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2010 Elections

General Election Date: November 2, 2010

Local Races Filing Information
Ballot Position of Candidates
School Board Candidate Statements
School Board Candidate Responses to Alameda Democratic Club Questionnaire
School Board Candidate Forums
Alameda Education Association Campaign Activity
City Council and Mayor Candidate Statements (PDF file of all candidates)
Alameda City Clerk Campaign Disclosure Reports (click on Campaign Disclosure Filings)
Election Day Guessing Contest Recap 

Election Results for Local Races
Statewide Propositions November Election
Alameda County Local Ballot Measures
Democratic Party Endorsement Position on Statewide Propositions

Legislative Analyst Office's Review of Statewide Propositions

Prior Election Coverage
2008 Elections
2006 Elections
2004 Elections

Statewide Propositions - November Election

Statewide Propositions as July 16, 2010

Proposition 18 Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010
Bond Measure
SBx7 2. (Chapter 3, 2009), Cogdill.

On August 9, the Legislature voted to remove this proposition from the November ballot and it will be placed on the 2012 ballot.


Proposition 19 Changes California Law to Legalize Marijuana and Allow It to Be Regulated and Taxed.
Initiative Statute
1377. (09-0024. Amdt. #1S) -
Final Random Sample Update - 03/24/10

Qualified: 03/24/10

Proponents: Richard Seib Lee and Jeffrey Wayne Jones (510) 208-4554

Allows people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use. Permits local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of marijuana to people 21 years old or older. Prohibits people from possessing marijuana on school grounds, using it in public, smoking it while minors are present, or providing it to anyone under 21 years old. Maintains current prohibitions against driving while impaired. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Savings of up to several tens of millions of dollars annually to state and local governments on the costs of incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. Unknown but potentially major tax, fee, and benefit assessment revenues to state and local government related to the production and sale of marijuana products. (09-0024.) (Full Text)

Proposition 20 Redistricting of Congressional Districts.
Initiative Constitutional Amendment
1380. (09-0027) -
Final Random Sample Update - 05/05/10

Qualified: 05/05/10

Proponent: Charles T. Munger, Jr. votersfirstactforcongress@gmail.com

Removes elected representatives from the process of establishing congressional districts and transfers that authority to the recently-authorized 14-member redistricting commission. Redistricting commission is comprised of five Democrats, five Republicans, and four voters registered with neither party. Requires that any newly-proposed district lines be approved by nine commissioners including three Democrats, three Republicans, and three from neither party. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Probably no significant change in state redistricting costs. (09-0027.) (Full Text)

Proposition 21 Establishes $18 Annual Vehicle License Surcharge to Help Fund State Parks and Wildlife Programs and Grants Free Admission to All State Parks to Surcharged Vehicles.
Initiative Statute
1421. (09-0072) -
Final Random Sample Update - 06/10/10

Qualified: 06/10/10

Proponent: Joseph L. Caves (916) 558-1516

Establishes an $18 annual state vehicle license surcharge and grants free admission to all state parks to surcharged vehicles. Requires deposit of surcharge revenue in a new trust fund. Requires that trust funds be used solely to operate, maintain and repair the state park system, and to protect wildlife and natural resources. Exempts commercial vehicles, trailers and trailer coaches from the surcharge. Requires annual independent audit and review by citizen's oversight committee. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state revenues of about $500 million annually from the imposition of a surcharge on the VLF to be used mainly to fund state parks and wildlife conservation programs. Potential state savings of up to approximately $200 million annually to the extent that the VLF surcharge revenues were used to reduce support from the General Fund and other special funds for parks and wildlife conservation programs. Reduction of about $50 million annually in state and local revenues from state park day-use fees. These revenue losses could potentially be offset by increases in other types of state park user fees and revenues. (09-0072.) (Full Text)


Proposition 22 Prohibits the State from Taking Funds Used for Transportation or Local Government Projects and Services.
Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
1414. (09-0063, Amdt.#1NS) -
Final Random Sample Update - 06/22/10

