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November 8, 2016California General Election

Election Results

Statewide Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting.
  • Voter Turnout: 75.3%.

San Mateo County Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting.
  • Voter Turnout: 81.6%.

Ballot Measures

State of California

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Prop. 51 — Bonds for School Facilities

Passed 7,516,142 votes yes (55.2%) 6,104,294 votes no (44.8%)

Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for new construction and modernization of K-12 public school facilities; charter schools and vocational education facilities; and California Community Colleges facilities. 

Prop. 52 — Private Hospital Fees for Medi-Cal

Passed 9,427,714 votes yes (70.1%) 4,026,710 votes no (29.9%)

This proposition is both an Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. It extends indefinitely an existing statute that imposes fees on hospitals to fund Medi-Cal health care services, care for uninsured patients, and children’s health coverage.

Prop. 53 — Public Vote on Revenue Bonds

Failed 6,508,909 votes yes (49.4%) 6,660,555 votes no (50.6%)

Requires statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state for certain projects if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion.

Prop. 54 — Changes to the Legislative Process

Passed 8,607,266 votes yes (65.4%) 4,559,903 votes no (34.6%)

This proposition prohibits the Legislature from passing any bill unless published on the Internet for 72 hours before a vote; requires the Legislature to record its proceedings and post them on the Internet; and it authorizes the use of recordings.

Prop. 55 — Extend Tax on High Income

Passed 8,594,273 votes yes (63.3%) 4,988,329 votes no (36.7%)

Extends by twelve years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000, with revenues allocated to K-12 schools, California Community Colleges, and, in certain years, healthcare. 

Prop. 56 — Tobacco Tax

Passed 8,980,448 votes yes (64.4%) 4,957,994 votes no (35.6%)

This proposition increases cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine.

Prop. 57 — Parole, Sentencing and Court Procedures

Passed 8,790,723 votes yes (64.5%) 4,847,354 votes no (35.5%)

This proposition is both an Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. It allows parole consideration for nonviolent felons; authorizes sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, and education; and provides that a juvenile court judge decides whether a juvenile will be prosecuted as adult.

Prop. 58 — English Language Education

Passed 9,994,454 votes yes (73.5%) 3,598,855 votes no (26.5%)

Preserves requirement that public schools ensure students obtain English language proficiency. Requires school districts to solicit parent/community input in developing language acquisition programs. Requires instruction to ensure English acquisition as rapidly and effectively as possible. Authorizes school districts to establish dual-language immersion programs for both native and non-native English speakers.

Prop. 59 — Political Spending Advisory Question

Passed 6,845,943 votes yes (53.2%) 6,027,084 votes no (46.8%)

Asks whether California’s elected officials should use their authority to propose and ratify an amendment to the federal Constitution overturning the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Citizens United ruled that laws placing certain limits on political spending by corporations and unions are unconstitutional.

Prop. 60 — Condoms in Adult Films

Failed 6,168,388 votes yes (46.3%) 7,146,039 votes no (53.7%)

Requires adult film performers to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse. Requires producers to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations. Requires producers to post condom requirement at film sites.

Prop. 61 — Prescription Drug Costs

Failed 6,254,342 votes yes (46.8%) 7,109,642 votes no (53.2%)

Prohibits state from buying any prescription drug from a drug manufacturer at price over lowest price paid for the drug by United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Exempts managed care programs funded through Medi-Cal.

Prop. 62 — Repealing the Death Penalty

Failed 6,361,788 votes yes (46.8%) 7,218,625 votes no (53.2%)

Repeals death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to existing death sentences. Increases the portion of life inmates’ wages that may be applied to victim restitution. 

Prop. 63 — Gun and Ammunition Sales

Passed 8,663,159 votes yes (63.1%) 5,070,772 votes no (36.9%)

Requires background check and Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition. Prohibits possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines. Establishes procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession by specified persons. Requires Department of Justice’s participation in federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System. 

Prop. 64 — Making Recreational Marijuana Legal

Passed 7,979,041 votes yes (57.1%) 5,987,020 votes no (42.9%)

Legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 or older. Imposes state taxes on sales and cultivation. Provides for industry licensing and establishes standards for marijuana products. Allows local regulation and taxation.

