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Alameda County, CA November 2, 2004 Election
Directory of Alameda County, CA Measures
County Results as of Dec 24 5:29pm, 100% of Precincts Reporting (1141/1141)
76.5% Countywide Voter Turnout (567,915/742,258)

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Measure A. School Bonds -- Albany Unified School District (55% Majority)
5,879 / 80.5% Yes votes ...... 1,428 / 19.5% No votes
In order to complete needed school modernization improvements at Marin School and Ocean View School and capture State matching funds for fire and life-safety repairs, emergency communications, roofs, bathrooms, accessibility improvements, and other safety improvements, and for repairs and upgrades to Cougar Field and other playing fields for student and community use, shall Albany Unified School District issue $13,000,000 in bonds at interest rates within the legal limit, and establish a Citizens' Oversight Committee to monitor all expenditures?

Measure B. Special Tax -- Berkeley Unified School District (2/3 Approval Required)
38,062 / 72.2% Yes votes ...... 14,664 / 27.8% No votes
To protect quality public education despite reductions in State funding, shall Berkeley Unified School District levy a two year special tax at 9.7c/square foot for Residential Buildings, 14.7c/square foot for Commercial/Industrial/Institutional buildings and $50/parcel for unimproved parcels? Funds will be used to improve student achievement, reduce class sizes and enhance libraries, music programs, teacher training and parent involvement. A citizen's oversight committee will monitor that funds are used for identified Purposes.

Measure C. School Bonds -- Dublin Unified School District (55% Majority)
9,062 / 73.2% Yes votes ...... 3,318 / 26.8% No votes
To enhance educational facilities by replacing/repairing aging electrical, plumbing and air-ventilation systems; modernizing classrooms; developing 21st century information technology; improving student safety; developing state-of-the-art high school facilities and accommodating growth in student enrollment; qualify for millions in State matching funds; shall the Dublin Unified School District issue $184 million of bonds at legal rates, appoint a Citizens Oversight Committee, perform annual audits with no bond money used for administrators' and teachers' salaries?

Measure D. Parcel Tax -- Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (2/3 Approval Required)
24,010 / 71.6% Yes votes ...... 9,512 / 28.4% No votes
To maintain quality education by attracting and retaining qualified teachers and library staff, implementing smaller class sizes, restoring college and career preparation classes, providing instructors/equipment for science education, restoring high school counselors, and maintaining art/music programs; shall Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District be authorized to levy an annual tax of $120 per parcel for 5 years only, with annual audits, independent citizens oversight, and an exemption for parcels owned and occupied by persons age 65 or over?

Measure E. School Bonds -- San Lorenzo Unified School District (55% Majority)
15,782 / 74.5% Yes votes ...... 5,416 / 25.5% No votes
To build new science labs, modernize school libraries, replace older portable classrooms, renovate aging schools, improve classroom computers and technology, increase student safety, renovate aging restrooms, and construct, replace, acquire and renovate school facilities and equipment, shall the San Lorenzo Unified School District be authorized to issue $49,000,000 in bonds at interest rates within the legal limit with no funds for administrator salaries and an appointed Independent Citizens Oversight Committee to monitor all bond expenditures?

Measure F. Board of Education References -- City of Alameda (Charter Amendment)
14,991 / 57.2% Yes votes ...... 11,225 / 42.8% No votes
Shall the Charter of the City of Alameda be amended to delete references to the Board of Education resulting in the Board no longer being subject to, controlled and/or governed by the Charter but instead governed by State law?

Measure G. Paramedic/Ambulance Special Tax Restructuring -- City of Albany (2/3 Approval Required)
5,293 / 81.0% Yes votes ...... 1,244 / 19.0% No votes
Shall the Paramedic Advanced Life Support Fire Engines and Ambulance Special Tax (ALS), which was previously approved by the voters to fund paramedic engines and future ambulance purchases, be amended to restructure how non residential properties are taxed under the ALS Special Tax.

Measure H. Public Financing of Elections -- City of Berkeley (Charter Amendment & Ordinance - Majority Approval Required)
20,260 / 40.9% Yes votes ...... 29,250 / 59.1% No votes
Shall the City Charter and Code be amended to: authorize Council to implement public financing of elections for mayor, city council, school board and auditor for candidates who voluntarily agree to spending limits; establish related regulations and require $498,000 in annual General Fund appropriations when deemed economically feasible by Council. Financial Implications: $498,000 in annual costs; likely increases in taxes (upon voter approval), fees, fines or assessments and/or reduction in City services or programs.

