A breakdown of the measures, school board positions and City County seats in this upcoming election.
By Barbara Zaragoza
South Bay, do you know who’s running for office? What about your state and local measures? Your vote could effect your drinking water, your child’s education, your taxpayer dollars, your roads and more.
But here’s the problem: the number of state propositions & local measures is enormous this year. Just check out Doug Porter’s breakdown of the California State Propositions from his Starting Line. Then there are 35 measures related to San Diego County Doug has covered.
Some of us have full time jobs, kids, elderly parents, spouses, household responsibilities and much more. How do we get a handle on this year’s ballot? This week, my column is devoted to our South Bay measures and candidates.
The Democratic Party breaks things down with their endorsements here. Allison Sampite-Montecalvo at the San Diego Union Tribune also gives an overview this week of the South Bay City Council candidates. Here are some extra tidbits specific to the South Bay:
12 Measures for South San Diego
South San Diego (which includes San Ysidro, Otay Mesa East & West, Nestor and Palm City) — are part of the City of San Diego. That means, you’ll be voting on 12 measures, including whether the city should build a downtown Charger’s stadium (Measure C) and whether the city should legalize marijuana (Measure N).
You’ll want to pay close attention to Measure CC which asks voters whether members of the Sweetwater Union High School District Board of Trustees should be limited to two (2) terms of office.
Chula Vista: 2 Measures, 2 School Board & 2 City Council Seats
The City of Chula Vista spent a lot of time debating whether they should put Measure P on their ballot. The City Council voted to have us decide whether we’d like a half-cent sales tax increase, with the money going to infrastructure. Here is the full wording:
Measure P: To repair neighborhood streets and sidewalks, replace storm drains to prevent sinkholes, update police, paramedic and 9-1-1 equipment and facilities, improve parks, repair recreation facilities, and for general city services and infrastructure, shall the City of Chula Vista adopt an ordinance enacting a temporary 1⁄2 cent sales tax, generating an estimated $16 million per year, expiring in 10 years, with no further increases without voter approval, with all funds staying in Chula Vista, requiring citizen oversight and independent audits?
Southwestern Community College is also asking for new bond money. Measure Z, which the San Diego Union Tribune covered back in March says this:
Measure Z: Southwestern Community College affordable education, job training/veteran support measure. To repair/ upgrade local community college campuses, prepare students/ veterans for jobs/ university transfer, repair deteriorating roofs, electrical wiring, gas, water/ sewer lines, remove asbestos/ lead paint, improve energy efficiency/ campus safety/ security, upgrade, acquire, repair, construct classrooms/ labs/ sites/ facilities/ equipment, shall Southwestern Community College District issue $400 million in bonds at legal rates, no money for administrators’ salaries/ pensions, independent audits, citizen oversight, all funds used locally?
Chula Vista Elementary School Board seats number 2 & 4 are up for election. The race for Seat 2 includes 5 candidates: Hans D’Oleire, Armando Farias, Willard “Doc” Howard, Michael Deangelo Jackson, and Rosa Maria Robles. Seat 4 includes 2 candidates: Glendora Tremper and Laurie Humphrey.
City of Chula Vista City Council seats number 3 & 4 are up for election. Steve Padilla (D) and Jason Paguio (R) are running for Seat No. 3. Rudy Ramirez (D) and Mike Diaz (R) are running for Seat No. 4.
National City: 1 Measure, 2 School Board & 2 City Council Seats
National School District is also looking to upgrade its facilities through a new bond measure:
Measure HH: National School District — To repair and rebuild aging classrooms and facilities throughout the District; meet handicapped access requirements; increase student access to computers /technology; repair roofs; and improve campus security and student loading zones for increased safety; shall National School District be authorized to issue $30 million of bonds with interest rates below legal limits, annual audits, independent citizens’ oversight, no money for administrative salaries and all funds spent locally and not taken by the State and used elsewhere?
The National City School Board will also hold elections and you’ll be able to vote for 2 of 3 candidates: Barbara Avalos, Sheryl Celladora and Brian Clapper.
Plus, the City Clerk & Treasurer are up for re-election alongside two City Council Seats. Six people are running for the National City Council: Jerry Cano, David Garcia, Candy Morales, Luis Natividad, Jose Rodriguez, Alejandra Sotelo-Solis.
Imperial Beach: 6 are running for 2 Council Seats
Six people are running for two open City Council Seats in Imperial Beach: Julie Behrens, Moises Camacho, Michelle Sanchez-Huffman, Tim O’Neal, Robert Patton, and Mark West.
School Boards & Water Boards
Four school boards are holding elections for trustees:
- Southwestern Community College,
- Sweetwater Union High District,
- San Ysidro School District, and
- South Bay Union.
The biggest news here is that Hector Romero is running for a Sweetwater Union High School District seat. You might remember him as the contractor along with his company HAR Construction who sued the District in September 2011, claiming he was the victim of extortion by school board members. Romero reached a $7.35 million settlement with the District. You can read about it here and here.
Finally, the two water districts that cover South Bay, San Diego will have elections for three divisions each:
- The Otay Water District will hold elections for Divisions No. 2, 4, 5
- The South Bay Irrigation District will hold elections for Divisions No. 2, 3 & 5
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