Prop. 65 — Money from Carry-Out Bags

Failed 6,222,547 votes yes (46.1%) 7,276,478 votes no (53.9%)

Redirects money collected by grocery and certain other retail stores through mandated sale of carryout bags. Requires stores to deposit bag sale proceeds into a special fund to support specified environmental projects. 

Prop. 66 — Death Penalty Court Procedures

Passed 6,626,159 votes yes (51.1%) 6,333,731 votes no (48.9%)

Changes procedures governing state court challenges to death sentences. Designates superior court for initial petitions and limits successive petitions. Requires appointed attorneys who take noncapital appeals to accept death penalty appeals. Exempts prison officials from existing regulation process for developing execution methods. 

Prop. 67 — Plastic Bag Ban

Passed 7,228,900 votes yes (53.3%) 6,340,322 votes no (46.7%)

A “Yes” vote approves, and a “No” vote rejects, a statute that prohibits grocery and other stores from providing customers single-use plastic or paper carryout bags but permits sale of recycled paper bags and reusable bags.

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San Mateo County
Ballot Measures

Measure K

Passed 206,910 votes yes (70.4%) 87,117 votes no (29.6%)

To ensure San Mateo County quality of life by retaining/improving critical facilities/services, such as: providing affordable homes for seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, families; enhancing public transit; combatting human trafficking; addressing sea level rise; maintaining safe schools and neighborhoods; high-quality preschool and reading programs; park maintenance; and low-income healthcare, shall San Mateo County extend the existing half-cent sales tax, without increasing the rate, providing $85,000,000 annually for 20 years that the State cannot take away?

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City of East Palo Alto
Ballot Measures

Measure J

Passed 4,998 votes yes (80.2%) 1,237 votes no (19.8%)

Shall the 2010 Rent Stabilization and Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance be strengthened by simplifying administrative processes and procedures, defining maximum allowable rent revising the registration fee pass-through, eliminating annual registration requirements, streamlining annual general adjustment calculations, addressing nuisance-based tenancy termination, strengthening informational notice provisions, and authorizing the City Council to revise the Ordinance when in conflict with federal or state law?

Measure O

Passed 4,862 votes yes (77.5%) 1,408 votes no (22.5%)

Shall the business license tax a landlord with five or more residential rental units pays the City of East Palo Alto, which shall not be passed on to tenants, be set at 1.5% of gross receipts, until terminated by the voters or reduced by Council, and the approximately $600,000 raised annually used as directed by the City Council for general fund purposes, such as funding programs to increase affordable housing, and protect local residents from displacement and from homelessness?

Measure P

Passed 5,389 votes yes (84.6%) 981 votes no (15.4%)

To make neighborhoods safer by maintaining rapid police response times/number of police officers patrolling neighborhood streets; repairing streets/potholes; updating drinking water/storm drain infrastructure; maintaining youth/senior programs and other vital City services, shall East Palo Alto enact a one-half cent (1/2%) sales tax that it can only be ended by voters providing about $1,800,000 annually, with citizens' oversight, annual independent audits, all funds benefitting East 'I Palo Alto?

City of San Mateo
Ballot Measures

Measure L

Passed 22,576 votes yes (59.8%) 15,201 votes no (40.2%)

Shall the Charter amendment eliminating the requirement that the City maintain its own separate Fire Department, thereby allowing the City to enter into an agreement with other agencies to form a new entity for the provision of fire services be adopted?

Measure Q

Failed 16,053 votes yes (40%) 24,073 votes no (60%)

Shall the charter amendment adding Chapter XI to the San Mateo City Charter to enact rent regulations applicable to apartment housing with an initial certificate of occupancy dated before February 1,1995; and just cause for eviction requirements applicable to apartment housing with an initial certificate of occupancy dated before the date the measure becomes effective; and establishing a Rental Housing Commission To administer and implement these regulations and requirements be adopted?

City of Pacifica
Ballot Measures

Measure N

Failed 10,368 votes yes (54.6%) 8,628 votes no (45.4%)

To build a new Library that will eliminate building deficiencies like leaky roofs and deteriorating electrical wiring; improve earthquake/fire safety and disability access; enable modern computer technology and internet access; and provide safe spaces and study areas for teens and children seven days a week; shall the City of Pacifica issue $33,500,000 in general obligation bond subject to financial audits and citizens' oversight?

