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Santa Clara County, CA November 4, 2014 Election
Directory of Santa Clara County, CA Measures
County Results as of Dec 28 11:41am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (1066/1066)
50.2% Countywide Voter Turnout (404,166/805,502)

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Measure A. City Council Salary -- City of Mountain View (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 9657 / 61.15% Yes votes ...... 6136 / 38.85% No votes
Should the City of Mountain View amend Section 503 of the City Charter to set the base salary of City Council at $1,000 per month, with an automatic annual adjustment, to become effective on January 1, 2015?

Measure B. Increase in Transient Occupancy Tax -- City of Palo Alto (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 15475 / 76.28% Yes votes ...... 4812 / 23.72% No votes
To provide funding that cannot be taken away by the State for general fund infrastructure and City services such as earthquake safe fire stations; pedestrian and bike improvements including safe routes to school, streets, sidewalks, paths, and bridges; and maintaining parks and recreation facilities, shall the City increase the hotel/motel tax by two percent and update language to confirm equal treatment of traditional and online bookings?

Measure C. Amend Utility Users Tax -- City of Palo Alto (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 16988 / 85.08% Yes votes ...... 2978 / 14.92% No votes
To ensure continued funding for basic and essential services such as police, fire and street maintenance and repair, shall the City of Palo Alto maintain the telecommunications portion of the Utility Users Tax while reducing the rate from 5% to 4.75%; modernize its provisions to ensure equal treatment of taxpayers regardless of telecommunications technology used; and eliminate a discounted tax rate paid by a small number of commercial large users of gas, electric and water services?

Measure D. Number of Council Member Seats -- City of Palo Alto (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 10495 / 53.70% Yes votes ...... 9048 / 46.30% No votes
Shall the Palo Alto City Charter be amended to change the number of Council Member seats from nine to seven, commencing on January 1, 2019?

Measure E. Cardroom -- City of Milpitas (Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 3172 / 24.11% Yes votes ...... 9983 / 75.89% No votes
Shall one licensed gambling establishment in which any controlled games permitted by law, such as draw poker, low-ball poker, panguine (pan), seven-card stud, or other lawful card games or tile games, are played, be allowed in the City of Milpitas and shall that cardroom establishment pay a tax of 10.5% on gaming revenues?

Measure F. Safety and Quality of Life -- City of Gilroy (Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 4117 / 45.33% Yes votes ...... 4965 / 54.67% No votes
City of Gilroy Safety and Quality of Life Measure. To improve local quality of life and maintain essential City services, including police/fire protection; gang suppression/prevention; 9-1-1 emergency response; street/pothole/sidewalk repairs; earthquake safety; at-risk youth programs; park repairs; and other general services; shall the City of Gilroy enact a half cent sales tax for 15 years with authority to incur debt to accelerate infrastructure projects, requiring independent audits, public review and no money for Sacramento?

Measure G. Retirement Board Governance -- City of San Jose (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 86122 / 51.14% Yes votes ...... 82270 / 48.86% No votes
Retirement Board Governance. Shall the Charter be amended to 1) allow the Council to establish one or more Retirement Boards with specified authority, including, hiring an at-will chief executive, (2) specify the hiring authority of the Retirement Services chief executive; 3) exclude certain future Retirement Services employees from the classified civil service and the City's defined benefit retirement plans; and (4) establish the process for setting stipends paid to non-employee Retirement Board members?

Measure H. Bonds -- Santa Clara Unified School District (55% Approval Required)
Pass: 18958 / 69.39% Yes votes ...... 8362 / 30.61% No votes
To repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing and wiring, remove asbestos, lead and hazardous materials; to upgrade outdated classrooms and career training facilities to support 21st century learning and prepare students for college and careers; to acquire, renovate, construct/equip classrooms and facilities to relieve overcrowding and attract quality teachers, shall the Santa Clara Unified School District issue $419 million in bonds at legal rates, with independent citizen oversight, no money for administrators and all money staying local?

Measure I. Bonds -- East Side Union High School District (55% Approval Required)
Pass: 59092 / 67.91% Yes votes ...... 27922 / 32.09% No votes
To increase student computer access; upgrade educational software; keep pace with 21st century technological innovations; and implement statewide testing requirements at Andrew Hill, Calero, Evergreen Valley, Foothill, Independence, James Lick, Mt. Pleasant, Oak Grove, Piedmont Hills, Santa Teresa, Silver Creek, Yerba Buena, W.C. Overfelt, Adult-Ed, alternative and District charter schools; shall East Side Union High School District issue $113,200,000 of bonds with rates below legal limits, independent citizen oversight, and no funds for administrators or use by the State?

