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Election Results Show Zane Wins, Measure D Passes Narrowly

Tabulation of votes gives School District Measure solid support, with 66.9% of the vote, 66.7% required for passage

Voters in Sonoma County re-elected two supervisors and selected two Santa Rosa City Council members to square off in November for a third seat on the board, according to unofficial results from Tuesday's election.

District 3 Supervisor Shirlee Zane handily defeated her challenger, former Rohnert Park Councilman Tim Smith, whom she also bested in the 2008 election. Zane won with nearly 63 percent of the vote.

She said the results show that the district's voters support her leadership on pension reform and that she will continue to take the lead in those efforts. "I am honored and grateful to the district's constituency for their vote of support," Zane said.

Smith said during his campaign that Zane and the other supervisors had not gone far enough in tackling pension reform. He was unavailable for comment Tuesday night.

All county school board measures were also ahead, most of them over the 55% level required for passage. Measure D, affecting Rohnert Park - Cotati, was ahead by about a 2/1 margin, 66.9% YES to 33.1% NO, just above the 66.7% required for passage.

In Sonoma County voting, Rep. Mike Thompson was well ahead of Randy Loflin in the 5th Congressional District, 73% to 15%, while in the hotly contested 2nd Congressional district had Jared Hufmann in first with 37% and fellow Democrat Norman Solomon moving into second place with 15.4%, just ahead of Republican candidate Daniel Roberts with 14/6% .

Solomon also finished in second in Marin County, but the total vote for the position throughout the Congressional Distict, which extends north to the Oregon border, is expected to produce a run-off between the Democratic candidate Huffman and the Republican Roberts.

Complete results from the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters show as follows:

MEASURE D-COTATI/ROHNERT PARK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
24 of 24 precincts reporting
YES 5,545 (66.9%)
NO 2,748 (33.1%)

SUPERVISOR-DISTRICT 3 (One to be elected)
47 of 47 precincts reporting
Tim Smith 4864
Shirlee Zane (i) 8339

The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters has results page at their website here.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

