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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California
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Santa Clarita Community College District
Measure E Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

33,605 votos si (58.46%)

23,875 votos no (41.54%)

100% de distritos activos (150/150).

College of the Canyons' Upgrades
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To upgrade College of the Canyons' classrooms, labs/technology to prepare students for four-year college/jobs in science, aerospace, teaching, nursing/manufacturing, accommodate growing student enrollment, expand veterans' services/public safety training, upgrade accessibility, enhance parking, improve earthquake safety/qualify for State matching funds, and construct, acquire, repair classrooms, sites, facilities/equipment, shall Santa Clarita Community College District issue $230,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with independent citizen oversight, mandatory audits, no funds for administrators' salaries and all funds staying local?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Un voto por el SÍ significa

If passed Measure E will provide locally controlled funding to upgrade the college and cost $15 per $100,000 of assessed, not market, value. The assessed value of a home is determined each year by the Los Angeles County Assessor, but it is generally based on the original purchase price of a home. The assessed value is therefore often a much lower amount than market value, or what a home could be sold for today. 
This will result in essential upgrades and improvements to College of the Canyons, including:

  • Building new parking space and improving accessibility

  • Building additional classrooms and facilities to accommodate growing student enrollment

  • Adding and updating existing science labs and classrooms

  • Adding and updating classrooms, labs, technology and equipment to prepare students for four-year college and the workforce

  • Upgrading the student center to provide career and academic counseling to veterans

  • Adding facilities for public safety and Emergency Medical Technician programs

  • Ensuring classrooms and buildings meet current earthquake, health and safety standards

Resumen

http://www.yesoneforcoc.com/about.html

College of the Canyons needs more classrooms, labs and parking to relieve overcrowding. Vote YES on Measure E.

Santa Clarita Valley students receive an excellent education at College of the Canyons. More and more local students turn to College of the Canyons for a high-quality, affordable alternative to the rising costs of four-year universities and crushing student debt. Local residents depend on College of the Canyons to learn necessary career skills in award-winning programs.

  • Ranked first in Los Angeles County for its student transfer rate to four-year universities
  • Every year, 800 local high school students get a jumpstart on college right here
  • More than 60 percent of local high school graduates choose College of the Canyons

Enrollment surpassed 20,000 students this year. Projections show it will climb 50 percent to 30,000 in just over 10 years. Already, 4,000 students are waitlisted every semester, unable to get English, math, science, transfer and career training classes.

Nursing, law enforcement, and firefighting programs turn away students for lack of classrooms and labs, despite rising shortages in these critical professions.

Our community's economy requires more well-trained employees. Employers and students need College of the Canyons to provide top-notch technical training in emerging, high-demand fields.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

http://www.signalscv.com/section/36/article/150370/

Measure E funding would help the college add 1,000 parking spaces and help modernize 350,000 square feet of old buildings at its Valencia campus, where many of the buildings are more than 40 years old, Harnish said.

At the Canyon Country campus, officials hope to build out 80 percent of the school’s modular structures into permanent buildings, Harnish said. That would allow the school to build more classrooms and science labs, he said.

Officials have said that 60 percent of William S. Hart Union High School District’s graduates each year attend the community college, but 43 percent of the college’s current students are from out of the area. Most of the out-of-area students work in police or emergency services, Harnish said.

California requires that all community colleges have open enrollment.

The last time Santa Clarita Valley residents approved a COC bond was in 2006, when voters passed Measure M, a $160 million construction bond to expand the community college’s two campuses.

That bond measure was mostly used to help construct the Canyon Country campus and the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center at the Valencia campus, Harnish said.

Fortine said most of that bond money is depleted.

“You can’t use bond measure money on salaries or raises,” Fortine said. “It can only be used for building new buildings and refurbishing old buildings.”

Efectos fiscales

http://www.yesoneforcoc.com/faq.html

Measure E will provide locally controlled funding to upgrade the college and cost $15 per $100,000 of assessed, not market, value. The assessed value of a home is determined each year by the Los Angeles County Assessor, but it is generally based on the original purchase price of a home. The assessed value is therefore often a much lower amount than market value, or what a home could be sold for today.

Tax rate

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

 

To: The voters voting in the June 7, 2016 election on the question of the issuance of $230,000,000

General Obligation Bonds of the Santa Clarita Community College District.

