With early returns in, here’s what we know about the five ballot measures up for a vote in Long Beach:
A $1.7 billion bond measure that would raise funds through increased property taxes to upgrade LBUSD schools is passing, with 58% in favor and 42% against. Heading into the Tuesday night election, Measure Q was the citywide measure that was polling the worst, according to results from the Long Beach Center for Urban Politics and Policy released last week. Just 56% of likely voters said they supported or intended to support the measure heading into Tuesday’s election, and because it’s a bond measure, it requires 55% to pass.
The bond measure would increase property taxes by $60 for every $100,000 of assessed value for property owners to help address the roughly $3.8 billion in repairs the school district says it needs to make. LBCC’s board of trustees voted in July not to put a bond measure on the ballot to rebuild Veterans Stadium because people surveyed said they would not support a property tax increase.
Four other measures are passing:
Measures LBC and LBU, which would realign city and school district elections with the state’s election calendar, are at 73% and 71% in favor, respectively. They both need a simple majority to pass.
With both measures passing, Long Beach elections will be held in March and November in presidential election cycles and June and November in gubernatorial cycles. The city had previously run its own elections and conducted them in April and June of even years.
Measure BB, which would merge the city’s water and gas departments, has 63% of voters saying yes, according to early election results. It needs just 50% to pass. The vote will create a new public utility commission to replace the Water Commission. The new commission will oversee gas, water and sewer operations in the city.
Measure E, which would restructure the city’s existing Citizens Police Complaint Commission to instead be led by an auditor and take away commissioners’ ability to review individual cases, has 58% of the vote.
It could take months or over a year to implement the changes as the city meets with police union representatives and others to iron out how the auditor and their staff will conduct police oversight.
County election officials expect to post new vote totals Friday, Nov. 11 with updates twice weekly through the end of the month. Dec. 5 is the tentative date that the county has said it will certify Tuesday night’s election results.
For up-to-date results, visit lbpost.com/elections.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more recent vote tallies.