2016 San Diego general election

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The November 2016 San Diego general elections were on November 8, 2016, in San Diego, California. Although the June primary election is referred to as a primary, it functions as a general election. Races that result in no candidate receiving the majority of votes in the June election, advance to the November run-off election. This method changed after Measure K was passed by voters to advance the top-two candidates for mayor, city attorney, or council member to the November general election, regardless of the number of votes either candidate has.[1]

The elections included two seats to the San Diego City Council, three seats to the independent San Diego Unified School District Board of Education, one seat to the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees, twelve San Diego City ballot measures, and two San Diego County ballot measures.

City Attorney[edit]

City Council[edit]

District 1[edit]

Since no candidate received a majority of the votes in the June primary, Bry and Ellis were slated to advance to the November runoff election.[2] However, on August 12, 2016 Ellis announced that he would be withdrawing from the election.[3] Despite effectively conceding the race, Ellis's name still appeared on November ballot.[4] Bry was then elected to the City Council in November.

San Diego City Council District 1 election, 2016[2]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Barbara Bry 18,559 48%
Republican Ray Ellis 12,982 34%
Republican Bruce D. Lightner 3,711 10%
Nonpartisan Kyle Heiskala 2,344 6%
Nonpartisan Louis A. Rodolico 707 2%
Total votes 38,303 100%
General election
Democratic Barbara Bry 38,470 65%
Republican Ray Ellis 20,305 35%
Total votes 58,775 100%

District 9[edit]

No candidate received a majority of the votes in the June primary, a runoff election was held in November 2016 between Ricardo Flores and Georgette Gomez. Gomez was then elected to the City Council in November.[5]

San Diego City Council District 9 election, 2016[5]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ricardo Flores 7,348 34%
Democratic Georgette Gomez 6,567 31%
Democratic Sarah Saez 5,023 23%
Democratic Araceli Martinez 2,589 12%
Total votes 21,527 100%
General election
Democratic Georgette Gomez 20,075 55%
Democratic Ricardo Flores 16,583 45%
Total votes 36,658 100%

Boards of Education[edit]

Three of the five seats on the independent San Diego Unified School District Board of Education were up for the general election. Richard Barrera ran unopposed. All three incumbents won reelection. Only one seat was up on the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees. Incumbent Mary Graham won reelection.

San Diego Unified School District - District A
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Lee Evans 216,948 68.32%
Democratic Stephen Groce 100,577 31.68%
Total votes 317,525 100%
San Diego Unified School District - District D
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Richard Barrera 282,195 100%
Total votes 282,195 100%
San Diego Unified School District - District E
Party Candidate Votes %
Non-partisan Sharon Whitehurst-Payne 172,347 54.78%
Democratic Lashae Collins 142,293 45.22%
Total votes 314,640 100%
San Diego Community College District - District D
Party Candidate Votes %
Non-partisan Mary Graham 204,445 64.28%
Democratic Alyce Pipkin-Allen 112,461 35.36%
Total votes 318,030 100%

Measures[edit]

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Measure A[edit]

Ballot Title: San Diego County Road Repair, Transit, Traffic Relief, Safety and Water Quality Measure

Ballot Language: "Shall an ordinance be adopted to: repair roads, deteriorating bridges; relieve congestion; provide every community funds for pothole/street repairs; expand public transit, including improved services for seniors, disabled, students, veterans; reduce polluted runoff; preserve open space to protect water quality/reduce wildfires by enacting, with independent oversight/audits, a 40-year, half-cent local sales tax ($308 million annually) that Sacramento cannot take away?"

Measure A
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 720,158 58.37
No 513,646 41.63
Total votes 1,233,804 100.00

Measure B[edit]

Ballot Title: Ordinance Amending the County General Plan, County Zoning Map and County Code, and Adopting the Lilac Hills Ranch Specific Plan

Ballot Language: "Shall this Initiative be adopted for the purpose of amending the County General Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Code of Regulatory Ordinances and approving the Lilac Hills Ranch Specific Plan ("Plan")? The Plan provides for the development of a 608-acre master-planned community including 1,746 dwelling units, three commercial centers, a public park, 10 private parks and 16 miles of trails. The project site is generally located north of Escondido and east of I-15 in the unincorporated area of North San Diego County."

Measure B
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 735,894 63.54
Yes 422,322 36.46
Total votes 1,158,216 100.00

Measure C[edit]

Ballot Title: Downtown Stadium Initiative

Ballot Language: "Should the measure be adopted to: increase San Diego's hotel occupancy tax by 6% to build a City-owned downtown professional football stadium and convention center project, and fund tourism marketing; effect the project financing, design, construction, use, management, and maintenance, including a $650,000,000 contribution and 30-year commitment by a professional football entity; end Tourism Marketing District assessments; adopt a development ordinance, and related land use, sign, and zoning laws?"

Measure C
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 306,887 56.36
Yes 237,597 43.64
Total votes 544,484 100.00

Measure D[edit]

Ballot Title: Facilities and Tourism Tax Initiative

Ballot Language: "Should the measure be adopted to: among other provisions, increase San Diego's hotel occupancy tax up to 5%; end Tourism Marketing District; allow hoteliers to create assessment districts and use hotel occupancy taxes for downtown convention center and not a stadium; prohibit contiguous expansion of existing convention center; create downtown overlay zone for convention and sports facilities; create environmental processes; and allow Qualcomm stadium property's sale for educational and park uses?"

