By Robert Haugh
Yesterday, I wrote that Measure A lost because people were happy with the city and satisfied with the status quo. That’s not a difficult concept to understand. If voters like things the way they are, they don’t want to change things. And Measure A was a pretty big change.
But a comment yesterday from one of our regular readers, Mike O’Halloran, suggests not everyone understands this simple concept.
So I decided to spend part of my Wednesday talking to people around Santa Clara. I talked to about a dozen people in my Catala Court neighborhood, at War Memorial Park and near Buchser Middle School.
Here’s what I heard and learned:
- About half the people said: “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”
- Almost half found ranked-choice voting confusing.
- Many didn’t understand the reason for change because they like the direction at City Hall. That’s the point I tried to make yesterday.
- Only one person mentioned the lawsuit and the push for diversity.
This was not a scientific poll or focus group. But I’ve been covering Santa Clara politics and elections for 13 years. I have a solid understanding of Mission City voters. What I learned after the election, confirms my initial thoughts. I’m sure exit polling would come to the same conclusion.