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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
Special District

Montebello Unified School District
Measure GS Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

18,658 votes yes (77.99%)

5,266 votes no (22.01%)

100% of precincts reporting (76/76).

Student Safety, Classroom and Technology Improvement
— undefined

To repair/upgrade neighborhood schools and improve education for each student by: upgrading computer/science labs, libraries, career/vocational education programs; fixing leaky roofs, bathrooms, drinking fountains, plumbing, wiring, improving earthquake safety standards/fires safety/school security; and repairing/constructing/acquiring facilities, sites/equipment; shall Montebello Unified School District issue $300 million in bonds at legal rates, requiring audits, citizens' oversight, no money for administrators' salaries/pensions, and funds used locally?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2016/04/21/montebello-school-bond-measure-gs-receives-endorsement-from-california-state-s

Staff Report

The Montebello Unified School District bond committee received a major endorsement today from California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.

“The real winners in the passing of this bond are the children and students of Montebello Unified School District. With the passing of the bond the district will also qualify for matching funds from the state. I am proud to support Montebello School Board Measure GS,” said Torlakson.

Montebello educational leaders will be asking voters to support the new school bond that will improve classroom technology, upgrades to computer and science labs, libraries, career and vocational education programs, leaky roofs, bathrooms, drinking fountains, and plumbing.

In addition the bond would also improve earthquake safety standards, fire safety, school security, and repair facilities and school equipment.

Upon passage of measure GS, independent performance and financial audits will be performed every year to ensure that the bond proceeds are spent only on district projects, with no money used for administrator’s salaries or pensions.

A few weeks ago,  Montebello Education leaders announced incredible results in support for a June 7, 2016 School Bond.  A recent study conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz, & Associates poll revealed 74% support for a $300 million dollar School Bond.

“This School Bond will improve the everyday lives of our children and make our schools the best in LA County,” said Susanna Contreras Smith, Montebello Unified School District Superintendent.

“We are excited to see the huge support for this School Bond in our recent poll conducted with voters and parents in our community,” said Ben Cardenas, Montebello Unified School Board President.

For more information regarding the bond, emailpaul@pjfcommunications.com or join them on Facebook  at MontebelloSchoolBond2016.

Vote Yes on Measure GS for  June 7, 2016 election, to contribute contact Ruben Rojas at ruben.rojas704@gmail.com or call (213) 999-8585 to contribute.

Tax rate

http://www.bigbadbonds.com/CALBONDS/yes-on-measure.cfm?year=2016&election=primary&county=Los_Angeles&measure=GS

TAX RATE STATEMENT CONCERNING MEASURE -

TAX RATE STATEMENT
REGARDING PROPOSED
$300,000,000
MONTEBELLO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS

An election will be held in Montebello Unified School District (the "District") on June 7, 2016, for the purpose of submitting to the electors of the District the question of issuing bonds of the District in the principal amount of $300 million. If such bonds are authorized and sold, the principal thereof and interest thereon will be payable from the proceeds of taxes levied on the taxable property in the District. The following information regarding tax rates is given to comply with Section 9401 of the California Elections Code. This information is based upon the best estimates and projections presently available from official sources, upon experience within the District and other demonstrable factors.

Based upon the foregoing and projections of the assessed valuations of taxable property in the District, and assuming the entire debt service on the bonds will be paid through property taxation:

1. The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue during the first fiscal year after the first sale of the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of the filing of this statement, or on a projection based on experience within the District or other demonstrable factors, is $.00060 per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed in the year 20 17- 18.

2. The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue during the first fiscal year after the last sale of the bonds and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of the filing of this statement, or on a projection based on experience within the District or other demonstrable factors, is $.00060 per $100 ($60.00 per $1-00,000) of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed in the year 2044-45.

3. The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of the filing of this statement, or on a projection based on experience within the District or other demonstrable factors, is $.00060 per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed in the year 20 17- 18.

The District estimates, based on current assumptions, that total debt service on the bonds if all are issued would be $564,770,375.

Attention of voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates. The actual timing of sales of the bonds and the amount to be sold at any time will be governed by the needs of the District and other factors. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold, which will not exceed the maximum permitted by law, will depend upon the bond market at the time of sale. The actual assessed valuations in future years will depend upon the value of property within the District as determined in the assessment and the equalization process. Therefore, the actual tax rates and the years in which those tax rates will be applicable may vary from those presently estimated and stated above.

Superintendent of Schools
Montebello Unified School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments AGAINST

How many extra charges are already on your property tax bill? With interest? Lasting decades? Renters, do you really think your landlord won't raise your rent to cover these added costs? Google: California Policy Center: Voters Wary Borrowing Billions More for Educational Construction; Thanks a Billion Poway.

