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Alameda County, CA November 4, 2008 Election
Directory of Alameda County, CA Measures
County Results as of Nov 25 10:26am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (1041/1041)
78.3% Countywide Voter Turnout (628545/803009)

Measures
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Measure L. Student Achievement Measure -- Dublin Unified School District (2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 11477 / 72.58% Yes votes ...... 4335 / 27.42% No votes
To support high academic achievement in math, science, reading, writing, and technology; attract and retain highly qualified teachers; maintain small class sizes; and provide ongoing teacher training, shall the Dublin Unified School District levy $96 dollars per parcel annually for five (5) years with an exemption for seniors and disabled persons, an independent citizens' oversight committee, no money for administrator salaries and all dollars staying in our community to maintain a high quality education?

Measure M. Quality Education Act -- Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 28,418 / 76.5% Yes votes ...... 8,740 / 23.5% No votes
   28334 (76.51%) Yes / 8698 (23.49%) No in Alameda County
   84 (66.67%) Yes / 42 (33.33%) No in Contra Costa County
To maintain the quality of local schools, attract and retain highly qualified teachers, and maintain small class sizes, college/career/job preparation classes, art/music/foreign language programs, computers, infrastructure and instructional technology upgrades, elementary science specialists, and high school counselors, shall Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District extend its expiring parcel tax for five years at $11.50/month per parcel, with a senior citizen exemption, independent oversight, no administrators' salaries, and all funds staying local to benefit Livermore children?

Measure N. Outstanding Teachers for All Oakland Students Act -- Oakland Unified School District (2/3 Approval Required)
Fail: 92132 / 61.45% Yes votes ...... 57805 / 38.55% No votes
To attract and retain highly qualified and credentialed teachers for Oakland's District-run public schools, and to support successful educational programs at Oakland's public charter schools, shall Oakland Unified School District levy $10 per parcel per month ($120 per year) for 10 years with an exemption for low-income residents, mandatory annual audits, an independent citizens' oversight committee, and all money spent to benefit Oakland Schools and all Oakland students?

Measure O. Bond Measure -- San Lorenzo Unified School District (55% Approval Required)
Pass: 17356 / 74.45% Yes votes ...... 5955 / 25.55% No votes
To build new science labs, modernize aging schools, improve safety, energy efficiency, and classroom computers and technology, replace older portable classrooms, renovate athletic fields, improve traffic safety and construct, replace and renovate school facilities, shall the San Lorenzo Unified School District be authorized to issue $83,000,000 in bonds at interest rates within the legal limit with no funds for administrator salaries and an appointed Independent Oversight Committee to monitor all bond expenditures?

Measure P. Real Property Transaction Tax Measure -- City of Alameda (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 16178 / 50.84% Yes votes ...... 15642 / 49.16% No votes
To maintain essential City services such as keeping existing fire stations open; maintaining neighborhood policing programs; improving traffic flow and pedestrian and bicycle safety; preventing recreation program cutbacks; and restoring previously reduced library hours; shall the City of Alameda increase the City real property transfer tax, charged when a property is sold, from $5.40 to $12.00 per $1,000.00 of value, limited to 20 years and subject to audits?

Measure Q. Obsolete and Unclear Language -- City of Alameda (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 22846 / 79.25% Yes votes ...... 5981 / 20.75% No votes
Shall the Charter of the City of Alameda be amended to delete obsolete and unclear language? Said amendments will be accomplished by amending Sections 2-4, 2- 6, 2-9, 3-7(A), 3-7(B), 3-7(C), 3-7(F), 3-7(I), 3-15, 9-1(E), 12-3(D), 17-10, 22-4, and 28- 6(A), deleting Sections 3-7(E), 3-15.1, 17-11, 23-4, 23-5, Art. XXV, and 28-6(B), and adding Section 2-16 to said Charter, all as more fully set forth in Resolution No. 14246 of the Council of the City of Alameda.

Measure R. Contracts -- City of Alameda (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 23779 / 82.54% Yes votes ...... 5029 / 17.46% No votes
Shall the Charter of the City of Alameda be amended to provide that every contract shall be in writing and that the City shall not be bound by any contract unless it complies with the Charter? Such amendment will be accomplished by adding Section 22- 13 of said Charter, as fully set forth in Resolution No. 14250 of the Council of the City of Alameda.

