By Olin Ericksen
Novembr 15 -- As provisional and absentee ballots continue
to trickle in a week after last Tuesday’s elections, the
fate of a $40 million proposition to upgrade local storm drains
remains afloat, but its lead is sinking.
Needing two-thirds of vote, the parcel tax on residents has seen
the percentage of “yes” votes slowly dwindle to 66.68
percent Tuesday afternoon from 66.77 on election night.
The proposition needs at least 66.66 percent to pass.
As of late Tuesday, 17,823 residents had voted in favor, while
8,908 voted against the tax, eroding the margin on election night,
when 16,623 local voters had said “yes,” while 8,273
Despite bringing two usually antagonistic key players into the
fold – Santa Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR) co-founder
Denny Zane, who ran the campaign, and the Edward Thomas Management
Company, which helped raise about $100,000 for the effort after
spending the same amount opposing SMRR incumbent Kevin McKeown
– the measure’s lead has shrunk.
Currently, County Registrar officials said 120,000 votes remain
uncounted countywide. It is unknown how many of those are from
While the fate of the parcel tax hangs in the balance, the outstanding
ballots are having little impact in the race for three open City
Council seats retained by incumbents last week.
Still in first place is Council member Kevin McKeown, who has
gained nearly 900 votes, pushing his total votes to 12, 911.
Fellow SMRR incumbent Pam O’Connor gained nearly 1,000
votes during the past week, giving her 12, 273 votes, while Mayor
Bob Holbrook gained nearly 800 votes, bringing his total to 11,983
In fourth place, Planning Commissioner Terry O’Day also
picked up nearly 800 votes, boosting his total to 10,691 votes,
up from 9,927 on election night.