A measure to allow noncitizen parents to vote in San Francisco school board elections was ahead, with all precincts reporting.
Proposition N garnered 53% of the vote. Still to be counted are late-arriving vote-by-mail and provisional ballots.
Proposition N would allow noncitizens living in San Francisco to vote for school board members if the person is a parent, legal guardian or legally recognized caregiver of a child living in the city. The noncitizen must be of legal voting age and not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.
A measure that would lower the voting age and allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in municipal elections in San Francisco was trailing Wednesday morning.
With all precincts reporting, Proposition F was opposed by 53% of voters. Late-arriving vote-by-mail and provisional ballots still need to be counted.
If approved, younger teenagers would be allowed to vote for school board and community college board members, and for local candidates and local ballot measures. The city controller estimated the number of registered voters would probably increase by up to 1%, if 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds vote at the same rate as the general population.
Rep. Tony Cardenas won his race against former L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon, and will serve a third term representing the San Fernando Valley in the 29th District.
Alarcon did not run a campaign after coming in second in the June primary, telling The Times in mid-October that he thought it "would be difficult, if not impossible, for me to raise money and explain to my contributors a path to victory."
Alarcon entered the race weeks after his convictions of voter fraud and perjury were thrown out.
Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do has a substantial lead over challenger Michele Martinez in the race to represent the county's most liberal district, with Do securing 53% of the vote with all precincts reporting.
The contentious race likely came down to the district’s respective turnout in its large Vietnamese American and Latino communities. The two emerged as the top vote-getters in a heated June primary race, with Do winning 38% of the vote and Martinez 34%, according to the final tally.
Experts say the competition between Do and Martinez reflects the changing demographics of central Orange County, where candidates must look well beyond traditionally white voters to win — and where they increasingly have to leverage their cultural connections to many of the residents they seek to represent.
Water board members in an Orange County suburb who backed a water rate hike in the midst of intense drought appeared to be defeated in a recall election.
With all precincts reporting, all three incumbents seeking to stay on the five-member Yorba Linda Water District board were losing. About 71% of voters voted to recall two board members, Gary Melton and Robert Kiley.
And the board's president, Ric Collett, appeared to be losing his bid for reelection, coming in last place in a field of four candidates in which,only the top two finishers would secure a new term on the board.
Bay Area measures that aim to restore BART and extend the commuter rail system to downtown San Jose were ahead Wednesday morning, appearing to have surpassed the two-thirds majority needed to pass.
Voters in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties appeared to back Measure RR, a $3.5-billion bond measure to rebuild the core systems of the aging electric train service, which has been plagued with ancient, faulty power systems and water leaks that have weakened steel rails so much they crack during the commute. With all precincts reporting, Measure RR was garnering 70% of the vote.
In Santa Clara County, Measure B asked voters to raise the sales tax by half a cent for every dollar spent to fund a host of freeway and transit improvements, including funding to bring BART to downtown San Jose, raising more than $6 billion over the next three decades. Measure B was garnering 71% support, with an estimated 48% of the ballots counted.
Soda tax measures were headed to victory in Bay Area cities, with all precincts reporting.
The measures, on the ballot in San Francisco, Oakland and the East Bay suburb of Albany, would place a penny-per-ounce tax on sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages. The measures require a majority vote to pass.
In San Francisco, Proposition V received 62% of the vote, with all precincts reporting. Oakland's Measure HH had a nearly identical tally, with 61% backing the measure. And in Albany, 71% of voters backed Measure O1.