Measure J. Renew existing parcel tax -- Fremont Union High School District (2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 35415 / 71.37% Yes votes ...... 14210 / 28.63% No votes
To renew its existing parcel tax without increasing the cost or changing the structure of the proposal voters first approved in 2004, shall the Fremont Union High School District continue to levy a $98 parcel tax for 6 more years beginning July 1, 2016 to protect the math, science, English, foreign language, music and art classes currently offered, maintain class sizes, retain high quality teachers and staff and offer an exemption to individuals age 65 and over?

Measure K. Bonds -- Fremont Union High School District (55% Approval Required)
Pass: 31982 / 64.84% Yes votes ...... 17344 / 35.16% No votes
To avoid overcrowding at Cupertino, Fremont, Homestead, Lynbrook and Monta Vista High Schools by building the new classrooms and facilities needed to serve a growing student population, updating computer network capability and science labs, upgrading classroom computers and technology, and replacing, acquiring, constructing and renovating school facilities shall the Fremont Union High School District issue $295 million in bonds at interest rates within the legal limit with annual audits and all expenditures monitored by an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee?

Measure L. Bonds -- Berryessa Union School District (55% Approval Required)
Pass: 10622 / 69.33% Yes votes ...... 4698 / 30.67% No votes
To improve schools and continue providing quality education for local students by upgrading school safety, including earthquake, fire and emergency systems, keeping schools clean and wellmaintained, updating classroom learning technology, maximizing energy efficiency to save money, and renovating, acquiring, constructing, and equipping classrooms, sites and facilities, shall Berryessa Union School District issue $77 million in bonds at legal rates with citizen oversight, annual audits, no funds for administrators' salaries and all funds staying in local schools?

Measure M. Bonds -- Evergreen School District (55% Approval Required)
Pass: 14002 / 67.51% Yes votes ...... 6738 / 32.49% No votes
To provide a safe, modern learning environment that supports academic achievement by upgrading and constructing classrooms and hands-on science and technology labs that meet modern academic and safety standards, repairing electrical systems, aging roofs, plumbing and restrooms, increasing campus security and improving overall energy efficiency, shall the Evergreen School District issue $100 million of bonds at legal interest rates, with citizen's oversight, independent audits, and no money district administrator salaries or Sacramento?

Measure N. Bonds -- Los Altos School District (55% Approval Required)
Pass: 8671 / 57.40% Yes votes ...... 6435 / 42.60% No votes
To accommodate growing student enrollment and avoid public elementary and junior high school overcrowding by expanding and upgrading schools, preserving quality small neighborhood schools, upgrading classrooms and labs to keep them safe, clean and in good repair, updating learning technology, maximizing energy efficiency and acquiring, constructing or equipping classrooms, facilities and sites, shall the Los Altos School District issue $150 million in bonds at legal rates, with independent citizens' oversight, annual audits and no money for administrators' salaries?

Measure O. Renew existing parcel tax -- Alum Rock Union Elementary School District (2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 10118 / 74.98% Yes votes ...... 3376 / 25.02% No votes
Without increasing current tax rates, and to protect schools from budget cuts, to continue improving local elementary schools by protecting reading, writing, math, science, technology and arts programs, keeping libraries open, retaining qualified teachers and counselors, extending student support, shall Alum Rock Union Elementary School District renew its expiring $176.42, as adjusted, parcel tax for seven years, no funds for administrators' salaries, independent citizen oversight, all funds benefitting local schools and no funds available to be taken by the State?

Measure P. Bonds -- Oak Grove School District (55% Approval Required)
Pass: 13056 / 65.55% Yes votes ...... 6862 / 34.45% No votes
To renovate, repair, acquire, construct and modernize classrooms and educational facilities; and to increase student access to computers and modern technology; shall the Oak Grove School District be authorized to issue $89,800,000 of bonds with interest rates below the legal limit, annual audits, independent citizens oversight, all funds spent locally and no money used for administrator salaries or taken by the State and spent elsewhere?

Measure Q. Protect, preserve, and expand public access to open space -- Santa Clara County Open Space Authority (2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 170359 / 67.95% Yes votes ...... 80363 / 32.05% No votes
To protect and preserve natural open space areas for future generations by: improving parks, open spaces and trails; protecting land around creeks, rivers and streams to prevent pollution and improve local water quality; preserving wildlife habitat; expanding public access; enhancing environmental education; and protecting scenic hillsides, shall Santa Clara County Open Space Authority levy a special tax of $24 annually per parcel for 15 years, with citizen oversight and all funds benefitting local open space?

Measure R. Parcel tax -- El Matador Road Maintenance District (2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 103 / 85.83% Yes votes ...... 17 / 14.17% No votes
Shall a special tax on each parcel of improved land in the El Matador Road Maintenance District be enacted, for 32 years, for road repair and maintenance, beginning July 1, 2015, in the amount of $750 per year for three years, then $350 for year four, and thereafter increasing by $10 each year for years five through 32, with expenditures overseen by a Steering Committee comprised of District residents and the issuance of annual reports to ensure fiscal accountability?

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