Measure I: This Walnut Creek initiative asks whether the city's 42,000 registered voters want a new 92,000-square-foot department store in Broadway Plaza. Opponents argue it will add to traffic and parking congestion in downtown and that the design violates the city's General Plan. Proponents say that this new department store--promised, but not guaranteed, to be a Neiman Marcus--will add prestige to Walnut Creek's famed retail scene and bring jobs and desperately needed sales tax revenues.
According to Crazy in Suburbia's questionably scientific survey, which closes on Sunday, the majority of visitors to this blog, allowed to cast one vote, have said "yes" to Measure I. Fifty-six percent of the 155 users who participated would approve of Measure I; 38 percent would reject it.
It will indeed be interesting to see if my humble survey results play out at what happens on Election Day Tuesday.
--The 10th congressional district race, to replace former U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher: According to my Crazy poll, John Garamendi, the Democratic lieutenant governor of California, leads Republican David Harmer, a San Ramon attorney, by 47 to 33 percent. That's a spread of 14 percentage points. Hey, those numbers aren't too far off from an admittedly more reputable CBS Channel 5 poll, conducted by Survey USA, which shows that Garamendi leads Harmer by 10 points. According to this poll, Garamendi received 50 percent support, while Harmer took 40 percent.
The Contra Costa Times Lisa Vorderbrueggen, on her political blog, says "folks may recall that SurveyUSA is the same outfit KPIX hired to do several pre-primary polls in this race. They turned out to be remarkably accurate."
Measures G and H: These two measures to permanently extend parcel taxes in the Acalanes and Walnut Creek school districts are leading in the Crazy poll. But are they leading by enough???
Fifty-three percent of readers say "yes" to the measures, which you actually vote on separately. Forty percent say "no" to extending the taxes in both districts.
Again, Acalanes Union High School District's Measure G would extend a $189 per-parcel tax; Walnut Creek's Measure H would extend the $82 per-parcel tax.
The majority of voters in both districts might be in favor. But...
This is a parcel tax measure, which requires a two-third majority vote. Sixty-six percent of voters, as opposed to 53 percent, will need to say "yes."
So, if you feel strongly about extending these parcel tax measures, you need to make sure like-minded neighbors and friends get out to vote, or you need to get to work changing some minds.