By The Capistrano Dispatch

Final State Ballot Measure Results In
Update (9:13 a.m.)

One-hundred percent of statewide precincts have reported their polling numbers for the 11 ballot measures. Here are the results, as of 8:03 a.m., Wednesday.

Prop 30 – Temporary Taxes to Fund Education
Yes: 4,959,206 (53.9 percent)
No: 4,241,246 (46.1 percent)

Prop 31 – State Budget, State and Local Government
Yes: 3,369,175 (39.2 percent)
No: 5,220,193 (60.8 percent)

Prop 32 – Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction
Yes: 3,973,720 (43.9 percent)
No: 5,086,590 (56.1 percent)

Prop 33 – Auto Insurance Prices Based on Driver History
Yes: 4,046,275 (45.4 percent)
No: 4,872,423 (54.6 percent)

Prop 34 – Death Penalty
Yes: 4,269,535 (47.2 percent)
No: 4,776,815 (52.8 percent)

Prop 35 – Human Trafficking
Yes: 7,309,737 (81.1 percent)
No: 1,698,939 (18.9 percent)

Prop  36 – Three Strikes Law
Yes: 6,181,771 (68.6 percent)
No: 2,826,624 (31.4 percent)

Prop 37 – Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling
Yes: 4,277,985 (46.9 percent)
No: 4,835,045 (53.1 percent)

Prop 38 – Tax Education, Early Childhood Programs
Yes: 2,489,028 (27.7 percent)
No: 6,495,745 (72.3 percent)

Prop 39 – Business Tax for Energy Funding
Yes: 5,295,968 (60.1 percent)
No: 3,522,579 (39.9 percent)

Prop 40 – Redistricting State Senate
Yes: 6,068,518 (71.4 percent)
No: 2,427,514 (28.6 percent)

— Brian Park

CUSD: Reardon Secures Victory
Update (12:39 a.m.)

Jim Reardon has won the seat representing Trustee Area 2 on the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees, as all precincts have reported their results.

Reardon finished with 7,144 votes (49.2 percent).

Carol McCormick finished with 3,487 (24 percent) followed by Don Franklin Richardson with 2,888 (19.9 percent).

— Brian Park

CUSD: Hanacek Wins a Seat While Reardon the Likely Winner in Area 2
Updated (12:20 a.m.)

Amy Hanacek has won the seat representing Trustee Area 1 on the Capistrano Unified School District’s Board of Trustees, according to the final polling results.

Hanacek finished with 9,448 votes (67.7 percent) while Karin Schnell finished with 4,504 votes (32.3 percent).

Hanacek takes over for incumbent Jack Brick, who will step down at the end of his term.

In Trustee Area 2, six precincts have yet to return results, but San Juan Capistrano resident Jim Reardon is the likely winner with 48.2 percent of the votes thus far.

Reardon owns 6,231 votes over Carol McCormick, who has 3,212 votes (24.8 percent). Don Franklin Richardson finished with 2,609 votes (20.2 percent).

Reardon will take over for incumbent trustee Sue Palazzo.

— Brian Park

City Council: Byrnes and Allevato Win City Council Seats
Updated (12:02 a.m.)

Incumbent Councilman Sam Allevato and former mayor Roy Byrnes have locked up the two seats on San Juan Capistrano’s City Council, according to the final polling results.

Byrnes finished on top with 4,962 votes (25.7 percent) followed by Allevato with 4,283 votes (22.2 percent).

Capistrano Common Sense editorial board member Kim McCarthy finished just behind Allevato with 4,010 votes (20.8 percent).

Byrnes previously served on the council between 1972 and 1976 and played an integral role in implementing the city’s first general plan.

Allevato, a 36-year resident of San Juan Capistrano, has served on the council since 2004, including a 2011 stint at mayor.

Had Byrnes and McCarthy won both seats, the two would have likely teamed with like-minded Councilman Derek Reeve to form a 3-2 majority on many decision. Since Reeve was elected to office in 2010, many City Council votes have resulted in 4-1 decisions.

Planning Commissioner Ginny Kerr, who ran as a team with Allevato, finished fourth with 3,594 votes (18.6 percent).

Allevato and Kerr each raised significantly more campaign contributions this election season than Byrnes and McCarthy combined. In total, Allevato raised $35,298 and Kerr raised $36,754 to Brynes’ $7,400 and McCarthy’s $5,400.

— Brian Park

CUSD: Reardon Takes Commanding Lead in Area 2
Update (11:48 p.m.)

San Juan Capistrano resident Jim Reardon has taken a commanding lead in the race for a seat representing Trustee Area 2 on the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees, according to recent polling numbers.