$98 million from 2004's Measure M plus $500 million from the State Proposition 1D is not enough. Now they want another $300 million! Where did it all go? Measure GS is three times bigger than Measure M. Can YOU REALLY afford another?

We all love school kids but think with your head and wallet—not your heart. This is snake oil crafted by an unscrupulous alliance of Wall Street bond sellers, financial advisors, school and bond attorneys, architects, construction contractors and other "consultants" who will profit at your expense. Google: Orange County Register's Bankers Push School Bonds C.A.S.H.

Look who's financing the Yes campaign. There's historical correlation between campaign contributors and who profits. Google: Local School Bonds Big Donors Win Big Contracts. Reject "PAY TO PLAY"! Google: Centinella school corruption.

The "Project List" for Measure GS is generic "pie in the sky". There's no guarantee any particular thing will be done at any particular location. No specifics equal no accountability!

Under Measure GS District can buy things—like iPads—that you'll pay for longer than they last. You wouldn't take a car loan lasting longer than the car. Why would you ever authorize District to buy short-lived items at your expense? Google: School bond iPads.

VOTE NO until District proposes a measure with a prioritized Project List; guaranteeing specific projects at specific sites with achievable budgets for each. There can't be real value or accountability without it. NO BLANK CHECKS!

www.caltan.org
— http://www.bigbadbonds.com/CALBONDS/yes-on-measure.cfm?year=2016&election=primary&county=Los_Angeles&measure=GS

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

Full Text of Measure GS

EXHIBIT A

FULL TEXT BALLOT PROPOSITION
OF THE MONTEBELLO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOND MEASURE ELECTION FOR JUNE 7,2016

MONTEBELLO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENT SAFETY, CLASSROOM AND TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENT MEASURE. To repair/upgrade neighborhood schools and improve education for each student by: upgrading computer/science labs, libraries, career/vocational education programs; fixing leaky roofs, bathrooms, drinking fountains, plubming, wiring; improving earthquake safety standards/fire safety/school security; and repairing/constructing/acquiring facilities, sites/equipment; shall Montebello Unified School District issue $300 million in bonds at legal rates, requiring audits, citizens' oversight, audits, no money for administrators' salaries/pensions, and funds used locally?

PROJECT LIST

The Board of Education of the Montebello Unified School District certifies that it has evaluated the District's urgent and critical capital needs, including school and student safety issues, enrollment trends, class size reduction, overcrowding, energy efficiency and computer technology, seismic safety requirements, and aging, outdated or deteriorating school buildings in developing the scope of projects to be funded. In developing the scope of projects, the District has prioritized the key health and safety and sustainability needs so that the most critical school site needs are addressed. The Board conducted an evaluation at all District sites and received input in developing the scope of projects to be funded. This input concluded that if these needs were not addressed now, the problems would only get worse and more expensive to address in the future. In approving this Project List, the Board of Education determines that the District should:

  • (i) Provide additional classrooms to accommodate students, especially to upgrade career and technical education programs to prepare students for jobs in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
  • (ii) Upgrade classrooms and building accessways to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and State of California seismic standards.
  • (iii) Provide more updated information and technology systems and equipment, including cable infrastructure, network expansion, wireless access points and other communications and administrative systems.
  • (iv) Repair, improve and construct additional athletic facilities, including gyms and sports fields, to serve District students.
  • (v) Make exterior and interior improvements to District facilities to conserve power, increase the efficiency of existing lighting, security and alarm features and conserve and/or reclaim water resources.
  • (vi) Repair and improve existing and older buildings on District campuses.
  • (vii) Qualify for millions of dollars of State matching funds.
  • (viii) Adhere to specific FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY safeguards such as these:
    • (a) All expenditures will be subject to strict annual independent financial and performance audits.
    • (b) No funds will be used for administrators' or teachers' salaries and pensions.
    • (c) All funds will be subject to local control and provide improvements at all District facilities.
    • (d) An independent citizens' oversight committee will be appointed to ensure that all funds are spent only as authorized.

The Project List includes the following types of projects:

Renovation, Repair and Upgrade Projects

  • Repair, upgrade and replace worn-out leaking roofs.
  • Replace existing wiring systems to meet current electrical and accessibility codes.
  • Add electrical service capacity to relieve currently overloaded electrical systems in older buildings.
  • Replace or upgrade existing water, sewer, plumbing and storm drain systems to conserve or reclaim water and meet current codes, including the elimination of lead-containing fixtures.
  • Upgrade aging and deteriorating restrooms, plumbing and drinking fountains.
  • Upgrade, repair and equip classrooms and science laboratories for project-based learning.
  • Upgrade facilities to comply with Federal and State-mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) handicap accessibility requirements.

