This is an archive of a past election.
See http://www.smartvoter.org/ca/scl/ for current information.
LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Smart Voter
Santa Clara County, CA November 4, 2008 Election
Directory of Santa Clara County, CA Measures Our Partner
County Results as of Nov 25 11:10am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (1,142/1,142)
86.0% Countywide Voter Turnout (678,033/788,821)

Measures
Click on ballot measure for more detail.

Measure A. Hospital Seismic Safety and Medical Facilities -- County of Santa Clara (Bond Measure - 2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 475,882 / 78.12% Yes votes ...... 133,272 / 21.88% No votes
Hospital Seismic Safety and Medical Facilities
To prevent state mandated shutdown of one-half of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center's beds; closure of SCVMC's trauma, burn center; and, loss of disaster response, by rebuilding, and improving earthquake safety of the hospital, meeting state seismic laws, and help replace closed medical facilities in downtown San Jose, shall the County of Santa Clara issue $840 million in general obligation bonds with independent citizens' oversight committee, annual audits, and no money for administrators' salaries?
BONDS YES
BONDS NO

Measure B. BART Extension - VTA -- Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (Sales Tax - 2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 414,328 / 66.78% Yes votes ...... 206,103 / 33.22% No votes
To reduce dependence on foreign oil, help relieve soaring gas prices and combat climate change, shall the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority enact a 1/8 cent sales tax limited to thirty years for BART to operate/ maintain/ improve the 16.1 mile Santa Clara County BART extension, with stations in Milpitas, San Jose, and Santa Clara, connecting with Caltrain from Gilroy to San Francisco and an Airport People Mover, to be collected only if sufficient state/federal funds are secured to match local construction dollars?
YES
NO

Measure C. Valley Transportation Plan 2035 -- County of Santa Clara (Advisory Vote)
376,993 / 69.73% Yes votes ...... 163,649 / 30.27% No votes
Shall the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority continue to plan, design, construct and provide transit services as described in the draft Valley Transportation Plan 2035 (VTP 2035) to be adopted by December 2008? VOTING FOR THIS MEASURE DOES NOT INCREASE TAXES.
YES
NO

Measure D. Valley Transportation Authority Ordinance -- County of Santa Clara (Ordinance Amendment - Majority Vote Required)
Pass: 337,182 / 63.94% Yes votes ...... 190,181 / 36.06% No votes
Shall the following ordinance be enacted? The ordinance adopted by the people of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority on March 2, 1976 (Measure B) and amended by the voters at the November 6, 1990 election, shall be further amended to read as follows: "It shall be the policy of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to submit to the 2000 Measure A Citizen's Watchdog Committee every 6 years a comprehensive transit program for review and comment."
YES
NO

Measure E. Municipal Election Date -- City of Gilroy (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 9,007 / 65.80% Yes votes ...... 4,682 / 34.20% No votes
In order to consolidate with the countywide elections and to help reduce the City's election costs, shall the Charter Section 1400 be amended to provide that the City's general municipal election shall be held in each even-numbered year commencing with the year 2010 and extending the existing Council terms by one year?
YES
NO

Measure F. New Library Building -- City of Gilroy (Bond Measure - 2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 10,029 / 69.09% Yes votes ...... 4,487 / 30.91% No votes
"To replace the overcrowded, outdated Gilroy Library building, with a larger Library that meets current earthquake safety standards, located near public transit, City Hall and the Senior Center; provide services for a growing population; accommodate double the number of library books/materials; shall the City of Gilroy issue 37 million dollars in general obligation bonds at legal interest rates, subject to independent audit and citizens oversight with no money for administrators' salaries?"
YES
NO

Measure G. Vital City Services Protection Measure -- City of Morgan Hill (Utility Users Tax - Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 5,103 / 35.22% Yes votes ...... 9,384 / 64.78% No votes
"To help protect general City services including public safety, shall the City of Morgan Hill establish a two percent general utility users' tax on the use of gas, electricity, water, telecommunications, video, sewer, and refuse hauling services, with low-income exemptions, to be reviewed by the City Council every two years and terminated if findings are not made that the tax is necessary for the City's financial health?"
YES
NO

