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2012 Local Election Results
updated: Nov 07, 2012, 8:25 AM

By the Dedicated Staff

The election races were very close but the numbers are in for our local representatives.

U.S. Senator
[98.5% of precincts reporting]

Dianne Feinstein: 5,595,032 (61.5%)
Elizabeth Emken: 3,507,549 (38.5%)

U.S. Representative, 24th District

Lois Capps: 119,345 (54.8%)
Abel Maldonado: 98,391 (45.2%)

State Senator, 19th District

Hannah-Beth Jackson: 134,980 (54.7%)
Mike Stoker: 111,690 (45.3%)

State Assembly, 37th District

Das Williams: 86,413 (59.4%)
Rob Walter: 59,122 (40.6%)

Santa Barbara County Supervisor, 4th District

Joni Gray: 10,324 (48.66%)
Peter Adam: 10,828 (51.04%)

Santa Barbara Unified School Board

H. Edward "Ed" Heron: 28,253 (26.22%)
Gayle Eidelson: 32,523 (30.18%)
Pedro Paz: 29,791 (27.65%)
Lou Segal: 16,863 (15.65%)

Goleta City Council

Jim Farr: 5,479 (50%)
Edward Easton: 5,541 (50%)

Carpinteria City Council

Wade Nomura: 2,073 (29.00%)
Fred Shaw: 1,813 (25.36%)
Gregory Gandrud: 1,570 (21.96%)
Kathleen Reddington: 1,124 (15.72%)
Tom Perry: 561 (7.85%)

Carpinteria Valley Water District

Polly Holcombe: 2,109 (25.90%)
June Van Wingerden: 2,368 (29.08%)
Shirley Johnson: 2,110 (25.91%)
Robert R. Lieberknec: 1,540 (18.91%)

Carpinteria Valley Water District Short Term

Richard Forde: 2,569 (58.96%)
Alexandra Van Antwerp: 1,776 (40.76%)

Parcel Tax Increases to Fund Santa Barbara Schools

Measure A: Yes: 41,136 (68.57%); No: 18,859 (31.43%)
Measure B: Yes: 18,159 (69.57%); No: 7,942 (30.43%)

Measure E, Increase in Bed Tax for Carpinteria

Yes: 3,226 (77.60%)
No: 931 (22.40%)

Measure G, Goleta's Agricultural Preservation Ordinance

Yes: 6,797 (71.05%)
No: 2,769 (28.95%)

Measure H, Increase in Bed Tax for Goleta

Yes: 6,926 (71.54%)
No: 2,755 (28.46%)

Prop 30, Governor Jerry Brown's Temporary Tax to Fund Education

Yes: 4,941,423 (53.9%)
No: 4,218,204 (46.1%)

Prop 31, Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute

Yes: 3,353,869 (39.2%)
No: 5,196,585 (60.8%)

Prop 32, Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction

Yes: 3,952,952 (43.8%)
No: 5,066,737 (56.2%)

Prop 33, Auto Insurance Based on Driver's History of Insurance Coverage

Yes: 4,025,551 (45.3%)
No: 4,853,125 (54.7%)

Prop 34, Replaces Death Penalty with Life without Possibility of Parole

Yes: 4,255,492 (47.3%)
No: 4,750,345 (52.7%)

Prop 35, Human Trafficking Penalties

Yes: 7,276,448 (81.1%)
No: 1,691,770 (18.9%)

Prop 36, Three Strikes Reform

Yes: 6,156,154 (68.7%)
No: 2,809,408 (31.3%)

Prop 37, Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling

Yes: 4,260,123 (47.0%)
No: 4,809,628 (53.0%)

Prop 38, Tax to Fund Early Childhood Education

Yes: 2,478,456 (27.7%)
No: 6,463,540 (72.3%)

Prop 39, Tax Treatment for Multistate Business and Clean Energy

Yes: 5,273,990 (60.1%)
No: 3,502,539 (39.9%)

Prop 40, Redistricting State Senate Seats

Yes: 6,040,773 (71.4%)
No: 2,414,370 (28.6%)

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 COMMENT 340054P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 08:51 AM

If we're gonna see the Carp stuff, can we get the Goleta numbers too if possible?

