Here’s the latest on these important races:
2nd District County Supervisor: 89 % reporting Dan Secord: 48 %
Janet Wolf: 52%
Analysis: We’re thinking Wolf’s got a lock on this one now. Since she comes from the same side of the fence as incumbent Susan Rose, we’re not expecting any drastic change to the Board of Supervisors current power balance.
Sheriff: 86 % reporting Bill Brown: 53 %
Jim Anderson: 47 %
Analysis: Looks like Lompoc’s chief of police has unseated the mighty Jim Anderson. How will the rank and file take it? We’ll find out rather soon.
S.B. School Board: 86 % reporting
Bob Noel: 31 %
Kate Parker: 28 %
Suzy Cawthon: 19 %
Analysis: In one of the election’s most personally heated races, it appears that the elder incumbent Bob Noel took the biggest piece of the pie. Coming along will be Kate Parker, whereas Suzy is out, as are Rosanne Crawford, Thinker Bill Hackett, and Michelle Maddox.
Goleta City Council: 91 % reporting Michael Bennett: 18.7 %
Eric Onnen: 18.5 %
Cynthia Brock: 16.5 %
Roger Aceves: 16.2 %
Margaret Connell: 16.2 %
Jack Hawxhurst: 13 %
Analysis: In a surprising shift for a city that likes to think of itself as slow-growth, the pro-business candidates Bennett and Onnen are sliding into council seats. With the city’s general plan on the line, their involvement along with that of pro-biz Jean Blois may make Goleta a more friendly place for business and development. We wonder what their no-growth neighbors in Noleta think about that.
Carpinteria City Council: 71 % reporting Gregg Carty: 23.4 %
Al Clark: 23 %
Brad Stein: 21 %
Gregory Gandrud: 17 %
Don Hurd: 14 %
Analysis: Apparently the well-timed allegations about Mayor Brad Stein’s collusion with the Little League against soccer kids didn’t pay off. Gandrud, always an exciting man to watch when serving on government boards, now has to find something else to do.
Measure D (transportation tax): 86 % reporting Yes: 54 %
No: 46 %
Anaylsis: Since this decade-long tax increase (really, a tax stabilization) required a two-thirds majority, this measure has failed. Kiss 101 widening, commuter rail, more bike lanes, and everything else transportation-related goodbye for the next couple decades. Way to go Santa Barbara County! Well, at least you’ll save yourself a couple cents every day. But wait, you were already paying that anyway….
Measure P (making marijuana lowest priority for SBPD): 81 % reporting Yes: 64 %
No: 36 %
Analysis: Can you say Santa Barbara-dam? We’re curious what, if any, effect this will actually have on the cops. And we won’t be surprised if the cops take the whole measure to court. But to see so many Santa Barbarans supportive of basically legalizing pot? We can’t help but like that.
From Goleta, Martha Sadler is reporting that the city council incumbent party at Zaffiro (the old Pascucci which changed its name today) was in a weird mood. “Neither Cynthia Brock nor Margaret Connell, who keep swapping in and out of third place, are sure that they want to win. Since Bennett and Onnen are pro-business types like Jean Blois, both Connell and Brock are afraid that whoever wins from their camp will be stuck in purgatory as part of the minority. Jack Hawxhurst, however, knows that he’s got no chance and is looking forward to throwing Monday Night Football parties once again. (Monday is when the Goleta CC meets.)
Meanwhile, at Zodos, Eric Onnen said that “he was pleasantly surprised,” reports Martha. “He said that there was no way to call it.” Bennett just showed up to Zodos around 9:20 p.m., so Martha is looking to contact him as well.