[Updated] In Pasadena, each of the four municipal ballot measures cruised to victory, including measures to regulate and tax a limited number of cannabis dispensaries. Thus, Pasadena will begin to formalize a regulating ordinance and tax rate schedule for the limited number of legal dispensaries which will likely open “in the next 8 to 12 months,” according to Mayor Terry Tornek.
“I was not surprised by the results,” said Mayor Terry Tornek, regarding the election schedule change. Tornek also said that the regulation and taxation of cannabis in the city was a ‘win-win’ for everyone.”
The City and Pasadena Unified School District will also move their elections to coincide with State and national elections, based on the passage of Measures AA and BB. The move means that the Mayor and a number of Councilmembers will remain in office an additional 19 months, in order to align the elections.
Incumbent PCC Trustee Ross Selvidge lost his “jump out, jump back in” race for the Area 1 PCC Trustee seat to newcomer Sandra Chen Lau, whose lead grew consistently all evening long.
“I want to congratulate my opponent for a hard-fought campaign, and for his service to PCC,” Chen Lau said in a statement early Wednesday morning. “I’m very grateful for the trust that voters have placed in me. And I am eager to begin work with my new colleagues on the Board of Trustees to make a great school even better.”
“In the days ahead, I look forward to actively engaging with all the college’s stakeholders, and with all those in the larger community who value and depend on PCC,” Chen Lau said.
Area 3 PCC Board of Trustees incumbent Berlinda Brown handily won her seat over challenger Roger Eric Martinez.
State Assemblymember Chris Holden, U.S. Congressmember Judy Chu, and Congressmember Adam Schiff all won their respective races.
RESULTS BY THE NUMBERS:
Pasadena City Special Municipal Election – Measure AA
Shall the Pasadena City Charter be amended consistent with state law with regards to election cycles.
Yes 82.29% (13,590 votes)
No 17.71% (2,925 votes)
Pasadena Unified School District Special Election – Measure BB
Shall the Pasadena City Charter be amended consistent with state voting cycles.
Yes 84.28% (21,865 votes)
No 15.72% (4,078 votes)
Pasadena City Special Municipal Election – Measure CC
Shall an ordinance be adopted to allow a limited number of commercial cannabis businesses to operate in the City.
Yes 59.90% (10,134 votes)
No 40.10% (6,784 votes)
Pasadena City Special Municipal Election – Measure DD
Shall the City tax cannabis (marijuana) businesses
Yes 75.49% (12,529 votes)
No 24.51% (4,067 votes)
Pasadena Area Community College District Governing Board Member, Trustee Area No. 1
Sandra Chen Lau 59.05% (5,290 votes)
Ross S. Selvidge 40.95% (3,669 votes)
Pasadena Area Community College District Governing Board Member, Trustee Area No. 3
Berlinda J. Brown 82.15% (3,351 votes)
Roger Eric Martinez 17.85% (728 votes)