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

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.

Party Updates

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.


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