Public schools in California will have more power to develop their own bilingual and multilingual programs after voters on Tuesday approved a measure repealing English-only instruction across the state.
With nearly 21% of 24,849 precincts reporting, Proposition 58 appeared to coast to victory, with 73% support among voters. Twenty-seven percent of voters sought to defeat it.
Proposition 58, the product of 2014 legislation written by Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), overhauls key parts of a 1998 law that requires students to take classes taught only English, unless parents sign a waiver requesting otherwise.
A measure to allow the replacement of the aging, cramped and seismically deficient Hollywood Burbank airport was dominating in early vote-by-mail ballots counted Tuesday.
The early "yes" vote clocked in at 75.78% of the vote. But no ballots cast at Tuesday's polls had yet been counted.
If approved by a majority of voters, Measure B will permit the construction of a 14-gate replacement terminal at what was formerly known as Bob Hope Airport in a plan supported by both airport officials and a majority of the Burbank city council.
California voters handed a decisive victory to Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday in his effort to reshape the state's criminal justice system, approving a ballot measure to offer a new chance at prison release for thousands of prisoners.
Proposition 57, the governor's plan to further shrink the state's prison population, was supported by almost two-thirds of voters in Tuesday night returns. Its strongest support came from urban areas with a sizable number of Democratic voters.
The ballot measure changes the state's prison and legal systems in three significant ways. The least controversial element will reverse a law approved by voters in 2000 that sent more juvenile defendants to adult courtrooms. Those young defendants will now only be charged as adults with a judge's approval.
The cheers in the Renaissance Hotel ballroom weren't just joyful, but cathartic.
After a night of nail-biting over presidential election returns, Arizona Democrats roared with relief when they learned their longtime foil, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, had lost his reelection bid.
As the crowd waited for Arpaio's successor, Democrat Paul Penzone, to take the stage, they chanted: "A new sheriff in town!"
Early results are positive for Measure CC, a $3.5-billion construction bond for the Los Angeles Community College District.
With 6% of precincts reporting, the measure was securing nearly 71% of the vote, with a 55% majority needed to pass.
Supporters argued that the money is necessary to complete renovation efforts that began with earlier bond measures. Projects to be completed include earthquake-safety upgrades and better access for disabled students.
California Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer said he hopes the election results in the state stand as a stark contrast to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s strong performance across the country.
“I really feel as if the question here is going to be: Do we fully embrace each other's humanity? That's actually going to be the question on the ballot for me in 2016 in California,” said Steyer, speaking outside state Democratic Party headquarters before the polls closed in California. “I think the answer is going to be yes. I think this is a year where honestly the opposite has been stated very loudly by Mr. Trump and I'm hoping that the California citizens in a very extended fashion are going to step up and say no to that kind of Trump hate-filled rhetoric.”
Steyer was a major donor behind seven state ballot measures, including those to end the death penalty and allow for bilingual education in schools. Steyer was the largest contributor in support of Proposition 56, which would raise the cigarette tax by $2 a pack, spending $11.6 million. He also supported local tax hikes for transportation and low-income housing measures.
Kamala Harris' win Tuesday night will make her the first Indian American to serve in the U.S. Senate.
She will also be just the second black woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, and the first black senator from California.
Harris’ race and ethnicity were never a focal point of the contest,which she was projected to win handily. Many people focused more on the possibility that California might haveelected the first Latina to the Senate if Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange) had won.