Redd June 07, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Those of you that voted yes on "D" because you read the voters handbook...When is the last time the government told you the truth about taxes and how they spend them? As we speak both Arnold and Brown have been caught with their hands in the till spending monies from the 911 personalized license plate fund that is supposed to go to 911 family's. You self-righteous liberals slay me. If RP/Cotati wanted to do this just and equal they could have done a local sales tax...BUT, Nooooooooo...they chose income redistribution. Those of us that have worked hard to improve our lives, gotten a education get to take care of everyone that sits at home and drinks the Liberal Kool-Ade. Why should a renter have to contribute, why should a renter have to pay the same taxes as the rest of us...ask your Democrat Liberal leaders.
Tom June 07, 2012 at 04:40 AM
See the trees, now cut them down, and build a one room school house! In a past article I believe it was said that there in now somewhere around 1000 less kids in school here. So, Why is more money needed? Besides, spending is up for schools 1.2 billion from the year before, and from that I'm to believe that funds have been cut. My public education tells me that is addition, not subtraction. Jobs and property values are going down, and taxes are going UP! So, I'm to believe that I'm to do with less to make life easy for others. Reality check folks....Life is hard, deal with it!
Fluffoo June 07, 2012 at 04:44 AM
So we'll have a more desirable town with a casino in the backyard, another McDs, another Starbucks, and another large hotel. Makes me rethink our decision to move here back in 2003.
VotedNOonD June 07, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Me too Lisa. Rohnert park is becoming a very trashy place...especially with all these free-loading leeches, many of whom voted for Measure M, trying to live off other peoples' hard earned dollars. I will either be selling or renting out our current home pretty soon. Rohnert park is not the same as it was when I first moved here.
VotedNOonD June 07, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Lisa don't forget about the smoke shops an "medicinal" pot club in rohnert park/ cotati. Seems like money-hungry Rohnert Park doesn't care about its image anymore, as long as it gets it's money. Too bad the "friendly city" slogan is becoming a joke
Pat Comstock June 07, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Yet another uninformed comment. Take a moment to read the above text of the measure. IF passed, the annual $89 parcel tax will be paid by property owners, not renters. While it's possible some landlords might pass it on to tenants, that is not what you attacked. But it's also apparent that you're more about spewing political and theological bias, than participating in intelligent discussion of a very local issue still in flux—as evidenced by the fact that you're apparently a first-time visitor, who signed in to RP Patch for the first time this morning to attack people who voted for what you want to characterize as, "Liberal Socialist Income Redistribution." Perhaps you might consider some "Liberal Kool-Ade" as an antidote for the uber-con Hatorade that you seem to be swilling lately.
VotedNOonD June 07, 2012 at 05:24 AM
That's all rohnert park/cotati has to offer - fast food, more fast food and coffee. What 3 McDonalds, 2 Taco Bells, 2 Burger Kings, Jack in the Box, panda express, Carl's junior, KFC, Popeyes, Pollo Loco, In-n-out(I like them though), Arby's, 5 starbucks, and tons(no pun intended) of overweight people. Seriously though, i think its overkill to have SO MUCH fast food in such a small town. How about making fast food restaurants pay extra taxes to Rohnert Park for a public health program, or to help pay for public education.
Pat Comstock June 07, 2012 at 05:54 AM
Starbucks and Burger King will be disappointed that their expensive branding failed to inform you that there are seven Starbucks shops and three Burger King feedbags with Rohnert Park and Cotati city limits.
Tom June 07, 2012 at 06:16 AM
No Voted, not more taxes, less taxes! People just need to be responsible for the choices they make. (Eating, Drinking, Smoking, having Kids etc. ) And stop expecting others to pick up the tab. That's all. Being responsible for ones self, That's the price for Freedom and Liberty! Which so many seem to willing to give up these days for the promise of Ameritoia! I know taxes have to be paid, I just wish those spending it, treated it more like their own money and not like it's an endless supply! Because it's not! I've called this little town home for over 20 years now, but it sure looks like it may be time to relocate to a more taxpayer friendly area....not sure if that's still posible in this state.
pdf June 07, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Tom..good luck on your journey to another town..one that's more "tax-friendly". And by the way, I am fortunate to be living in this country, where taxes are lower than anywhere else. Hey...that's an idea! Why not move out of the country and see what it's like to pay more taxes and then maybe you will appreciate our friendly city. Or not.
SooQue June 07, 2012 at 04:59 PM
That is why we bought our home in Rohnert Park, 26 years ago. We were starting a family and we loved the parks and the school system. There was a very stable feel to the community. I am not a teacher, but do value educational opportunities. Look at any community with a lousy school system and you will see blight and poverty. Of course we need to question about how the money is being spent, and have accountability.
SooQue June 07, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I am not a teacher VotedNOonD. But do believe that our community,and state and country as a whole would benefit from our schools being top notch, in the world. I voted Yes because that is my right as an American; to vote for what I believe in. You have the same right. I will not attack you for voting for what you believe in. Please do not attack me.
SooQue June 07, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Well said, pdf. Communities with an excellent school system are usually excellent communities, overall! Even for seniors, and those without children.
SooQue June 07, 2012 at 05:10 PM
If you own your home, the value of it will go down, if our schools go down the tubes. You will then really be losing money. If the school system is excellent, your home value will go up. It almost seems to me that some people that complain about paying taxes, are the ones not paying taxes at all?
Redd June 07, 2012 at 06:05 PM
It's not if the $445 is worth it or not, what my complaint is about the way this tax is being levied. This is a tax being levied on some, not all...and yes, this is political...Measure D was on a political ballot to be voted on by all of the city's residence as part of a state wide election...that's what makes it political. So you explain to me why it's OK to tax some and not all of the city's population that Measure D affects...please explain that to me. This is what makes it "Income Redistribution". This is a tax that is not shared by all, but paid for by some that affects all. Where's the shared responsibility? Why do some get a pass while others don't? Who made the decision for this to affect some and not all? I've been in Cotati/RP since 86' and I'm also born and raised in California, I'm a native. I have no intention on moving over this, but I do voice my opinion at the ballot box, and even on this forum...It's called "Free Speech" which is something you enjoy, and is a freedom that I fought for and was disabled for in the Nam. Measure D shelters some from their Personal Responsibility in sharing the monetary/financial cost. Yes, this is political and it's a value promoted by the left. Free stuff for some, paid for by others, not all.
