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UPDATE: Castaic school bond passes; transit tax extension rejected

Voters say ‘yes’ to condoms in adult filming, ‘no’ to appointed assessor

Posted: November 7, 2012 11:14 a.m.
Updated: November 7, 2012 2:19 p.m.

Voters in Castaic approved a $51 million school bond measure Tuesday that will modernize schools and upgrade technology in the kindergarten-through-eighth-grade Castaic Union School District.

The vote was 64.48 in favor of the bond measure and 35.52 percent opposed. A 55 percent majority was required for passage.

Supporters of Measure QS, for “quality schools,” said the bond money would allow the district to spend its general funds to retain teachers and equip classrooms.

Three other measures on Santa Clarita Valley voters’ ballots in Tuesday’s election called for countywide voting.

Voters narrowly rejected Measure J, a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority proposal that would have extended for another 30 years the countywide half-cent sales tax hike to build more mass transit projects.

Art Leahy, CEO for Metro, issued a statement Wednesday noting the vote was close but adding that several projects will continue as planned.

“Metro remains focused on delivering a dozen new transit projects and 15 highway improvement projects that voters approved four years ago in passing Measure R,” Leahy said in the statement. “In fact, within two years Metro should be overseeing simultaneous construction of five major rail projects.”

Measure R, which is funding those projects, was passed by voters in 2008 and will continue until 2039.

More voters actually favored Measure J than rejected it, but a two-thirds majority was required for passage. The vote was 64.72 percent in favor and 35.28 percent opposed.

Also on the county ballot was Measure B, which requires adult-film performers to use condoms in sex scenes.

The measure, which applies to adult filming conducted anywhere in Los Angeles County, passed 55.85 percent to 44.15 percent.

Finally, an advisory ballot measure asked voters if they thought the county assessor should be an appointed, rather than elected, position.

A change in the assessor’s selection became a discussion item after Assessor John Noguez was arrested this year on suspicion of taking bribes to lower property tax bills.

Voters turned a resounding thumbs-down on the idea of appointing the assessor. Only 22.25 percent of the voters said “yes,” while 77.75 percent voted “no.”





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