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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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Special District

Santa Ana Unified School District
Measure I Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

31,307 votes yes (70.6%)

13,008 votes no (29.4%)

100% of precincts reporting (68/68).

To update classrooms, science labs and facilities that prepare students for college and careers in math, science, technology, arts and skilled trades, improve student safety and security, repair/replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing and electrical systems and remove asbestos; shall Santa Ana Unified School District issue $232 million in bonds at legal rates, levying 2 cents per $100 of assessed value ($14 million annually) while bonds are outstanding, with citizen oversight, annual audits, and all funds used for local schools?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

yes vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the district to issue up to $232 million in bonds at an estimated tax rate of $0.024 per $100 of assessed property value to fund facility updates, facility replacements, and infrastructure.

NO vote means

no vote is a vote against authorizing the district to issue up to $232 million in bonds at an estimated tax rate of $0.024 per $100 of assessed property value to fund facility updates, facility replacements, and infrastructure.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The California Constitution provides that school districts may issue general obligation bonds for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities, with the approval of 55% of the voters of the district, voting at an election for that purpose. The California Constitution further provides that the bond measure must include a requirement that the bond proceeds will be used only for the permitted purposes and other requirements designed to ensure accountability.

The Board of Education of the Santa Ana Unified School District (the “District”) has proposed to the voters within the District that general obligation bonds be issued in an amount up to $232,000,000 and that ad valorem taxes be levied upon taxable property within the District to repay the bonded indebtedness. The measure provides that proceeds from the sale of the bonds will generally be used to modernize, renovate, repair and construct school facilities within the District, including repairing or replacing roofs and exterior walls; making Federal and State mandated Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility upgrades; replacing portable classrooms; repairing or replacing outdated or inadequate heating and air-conditioning; constructing, equipping and improving computer and science labs; repairing, replacing, upgrading and installing security and safety systems, including security cameras and entry/door locks and hardware; and acquiring, installing and upgrading computers and technology infrastructure. Bond proceeds may only be spent on the projects set forth in the measure.

The measure provides that a citizens’ oversight committee will be established to ensure that bond proceeds are properly expended within the District. In addition, annual performance and financial audits will be conducted. The measures also requires the Superintendent of the District to submit a yearly report to the Board of Education as long as the proceeds of the bond remain unexpended. The measure further provides that bond proceeds will not be used for teacher or administrator salaries or other school operating expenses.

Approval of Measure I does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the District that are the subject of bonds under Measure I will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure I. The school district’s proposal for the project or projects may assume the receipt of matching state funds, which could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

The Board of Education of the Santa Ana Unified School District has called the election for the purpose of submitting the measure to the voters within the District. If 55% of the voters within the District voting on the measure vote “yes,” the District may proceed to sell the bonds and levy the related taxes as estimated in the tax rate statement. A “no” vote on this measure will disapprove the issuance of the bonds and the levy of the taxes for such bonded indebtedness.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

The following official argument was submitted in favor of the measure:[1]

Vote YES on I to repair and modernize Santa Ana’s aging schools and prepare local students for future success.

Most Santa Ana schools were built over 40 years ago and require critical repairs.

Measure I makes essential upgrades to classrooms, labs and school facilities ensuring our students have access to the same educational opportunities as other students in Orange County.

YES on I ensures students are prepared for college and receive the career training needed to compete for good jobs.

Measure I includes strict fiscal accountability. Every penny stays local for Santa Ana students.

Vote YES on I:

  • Provide modern science and engineering labs and career technical education facilities to prepare students for college and in-demand careers in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology, robotics and skilled trades
  • Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, gas and electrical systems
  • Replace failing heating and ventilation systems, improve insulation, doors, windows and irrigation, improving energy and water efficiency and saving money
  • Upgrade older schools so they meet the same academic and safety standards as newer schools
  • Remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint from older schools
  • Provide classrooms, laboratories, facilities and technology needed to support high-quality instruction in math, science, engineering and technology

All Measure I Funds Stay in Santa Ana Schools

  • No money can be taken by the State
  • Independent citizens’ oversight committee, annual audits and a detailed project list are required
  • By law, no money can be used for administrators’ salaries or benefits
  • Measure I makes our District eligible for $62 million in State matching funds that would otherwise go to other school districts

Whether or not you have school-age children, Measure I is a wise investment. Improving Santa Ana schools improves our quality of life and strengthens property values.

Santa Ana’s teachers, parents, business and community leaders agree – vote YES on I!

www.Yes4SantaAnaKids.org

 

The following individuals signed the official argument in favor of the measure:[1]

  • Robert Richardson, former school board president and city council member
  • Beatriz Mendoza, co-chair, committee for 21st Century Santa Ana Schools, Santa Ana planning commissioner
  • Kenneth Nguyen, businessman, 39-year Santa Ana resident
  • Carlos Muniz, vice president, Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Barbara Pearson, president, Santa Ana Educators’ Association
— Ballotpedia

Arguments AGAINST

The following official argument was submitted in opposition to the measure:[1]

In 2008, the Santa Ana Unified School District asked voters to borrow $200 Million to replace portable classrooms with permanent ones and to renovate facilities.

Eight years before that, in 2000, Santa Ana Unified School District asked voters for $145 Million to replace portable classrooms with permanent ones and to renovate facilities.

Fast forward to 2018, and Santa Ana Unified School District is back again asking for $232 Million more!

The purpose of this new bond? You guessed it: Replace portable classrooms with permanent ones and renovate facilities.

In less than 20 years Santa Ana Unified School District will have wasted more than a billion dollars but students still attend classes in portables that the majority of the school board promised to remove.

School bonds add to housing costs in Santa Ana, and lead to increased rents and property taxes.

Student enrollment has been falling for decades and just last year Santa Ana Unified School District threatened to lay off 287 teachers.

There’s clearly a problem in Santa Ana Unified School District that more money just can’t fix.

Let’s insist on accountability before we give them more of our tax dollars.

Please vote No on Measure I

 

The following individuals signed the official argument against the measure:[1]

  • Angie Cano
  • Cecilia P. Iglesias, governing board member, Santa Ana Unified School District
  • Miguel Angel Gonzalez, businessman/ETAC commissioner
  • Thomas Anthony Gordon, Santa Ana resident
  • Chris Schmidt
— Ballotpedia

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