Measure I. Date of Mayoral Elections -- City of Berkeley (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
35,175 / 72.3% Yes votes ...... 13,496 / 27.7% No votes
Shall the Charter of the City of Berkeley be amended to change the date of mayoral elections to coincide with presidential elections and to adjust the mayor's term to two years on a one-time basis, in 2006 to accomplish this result? Financial Implications: No costs in 2006. Uncertain future costs until runoff voting is implemented.

Measure J. Utility Users Tax -- City of Berkeley (Majority Approval Required)
18,757 / 37.4% Yes votes ...... 31,432 / 62.6% No votes
Shall the utility users tax be temporarily increased from 7.5% to 9.0% for the calendar years 2005-2008, expenditure of the additional proceeds be authorized, and prior amendments to the tax be ratified? Financial Implications: The estimated cost in FY 2005-06 for a Berkeley resident with combined monthly utility (gas, electricity, cable, telephone and cell phone) bills of $300 currently would be approximately $27 per month versus $22.50 per month.

Measure K. Youth Services Special Tax -- City of Berkeley (2/3 Approval Required)
27,714 / 54.3% Yes votes ...... 23,349 / 45.7% No votes
Shall a special tax to fund youth services and youth safety programs, be authorized on real property transfers through December 31, 2010, at the rate of 0.5% on transfers for $600,000 or more, and 1% on transfers for $1,000,000 or more? Financial Implications: Adds 0.5% to existing 1.5% transfer tax on transfers $600,000 and over and 1% to existing tax on transfers $1,000,000 and over.

Measure L. Library Special Tax -- City of Berkeley (2/3rds Approval Required)
26,013 / 51.0% Yes votes ...... 24,989 / 49.0% No votes
Shall the special tax for the Berkeley Public Library be amended to: increase the per foot tax rate from $0.132172 to $0.1540 for residential property and $0.2001 to $0.2331 for other property; change the annual inflation adjustment to 5%; increase the expenditure limitation through FY 2008? Financial Implications: The annual cost in FY 2005 would be $292.60 for a 1,900 square foot home and $2,331.00 for a 10,000 square foot building.

Measure M. Paramedic Special Tax -- City of Berkeley (2/3rds Approval Required)
22,412 / 45.4% Yes votes ...... 26,923 / 54.6% No votes
Shall the special tax for paramedic services be amended to: increase the tax rate from $0.02626 to $0.041634 per square foot; add personal income growth as an alternative inflation adjustment; and authorize the expenditure of the additional proceeds? Financial Implications: The annual cost in fiscal year 2005-2006 would be $79.10 for a 1,900 square foot home, $124.90 for a 3,000 square foot home and $416.34 for a 10,000 square foot building.

Measure N. Appropriation Limit Approval -- City of Berkeley (Majority Approval Required)
38,559 / 79.8% Yes votes ...... 9,777 / 20.2% No votes
Shall the appropriation limit under Article XIIIB of the California Constitution (or ceiling on city expenditures) be increased to allow for the expenditure of taxes previously approved by voters for parks maintenance; libraries; emergency medical services, and emergency services for severely disabled persons for fiscal years 2005 through 2008? Financial Implications: Not a tax increase, authorizes expenditure of existing voter-approved taxes.

Measure O. Rent Stabilization Base Rent Ceilings -- City of Berkeley (Ordinance - Majority Approval Required)
34,388 / 74.7% Yes votes ...... 11,654 / 25.3% No votes
Shall the Berkeley Rent Stabilization and Good Cause for Eviction ordinance be amended to provide that the Annual General Adjustment (AGA) of base rent ceilings be 65% of the increase in the prior year's Consumer Price Index in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area with a cap of 7% and a floor of 0% per year? Financial Implications: Annual costs savings of $15,000 to $20,000 for cost study required for setting of current AGA.

Measure P. Rent Stabilization Section 8 Rent -- City of Berkeley (Ordinance - Majority Approval Required)
30,378 / 66.9% Yes votes ...... 15,001 / 33.1% No votes
Shall the Berkeley Rent Stabilization and Eviction for Good Cause Ordinance be amended to: regulate Section 8 rent above the federal payment standard; exemp certain subsidized units; specify rent deposit interest rate reimbersement; permit City use of Rent Board information; set base rent for certain units; limit eviction of tenent for replacement roommate; and eliminate most criminal penalties? Financial Implications: Revenue loss up to $20,000 FY 2006 to Rent Stabilization Board.