Measure S. Emergency Bidding -- City of Alameda (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 19416 / 67.00% Yes votes ...... 9562 / 33.00% No votes
Shall the Charter of the City of Alameda be amended to provide that in an emergency the City Manager or designee may forego competitive bidding for a public work or improvement or purchase of materials or supplies to protect life, health, property or essential public services? Such amendment will be accomplished by adding Section 3-
15.2, as fully set forth in Resolution No. 14253 of the Council of the City of Alameda.

Measure T. City Office Hours -- City of Alameda (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 19045 / 66.68% Yes votes ...... 9518 / 33.32% No votes
Shall the Charter of the City of Alameda be amended to provide that Council may determine when City offices are to be open for business? Such amendment will be accomplished by amending Article XXII Sec. 8 of said Charter, as fully set forth in Resolution No. 14252 of the Council of the City of Alameda.

Measure U. Auditor Requirements -- City of Alameda (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 21623 / 75.59% Yes votes ...... 6983 / 24.41% No votes
Shall the Charter of the City of Alameda be amended to provide that the Auditor have a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license or a related educational degree, and no bond? Such amendment will be accomplished by amending Article IV of said Charter, as fully set forth in Resolution No. 14247 of the Council of the City of Alameda.

Measure V. Treasurer Requirements -- City of Alameda (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 22954 / 80.65% Yes votes ...... 5509 / 19.35% No votes
Shall the Charter of the City of Alameda be amended to require that the Treasurer be licensed as a Chartered Financial Analyst or Certified Financial Planner and annually recommend to Council an investment policy for City monies and monitor and report results of the City investment portfolio? Such amendment will be accomplished by amending Article V of said Charter, as fully set forth in Resolution No. 14248 of the Council of the City of Alameda.

Measure W. Public Utilities Board -- City of Alameda (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 16773 / 61.91% Yes votes ...... 10321 / 38.09% No votes
Shall the Charter of the City of Alameda be amended to eliminate transportation from the jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Board? Such amendment will be accomplished by amending Article 12-1(A) of said Charter, as fully set forth in Resolution No. 14249 of the Council of the City of Alameda.

Measure X. Historical Advisory Board -- City of Alameda (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 15765 / 57.25% Yes votes ...... 11772 / 42.75% No votes
Shall the Charter of the City of Alameda be amended to eliminate reasons for removal of Historical Advisory Board members and to authorize the City Council to determine when it is appropriate to do so? Such amendment will be accomplished by amending Article XXVIII Sec. 5 of said Charter, as fully set forth in Resolution No. 14251 of the Council of the City of Alameda.

Measure Y. Proposed Modifications to Sections 2.01, 2.02, 5.01 and 5.02 of the City Charter -- City of Albany (Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 3305 / 46.09% Yes votes ...... 3866 / 53.91% No votes
Do you approve the modifications of Sections 2.01, 2.02, 5.01, 5.02, and
5.03 of the City Charter, as is fully set forth in the voter pamphlet, to provide for the electors of the City to directly elect the mayor beginning at the general election in 2012 and to provide for term limits for the mayoral position?

Measure Z. Proposed Modifications to Section 3.23 of the City Charter -- City of Albany (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 5375 / 80.55% Yes votes ...... 1298 / 19.45% No votes
Do you approve the modification of Section 3.23 of the City Charter, as is fully set forth in the voter pamphlet, to provide that members of commissions, boards, committees, task forces, or other similar bodies, appointed by the City Council, shall serve for an interim term of up to 45 days after certification of an election, or until they are reappointed or replaced?

Measure AA. Proposed Modifications to Section 4.03 of the City Charter -- City of Albany (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 5390 / 80.91% Yes votes ...... 1272 / 19.09% No votes
Do you approve the modification of Section 4.03 of the City Charter, as is fully set forth in the voter pamphlet, to provide that the City Council shall by ordinance set threshold limits for the requirements for formal competitive bidding and shall establish such other procedures as are necessary for undertaking the completion of any public projects?

Measure BB. Proposed Modifications to Section 2.01 and Addition of Section 2.08 to the Albany City Charter -- City of Albany (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 3844 / 54.76% Yes votes ...... 3176 / 45.24% No votes
Do you approve the modification of amending the Albany City Charter to provide that council members shall receive $300.00 per month as salary, as is now authorized for general law cities of a similar size by Government Code Section 36516(a)?

Measure CC. Proposed Modifications to Section 2.04 of the City Charter -- City of Albany (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 5522 / 81.81% Yes votes ...... 1228 / 18.19% No votes
Do you approve the modification of Section 2.04, MEETINGS, of the City Charter, as is set forth in the voter pamphlet, to provide that the City Council, by resolution or ordinance, shall set the time when City Council meetings are held?