Health, Safety and Security, Earthquake Safety
and Energy Efficiency Projects

Staff and Student Safety

  • Install new security systems, such as security (surveillance) cameras, indoor/outdoor lighting, walkways, signage, fencing and classroom door locks.
  • Remove or abate asbestos, lead paint, mold and other hazardous materials from older buildings.
  • Upgrade emergency communication systems.
  • Upgrade fire alarm systems, repair and replace fire safety equipment, add sprinklers and fire safety doors, as necessary.
  • Replace/upgrade existing signage, bells and clocks.
  • Upgrade and retrofit buildings to comply with Title 24 guidelines related to current seismic and structural standards.
  • Upgrade and repair student drop-off zones and parking lots.

Energy Efficiency/Water Conservation

  • Improve water conservation through water reclamation and installation of drought-resistant landscaping throughout all District properties.
  • Install energy-efficient systems, including solar panels, irrigation systems, heating, ventilation and cooling systems for cost savings and energy efficiency.
  • Replace existing window systems with energy-efficient systems.
  • Replace older ceilings, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting systems with building code-compliant, energy-efficient systems.

District-Wide Wiring and Instructional Technology

  • Update computer labs.
  • Upgrade and expand: cable infrastructure, network, wireless systems, telecommunications and internet access.
  • Upgrade ,and replace computers, hardware and software systems supporting all District facilities.
  • Upgrade and replace classroom furniture, equipment and instructional aids.
  • Upgrade media and audio/visual equipment.

Listed building, repair and rehabilitation projects and upgrades will be completed as needed. Each project is assumed to include its share of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program/construction management, and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs. In addition to the listed repair and construction projects stated above, the Project List also includes the acquisition of a variety of instructional, maintenance and operational equipment; the construction of new classrooms and other facilities, if necessary, to serve students; the acquisition of land; repairs and replacements of administrative support spaces; the payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, facility assessment reviews, facility master plan updates, environmental studies (including environmental investigation, remediation and monitoring) and construction documentation; and temporary housing of dislocated District activities caused by bond construction projects. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to: computers, projectors and projection systems; media control stations; portable interface devices; centralized storage and backup systems; uninterruptable power supplies; racks; servers; switches; routers; modules; sound systems; access control systems; printers; digital white boards; document projectors and cameras; upgraded voice-over IP; communications software and systems; collaborative systems; network management software; enterprise-wide software system replacement or upgrade; network security/firewall; wiring and cabling; and other miscellaneous equipment and software.

In addition to the projects listed above, the repair and renovation of each of the existing District facilities may include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following: renovation of student and staff restrooms; repair and replacement of heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiency and to reduce fire risks; repair and replacement of worn-out and leaky roofs, windows, walls, doors and drinking fountains; demolition of unsafe facilities; installation of wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; repairing and replacing fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; resurfacing or replacing of hard courts, turf and irrigation systems and campus landscaping; building new and/or renovating existing athletic laboratories; upgrading or replacing inadequate libraries and administrative spaces; upgrading locker rooms; installing artificial turf and bleachers; improving sanitation and recycling; expanding parking; installing interior and exterior painting and floor covering; installing covered walkways; demolition; and construction of various forms of storage and support spaces; replacing water and sewer lines and other plumbing systems; and replacing outdated security systems.

The allocation of bond proceeds may be affected by the District's receipt of State matching finds and the final costs of each project. In the absence of State matching funds, which the District will aggressively pursue to reduce the District's share of the costs of the projects, the District may undertake fewer than all of the projects listed above.

Necessary site preparation/restoration may occur in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, including ingress and egress, removing, replacing or installing irrigation, storm drain, and utility lines, trees and landscaping, relocating fire access roads, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property. Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the costs of District staff when performing work on or necessary and incidental to bond projects. Bond proceeds shall only be expended for the specific purposes identified herein.

NO ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES. PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THE BONDS AUTHORIZED BY THIS PROPOSITION SHALL BE USED ONLY FOR THE ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, REHABILITATION, OR REPLACEMENT OF DISTRICT FACILITIES, INCLUDING THE FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING OF FACILITIES, AND NOT FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE, INCLUDING TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES OR PENSIONS OR OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES.

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY. THE EXPENDITURE OF BOND MONEY ON THESE PROJECTS IS SUBJECT TO STRINGENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS. BY LAW, PERFORMANCE AND FINANCIAL AUDITS WILL BE PERFORMED ANNUALLY, AND ALL BOND EXPENDITURES WILL BE MONITORED BY AN INDEPENDENT CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15278 ET SEQ.) TO ENSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT AS PROMISED AND SPECIFIED. THE CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MUST INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS, REPRESENTATIVES OF A BONA FIDE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION, A BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND A SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION. NO DISTRICT EMPLOYEES OR VENDORS ARE ALLOWED TO SERVE ON THE CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

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