How the propositions fared

April 5, 2011 

Voters rejected for the second time a proposal to renovate Service High School in Tuesday's city election.

The proposition was for $37.2 million to complete a $68.4 million project of additions and renovations, including a new 700-seat auditorium.

That project was the only one in Proposition 1.

"We knew it was risk put it on by itself, and with the auditorium," said school Superintendent Carol Comeau, "but we felt the school needed to be completed and put in one package."

A proposition for $16.9 million in school upgrades also lost, but a $17 million proposition to expand vocational and technical facilities in schools won approval.

Comeau said she is most concerned about the failure of the school upgrades proposition because it contains safety projects.

City bonds for parks also failed. Voters approved propositions for roads, public safety upgrades and public transit.

In other results:

• Parking meters -- Voters are divided on whether to allow non-police officers to issue parking tickets downtown, but the proposal to do so was slightly ahead in the count Tuesday night.

Only sworn police officers can give parking tickets now.

• ID checks -- Asked whether the city should require mandatory identification checks for people buying alcohol in liquor stores, voters overwhelmingly said yes in an advisory vote.

Reach Rosemary Shinohara at or 257-4340.

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