Handy retains trustee seat; Reiss defeats Riley

Peralta Election Results

Robbie Hinton, Laney Tower Staff Writer

Linda Handy attends the Decision Peralta forum sponsored by the Laney Journalism Dept. (photo by Tiehui Fan)

Voters in Peralta Community College District cast their ballots for two seats on the district board and two measures on Nov. 6.

Incumbent Linda L. Handy retained the PCCD trustee seat for area 3. She defeated challenger Corean J. Todd by 3,949 (54.26%) votes to 3,203 (44.01%) votes with 126 (1.73%) votes for write-in candidates.

Handy has an M.S. in Organizational Development and Analysis from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She is a Laney College alumna. Handy has held the position since 2002.

She represents part of the Laurel district as well as the San Antonio, Fruitvale, Brookdale, Fairfax and Maxwell Park districts in Oakland.

Cindi Reiss defeated incumbent William Riley for the trustee seat in area 5 by a large margin. Reiss received 10,603 (68.65%) votes to Riley’s 4,707 (30.48%) with 134 (0.87%) going to write-in candidates.

Riley had held the seat since 1998.

Reiss will represent an area that includes the Rockridge district in Oakland and the city of Piedmont, which comprises district 5.

Reiss has a BA, MA, and PhD in art history as well as a BA in comparative literature. Reiss has taught in the California Community College and California State University systems for 20 years.

Both ballot measures concerning PCCD passed.

Measure E provides an additional eight years of funding for the Peralta District by charging a $48 parcel (real estate property) tax per parcel annually in the district. The measure was set to expire on July 1, 2020, but is now extended to June 30, 2028.

Measure E passed with 88,358 votes yes (81.03%) to 20,692 votes no (18.97%).

Bond measure G authorizes the district to issue up to $800 million in bonds at an estimated tax rate of $24.50 per $100,000 of assessed property value to fund facilities and technology.

The bond measure passed with 72,002 votes yes (74.24%) to 24,987 votes no (25.76%).