Measure M Wins Overwhelming OK, Foster Re-Elected
Written by 991KBU on November 7, 2018
In the school bond election …
Measure M won overwhelming passage … with a 70 percent yes vote.
The Malibu special district school bond … needed 55 percent passage.
It’s a 195 million Dollar bond issue that will add three cents per 100 dollars assessed value the houses in Malibu.
The proceeds will be used for phase 2 of the Malibu high school reconstruction project.
Also to build in classrooms at Point Dume Elementary School … where the students from Juan Cabrillo are being relocated into portables this summer.
It needed 55 percent yes to pass.
Yes 69.95% 3,667
No 30.05% 1,575.
The bond issue can be viewed as a plebiscite on a future divorce of the Santa Monica Malibu school District … giving Malibu an independent school District.
If the county approves the divorce … Malibu voters will be asked to support continuation of the current Santa Monica parcel tax.
Not increase … extend.
Unless the parcel tax is extended … the Malibu school district won’t fly.
As for the school board election …
The only Malibu representative on the Santa Monica-dominated school board retained his seat.
All four incumbents who sought reelection this year won … including Craig Foster.
It’s important to remember that Malibu has only one seventh of the voting population of Santa Monica.
The four winners were
– Laurie Lieberman 24.67% or 18,911 votes.
– Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein 21.48% – 16,467 votes.
– Oscar De La Torre 21.08% – 16,165 votes … and
– Craig Foster 19.54% … with 14,985 votes.
The lone challenger … Ann Maggio Thanawalla … could not break in.
She got 13.23% of the vote … or 10,142 ballots.
Bottom line – Malibu retains its loan representative on the seven-member school board … Craig Foster.
And the critical school board election passed.