Santa Clara County's one-eighth-cent sales tax, Measure A, garnered more than the majority approval it needed, coming in with about 56.2 percent approval, based on unofficial results.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District's parcel tax renewal, Measure B, also passed, with unofficial election results showing it received 72.6 percent support — far more than the two-thirds approval it needed.
Palo Alto voters overwhelmingly defeated Measure C, which would have allowed three medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the city.
Preliminary election results showed that 62.1 percent of voters opposed the proposal. The Palo Alto City Council had unanimously come out against Measure C. Before the election, veteran city councilman Larry Klein said he worried that the measure would have made Palo Alto "the marijuana magnet of the Peninsula."
—Bay City News Service
Gordon wins Assembly race
Assemblyman Rich Gordon cruised to an easy victory against Republican challenger Chengzhi "George" Yang. With all precincts reporting, Gordon took 70 percent of the vote to Yang's 30 percent in the race for newly drawn Assembly District 24.
Gordon, a Menlo Park resident, now represents District 21, which includes Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, East Palo Alto, and Palo Alto. But with redistricting, the same area will become part of District 24 with this election. The district has been reshaped to encompass areas including Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and most of the San Mateo County coastside from El Granada south.