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Contra Costa County, CA November 2, 2004 Election
Directory of Contra Costa County, CA Measures
County Results as of Dec 1 2:09pm, 100% of Precincts Reporting (921/921)
82.9% Countywide Voter Turnout (418,335/504,505)

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Measure D. Parcel Tax -- Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (2/3 Approval Required)
24,010 / 71.6% Yes votes ...... 9,512 / 28.4% No votes
To maintain quality education by attracting and retaining qualified teachers and library staff, implementing smaller class sizes, restoring college and career preparation classes, providing instructors/equipment for science education, restoring high school counselors, and maintaining art/music programs; shall Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District be authorized to levy an annual tax of $120 per parcel for 5 years only, with annual audits, independent citizens oversight, and an exemption for parcels owned and occupied by persons age 65 or over?

Measure E. School Bond -- Pittsburg Unified School District (55% Approval Required)
11,311 / 78.0% Yes votes ...... 3,188 / 22.0% No votes
To alleviate overcrowded schools by building new classrooms and schools and continuing the renovation and modernization of local schools, shall the Pittsburg Unified School District be authorized to repair, replace, acquire, construct and renovate school facilities and equipment and issue $40,500,000 in bonds at interest rates within the legal limit with an Independent Citizens Oversight Committee appointed to monitor the way all bond funds are spent?

Measure G. School Bond -- Byron Union School District (55% Approval Required)
2,756 / 54.5% Yes votes ...... 2,302 / 45.5% No votes
To improve the quality of education, shall Byron Union School District construct additional classrooms; repair roofs and upgrade heating/air conditioning systems; improve student access to computers and technology; build new science labs and a library/media center; make health and safety improvements; and make the District eligible to receive State grants by issuing $14,299,707 in bonds at legal interest rates, with a citizens' oversight committee, annual audits, and NO money for administrator salaries?

Measure H. School Bond -- Oakley Union Elementary School District (55% Approval Required)
5,988 / 69.1% Yes votes ...... 2,682 / 30.9% No votes
To avoid overcrowding by building new elementary schools and to modernize Gehringer and Oakley Elementary Schools, including replacing electrical and fire safety systems; modernizing older classrooms; updating libraries and computer labs; and improving handicapped access to all schools, shall the Oakley Union Elementary School District be authorized to issue $16,500,000 in bonds at interest rates within the legal limit with no funds for administrator salaries and an appointed Independent Citizens Oversight Committee to monitor all bond expenditures?

Measure J. Sales Tax -- County of Contra Costa (Two-Thirds Majority)
273,606 / 71.1% Yes votes ...... 111,048 / 28.9% No votes

Shall voters approve a Transportation Expenditure Plan to: o Extend and improve the BART system, o Add a Fourth Bore to the Caldecott Tunnel and improve Highway 24, o Widen and improve Interstate 80, 680, and Highway 4, o Maintain and improve local streets and roads, o Improve transit for seniors and disabled persons, and Authorize a 25-year continuation of the local half-cent sales tax to implement the Transportation Expenditure Plan, which shall not increase the current sales tax?

Measure K. Utility Users Tax -- City of El Cerrito (Majority Approval Required)
7,163 / 65.6% Yes votes ...... 3,756 / 34.4% No votes
Shall an ordinance be adopted that continues and ratifies the existing eight percent Utility Users Tax in order to fund ongoing City services in the City of El Cerrito, provided that low income seniors are exempted from the Tax for electricity and gas and all expenditures are subject to an annual audit?

Measure L. Continuation of Utility Users Tax -- City of Hercules (Majority Approval Required)
6,280 / 76.6% Yes votes ...... 1,923 / 23.4% No votes
In order to maintain vital city services and prevent severe cuts in police, public safety, parks and recreation, and city services in Hercules, shall Ordinance 395 be adopted continuing the existing 6% utility users tax?

Measure M. General Plan Amendment -- City of Hercules (Majority Approval Required)
5,214 / 63.1% Yes votes ...... 3,054 / 36.9% No votes
Shall the City of Hercules adopt an ordinance that will amend the Land Use, Circulation, Housing, Open Space/Conservation, Safety, Noise, Economic Development and Growth Management Elements of its General Plan and define the scope of the following land uses that can be allowed in the area of Hercules commonly known as Franklin Canyon: residential uses, residential rental of rooms, agricultural uses, rearing of animals, commercial uses, institutional uses, and government facilities?

Measure N. Bond -- City of Lafayette (2/3 Approval Required)
7,858 / 58.0% Yes votes ...... 5,694 / 42.0% No votes
In order to continue the road and drain repair and reconstruction work begun in 1995 on Lafayette's major thoroughfares, and extend work to all of the City's neighborhood streets, shall the City of Lafayette be authorized to incur bonded indebtedness of $29 million, to be repaid through an increase in the property tax?

Measure O. Bond -- City of Martinez (2/3 Approval Required)
10,485 / 61.9% Yes votes ...... 6,467 / 38.1% No votes
In order to improve the quality of life for Martinez citizens by renovating the public library, making land and waterside improvements to the marina, upgrading and expanding city park facilities and fields, renovating Rankin Pool, and repaving city roads, shall the City of Martinez issue $30 million of bonds at tax-exempt rates, with spending subject to review by an independent citizens' oversight committee, biannual audits, and no money for city administrators' salaries?

Measure P. Utility Users Tax -- City of Pinole (Majority Approval Required)
4,580 / 62.3% Yes votes ...... 2,769 / 37.7% No votes
Shall an ordinance be adopted to amend Section 3.26.180 of the Pinole Municipal Code to extend the existing Utility User Tax of eight percent for eight years, until December 1, 2012?

