12:10 a.m. Wednesday Update
The incumbent Bob Baker and Chris Hamm, his de-facto running mate, have won the election for two seats on the San Clemente City Council.
With all 46 San Clemente precincts reporting, Hamm was the top vote getter with 9,969 votes, or 25.8 percent, and incumbent Baker was the second with 8,937, or 23.2 percent.
Incumbent Jim Dahl received 7,864 votes or 20.4 percent of the vote while his de-facto running mate Mike Mortenson received 7,541, or 19.5.
Challenger David Clegg received 2,628 votes, or 6.8 percent of the vote.
Challenger Bob Baker -- whose name identical to the incumbent caused a flap during the campaign until he dropped out -- received 1,643 votes, or 4.3 percent.
John Alpay beat Steve Lang in the race for the Capistrano Unified School District Trustee seat to represent San Clemente. Read more here.
10:41 p.m. Update
San Clemente precincts haven't started trickling in yet, according to the OC Registrar. Bob Baker and Chris Hamm are partying with supporters at Pizza Port, though results are still out. Other candidates did not immediately return phone calls Tuesday.
8:30 p.m. Update
Incumbent Bob Baker and his de facto running mate Chris Hamm took an early in the race for two San Clemente City Council seats as early-voting and mail-in ballots were counted. Similarly, Capistrano Unifed Trustee John Alpay led Steve Lang by fewer than 1,000 votes in the San Clemente district. Visit our live election results for all the nitty gritty as the precinct counts start rolling in.
It'll be a long night with all the precincts left to report -- probably 90 minutes before the first votes trickle in.
8:00 p.m. Update
Poll monitors in San Clemente reported a gigantic turnout for the 2012 general election as voting booths and tables were packed up to be driven to the registrar in Santa Ana.
"I have five precincts," said Election Coordinator Albert Radillo at the end of the evening in the San Clemente Community Center polling place. "We're having a historic turnout. Next door, they've had lines all day. I counted 50 people waiting at 6 a.m."
Larry Culbertson, a 16-year poll volunteer, agreed.
"It's one of the most hectic nights we've ever had," he said. "It's still possible we might get a last rush."
Radillo said the constant stream of voters was largely calm -- some waited two hours, others went home and came back -- but the crowd presented some logistical problems for poll workers.
"The hardest thing has been to give people a break," he said. "I had a teenage boy [volunteer] tell me 'I haven't peed in six hours.'"
3:30 p.m. Update
City Hall will be open from 8 p.m. until about midnight to monitor election results being reported by the Orange County Registrar of Voters, according to a release from the city.
The public is invited to watch the large screen piping in results from the registrar, as well as cable feeds from news networks to monitor national results.
People can also follow election results by: tuning in to Cable Channel 30 or Channel 854 (for high definition televisions), calling City Hall at 949-361-8200, visiting the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ website at www.ocvote.com and, of course, checking our live election results at SanClemente.Patch.com.
"Typically the first election results come in around 8:05 p.m. These will be vote-by-mail ballots," the city release states. "Then, typically there is a long lull (approximately 90 minutes) before the precinct votes start to trickle in. This is because the poll workers have paperwork to complete after the polls close at 8 p.m."
1:30 p.m. Update:
Voters have been flowing into the North Beach precinct all day, said poll worker Margaret Foley. As of 12:30 p.m., more than 100 voters cast ballots at the Holiday Inn downtown (the new location of the North Beach precinct now that the Ole Hanson Neach Club is undergoing renovations).
Voters of all stripes were casting ballots, signing in with the three student volunteers (Natalie Culp of San Clemente High School, Lauren Pluimer of Saddleback College and Yossymar Rojas of Dana Hills).
Kellie Passaretti said she voted to re-elect President Barack Obama.
"I think he needs four more years to implement his plans, and I think he's done good things for the country," she said. "And I don't think he's a Muslim."
Passaretti also said she voted for council candidates Jim Dahl and Mike Mortenson.
