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.
A group trying to get California to secede from the United States said the results of the presidential election give their cause new momentum.
A group trying to get California to secede from the United States said the results of the presidential election gave their cause new momentum.
As they held a protest outside the state Capitol on Wednesday night, members of the Yes California Independence Campaign said they wanted Californians to vote on the issue. Their aim: a 2018 ballot initiative to force a 2019 special election.
"The relationship between California and the federal system just isn't working," said Marcus Ruiz Evans, vice president of YesCalifornia.org.
Although he lives in a penthouse high above the crowd, it might be tough for President-elect Donald J. Trump to get some rest when he gets home.
Thousands of protesters chanted “New York hates you” and “Not my president” in front of Trump’s flagship New York building, the Trump Tower.
Protesters filled Fifth Avenue for five blocks, essentially closing down an iconic, much-visited neighborhood of midtown Manhattan. Those who weren’t holding signs raised their middle fingers — many of them taking selfies of the gesture — toward the glassy, black 58-story tower that had become a symbol of the Trump candidacy.
The race between U.S. Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) and Republican challenger Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones is still too close to call.
“The race is far from over,” Jones said in a statement Wednesday. "The most important thing is for every vote to be counted."
Returns Wednesday afternoon showed Bera ahead by 2,094 votes — a less-than 2-percentage-point lead. But elections officials in Sacramento County, which contains Bera’s district, have hundreds of thousands of ballots still to count, said assistant registrar of voters Alice Jarboe.
Both men tapped into a populist movement that eschewed establishment politicians this election.
And now, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he is prepared to work with President-elect Donald Trump.
Trump "tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media," Sanders, who gained a loyal and youthful liberal following in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, said in a statement Wednesday. "People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages."
California hasn’t always been a lock for the Democratic presidential nominee. Republicans won the state in nearly every presidential election between 1952 and 1988. Ahead of an election that could see more blue in the Golden State than ever before, here’s a look at how Democrats gained, lost and won back California.