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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

November 8, 2016California General Election

Election Results

Statewide Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting.
  • Voter Turnout: 75.3%.

Fresno County Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting.
  • Voter Turnout: 66.7%.

Ballot Measures

State of California

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Prop. 51 — Bonds for School Facilities

Passed 7,516,142 votes yes (55.2%) 6,104,294 votes no (44.8%)

Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for new construction and modernization of K-12 public school facilities; charter schools and vocational education facilities; and California Community Colleges facilities. 

Prop. 52 — Private Hospital Fees for Medi-Cal

Passed 9,427,714 votes yes (70.1%) 4,026,710 votes no (29.9%)

This proposition is both an Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. It extends indefinitely an existing statute that imposes fees on hospitals to fund Medi-Cal health care services, care for uninsured patients, and children’s health coverage.

Prop. 53 — Public Vote on Revenue Bonds

Failed 6,508,909 votes yes (49.4%) 6,660,555 votes no (50.6%)

Requires statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state for certain projects if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion.

Prop. 54 — Changes to the Legislative Process

Passed 8,607,266 votes yes (65.4%) 4,559,903 votes no (34.6%)

This proposition prohibits the Legislature from passing any bill unless published on the Internet for 72 hours before a vote; requires the Legislature to record its proceedings and post them on the Internet; and it authorizes the use of recordings.

Prop. 55 — Extend Tax on High Income

Passed 8,594,273 votes yes (63.3%) 4,988,329 votes no (36.7%)

Extends by twelve years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000, with revenues allocated to K-12 schools, California Community Colleges, and, in certain years, healthcare. 

Prop. 56 — Tobacco Tax

Passed 8,980,448 votes yes (64.4%) 4,957,994 votes no (35.6%)

This proposition increases cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine.

Prop. 57 — Parole, Sentencing and Court Procedures

Passed 8,790,723 votes yes (64.5%) 4,847,354 votes no (35.5%)

This proposition is both an Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. It allows parole consideration for nonviolent felons; authorizes sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, and education; and provides that a juvenile court judge decides whether a juvenile will be prosecuted as adult.

Prop. 58 — English Language Education

Passed 9,994,454 votes yes (73.5%) 3,598,855 votes no (26.5%)

Preserves requirement that public schools ensure students obtain English language proficiency. Requires school districts to solicit parent/community input in developing language acquisition programs. Requires instruction to ensure English acquisition as rapidly and effectively as possible. Authorizes school districts to establish dual-language immersion programs for both native and non-native English speakers.

Prop. 59 — Political Spending Advisory Question

Passed 6,845,943 votes yes (53.2%) 6,027,084 votes no (46.8%)

Asks whether California’s elected officials should use their authority to propose and ratify an amendment to the federal Constitution overturning the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Citizens United ruled that laws placing certain limits on political spending by corporations and unions are unconstitutional.

Prop. 60 — Condoms in Adult Films

Failed 6,168,388 votes yes (46.3%) 7,146,039 votes no (53.7%)

Requires adult film performers to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse. Requires producers to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations. Requires producers to post condom requirement at film sites.

Prop. 61 — Prescription Drug Costs

Failed 6,254,342 votes yes (46.8%) 7,109,642 votes no (53.2%)

Prohibits state from buying any prescription drug from a drug manufacturer at price over lowest price paid for the drug by United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Exempts managed care programs funded through Medi-Cal.

Prop. 62 — Repealing the Death Penalty

Failed 6,361,788 votes yes (46.8%) 7,218,625 votes no (53.2%)

Repeals death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to existing death sentences. Increases the portion of life inmates’ wages that may be applied to victim restitution. 

Prop. 63 — Gun and Ammunition Sales

Passed 8,663,159 votes yes (63.1%) 5,070,772 votes no (36.9%)

Requires background check and Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition. Prohibits possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines. Establishes procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession by specified persons. Requires Department of Justice’s participation in federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System. 

Prop. 64 — Making Recreational Marijuana Legal

Passed 7,979,041 votes yes (57.1%) 5,987,020 votes no (42.9%)

Legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 or older. Imposes state taxes on sales and cultivation. Provides for industry licensing and establishes standards for marijuana products. Allows local regulation and taxation.

Prop. 65 — Money from Carry-Out Bags

Failed 6,222,547 votes yes (46.1%) 7,276,478 votes no (53.9%)

Redirects money collected by grocery and certain other retail stores through mandated sale of carryout bags. Requires stores to deposit bag sale proceeds into a special fund to support specified environmental projects. 

Prop. 66 — Death Penalty Court Procedures

Passed 6,626,159 votes yes (51.1%) 6,333,731 votes no (48.9%)

Changes procedures governing state court challenges to death sentences. Designates superior court for initial petitions and limits successive petitions. Requires appointed attorneys who take noncapital appeals to accept death penalty appeals. Exempts prison officials from existing regulation process for developing execution methods. 

Prop. 67 — Plastic Bag Ban

Passed 7,228,900 votes yes (53.3%) 6,340,322 votes no (46.7%)

A “Yes” vote approves, and a “No” vote rejects, a statute that prohibits grocery and other stores from providing customers single-use plastic or paper carryout bags but permits sale of recycled paper bags and reusable bags.

