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.