Measure B expected to pass — a blow to local curmudgeons but good for our schools

Our yard sign
Our yard sign

Measure B — a local school bond measure that we wholeheartedly supported, and community curmudgeons such as The Union columnist George Boardman and tea party/State of Jefferson activist Wade Freedle opposed — is expected to pass based to the latest numbers released by the elections office.

It is now passing by 24,824 to 19,782 votes, or 55.65 to 44.35 percent. It needs 55 percent of the vote to pass. The measure calls for the Nevada Joint Union High School District to issue up to $47 million in bonds for needed upgrades and repairs.

Now there are 2,258 uncounted votes, Assistant Clerk-Recorder Sandy Sjoberg told me in a telephone interview. This includes 2,012 provisional ballots and 246 ballots that have not yet been scanned.

Boardman (continuing to grind his ax with the Clerk-Recorder’s office)  has been whining about the slow count at the Elections Office, but he ought to educate himself to the process. And as usual, he has not interviewed anyone there — or at the Rood Center for that matter.

Here’s an “only in Nevada County” tidbit: As it turns out, 1,593 of the ballots were damaged, meaning people failed to fill them out correctly (with a pencil instead of a pen, for example) or they spilled stuff like spaghetti sauce on them — literally — so they had to be manually recreated. Voting 101.

The latest returns also confirm the county is going “bluer” from “red,” a point that has not been lost on right-wing blogger George Rebane and one that we pointed to after Election Day. Gregory (the global warming denier) Goodknight continues to deny this, however. What a hoot!

The results show Hillary Clinton beating The Donald in our county by 47.65 percent to 42.47 percent. And Kamala Harris is winning handily in the Senate race. Prop. 64, the recreational marijuana proposition, was approved by a majority of voters. Doug LaMalfa and Jim Reed are almost in a dead heat. Proposition 63, focusing on gun control, is losing by a narrow margin.

Measure A and Measure C also won.

The latest results also show the former publisher of The Union, Jim Hemig, finishing dead last so far in a race for the Truckee Donner Public Utility District — albeit by a narrow margin. The seats go to the top three vote getters and are as follows: Jeff Bender, 4,013; Bob Ellis, 3,237; Joseph Aguera, 2,756; and Hemig, 2,699.

You can read the latest results here. The elections office must certify its totals by Dec. 6, but I expect to hear more by next week.

(BTW, we are batting 3-3 with campaign signs in our yard: Measure A, Measure B and Nate Beason, when he ran against the tea party candidate, Sue McGuire).

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

One thought on “Measure B expected to pass — a blow to local curmudgeons but good for our schools”

  1. Will feel better when all votes are in, but sincere THANKS to all who put Nevada County students at the forefront of their decision-making by voting Yes on Measure B.

    Seems appropriate that this lead in the polls come right before Thanksgiving Day.

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