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Fresno County
Ballot Measures

Measure T

Failed 113,664 votes yes (47.25%) 126,895 votes no (52.75%)

Shall the Section 21 of the Fresno County Charter be amended to provide that the Chief Probation Officer shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the County Administrative Officer?

Measure U

Failed 104,288 votes yes (44.12%) 132,101 votes no (55.88%)

Shall the Fresno County Charter be amended as follows: Amend section 16 to remove the Director of Public Works as county surveyor and authorizing Director of Public Works to appoint a county surveyor; Amend sections 14 and 16 to change the Public Administrator from an elected position to one appointed by the County Administrative Officer; Amend section 12(h) regarding a local preference for Fresno County goods, services and supplies; and Repeal section 32 obsolete language?

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City of Coalinga
Ballot Measures

Measure D

Passed 2,374 votes yes (76.7%) 721 votes no (23.3%)

Shall the City of Coalinga establish term limits for members of the City Council of the City of Coalinga, effective with the 2018 Council election, of no more than two consecutive four-year terms, either by election or appointment and following a minimum two year absence, a new two consecutive four-year term limit shall apply, as set forth in Ordinance No. 788?

Measure E

Passed 1,903 votes yes (61.49%) 1,192 votes no (38.51%)

Shall the City of Coalinga implement an annual tax of twenty-five ($25.00) per square foot for the first 3,000 square feet and then ten dollars ($10.00) per square foot for the remaining space utilized in connection with each commercial marijuana operation, as set forth in Ordinance No. 789?

Measure G

Passed 1,676 votes yes (53.75%) 1,442 votes no (46.25%)

Shall the City of Coalinga authorize and regulate a single marijuana dispensary to be located in the City of Coalinga and, if authorized, impose a dispensary gross receipts tax, as set forth in Ordinance No. 789?

City of Fresno
Ballot Measures

Measure L

Passed 66,203 votes yes (53.44%) 57,686 votes no (46.56%)

Shall the Charter be amended to allow electronic notices and responses through the internet for formal bidding?

City of Kerman
Ballot Measures

Measure M

Failed 2,012 votes yes (63.29%) 1,167 votes no (36.71%)

Shall the City of Kerman approve a ¾ cent sales tax expended only for construction of senior center, regional fairgrounds, police station, animal kennel, and similar projects, and downtown revitalization up to 10%, estimated annual amount $650,000, for 15 years, subject to audit, review, and Citizen Oversight Committee?

City of Selma
Ballot Measures

Measure P

Passed 3,640 votes yes (66.7%) 1,817 votes no (33.3%)

To update 9-1-1 dispatch technology at the Selma police operations center to reduce crime, improve video policing, dispatch technology, rapid response, and ensure the operations center will survive natural disasters; shall Selma issue $4,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring average debt service of $230,000 annually, for 30 years, by assessing $16 per $100,000 of assessed value, requiring financial audits, citizen oversight, and funds be spent in Selma?

City of Parlier
Ballot Measures

Measure Q

Passed 1,520 votes yes (66.99%) 749 votes no (33.01%)

To support local police services; maintain emergency response times and officer staffing levels; fight crime, drugs and gangs; shall City of Parlier levy a special parcel tax for police protection services only of $120.00 on each single-family home, and specified amounts for multi-family units; mobile home spaces; commercial, agricultural, and industrial parcels, as outlined in Ordinance No. 2016-03, providing an estimated $495,000 annually for five years, with independent annual audits, and benefiting City residents?

City of Sanger
Ballot Measures

Measure S

Passed 4,996 votes yes (76.22%) 1,559 votes no (23.78%)

To reduce gang/drug crimes, maintain 911 emergency response times, provide gang/drug prevention programs; prevent cuts to and retain/maintain police officers, paramedics, firefighters; increase school/neighborhood police patrols; shall the ordinance be adopted continuing the existing voterapproved ¾ cent sales tax with no tax rate increase, providing $1,900,000 annually, for ten years, requiring citizens' oversight, independent financial audits, all funds for City of Sanger public safety?

City of Firebaugh
Ballot Measures

Measure W

Failed 253 votes yes (18.21%) 1,136 votes no (81.79%)

Shall an ordinance be adopted to amend the City's Utility Users Tax in order to impose a 5% utility user's tax on wireless telecommunication technologies such as wireless and voice over internet services?

Special District
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Sanger Unified School District
Ballot Measures

Measure A

Passed 11,693 votes yes (73.61%) 4,191 votes no (26.39%)

To maintain quality neighborhood schools and retain/attract qualified teachers by expanding, upgrading, constructing and equipping classrooms, including vocational/job training, and computer/science labs for Sanger students;repairing deteriorating classrooms/bathrooms; and upgrading disabled accessibility,security, fire safety; shall Sanger Unified issue $60,000,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, requiring audits, citizens' oversight, no money for administrator salaries and all money used locally?

