Pro-business measures get clean sweep
Business-related ballot measures fared well in the June 3 election as a Thousand Oaks traffic initiative that was expected to slow commercial development was voted down and passage of a Santa Paula ballot measure will be a boon for the northeast Ventura County economy.
Meanwhile, in Santa Barbara County, a $77.2 million college bond measure was approved, and a key county supervisor’s race and a judicial contest are headed for November run-off because none of the candidates garnered more than 50 percent of the vote. A 32-year incumbent Ventura County supervisor also faces a run-off. Meanwhile, two incumbent San Luis Obispo County supervisors were voted out of office.
Here’s a quick look at results:
Fifty-five percent of the Thousand Oaks ballots cast said no to Measure B, which is called an anti-traffic congestion initiative by its proponents, but was labeled as a “job-killer” by its foes. The final count was 12,548 votes against Measure B and 9,678 votes in favor of it.
The measure would have allowed residents who live near proposed commercial developments to vote on the projects if they are in already traffic-choked areas. However, Measure B opponents were quick to point out that it was placed on the municipal ballot by the owner of the Do It Centers as a way to keep competition out of the city. Home Depot sought to build a larger store in Thousand Oaks after determining its Newbury Park store building was too small.
With 83 percent of the vote, Santa Paula voters approved the so-called East Area One Expansion Area, which extends the city’s urban restriction boundary from Santa Paula Creek east to Haun Creek. The city council and planning commission already have endorsed the measure. The final count was 2,644 votes in favor of Measure G to 558 against it.
The area is the site of the Teague-McKevett Ranch at Hallock Drive and Highway 126. About 1,500 homes are planned in a development that includes 220 acres of open space, 89 acres of active parkland, 210,000 square feet of office and retail and 150,000 square feet of light industrial. The Limoneira Co., which cultivates thousands of acres in the area, will benefit from the passage of the measure since it will provide housing and services for its growing work force.
Sixty-nine percent of South Coast voters approved Measure V, a $77.2 million bond issue to fix up the Santa Barbara City College campus. Passage of the bond means area homeowners will pay about $85 more a year on a house assessed at $1 million, retiring college President John Romo said. The total cost of the projects college officials plan to work on is $174.3 million, with the state expected to kick in more than $92 million.
Santa Barbara County
Democrat Doreen Farr and independent Steve Pappas will face each other Nov. 4 in the 3rd District supervisorial run-off. Farr was the top primary vote-getter with 4,513, or 36 percent. Pappas received 3,162 votes, or 25 percent. Republican David Smyser had only 21 percent of the vote and candidates Victoria Pointer, a Buelton City Council member, and Dr. David Bearman finished with less than 10 percent each.
In Santa Maria, Jed Beebe and John MacKinnon are headed for a run-off in the race to fill a seat on the Santa Barbara County Superior Court bench vacated by Diana Hall’s removal from office. MacKinnon was the top vote-getter with 20,774, or 40 percent. Beebe had 11,320 votes, or 22 percent.
Incumbent Ventura County Supervisor John K. Flynn, who has served on the board for 32 years, received 48 percent of the vote, or 4,721 votes. But John C. Zaragoza garnered 3,460 votes, or 35 percent, to force Flynn into a Nov. 4 run-off. Denis O’Leary finished third with 1,577 votes, or 16 percent. Incumbent Supervisor Kathy Long won easy re-election by getting 14,111 votes, or 81 percent. Challenger Socorro Lopez Hanson garnered 3,167 votes, or 18 percent.
Jeff Bennett, 52, a high-level official in the county district attorney’s office, easily won a rare contested race for judge on the Ventura County Superior Court bench. Bennett had 50,734 votes, or 65 percent of the vote. He defeated Roberto Orellana, 54, of Santa Paula, who has spent most of his 18-year legal career in the Ventura County Counsel’s Office.
San Luis Obispo County
Incumbent San Luis Obispo County supervisors Harry L. Ovitt and Jerry Lenthall were voted out office by challengers Frank R. Mecham and Adam Hill.
Incumbent James R. Patterson barely won re-election with 51 percent of the vote, or 5,042 votes, compared to challenger Debbie Arnold, who had 49 percent, or 4,802 votes.