Parcel tax, rent stabilization measures appear to have passed

June 9, 2010 1:42:23 PM PDT
Both parcel tax measures in San Mateo County and another measure providing rent stabilization and eviction guidelines for the city of East Palo Alto appear to have been approved in Tuesday's election, according to complete unofficial election results.

The two parcel tax measures, for the Cabrillo Unified School District and the San Mateo County Community College District, required a two-thirds majority to pass.

Measure E, which assess an annual education parcel tax of $150 per parcel for five years for the Cabrillo Unified School District, appears to have passed with 70.7 percent of the votes in its favor.

The measure calls for annual audits and citizen oversight, and the money would not go toward administrative salaries. The tax would help bridge the district's $2.5 million budget deficit, according to supporters.

Measure G, which levies a $34 per-parcel tax annually for four years for the academic programs within the three community colleges in the San Mateo County Community College District, appears to have passed by an even slimmer margin with 66.9 percent of the votes.

The measure exempts seniors and no proceeds will go toward administrative salaries.

Supporters of the measure said state cuts of more than $25 million to the district have caused significant reduction in faculty, staff and the number of classes, and that about 14,000 students in San Mateo County are on wait lists and cannot get the classes they need.

Opponents have claimed many students attending the colleges do not live in San Mateo County, and that colleges can simply raise tuition prices to cover rising costs.

Measure H, the Rent Stabilization and Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance, required majority approval and appears to have passed with 78.4 percent of the votes, according to unofficial election results.

The measure will repeal East Palo Alto's existing rent stabilization ordinance for residential tenancies other than mobile home parks and establish rent levels consistent with state law.

The measure also protects residential tenants from unreasonable rent increases and arbitrary, discriminatory or retaliatory rent increases.

In addition, the measure assures landlords the right to a fair return on their properties.

The measure was endorsed by the East Palo Alto City Council.


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