Kenwood Press


Serving the communities of Kenwood, Glen Ellen and Oakmont

email print
News: 11/15/2016

Election Wrap Up



Sonoma County residents approved new taxes for their library and upped the tax on tourists staying overnight, but stopped just short of passing new funds for the countyís park system. A whopping 81 percent approved extending and expanding the countyís Community Separators that provide greenbelts around cities and encourage vertical growth rather than sprawl.

School bonds enjoyed a high level of support this year, with all seven on the ballot passing. The Sonoma Valley Unified School District Bond passed with 68.8 percent of the vote. It will provide $120 million specifically targeted to physical improvements at the Districtís high school, two middle schools, four elementary and two charter schools. Glen Ellenís Dunbar Elementary School is included in the district.

Sonoma Countyís Registrar of Voters, William Rousseau, (also the countyís Clerk-Recorder-Assessor), said that when the remaining 68,000 last-minute votes and provisional votes are counted, the total voting rate will be about 85 percent. Forty people are working every day, including holidays and weekends, to finish the count by the Dec. 6 deadline to certify the statewide results.

Locally, Gina Cuclis handily won a second term on the county Board of Education, while west county voters picked newcomer Lynda Hopkins to sit on the Board of Supervisors representing District 5.

Sonoma County voters pretty much voted with their fellow Californians on national issues, solidly Democrat, electing Kamala Harris to the U.S. Senate and supporting Mike Thompson (5th District) and Jared Huffman (2nd District) for Congress. Locally, they are sending political veterans Bill Dodd (Senate, 3rd District), Jim Wood (Assembly, 2nd District) and Mark Levine (Assembly, 10th District) back to Sacramento.

Local voters didnít agree with the majority on all of the state propositions. They supported indexing drug costs (Prop. 61) and repealing the death penalty (Prop. 62), but didnít support fiddling with the death penalty procedures (Prop. 66). Otherwise, they voted with the rest of the state on the propositions.

The Transient Occupancy Tax rate increases from nine percent to 12 percent, and applies only in the unincorporated areas of the county. It will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. This is expected to bring in an additional $4 million a year in funds that are supposed to address tourism related issues, such as road repair. Much of it goes to advertising Sonoma County as a tourism destination.

The 10-year library tax adds of a percent to local sales taxes and could bring in as much as $12 million a year, which will go a long way toward restoring full hours throughout the library system and performing long-deferred maintenance on buildings and infrastructure. While tax measures are seldom popular, this one passed with a 71 percent majority, with two-thirds support necessary to pass. It also goes into effect Jan. 1 next year.

How We Voted


Email: jay@kenwoodpress.com

Recently Published:

01/15/2019 - County seeks public input on housing development sites
01/15/2019 - St. Patrickís classes, news
01/15/2019 - Sugarloaf Ridge, Jack London parks are flourishing
01/15/2019 - Fire volunteers are needed and welcome
01/15/2019 - Register for kindergarten now
01/15/2019 - Mobile Support Team expands services to Sonoma Valley
01/15/2019 - SVCAC to review B.R. Cohn event request
01/15/2019 - Protecting your pets and backyard livestock from predators
01/15/2019 - Further information on Kenwood cyclist/pedestrian incident
12/15/2018 - Top Stories of 2018
12/15/2018 - Jack London Park benefits from Rotary gift
12/15/2018 - Harder than it looks!
12/15/2018 - How honeybees and beekeepers get through the winter
12/15/2018 - Free classes, training to help older adults prevent falls
12/15/2018 - End of an era: Reflections on SDC

Community Calendar

Heaven and Hell, Saints and Sinners
01/16/2019
more...
Bingo is back
01/16/2019
more...
Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood meeting
01/16/2019
more...
Oakmont Sunday Symposium
01/20/2019
more...
MLK Day clean up at Hood Mountain park
01/21/2019
more...
Family hike
01/21/2019
more...
Fire safety in Oakmont topic of discussion
01/24/2019
more...
Rotary sponsors A Streetcar Named Desire
01/24/2019
more...
Winter landscape photo workshop at Jack London
01/26/2019
more...
VOTMA New Yearís Social
01/26/2019
more...
Winter landscape photo workshop at Jack London
01/27/2019
more...


Weather Underground PWS KCAKENWO2