 

 COMMENT 340055 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 08:53 AM

Sad day for SB, sad day for California in general.

 

 COMMENT 340056P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 08:54 AM

I can't even find the goleta numbers online, where are they?

 

 LONESTARCA agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 08:59 AM

It's a great day for the majority and a relief for California schools.

 

 COMMENT 340060 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:02 AM

055 - not only the local city state - but the country - very sad day

 

 COMMENT 340061 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:03 AM

Fantastic news for Santa Barbara, and indeed for all Californians! Yesterday, we proved that we care about giving our students the same opportunities we had growing up. That we care about our future and that of our children. That we can't be bought by billionaires such as Charles Munger of the Koch Brothers. And that slimy politicians such as Maldonado, who stands for whatever you pay him to stand for, have no place in a Democratic society.

 

 COMMENT 340062 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:10 AM

I encourage ALL OBAMA SUPPORTERS to keep their bumper stickers on their cars for the next 4 years.. this way, we will all know who to blame for the lousy economy, high taxes, and socialistic society. Congratulations, you earned it!

 

 COMMENT 340064P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:12 AM

Can't believe Prop 37 didn't pass. Don't people care about what they put into their bodies?

I had a 33 year-old guy tell me he didn't really know anything about GMO labeling, but voted against it because the blurb on the ballot read the Prop would raise taxes/increase cost of food (his interpretation).

What a drag that, apparently, a lot of the voters thought the same, and decided to vote their pocketbooks and not their health.

 

 COMMENT 340065P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:14 AM

So very proud of California and the American voters. We will not tolerate intolerance, we will not condone hate, and most impressive, despite all the B.S., we made the right choices! The world was watching, and they are impressed, I am ecstatic!

 

 COMMENT 340067P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:14 AM

The GMO prop should be revised and resubmitted. I didn't understand why only certain foods were labeled and others were not. If they're going to do it, then do it across the board, not picking and choosing products.

 

 COMMENT 340072 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:17 AM

@0064P - I voted against 37 cause I don't give a rat's hiney to if my food is genetically modified. And until it is definitively proved to be bad for my health, that will be my position.

Currently, geneitically modified foods does not mean that it is bad for anyone's health.

 

 COMMENT 340073 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:18 AM

My company has been hit hard by the economy - all employees work hard. Employees have taken between 25-50% paycut to keep the business going. We have a an excellent product it is just that consumers have less money to spend so we in turn lower our prices in order to move product and keep production going.

I am hoping to get a new proposition on the ballot so that tax payers will give my company more money so that we can actually get raises and take more vacation time. It also will not require us to improve our business processes and take extra risk need to implement new product designs. Since if our current product does not sell - we can just us tax payer money to replace lost revenue.

So, who is with me?

 

 COMMENT 340075 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:18 AM

WOOHOOO!

What a pleasure to wake up in a state that chooses to value education, protect the middle class, and provide opportunities for growth.

Ditto 061--Go California! A LOT of money was spent to generate fear and a sense of panic with voters, and the majority of voters just didn't fall for it. Let's hope there's some real reform before the next election (enough with Arizona Super PACs dumping money into California's elections!).

And for the haters: there are plenty of troll-friendly compounds in Idaho where you can go hole up for four years. Maybe California just isn't the right state for you.

 

 COMMENT 340076P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:20 AM

As long as you still have your Bush stickers on your car so we know who is responsible for that administration. R's took us from surplus and low unemployment to passing the largest budget deficit (to be enacted in Obamas first year) and an economy shedding 800,000 jobs per month. We are pulling out of that mess because of Obama and you want to go back to the same policies that got us there? That is the definition of insanity, trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Trickle down is so completely debunked, tried over and over, it fails EVERY time.

 

 COMMENT 340077 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:20 AM

Prop 37 failed because it was horribly written not because it wasnt a good idea.

