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$114M Truckee bond approved; Daniels edges Coolidge by 25 votes

Kevin MacMillan

TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. — At long last, the local election scene is coming into focus — meaning school officials and administrators have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Placer County unveiled official election results Monday afternoon, showing voter support across the region’s three counties for the local school measures U and E.

Monday’s results show 318 voters in favor and 274 against Measure U, which will fund $114 million in improvements to Truckee campuses in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

When you add these votes to the most recent set of Nevada County results from Friday (2,609 “yes” votes, with 2,098 “no” votes among Truckee voters), 55.24 percent of all votes for Measure U are in favor.

Measure U requires 55 percent voter approval to pass.

There were still about 1,000 provisional ballots from Nevada County still to be counted as of midday Tuesday.

However, not enough are expected from the Truckee area to swing the measure totals to negative levels.

For Measure E, which will fund $62 million in improvements to lakeside campuses, Monday’s results from Placer County show 1,934 votes in favor, with 1,254 against.

When you add these totals to the most recent results on Friday from the handful of districts in El Dorado County that voted on E — 140 in favor, with 114 against — it means 2,074 voted “yes,” and 1,368 voted “no.”

That’s 60.03 percent in favor, up from the 58.62 percent approval rating that stood after Election Day. Measure E also requires 55 percent voter approval.


READ MORE: Click here to view the most recent results from Placer County, released Monday and deemed “official.”



Monday’s results from Placer County mean Chuck Zipkin, Dale Chamblin and Greg Jellinek will take the three seats on the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors.

The incumbent Chamblin got the most votes in Placer County with 1,445, followed by Zipkin with 1,412 and Mark Spohr with 1,397.

For Nevada County, according to Friday’s update, Zipkin (1,916 votes), Jellinek (1,789) and Ronda Brooks (1,662) finished 1-2-3.

Therefore, when adding both counties’ votes together, the winners are Zipkin with 3,328 votes, Chamblin with 3,000 votes and Jellinek with 2,815 votes.

Spohr, who ran on the same ticket as Jellinek, is close behind in fourth place with 2,779 votes.

Again, there are still some Truckee-area ballots to be counted, but not enough are expected to change the race.


READ MORE: Click here to view the most recent results from Nevada County, released Friday and still unofficial.



The closest local race this election year was between Sue Daniels and Sarah Coolidge for Seat 3 on the North Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Directors.

Daniels, the incumbent, earned 659 votes, while Coolidge got 634, out of a total of 1,296 (three votes were for write-ins), according to Monday’s official results from Placer County.

That’s a difference of just 25 votes. No other county precincts vote in this race, meaning Daniels is the winner.


In other local news, challenger John Pang held his overall lead in the two-seat Tahoe City PUD Board race, as his total of 692 Placer County votes was easily the most.

Incumbent Dan Wilkins’ 592 votes were good for second place. Paul Joslin finished third, with 381, followed by incumbent Lou Reinkens with 314.

In El Dorado County, Pang’s 134 votes led the way, followed by 111 from Wilkins.


READ MORE: Click here to view the most recent results from El Dorado County, released Friday and still unofficial.



For the Truckee Fire board, challenger Gary Botto and incumbents Victor Hernandez and Paul Wilford have won the three seats, with the third incumbent, Gerald Herrick, coming in last.

Final Placer results Monday show 266 votes for Hernandez, 262 for Herrick, 251 for Botto and 230 for Wilford.

When you add these numbers to the thousands of votes for this race from Friday’s Nevada county totals, Botto is first with 2,924 votes, followed by 2,652 for Hernandez and 2,310 for Wilford. Herrick is out with 2,261 votes.


Friday’s totals from Nevada County showed no change from the county’s Nov. 14 update in the race for Truckee Town Council.

Incumbents Patrick Flora and Carolyn Wallace Dee and challenger Morgan Goodwin have the most votes, in that order, for the three open seats. Challenger Jamie Brimer is 102 votes behind in fourth place.

No other county precincts vote in this race, meaning Brimer will be the odd man out, with not many Truckee-area votes left in Nevada County.

“The provisionals are spread all over the precincts,” Sandy Sjoberg, Nevada County Assistant Registrar of Voters, said Friday regarding the remaining votes. “In one polling place, for example, we may have 15 provisionals.”

Sjoberg added that she expects a portion of the provisional ballots to be disqualified due to lack of voter registration or signature issues. Deadline for the final count is Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Keri Brenner from The Union newspaper contributed to this report.

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