Published : Tuesday, November 6, 2018 | 5:57 PM
Pasadena sales tax measures I and J were on their way to strong victories Tuesday evening. Voters overwhelmingly agreed to a 3/4 cent sales tax, as well as the sharing of a third of approximately $21 million in new revenue yearly with the Pasadena Unified School District.
Both measures were supported by Mayor Terry Tornek, as well as former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard.
US Congress representatives Judy Chu (D-27), and Adam Schiff (D-28), whose district represents a portion of North Pasadena, won their races decisively, as did State Assemblymember and former Pasadena Mayor Chris Holden.
Here’s how we blogged it:
12:02 a.m.—17% of precincts now counted. Measure I still holds a 66% lead, and Measure J holds a 71% lead
11:22 p.m. —with 13.6 % of the precincts reporting, the percentages remain unchanged, with Measures I and J leading by 66% and 71%, respectively.
11:08 p.m. —11.9 percent of precincts have now reported, and both Measures I and J continue to hold their leads, of 66% and 71%, respectively.
10:45 p.m.—with 8.47 % of precincts now reporting (5 of 59 precincts), sales tax Measures I and J continue to hold strong leads. Measure I leads with 9,011 votes in favor, for 66% of the vote, while Measure J holds a 71% lead, with 9,572 votes in favor, representing 71% of the vote.
9:45 p.m. —With only 6.78 percent of precincts reporting, Measures I and J hold dramatic leads, with Measure I at 65.94% “yes,” and Measure J at 71.05% “yes.” The 3/4 cent sales tax—Measure I—would provide an additional $21 million in revenue for the City yearly. Measure J would recommend that a third of the revenue be shared with the Pasadena Unified School District, with City Council approval.
9:20 p.m. — State Assembly District 41 incumbent Democrat Chris Holden is now leading challenger Alan Reynolds. Holden has gotten 27,660 votes or 60.8% of the counted votes cast versus Reynolds’ 17,863 votes, or 39.2% of the total.
9:15 p.m. — District 27 Congresswoman Judy Chu now has a commanding lead over opponent Bryan Witt and is expected to win her race. Chu has garnered 40,090 votes or 79.2% while Witt has gotten 10,542 votes, 20.8% of the total cast.
8:45 p.m. — First indications are that Measures I and J may both be headed to victory.
Initial returns — just 6.78% of precincts so far —show both Measures leading by substantial margins.
Results of mail-in ballots show the new sales tax Measure I is leading 65.94% in favor, 34.06% against.
Measure J, the advisory measure which would allocate one-third of the revenues from the sales tax to Pasadena Unified School District, is leading by an even wider margin, with 71.05% if favor and 28.95% against.
Mayor Terry Tornek said he is “delighted” and “not surprised.” The Mayor said he expects the leads to grow even wider for both measures as the evening progresses.
8:30 p.m. — Very preliminary returns in now on two races: District 27 Congresswoman Judy Chu is out ahead of challenger Bryan Witt 62% to 37%. In California State Assembly District 41 meanwhile, early returns show Democrat Chris Holden trails challenger Independent Alan Reynolds 43.1% to 56.9 %.
Pasadena Now will provide election returns coverage and insights from key city leaders and commentators on Pasadena Measures and candidates throughout Tuesday night and into Wednesday, starting shortly after local polls close at 8 p.m. Readers may wish also to follow Pasadena Now’s Facebook page.
Results will be posted as made available by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.