 

 COMMENT 340083 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:27 AM

I'm really bummed that Prop 34 didn't pass. Really, really bummed. It's almost put a damper on everything else. :(

 

 COMMENT 340084 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:27 AM

Too bad the general populace cannot bring the learned art of 'critical thinking' to bear upon issues.

We, as a nation, are much the poorer for it.

Oh, well - time to get back to more important matters such as watching 'Dancing With the Stars' (insert any mindless drivel here) and texting "tweets" with my now vastly over-sized thumbs.

 

 COMMENT 340086 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:29 AM

Noozhawk has the results of the Goleta election.

 

 COMMENT 340090 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:31 AM

Great, more taxes to feed the beast and no way to know what we're feeding our own beasts...

 

 COMMENT 340093P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:36 AM

LONESTARCA, let's hope the CA schools see exactly what was promised by another tax increase for schools.

Remember Prop 98 of yesteryear (1988)? Hah! Go back & read what was promised by that prop & then see the actuals of the past 10 - 15 years. Complete JOKE!

Historically, the schools never receive even close to what they are told because the legislature strips away funding to put into "other areas" aka pet projects, backfill for deficits not connected with schools, etc.

It's a total shell and pea game with Sacramento.

 

 COMMENT 340095 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:36 AM

I will PROUDLY keep my Obama's stickers, thank you very much!
I am so proud of our country, and our state! And I am also saddened that Prop 34 didn't pass...but elated that 30 did!

 

 COMMENT 340105 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:47 AM

What I want to comment on is the SB News-Press and Montecito Journal, two of our only surviving local print media, endorsing slates that were almost entirely contrary to the electorate. Look at their endorsements and the results and it would be difficult to be more wrong. How has this happened? At the NP an owner who has the financial resources not to care about dwindling readership and the MJ a captured audience, everyone in Montecito reads it, and those not ultra conservative just ignore the politics. Both papers espouse an ultra right wing agenda when Ca. just registered the lowest % of Republicans in history, and those under 35, under 20%. Just an observation.

 

 COMMENT 340121 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 10:01 AM

I voted No on 37 because there was no science to support the idea that GMOs are harmful at all. One of the maddening things about the Right is that they base their decisions on emotion, and reject science when it doesn't support what they already want to do. How can I rail against Right-Wing Climate Change deniers who reject the scientific consensus that humans are destroying the world, and at the same time, ignore the scientific consensus that GMOs are safe?

 

 COMMENT 340123 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 10:02 AM

Well the CA sheeple just voted back in the madness. I guess you can't expect deluded people to act differently, especially when they think they are so smart and fighting against injustice and evil.

What's the voter approval rating for congress? How is CA doing financially? And yet brilliant CA voted them right back there because of stupid ideology instead of performance.

As for prop 30, these people "fighting for children" once again fell for the lies of politicians and union leaders. Just reaffirmed to Union leaders and politicians that it's still easy to steal from CA taxpayers using same lies. The selfrighteous CA majority is alive, well and moronically killing EVERYONE. Nice

FYI fighting for the middle class means ripping off everyone else that's not in a public employee union. I guess that message was lost in all the chanting and whining bookend by commercials with children and teachers. Pathetic.

 

 COMMENT 340127 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 10:05 AM

Yeah, the majority is literally killing people. They are actually going out into the streets and stabbing and shooting people. That's how you kill people, right?

 

 COMMENT 340133 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 10:14 AM

Have had Obama stickers on since 2008. No need to remove them now. Proud of our President and America.

 

 COMMENT 340136 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 10:15 AM

105, you crack me up. So you want everyone to agree? You think our political system runs best in that environment?

The reason CA is doing so poorly where it really matters is exactly because CA is so lost to Dems that Dem politicians can do ANYTHING and get away with it.

The lack of competition of ideas (which you want MORE of obviously) is exactly why CA is screwed up.

Your beloved peeps just voted to let more money be taken from EVERYONE (man, women, gay, straight, rich and POOR) to fund Dem politicians and public employee unions. Do you get that EVERYONE else loses in that deal?

You've heard that power corrupts, yet you must not think it applies to your elected people. The ones you keep voting in and that keep taking money from EVERYONE else to feed their friends. They just stole more from EVERYONE and you approved of it. Consider that.

