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Holy Comeback! Measure L Is Winning!

The results are not yet certified but San Leandro's school parcel tax has 47 more votes than the two-thirds needed for passage. Supporters are ecstatic.

 

Measure L, the $39-per-home parcel tax to raise $2.4 million for public schools, has 66.75 percent of the votes cast in San Leandro.

That puts it above the 66.66 percent margin needed for passage by a mere 47 votes.

Thursday's lead is the first time since the November 6 election that Measure L has cleared the two-thirds threshhold.

Supporters are ecstatic. 

"This is the best thing that could happen to this town," said Measure L campaign coordinator Deborah Cox. "I'm still in a state of shock."

For days her camp has been biting its nails as Measure L, which  started out several percentage points below passage on election night, slowly gained votes as the late ballots were counted.

As of Wednesday the measure was just shy of passage with 66.54 percent of the vote.

But on Thursday morning the registrar's office told School Superintendent Cindy Cathey that there were still 12,000 votes countywide left to tally and that these ballots should be accounted for by the end of the day.

So while Thursday's vote isn't certified -- and could still be subject to a recount if opponents are willing to pay for it -- supporters believe they have cleared the difficult two-thirds hurdle.

"If anyone ever tells you your vote doesn't count, this proves that it does," said San Leandro School Board member Mike Katz-Lacabe.

Mayor Stephen Cassidy said many people worked very hard to pass the tax.  

"I hope Measure L continues to stay in the lead," he said.

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Barry Kane November 18, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Speaking of pride...I would love to see the high school painted, at least the front of the school facing Bancroft and the landscaping updated and tied in to the new theater facilities. I also wanted to thank you for your comments on this post Audrey! My sister in law is a math teacher at Vanden High in Vacaville and they face some of the same "Algebra" issues. Yes on L :-)
David November 19, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Sue, the enrollment records are public record. Public school enrollment at SLUSD is almost perfectly flat over the past 12 years, despite the population of school-age kids rising about 10% (and overall population only 5%, indicating that not only are families moving to and growing in San Leandro, but they're NOT sending their kids to SLUSD schools). Not only are SLUSD enrollment numbers flat, but locally--Oakland public school enrollment is DOWN 20-30% over the past decade, and state-wide the California public school enrollment is flat over the past decade. As for Oregon, who cares? It's another loser "blue" state that would rather pay teachers' pensions than pay for kids' schooling.
David November 19, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Leah, I'm awaiting your postcard from Oakland, where the private school is that you send your daughter to instead of your local SL public school.
carlosfyou December 30, 2012 at 12:16 AM
U a low life Mexican American renter? Low income seniors like my mom will get the $39 fee exempt. Me being joint w/survivorship will laugh.

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