Measure H. Residential Development Control System Exemption -- City of Morgan Hill (Admendment to General Plan and Zoning Code - Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 6,909 / 49.96% Yes votes ...... 6,919 / 50.04% No votes
Shall an ordinance to exempt a total of 500 residential allotments in a 20 block area of downtown from the City of Morgan Hill's Residential Development Control System without increasing the population cap of 48,000 in 2020 and to authorize the City Council to adopt policies and procedures implementing the exemptions be adopted?
YES
NO

Measure J. 9-1-1 System Access Fee Change -- City of San Jose (Ordinance - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 217,976 / 77.69% Yes votes ...... 62,598 / 22.31% No votes
Shall an ordinance be adopted to eliminate the 911 fee of $1.75 per telephone line and replace it with a 10% reduced tax of $1.57 with a corresponding reduction for commercial-type trunk lines, to support essential City services such as police, fire, emergency response, parks, and libraries; to continue exemptions for low-income senior citizens or low-income disabled households, subject to existing audits?
YES
NO

Measure K. Telecommunications Users Tax Change -- City of San Jose (Ordinance - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 220,146 / 79.55% Yes votes ...... 56,592 / 20.45% No votes
Shall an ordinance be adopted to reduce the telecommunications users tax rate from 5% to 4.5%; to update the ordinance and apply the tax equally regardless of technology used; in order to support essential City services, such as police, fire, emergency response, street maintenance, parks and libraries; while maintaining current exemptions; subject to existing audits?
YES
NO

Measure L. Fire Station Construction -- City of San Jose (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 177,607 / 64.53% Yes votes ...... 97,634 / 35.47% No votes
To improve fire suppression, emergency medical services and increase essential emergency facilities available for disaster response within the Willow Glen area, shall the City be authorized to construct a single-company fire station on up to of an acre on a portion of the Lincoln Glen Park parking lot?
YES
NO

Measure M. City Park Use Agreements -- City of San Jose (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 198,999 / 72.60% Yes votes ...... 75,093 / 27.40% No votes
To improve parks and enhance recreational opportunities through agreements that support long term financial investments, shall the City Charter be amended to allow the City Council to approve park use agreements with non-City entities for up to 25 years in parks larger than five acres, requiring that the agreements enhance the recreational purposes of the park?
YES
NO

Measure N. Library Improvements -- City of Palo Alto (Bonds - 2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 21,894 / 69.36% Yes votes ...... 9,672 / 30.64% No votes
To provide additional space to expand library collections, add new children's and group program areas, replace outdated lighting, provide modern ventilation and air conditioning systems, ensure seismic safety and enhance disabled access, shall the City of Palo Alto issue bonds up to $76,000,000 to construct a new energy-efficient Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, expand and renovate Main Library, and renovate Downtown Library, with annual audits and independent citizen oversight?"
YES
NO

Measure O. City Services and Facilities -- City of Campbell (Sales Tax - Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 10,657 / 70.54% Yes votes ...... 4,451 / 29.46% No votes
In order to maintain and protect City services and facilities, such as City streets and pothole repair, fire protection and 911 emergency medical services, police patrols, neighborhood watch and crime prevention programs, the Community Center, recreation programs, and parks, shall the City of Campbell be authorized to enact a one-quarter cent sales tax, with all proceeds placed in the City's General Fund with independent annual financial audits?
YES
NO

Measure P. Christopher High School Construction -- Gilroy Unified School District (Bonds - 55% Approval Required)
Pass: 11,989 / 67.58% Yes votes ...... 5,752 / 32.42% No votes
For construction of Christopher High School, construct and modernize aging classroom, libraries, fire safety and security systems and school buildings for safe, secure and improved learning environments, upgrade electrical, heating, ventilation, roofing, plumbing, and technology systems and computer equipment, shall Gilroy Unified School District issue $150 million in bonds at legal interest rates, with mandatory audits, independent citizens' oversight, no funds for administrative salaries, and bond tax rates estimated to be lower than the combined existing tax rate?
BONDS YES
BONDS NO

