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School parcel taxes met with mixed success in Northern California and got less traction in Southern California on the June ballot. The news bodes poorly for San Diego Unified, which is considering such a tax to boost revenues for the school district for the November ballot. The district has been warned that floating the proposal at the same time that voters are asked to approve a $1.51 billion-plus facilities bond could sink both proposals.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that San Francisco passed a $198 parcel tax, as did Nicasio School District in Marin County ($375 per parcel) and Mountain View Whisman School District in Santa Clara County ($127 or $1,016, depending on the parcel’s size). Parcel taxes also passed in Los Gatos, Hayward, Pacifica and Alum Rock.

But other parcel taxes in Northern California fell short of the needed two-thirds of votes to pass: Two school districts in Sonoma failed to pass their parcel taxes, as did another school district in Contra Costa County. Parcel taxes in Alameda County and Millbrae barely lost.

And in Los Angeles County, parcel taxes met with no success, the Los Angeles Times reported. Hermosa Beach and Centinela Valley school district residents voted down the proposals; in Hermosa Beach, a majority actually voted no. Meanwhile, bonds to pay for school facilities passed.

EMILY ALPERT

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