Davidson extends lead in LAUSD Board votes;

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Not much changed in the latest update of voting from the OC Registrar of Voters as of 5pm Wednesday, Nov. 7. It will be further updated each day at 5:05pm.  Technically, the number of outstanding ballots still to be counted was around 400,000 throughout the county, (which could mean as many as 2,000-3,000 locally but that’s assuming that every registered voter cast a ballot which never happens.  probably mean but

For the Los Al school board, challenger Marlys Davidson improved her count from 6,621 to 6,944, expanding her first place lead over Diana Hill to over 300 votes , but of more consequence, Diana Hill extended her lead over her running mate Jeff Barke from 11 votes to 14 in the battle for the 2nd remaining spot on the Board.

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MARLYS DAVIDSON 6,944 26.2%
* DIANA D. HILL 6,618 25.0%
* JEFFREY I. BARKE 6,604 25.0%
OLAINA ANDERSON 4,555 17.2%
CONNOR SWAN SMITH 1,745 6.6%

 

Regarding Measure G, the community bond for $125 million, it gained a little breathing room over the necessary 55% (currently 6,850 votes) approval mark.  That would put the measure around 315 votes over that threshhold which probably should hold up.

G-Los Alamitos Unified School District Bond Measure
Completed Precincts: 32 of 32
Vote Count Percentage
Bonds – Yes 7,165 57.5%
Bonds – No 5,291 42.5%

 

In the race for Los Alamitos City Council Mark Chirco and Shelley Hasselbrink emerged as the top two vote-getters, and Warren Kusumoto has a 26-vote lead over Dean Grose in the race for the third four-year spot on the council.  If things hold up Grose would get the two year spot which became vacant when councilmember Josh Wilson resigned last January when he relocated to Montana for job reasons.  Interestingly, overall, it would seem the recent hubub over the “Opt Out of SB 54” had little impact on the voters.  Kusumoto, the sponsor of that motion, barely campaigned because his work with a local aviation firm kept him in Washington DC for most of the past two months.

CITY OF LOS ALAMITOS Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 4
Completed Precincts: 9 of 9
Vote Count Percentage
MARK CHIRCO 1,437 20.6%
* SHELLEY HASSELBRINK 1,434 20.5%
* WARREN KUSUMOTO 1,237 17.7%
DEAN GROSE 1,209 17.3%
TANYA DOBY 950 13.6%
GISELE “GIGI” FINCH 714 10.2%

 

In Seal Beach it appears long-time resident and businessman Joe Kalmick will be in a run-off for District 1 (Old Town and Surfside) with Peter Amundson and attorney Scott Levitt.  Seal Beach law requires a runoff if no candidate receives 50% + 1 of the vote.  Mike Varipapa and Sandra Massey-Levitt ran unopposed in Districts 3 and 5, respectively.

CITY OF SEAL BEACH Member, City Council, District 1
Completed Precincts: 6 of 6
Vote Count Percentage
JOE KALMICK 654 41.5%
PETER AMUNDSON 430 27.3%
SCOTT L. LEVITT 387 24.6%
JOHN WALLER 104 6.6%

 

Measure BB which would Seal Beach sales tax from 7.75% to 8.75 was passing handily.  The city estimates the sales tax hike will bring in $5 million in new annual revenues, with some going to hiring additional police officers.

BB-City of Seal Beach, Neighborhood Safety and Essential Services Protection
Completed Precincts: 19 of 19
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 5,486 59.1%
No 3,799 40.9%

 

On State issues incumbent State Senator Janet Nguyen has a comfortable lead over opponent Tom Umberg in the race for the State Senate’s 34th District, and in the race to fill Travis Allen’s vacated seat, a bit of a surprise Republican Tyler Diep seems to have a solid lead over Democrat Josh Lowenthal for Assembly District 72.

In the federal races, Alan Lowenthal (Dem, Long Beach) is cruising to a victory in the House 47th District, thanks in large part to his dominant strength in Long Beach, and Harley Rouda has extended his lead to almost 2,500 votes over Dana Rohrbacher.  Per the watchdog website, OpenSecrets.gov, Democrats raised over $6.7 million dollars for Rouda to take down Rohrbacher who raised only $2.4 million.  Rohrabcher was an 18-term  Cogressman for the Orange coast area.

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