"I live at North Beach, and I think they need to implement their positive plans," she said.
Passaretti said she was turned off by negative campaigning against Dahl and Mortenson.
"I don't like negativity," she said. "I would hope people want to make a difference in our community, and I would think their campaign would show that."
Ed and Barb Brocknau differed in their opinion on the council race, however. They voted for Bob Baker and Chris Hamm.
"[Baker] is more concerned with the residents and not big developments," Barb Brocknau said.
"Also, we're irritated with the Chamber of Commerce," Ed Brocknau added. "We think its inappropriate that they endorse anyone."
He referred to the Chamber's endorsment of Dahl and Mortenson, which has been the target of criticism by the opposing candidates and an independent Wtchdog PAC set up to slam the two candidates in the 2012 election (see link to article below).
Both the Brocknaus voted for Presidential Candidate Gov. Mitt Romney, however.
"Obama has been a disaster for this country," Ed Brocknau said.
From Tuesday Morning:
Here's a rundown of candidates and ballot measures facing San Clemente voters in Tuesday's election.
San Clemente City Council
The race for two seats on the San Clemente City Council has heated up this year with six men on the ballot, one of whom has stated he's stopped seeking the seat.
Appearing on the ballot Tuesday are David Clegg, incumbent Jim Dahl, Michael Mortenson, Chris Hamm and two Bob Bakers.
The race kicked off with controversy as incumbent Robert "Bob" Baker cried foul when a challenger Robert "Bob" Baker entered the race. The incumbent is labeled with a "1" on the ballot and challenger Baker -- who dropped out of the race but still appears on the ballot -- is labeled with a "0."
Baker 1 and Chris Hamm have placed themselves as advocates for slower growth in town, as indicated by their opposition to potential billboards at the planned Marblehead outlet mall and their favoring of a three-story ban over form-based codes to govern development in the downtown.
Mortenson and Dahl have said they would have to keep an open mind about any sign proposal because a specific one hasn't been made, and they favor form-based codes in the downtown over an outright ban on three-story developments.
Complicating matters is the independent Watchdog PAC set up by local activist Charles Mann specifically to slam Dahl and Mortenson, which it has done recently with negative mailers.
Clegg appears to be an outlier in the race, coming from outside the town's political world, pledging to spend less than $1,000 on his campaign.
- Read dozens of articles chronicling the 2012 Election in San Clemente here, as well as hundreds of stories including the voting records of the incumbents over the last three years.
Capo Unified School District
The Capistrano Unified School District will have four trustee seats open. Two are held by John Alpay and Gary Pritchard, who were just elected in 2010 when the voters recalled two sitting trustees.
When the board redrew the boundaries for the trustee areas, Trustee Sue Palazzo's residence was not included in her area, so she can not run for re-election and has said she wasn't planning to, anyway.
Trustee Jack Brick is the other trustee whose seat is up this year. He has decided not to run.
This is the first year where voters can only vote for one trustee because of the passage of Measure H in the 2010 election.
- More than $100K Spent in CUSD Races
- Who's Endorsing Whom for Capo Unified
In the 49th Congressional District (which includes San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point), Republican Darrell Issa will go up against Democrat Jerry Tetalman.
United States Senate
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) faces Republican Challenger Elizabeth Emken in the race to represent California. One of the most entrenched incumbents in the senate, Feinstein has a whopping fundraising lead with $9,148,030 to Emken’s $676,726. Emken currently lives in Northern California, but she grew up in Orange County.
In the 73rd Assembly District, incumbent Diane Harkey again squares off against Jim Corbett, a teacher at Capistrano Valley High School known for his First Amendment fight with a student.
California Ballot Propositions
Prop 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education
Prop 31: State Budget Process
Prop 33: Auto Insurance Rates
Prop 34: Death Penalty Repeal
Prop 36: Three Strikes Law
Prop 37: Genetically Modified Foods
Prop 39: Multistate Business Tax
Prop 40: Redistricting