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  • Sunday, November 09, 2014

     

    New K totals and what might be next

    eLECTION 2014  
    K watch
    743 more votes give K percentage another +.1
    On Saturday 743 votes were added to the Measure K election from outstanding ballots still being counted  by the Orange County Registrar of Voters office. The percentages for and against the facilities bond measure with the additional votes changed- from the previous 54.1%  to the current 54.2% on 435 more Yes votes. The total No vote added was 308 dropping the No percentage to the current 45.8%.  

    School Facilities Bonds need a 55% super majority to pass. With a total of 43,501 votes cast in the Measure K election,  55%  of ballots cast would currently equal 23,926 leave the current Yes total approximately 363 votes short.

    A reported total of 54,070 ballots remain to be counted as of Saturday night.  Those appear from the Orange County Registrar of Voters to be mostly over 38,000 Provisional and almost 6,000 paper ballots which require more time to process. The next update from the Registrar's office will be Monday November 10th.

    A map from an article appearing in the Orange County Register on Sunday analyzing the turn out for last week's election clearly shows the difficult path that Measure K had to take during an off-year election. Voters in Orange Unified span several cities with different voting turn-out and priorities. The map shows Villa Park had the highest turn-out of voters, followed by the City of Orange, then Anaheim Hills and Santa Ana.

    The voting make-up of each community, and the overall turn-out continued to  affect OUSD's ability to pass a Facilities Bond Measure.   Sources close to OUSD officials report that a possible future strategy to deal with the OUSD electorate  could be carving out Facilities Improvement Districts to upgrade schools in the communities that are willing to pay for the improvements.

    In the November 2002 Presidential Election , the Rancho Santiago Community College passed Measure E with 64% of the vote.  The well managed Bond-which received numerous accolades however fell short of  finishing planned construction at its two campuses because of  unforeseen increase in construction supply costs driven by Hurricane Katrina and a building boom in China. Unable to finish more costly needs for the older Santa Ana College (SAC), the Trustee set up the Santa Ana College Facilities Improvement District surrounding SAC and in the November 2012 Presidential Election went to the voters specifically in that district  with Measure Q for improvements just to SAC. The Bond passed with a 72% approval.

    In a similar future scenario,  OUSD communities that want to pay to improve their local schools could do so- and communities that do not want to pay to improve their local schools would not be forced to do so.

    SATURDAY  11/8/14  POSTED VOTE TOTALS

    K-Orange Unified School District, Critical Upgrades and Repairs for Quality High Schools
    Completed Precincts: 164 of 164


    Vote Count
    Percentage
    Bonds - Yes
    23,563
    54.2%
    Bonds - No
    19,938
    45.8%

    FRIDAY 11/7/14  POSTED VOTE TOTALS


    K-Orange Unified School District, Critical Upgrades and Repairs for Quality High Schools
    Completed Precincts: 164 of 164


    Vote Count
    Percentage
    Bonds - Yes
    23,128
    54.1%
    Bonds - No
    19,630
    45.9%

    Comments:
    Come on, guys! Our kids need this! The future of our local economy needs this!
     
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