Measure Q. Transaction Use Tax -- City of Richmond
16,613 / 59.8% Yes votes ...... 11,171 / 40.2% No votes
Shall the ordinance imposing a transaction sales and use tax of one-half of one percent (1/2%) in order to provide additional funds for general governmental purposes of the City, such as police, fire, emergency medical, library, recreation, local street maintenance and other general governmental services, be adopted?

Measure R. Charter Amendment -- City of Richmond (Majority Approval Required)
18,620 / 69.0% Yes votes ...... 8,364 / 31.0% No votes
Shall the Charter of the City of Richmond be amended to reduce the number of City Council members from nine to seven effective for the election scheduled for November 2008, as set forth in Section 1 of Exhibit A of City Council Resolution No. 89-04a on file in the office of the City Clerk?

Measure S. Utility Users Tax -- City of San Pablo (Majority Approval Required)
3,549 / 72.3% Yes votes ...... 1,357 / 27.7% No votes
Shall Ordinance No. 2004-013 be enacted to reduce the City's existing Utility User's Tax rate from eight percent to seven percent, amending and modernizing the existing ordinance, providing gas, electric and water exemptions for low income San Pablo residents, providing for equal application of such tax on telephone communication and television services, and making other changes to deal with utility deregulation and changes in the law?

Measure T. Transient Occupancy Tax -- City of San Pablo (Majority Approval Required)
2,522 / 52.9% Yes votes ...... 2,243 / 47.1% No votes
Shall Ordinance No. 2004-014 be enacted to amend and modernize the City's Hotel Tax, increase such tax rate to twelve percent, clarify and reorganize the procedures for collection and enforcement of the tax, and provide full due process rights for all persons appealing the City's application of the tax?

Measure U. Transient Occupancy Tax -- City of San Ramon (2/3 Approval Required)
10,591 / 48.6% Yes votes ...... 11,182 / 51.4% No votes
Shall the San Ramon Municipal Code section A9-23 be amended to increase the Transient Occupancy Tax from seven and one-quarter percent (7.25%) to ten percent (10%) over a period of time, a portion of which increase to be used for economic development purposes?

Measure V. Elections on Even Years -- City of San Ramon (Advisory Vote Only)
10,032 / 51.6% Yes votes ...... 9,413 / 48.4% No votes
Should the date of the City of San Ramon municipal elections be changed from the first Tuesday after the first Monday of each odd numbered year to the first Tuesday after the first Monday of each even numbered year?

Measure X. City Clerk Position Appointed -- City of Walnut Creek (Majority Approval Required)
17,255 / 55.0% Yes votes ...... 14,109 / 45.0% No votes
Shall the office of the City Clerk be appointive?

Measure Y. Adoption of Purpose & Powers -- Diablo Community Services District (Majority Approval Required)
490 / 78.7% Yes votes ...... 133 / 21.3% No votes
Shall the Diablo Community Service District increase its powers and purposes to include the constructing, opening, widening, extending, straightening, surfacing, and maintaining, in whole or in part, of any street in the district, subject to the consent of the governing body of the county or city in which the improvement is to be made?

Proposition AA. BART Earthquake Safety Bond -- San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (2/3 Approval Required)
807,556 / 68.8% Yes votes ...... 365,975 / 31.2% No votes
   224,297 (75.88%) Yes / 71,301 (24.12%) No in San Francisco County
   352,351 (70.5%) Yes / 147,131 (29.5%) No in Alameda County
   230,908 (61.0%) Yes / 147,543 (39.0%) No in Contra Costa County
To protect public safety and keep Bay Area traffic moving in the aftermath of an earthquake or other disaster, shall BART, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, be authorized to issue bonds not to exceed $980 million dollars to make earthquake safety improvements to BART facilities in Contra Costa, San Francisco and Alameda Counties, including strengthening tunnels, bridges, overhead tracks and the underwater Transbay Tube, and establish an independent citizens' oversight committee to verify bond revenues are spent as promised?

Measure BB. Parcel Tax -- Alameda-Contra Costa Transit Special District Area 1 (2/3 Approval Required)
276,218 / 72.5% Yes votes ...... 104,828 / 27.5% No votes
   238,429 (72.6%) Yes / 89,971 (27.4%) No in Alameda County
   37,789 (71.8%) Yes / 14,857 (28.2%) No in Contra Costa County
To preserve affordable local public transportation services that allow seniors and people with disabilities to remain independent, take students to and from school, help East Bay residents commute to work and reduce traffic and air pollution by reducing the number of cars on the road, shall the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) increase its existing parcel tax by $2 per parcel, per month for ten years with an independent fiscal oversight committee and all money staying local?

Measure CC. Park Access, Wildfire Protection, Public Safety and Environmental Maintenance Measure -- East Bay Regional Park District Zone 1 (Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required)
192,459 / 67.6% Yes votes ...... 92,199 / 32.4% No votes
   155,205 (68.2%) Yes / 72,432 (31.8%) No in Alameda County
   37,254 (65.3%) Yes / 19,767 (34.7%) No in Contra Costa County
To increase public access to shoreline, hillside, and urban parks and trails, enhance public safety (police and wildfire protection), and provide critical environmental maintenance in Zone 1 (western Alameda and western Contra Costa Counties) of the East Bay Regional Park District, shall a resolution be approved authorizing a parcel tax, based upon occupancy, of $1 per month ($12 per year) per single-family parcel, or 69 cents per month ($8.28 per year) per multi-family unit, to expire in 15 years?

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