In Los Angeles County, two seats on the Board of Supervisors are contested with races to fill the seats held by Don Knabe and Michael Antonovich, both termed out.
As of midnight Wednesday, Janice Hahn had won 49.5 percent of the vote, just .5 % away from avoiding a runoff in November against Steve Napolitano for a District 4 supervisor seat. In District 5, Kathryn Barger (29.8 percent) appeared headed to a general election race against Bob Huff (15.8 percent), Ara James Najarian (14.9 percent) or Darrell Park (14.5 percent).
Orange County voters were poised to establish a county-wide ethics commission to oversee public officials and lobbyists. Incumbent county supervisor Andrew Do (41.2 percent) looked to be heading off to a general election against rival Michele Martinez (29.1 percent) in the county's 1st District.
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- Update 11:45 p.m.: Long Beach City College may soon get upgrades
- Update 10:51 p.m.: Incumbent Supe Do outpacing opponents in Orange County
- Update 10:13 p.m.: Pair of measures to raise taxes in Long Beach gaining support
- Update 9:45 p.m.: Sec of State: SoCal voters saw problems at the polls
- Update 9:33 p.m.: Could Orange County get an ethics commission?
- Update 8:41 p.m.: Hahn, Barger leading in early LA supervisor returns
- Update 8 p.m.: Turnout slightly lower in LA, Orange counties
An $850 million bond measure for the repair and upgrades of facilities at Long Beach City College had 62 percent of votes with 69 out of 302 precinct results counted. Measure LB needs 55 percent of the vote to pass.
Long Beach City College had asked voters to approve facilities measures in 2002 and 2008. It appears voters did not have bond funding fatigue responded positively to advocates’ call to help upgrade aging buildings and create education partnerships for veterans and for jobs that require science and technical skills.
The measure contains a bond oversight provision and guarantees that the funds won’t be used for administrators’ salaries
Incumbent Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do is leaving two opponents in the dust with 40.7 percent of the vote after 25 of 198 voting precincts were counted. Challenger Michele Martinez, a councilwoman in the city of Santa Ana, had 29.9 percent of votes while Phat Bui, a Garden Grove councilman, had 20.7 percent of the vote.
Do and Bui both campaigned vigorously for the Vietnamese American vote. Unless one of the candidates gets a majority when all votes are counted, the two highest vote getters will face each other in a runoff in November.
Ballot measures in Long Beach to raise the city’s sales tax to 10 percent and create a rainy day fund with new tax revenues has a strong lead in early returns.
Measure A had 59 percent of votes. The measure would raise the city’s retail sales tax by 1 percent for six years then half of 1 percent for four years. The tax would expire after 10 years. The funds would go into the city’s general fund.
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has said the city needs $2.8 billion to pay for infrastructure needs such as street and sewer repairs and the hiring of more police and paramedics.
Companion Measure B had 58 percent of votes. The measure would set aside 1 percent of new tax revenues in a rainy day fund that would protect city services in future recessions, according to the measure’s backers.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla said many voters showed up to the polls to find their names were missing from poll lists or other issues. Instead, they received provisional ballots.
Speaking to KPCC's Larry Mantle, Padilla said the provisional ballots allow voters to cast ballots while their eligibility is checked.
Padilla added in L.A. County, about 90 percent of provisional ballots go on to be added to the tally. A proposal for same-day registration will dramatically reduce the need for provisional ballots, he added.
“The good news is that provisional ballots is what we do here in California," Padilla said. "It’s sort of the failsafe, backup option to make sure that people have the opportunity to cast a ballot.”
The nationwide Election Protection voter hotline received more than 1,300 calls Tuesday, the Associated Press reported:
Complaints included polling locations opening after the required 7 a.m. start in Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties. Some Los Angeles County voters complained they didn't get their requested mail-in ballots. And parking was scarce near some Los Angeles County polling places.
Update 9:33 p.m.: BOE Incumbents leading in Orange County; Voters leaning toward establishing ethics commission
Three incumbents seeking reelection to the Orange County Board of Education have strong leads over their challengers in early results. Incumbents Robert Hammond had 48.6 percent, Ken Williams 40.2 percent, and John Bedell had 48 percent of mail in votes tallied by the Orange County Registrar of Voters.
Campaign spending by charter school advocates and teachers unions had made these contentious races in the last several months.
The board of education is the body overseeing the Orange County Department of Education which provides support to the county’s 27 school districts and runs schools for incarcerated youth, among other things.
A measure to establish an Ethics Commission in Orange County has overwhelming support in early results. 70.6 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of creating a body to investigate whether public officials and lobbyists in Orange County are violating campaign finance laws.
Los Angeles and San Diego counties have city ethics commissions.
In Irvine, a $319 million school facilities bond measure has strong support with 59 percent backing based on preliminary numbers. When all votes are counted, the measure will need 55 percent to pass. A $9 billion statewide school facilities improvement bond proposal will be on the November ballot.
Unlike many Southern California school districts, Irvine Unified has been seeing steady growth in student enrollment in the last six years.
Early numbers are starting to trickle in for local and county races.
In early returns for the District 4 Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors race, Janice Hahn is leading Steve Napolitano, 49.58 percent to 39.69 percent. Ralph Pachelo is in third place with 10.73 percent.
In the District 5 supervisors contest, Kathryn Barger leads the eight-candidate field with 29.35 percent of the early votes. Barger is chief of staff to Michael Antonovich, whose seat she is seeking. Antonovich is being termed out.
She is followed by Bob Huff with 16.01 percent, Ara Najarian with 15.96 percent, and Darrell Park with 14.23 percent. Mitchell Englander is next with 11.22 percent followed by Elan Carr, Billy Malone and Rajpal Kahlon.
In Orange County, Early numbers show incumbent Andrew Do leading in the 1st District county supervisor's contest. Michele Martinez is second with 29.1 percent of the votes, followed by Phat Bui with 21 percent, and Steve Rocco with 8.7 percent.
Turnout was down in Los Angeles and Orange County this afternoon ahead of the busy after-work hours.
In Los Angeles County at 7 p.m., a sampling of precincts showed a turnout of 35.55 percent compared to 23.55 percent at the same time in 2012, and 51.16 percent in 2008, the registrar’s office reported.
Turnout as of 3 p.m. in Orange County stood at 9.93 percent compared to 12.16 percent at the same time in 2008, based on sampling done by elections officials.