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Carlsbad Strawberry, Flower Field Propositions Too Close to Call

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Aired 4/19/09

Absentee ballots will determine the final outcome of two propositions in Carlsbad that aim to preserve flower and strawberry fields near Interstate-5. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Proposition D is passing by a razor thin margin and Prop. E is failing by a couple hundred votes. But a few hundred absentee votes could change that. The Carlsbad measures need 50-percent to pass. Prop. D is the city-sponsored measure that would zone the land as open space. Prop. E is a citizens’ initiative that would create new zoning called “coastal agriculture.” Robert Rickert is with the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club. Rickert says the competing measures made it tough for Carlsbad voters.

Both props as you know hovered around the 50-percent margin so there wasn’t a clear victory or clear defeat for either one. And I think basically, what that says to me anyway, is that the voters are pretty confused.”

There are more than 100,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted. The County Registrar will be updating the vote totals on both propositions this week. Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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