Reardon now leads Carol McCormick, 6,231 votes (48.2 percent) to 3,212 (24.8 percent). Only six out of the 33 precincts have yet to report their numbers.

Don Franklin Richardson sits at third with 2,609 votes (20.2 percent).

Only 11 out of 41 precincts have reported results in Trustee Area 1, but Amy Hanacek looks to be the likely winner with 6,158 votes (68.5 percent) over Karin Schnell’s 2,832 votes (31.5 percent).

— Brian Park

City Council: Allevato Moves Up in Poll, Byrnes Still Leads
Update (11:32 p.m.)

With the majority of precincts reporting results, incumbent Councilman Sam Allevato has moved passed Kim McCarthy for the second spot in the polls, according to recent numbers.

Allevato now has 4,057 votes (21.9 percent) in his favor–only slightly ahead of McCarthy with 3,891 (21 percent). Former mayor Roy Byrnes still leads the way with 4,810 votes (26 percent).

Planning Commissioner Ginny Kerr remains in fourth with 3,450 votes (18.6 percent).

Polling numbers from two out of the 24 precincts are still outstanding.

— Brian Park

City Council: Marantz Calls Campaign a ‘Good Experience’
Update (10:54 p.m.)

The race for City Council is still too close to call–with only two out of 24 precincts reporting numbers–but candidate Tom Marantz has conceded that his chance for a spot on the dais is unlikely.

With only 6.2 percent of the votes so far (621), Marantz trails third-place Ginny Kerr (18.6 percent) by 1,243 votes.

“Being a newcomer, I could have met more people and gotten out there a little more,” Marantz said. “It’s a large task to take on in a span of three months.”

Marantz, a technology administrator and former U.S. Marine, said the experience of campaigning has motivated him to become more involved in City Hall and community activities and organizations. Moving forward, he plans on looking into joining a city committee or commission, as well as participating in other organizations such as the Rotary Club or the Boys & Girls Club.

“I’m invested,” Marantz said. “The biggest thing I learned is how great this town is. The people have been open to me. I’ve met folks on all sides of the issues, and I’m definitely open to all opportunities to serve.”

As for as how he sees the City Council race turning out, Marantz said he will keep track of the numbers throughout the evening to get a better understanding of the makeup of the future City Council.

— Brian Park

Feinstein Wins Reelection Bid, Associated Press Reports

Update (10:26 p.m.)

Democratic State Senator Dianne Feinstein has won her reelection bid over Republican autism activist Elizabeth Emken, according to the Associated Press.

The latest state poll results show Feinstein with 2,347,106 votes (57.5 percent) over Emken’s 1,733,096 votes (42.5 percent). The numbers were updated at 10:20 p.m. and reflect 21.9 percent of all precincts who have reported.

Feinstein was first elected to office 20 years ago.

— Brian Park

Latest Results for State Propositions
Update (10:15 p.m.)

As of 10:05 p.m., 20.4 percent of statewide precincts have reported their numbers. Here are the latest results for the 11 statewide propositions:

Prop 30 – Temporary Taxes to Fund Education
Yes: 1,938,975 (48.5 percent)
No: 2,055,378 (51.5 percent)

Prop 31 – State Budget, State and Local Government
Yes: 1,579,980 (42.1 percent)
No: 2,176,811 (57.9 percent)

Prop 32 – Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction
Yes: 1,910,022 (48.3 percent)
No: 2,041,420 (51.7 percent)

Prop 33 – Auto Insurance Prices Based on Driver History
Yes: 1,847,488 (47.4 percent)
No: 2,047,172 (52.6 percent)

Prop 34 – Death Penalty
Yes: 1,732,385 (44.0 percent)
No: 2,206,420 (56.0 percent)

Prop 35 – Human Trafficking
Yes: 3,273,034 (83.2 percent)
No: 659,829 (16.8 percent)

Prop  36 – Three Strikes Law
Yes: 2,694,279 (68.4 percent)
No: 1,244,445 (31.6 percent)

Prop 37 – Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling
Yes: 1,690,514 (42.6 percent)
No: 2,276,865 (57.4 percent)

Prop 38 – Tax Education, Early Childhood Programs
Yes: 1,005,433 (25.6 percent)
No: 2,921,082 (74.4 percent)

Prop 39 – Business Tax for Energy Funding
Yes: 2,288,905 (59.0 percent)
No: 1,588,591 (41.0 percent)

Prop 40 – Redistricting State Senate
Yes: 2,786,433 (74.3 percent)
No: 964,792 (25.7 percent)

— Brian Park

President Obama Wins Reelection as Romney Delivers Concession Speech
Update (9:58 p.m.)

President Barack Obama will stay in the White House for another four years, as poll results indicate that he will win the 270 electoral college votes needed to retain his office.

