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News - June 18, 2014

Open space bond measure clears two-thirds hurdle

by Barbara Wood

It was a close vote, but Measure AA, the $300 million bond measure for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, passed narrowly in the June 3 election.

Passage required approval by two-thirds (or 66.67 percent) of the voters. Of the 111,464 votes cast, 68 percent favored the measure. The district declared victory on June 9.

"It is terrific to live in a place that puts such a high value on protecting our scarce natural areas for future generations, and we're incredibly grateful to this community's strong support," said Walter Moore, president of the Peninsula Open Space Trust, which, along with the Sempervirens Fund, provided much of the financial backing for the bond measure's campaign.

The vote totals as of June 16, were: Yes, 75,752 (68 percent). No, 35,712 (32 percent).

The district occupies large areas of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, and a small part of Santa Cruz County, where there are just four registered voters

The vote by county:

• San Mateo County: Yes, 24,781 (66.3 percent). No, 12,606 (33.7 percent).

• Santa Clara County: Yes, 50970 (68.81 percent). No, 23,105 (31.19 percent).

• Santa Cruz County: Yes, 1. No, 1.

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