 

 COMMENT 340143 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 10:25 AM

Such a wonderful day! I had horrible nightmares about what could have been. Beyond happy McRomney did not win. This "rich" girl I grew up with posted on her facebook last week that she was still undecided, and that her mother told her she would pay her $10 if she voted for Romney. I brought it up to her yesterday, and she said her mother got upset and made her remove the about it. That too me says it ALL. Too bad about 37 though........

 

 COMMENT 340146 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 10:29 AM

The reason that there is no competition in California between the Dems and the GOP is that the Cal GOP has been taken over by the caveman / tea party lunatic fringe. You sowed the wind with Prop 187 in the 1990s and now you are reaping the whirlwind. GOP, come out with a reasonable program for the 21st century not the 19th, and you may have achance for survival.

 

 COMMENT 340149 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 10:35 AM

062 and those with very short memories:

The Republican Bush government with it's crippling financial mistakes and leadership arrogant posturing was entirely to blame for troubles we are still reeling from when Bush turned tail to hide in Texas. He did not dare show his face during these long exhausting months of watching the GOP make fools of themselves.

Hussein was not threatening our shores. Iraq was not a threat to our sovereignty.
Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction
Bush did not need to hand deliver a war to the Middle East.

 

 COMMENT 340154 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 10:42 AM

Why do liberals love to berate dissent? Aren't you into free speech? I don't listen to Rush. Quite frankly, unlike your portrayal of anyone who disagrees with you, I don't like the moronic unfettered capitalism notion either. There is a balance, but just as you think Rush is unbalanced, CA Dems are the same. Again, power corrupts and Dem politicians (just like Rep politicians would do if unchecked) are ripping everyone off, save their friends (you and I are fodder to them). The election results aren't surprising. In fact they are confirming. It's a sad confirmation that rhetoric is more important than results in CA. But the fact is, real money and freedoms were lost yesterday and Dems supported it even though it protects the Dem protected class (public employee unions) and harms everyone else.

 

 COMMENT 340155 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 10:42 AM

is there any tax break for those of us who pay property tax already, but do not have children?

 

 COMMENT 340161P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 10:50 AM

We sure dodged a bullet last night - thanks to the brilliance of the Obama campaign team.

Here are some historical facts - the biggest expansion of the middle class occurred when the top tax rate was 90%.

The highest number of jobs ever created - 23 million in 8 years - occurred under Clinton when the top tax rate was just 4% higher than it is today. Poor people did better, rich people did better, and Clinton left office with a surplus.

Then came the Bush tax cuts, which caused the deficit. That deficit has been reduced under Obama, but by not much, because the Bush tax cuts are still in effect. The CBO has estimated that the deficit will take care of itself if the Bush tax cuts are ended.

History has shown by verifiable facts that tax cuts - trickle down economics - does not create jobs - Bush created about 2 million in 8 years and when he left office the country was losing 800,000 jobs a month. This disastrous state of affairs was reversed by Obama - over 5 million jobs were created in the last 2.5 years, and jobs are being added every month.

And by the numbers, Obama has spent the LEAST amount of money of the last five presidents. Who increased the debt - Reagan 189%, Bush I 55%, Clinton 37%, Bush II 86%, Obama 35%. (Reagan, btw, turned the US from a creditor nation to a debtor nation.)

If the media had to present the truth, and did not peddle so many lies, Obama would have won by a larger margin. It is incumbent upon every citizen to look for the real numbers (with the internet, there is no excuse), and not base opinions on the fiction that unfortunately was peddled too much in this election.

 

 COMMENT 340162 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 10:53 AM

Yay...my slate won. I have made it my mission to vote for every tax, bond and free spender running in CA. Hopefully this will result in a faster decline to bankruptcy and "reboot"...I like to think of it as ripping the band aid off quickly, rather than the slow, painful pull we are experiencing now.

 

 COMMENT 340165 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 10:56 AM

Who's unemployed NOW Romney??
Love, Big Bird!

 

 COMMENT 340167P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 10:58 AM

It IS a sad day for our country - but not because of the winners or losers of yesterday's election but rather because of the reaction of individuals on both sides.

