SAN FRANCISCO — Voters in California’s statewide primary Tuesday approved 23 local general obligation bond measures, authorizing $1.856 billion in debt, according to a preliminary report from

Voters in San Diego and San Jose also approved landmark pension reform initiatives. The closely watched public employee pension reform proposals in both cities, the state’s second- and third-most populous, passed with more than two-thirds of voter approval.

In San Jose, current employees would be affected by the reform, while in San Diego new employees would be steered to a 401(k)-style plan.

Voters approved 63% of 87 local government revenue measures, according to the report.

The report said school parcel tax and bond measures did better than similar non-school measures with two out of three measures passing.

Schools proposed most of the bond authorization voters decided. The largest of those that passed with the needed 55% support included $298 million of bonds for Clovis Unified School District in Fresno County and $220 million of debt for Cupertino Union School District in Santa Clara County.

There were 47 school bond and parcel tax measures on local ballots, of which 66% passed.

Of the 18 city, county, and special district tax and bond measures that only needed a majority vote, 14 passed.

Struggling Hercules, Calif., garnered enough votes to pass a sales tax increase — a half-cent rise for four years that gained more than 70% approval.

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