Final election results for SLO County
December 3, 2016
By KAREN VELIE
The current president of the Cambria Community Services District Board has been unseated and a purposed transportation tax was defeated, both by slim margins, according to the San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorders Office’s final election results which were posted on Friday.
In the race for three seats on the Cambria board, it appeared on election night that the three incumbents had retained their board positions. Director Amanda Rice led with 1,319 votes, followed by Director Greg Sanders with 1,244 votes and board President Gail Robinette with 1,115 votes.
In fourth place, only 14 votes behind Robinette, was Harry Farmer.
However, Farmer overtook Robinette by 33 votes to win a seat on the Cambria board, according to Friday’s results. Farmer is an astrologist who has lived in Cambria for over 30 years.
In another close race, SLO County’s Measure J, a transportation tax initiative, failed by less than half of 1 percent.
In the end, 66.31 percent of voters approved the sales tax initiative, and 33.69 percent voted against it. A 66.67 percent vote was required for it to pass.
Nevertheless, the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is investigating allegations that San Luis Obispo County and the county’s regional transportation agency illegally used taxpayer dollars to promote Measure J on the November ballot.
In the FPPC complaint, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the Central Coast Taxpayers Association allege that SLO County and the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments used nearly $250,000 of taxpayer money to promote Measure J. In addition, the complaint says that government officials violated disclosure laws by failing to report the funds.
During the campaign, officials sent registered voters materials urging them to support Measure J, according to the complaint.
While state law allows government agencies to send voters “informational only” materials about ballot initiatives, the complaint contends the Measure J materials were not “informational only.” The FPPC investigation is ongoing.
In another close race, Heidi Harmon won the San Luis Obispo mayor’s seat, beating incumbent Jan Marx by 47 votes.