Election 2018

Krista Almanzan

Statewide election results will be certified by Friday.  As the final numbers come in, there's a new number to look for: how many people registered and voted on the same day.  This was California’s first general election to allow same day voting. 

Votes are still being counted in Monterey Bay area elections, but early numbers are in. These results are from the most recent tally, which was early Wednesday morning.

graphic by Serena Toney

Election Day polls are open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6th.  

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Krista Almanzan

Democrat Jimmy Panetta is running for reelection in Congress against Independent Ron Kabat.   The 20th District covers the Monterey Bay Area and southern Monterey County.   Panetta just completed his first term ever in elected office.

courtesy Ron Kabat

Ron Kabat is not a newcomer to politics.  This is the third time he has run for the Congressional seat that represents the Monterey Bay area.  This time he’s running against incumbent Democrat Jimmy Panetta. Kabat is a CPA who lives in Carmel and first came to the region while serving on Fort Ord.

Erika Mahoney

Election Day is fast-approaching. If you want to vote before Tuesday, November 6, there are plenty of ways to cast your ballot, including weekend voting.

Krista Almanzan

The Monterey Peninsula has always had a private water supplier.  California American Water (Cal Am) took control of the system in the 1960s. Now, voters will decide whether they want a public takeover.

Pacific Grove is one of the only places on the Monterey Peninsula where visitors can stay in short term rentals.  Now, voters there are set to decide whether they want to restrict where those vacation rentals can be located. Measure M would remove them from most residential neighborhoods.  

courtesy Mark Stone

A three-term incumbent faces a political newcomer in the race to represent California’s 29th Assembly district.  That covers most of the Monterey Bay area. Democrat Mark Stone is running against Republican Vicki Nohrden.  

courtesty Vicki Nohrden

Vicki Nohrden is a Republican running for the state Assembly in the 29th District. It covers most of the Monterey Bay area. Nohrden is a political newcomer from Carmel.  She’s facing Democrat Mark Stone from Scotts Valley. 

Erika Mahoney

California’s expensive housing market is pushing people out. That’s a top concern for some as they head to the polls. In Santa Cruz County, voters will weigh in on Measure H. It taxes property owners to pay for affordable housing. 

Krista Almanzan


Although you still have a month to mull over your choices before Election Day, early voting is underway.  It started Monday.

Brandt Bates

Numbers out today show the median monthly rent in Santa Cruz is $3,149. That’s according to the real estate website Zillow.  This November, residents will vote on whether rent control is the answer to reining in rents.