Qualified: 06/22/10

Proponents: Joshua Shaw, Christopher K. McKenzie, and James N. Earp

Prohibits the State from shifting, taking, borrowing, or restricting the use of tax revenues dedicated by law to fund local government services, community redevelopment projects, or transportation projects and services. Prohibits the State from delaying the distribution of tax revenues for these purposes even when the Governor deems it necessary due to a severe state fiscal hardship. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Significant constraints on state authority over city, county, special district, and redevelopment agency funds. As a result, higher and more stable local resources, potentially affecting billions of dollars in some years. Commensurate reductions in state resources, resulting in major decreases in state spending and/or increases in state revenues. (09-0063.) (Full Text)

 Proposition 23 Suspends Air Pollution Control Laws Requiring Major Polluters to Report and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions That Cause Global Warming Until Unemployment Drops Below Specified Level for Full Year.
Initiative Statute
1454. (09-0104) -
Final Random Sample Update - 06/22/10

Qualified: 06/22/10

Proponent: Thomas W. Hiltachk (916) 442-7757

Suspends State laws requiring reduced greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, until California's unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent or less for four consecutive quarters. Requires State to abandon implementation of comprehensive greenhouse-gas-reduction program that includes increased renewable energy and cleaner fuel requirements, and mandatory emission reporting and fee requirements for major polluters such as power plants and oil refineries, until suspension is lifted. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential positive, short-term impacts on state and local government revenues from the suspension of regulatory activity, with uncertain longer-run impacts. Potential foregone state revenues from the auctioning of emission allowances by state government, by suspending the future implementation of cap-and-trade regulations. (09-0104.) (Full Text)

 Proposition 24 Repeals Recent Legislation That Would Allow Businesses to Carry Back Losses, Share Tax Credits, and Use a Sales-Based Income Calculation to Lower Taxable Income.
Initiative Statute.
1412. (09-0058, #1NS) -
Final Random Sample Update - 06/24/10

Qualified: 06/24/10

Proponents: Robin Johansen and Karen Getman (510) 346-6200

Repeals recent legislation that would allow businesses to shift operating losses to prior tax years and that would extend the period permitted to shift operating losses to future tax years. Repeals recent legislation that would allow corporations to share tax credits with affiliated corporations. Repeals recent legislation that would allow multistate businesses to use a sales-based income calculation, rather than a combination property-, payroll- and sales-based income calculation. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Annual state revenue increase from business taxes of about $1.7 billion when fully phased in, beginning in 2011-12. (09-0058.) (Full Text)

 Proposition 25 Changes Legislative Vote Requirement to Pass a Budget from Two-Thirds to a Simple Majority. Retains Two-Thirds Vote Requirement for Taxes.
Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
1408. (09-0057) -
Final Random Sample Update - 06/24/10

Qualified: 06/24/10

Proponents: James C. Harrison and Thomas A. Willis (510) 346-6200

Changes the legislative vote requirement necessary to pass the state budget from two-thirds to a simple majority. Provides that if the Legislature fails to pass a budget bill by June 15, all members of the Legislature will permanently forfeit any reimbursement for salary and expenses for every day until the day the Legislature passes a budget bill. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown changes in the content of the state budget from lowering the legislative vote requirement for passage. Fiscal impact would depend on the composition and actions of future Legislatures. Minor reduction in state costs related to compensation of legislators in years when the budget bill is passed after June 15. (09-0057.) (Full Text)

 Proposition 26 Increases Legislative Vote Requirement to Two-Thirds for State Levies and Charges. Imposes Additional Requirement for Voters to Approve Local Levies and Charges with Limited Exceptions.
Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
1441. (09-0093) -
Final Random Sample Update - 06/24/10

Qualified: 06/24/10

Proponent: Allan Zaremberg c/o Steve Lucas (916) 446-6752

Increases legislative vote requirement to two-thirds for state levies and charges, with limited exceptions, and for certain taxes currently subject to majority vote. Changes Constitution to require voters to approve, either by two-thirds or majority, local levies and charges with limited exceptions. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potentially major decrease in state and local revenues and spending, depending upon future actions of the Legislature, local governing bodies, and local voters. (09-0093.) (Full Text)

