San Mateo County voters favor incumbents, school measures

Incumbents were re-elected Tuesday to a majority of seats in eight city council races across San Mateo County, according to complete unofficial election results.Incumbents were also returned to office in congressional and state races, as Reps. Jackie Speier and Anna G. Eshoo, as well as Assembly members Phil Ting, Kevin Mullin and Richard Gordon each won re-election.

Daly City Councilmembers Ray Buenaventura and Michael Guingona won two of three seats up for election, while former Councilmember Judith Christensen won the third seat.

Incumbents Rick Degolia and Bill Widmer appear to have been re-elected to the Atherton Town Council to two of the three open seats. A mere six votes separate architect Rose Hau and attorney Mike Lempres for the final open spot, according to the unofficial results.

Pacifica voters elected incumbents Sue Digre and Michael O'Neill as well as retired small businessman John Keener, while Colma voters sent incumbents Joanne Del Rosario and Helen Fisicaro back to their Town Council and Hillsborough voters sent incumbents Laurence May and Marie Chuang to theirs.

Half Moon Bay was the rare city in the county to favor challengers over incumbents. Physician Deborah Penrose and legislative analyst Deborah Ruddock were elected to their first terms while Rick Kowalczyk appears to be the lone councilmember re-elected to his post.

County voters appear to have approved five bond and parcel-tax measures to fund repairs and upgrades of schools around the county, according to unofficial election results.

Voters in the San Mateo County Community College District, the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District and the Jefferson Union High School District all approved bond measures, while the Bayshore Elementary School District and Burlingame School District passed parcel taxes.Measure H sought to obtain $388 million in bonds for upgrades at the College of San Mateo and Skyline and Canada colleges and was passed by 65 percent of voters.

Measure I was a $48 million bond measure for Belmont-Redwood Shores schools and had 63 percent approval, while Measure J was a $133 million bond measure for the Jefferson Union High School District and was passed by 70 percent.

All three bond measures required 55 percent approval to pass.

Measure K was an eight-year renewal of an existing parcel tax for the Bayshore Elementary School District in Daly City and was passed by nearly 73 percent of voters, while Measure L also renewed an existing parcel tax for eight years in the Burlingame School District with nearly 77 percent approval.

Both needed two-thirds approval to pass.

Elsewhere in the county, about 67 percent of San Bruno voters appear to have passed Measure N, allowing for greater height limits and parking garages along El Camino Real and other main streets.

The two measures that failed to pass in the county were Measure M, which sought to limit office development in Menlo Park, and Measure O for the extension of a half-cent sales tax.

Both measures needed a simple majority to pass.

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