San Leandro School Parcel Tax 25 Votes Shy Of Passage

Measure L is tantalizingly close to the two-thirds margin required for passage. Are there are enough uncounted ballots left to put it over the top?


So close and yet so far.

As of Wednesday night Measure L, a $39-per-house tax to fund San Leandro public schools, was a mere 25 votes away from the two-thirds margin required for passage.

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters has tallied 21,521 votes on Measure L. The tax would need 14,346 votes to reach two-thirds. The tax has 14,321 votes.

In percentage terms, the measure has 66.54 percent approval. It needs 66.66 percent.

"It's so incredibly close," said Measure L campaign coordinator Deborah Cox.

San Leandro school board member Mike Katz-Lacabe said everything hinges on how many ballots remain to be counted.

"(Given) the continuous gains made each time the vote counts are posted, I'd say it is still possible that Measure L could pass," Katz-Lacabe said Wednesday night.

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David November 15, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Just think how much money they could raise if they had any kind of plan to improve the schools, just to show that they've actually thought about even trying.
Robo Eng November 15, 2012 at 03:33 PM
The solution to our school's problems is not necessarily spending more money. It may be that the school's problems need leadership to develop better solutions, outside the box creativity and/or some bold initiatives. How much longer can the school system function (barely) applying the same old ideas with the same results...disservice to our children and our comunity.
Tom Abate (Editor) November 15, 2012 at 05:09 PM
There's nothing wrong with the public school that couldn't be fixed by having an affluent population. Look at Pleasanton, Dublin, Castro Valley. But the affluent live where the schools are best. Did the chicken come before or after the egg in this case?
David November 15, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Public schools in the "rich" suburbs are also sub-par. There's nothing wrong with public schools that couldn't be fixed by eliminating the government near-monopoly on K-12 education. From today's WSJ: "But when American suburbs are compared with two of the top school systems in the world—in Finland and Singapore—very few, such as Evanston, Ill., and Scarsdale, N.Y., outperform the international competition. Most of the other major suburban areas underperform the international competition. That includes the likes of Grosse Point, Mich., Montgomery County, Md., and Greenwich, Conn. And most underperform substantially, according to the Global Report Card database" As for the other question, affluent people live in Berkeley, and schools there are garbage. Affluent people live in the Oakland hills, and schools there (outside of 2 grade schools) are garbage. As for a historical perspective, schools in Alameda weren't all that great UNTIL the great migration of more affluent Berkeley/SF/some Oakland families there beginning in the mid-90's. it would seem affluence moving to a city is a necessary, but insufficient ingredient to improving schools.
Gayle November 15, 2012 at 06:48 PM
This final count is a great example to those who think their vote doesn't matter.
Leah Hall November 15, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Hurra! David is moving to Finland and/or Singapore. Adios cabeza hueca!
Kate November 15, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Leah: Please refrain from using The Patch as your personal email site. If you're pissed at David for whatever reason at least address the post, not the person who posted. Keep it relevant to the story, please.
Kate November 15, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Couldn't agree more.
Allan Lindsay-O'Neal November 15, 2012 at 09:49 PM
The poblem isn't money, it's the educational system. Catholic schools typically spend 2/3 of what public schools spend on their students and yet at this reduced expenditure they turn out students able to out-think the typical product of a government education. The Catholic schools prove that money - and increased taxes - are an admission of failure on the part of public schoolos.
Kate November 15, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Allan, in addition to a strong curriculum, a huge part of the Catholic education system is teaching its students to respect every individual. The parents allow the teachers to discipline their children as they see fit. No teacher teaches or disciplines their students with fear of reprisal from parents or the administration of the public school system. That is one major difference. Also, every Catholic school I've ever known only has one single class of 30-35 students per grade, not 10 classrooms of 30 kids per grade as in the public schools. With less students, the Catholic schools are able pinpoint and combat low grades before they are finalized. Teachers in these schools can determine those few students who really need help and administer aid to those individuals. I don't have an answer, however, for our public schools. Too many kids, and too many administrators taking money off the top for their payroll and pensions. Parents feel like the public school system is a free child-care ride; they could care less about raising respectful children. If you are raised to respect yourself and others, you will most likely be law-abiding and contribute to society.
