Felton will be getting a new library and community center.
Initial returns, with 70 percent of the ballots counted, had left a $67 million library bond measure clinging to a 2-point approval margin. The returns released this week showed that with more than 90 percent of the ballots counted, Measure S, the Library Bond measure, won approval with a majority vote of more than 69 percent of Santa Cruz County voters, topping the 67 percent required for passage.
The $67 million authorized to be raised by the bond sale will be spent according to the Santa Cruz County Library Facilities Master Plan. This master plan allocates $8.6 million to replace the Felton Library with a new library and community center next the post office on Gushee Street.
It also allocates up to $1.8 million for improvements to Boulder Creek Library, and up to $300,000 for improvements at the Scotts Valley Library. The plan also recommends spending up to $4.4 million to expand into an unused southern section of the existing building.
In Felton, the 123-year-old former Presbyterian Church cannot be upgraded to meet handicapped-access standards.
Final vote totals released this week showed that Measure Q, the Cabrillo College Technology, Job Training and Classroom Repair Measure, received a majority vote of 52 percent from Santa Cruz County voters, but fell short of the 55 percent required for passage.
The $310 million education bond would have funded 20 years’ worth of repairs and upgrades at the college. There were no new buildings or programs in the bond proposal.
“As a community-based College, Cabrillo relies upon the support and guidance of the community to be successful in our mission,” said Gary Reece, chair of the Cabrillo Board of Trustees.
“The community continues to support Cabrillo and its fine work, [but] this particular bond was not the one that a supermajority of voters could support. We have learned that in order to achieve a supermajority, we will need to evaluate the size, nature, and duration of a future bond.”
In addition to addressing urgent and basic repairs for many of Cabrillo’s 40-year-old buildings, the bond measure would have upgraded classroom technology, science labs and computer labs. It would also have improved electrical systems and wiring for computers and wireless Internet access to enable distance education and online learning, in addition to making water and energy conservation improvements.
Elections officials said this week that final canvassing of votes was continuing, with some auditing of polling places, and counting of more than 4,000 provisional ballots. State law gives local officials until July 5 to certify Presidential delegates, and July 7 for all other contests.
Here are final vote totals in Santa Cruz County from the June 7 primary, including precinct and mail-in ballots.
Precinct votes 32,288 22 percent
Mail/Absentee votes 26,590 18 percent
Total turnout 40 percent of registered voters
Democrat 46 percent
Republican 41 percent
Note: 7,708 of Democratic voters were “no party preference”
Bernie Sanders 25, 171 55 percent
Hillary Clinton 20,105 44 percent
Donald Trump 5,883 65 percent
John Kasich 1,639 18 percent
Republican Central Committee
Fifth District: Dave Hodgin, Tim Emaneulson, Wade Leishman, Cheri Brownfield, Lea Reed, Marsha Maffia
US Senate (Democratic primary)
Kamala Harris 27,592 52 percent
Loretta Sanchez 6,344 12 percent
House 18th District (Democratic primary)
Anna Eshoo 9,121 70 percent
Richard Fox 2,949 23 percent
State Senate 17th District (Democratic primary)
Bill Monning 43,998 81 percent
Palmer Kain 10,315 19 percent
Assembly 29th District (Democratic primary)
Mark Stone 38,253 80 percent
Sierra Roberts 9,564 20 percent
Supervisor Fifth District
Bruce McPherson 8,726 74 percent
Bill Smallman 2,298 19 percent
Measure Q Cabrillo (three counties)
Vote Failed to get 55 percent supermajority
Yes 28,889 52 percent
No 26,844 48 percent
(Includes 2,000 votes in portions of San Benito and Monterey counties.)
Measure S Libraries
Vote received more than the 67 percent required supermajority.
Yes 36,125 69 percent
No 15,879 31 percent