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Voters say no to changing Port Hueneme's name; Yes to new sales tax for public safety in Goleta

Element 5 Digital

Some measures in Ojai, Guadalupe still on the bubble with races too close to call.

Voters in one South Coast community are apparently happy with its name.

Port Hueneme residents faced a simple question: should they change the city’s name to Hueneme Beach? The idea was to make it more attractive to visitors. Voters said no in a big way, by a 68% to 32% margin.

Oxnard voters approved Measure C, which would change term limits. City Council members can only serve two consecutive terms. Then, they have to sit out two years before running again.

In Ojai, there will be some changes in the way its city council is elected, but one question is still up in the air.

Measure L called for shifting the election of Ojai’s mayor from voter to the city council, which would pick one of its members to serve. Many cities do that. But, it appears to be going down to defeat, with a 50.35% no vote to a 49.65% yes vote. There’s a 14 vote margin, so mail-in ballots will have to be counted before the issue is decided.

Voters did approve Measure M, which switches the election of city council members from districts, to at large.

Solvang’s voters approved Measure U, a one cent sales tax hike to support city services, and programs. They okayed it by a 65% to 35% margin.

Goleta’s voters also approved a sales tax hike to help fund public safety, and street repairs. The City’s sales tax will go up 1%, from 7.75%, to 8.75%.

Goleta voters also approved Measure C, a ban on tobacco-flavored products.

Lompoc voters okayed Measure X, a bed tax to raise money for public safety.

And, in Guadalupe, Measure Z, which is also a transient occupancy tax proposal, is too close to call. There’s a 50.8% no vote to a 49.2% yes vote. Here’s how close it is. The yes and not votes are separated by just one vote, so the election will be decided by uncounted main-in ballots.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.