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South Lake Tahoe, county election results update

Isaac Brambila

EL DORADO COUNTY — A Wednesday update on the Nov. 4 election results continued to reinforce the chances that Wendy David, Tom Davis and Austin Sass will take the three seats up for grabs in the South Lake Tahoe City Council race.

David, who has served as the president for the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board, built up a healthy lead early on. She has maintained a nearly 3-percent lead from the nearest candidate with more than 18 percent of the total votes in the seven-candidate race.

Also likely to keep his seat is Tom Davis with 15.44 percent of the votes, more than 1.3 percent ahead of the highly contested third seat.

Sass nearly doubled his lead ahead of incumbent Angela Swanson, after being only 22 votes ahead of her on Friday. Sass managed to pull ahead by 36 votes.

Elections officials said a final vote count would not be made official for at least another week.

In the District 5 Supervisor race, Sue Novasel has all but sealed her victory. Novasel marginally increased her vote count to nearly 61 percent from just about 60 percent on Friday.

District 5 covers the area from Pollock Pines to the California-Nevada border.

In the District 4 supervisor’s race, Michael Ranalli increased his lead over Howard Penn from 667 votes to 675 votes.

District 4 covers most of the northwest portion of the county, including an area within the Tahoe Basin.

The Lake Tahoe Community College Board of Trustees race continues to be close.

Michelle Sweeney’s lead ahead of Robert Grant shrunk slightly from 37 votes to 32 votes as of Wednesday.

In the South Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Directors race, results continue to indicate that Duane Wallace and incumbent Jim Jones will fill the two seats up for grabs. Wallace leads the Seat 5 race with nearly 65 percent of the votes and Jones leads Seat 2 with little more than 58 percent.

Measure F, which would issue a $55 million bond to Lake Tahoe Community College, has nearly cemented its victory with a steady, but marginal, increase of its share of the votes since the count started. As of Wednesday, the measure had 57.23 percent of the votes, 2.23 percent more than the 55 percent it needs to pass.

Measure H, the Lake Valley Fire Protection District proposal to fund wildfire suppression and prevention programs, the Angora Peak Fire Crew and facilities and equipment repair and replacement, had a slow start since the first reported count.

The measure remains far from the two-third vote it needed to pass with 34 percent of the votes.

At the state level, early predictions since Nov. 4 reflected Governor Jerry Brown will keep his status as governor.

Tom Torlakson is likely to continue to be the California superintendent for public instruction.

Rep. Tom McClintock beat challenger Art Moore in the 4th District Congress election, which covers El Dorado County.

Proposition 47, that requires misdemeanor sentences instead of felonies for certain drug and property offenses, passed, much to the dismay of nearly all of state law enforcement agencies.

Proposition 1, an approximately $7.6 million bond measure to fund water supply projects in California, many of which affect the Sierra Nevada, was approved by the voters.

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