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Santa Barbara Election Recount: City Clerk Determines No Change in Outcome of Vote

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SANTA BARBARA, CA – November 12, 2009 – The complete recount of the ballots cast in the City of Santa Barbara 2009 General Municipal Election has been completed.  There is no change to the outcome of the election previously reported.

The recount was conducted after it was discovered through an audit performed by the City Clerk’s office that a voting machine had not counted votes on some ballots due to a calibration error.

A logic and accuracy test of the ballot-counting machine was conducted prior to beginning the recount.   A second logic and accuracy test of the ballot-counting machine was conducted at the mid-way point.  A logic and accuracy test of the ballot-counting machine was conducted after all of the ballots were recounted.  In addition, the final test of the ballot-counting machine included a test of the machine generated count of the precinct manually tallied.  All four tests administered confirmed 100% accuracy.

The City Council is scheduled to certify the results of the election on November 24, 2009.


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New Fire Chief Ceremony Scheduled for Thursday

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SANTA BARBARA, CA –  This Thursday, November 12th at 4pm Andrew DiMizio will be sworn in as the new Chief of the Santa Barbara City Fire Department. Mayor Marty Blum will deliver the oath of office to Chief DiMizio at a ceremony at City Fire Headquarters at 121 West Carrillo Street in Santa Barbara. The ceremony is expected to draw members of the Chief’s family, City Council and staff as well as many current and retired City firefighters. Chief DiMizio, Mayor Blum and City Administrator Jim Armstrong are expected to speak.

Chief DiMizio began his career in the fire service in 1976 with the U.S. Forest Service in the Cleveland National Forest. He joined the Santa Barbara City Fire Department in 1980. He progressed through the ranks as a Firefighter, Fire Engineer and Captain. He was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2001. He also has served as interim Deputy Chief and Fire Chief. He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Western Fire Chiefs Association and the Fire Chiefs Association of Santa Barbara County.

Chief DiMizio has been involved in most of the major incidents of the last 30 years. These include the Gap, Tea, Zaca and Jesusita Fires.  He was also at the the Painted Cave, Sycamore Canyon and Eagle Canyon Fires. He also responded as a Hazmat Team member to the Seacliff train derailment. He has also been involved with most of the major structure fires in the City and has responded nationally as a safety officer on an Incident Management Team.

Andy is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and makes his home in he Santa Barbara area with his wife Terry and their three children, Marcus, Anthony and Jessica.


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Santa Barbara Election: City Clerk Decides to Recount ballots

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SANTA BARBARA, CA – November 10, 2009 – City Clerk Services Manager, Cyndi Rodriguez, after conducting a manual audit of election results, has determined that a vote counting machine, in some cases, did not properly read a portion of ballots cast.  As a result, she has decided to do a complete recount. 

“We don’t anticipate that the recount will affect the overall results of the election other than, perhaps, the order for the third and fourth place on the race for City Council,” said Marcelo A. López, administrative services director.  

It appears that the voting machine used by the contracted ballot counters lacked the sensitivity to read some of the lighter shaded marks for votes cast for City Council candidates and Measures D and E.  

The reader problem does not affect the race for Mayor and/or Measures B and C.  In fact, the manual tally results for Mayor and Measures B and C matched the machine-generated results.  The nearly 50% voter turnout is also not affected.

“As part of the process, the elections official is required to verify the accuracy of the election by manually tallying approximately one-percent of the votes cast.  During the accuracy verification process, the City Clerk Services Manager discovered that in some cases the machine-generated results did not match the manual tally,” said López.  

The elections process has many checks and balances, including statistical random sampling of ballots.  “Our checks and balance process worked – we identified the problem and by recounting the ballots we will be able to assure voters that the count is accurate,” said Cyndi Rodriguez, city clerk services manager.

The recount will occur on Thursday, November 12, 2009, at 10:00 am, in the Council Chambers at Santa Barbara City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street.

All candidates, and ballot measure proponents and opponents have or will be informed of the recount.  A public notice of the recount is posted at City Hall.  The recount is open to the public.

The recount must match the manual tally of the verified precinct selected at random.  The city will transmit the updated results in a news release.  The results will also be posted on the City’s election website:  

The projected date for the City Council to certify the election results is Tuesday, November 24, 2009.

For more information, contact the persons listed at the top of this page. 


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SBCC Scheinfeld Center Enlightened Entrepreneurship Series presents - Wayne Rosing, Former Head of Engineering at Google.

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Wayne Rosing, former V.P. of Engineering at Google, join us for a conversation on Design & Innovation. Come listen, ask questions, and meet Mr. Rosing at the reception following.

Rosing has been a key player in several landmark projects in the computing industry since the late 1970s. Gaining experience as an engineering manager at DEC and Data General in the 1970s, he became a director of engineering at Apple Computer in the early 1980s. There he led the Apple Lisa project, the forerunner to the MAC. He then went on to work at Sun Microsystems and headed the spin-off First Person. At Sun Labs, his team developed Java. Rosing served as Vice President of Engineering at Google from January 2001 to May 2005. He continues to serve as an advisor to Google and is now a senior fellow in mathematical and physical sciences at the University of California, Davis. He splits his time between Silicon Valley and the Santa Barbara area. As a hobby, Rosing grinds telescope mirrors.



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