The results are in and Measure U failed in San Carlos by a little more than 600 votes. The city council will now be faced with the unenviable taskof making even deeper cuts into city services and costs. Privately, some of the Measure U supporters will tell you that the vote was much closer than they had anticipated. Passing any type of tax increase, no matter what the overall benefit may be, is always a tough proposition, especially in a difficult economy. As has been the case recently in San Carlos, tax measures have failed the first time through, but tend to be successful on the second or third attempt. This was the case with Measure S and the parcel tax. I would not be surprised to see the sales tax hike back on a the ballot in the very near future.
As for city council, San Carlos has returned Bob Grassilli and Matt Grocott to the city council along with newcomer, Andy Klein.