Measure L, the $195 parcel tax that would have raise money for teacher salary increases, was receiving 58 percent approval in early returns tonight, with just over 10 percent of precincts reporting. But that fell short of the two-thirds supermajority required in California to pass any new tax increase.
The polls have closed after Oakland’s first Election Day under ranked-choice voting, and it may be a few more days before residents will know who their next mayor will be. But former California State Senate President Don Perata has taken the lead in the first ballot count.
Kate Hoffman spent the day as a poll worker at the Grand Lake Gardens polling station in Oakland’s Grand Lake neighborhood. As the final voters filed in Tuesday evening, Hoffman spoke about how the day went.
On election day, City Attorney John Russo spoke at a Yes on 19 rally. If passed, Proposition 19 would legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults.
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Polls have officially closed in California. Oakland North has reporters in the field submitting photos and content for up-to-date election coverage. Check back for the most current politics news in Oakland as the election results roll in.
Members of the Oakland Police Department cordoned off several streets on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for some pre-planned election night parties, as well as other less formal street celebrations, as media gathered in downtown Oakland to cover two of the nation’s most high-profile electoral contests — the California governor’s race and the fate of Proposition 19.
Prop 19 advocates swung into full gear in downtown Oakland on Tuesday, convening a rally in front of City Hall and calling all volunteers to the Yes on 19 headquarters. The measure would legalize the recreational use of marijuana for people over 21.
During the 2008 presidential election, young voters came out to the polls in record numbers. Has enthusiasm stuck?
Young locals talk about their decisions to vote this election season.
Former Oakland mayor and leading gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown held a rally Monday at Oakland’s Jack London Square, making a final push toward a return to the state’s top political position. Brown was joined on stage by Sen. Barbara Boxer and San Francisco district attorney Harris, who is running for state attorney general. Brown, who was California’s governor from 1975 to 1983, leads Republican candidate Meg Whitman by a considerable margin in the latest polls.