To provide funding that cannot be taken by the State and help protect/maintain Concord's city services, including 911 emergency response times, police officers, gang prevention, crime investigation, neighborhood police patrols, city streets/pothole repair, senior services and nutrition programs, youth/teen programs, and other general city services shall the City of Concord enact a half-cent sales tax for 5 years, with citizens oversight, mandatory financial audits, reports to the community, and all funds staying local?

Measure R. Transactions and Use Tax -- City of El Cerrito (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 5834 / 58.50% Yes votes ...... 4139 / 41.50% No votes
To protect and maintain City services, including fire prevention and emergency services; neighborhood police patrols, emergency response times, crime prevention and investigation resources; firefighter and police staffing; earthquake preparedness; afterschool programs for children and teens; senior services; parks; and other general City services: Shall the City of El Cerrito enact a half-cent sales tax for seven years, with citizens' oversight, annual independent audits, and all funds staying local, none to Sacramento?

Measure S. Utility Users Tax -- City of Pinole (Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 2761 / 44.76% Yes votes ...... 3408 / 55.24% No votes
To continue essential public services to the residents of Pinole, shall an ordinance be adopted to amend Section 3.26.180 of the Pinole Municipal Code to extend the existing Utility User Tax of eight percent for an additional eight years, until December 31, 2020 and to include a new utility users tax on water utility services at the existing tax rate?

Measure T. Utility Users Tax -- City of Pleasant Hill (Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 5237 / 43.98% Yes votes ...... 6672 / 56.02% No votes
To protect the quality of life in Pleasant Hill, provide stable funding the State cannot take away, and minimize cuts to general city services including rapid emergency response, police/neighborhood patrols, repairing potholes/roads and maintaining library hours, shall an ordinance be adopted expanding the City of Pleasant Hill's existing utility users tax to additional utilities (described in the ballot pamphlet), capping the rate at 1.5%, providing specified exemptions/energy efficiency incentives and requiring that funds remain local?

Measure U. Point Molate Advisory Measure -- City of Richmond (Advisory Vote Only)
Fail: 10007 / 41.70% Yes votes ...... 13991 / 58.30% No votes
Shall the City of Richmond approve a project including a casino at Pt. Molate provided that this advisory measure is considered in a manner consistent with all the City's legal obligations?

Measure V. Marijuana Business License Tax -- City of Richmond (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 18050 / 78.38% Yes votes ...... 4980 / 21.62% No votes
Shall an ordinance be adopted to amend the Richmond Business License Tax to provide that every person engaged in a marijuana business pay a general business license tax of five percent (5%) of its gross receipts?

Measure W. 2030 General Plan -- City of San Ramon (Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 5946 / 28.63% Yes votes ...... 14826 / 71.37% No votes
To plan for the future, shall an ordinance be adopted to: approve General Plan 2030; extend Ordinance 197 policies and procedures to 2015 to protect ridgelines, creeks, and open space; expand the Ridgeline Creek Protection Zone map; and extend the Urban Growth Boundary to enhance local control while preserving our quality of life?

Measure X. Special Tax -- Bethel Island Municipal Improvement District (2/3 Approval Required)
Fail: 303 / 41.97% Yes votes ...... 419 / 58.03% No votes
Shall a special tax of $252.29, applicable to all taxable parcels (excluding legal parcels that are entirely underwater) within Bethel Island, be approved for each of ten fiscal years, beginning July 1, 2011, for purposes of maintaining and improving levees and drainage.

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