Measure AA, the $295 million Santa Monica College District bond measure, was passed on Tuesday night. It received 61.45 percent voter approval, and needed 55 percent approval for passage. The measure received 26,324 “yes” votes and 16,514 votes in opposition.
Newcomer Ben Allen was the top vote-getter in the race for three seats on the Board of Education of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. He was elected to the board with 23,134 votes. Incumbents Maria Leon-Vazquez and Jose Escarce were reelected with 22,143 and 19,533 votes respectively. Challenger Chris Bley placed fourth with 18,394 votes.
The three incumbents were reelected in the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees election. Susan Aminoff received the most votes with 21,940. She was followed by Robert Greenstein Rader (21,300) and Margaret Quinones-Perez (20,408). Hedi Hoeck placed a distant fourth with 12,969 votes.
Assemblymember Julia Brownley, Malibu’s representative in the 41st District, was easily reelected to her second term. She received 80,754 votes (66.94 percent) to Republican rival Mark Bernsley’s 39,889.
As expected, former Assemblymember Fran Pavley cruised to victory in the race for the 23rd District of the State Senate, which includes Malibu. She received 173,107 votes (67.44 percent). Republican Rick Montaine earned 69,101 votes (26.92 percent) and Libertarian Colin Goldman received 14,464 (5.64 percent).