pdf June 07, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Be grateful you even have a job, Tom.
VotedNOonD June 07, 2012 at 06:58 PM
"Be grateful you even have a job, Tom." PDF - That's the message you should be sending to the school system. "Be grateful you even have a job". Why get greedy . We all know they will be using Measure D revenue for Raises/Promotions/Bonuses/Retirement at the expense of all the homeowners. You might argue that Measure D money can't be used for salaries/raises/bonuses/etc per the ballot, but what will happen is this: 1) The school system will use up their existing annual budget for promotions/raises/bonuses/pensions, and use Measure D money for replace that same money, they took out from their operating fund, to run the schools. They are hopeful that the economy will improve within the 5 year period, so that they can continue living their lavish lives with more raises and promotions. I'm an accountant, so I know all these strategies. I hate it when school teachers say they "don't make enough money". Why did they become teachers in the first place, if they knew that teachers generally "don't make enough money". I've been hearing this same complaint since Kindergarten. The only thing these teachers are doing is teaching the students to be GREEDY.
VotedNOonD June 07, 2012 at 07:02 PM
We all know they will be using Measure D revenue for Raises/Promotions/Bonuses/Retirement at the expense of all the homeowners. You might argue that Measure D money can't be used for salaries/raises/bonuses/etc per the ballot, but what will happen is this: 1) The school system will use up their existing annual budget for promotions/raises/bonuses/pensions. 2) they will use Measure D money for replace that same money, they took out from their operating fund, to run the schools. 3)They are hopeful that the economy will improve within the 5 year period, so that they can continue living their lavish lives with more raises and promotions at the expense of homeowners! I'm an accountant, so I know all these strategies.
Pat Comstock June 07, 2012 at 07:17 PM
@Redd, This proposed tax has not yet being levied, and won't be unless at least two-thirds of Rohnert Park and Cotati's registered voters approve it. Besides freedom of speech and our other constitutional rights, voting is a mainstay of our democracy that you say you've fought for. BTW, I am a Vietnam vet (44th Medical Brig, 2nd Log, '65-'66), and shame on me for being suspect of those who inject claim of veteran status, but then attack my same rights to vote my conscience and, in your case, insinuate that I am a socialist, simply because I may have voted yes for something that YOU don't approve of.
pdf June 07, 2012 at 07:56 PM
VotedNOonD: You have the prerogative to live in this free country of ours. How sad that you truly believe that the teachers are teaching students only how to be greedy. What a pathetic state of mind and opinion. You need to sit in the classroom and see what goes on. You are truly mistaken. Stay opinionated. Don't open your mind. Move to Texas.
pdf June 07, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Pat...thank you for your service to this country of ours.
Redd June 07, 2012 at 07:59 PM
@Pat Comstock...Man can you spin...show me where I attacked you. Welcome home and thank you for your service...so, you're a nurse. I was a platoon medic with the 101st Abn 67' 68'. So far you've attacked me for things that I never said...and you've not answered my questions to you. You've not responded to the questions that I've posed to you. And yes, to me you are a left wing loon. I've had enough of your babble...won't be responding to any more of your drivel. Have fun with your BS. Bye, bye.
VotedNOonD June 07, 2012 at 08:05 PM
What's pathetic is how much you defend these teachers. They're just going to spend that extra money from their Measure D originated raises/bonuses on Alcohol & Pot. What does that teach our students? I know this was an Elsie Allen Vice Principal, but I personally know RP teachers who are alcoholic/drug users. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120606/ARTICLES/120609648/1350?Title=Elsie-Allen-school-official-held-on-DUI-pot-charges-after-110-mph-ride
pdf June 07, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Yeah, that's what ALL the teachers are going to do with the funds...spend it on alcohol and pot. Man, you definitely have some serious issues. Are you high?
Tom June 08, 2012 at 04:10 AM
pdf...I never said I would leave this country, I'm an American and proud of it! California I believe may be in the top 15 states with the highest property taxes, and our "Friendly City" is among the top in the county and the State with it's sales tax. And our Friendly City ain't so friendly anymore....have you read the police logs lately? In 2010 the people here voted to pay more in sales taxes,(which I voted against) I live here, so, I shop here and yes that means I pay more in taxes here. I'm just one of many taxpayers that are tired of people asking for more, that's all. The question then is, "When will they have enough?" The answer...Never! The reason, because no one wants to face reality and fix the problem of spending. If this tax passes,so be it, that doesn't mean I have to be happy with it! I'll still find a way to pay my bills with less money, as I've always done. Just wish others would do the same. Here a question...When was the last time you were thanked for paying taxes by someone who was spending them?
Tom June 08, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Thank You for your service Redd.
Tom June 08, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Thank you for your service Pat.
Pat Comstock June 08, 2012 at 05:16 AM
"When was the last time you were thanked for paying taxes by someone who was spending them?" That's an excellent, thought-provoking question, Tom. Can't imagine someone working in the public sector actually expressing job appreciation in that manner. I'll ask a few if it ever occurred to them to thank a taxpayer for their paycheck. I'm guessing some will say that they pay taxes, too. But most will probably get huffy and tell how hard they work, and that I should be thanking them for their service. It's a very interesting question indeed. Perhaps Mr. Kallen might agree that it's a question worthy of some form of homepage address to Patch readers.
Tom June 08, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Yes, SooQue, I am a home owner and a taxpayer....and I vote too! I pay the 1.25% property tax like everyone here that owns their homes, and the 8.5% sales tax and all the other taxes from my paycheck, and gas tax, energy taxes and fees....etc The question is "Where does it all go and Why do they need more?" Being that it's my money! I have the right to ask the questions and question those spending my money!
Tom June 08, 2012 at 06:26 AM
pdf...I thank my Boss every chance I get for my job. It affords me to keep my house and pay my bills, and pay my taxes....and with what's left over I try to save for hard times. What a concept, save for hard times and living within my budget...it will be great when others do the same.

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