Tuesday election results round-up
Measure C tax renewed
TAHOE CITY D Measure C, the renewal of the 2 percent addition to the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) in North Tahoe, was passed by a majority of Placer County voters Tuesday.
Measure C renews the TOT for 10 years, through Sept. 30, 2012.
The tax, which generates $1.4 million a year, is paid to the county quarterly by lodging and accommodation owners in the area generally east of Emigrant Gap after it is collected from visitors.
The additional revenues, originally approved for six years in 1996, have been spent on programs that promote tourism and the economic welfare of the North Lake Tahoe area. However, the transit-occupancy tax (including the increase) may be deposited into the county’s general fund and used for any purpose at the discretion of county supervisors.
Placer County reported the semi-official election results as 63.4 percent, or 1,384 voters, for Measure C, and 799, or 36.6 percent, against.
Kirby fails in challenge of Doolittle
AUBURN DEThe conservative incumbent enjoyed a commanding victory over the moderate challenger in the Republican primary Tuesday for California’s 4th Congressional District.
Rep. John Doolittle, with roughly three times the votes of Auburn urologist Bill Kirby, will face Democrat Mark Norberg and Libertarian Allen Roberts in the Nov. 5 general election.
“Mainstream Republicans are taking a beating,” Kirby said from his party at Live Oak Plaza in Auburn. “I think for a 2 1/2-month campaign that got outspent 10-to-1, we really scared this guy, and we brought him back to the district.”
Although from the same party, Doolittle and Kirby presented stark differences during their campaigns, with Doolittle calling Kirby “supposedly, a Republican.”
Despite those differences, Kirby said it is time for party unity within the district.
“It’s going to be our job, if he does win, to keep him focused on the 4th District instead of the Beltway,” Kirby said, touching on the issues of logging, water rights, farming and regional planning.
“We need to get the Republican Party to be more inclusive or it’s going to be a dinosaur in California,” he said.
In the end, it appeared redistricting didn’t affect Doolittle, whose district pulled in Nevada County D a former 2nd District county under Republican Rep. Wally Herger D since the last election. Nevada County voters reflected the outcome across the district, which includes Placer, El Dorado and Sierra counties.
Doolittle, 51, of Rocklin, was first elected to the House in 1990.
John Doolittle 77%
Bill Kirby 23%
Keene wins GOP’s nod for Assembly
CHICO DEConservative candidate Rick Keene had a strong lead Tuesday over Dan Ostrander in the Republican primary for the state’s 3rd Assembly District, which includes Nevada County.
One key difference between the two Chico men is that Keene promised to stick with fellow Republicans when it comes time to vote on the state budget in the Democrat-dominated state Legislature.
Democrats needed four Republican votes in the Assembly to cross over to their side and pass the budget this summer.
Keene said he never would have voted for it; Ostrander said he would have.
The 3rd Assembly District D all or parts of Butte, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra and Yuba counties D is heavily Republican and the winner of the Republican primary is expected to win November’s general election.
The other candidates on November’s ballot will be Democrat Stuart Randall King and Libertarian Jon Petersen.
State Assembly (GOP)
Rick Keene 56%
Dan Ostrander 44%
Jewett-Burdick easily wins as clerk-recorder
NEVADA CITY DEIncumbent Lorraine Jewett-Burdick is the apparent easy winner of the Nevada County clerk-recorder’s race, leading her opponent Kevin Waggoner by a substantial margin Tuesday night, according to unofficial results.
Jewett-Burdick said the margin was a vote for her improvements, and against negative campaigning.
“I think it shows decidedly that the voters appreciate the improvements I’ve made in the Clerk-Recorder’s Office, and that they do not appreciate ugly, negative campaigns,” Jewett-Burdick said.
Waggoner waged a tough battle in a campaign Jewett-Burdick described as “ugly.”
Waggoner, a former supervisory elections assistant, claimed that Jewett-Burdick hired a $40,000-a-year personal assistant, spent thousands of dollars on Web sites and newsletters, increased the costs of school and fire district elections, and raised the price of some recorder’s services.
Waggoner disagreed with Jewett-Burdick’s assessment of his campaign, calling it, “positive and informative.”
The 2002 Clerk-Recorder’s race was the second in a row pitting Jewett-Burdick against an elections clerk.
County clerk-recorder vote totals
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