Updated as of November 8, 2012
On charter city proposals, which would have given cities more leeway to deal with the powerful unions: Costa Mesa’s lost by a large margin, Escondido’s lost, and Grover Beach’s appears to be losing in a close race. Anything the unions supported won big in California. Anything they strongly opposed lost.
In Orange County, the city of Costa Mesa had become something of a national example on how to take on union power, as its council majority promoted outsourcing and pension changes. While voters there re-elected reformers, they rejected a city charter measure that would have allowed the majority to have more latitude in carrying out changes. Unions from across the state flooded the campaign with money, outspending charter- reform backers by 10 to 1.
Eliminating Middle Class Jobs in the Shadow of the Election – Huffington Post (Los Angeles) – blog by Daniel Villao, State Director, California Construction Academy, UCLA Labor Center (part of the pro-union University of California Miguel Contreras Labor Program) – November 5, 2012
City of Costa Mesa (Orange County) – Measure V
City Charter Measure Soundly Rejected by Costa Mesa Voters – Los Angeles Times – November 7, 2012
Righeimer Wants to Try for Another Charter – Newport Beach/Costa Mesa Daily Pilot – November 7, 2012
Costa Mesa Council Majority Holds but Loses Bid for a City Charter – www.voiceofoc.org – November 7, 2012
Costa Mesa Measure V – KFI (640 AM) – November 7, 2012
City of Escondido (San Diego County) – Proposition P
Escondido Rejects Charter Measure but Approves General Plan Update – North County Times – November 7, 2012
Escondido Voters Split on Initiatives – San Diego Union-Tribune – November 7, 2012
City of Grover Beach (San Luis Obispo County) – Measure I-12
Bright, Lee Leading Grover Council Race; Charter Winning Approval – Santa Maria Times – November 7, 2012
Peterson Swamps Molnar to Win Grover Beach Mayor Seat – www.CalCoastNews.com – November 7, 2012 (includes this statement: “The race for the city of Grover Beach’s proposal to become a charter city remains too close to call with just late arriving vote-by-mail ballots left uncounted. Currently, there are 11 more votes in favor of the charter proposal than nay votes.”)