Just look at Facebook to see the gloating on one side and "sky is falling" posts on the other.

I've read threads that have quickly devolved to personal insults and even physical threats of who could beat up whom. Suggestions to kill oneself, leave the country, stop being a crybaby seem to be handed out willy-nilly and no surprise really. The internet has become an outlet for frustration, a place where people can vent with relative anonymity and express their impulse emotions rather than in person where moderation is required.

But "IRL" those feelings are just under the surface (and in some cases boiling over) so it seems wise to take a couple days or weeks to let people's feelings settle. Let people put the election in perspective. I woke up today to the same old sh*t I woke up to yesterday - laundry to be done, need to vacuum, a few bills to pay, and I haven't eaten anything yet so I'm hungry.

My point being that while the philosophical differences are extreme, the immediate effect is minimal. If you feel wronged in this election there's time to work on changing things next time around. If you're happy with the results than move on and find ways to make more progress.

Its sad that politics has the same effect on many adults as their favorite sports team winning or losing.

Its sad that we set this example for children.

Its sad that friends and family are tearing at each other over politics rather than supporting each other and building community.

I know this post won't be read by many but hopefully someone will read it and take a breath before rattling their sabre the rest of the day.

 

 COMMENT 340176 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 11:07 AM

162 I agree with the notion, but I think you have it backwards. If you voted against the taxes, then the unsustainable system would collapse sooner. I want it to collapse not because I want to shirk on promises made, but because those promises were made by politicians who placed all the responsibility to support those on the public to get re elected (like they did yesterday). Guaranteed returns on investments? 80% pensions for life starting at 55 yrs old? Again, factoid. The federal pension responsibility is nearly EQUAL to the giant defense budget. The defense budget can be cut at will, but that pension liability ain't gonna get nothing but WORSE fast. The US city, counties, states and the fed are in giant trouble and yet public employee liabilities is a giant part of it. I wonder if Dems know or understand that? Serious question. How is that going to be supported?

 

 COMMENT 340179 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 11:10 AM

167 I totally get you. The creation by the politicians and media of red and blue has made people uncooperative and that makes us more tools for them to manipulate.

People wrap themselves up in it and no long look at the performance of those representatives with the same flag.

We are all in this together and yet the gloating here about prop 30 (in blue land) exactly proves that point. The supporters don't even realize they and all of us are being ripped off. Sad indeed.

 

 COMMENT 340181P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 11:14 AM

UCLAFANATIC - do you read one of your local papers?

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday aimed at cutting costs of public pensions by billions of dollars in the coming decades to create "a more sustainable system,'' ...

“This is the biggest rollback to public pension benefits in the history of California pensions,” Brown said in a statement, adding benefits are being lowered "to what they were before I was governor the first time.''


http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2012/09/gov-jerry-brown-signs-cost-cutting-measure-for-public-pensions.html

And the auto bailout was based on a great number of compromises made by the workers affecting both salaries and pensions.

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 11:17 AM

167P....the really sad thing is the absurd amount of money (BILLIONS) that was spent on this campaign/election and the amount of time (YEARS) that we had to endure it's divisiveness. Yes, now that's it's over (is it though?) we need to go about the difficult business of getting things back in order. I'm hopeful, and proud too, that American voters voted with conscience.

 

 JOHN WILEY agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 11:22 AM

Official election results for the entire county are here on countyOfSB.org, including of course everything in Goleta & Carp.

 

 COMMENT 340193 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 11:22 AM

It is good that Das Williams got reelected. Now the teachers can feel confident that they can never be fired.

 

 COMMENT 340200 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 11:30 AM

@340122 right or wrong, I'd like to know what's in the food I eat. I ask you, if GMO foods are so wonderful, why not tout that and add that product "xyz" contains GMO products on the label instead of spending over 45 million dollars to ensure that labels don't have to include that?

