Final Measure Y tally: Opponents win special election by 107 votes

April 26, 2006
Santa Paula News

Friday was officially the last day for the special election held April 18, with the release of the final ballots left to be counted showing that although Measure Y still was not passed by voters, it did pick up some steam.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesFriday was officially the last day for the special election held April 18, with the release of the final ballots left to be counted showing that although Measure Y still was not passed by voters, it did pick up some steam.Only 107 votes separated those who supported the measure that would have moved the city’s CURB line to include the 6,500-acre Adams Canyon. The measure also asked that the city’s General Plan be altered to allow 495 custom ranchette lots to be created in the canyon, located northwest of the city.According to the measure, developer Pinnacle Group also planned to create 100 acres of parks, a resort, hotel and 18-hole golf course, as well as to donate 40 acres for public use such as affordable housing.
On Friday, the after the count of 209 absentee ballots handed in at the polls on election day and 129 provisional ballots that need registration verification or had been mistakenly cast at an incorrect polling place, the split was 48.8 percent yes for Measure Y and 51.1 percent no. Tuesday night the first count showed that 48.6 percent (2,082) of the city’s voters had cast yes votes to 51.3 percent (2,201) of voters who rejected the measure.The absentee ballots counted Friday showed the close split between voters on Measure Y, with 109 yes votes and 100 voting no. Provisional ballots had 66 yes votes while 63 no votes.Overall, 4,630 of Santa Paula voters – 44.3 percent, almost in the exact midrange of the 40 to 50 percent turnout forecast by City Clerk Josie Herrera – cast their ballots in Tuesday’s special election.For the final count Friday, City Hall Council Chambers were again turned into the counting room; due to the county’s changeover to new voting systems it was unable to hold the election, which was overseen by Herrera and funded by the Pinnacle Group. Santa Paula voters had to decide Measure Y because Adams Canyon is outside the city’s CURB line and within SOAR (Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources) restrictions, requiring the approval of voters.



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