Marin County Makes the Daily Show!

In California…

Election day results and interesting face-offs in November:

In the closely watched race to run for retiring Lynne Woolsey’s seat in Congress this November, Jared Huffman, current California Assemblyman, won handily.

Jared Huffman [48,001; 37.3 %], with Republican Daniel Roberts [19,363; 15.3%] edging out  Democrat Norman Soloman [18,257; 14.2%] for second place. Huffman and Roberts will be the candidates in November.  Stacy Lawson [12,919; 10.1%], who had some very big donors behind her  beat Susan Adams [10,184; 8.4%] coming in 4th and 5th repectively

Marin County Votes and state wide totals.

Richard Halstead, Marin IJ, reports.

Don’t have the cost per vote for each of these candidates. To be analyzed…. –>> see below the fold.]

To replace Huffman in the State Assembly (Marin is now in District 10, no longer in 6 after redistricting) it looks like Michael Allen (D) with 24,076 votes (30.3%) will face off against Marc Levine (D), 19, 217 (24.2%). No Republican will appear on the ballot.  Peter Mancus for the Rs got 17,044 (21.4%) and Connie Wong, (D) got 8,933 (11.2%)

Around the state are other match-ups courtesy of the Washington Post:

As expected, Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) andHoward Berman (D-Calif.) are headed for a November matchup. Sherman led Berman 42 percent to 32 percent in Tuesday’s vote, with mostly Republicans splitting up the rest of the vote.

Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Calif.) appears to be the clear favorite in her incumbent-versus-incumbent matchup, leading Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) 60 percent to 40 percent on Tuesday.

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) was under 50 percent and faces 25-year-old Ricky Gill, who has been one of the GOP’s fundraising stars so far this cycle. McNerney led Gill 48 percent to 40 percent, with another Republican earning the other 12 percent.

Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) took just 41 percent of the vote in his new district, while the top two Democrats in the race outpolled him. It’s not yet clear whether he’ll face former San Diego City Councilman Scott Peters or former state Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, who were locked in a close race for second place.

Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) took just 42 percent of the vote in his contest with prosecutor Eric Swalwell(D) and an independent candidate, meaning Stark could face a tough one-on-one matchup with Swalwell in the fall.

Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and another Democrat combined for slightly more than half the vote, but Costa got just 41 percent of it, suggesting he’s got work to do. He faces attorney Brian Whelan (R), who took 26 percent, in the fall.

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Bay Area Water

Water isn’t only an issue for those who have long depended on glacier melt [see below] or those who live in tidal wetlands like Bangla Desh. Even in the comparatively lush Bay Area, with Sierra snow and heavily capitalized water systems, weather changes will mean life changes.

“All the research around the impact of climate change in California shows potential prolonged droughts, drier winters, more wild swings between drier years and wet years,” said Tony Winnicker, spokesman for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which provides water to residents of the city as well as communities on the Peninsula. “As water agencies and as consumers, we need to manage our water more wisely. There will never again be a period in California where we don’t have to think about water conservation.”

… Unless rains soak the Bay Area in the next several weeks, the district expects to have about 425,000 acre-feet of water by early fall – 175,000 acre-feet below its optimal 600,000 acre-feet. The board will vote on whether to impose rationing May 13. One acre-foot is the amount of water it would take to flood an acre to a level of one foot. One acre-foot of water equals about 325,000 gallons, which can supply a household of four for one year.

Planning for Drought