• Measure Q fails: more election results

    By Marge Ann Jameson

    Despite garnering a clear majority which any political candidate would envy, Measure Q, at 61.15 percent as of press time, went down to defeat. It needed 66.67 percent to win.

    The total votes, which are at this time unofficial, were 2,827 for and 1,796 against the item.

    In November, 2009 Measure J faced similar numbers: 2,747 or 65.91 percent were for the parcel tax measure and 1,421 or 34.09 percent were against it.

    A special property tax, Measure Q would have added $90 per year to single property tax bills and $45 per unit to  commercial property taxes to pay for Pacific Grove’s crippled public library, now struggling to meet the public’s needs in only 24 open hours per week.

    The entire city council supported the measure. Said council member Bill Kampe, “They really did a class act” referring to the backers of Measure Q. Well and clearly written, the measure seemed to meet objections expressed by voters over the older Measure J. The recent measure included a sunset clause, it earmarked the funds solely for the library, and included provisions for those unable to pay.

    Apparently it wasn’t enough. Though a library summit last spring had established that a parcel tax was the best solution for the library, a minority of voters were not convinced and were able to keep the measure from passing.

    Library supporters are regrouping for another try at funding sources. They have already begun working on the establishment of a foundation, similar to the foundations that seem to be rescuing the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and the Pt. Piños Lighthouse, both of which were languishing as the city struggled to meet financial obligations. The Museum is now celebrating record attendance and increased numbers of events and special programs.

    There are still some 20,000 votes county-wide to be counted, according to Monterey County elections. They expect to have those votes, mostly absentee votes turned it at the last minute, counted by Friday, Nov. 5. There is no way of knowing how many of those votes are from Pacific Grove, but chances of a reversal of the outcome are very slim indeed.

    Those margins will likely not make a difference in the outcome of votes for council members, either, where margins were wider.

    As of Nov. 5, Mayor Carmelita Garcia, who ran unopposed, gained 3,503 votes.

    Incumbents Daniel Miller and Robert Huitt were running for two-year seats. Miller received 2,768 votes and Huitt received 2,742.

    Full-term candidates Alan Cohen, with 2,546 votes, and Ken Cuneo, with 2,557 votes, were re-elected to four-year seats. Newcomer Rudy Fischer was also seated, having received 2,209 votes. Richard Ahart received 1,927 votes.

    Measure R, which made small changes to the pension reform legislation passed by the city council, received 3,103 yes votes and 1,075 no votes, passing by 74.27 percent to 25.73 percent.

    Pacific Grove’s former police chief, Scott Miller, brother of council member Dan Miller and also a former council member, was elected Monterey County Cheriff over incumbent Mike Kanalakis. The margin was 32,495 for Miller and 25,484 for Kanalakis.

    The election will be certified within 30 days.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 5, 2010

    Topics: Current Edition, Front PG News, Marge Ann Jameson


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