Last updated:11/14/2016 3:34 p.m.
BALLOT COUNTING PROGRESS (ESTIMATED): 81%
Lynette Lee Eng has overtaken Neysa Fligor in the race for the third open seat on the Los Altos City Council.
A mere 26 votes separate the two. Latest results show Eng with 5,603 votes, 17.41 percent, to Fligor’s 5,577, 17.33 percent.
Although results from all 21 precincts are in, election results are a long way from being official. As of Monday afternoon, the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters still had 200,000 mail-in ballots and an additional 40,000 provisional ballots to count. All elections are not officially certified until Dec. 8.
The registrar also reported that close races enact an automatic recount the contest's margin of victory is less than either .5% (one half of one percent) of ballots cast, or 25 votes or less.
Another close count involves the third seat on the Los Altos Hills City Council. Incumbent Roger Spreen is ahead of challenger Garo Kiremidjian by only 40 votes.
In an overview of the local races at this point:
• Incumbents Jan Pepper and Jeannie Bruins have retained their seats on the Los Altos City Council.
• Incumbent Courtenay C. Corrigan keeps her seat on the Los Altos Hills City Council. Michelle Wu also wins a seat.
• Bryan Johnson is the likely victor in the race for a two-year seat on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees. Measure GG, a $223 annual parcel tax supporting the district, has gained overwhelming approval.
• Foothill-De Anza Community College District supporters stood by with incumbent Laura Casas for the district’s Board of Trustees. Peter Landsberger, a former community college district chancellor, won the second seat, and Cupertino City Councilman Gilbert Wong is in the lead for third and final seat on the five-member board.
• Roy Rocklin and Jeff Moe win the two open seats on the Fremont Union High School District Board of Trustees. Laing-Fang “Liang" Chao and incumbent Phyllis Vogel filled two seats on the Cupertino Union School District Board of Trustees. Both districts include Los Altos area students.
• Voters liked moderate candidate Lisa Matichak for Mountain View City Council. She was the top vote-getter in the race for four open seats on the seven-seat council. Former Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga finished a close second, while incumbents Chris Clark and John McAlister filled the remaining seats.
• Mountain View’s controversial rent control initiative, Measure V, passed. The charter amendment, which the city cannot undo without another vote of the electorate, limits rent increases to between 2 and 5 percent annually. It also sets up a five-member housing resolution board with binding arbitration.
• Palo Alto Councilman Marc Berman defeated Palo Alto attorney Vicki Veenker in the race for 24th State Assembly district, a district that includes Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.
• At last look, Measure A, Santa Clara County’s $950 million bond measure for affordable housing, and Measure B, the VTA’s half-cent sales tax, were both passing.
• Measures C and D, attempts at revitalizing the dying Vallco mall/shopping center in Cupertino, went down to defeat.