ALAMEDA -- Vice Mayor Rob Bonta will move to the state Assembly, and candidate Stewart Chen will serve the remaining two years of Bonta's term on the City Council now that results from the Nov. 6 election have been tallied.
But it remains unknown who will complete Chen's term as a trustee at the Alameda Health Care District. Incumbent Jordan Battani and J. Michael McCormick won re-election for the two open hospital board seats. The third top vote-getter was Tracy Jensen, who now becomes a clear contender for Chen's seat -- he also still has two years left in his four-year term -- through the domino-effect of Bonta's victory.
Unlike the council race, however, there's no automatic selection for a hospital seat if a trustee leaves midterm as a result of winning another office. Instead, the board appoints someone. McCormick got about 35 percent of the vote in the hospital race. Battani got about 24 percent, and Jensen secured about 21 percent. Former Peralta Community College District Trustee Abel Guillen conceded the Assembly race to Bonta on Nov. 13.
"I first want to salute my opponent, Abel Guillen, for his public service and his forceful campaign," the 41-year-old Bonta said in a message to supporters. "The results indicate voters had two very good choices, and, while I am grateful for our campaign's success, I am mindful of the issues Trustee Guillen and I agree must be addressed and that we will need to work together."
Bonta captured about 51 percent of the vote, and Guillen got about 49 percent. Bonta will replace the termed-out Sandre Swanson to represent the 18th Assembly district, which includes Oakland and San Leandro along with Alameda. As a Sacramento lawmaker, Bonta said he wants to "improve the quality of education we provide our children, help prevent rampant gun violence and work to create more good jobs."
While the Assembly race was too close to immediately call a with the result hinging on provisional and mail-in ballots, Island voters gave a resounding victory to Measure D on Election Day.
The measure will amend the City Charter to prevent the sale or swap of public parks by city officials without first securing voter approval. It secured about 78 percent of the vote, late results showed.
Residents campaigned to place the measure on the ballot after the City Council considered a proposal to swap a portion of the city-owned Chuck Corica Golf Complex with developer Ron Cowan for another parcel at the Harbor Bay Business Park.
While the council rejected Cowan's proposal in May, Measure D supporters said amending the charter was still necessary to prevent the City Council from approving a similar plan in the future.
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