Measure Q. Prostitution Enforcement -- City of Berkeley (Citizen Initiative - Majority Approval Required)
18,504 / 36.5% Yes votes ...... 32,208 / 63.5% No votes
Shall an ordinance be adopted to: 1) make enforcement of prostitution laws the lowest priority; 2) oppose state laws making prostitution a crime; and 3) require semi-annual reporting of prostitution-related Berkeley Police Department law enforcement activities? Financial Implications: Possible increases in law enforcement costs as a result of potential increase in prostitution-related crime and increased reporting requirements.

Measure R. Medical Marijuana Dispensary Permits -- City of Berkeley (Citizen Initiative - Majority Approval Required)
24,958 / 49.8% Yes votes ...... 25,160 / 50.2% No votes
Shall the City's ordinances be amended to require the City to issue a permit to medical marijuana dispensaries as a matter of right and without a public hearing, eliminate limits on the amounts of medical marijuana possessed by patients or caregivers; and establish a peer review group for medical marijuana collectives? Financial Implications: Possible increase in law enforcement costs and possible zoning related cost savings from change in public hearing requirement for marijuana dispensary permits.

Measure S. Tree Board -- City of Berkeley (Citizen Initiative - Majority Approval Required)
13,343 / 27.6% Yes votes ...... 35,061 / 72.4% No votes
Shall an ordinance be adopted: 1) creating a 13-18 member Tree Board with up to two full-time staff, which is empowered to oversee the ordinance's prohibition on alteration, topping or removal of established nonhazardous public trees (except in limited circumstances) establish City tree contractors licensing requirements, approve tree plantings; and 2) creating related regulations? Financial Implications: Annual costs up to $250,000, additional annual $100,000 consultant costs in early years; possible increased liability.

Measure T. Pixar Headquarters Expansion Plans -- City of Emeryville (Simple Majority)
2,459 / 71.3% Yes votes ...... 992 / 28.7% No votes
Shall Resolution No. 04-81, approving amendments to the City of Emeryville General Plan and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the Pixar Headquarters Expansion Project, be adopted?

Measure U. Pixar Development Agreement -- City of Emeryville
2,411 / 70.1% Yes votes ...... 1,029 / 29.9% No votes
Shall Ordinance No. 04-005, approving an amending and restated development agreement between the City of Emeryville and Pixar, be adopted?

Measure V. Utility Users Tax -- City of Fremont
27,702 / 44.7% Yes votes ...... 34,247 / 55.3% No votes
To help preserve the safety and character of Fremont, with a priority on funding essential services such as police, fire and street and park maintenance (as well as other general city services), shall an ordinance be adopted to establish a utility users tax that cannot ever exceed 6%, and establish an independent Fremont taxpayers committee to oversee the expenditure of these funds and advise the City Council as reductions become possible?

Measure W. Parcel Tax Continuation -- City of Piedmont
5,196 / 79.9% Yes votes ...... 1,310 / 20.1% No votes
To maintain essential police, fire and paramedic services, to prevent the reduction in maintenance of City parks, greenspaces and other public areas, and to prevent the loss of youth, family and senior recreational and safety services, shall the City of Piedmont continue to authorize a parcel tax, replacing the existing Municipal Services Tax, as is more specifically set forth in Ord. 650 N.S. which is on file with the City Clerk?

Measure X. Bernal Property Land Use Plan -- City of Pleasanton
26,577 / 89.5% Yes votes ...... 3,134 / 10.5% No votes
Shall the voters be guaranteed the right to approve the land use plan (Phase II) for the Bernal Property?

Measure Y. Parking Lot and Parcel Tax -- City of Oakland
96,174 / 69.6% Yes votes ...... 41,992 / 30.4% No votes
To reduce violent crime and increase public safety, shall the City of Oakland increase successful after school, counseling, truancy, and job training programs, early intervention programs for children who witness violence, programs to prevent child abuse and domestic violence, and increase community police officers, paramedics and emergency fire personnel in each neighborhood by authorizing a surcharge on parking in commercial parking lots and parcel tax subject to annual performance and financial audits by a citizens oversight committee?

