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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

— Classroom Repair, Career Education, Student TransferBond Measure —

Special District
June 7, 2016 —California Primary Election

Long Beach Community College District
Measure LB Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

66,445 votes yes (64.48%)

36,599 votes no (35.52%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (302/302).

Classroom Repair, Career Education, Student Transfer
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To prepare students/veterans for jobs/universities by: building/upgrading classrooms/laboratories, for health services, small businesses, police, firefighting, technology/other careers; improving deteriorating gas/electrical/sewer lines/leaky roofs, earthquake safety, security and repairing/constructing/acquiring facilities, fields and equipment, shall Long Beach Community College District issue $850,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring citizens' oversight, independent audits, no money for administrators' salaries/pensions, with funds used locally?

Summary

On February 23, 2016, the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees unanimously voted to place an $850 million local education bond measure on the June 2016 ballot to make repairs and upgrades to the College in order to continue to prepare students for jobs and to transfer to four-year universities.   If adopted by voters, this measure will address College facilities’ needs relating to:   • Improving educational resources for veterans and better preparing them for good-paying jobs  • Repairing deteriorating gas, electrical and sewer lines and leaky roofs • Expanding partnerships with area employers to fill local job training/placement needs • Meeting earthquake safety standards • Upgrading science, engineering, and technology classrooms and labs 
— http://www.lbcc.edu/bondmeasure/
Financial effect

Q: What does the Measure cost and is there accountability?   A: The Long Beach City College Classroom Repair, Career Education, and Student Transfer Measure is an $850 million education bond, which would cost approximately $25.00 per $100,000 of assessed – not market – property value. The measure includes strict accountability requirements including a Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and independent annual financial and performance audits to ensure measure funds are spent only on voter-authorized projects.  • By law, the Citizens’ Oversight Committee must include, among others, representation of a bona fide Taxpayers’ Association, a Business Organization, and a Senior Citizens’ Organization.  • No funds may go toward administrator salaries or pensions and all funds will be used locally.
— http://www.lbcc.edu/bondmeasure/

Tax rate

EXHIBIT C TAX RATE STATEMENT CONCERNING MEASURE __ TAX RATE STATEMENT REGARDING PROPOSED $850,000,000 LONG BEACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS An election will be held in Long Beach Community College 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 $850 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 $25 per $100,000 of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed in the year 2016-17. 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 $25 per $100,000 of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed in the year 2042-43. 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 $25 per $100,000 of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed in the year 2016-17. 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 4828-2302-9034.8 C-2 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. The District estimates, based on current assumptions, that total debt service on the bonds would be $1,916,744,231.

— http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/lbcc/Board.nsf/files/A77NR3601246/$file/022316A%20Resolution%20for%20General%20Obligation%20

YES vote means

 If approved by voters, the measure will address College facilities’ needs relating to: • Improving educational resources for veterans and better preparing them for good-paying jobs  • Repairing deteriorating gas, electrical and sewer lines and leaky roofs • Expanding partnerships with area employers to fill local job training/placement needs • Meeting earthquake safety standards • Upgrading science, engineering, and technology classrooms and labs

 

Arguments AGAINST

The Long Beach Taxpayers Association calls for a No Vote on the proposed ...

Laurence Boland
Long Beach Taxpayers Association

Thomas W. Stout
Long Beach Taxpayers Association

Kathleen E. Ryan
Long Beach Taxpayers Association

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

Proposed legislation

Full Text of Measure LB

EXHIBIT A

FULL TEXT BALLOT PROPOSITION
OF THE LONG BEACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
BOND MEASURE ELECTION FOR JUNE 7, 2016

LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE CLASSROOM REPAIR, CAREER EDUCATION, STUDENT TRANSFER MEASURE. To prepare students/veterans for jobs/universities by: building/upgrading classrooms/laboratories, for health services, small businesses, police, firefighting, technology/other careers; improving deteriorating gas/electrical/sewer lines/leaky roofs, earthquake safety, security and repairing/constructing/acquiring facilities, fields and equipment, shall Long Beach Community College District issue $850,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring citizens' oversight, independent audits, no money for administrators' salaries/pensions, with funds used locally?

PROJECT LIST

The Board of Trustees of the Long Beach Community College 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 Trustees determines that the District should:

  1. Provide additional classrooms to prepare students for careers and advanced degrees.
  2. Upgrade classrooms and building accessways to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and State of California seismic standards.
  3. Provide more updated information and technology systems and equipment, including cable infrastructure, network expansion, wireless access points and other communications and administrative systems.
  4. 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.
  5. Provide facilities for veterans' outreach, counseling, career development and other student services.
  6. Increase classroom space to expand the College Promise program, which provides a pathway to higher education for local high school graduates.
  7. Provide facilities, classrooms and/or equipment for career education programs to train local police officers and firefighters and other in-demand jobs in health services, construction, renewable energy, robotics, technology and advance manufacturing.
  8. Provide facilities for small business development in the local community.
  9. Repair, improve and construct additional athletic laboratories, including an aquatic center, to serve District students, members of the general public and qualified athletic organizations.
  10. Construct or improve parking facilities for District staff, faculty and students to reduce the impact on adjacent residential areas.
  11. Repair and improve existing and older buildings on District campuses.
  12. Qualify for millions of dollars of State matching funds.
  13. Acquire property for additional college programs.
  14. Acquire and construct student housing.
  15. Seek opportunities for joint use of facilities with Long Beach Unified School District, the City of Long Beach and other public agencies.
  16. Adhere to specific FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY safeguards such as these:
    1. All expenditures will be subject to strict annual independent financial and performance audits.
    2. No funds will be used for administrators' or teachers' salaries and pensions.
    3. All funds will be subject to local control and provide improvements at all District facilities.
    4. 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.
  • Upgrade, repair and equip classrooms, athletic and other laboratories.
  • 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 replace athletic equipment and facilities to meet current safety standards.
  • Upgrade and retrofit buildings to comply with Title 24 guidelines related to current seismic and structural standards.
  • Upgrade and repair internal roadways and parking lots.

Energy Efficiency/Water Conservation

  • Improve water conservation through water reclamation and installation of droughtresistant 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, including those supporting both major campuses and all associated 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 funds 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. Some projects may be undertaken as joint use projects in cooperation with other local public or non-profit agencies. Possible joint-use projects could include, but may not be limited to, any of the following: athletic facilities, daycare centers, classrooms, facilities for business development and career technology centers.

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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