Updated Ventura County / Conejo Valley Election Results as of November 16th and Official Final Results

UPDATE 12/2/12: The Final Offical Results are now posted and are indicated below BOLDED AND IN ALL CAPS.

The Ventura County Clerk & Recorder updated results from the November 6th general election at recorder.countyofventura.org/elections as of 11:23 am November 16th (previous update posted November 9th).

The number of votes cast and counted increased by 37,588, from 270,851 on Nov 9th to 308,439 (FINAL TALLY 330,419). Voter turnout as a result grew from the initially reported 63.44% a week ago to 72.24% (FINAL TURNOUT 77.39%). The County Clerk's office indicates this as "Semi Official Update #3." The office technically has 28 days to count all the votes, including the large number of ballots received on Election Day.

No changes were noted in the placement of candidates based on this update.

Here are some updated and still "unofficial" Ventura County only results:

President (306,137 votes - previously 268,873) (FINAL TALLY 327,727)

  • Barack Obama (Dem) 51.61% (158,006 votes) (FINAL 170,929, 52.16%)
  • Mitt Romney (Rep) 45.77% (140,115 votes) (FINAL 147,958, 45.15%)
  • Gary Johnson (Lib) 1.13% (3,445 votes) (FINAL 3,735, 1.14%)

Roseanne Barr has thus far received 975 votes in Ventura County. (FINAL TALLY 1,087 VOTES; SHE WAS OUTDONE BY THE 2,692 PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR NO ONE.)

U.S Senator (295,034 votes) (FINAL 315,086)

  • Dianne Feinstein (Dem) 53.92% (159,072 votes) (FINAL 171,483, 54.42%)
  • Elizabeth Emken (Rep) 46.08% (135,962 votes) (FINAL 143,603, 45.58%)

Overall preliminary vote in California Feinstein 61.8%,  Emken 38.2%. (FINAL 62.4% TO 37.6%)

26th Congressional District

  • Julia Brownley (Dem) 52.3% (126,933 votes) (FINAL 52.83%)
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Updated Ventura County / Conejo Valley Election Results as of November 9th

The Ventura County Clerk & Recorder updated results from the November 6th general election at recorder.countyofventura.org/elections as of 12:12 pm today.

The number of votes cast and counted increased by 13,924, from 256,927 to 270,851. Voter turnout as a result grew from the initially reported 60.18% to 63.44%. The County Clerk's office indicates this as "Semi Official Update #1" which infers we may be seeing another update.

No changes were noted in the placement of candidates based on this update.

Here are some updated and still "unofficial" Ventura County only results:

President (268,873 votes - previously 255,107)

  • Barack Obama (Dem) 51.37% (138,119 votes)
  • Mitt Romney (Rep) 46.09% (123,919 votes)
  • Gary Johnson (Lib) 1.1% (2,946 votes)

U.S Senator (259,189 votes)

  • Dianne Feinstein (Dem) 53.77% (139,363 votes)
  • Elizabeth Emken (Rep) 46.23% (119,826 votes)

Overall preliminary vote in California Feinstein 61.5%,  Emken 38.5%.

26th Congressional District

  • Julia Brownley (Dem) 52% (110,715 votes)
  • Tony Strickland (Rep) 48% (102,219 votes)

State Senator District 27 (Ventura County only)

  • Todd Zink (Rep) 56.4% (66,552 votes)
  • Fran Pavley (Dem) 43.6% (51,456 votes)

Districtwide (Ventura/LA counties, Pavley 52.5%, Zink's 47.5%).

Member of the Assembly 44th District

  • Jeff Gorrell (Rep) 53.34% (70,191 votes)
  • Eileen Macenery (Dem) 46.66% (61,405 votes)

Conejo Valley USD Board Member (Vote for 2)

  • Betsy Connolly 37.86% (25,417 votes)
  • Peggy Buckles 32.88% (22,074 votes)
  • Tony Dolz 29.05% (19,506 votes)

Thousand Oaks City Council (Vote for 2)

  • Jacqui Irwin 24.21% (18,964 votes)
  • Al Adam 15.77% (12,351 votes)
  • Ed Jones 14.39% (11,271 votes)
  • Jim Bruno 13.70% (10,727 votes)
  • Mic Farris 12.32% (9,652 votes)
  • Deborah Birenbaum 9.01% (7,053 votes)
  • Others 7,903 votes

Conejo Recreation and Park District (Vote for 2)

  • George Lange 44.33% (28,300 votes)
  • Charles B. Huffer 25.00% (15,959 votes)
  • Dennis Anderson 18.06% (11,526 votes)
  • Clint R. Matkovich 12.36% (7,888 vote)

For results of other local races, visit recorder.countyofventura.org/elections.

