With about 18,800 votes counted, the pro-schools force appears to have won voter approval for the Measure A parcel tax. And the pro-Measure A campaign has been celebrating already at Tucker’s Ice Cream Shop on Park Street.
The current election results are: 12,861, or 68.43%, yes; 5,934, or 31.57%, no.
These results reflect votes cast by about 45% of the city’s eligible voters, which number roughly 41,600.
Parcel taxes in California must pass with 66.6% of the vote or more.
The Alameda County Registrar of Voters’ website is calling these results “unofficial,” with more ballots (i.e., absentee or mail-in votes) expected to be counted soon.
Because the last parcel-tax measure, Measure E, failed by a small margin, the pro-schools alliance was very organized and focused in this recent campaign. Some residents supporting Measure A, for instance, tracked down each and every voter in their neighborhood to help ensure its passage.