Measure R. School Funding -- Campbell Union High School District (Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 62,903 / 79.43% Yes votes ...... 16,287 / 20.57% No votes
To restore funds cut by state government with local high school funds that cannot be taken by the state; maintain small classes, retain qualified teachers, maintain/expand academic programs including science, math, English, Advanced Placement, music, art and vocational training, shall Campbell Union High School District renew - with no tax increase - an existing $85 annual assessment for 5 years, with senior exemptions, independent citizens' fiscal oversight, no funds for administrators' salaries, and every dollar used to preserve quality education?
YES
NO

Measure S. School Improvements -- Oak Grove School District (Bonds - 55% Approval Required)
Pass: 25,589 / 74.96% Yes votes ...... 8,550 / 25.04% No votes
"To provide a safe, secure, and improved learning environment for all elementary and intermediate students, improve fire safety and security systems, rehabilitate electrical, heating, ventilation, roofing and plumbing systems, construct gyms, increase energy efficiency and add solar power, make schools accessible, and upgrade technology systems and equipment, shall the Oak Grove School District issue $125 million in bonds at interest rates within the statutory limit, with a citizens' oversight committee to review expenditures and progress?"
BONDS YES
BONDS NO

Measure T. School Improvements -- Evergreen School District (Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 24,238 / 73.85% Yes votes ...... 8,581 / 26.15% No votes
To enhance student achievement in local schools through maintaining the class size reduction program, providing individual attention from teachers, enhancing science and math instruction, maintaining safe schools, and bringing back music and arts programs, shall the Evergreen School District assess an annual parcel tax of $90 per parcel, for five years, with citizen oversight and independent audits, an exemption for senior citizens, and no money for district administrators' salaries?
YES
NO

Measure U. School Improvements -- Franklin-McKinley School District (Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 13,965 / 73.60% Yes votes ...... 5,008 / 26.40% No votes
Local Elementary School District Achievement Measure. "To improve overall quality of public education and enhance student achievement in local schools by enhancing math, science and literacy instruction; ensuring small class sizes in kindergarten through third grade; retaining teachers and expanding reading, counseling and tutoring programs for at-risk students, shall Franklin-McKinley School District assess an annual parcel tax of $72 per parcel for nine years with citizen oversight, independent audits and an exemption for senior citizen homeowners?"
YES
NO

Measure V. Bonds -- Patterson Joint Unified School District (55% Approval Required)
Pass: 3,963 / 66.4% Yes votes ...... 2,008 / 33.6% No votes
   3,963 (66.37%) Yes / 2,008 (33.63%) No in Stanislaus County
   Yes / No in Santa Clara County
To provide a quality education for Patterson students and prepare them for college or their career by:
  • Upgrading and repairing classrooms that are more than forty years old
  • Adding new technology
  • Adding science and career training classrooms giving students workforce skills
  • Relieving overcrowded schools

Shall Patterson Joint Unified School District issue $50,000,000 in bonds, at legal interest rates, with guaranteed annual audits, citizen oversight, and no money for administrators' salaries?

Measure W. School Improvements -- Berryessa Union School District (Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 18,074 / 72.52% Yes votes ...... 6,848 / 27.48% No votes
To prevent deep cuts and maintain quality education at our neighborhood schools by attracting and retaining qualified teachers; maintaining reading/math tutoring; keeping school libraries open; providing hands-on science instruction; keeping classroom technology updated; and funding programs that enhance student achievement, shall Berryessa Union School District levy $79 dollars per parcel annually for 5 years with an exemption for seniors, a citizens' oversight committee, no money for administrator salaries and all money benefiting local schools?
YES
NO

 
This election is archived. Any links to sources outside of Smart Voter may no longer be active. No further links will be added to this page.
Links to sources outside of Smart Voter are provided for information only and do not imply endorsement.


Santa Clara Home Page || Statewide Links || About Smart Voter || Feedback
Created: January 24, 2009 10:38 PST
Smart Voter <http://www.smartvoter.org/>
Copyright © League of Women Voters of California Education Fund   http://ca.lwv.org
The League of Women Voters neither supports nor opposes candidates for public office or political parties.