Kingsburg Tri-County Health Care District
Ballot Measures

Measure B

Failed 2,632 votes yes (47.8%) 2,870 votes no (52.2%)

To provide mental health and/or other valuable professional services at the facility at 1200 Smith Street, Kingsburg, California, should the District complete the sale and transfer of said facilities and related assets for fair market value, as determined by an independent appraiser with no cost liability to taxpayers, to Kingsmith Investments, LLC or other buyer?

Central Unified School District
Ballot Measures

Measure C

Passed 15,060 votes yes (71.32%) 6,055 votes no (28.68%)

To continue renovating, constructing and equipping existing classrooms and school facilities, building a new high school and elementary school, and to be eligible for State matching funds, shall $87,300,000 of Central Unified School District bonds, previously approved by voters in November 2008, be reauthorized through issuance of new bonds, with no increase in total authorized District debt, interest rates below legal limits, annual audits, citizen oversight, all funds spent on local schools and no money for administrator salaries?

Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District
Ballot Measures

Measure H

Passed 1,238 votes yes (82.98%) 254 votes no (17.02%)

To repair aging classrooms; remove asbestos/lead paint; upgrade school safety/security; water conservation/ recycling systems; improve agricultural education; technology,computer/science labs, vocational programs; repair, construct/retrofit classrooms, sites/equipment; maintain student health/safety and retain/attract quality teachers, shall Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified issue $15,000,000 in bonds , at legal rates, requiring independent annual audits, citizens' oversight, no administrator salaries, preventing Sacramento from taking funds, and keeping all funds local?

Fowler Unified School District
Ballot Measures

Measure J

Passed 2,329 votes yes (78.18%) 650 votes no (21.82%)

To repair aging classrooms and facilities, deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems, upgrade classrooms, science labs, career training facilities, and computer systems, and acquire, renovate, construct and equip facilities to support student achievement in reading, math, science, technology, the arts, and skilled trades, shall the Fowler Unified issue a maximum $42,000,000 in bonds, with legal interest rates, an oversight committee, annual audits, no money for salaries, and all money raised benefiting local students?

Kerman Unified School District
Ballot Measures

Measure K

Passed 3,583 votes yes (76.92%) 1,075 votes no (23.08%)

In order to upgrade classrooms and science labs to keep pace with educational technology and support student achievement in math, science, engineering and skilled trades; acquire land and construct new classrooms to reduce overcrowding at existing schools; replace aging portables with permanent classrooms; and improve student safety and campus security systems, shall Kerman Unified School District issue $27 million in bonds at legal interest rates, with citizen oversight, no money for administrator salaries, and all money locally-controlled?

Coalinga-Huron Recreation and Park District
Ballot Measures

Measure N

Passed 2,732 votes yes (69.82%) 1,181 votes no (30.18%)

To improve parks and recreation for children, families and senior citizens in Coalinga and Huron with funding that cannot be taken by the state; upgrade, construct, modernize, and expand parks/recreational facilities; upgrade deteriorating restrooms; renovate plumbing/sewer systems and roofs; improve playgrounds; and make health, security, and handicapped accessibility improvements; shall Coalinga-Huron Recreation & Park District issue 14,900,000 in bonds, at legal interest rates, with independent citizen oversight, no money for administrator salaries, and all funds staying local?

Selma Unified School District
Ballot Measures

Measure O

Passed 4,685 votes yes (70%) 2,008 votes no (30%)

To modernize and construct additional classrooms and support facilities, replace portable classrooms with new permanent facilities, increase student access to computers and modern classroom technology, improve security and student safety, provide the local match for State grants, and reduce operating costs, shall the Selma Unified School District be authorized to issue up to $30.8 million in bonds at legal interest rates, with an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee, annual audits, and no money for administrator salaries?

Coalinga/Huron Unified School District
Ballot Measures

Measure R

Passed 2,565 votes yes (65%) 1,382 votes no (35%)

To improve the quality of education with funding that cannot be taken by the state; construct, renovate, and upgrade classrooms and school buildings; provide facilities for job training/career technical education; replace deteriorating plumbing and outdated HVAC systems; repair/replace leaky roofs; and make health, safety and security improvements; shall CoalingaHuron Joint Unified School District issue $39,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, with annual audits, an independent citizens' oversight committee and NO money for teacher or administrative salaries?"

Caruthers Unified School Facilities Improvement District 1
Ballot Measures

Measure V

Passed 883 votes yes (70.02%) 378 votes no (29.98%)

To upgrade/provide additional classrooms/technology, retain/attract quality teachers by repairing outdated electrical wiring, water, sewer lines, air conditioning, fire alarms; improving cafeteria/disabled access/water conservation; providing space for music programs; removing lead paint/asbestos; constructing/equipping school facilities/sites; shall Caruthers Unified K-8 School Facilities Improvement District issue $6,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring independent audits, citizens' oversight, no money for administrators' salaries or pensions?

Fresno Unified School District
Ballot Measures

Measure X

Passed 62,486 votes yes (66.8%) 31,057 votes no (33.2%)

Shall Fresno Unified School District issue $225 million in bonds, at legal rates, requiring audits, citizens' oversight, no money for administrators' salaries, all funds spent locally?

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