Measure DD. Proposed Modification to Chapter 4-5 of the Albany Municipal Code -- City of Albany (Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 3130 / 44.89% Yes votes ...... 3842 / 55.11% No votes
Shall the Albany Municipal Code, Chapter 4-5 entitled "Real Property Transfer Tax" be amended in Section 4-5.2 to provide for an increase in the tax rate from $11.50 per $1,000.00 to $14.50 per $1,000.00 of the value of consideration?

Measure EE. Proposed Modification to Chapter 4-8 of the Albany Municipal Code -- City of Albany (2/3 Approval Required)
Fail: 4509 / 63.98% Yes votes ...... 2539 / 36.02% No votes
Shall the Albany Municipal Code, Chapter 4-8 entitled "Paramedic Advanced Life Support Fire Engines and Ambulance Special Tax" be amended to provide that the City Council may increase the tax commencing in fiscal year 2010 2011 and on an annual basis thereafter by 4%?

Measure FF. Bond Measure -- City of Berkeley (2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 37973 / 68.01% Yes votes ...... 17861 / 31.99% No votes
Shall the City of Berkeley issue general obligation bonds not exceeding $26,000,000 to renovate, expand, and make seismic and access improvements at four neighborhood branch libraries, but not the Central Library, with annual reporting by the Library Board to the City Council?

Measure GG. Tax Measure -- City of Berkeley (2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 40513 / 71.73% Yes votes ...... 15964 / 28.27% No votes
To enable the City to keep fire stations open and improve emergency medical response and disaster preparedness, shall a special tax be authorized of $.04083 per square foot of improvements in dwelling units and $.06179 per square foot on all other improvements?

Measure HH. Ballot Measure -- City of Berkeley (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 41178 / 77.22% Yes votes ...... 12148 / 22.78% 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 (EMS), and emergency services for severely disabled persons for fiscal years 2009 through 2012?

Measure II. Charter Amendment -- City of Berkeley (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 39372 / 78.46% Yes votes ...... 10807 / 21.54% No votes
Shall the City of Berkeley Charter be amended to give the City until December 31st of the third year following the decennial census to adopt new council districts that are as nearly equal in population as feasible?

Measure JJ. Initiative Ordinance -- City of Berkeley (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 34502 / 62.71% Yes votes ...... 20515 / 37.29% No votes
Shall the City's ordinances be amended to eliminate limits on medical marijuana possessed by patients or caregivers; establish a peer review group for medical marijuana collectives to police themselves; and permit medical marijuana dispensaries as a matter of right under the zoning ordinance rather than through a use permit subject to a public hearing?

Measure KK. Initiative Ordinance -- City of Berkeley (Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 12427 / 23.30% Yes votes ...... 40914 / 76.70% No votes
Shall the initiative ordinance Requiring Voter Approval of Exclusive Transit-Only and HOV/Bus-Only Lanes be adopted?

Measure LL. Landmarks Preservation Commission -- City of Berkeley (Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 21743 / 43.24% Yes votes ...... 28537 / 56.76% No votes
Shall ordinance No. 6,958-N.S., Repealing and Reenacting Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter3.24 (Landmarks Preservation), passed by City Council, granting the Landmarks Preservation Commission new authority to prohibit, instead of suspend, demolition of historic resources; eliminating property owners' approval in establishing historic districts; and substantially revising procedures for designating historic resources (including limiting reconsideration of properties not designated) and regulating alteration or demolition of historic resources, subject to appeal to the Council, be adopted?

Measure MM. Transient Occupancy Tax -- City of Fremont (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 45574 / 66.45% Yes votes ...... 23014 / 33.55% No votes
Shall the Fremont Municipal Code be amended to increase the transient occupancy tax (commonly called the "hotel tax") which is charged only to persons who occupy hotel or motel rooms in the City for 30 days or less, from the current 8% to 10%, in order to help maintain basic City services such as public safety and street and park maintenance?

Measure NN. 2008 Oakland Police Services Expansion Measure -- City of Oakland (2/3 Approval Required)
Fail: 81859 / 54.41% Yes votes ...... 68599 / 45.59% No votes
To provide more police services to neighborhoods and businesses for the purpose of preventing crime and enhancing resources for investigation of crimes, shall the City of Oakland authorize a parcel tax to fund the cost of (1) adding a total of 105 police officers and 75 police services technicians; (2) a crime data management system for crime analysis; and (3) mandatory independent annual audits and evaluations with performance standards?

