February 23 saw three significant recall elections in California (updated)

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February 23, 2010

Thomas Buckley, who survived a recall election on February 23

CALIFORNIA: On February 23, voters determined the fate of three city council members and four school board members.

Voters in Montebello, a suburb of Los Angeles, removed Kathy Salazar and Robert Urteaga from office. Voters in Lake Elsinore decided to keep Thomas Buckley.

Four school board members of the St. Helena Unified School District, in an affluent area of Napa County, were removed from office by voters on February 23, in a closely-watched election that attracted national attention, including a feature article in the New York Times.

Although all politics is local, what voters decided could be regarded as a bellwether for a glimpse into just how angry and disappointed voters are with politicians in 2010.

Another election on the February 23 ballot was in San Mateo County, where voters in the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District chose to approve a parcel tax hike of $96/year by the narrowest of margins. As parcel tax measures crowd onto ballots in May and June, school administrators throughout the state watched the results in San Mateo with bated breath.

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