Senator Mitt Romney called the President to concede, moments before delivering a speech to his supporters in Boston.

“This election is over but the principles endure,” Romney said. “I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction.”

— Brian Park

CUSD: Hanacek and Reardon Still Lead in Respective Areas
Update (9:42 p.m.)

In Trustee Area 1, Amy Hanacek owns a commanding lead over Karin Schnell, 4,736 (68.8 percent) votes to 2,145 votes (31.2 percent).

In Trustee Area 2, San Juan Capistrano resident Jim Reardon leads over Carol McCormick, 3,494 (50.7 percent) to 1,662 (24.1 percent). Fellow San Juan Capistrano resident and retired public school teacher Don Franklin Richardson trails with 1,359 votes (19.7 percent).

— Brian Park

City Council: Byrnes-McCarthy Slate Hold Lead Over Allevato-Kerr
Update (9:33 p.m.)

The team of former mayor Roy Byrnes and Kim McCarthy still hold a slim lead over incumbent Councilman Sam Allevato and Planning Commissioner Ginny Kerr, according to the first unofficial results from the polls.

Byrnes owns the overall lead with 2,738 votes (27.3 percent) followed by McCarthy with 2,196 (21.9 percent).

Allevato has closed the gap slightly but still trails with 2,072 (20.7 percent). Kerr remains in fourth with 1,864 votes (18.6 percent).

The results represent two out of 24 precincts and vote-by-mail results. The next poll update will be posted at 10 p.m.

— Brian Park

Early Poll Numbers Say Prop 32 is a Coin Flip
Update (9:01 p.m.)

The vote on Proposition 32, the statewide ballot measure that would forbid payroll deductions by unions or corporations for political purposes, is a virtual coin flip, according to the most recent poll results.

Votes against the proposition own a razor-thin lead with 1,803,307 votes (50.9 percent) over votes in favor at 1,741,151 (49.1 percent), according to poll numbers posted at 8:54 p.m.

Prop. 32 would also prohibit unions or corporations from contributing directly to candidates or candidate committees.

Other proposition votes are as follows:

Prop 30 – Temporary Taxes to Fund Education
Yes: 1,699,916 (47.5 percent)
No: 1,882,143 (52.5 percent)

Prop 31 – State Budget, State and Local Government
Yes: 1,428,511 (42.4 percent)
No: 1,941,916 (57.6 percent)

Prop 33 – Auto Insurance Prices Based on Driver History
Yes: 1,684,483 (48.2 percent)
No: 1,810,185 (51.8 percent)

Prop 34 – Death Penalty
Yes: 1,527,600 (43.3 percent)
No: 2,004,008 (56.7 percent)

Prop 35 – Human Trafficking
Yes: 2,946,292 (83.4 percent)
No: 584,372 (16.6 percent)

Prop  36 – Three Strikes Law
Yes: 2,401,651 (67.9 percent)
No: 1,133,652 (32.1 percent)

Prop 37 – Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling
Yes: 1,482,753 (41.6 percent)
No: 2,077,672 (58.4 percent)

Prop 38 – Tax Education, Early Childhood Programs
Yes: 892,511 (25.3 percent)
No: 2,630,130 (74.7 percent)

Prop 39 – Business Tax for Energy Funding
Yes: 2,041,922 (58.7 percent)
No: 1,437,944 (41.3 percent)

Prop 40 – Redistricting State Senate
Yes: 2,501,668 (74.3 percent)
No: 864,840 (25.7 percent)

— Brian Park

Networks Project Four More Years for President Obama
Update (8:44 p.m.)

President Barack Obama has won his bid for reelection over Senator Mitt Romney, major television networks are projecting.

In California, 12 percent of precincts have reported in as of 8:39 p.m. Obama owns 1,657,974 votes (53.4 percent) over Romney’s 1,383,346 votes (44.6 percent).

Orange County voters, however, favored Romney with 219,434 votes (57.4 percent) over Obama’s 156,207 votes (40.8 percent).

The President’s official Twitter account posted this message at 8:14 p.m.: “This happened because of you. Thank you.”

— Brian Park

Hanacek and Reardon with Comfortable Early Leads in CUSD Race
Update (8:27 p.m.)

In the race for two seats on the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees, Amy Hanacek and Jim Reardon own comfortable leads in their respective areas, according to the first poll results.

In Trustee Area 1, Hanacek (69.1 percent) leads over Karin Schnell (30.9 percent), 4,516 votes to 2,021 votes.

In Trustee Area 2, Reardon leads with 3,429 votes (50.6 percent) over Carol L. McCormick (1,640 votes, 24.2 percent) and Don Franklin Richardson (1,336 votes, 19.7 percent). Michele Taylor-Bible, who dropped out of the race after the deadline to officially withdraw her name, has 374 votes (5.5 percent).

