Final Election Results & Fairgrounds Deal?
According to the Registrar of Voters office this morning, all the ballots have been counted and the numbers are final. They will be certified tomorrow. So, for the last time (probably) here are the local election results from the Primary Election on June 8th.
LESS THAN 1/3 VOTED!
Fewer than one-third of the registered voters made their way to the voting booth - or took their time to cast a ballot via mail or any other way. To the more than 1.2 million of Orange County voters who didn't participate in the process - when things don't go the way you want, if your elected representatives don't do what you want, just muzzle yourselves. If you don't participate you don't get to gripe about it later.
REPUBLICANS OUT-VOTE DEMOCRATS
More than twice as many Republicans voted than did Democrats. Republicans (42.8%) turned out in a much higher ratio than did Democrats (28.8%). Let's hope that trend holds in November.TRAN IN TROUBLE
Van Tran is going to have a tough time against Loretta Sanchez in November.
Allan Mansoor tallied more than 22,000 votes in the primary, 69.3% of the Republican vote in the district. It looks like he may just waltz to victory for the 68th Assembly seat being vacated by Tran using the same strategy he followed four years ago - to ride the backs of the Latino population in his district to victory. Unless Phu Nguyen can motivate his base to turn out in large numbers in November, Mansoor will end up in Sacramento in January.
MUSIC STOPPED - LEECE LEFT WITHOUT A SEAT
Wendy Leece missed a seat in the 68th Assembly District Republican County Central Committee, finishing more than 900 votes behind the 6th place finisher. Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commissioner Jeff Mathews finished 5th in the voting, more than 1,000 votes ahead of Leece.MEASURE "C" OVERWHELMING
The final count for Measure "C", the General Plan Designation of the Orange County Fair and Event Center, finished with an even 13,000 voters (87.7%) screaming loud and clear that they want the Fairgrounds to remain as it is - a fairgrounds. We'll see how this result affects the possible sale.FAIRGROUNDS DEAL MAY BE ANNOUNCED
Incidentally, rumor has it that the deal between the City, the State and Facilities Management West nearly went down in flames last week a couple times but, following a marathon session on Saturday, it looks like there may be agreement. We should find out on Tuesday, when the joint powers authority, the Orange County Fairgrounds Authority, meets in both closed and open session following the special council meeting that was called to attempt to get a budget passed.