 Proposition 27 Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting. Consolidates Authority for Redistricting with Elected Representatives.
Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
1451. (09-0107) -
Final Random Sample Update - 06/24/10

Qualified: 06/24/10

Proponent: Daniel Lowenstein c/o Fredric D. Woocher (310) 576-1233

Eliminates 14-member redistricting commission selected from applicant pool picked by government auditors. Consolidates authority for establishing state Assembly, Senate, and Board of Equalization district boundaries with elected state representatives responsible for drawing congressional districts. Reduces budget, and imposes limit on amount Legislature may spend, for redistricting. Provides that voters will have the authority to reject district boundary maps approved by the Legislature. Requires populations of all districts for the same office to be exactly the same. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Likely decrease in state redistricting costs totaling several million dollars every ten years. (09-0107.) (Full Text)

 California Democratic Party Endorsements

Proposition 18 - (Water Bond Measure) - Vote not taken
Proposition 19 - (Marijuana legalization) Neutral
Proposition 20 (Redistricting for Congress)- No
Proposition 21 (State parks funding) - Yes
Proposition 22 (Protects local funds) - No
Proposition 23 (Suspends AB32) - No
Proposition 24 (Repeals corporate tax benefits) - Yes
Proposition 25 (Majority vote budget) - Yes
Proposition 26 (Two-thirds vote for fees) - No
Proposition 27 (Eliminates redistricting commission) - Yes


Candidate Filing Information


Name Date Papers Pulled Date Papers Filed
Tony Daysog (Dem) 7/12/10 8/4/10
Doug deHaan (Dem) 7/19/10 7/30/10
Marie Gilmore (Dem) 7/13/10 8/6/10
Kenneth Kahn (Dem) 7/12/10 8/6/10
Frank Matarrese (Dem) 7/12/10 8/2/10

City Council - 2 positions available

Name Date Papers Pulled Date Papers Filed
Lena Tam (Dem) 7/12/10 8/3/10
Rob Bonta (Dem) 7/12/10 8/6/10
Adam Gillitt (Dem) 7/12/10 7/28/10
Tracy Jensen  (Dem) 7/15/10 8/6/10
Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft (Dem) 7/28/10 8/5/10
Horst Breuer 7/28/10 DNF
Jeff Mitchell (Dem) 7/28/10 8/4/10
Adam Trujillo 7/30/10 DNF
Bev Johnson (Dem) 8/4/10 8/6/10
Jean Sweeney (Dem) 8/6/10 8/6/10

School Board - 2 Positions Available

Name Date Papers Pulled Date Papers Filed
Mike McMahon (Dem) 7/12/10 8/3/10
Tracy Jensen  7/16/10
Margie Sherratt (Dem) 7/19/10 8/2/10
Rand Wrobel (Dem) 7/22/10 8/6/10
James Pruitt (Rep) 7/28/10 8/2/10
Clay Pollard (Rep) 8/2/10 8/6/10
Sheri Palmer (Dem) 8/2/10 8/4/10

Tracy Jensen did not file by August 6th, so the filing deadline was extended to August 11.

Hospital Board - 3 positions available

Name Date Papers Pulled Date Papers Filed
James Oddie 7/12/10 Candidacy Withdrawn 8/11
Robert Deutsch (DTS) 7/30/10 7/30/10
Stewart Chen (Dem) 7/16/10 7/27/10
Leah Williams (Dem) 8/6/10 8/6/10
Elliott Gorelick (Dem) 8/9/10 8/9/10

Ballot Position

On August 12th the Secretary conducted a randomized drawing that assigns a numerical ranking to the alphabet to determine a candidate's ballot position. Based on that randomized drawing, the ballots should like those listed below unless there is breakdown in communication like the one in 2004 that saw the City races listed incorrectly.

Mayor City Council School Board Hospital Board
Kenneth Kahn Lena Tam Rand Wrobel Stewart Chen
Marie Gilmore Adam Gillitt Margie Sherratt Leah Williams
Frank Matarrese Rob Bonta James Pruitt Elliott Gorelick
Doug deHaan Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft Clay Pollard Robert Deutsch
Tony Daysog Beverly Johnson Sheri Palmer .
. Tracy Jensen Mike McMahon .
. Jean Sweeney
. Jeff Mitchell

The accuracy is only as good as reading and ranking of the listing from the Secretary of State. If you believe there are errors plase contact me.

