In an election year marked with low voter turnout, voters passed a controversial measure on gun control in Sunnyvale, struck down waterfront development plans in San Francisco and largely said yes to school bonds across the Bay Area.

A quick overview of Bay Area election results:

San Francisco

  • Prop. A  – Passed – This ensures city retiree health care funds are not used for other budget items.
  • Prop. B – Rejected – Voters said no to a new luxury housing, retail and recreational development along the waterfront. (More on the defeat of Props. B and C.)
  • Prop. C – Rejected – Voters said no to the Board of Supervisors’ decision to allow the 8 Washington development to exceed height limits.
  • Prop. D – Passed – This non-binding  measure urges city lawmakers to work toward reducing prescription drug costs.


  • Measure A – Passed – This puts and end to odd-year elections in Sunnyvale, syncing their local elections with the county and state election cycles. Several current elected officials will gain an additional year in office.
  • Measure B – Passed – Sunnyvale’s hotel tax will be increased by 1 percent.
  • Measure C – Passed – Sunnyvale gun owners must lock up their firearms when not in their possession and report a missing or stolen firearm within 48 hours. In the city, you can’t possess magazines with more than 10 rounds and ammunition sales will be tracked.

San Mateo

School Measures

  • Prop. P – Rejected – Voters said no to a $130 million bond measure that would reopen and renovate several schools.
  • Prop. R – Passed – Renews existing parcel taxes for Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District for 10years.
  • Prop. S – Passed – Gives Las Lomitas (K-3) in Atherton and La Entrada (4-8) in Menlo Park a $60 million bond for facility improvements.
  • Prop. W – Passed – Voters approved a $23 million bond to rebuild O’Connor Elementary School in Menlo Park.

City measures

  • Prop. Q – Passed – Reduces the utility tax from 5.5 percent to 4.5 percent for four years.
  • Prop. T – Passed – Increases the business license tax to $115.28 per 1,000 cubic feet of liquid storage capacity. This is expected to put $400,000 in the city’s coffers.
  • Prop. U – Passed – Increases the business license tax over a period of years.
  • Prop. V – Rejected – Voters rejected a measure that would have placed a tax on telecommunications in Pacifica.
  • Prop. X – Passed – Continues a special parcel tax for four years.

Marin County

  • Measure A – Passed – Voters approved a $5 million bond measure for upgrades, modernization and repairs for Lagunitas School District campuses.
  • Measure B – Passed – Adds a half-percent to the sales tax for six years in Corte Madera.
  • Measure C – Passed – Adds a half-percent to sales tax for five years in Larkspur.
  • Measure D – Passed – Adds a half-percent to sales tax for 10 years in San Anselmo.
  • Measure E – Passed – Extends and increases the San Rafael sales tax, setting it at three-quarters of a percent for 20 years.
  • Measure F – Passed – Voters approved a $394 million bond measure for seismic-safety upgrades for Marin General Hospital and to enhance and modernize emergency and medical facilities.
  • Measure G – Passed – Increases the annual fire tax for the Kentfield Fire Department to 10 cents for every square foot of building space.
  • Measure H – Passed – Extends the Marinwood Community Services District’s special tax for parks maintenance through the 2016-17 fiscal year.
  • Measure I – Passed – Authorizes a $49 parcel tax for Mesa Park.
  • Measure J – Rejected – Denies a $7 million bond measure to upgrade Strawberry Recreation District.

Other Elections
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Voters Say Yes to Gun Control, Sales Taxes and Some School Bonds 6 November,2013Olivia Allen-Price



Olivia Allen-Price

Olivia Allen-Price is producer and host of the Bay Curious series. Prior to joining KQED in 2013, Olivia worked at The Baltimore Sun and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. She holds degrees in journalism and political science from Elon University. She loves to talk about running, ice cream and curly hair.

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