Owens vitorious, Sierra College measure defeated in Tuesday primary | SierraSun.com

Owens vitorious, Sierra College measure defeated in Tuesday primary

David Bunker, Sierra Sun

Measure E, Sierra College’s $394 million bond, suffered a narrow loss in Tuesday’s election, while unopposed Nevada County District 5 Supervisor candidate Ted Owens collected official victory.

The Placer County District 5 Supervisor race is very tight, with unofficial election results showing Bruce Kranz with more than 52 percent of the vote and incumbent Rex Bloomfield with almost 47 percent. Kranz leads by less than 900 votes, with thousands of votes countywide still left to be added.

Statewide, Gov. Schwarzenegger scored big wins with the passage of Proposition 57, the $15 billion bond, and Proposition 58, the balanced budget act. Proposition 57 had 63 percent support and Proposition 58 had a strong 71 percent backing.

The loss of Measure E in the four-county district casts doubt on the future of a new Sierra College campus in Truckee. The college had agreed to buy McIver Hill, the site south of Interstate 80 and east of state Route 89 south, if the measure passed. College officials remain hopeful that the bond will pass in a future contest.

“We’re going to go for the bond again in November,” said Sue Michaels spokesperson for the college. “I don’t think that anything is off the table at this point.”

The measure received its strongest support in Nevada county, with more than 54 percent supporting the bond.

Pollworkers were reporting very low turnout in Truckee precincts throughout the day, some were at 10 percent at 2 p.m., and reaching 20 percent by 6 p.m.

“Very poor, very poor turnout,” said Elections inspector Mavis Bowes, stationed at the Truckee Donner PUD board room. “Many people are allowing a few people to decide the issues.”

Nevada county voter turnout was almost 56 percent, with 2,909 votes still to be counted, the elections office reported.