— Brian Park

First Poll Numbers Favor Capistrano Common Sense Candidates Byrnes and McCarthy
Update (8:09 p.m.)

San Juan Capistrano City Council candidates Roy Byrnes and Kim McCarthy, both members of the local watchdog group Capistrano Common Sense, lead the team of incumbent Councilman Sam Allevato and Planning Commissioner Ginny Kerr, according to the earliest poll numbers.

So far, Byrnes leads the way with 2,491 votes (27.5 percent) followed by McCarthy with 2,005 votes (22.1 percent).

Allevato and Kerr follow closely behind with 1,837 votes (20.3 percent) and 1,682 votes (18.6 percent), respectively.

Political newcomer Tom Marantz is in fourth with 558 votes (6.2 percent). Melissa Abbott-Kaffen, who dropped out of the race after the deadline to officially withdraw her name, has received 485 votes (5.4 percent).

The first batch of updates provided by the county registrar represent vote-by-mail results only. The next round of unofficial results will be available at 9:30 p.m. and will be updated throughout the night in 30-minute intervals until 1 a.m.

— Brian Park

San Juan Capistrano Poll Worker Reports Large Turnout
Update (2:55 p.m.) 

Our photo intern Kevin Dahlgren snapped thisphotos (below) of San Juan Capistrano voters casting their ballots at the Del Obispo Terrace Senior Center.

Poll worker Martha Meyer told Dahlgren they received 281 voters by noon–the biggest turnout they have ever seen.

San Juan Capistrano voters cast their ballots via electronic vote at the Del Obispo Terrace Senior Center. Photo by Kevin Dahlgren.

— Kevin Dahlgren and Brian Park

Election Day is Finally Here, San Juan Capistrano

Update (12:28 p.m.)

Throughout the evening, once early poll results come in, we’ll be providing you with updates to see how your candidates are faring in their respective races.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. today and will close at 8 p.m. If you’re still not sure where your polling place is or to check out a sample ballot, click here.

The Orange County Registrar of Voters expects to post vote-by-mail and early voting results by 8:05 p.m. The first unofficial results from polling places will be posted by 9:30 p.m. and will be updated in 30-minute intervals until 1 a.m., Wednesday. Results will be updated each weekday by 5 p.m.

In addition to the Presidential Election, San Juan Capistrano residents will be voting for:

City Council

Two seats on the San Juan Capistrano City Council are up for grabs, and at least one new council member is assured after Councilwoman Laura Freese announced she would not seek reelection.

Voters can choose up to two candidates from a pool of six. Incumbent Councilman Sam Allevato is running as a slate with Planning Commissioner Ginny Kerr. Their main opponents are Capistrano Common Sense editorial board members Kim McCarthy and Roy Byrnes, who previously served on the City Council in the 1970s. Political newcomer Tom Marantz is the lone independent.

It should be noted once more that Melissa Abbott-Kaffen announced her withdrawal from the race in support of Byrnes and McCarthy but did so past the official deadline, so her name will still appear second on the ballot.

Throughout the election season, The Dispatch asked the candidates a series of questions about local issues. You can view their responses in the links below. Additionally, the candidates participated in a meet-and-greet style event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce–you can read their quotes here.

City Council Candidates Weigh-In on the City’s Water and the Groundwater Recovery Plant

City Council Candidates on Traffic

City Council Candidates on the Zoomars Dinosaur and Balancing Development with Preservation

To view our complete City Council election coverage, simply type “city council election” in the search box at the top-right.

Capistrano Unified School District

In previous elections, residents were able to vote for school board members in all trustee areas, regardless of where they lived. This year, San Juan Capistrano residents will only vote for one candidate in two areas.

In Trustee Area 1, Dana Point resident Karin Schnell faces off against Capistrano Beach resident Amy Hanacek. Incumbent Jack Brick will step down at the end of his term.

Trustee Area 2 is now a three-person race after Michele Taylor-Bible announced her withdrawal because of her family’s impending move to Switzerland. Ladera Ranch resident Carol L. McCormick is up against two San Juan Capistrano residents, former school teacher Don Franklin Richardson and engineer Jim Reardon. Whoever is elected will take over for incumbent trustee Sue Palazzo.

All CUSD candidates also participated in The Dispatch‘s question-and-answer series. To view their responses, click on the links below:

CUSD Candidates on the Decision-Making Process

CUSD Candidates Weigh-In on Building Relationships and Transparency between the Board, Students, Teachers and Parents

Additionally, we asked all the above candidates a final question: “Why should voters vote for you?” You can read their responses here, along with a rundown of state and federal races and the 11 ballot propositions.

— Brian Park

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