Measure W

Failed 5,966 votes yes (31.1%) 13,194 votes no (68.9%)

Shall the Initiative which amends Ordinance Number 391-C.S. to authorize up to 206 multi-family units of residential development at the Rockaway Quarry only under certain conditions specified in the Initiative measure entitled "Pacifica Initiative Amending Ordinance No. 391-C.S. To Authorize a Future Rezone of the Quarry Which Could Include Residential Development, Under Certain Conditions, be adopted?

City of Burlingame
Ballot Measures

Measure R

Failed 4,668 votes yes (33.3%) 9,350 votes no (66.7%)

Shall the ordinance (a) enacting rent stabilization with an annual maximum to increase of 4% for most multi-family rental residences with certificates of occupancy before February 1, 1995; (b) establishing Just cause for eviction restrictions on most rental residential units, including single family homes and multi-family residences built after 1995; (c) creating a Commission authorized to enact regulations and set fees to implement the ordinance; and (d) 13 superseding prior restrictions on the passage of rent control be adopted?

City of Daly City
Ballot Measures

Measure V

Failed 13,669 votes yes (46.9%) 15,461 votes no (53.1%)

Shall the Public Safety Parcel Tax Ordinance imposing a flat tax on each parcel of real property within the City of Daly City at the rate of $162.00 per parcel, per year, for a period of five years, to be billed on the annual property tax bill sent by the tax collector of San Mateo County, thereby generating an estimated $3.8 million annually to restore 10 specific police and fire personnel and related operational costs, be adopted?

City of Belmont
Ballot Measures

Measure I

Passed 7,018 votes yes (55.2%) 5,687 votes no (44.8%)

To provide local funding for maintaining general City of Belmont services/facilities such as fixing potholes, repairing 69 miles of city streets, maintaining 911 emergency response, repairing deteriorating storm drains, reducing traffic congestion/improving public safety on neighborhood streets, shall Belmont enact a 1/2 cent sales tax providing $1,300,000 annually for 30 years, requiring citizens' oversight, independent audits, with all funds for local City of Belmont services and no funds for Sacramento?  

Special District
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Burlingame School District
Ballot Measures

Measure M

Passed 10,706 votes yes (74.4%) 3,675 votes no (25.6%)

To update schools and provide access for students with disabilities, remove lead paint/ asbestos, fix leaky roofs, update classrooms, libraries, labs/ facilities to meet current earthquake, fire/ safety codes, replace old portable classrooms, upgrade science Jabs, shall Burlingame Elementary School District issue $56,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, that cannot be taken by the State, to renovate, construct/acquire local neighborhood schools, sites, equipment/ facilities, with independent audits, citizens' oversight, no money for administrators, all money staying local?

Bayshore Elementary School District
Ballot Measures

Measure S

Passed 1,225 votes yes (81.7%) 274 votes no (18.3%)

To improve the quality of education at local schools with funding that cannot be taken by the state; finish construction of a new school; improve student access to modern technology; construct classrooms, restrooms and school facilities that meet all health, safety and handicapped accessibility (ADA) requirements; shall the Bayshore Elementary School District issue $7,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, with annual audits, independent citizens' oversight and NO money used for administrative salaries?

Jefferson Elementary School District
Ballot Measures

Measure T

Passed 19,060 votes yes (76.6%) 5,837 votes no (23.4%)

To maintain and enhance quality education with local funding the State cannot take away by protecting core academics in math, science, technology, reading and writing; attracting and retaining high quality teachers; supporting students struggling to read at grade level; and providing after-school/homework programs, shall Jefferson 'Elementary School District levy $68 per parcel annually, for nine years, exempting seniors, with independent citizens' oversight, no money for administrators and all funds for our community's elementary and middle schools?

Redwood City School District
Ballot Measures

Measure U

Passed 30,053 votes yes (79.8%) 7,602 votes no (20.2%)

To maintain quality education for local elementary and middle school students, with funds that cannot be taken by the State, enhance reading, writing, math, and science skills; attract and retain qualified teachers; and support arts and music programs; shall the Redwood City Elementary School District renew its educational parcel tax at $85, providing $1,900,000 annually for 14 years, exempting seniors, with independent citizen oversight, annual reports to the community, no money for administrators and all money benefitting local schools?

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