Measure D
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 303,144 58.88
Yes 211,739 41.12
Total votes 514,883 100.00

Measure E[edit]

Ballot Title: Charter Amendment Regarding Qualifications, Vacancy, and Removal from Office for Mayor, City Attorney, and City Council

Ballot Language: "Shall the Charter be amended to include a new article adding: incapacity, felony conviction, and removal as grounds for vacancies in office; a procedure for calling a special election to remove an officer for cause; a revised procedure for filling vacancies; to require the City Attorney be a licensed attorney; and to define authority during vacancies and enforcement of office forfeiture?"

Measure E
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 419,748 87.06
No 62,400 12.94
Total votes 482,148 100.00

Measure F[edit]

Ballot Title: Charter Amendment Regarding Required Term of Service for Certain Terminations or Suspensions of Deputy City Attorneys

Ballot Language: "Shall the City Charter be amended to change the term of service required of Deputy City Attorneys, for protection from termination or suspension without good cause, from two years or more of continuous service to one year or more of continuous service, which protection would continue not to apply to layoffs due to lack of work or insufficient appropriations?"

Measure F
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 317,803 68.27
No 147,720 31.73
Total votes 465,523 100.00

Measure G[edit]

Ballot Title: Charter Amendments Regarding The Citizens' Review Board on Police Practices

Ballot Language: "Shall section 43(d) of the City Charter be amended to rename the Citizens' Review Board on Police Practices as the Community Review Board on Police Practices, to replace references to "City Manager" with "Mayor and City Council," and to require the board to review all deaths occurring while someone is in the custody of the San Diego Police Department and all police officer-related shootings?"

Measure G
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 404,803 83.09
No 82,372 16.91
Total votes 485,747 100.00

Measure H[edit]

Ballot Title: Charter Amendments Regarding Purchasing and Contracting Processes for the City of San Diego

Ballot Language: "Shall the City Charter be amended to: require contracts for public works, goods, services, and consultants to be awarded through a competitive process in accordance with rules adopted by ordinance, remove the position of Purchasing Agent, eliminate the requirement to publish certain notices in printed newspapers, and update other provisions consistent with state law?"

Measure H
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 360,127 77.09
No 107,047 22.91
Total votes 467,174 100.00

Measure I[edit]

Ballot Title: Charter Amendment Regarding Balboa Park and San Diego High School

Ballot Language: "Shall City Charter section 55 be amended to authorize the City Council to lease the dedicated park property in Balboa Park currently occupied by San Diego High School, to the San Diego Unified School District for educational, cultural, recreational, and civic programs and activities, provided that the property is used for a public high school?"

Measure I
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 383,025 77.92
No 108,565 22.08
Total votes 491,590 100.00

Measure J[edit]

Ballot Title: Charter Amendment Regarding Use of Lease Revenue from Mission Bay Park

Ballot Language: "Shall Charter section 55.2 be amended to: increase, from 25% to 35%, the allocation of annual Mission Bay Park lease revenues exceeding $20 million, for capital improvements in San Diego Regional Parks; allow Council to add City-owned parkland to Mission Bay Park's boundaries; combine and coordinate construction of Mission Bay Park improvements identified in this section; and extend operation of this section until 2069?"

Measure J
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 336,810 71.10
No 136,933 28.90
Total votes 473,743 100.00

Measure K[edit]

Ballot Title: Charter Amendment Requiring Run-Off Election for the Offices of Mayor, City Attorney, and Councilmember

Ballot Language: "Shall the Charter be amended to eliminate the provision that elects a candidate for Mayor, City Attorney, or Councilmember to office if the candidate receives a majority vote in the June primary election, and instead require a run-off election at the November general election between the two candidates who received the most votes in the primary election?"

Measure K
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 280,075 59.03
No 194,412 40.97
Total votes 474,487 100.00

Measure L[edit]

Ballot Title: Charter Amendment Regarding the Timing of Elections for Citizens' Initiative Measures and Referendum Measures

Ballot Language: "Shall the Charter be amended to require qualified citizens' initiative and referendum measures to be submitted to voters on the next November general election ballot and not at a June primary election, unless the Council chooses to submit the measure to voters prior to that election?"

Measure L
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 305,638 65.79
No 158,911 34.21
Total votes 464,549 100.00

Measure M[edit]

Ballot Title: Affordable Housing: Increasing the Limit on the Number of Units the City and Certain Public Agencies are Allowed to Help Develop

Ballot Language: "Shall the voters increase by 38,680 the maximum number of housing units the City and certain other public agencies are allowed to help develop, construct, or acquire for people with low incomes, without this ballot measure approving specific housing units, providing funds for development, removing requirements that otherwise apply, or taking any other action?"

Measure M
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 328,588 66.41
No 166,171 33.59
Total votes 493,311 100.00

Measure N[edit]

Ballot Title: Non-Medical Cannabis Business Tax

Ballot Language: "If California voters approve Proposition 64 legalizing marijuana in the state, shall the City adopt an ordinance imposing a gross receipts tax, for general revenue purposes, on non-medical cannabis (also known as marijuana) businesses operating in the City, initially set at 5% and increasing to 8% on July 1, 2019, having a maximum rate of 15%, generating an undetermined amount of revenue and continuing indefinitely?"

Measure N
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 351,088 68.68
No 160,109 31.32
Total votes 511,197 100.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bowen, Andrew. "Measures K And L: San Diego's Biggest Election Reform Since Redistricting". KPBS Public Media.
  2. ^ a b "Election History - Council District 1" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Logan (August 12, 2016). "Ellis concedes council race to Bry". The San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Bowen, Andrew; Ruth, Brooke (August 12, 2016). "Ray Ellis Drops Out Of District 1 San Diego City Council Race". KPBS. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Election History - Council District 9" (PDF). City of San Diego. Retrieved 12 January 2013.

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