Preliminary Ventura County / Conejo Valley Election Results as of Early This Morning

The Ventura County Clerk & Recorder website has a nicely organized election results section at recorder.countyofventura.org/elections that provides easy to access, up to date election results.

With all 630 Ventura County precincts reporting, there were 426,948 registered voters and 256,927 votes cast, or a 60.18% voter turnout. While these numbers reflect many of the Vote by Mail ballots received before election day, the numbers will certainly change to some degree to reflect Vote by Mail ballots received at polling locations on Election Day.

Here are some selected (with a focus towards Conejo Valley elections) unofficial Ventura County only results posted on that site updated just after 2 AM this morning.

President (255,107 votes)

  • Barack Obama (Dem) 51.16% (130,512 votes)
  • Mitt Romney (Rep) 46.32% (118,156 votes)
  • Gary Johnson (Lib) 1.09% (2,784 votes)
  • Others 1.43% (3,655 votes)

There were 1,820 ballots that did not place a vote for President.

U.S Senator (245,932 votes)

  • Dianne Feinstein (Dem) 53.57% (131,742 votes)
  • Elizabeth Emken (Rep) 46.43% (114,190 votes)

Overall preliminary vote in California is Feinstein 61.4% vs Emken 38.6%.

26th Congressional District

  • Julia Brownley (Dem) 51.85% (104,225 votes)
  • Tony Strickland (Rep) 48.15% (96,774 votes)

State Senator District 27 (Ventura County only)

  • Todd Zink (Rep) 56.45% (64,146 votes)
  • Fran Pavley (Dem) 43.55% (49,486 votes)

Districtwide (Ventura/LA counties, Pavley has 52.6% vs Zink's 47.4%).

Member of the Assembly 44th District

  • Jeff Gorrell (Rep) 53.53% (66,830 votes)
  • Eileen Macenery (Dem) 46.47% (58,009 votes)

Conejo Valley USD Board Member (Vote for 2)

  • Betsy Connolly 37.86% (24,120 votes)
  • Peggy Buckles 32.78% (20,886 votes)
  • Tony Dolz 29.15% (18,572 votes)

Thousand Oaks City Council (Vote for 2)

  • Jacqui Irwin 24.20% (18,044 votes)
  • Al Adam 15.83% (11,802 votes)
  • Ed Jones 14.34% (10,694 votes)
  • Jim Bruno 13.69% (10,206 votes)
  • Mic Farris 12.32% (9,187 votes)
  • Deborah Birenbaum 9.03% (6,737 votes)
  • Others 7,903 votes

Conejo Recreation and Park District (Vote for 2)

  • George Lange 44.22% (26,797 votes)
  • Charles B. Huffer 25.08% (15,199 votes)
  • Dennis Anderson 18.10% (10,970 votes)
  • Clint R. Matkovich 12.36% (7,488 vote)

For updates and results of other local races, visit recorder.countyofventura.org/elections.

Posting Political Signs in City of Thousand Oaks for November 6, 2012 Election

September 22, 2012 marks the first day that political signs for the upcoming November 6, 2012 General Municipal Election can be posted in the City of Thousand Oaks. All political signs must be taken down no later than November 13, 2012. The term "political sign" refers to signs created prior to an election to advise or identify a candidate, campaign issue, election proposition, or other related matters.

The City asks that all candidates for public office, along with local residents and business or commercial property owners, comply with the Thousand Oaks Municipal Code for the placement of political signs.  The City seeks to maintain an aesthetically pleasing appearance, while providing sufficient opportunity to increase voter awareness.

The following rules and guidelines apply to the posting of political signage in the City:

a) signs may be no more than 12 square feet and no higher than 6 feet;

b) signs may not be placed on public property, including parks, open space areas, or freeway ramps;

c) signs may not block or interfere with pedestrian walkways or vehicle sight distance at driveways or intersections; and

d) signs may not be attached to traffic signs, traffic signal poles, street light poles, street trees or any other structure in the street right-of-way. 

For questions or complaints regarding signs placed in the public right-of-way, please contact the Municipal Service Center at (805) 449-2499 and press “0” for assistance.  For compliance related issues regarding political signs on private property, please contact Code Compliance at (805) 449-2300.

Complete information on political sign regulations can be found on the City's website at www.toaks.org/government/depts/city_clerk/elections/default.asp.

The Hooters Drama Continues in Thousand Oaks as a Councilwoman Gets Involved

On Tuesday, the VC Star reported that Thousand Oaks Councilwoman Claudia Bill-de la Peña wrote a letter dated November 15th to property managers of Janss Marketplace, asking them to reconsider leasing space for a Hooters restaurant located in the parking lot adjacent to the mall.

