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Others succeeded where Oxnard schools, Ventura city failed

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In a quick analysis of local tax measures decided by voters on Tuesday, a fiscal policy adviser to the League of California Cities reports that other localities were more successful in persuading voters to increase taxes than the Oxnard School District and the city of Ventura. It's noteworthy that most of the successes came in Northern California.

The analysis by Michael Coleman reports that only two of five cities that sought to establish citywide sales taxes were successful -- San Mateo and Gustine, a small city in Merced County. In addition to Measure A in Ventura, sales tax proposals failed in San Carlos and Salinas.

School districts seeking parcel tax increases fared much better; 7 of 11 passed. Of the winners, six were in San Francisco Bay Area counties. Culver City in Los Angeles County was the only Southern California district to succeed.

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Over the last 25 presidential elections, Ventura County voters have backed the winner 24 times, or over 95 percent of the time. It is one of only a handful of counties in the nation that has been such a predictable bellwether.
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The Ventura County Star's Sacramento Bureau Chief Timm Herdt on state issues and politics from Sacramento to Ventura County. He can be contacted at therdt@vcstar.com