It's not yet official but Ursula Reed appears to have won a second term on the San Leandro City Council. Her lead over top challenger Morgan Mack-Rose rose to 405 votes by Sunday afternoon with more than 24,000 ballots tallied.
"Even if there are more votes to be counted, Reed is almost certain to be the eventual winner," wrote Mike Katz-Lacabe in his San Leandro Bytes blog Sunday evening.
Reed led Mack-Rose in first place votes and maintained her margin as the second-choice votes of Dan Dillman, the third candidate, were apportioned between the two leaders.
Mack-Rose's supporter had hoped that their candidate would get enough of Dillman's second-place votes to offset Reed's first-choice lead. But that has not happened.
Incumbent Jim Prola and newcomer Benny Lee are the other two victors in the November 6 election.
Measure L, the proposed $39 per home parcel tax to support San Leandro public schools, has continued to pick up votes but was still short Sunday evening of the required two-thirds margin.
According to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, 19,999 votes have been counted on Measure L.
It has 13,201 affirmative votes or just over 66 percent.
But it needs 66.66 percent, or 13,319 votes. That is 118 more votes than Measure L has garnered.
The delayed vote count owes to the fact that nearly a fifth of all the ballots cast on election day had to be counted by hand.
Most of these were vote-by-mail ballots that were turned in at the polls on election day.
The registrar's office can't be sure exactly how many of these ballots pertain to San Leandro races. As a result, official certification of the result may be some days off.