Election Results

Mayor Absentee Ballots Ballot Box Votes Post Ballot Box Votes Total Votes
Kahn 258 410 214 882
Gilmore 3168 3545 2585 9298
Matarrese 2158 2261 1655 6074
deHaan 2102 2232 1536 5870
Daysog 1049 1167 761 2977
City Council Absentee Ballots Ballot Box Votes Post Ballot Box Votes Total Votes
Tam 2823 2717 2208 7748
Gillitt 820 882 589 2291
Bonta 3063 3526 2573 9164
Ezzy Ashcraft 1974 2032 1554 5560
Johnson 2819 2910 1953 7682
Jensen 1077 1226 908 3211
Sweeney 2566 2638 1814 7018
Mitchell 692 714 473 1879
School Board Absentee Ballots Ballot Box Votes Post Ballot Box Votes Total Votes
Wrobel 908 919 676 2503
Sherratt 5113 5182 3966 14261
Pruitt 1547 2083 1440 5070
Pollard 1364 1887 1169 4420
Palmer 1250 1187 759 3196
McMahon 3402 3164 2355 8921

School Board Candidate Forums/Endorsement Meetings Schedule




September 15 7 to 10pm 

Alameda Democratic Club 

Alameda Hospital 

September 19 1 to 4 pm

Asian Pacific American Causcus

Alameda Hospital

October 4 5:30pm

CSEA Candidate Forum

Lum School

October 5 7pm 

Bay Farm/Earhart/Lincoln PTAs

Amelia Earhart Elementary  

October 6 12:15pm

Kiwanis Club of Alameda

Elks Lodge 

October 6 6:30pm 

Franklin/Washington PTAs 

Washington Elementary

October 11 7:30pm 

Alameda League of Women Voters  

Temple Israel 

October 13 7:00pm 

Otis PTA

Otis School

October 19 7pm 

Alameda PTA Council/Alameda Education Foundation 

Alameda Little Theater 

October 20 7pm 

Alternatives in Action  West End Youth Candidate Forum

Woodstock Education Center


School Board Candidate Statements

Mike McMahon
Trustee, Alameda Unified School District
Age: 55

I ask for your support that I may continue to use my expertise and experience to serve the educational needs of Alameda's children, youth and adults. As a school board member for the past eight years, I have learned the complexities of overseeing our school district and understand the process of making sound decisions. As an Alameda resident for 30 years, I understand the community's educational history, have been involved in many of its organizations, and have experienced the positive effects that our quality educational system provided for my son and two daughters, all of whom graduated from Alameda public schools. I pledge to maintain an open dialog with all of our community members through my website: www.mikemcmahon.info I commit my energy and ability to insure the best possible educational outcomes for Alameda 's children, youth and adults.

Sheri Palmer
Parent/Local Businessperson
Operations Assistant at Global, Inc
Age 48

My education and qualifications are: A life long love of service and variety of work experiences: I am a parent of three daughters, 2 dogs and a parakeet. I have been a PTA and classroom volunteer, school site council member, former charter school board member and an election official. I currently work for a local software publisher in Marina Village as an Operations Assistant. I support neighborhood schools. I believe we can continue to make something great out of less, while looking for revenue streams to bring in more. I believe serving every child  is our first priority. Clean, healthy and safe school sites are not an option, but a requirement. I believe every child can learn. I am a renter who is willing to pay my fair share of a parcel tax. I don't need your money to speak for our children, but the Alameda Education Foundation can use your help to keep Arts and Sports alive in our schools. Go AEF! AEF Donation page: http://alamedaeducationfoundation.org/waystogive/donate-2/ Follow my campaign here: www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=141076685915522 Reach me here: saplamer.94501@gmail.com Please remember to register and vote November 2nd.

