California voters came out for and against some of the most controversial propositions and measures in recent memory.
Proposition 19, which would have legalized recreational use of marijuana, was rejected by a slim margin statewide despite support in Alameda County. Prop 19 proponent Richard Lee has publicly vowed to bring another initiative before voters in 2012.
Proposition 23, which would have suspended air pollution regulation until unemployment figures improved, was rejected by a large margin, locally and statewide. Voters’ rejection of the proposition signals a commitment to environmental protection, despite hardship in the job market.
Measure V, which successfully raised taxes on medical marijuana and would have allowed Oakland to impose a tax on non-medical cannabis sales, was extraordinarily popular among local voters. The portion relating to recreational cannabis will not come into effect because it was contingent upon the passage of Prop 19.
The Alameda Registrar of Voters has updated their results, shown below. These are the most current results for the propositions and measures decided by Oakland voters as of 11:45 pm.
State propositions, with 59.71 of Alameda County precincts reporting:
Proposition 19: 54.78 in favor, 45.22 opposed
If passed it would legalize various marijuana related activities in the state, including non-medical personal consumption for adults.
Proposition 20: 51.97 in favor, 48.03 opposed
If passed it would task a redistricting commission to redraw congressional boundaries.
Proposition 21: 54.51 in favor, 45.49 opposed
If passed it would add an $18 vehicle license fee to fund state parks.
Proposition 22: 53.85 in favor, 46.15 opposed
If passed it would prohibit state form taking funds dedicated to transportation, redevelopment, and local government projects.
Proposition 23: 25.29 in favor, 74.71 opposed
If passed it would suspend implementation of California’s air pollution regulation until unemployment drops below 5.5 percent for a full year.
Proposition 24: 54.07 in favor, 45.93 opposed
If passed it would repeal legislation that would allow businesses to lower their tax liability.
Proposition 25: 69.90 in favor, 30.10 opposed
If passed it would change the legislative vote requirement to pass the state budget from two-thirds to a simple majority.
Proposition 26: 39.38 in favor, 60.62 opposed
If passed it would require that certain state and local fees be approved by a two-thirds majority vote.
Proposition 27: 46.47 in favor, 53.53 opposed
If passed it would eliminate the state redistricting commission, giving elected representatives redistricting authority.
Measure F: 61.77 in favor, 38.23 opposed
If passed it would impose a $10 vehicle registration fee to repair local roads and improve public transportation.
Local measures, with 56.69 percent of Oakland precincts reporting –
Measure V: 70.08 in favor, 29.92 opposed
If passed it would impose a $100 tax per $1000 of gross receipts for sales of non-medical cannabis.
Measure W: 42.28 in favor, 57.72 opposed
If passed it would impose a telephone line tax of $1.99 tax per month to help maintain first responder services.
Measure X: 26.98 in favor, 73.02 opposed
If passed it would impose a $360 parcel tax for violence prevention services.
Measure BB: 70.03 in favor, 29.97 opposed
If passed it would restore police officer positions and amend measure Y to provide police department funding without staffing requirements.
For Oakland Unified School District, with 56 percent of Oakland precincts reporting –
Measure L: 63.32 in favor, 36.68 opposed
If passed it would impose a $195 parcel tax to provide funds for students and teachers within the Oakland Unified School District.
Check out all of our Oakland elections coverage on our Campaign 2010 page.