 

 COMMENT 340208 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 11:35 AM

Thanks 181. I read the article. It's mainly geared at new hires, which won't impact the GIANT tidal wave of pension debt coming. We'll be dead (literally) before the first person under that plan becomes eligible for anything. As the article says, it's far short of what needs to be done. Any meaningful reform has to include current employees and perhaps already retired.

As for the auto workers we are taking a 16 billion dollar bath to keep them employed. I get the trickle down of their jobs supporting lots of other businesses as well as their families. BUT we the taxpayer are taking a giant bath in unrealized loss. Here's a Forbes article on it: http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiswoodhill/2012/08/15/general-motors-is-headed-for-bankruptcy-again/

Again, thank you for the article. I'm always willing to learn and discuss. Talk with you soon.

 

 COMMENT 340212 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 11:42 AM

To me the issue isn't GMO in food. It's the impact of GMO. Like a GMO plant fertilizing a natural plant may result in destruction of the natural population and that could cause bad things.

You can probably tell I'm generally conservative and pro business, but when you are messing with nature I'm not pro business.

What's the value of GMO? Do we as a population need more food? Maybe? But usually it's profit building or cost savings geared. More crops per acre, less fertilizer, etc. Not better for you or the environment.

Now in food, there could be some strain that goes nuts and creates zombies, but I won't go that far. Let's just start with what we know can easily happen.

 

 COMMENT 340214P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 11:45 AM

I voted NO on Prop 37. Not because I don't think that we should be able to know about GMOs, but because the way it was written is ridiculous. There are exceptions all over the place, this bill is everything that is wrong with legislation.

A better version would have been to require that ALL companies (NO EXCEPTIONS) have this information readily available via internet and/or phone. Instead of making every Californian pay the (higher) price, that way only those who care enough about it to look it up are inconvenienced. Until the research supports what the bill implies, which is that GMOs are bad for you (they have NOT been proven to be in any scientific setting, sorry), it's a bit ridiculous to make companies pick up another cost. Why do you think business is leaving California? Legislation that makes it more expensive to be in/sell in CA...

 

 COMMENT 340216 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 11:49 AM

Hello Edhatters! Just a reminder to please be respectful when discussing politics and keep it local. Anything that is not local or is a direct insult to another commenter will be deleted.

Do you see a comment that should be deleted? Send it to me at ed@edhat.com.

Keep it clean!
Nan

 

 COMMENT 340219P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 11:53 AM

UCLAFANATIC - the comments below that article call the author on his BS. There is spin, and then there is spin.

 

 COMMENT 340234P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 12:22 PM

I am also pro-labeling for GMO but voted no on 37. It was a terrible proposition. They frequently used the word "simple label" why not enact that? Have a simple label on manufactured foods that says GMO somewhere on the nutrition label.

Personally I shop mostly at farmers markets and whole foods despite the increased prices. If you are truly concerned than buy organic or grow your own.

Also, 37 does nothing for restaurant foods and it places too much liability on the retailer instead of the producer.

 

 COMMENT 340331P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 04:52 PM

I'm a little bummed because I expect that as our large, diverse but 98% republican family sits down to Thanksgiving dinner, my husband and I (the two token Democrats of the bunch) will be lulled to sleep by a lengthy prayer that will focus not on what we are thankful for but how these elections make Santa Barbara and Goleta look like Sodom and Gomorrah.

Mom, if you're reading this, please let me say the blessing this year...

 

 COMMENT 340361P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 06:03 PM

We have been eating GMO foods for a long time. One of the most available GMO foods is corn. It's in everything. Where's the science that says it's detrimental?

This law was just a give away to attorneys with clients who have paranoid delusional ideas about GMO food poisoning.

These court costs would be part of the cost of doing business passed on to consumers.

 

 COMMENT 340365 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 06:12 PM

Happy to see that Republican lizard era views of the US have been rejected!

 

 COMMENT 340388P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 07:29 PM

so proud of the voters and those who worked in the campaigns to GOTV. So proud of SB County. So proud of California for supporting Prop. 30. And so proud of the USA to re-electing Barack Obama. Listen to comments being made across the world today, so positive about Pres. Obama. A friend said if Prop. 30 passes, he will move out of the state. I say, "let me help you pack". We are all in this together.

