Officials at the San Mateo Community College District are scrambling to figure out how to pay for urgent facilities upgrades after a $564 million, seven-year bond measure failed to garner enough votes Tuesday.
Measure H, which required 55 percent of votes to pass, received only 52.7 percent of the 71,545 votes cast.
“We were very disappointed,” district spokeswoman Barbara Christensen said. Read More
Faced with more students and less state funding, the San Mateo Community College District is hoping voters approve Measure H in November to allow the district to issue $564 million in bonds over the next seven years.
The measure would cost San Mateo County property owners an estimated $12.92 per $100,000 in assessed property value each year, which on average comes out to $6.50 a month. The levy would continue for 25 years and pay for modernization, construction and technology. Read More
Renters in East Palo Alto were successful Tuesday in approving increased protections for tenants and landlords with the passage of Measure H.
Supporters of the measure argued that it would protect tenants against unfair rent increases and require just cause for evictions. It also guarantees landlords fair returns on their investments.
There were no opponents organized against the measure. Read More