ASK November 15, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I have to say that I respectfully disagree with Kate's point about dicipline in the Catholic schools. No teacher can dicipline any child the way they want with no reprisals you do not get spanked etc.. that was years ago and is long gone....... BUT they are made to follow the rules and are taught to respect themselves, other students, teachers and the school property. There are things like detention if you are caught breaking the rules. Parent involvement in the education of their children also plays a big role in the whole equation. The lack of respect for ones own self and lack of parent envolvement is evidenced every day as I see children walking in to Bancroft middle school dressed like "hoochie mama's" and "thugs"... not all but there is a high percentage.... On the flip side...... My nephew goes to public school in Louisiana, wears a uniform, has rules and regulations and they send out permission slips for parents signature to allow the teachers to paddle their child... and that is a public school..... (note i am NOT a supporter of paddling) but there is structure, rules, uniforms......... the kids learn respect for all.... Maybe some structure, uniforms and a little accountability for the students AND the parents is in order in our public schools. Just a different perspective from someone who attended Catholic school and now has a child in Catholic school.
Kate November 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM
ASK, you are absolutely right about the discipline. I did not mean that a teacher could beat the snark out of any student without facing any consequences. What I meant, and failed to clarify, was that public schools are faced with lawsuits simply for sending kids home because of the clothes they wear. If schools are being sued for reprimanding kids for clothing infractions, it is no wonder they are too fearful to reprimand students for anything remotely important. Many kids are well aware of this, too, and verbally abuse their teachers knowing the implications are nil. I think we are in agreement...just wanted to clarify my position. Thanks.
Jessica Gardner November 16, 2012 at 01:16 AM
To all the people in San leandro that voted yes send your check for 39 dollars directly to the schools. The public schools are broken. The teacher get jobs for life and its impossible to get rid of poor teachers. The teachers in private schools have higher standards to obtain. The parents of private school students are not going to pay all that money and have them
Rob Rich November 16, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I am honored that the vast majority of San Leandro voted to support our local public schools. To the minority who opposed Measure L, but who actually care about our schools, your work is not done. Our schools need our help more then ever. If you are not already volunteering, please consider lending your support in a meaningful way. And for anyone considering a monetary donation, the San Leandro Education Foundation (www.sledfund.org) is a fantastic organization that is helping our local schools every single day.
Thomas Clarke November 16, 2012 at 02:29 AM
ASK, the Catholic schools are wonderful place to indoctrinate impressionable children to the values of pedophile priests and deranged nuns along with the historical record of tolerance and diversity. One needs only to view the complicity of the Church and the Pope in supporting the Nazi's and Fascists in Italy, Spain, France and Portugal. The continuing patterns of child abuse throughout Europe and the United States which continues to be hidden from popular view. Oh, and the value of family planning along with strong roles for men and women give us all the clues we need for why the best place for screwed up adults is to start them in a religious school. Leah, that applies just as well to you and your kids in the local Episcopalian school. They are little better than the Roman Catholics and Mormons. Separating church and state begins at home.
Carlos J November 16, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Looks like measure L will pass !!! Right now 66.74 !
Barry Kane November 16, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Measure L at 66.74% and passing, lets hope it holds!!! (6:30 PM 11/15/12)
Leah Hall November 16, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Measure L is trending "Yes" with 66.74% of votes. Merely 66.7% is needed to pass. May we see this trend continue on to the finish line!
Leah Hall November 16, 2012 at 03:19 AM
The Democratic held supermajority held in both state houses is another example. The demographic breakdown of the members of Congress elected last week in the state, yet another. CA to GOP: Adios Op-Ed The demographics of California's congressional delegation tell it all: a broad ethnic and racial mix for the Democrats, and solid white male for the Republicans. "There are many ways to illustrate the descent of the California Republican Party into oblivion. A starting point is the demographic breakdown of the members of Congress elected last week in the state. Assuming the leaders in the few remaining close races hold their leads, there will be 38 Democrats and 15 Republicans representing California in Congress come January. Of those 38 Democrats, 18 are women, nine are Latinos, five are Asian Americans, three are African Americans, four are Jews and at least one is gay. Just 12 are white men. Of the 15 Republicans, on the other hand, all are white men — not a woman, let alone a member of a racial minority or a Jew, among them." http://articles.latimes.com/2012/nov/13/opinion/la-oe-meyerson-california-electorate-20121113
Marga Lacabe November 16, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I think all the votes have been counted, so I think this is it! Talk about passing by a hair breath!
Tom Abate (Editor) November 16, 2012 at 03:53 AM
This does appear to be the final preliminary tally. A recount is still possible but supporters think this is it: http://patch.com/A-z8cd
Marga Lacabe November 16, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Kate, if you don't like what Leah has to say, then just don't read it. The David & Leah show is one of the best parts of the Patch. Indeed, I've been encouraging them to do a web show. How about it David and Leah? Can I get you guys in a room for half an hour in front of a camera and let you talk? We can start with San Leandro politics and see where it goes?
Marga Lacabe November 16, 2012 at 06:22 AM
There are no recounts in Alameda County unless someone pays for them.
Fred Eiger December 12, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Thomas Clarke, go blow it out your nose.


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