 

 COMMENT 340397P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 07:58 PM

I'm moving to Nevada's Lake Tahoe to hang with my white retired bro's. Adios Cali...

 

 COMMENT 340399 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 08:00 PM

The "southern strategy" is coming to its natural, inevitable conclusion.

 

 COMMENT 340401P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 08:02 PM

I am so glad G passed in Goleta, No houses back to back! Love those farms & the People that own them!
Too bad our state can't get something done about the illegals now. Maybe we could get a job.. They stole my gas & Dmv Tags what next?

 

 COMMENT 340404P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 08:14 PM

Not one mention of women's reproductive rights herein, that I could see. Leads me to believe that the comments made on this thread are almost exclusively of the male persuasion.

Women who still have to worry about birth control were not about to give away their reproductive rights. That whole insane business about it being "God's Will" for a woman to bear her rapist's child---AND the quadruply lunatic postulation re: a raped woman's body rejecting her rapist's sperm . . . You had better believe women weren't going to let a Republican back into the White House.

As for the GMO debacle? All I have to write is this: Anyone who thinks that a plant engineered to contain its own pesticide is healthy eating needs his/her head examined.

 

 SHOREBIRD agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 08:42 PM

397p Dude, Nevada went BLUE.

 

 LOUWHO? agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 10:45 PM

A very good day... Can I still get an Obama sticker?

 

 COMMENT 340451P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 07:14 AM

Saddest result is that while the country as a whole rejected right wing tea-party candidates, Santa Barbara County 4th District voters knocked out a moderate Republican and replaced her with an extreme tea party candidate, Peter Adam. Why did the press ignore the danger that this guy presents? This decision will have severe and unfortunate repercussions that will set us back in so many ways.

 

 COMMENT 340462P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 07:35 AM

451P: I agree with you about Adam. But it is not the fault of the press that the 4th District voters chose as they did: the fault or, rather, the choice was theirs. Adam and his views are well-known. Joni Gray has been there too long (and mellowed, as Adam probably will not) and had a well-known record that the voters were tired of. ...Very too bad that she didn't run a better campaign!

 

 COMMENT 340469P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 07:49 AM

62p- nice turn of the tables, but i just did another search and i didn't find any news stories- north OR south county- reporting on Adam's extremist actions in the 1990's that many people might NOT have been aware of......yet we read every nook and cranny of Capps and Maldos tax issues. I agree- in the end its the voters, and the candidates themselves- but in this case, the repercussions will be felt countywide, from the bullying and intimidation of enforcement staff, to the rude hijacking of public meetings, and then some. In many ways, Joyce Howerton can also take credit for this tea party victory in SB county.

 

 COMMENT 340531P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 09:33 AM

How do you feel Joyce Howerton assisted the Tea Party, 469P?

You have to be kidding unless the Joyce I have known for years has suddenly gone far to the right.

 

 COMMENT 340537P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 09:38 AM

This is how I feel about the outcome...

"I didn't vote for him, but he's my president, and I hope he does a good job."-John Wayne

 

 COMMENT 340550P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 09:54 AM

31P- in running against Gray, making it a 3 party race in the primary, Joyce paved the way for a predictable runoff between adam and gray. Granted, all candidates are responsible for their campaigns and outcomes and relationships with voters. However, if your larger goal is to not make things worse than they are, foreseeing this horrific outcome would not have been difficult.

 

 COMMENT 340583 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 11:03 AM

I'm just glad its over....the ads at least, for all the races. Let's all try to heal and take a deep breath and look to the future.

 

 COMMENT 340780 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 07:35 PM

#105 The proper role of independent journalism should be to speak editorially for what the owners believe in, and not to be just a parrot, repeating the sentiments of the current voting majority.

I wonder what would have happened to the great social causes of the past, if independent media had gone along enditorially, with the anti-Civil Rights majority in the south, or with the anti-Womans' Suffrage movement back in the first two decades of the 20th Century. What if journalists of the 1850's and 1860's had opposed the Abolition of Slavery, because there wasn't a consistent majority supportiing the freeing of the slaves?

 

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