Proposition 76 was losing as of 9 p.m. on Tuesday in San Luis Obispo County, with about 57 percent voting “no” on the measure.
If passed, Proposition 76 would restrict the state-spending limit and would grant the governor permission to reduce educational budgets.
“My mantra this time around was ‘Just say no,’” San Luis Obispo City Council member, Christine Mulholland said. “This is a misuse of the initiative system. We have major structural changes that need to be made in a variety of our government programs. This is the legislatures work by in large, and if they’re not doing it. Let’s fire them and hire someone else.”
Kayla Plourde, president of San Luis Obispo County’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was against the proposition and said she was pleased to see that Californians decided not to increase the powers of the governor and that stable funding for schools is still fundamental.
Proposition 73, which would allow minors the right to have an aboration without parental consent, was voted down as of 9 p.m. Tuesday by San Luis Obispo County.
“Proposition 73 is a personal and privacy issue and it is nobody’s business to be telling people what they can and can’t do with their body,” Mulholland said. “That just kind of falls down the lines of people who believe in a woman’s right to choose and those who are against abortion.”
Proposition 74 was passing in San Luis Obispo County with just over 50 percent voting “yes” for the measure as of 9 p.m. Tuesday. If passed, the measure will increase a teacher’s probationary period from two to five years.
Proposition 75 was also passing with about 52 percent approval.
The remaining propositions, 77 to 80, were all voted against as of 9 p.m. by county ballots.
“The voters of California are saying to the governor, ‘Work with state legislature and have less public policy made by means of initiative measures,’” said Allen Settle, a Cal Poly political science professor, city council member and former mayor. “The governor is now going to face a stronger opposition in the legislature and democrats over matters of spending, taxation and working with the Democratic party.”
Mariecar Mendoza and Joe Sargent contributed to this report.