Clay Pollard
Parent/Local Business Owner

I am 24-year resident of Alameda with a child attending Encinal High from Wood Middle School. I know the threat of school closure affects families. I am running for the Alameda Unified School District Board of Education for the vital causes of academic excellence, fiscal responsibility and accountability to all stakeholders: students, parents, residents, business owners and you, the voters. My imperative is bringing fresh eyes and ears, coupled with creativity and fiscal responsibility to the Board. I believe parents, residents, business owners and the education apparatus should work cohesively to provide excellence in education and opportunities for all AUSD students. As a business owner, I bring a unique skill set to this Board: attentive listening, budgeting, community relations, leadership and project management. More than ever, we need a viable long-term master plan providing smaller class size, enrichments programs, advanced placement courses, effective remedial education (to close the achievement gap), and proper facilities management which optimizes district resources. Join me as I bring inspired leadership and work toward innovative strategies to support quality public education. For the best outcome for all stakeholders, vote for Clay Pollard. Learn more at www.claypollard.com

James Pruitt
Director/Labor Relations

I was born in Alameda and attended Haight School through seventh grade. Life took me out of Alameda and California until recently when a job transfer bought me back. I have a Bachelors Degree from UC Berkeley, a Masters from Michigan State and a Diversity credential from Cornell. My thirty five years with Kaiser Permanente has given me experience in labor relations, budgets, negotiations and the knowledge of the importance of building consensus. My support for public schools runs deep. My father taught and was an administrator in the AUSD. My mother, my wife and my five sisters and my daughter have all taught in public schools. The AUSD has about 9700 students. The ten-year Master Facilities Plan estimates that by 2019 the enrollment will be 9400. AUSD projects a deficit of $25M as a result of the failure of Measure E. That represents about one-third of our budget.  In summary: the district faces declining enrollment and significant budget deficits. I am committed to working with parents, educators, unions, and other members of community to resolve these and other issues facing AUSD.

Marjorie "Margie" Sherratt
Retired Educator/Administator

My education and qualifications are: BA Fine Arts, MS Counseling, California Life Teaching Credential, Pupil Personnel Credential, California Administrative Credential As a former teacher, counselor, District Administrator and Alameda High School Principal, I have had the privilege of serving literally thousands of Alameda students. During my thirty five year career as an educator, I have learned that each and every student and family has unique needs that must be addressed and valued. My work in education continues as a university Field Supervisor of teacher interns, and as an Auditor of schools through Alameda County Office of Education. Alameda is my home, where I went to school, married, raised our children, owned a small business, and became involved in civic activities, such as; former President of Alameda Civic Light Opera, member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and an Advisory Board Member Alameda Boys and Girls Club. I will bring to the Board of Education my collaborative style of leadership, my openness to ideas and ways to solve problems, my ability to make the tough decisions for Alameda Unified School District, my integrity and most importantly, my commitment to the students of Alameda. I appreciate your vote on November 2nd. Please vote “Margie Sherratt for School Board”.

Rand Wrobel
Software Management Consultant

I want ot pay teachers instead of administrators. As an Alamedean for 17 years, and parent of two teenagers (one with special needs), I've experienced both AUSD and Alameda's original charter school: ACLC. For my 30 year career as a Business Process Management expert, working with Fortune 500 corporations and government organizations, is dedicated to optimizing efficiency, service and satisfaction. My technology course instruction is highly-rated. I have a BA in "Future Studies, coach youth sports, founded the education non-profit LilliWorks Foundation, www.LilliWorks.org, (currently Executive Director), and have no family/history of being paid by AUSD. AUSD needs fresh "out of the box ideas emphasizing efficiency and community. Status quo, rubberstamp thinking has resulted in ignored community input, poorly-structured, failed Measure E, and the devastating bare-bones, school closing "Doomsday" Plan B. I'll work with the community to structure a fair parcel tax, leverage technology and advocate "AUSD 2.0"" transitioning to more efficient, effective charter schools that pay teacher instead of $150,000 administrators (saving millions),involve community, provide truly rich education, offer choices and competition, and, as charters can afford, keep neighborhood schools open. See www.Rand4Schools.com My stand: "More Educational Bang for the scarce Dollar".



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