Measure OO. Kids First! the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth Act -- City of Oakland (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 78896 / 53.12% Yes votes ...... 69642 / 46.88% No votes
To increase existing mandatory funding for children's and youth services, shall the City Charter be amended to (1) increase the annual set aside for grants to organizations serving children and youth to 1 % for two years and 2 % thereafter of the City's annual total revenues, with audits and an oversight committee, and (2) in addition to the set aside, increase the annual amount that the City is required to spend on children and youth?

Measure PP. Save Pleasanton's Hills & Housing Cap Initiative -- City of Pleasanton (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 18623 / 59.52% Yes votes ...... 12667 / 40.48% No votes
Shall the Save Pleasanton's Hills and Housing Cap Citizens' Initiative be adopted?

Measure QQ. Pleasanton Ridgelines Protection & Growth Control Initiative -- City of Pleasanton (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 17142 / 53.88% Yes votes ...... 14675 / 46.12% No votes
Shall the Pleasanton Ridgelines Protection and Growth Control Initiative be adopted, that would preserve scenic hillsides and ridges surrounding Pleasanton, and affirm and implement policies that protect hillsides and define housing units that respects the voter-approved housing cap?

Measure RR. Utility User Tax Reduction and Fairness Measure -- City of San Leandro (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 24265 / 83.82% Yes votes ...... 4685 / 16.18% No votes
Shall an ordinance be adopted to reduce the City of San Leandro's existing utility users' tax from 6% to 5.7% on telecommunications and video (cable-like) services; ensure that users of current and future technologies be treated fairly; and preserve funding for general municipal services such as police, maintenance of and improvements to city streets and sidewalks and graffiti removal?

Measure SS. San Leandro 911 Emergency Communication System Access Tax Measure -- City of San Leandro (2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 22751 / 78.82% Yes votes ...... 6113 / 21.18% No votes
Shall the City of San Leandro, with no increase in rates, convert its existing 911 Emergency Communication System Access Fee Ordinance into an Emergency Communication System Access Tax, to insure that all future modifications to the tax rate structure require a vote of the people rather than a vote of the Council, and to maintain enhanced 911 Emergency Services to San Leandro residents?

Measure TT. Police Services Parcel Tax -- City of San Leandro (2/3 Approval Required)
Fail: 15853 / 55.77% Yes votes ...... 12571 / 44.23% No votes
Shall the current level of police protections services be maintained at a minimum of 94 sworn police officers by adoption of a parcel tax in an annual amount of $48 for single-family residences, $24 per multi-family/mobile home unit, $12 per thousand square feet for Commercial/Industrial, $10 per thousand square feet for Non- Profit/Places of Worship and $3 per thousand square feet for Unimproved Land, to end after four years?

Measure UU. Public Safety Services Tax -- City of Union City (2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 15700 / 73.25% Yes votes ...... 5734 / 26.75% No votes
Shall the existing Public Safety Services Tax set to expire on April 23, 2009, be continued and expanded, for an additional eight (8) years, beginning April 24, 2009, in order to fund essential police and fire protection services in Union City as well as youth violence prevention and intervention programs?

Measure VV. Special Tax Measure -- Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 308,971 / 71.9% Yes votes ...... 120,864 / 28.1% No votes
   40483 (70.12%) Yes / 17248 (29.88%) No in Contra Costa County
   268488 (72.15%) Yes / 103616 (27.85%) No in Alameda County
To preserve affordable local public transportation that allows seniors and people with disabilities to remain independent, takes students to and from school, provides transportation alternatives given skyrocketing gas prices, helps residents commute to work and reduces traffic and greenhouse gas emissions by getting cars off the road shall the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) increase its existing parcel tax by $4 per parcel, per month for ten years with independent oversight and all money staying local?

Measure WW. Extend Existing East Bay Regional Park District Bond With No Increase In Tax Rate -- East Bay Regional Park District (2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 671,485 / 71.9% Yes votes ...... 262,212 / 28.1% No votes
   294018 (71.66%) Yes / 116289 (28.34%) No in Contra Costa County
   377467 (72.12%) Yes / 145923 (27.88%) No in Alameda County
To continue restoring urban creeks, protect wildlife, purchase/save open space, wetlands/shoreline, acquire/develop/improve local and regional parks, trails and recreational facilities, shall East Bay Regional Park District be authorized to issue up to $500 million in general obligation bonds, provided repayment projections, verified by independent auditors, demonstrate that property tax rates will not increase beyond present rates of $10 per year, per $100,000 of assessed valuation?

 
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