This has been quite a drama for Thousand Oaks in 2011 since it was announced back in March that there was a possibility of Hooters occuping the space left vacant by Fuddruckers over a year and a half ago. Ultimately it was determined that there are no legal issues with a Hooters and they were moving forward.

Councilwoman Bill-de la Peña wrote her letter based on "'The opposition to an eatery is unprecedented, it is historical," she said. "In light of the opposition, I felt I needed to make the Janss mall aware of that, as if they weren't already. I felt with the outrage of the community ... I had to speak on behalf of those opposed.'"

We did our own survey here on CVG and the final outcome was roughly 30% of respondents were against opening a Hooters, 55% were thumbs up and the remainder pretty much had no opinion.

There are over 460 Hooters restaurants arouund the world. Hooters has operated since 1983. I ate at the Long Beach Hooters with my kids and frankly it wasn't a lot different than taking them to the local Cronies (love their beer), Draughts (also great beer), Tipsy Goat (beer me again) or Ladyface Ale (yep, great beer there too). They were not truamatized by the experience, nor did they ask about or expand upon the definition of the word Hooters (had they asked, the hooting sounds of owls would have of course been the response).

This shopping center has been part of the community for over 50 years. Janss Mall (as it was originally called) was built in 1960 with about 200,000 sq ft of space. In 1969 the 198,000 sq ft Sears was added, along with another 90,000 sq ft of shop space. Then in 1994 another 160,000 sq ft was added and it was renamed Janss Marketplace.

Janss Marketplace recently donated $15,000 to the Conejo Recreation & Park District youth programs. The funds were raised from the Reign of Terror Haunted House at the mall.

Let me digress. Yes there was a lot of opposition to the Hooters. But those not opposed were not asked to submit a response. Most people I know aren't in the habit of sending letters to City Hall to tell them about a new business they "approve" of, particularly when there are no laws preventing the business from opening. Most of us approve/disapprove of local businesses with our wallets, and that usually works fine.

Let the Hooters open. If you don't like it, simply don't eat there, tell your friends and neighbors not to eat there, etc. Capitalism is pretty efficient in that way. It worked for Fuddruckers quite well.

Jeff Gorrell Sidewalk Office While on Deployment to Afghanistan

Today I drove by Marie Callender's in Camarillo and did a double-take when I saw a large Jeff Gorrell sign and card table. Recalling he has been deployed in Afghanistan, I thought, wow, guess he's back! So I parked and met up with his District Director and Field Representative at the booth and discovered that Jeff is still on deployment, perhaps until early 2012, and that his team holds these table-top offices around the county to listen to and exchange ideas with constituents. Was great to see them out there!

Jeff was voted to the California State Assembly in 2010 in the 37th District that covers Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Santa Paula, Ojai, Thousand Oaks and about one third of Simi Valley, as well as some other outlying areas (frankly, the district boundary map confuses the hell outta me http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/37/?p=districtMap). His website is http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/37/.

Rules for Recounting Votes are Unclear and How Much it Costs is Mysterious

If someone wants a recount on the election results in Ventura County they need to decide quickly. They have 5 days to decide. The rule on that says 5 days and that could mean calendar days from Friday, Nov. 19, when the results were officially certified. Or it might mean 5 business days. Ventura County Election Manager Martin Cobos said he was unsure because of the way the election rule was worded. "We'd have to seek counsel on that," he said. Maybe it's tomorrow. Or it could be Friday. Or with the holiday it could mean next Tuesday. And, for those wondering how much it would cost, that's also a mystery. Any voter can request a recount in writing, but the catch is the person who requests it pays for it. Think it might be worth the money? Hard to know since Cobos said the request has to be made before the county will say how much it's going to cost since each race would cost a different amount depending on the number of precincts involved. The cost of the security, room, people recounting and moving the ballots are included in the expenses to be paid. The closest he would come to estimating was "in the thousands."

Ventura County Election Certified With Gillette 146 Votes in Front of Adam

Mayor Dennis Gillette holds onto his City Council seat by about 1/10 of 1 percent of the vote. It was a close race with candidates going to bed on election night thinking challenger Al Adam had won the third seat. He said he thought he'd be joining number one vote getter council member Claudia Bill-de la Pena and second place Mayor Pro-Tem Andy Fox in the winner's circle. But, the votes were counted in the close race for almost two weeks before the election was certified with Dennis winning by 146 votes.

When asked this morning  if he would ask for a recount Al said he didn't know for sure and that he may look into it. He also noted he'd find a vote recount more compelling if the mayor was only 10 or 20 votes ahead.

Al said his placement as number 12 on the ballot of 13 candidates could have made the difference. Or it might have been confusing for voters that a man named Adams was also running and on the ballot right next to him at number 13, he said.

Bottom line:

"It's not easy to unseat an incumbent, especially when there are 10 challengers. But I came within a whisker of defeating the mayor," he said.