Measure Z. Marijuana Law Enforcement -- City of Oakland
87,201 / 65.2% Yes votes ...... 46,563 / 34.8% No votes
Shall the ordinance requiring the City of Oakland (1) to make law enforcement related to private adult cannabis (marijuana) use, distribution, sale, cultivation and possession, the City's lowest law enforcement priority; (2) to lobby to legalize, tax and regulate cannabis for adult private use, distribution, sale, cultivation and possession; (3) to license, tax and regulate cannabis sales if California law is amended to allow such actions; and (4) to create a committee to oversee the ordinance's implementation, be adopted?

Proposition AA. BART Earthquake Safety Bond -- San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (2/3 Approval Required)
807,556 / 68.8% Yes votes ...... 365,975 / 31.2% No votes
   224,297 (75.88%) Yes / 71,301 (24.12%) No in San Francisco County
   352,351 (70.5%) Yes / 147,131 (29.5%) No in Alameda County
   230,908 (61.0%) Yes / 147,543 (39.0%) No in Contra Costa County
To protect public safety and keep Bay Area traffic moving in the aftermath of an earthquake or other disaster, shall BART, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, be authorized to issue bonds not to exceed $980 million dollars to make earthquake safety improvements to BART facilities in Contra Costa, San Francisco and Alameda Counties, including strengthening tunnels, bridges, overhead tracks and the underwater Transbay Tube, and establish an independent citizens' oversight committee to verify bond revenues are spent as promised?

Measure BB. Parcel Tax -- Alameda-Contra Costa Transit Special District Area 1
276,218 / 72.5% Yes votes ...... 104,828 / 27.5% No votes
   238,429 (72.6%) Yes / 89,971 (27.4%) No in Alameda County
   37,789 (71.8%) Yes / 14,857 (28.2%) No in Contra Costa County
To preserve affordable local public transportation services that allow seniors and people with disabilities to remain independent, take students to and from school, help East Bay residents commute to work and reduce traffic and air pollution by reducing the number of cars on the road, shall the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) increase its existing parcel tax by $2 per parcel, per month for ten years with an independent fiscal oversight committee and all money staying local?

Measure CC. Park Access, Wildfire Protection, Public Safety and Environmental Maintenance Measure -- East Bay Regional Park District Zone 1
192,459 / 67.6% Yes votes ...... 92,199 / 32.4% No votes
   155,205 (68.2%) Yes / 72,432 (31.8%) No in Alameda County
   37,254 (65.3%) Yes / 19,767 (34.7%) No in Contra Costa County
To increase public access to shoreline, hillside, and urban parks and trails, enhance public safety (police and wildfire protection), and provide critical environmental maintenance in Zone 1 (western Alameda and western Contra Costa Counties) of the East Bay Regional Park District, shall a resolution be approved authorizing a parcel tax, based upon occupancy, of $1 per month ($12 per year) per single-family parcel, or 69 cents per month ($8.28 per year) per multi-family unit, to expire in 15 years?

Measure DD. Police and Fire Parcel Tax -- City of San Leandro (Tax - 2/3rds Approval Required)
13,352 / 50.5% Yes votes ...... 13,065 / 49.5% No votes
Shall the current level of police and fire protection services be maintained at a minimum of 94 sworn police officers and a minimum of 7 fire companies by adoption of an ordinance imposing a parcel tax in an annual amount of $78 for single-family residences, $46.80 per multi-family unit and $16 per thousand square feet for industrial and commercial properties, such parcel tax to end after five and one-half years?

Measure EE. Mayor and Council Terms -- City of San Leandro (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
15,400 / 61.2% Yes votes ...... 9,746 / 38.8% No votes
Shall the City of San Leandro Charter be amended to provide for a fixed four-year term of office for Council Members and the Mayor commencing on January 1 following the election?

Measure FF. Bonds -- Washington Township Health Care District (Bond - 2/3rds Approval Required)
66,907 / 70.8% Yes votes ...... 27,626 / 29.2% No votes
To improve Washington Hospital's capacity to provide life-saving services to heart attack victims and other critically ill patients and to make seismic upgrades for earthquake safety, reduce patient overcrowding by expanding Emergency, Critical Care, Intensive Care, and Cardiac Care units, provide additional operating rooms and patient beds, and upgrade related medical facilities and building systems, shall Washington Township Health Care District issue $190,000,000 of bonds with independent citizens' oversight and to ensure that no proceeds are used for administrative salaries?

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