You are hereby notified in accordance with Section 9401 of the Elections Code of the State of California of the following:

1. The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund principal and interest payments during the first fiscal year after the first sale of bonds, based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is the following:

$.015000 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $15.00 per $100,000.

First fiscal year after the first sale of bonds: 2017-2018.

2. The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund principal and interest payments during the first fiscal year after the last sale of bonds and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply, based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is as follows:

$.015000 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $15.00 per $100,000.

First fiscal year after last sale of bonds: 2026-2027.

3. The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund principal and interest payments on the bonds and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply, based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is as follows:

$.015000 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $15.00 per $100,000.

Year of highest tax rate: 2026-2027 and thereafter.

4. The best estimate from official sources of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, which would be required to be repaid, if all of the bonds are issued and sold, based on interest rate information along with assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is as follows:

Estimated total debt service, including the principal and interest: $483,423,125.

The attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates only. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary from those presently estimated, due to variations from these estimates in the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold and market interest rates at the time of each sale, and actual assessed valuations over the term of repayment of the bonds. The date of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on its need for construction funds and other factors. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on the bond market at the time of sale. Actual future assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process. Accordingly, the actual tax rates and the years in which such rates are applicable may vary from those presently estimated as above stated.

Chancellor of the
Santa Clarita Community College District

Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

College of the Canyons needs more classrooms, labs, and parking to relieve overcrowding. Vote YES on Measure E.

Santa Clarita Valley students receive an excellent education at College of the Canyons. More and more local students turn to College of the Canyons for a high-quality, affordable alternative to the rising costs of four-year universities and crushing debt. Local residents depend on College of the Canyons to learn necessary career skills in award-winning programs.

- Ranked first in Los Angeles County for its student transfer rate to four-year universities - Every year, 800 local high school students get a jumpstart on college right here - Over 60% of local high school graduates choose College of the Canyons

Enrollment surpassed 20,000 students this year. Projections show it will climb 50 percent to 30,000 in just over 10 years. Already, 4,000 students are waitlisted every semester, unable to get English, math, science, transfer and career training classes.

Nursing, law enforcement, and firefighting programs turn away students for lack of classrooms and labs, despite rising shortages in these critical professions.

Our community's economy requires more well-trained employees. Employers and students need College of the Canyons to provide top-notch technical training in emerging, high-demand fields.

Yes on E: Outstanding Education and Job Training at Valencia and Canyon Country Campuses

- Build needed classrooms and science labs to relieve overcrowding - Update existing classrooms, labs, and technology to prepare students for four-year universities and high-paying jobs - Build facilities for expanded law enforcement, EMT, fire, nursing and science programs - Improve earthquake safety - Build more parking - Improve access, security and lighting - Secure millions in state matching funds that will otherwise be lost

By law, no Measure E money can be spent on administration salaries. Independent audits and an oversight committee ensure strict accountability.

Join Santa Clarita Valley educators, parents, business leaders, students and seniors in voting YES to support student access, completion and success at College of the Canyons

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

Argumento EN CONTRA

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.

This is the third bond in 15 years. Measure C— $80 million; Measure M —$160 million with $20 million left. Measure E at $230 million almost the prior bonds combined. Can you really afford another?

College is important. 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 E 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! The District already has over half-million square feet of usable space. How much will this bond add? How much is needed?

Under Measure E 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!

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

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

Full Text of Measure E

EXHIBIT B

FULL TEXT BALLOT PROPOSITION

SANTA CLARITA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
BOND MEASURE ELECTION JUNE 7, 2016

"To upgrade College of the Canyons' classrooms, labs/technology to prepare students for four-year college/jobs in science, aerospace, teaching, nursing/manufacturing, accommodate growing student enrollment, expand veterans' services/public safety training, upgrade accessibility, enhance parking, improve earthquake safety/qualify for State matching funds, and construct, acquire, repair classrooms, sites, facilities/equipment, shall Santa Clarita CommunityCollege District issue $230,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with independent citizen oversight, mandatory audits, no funds for administrators' salaries and all funds staying local?"

Bonds – Yes Bonds – No

PROJECTS

To provide a quality education for its students, the Board of Trustees of the Santa Clarita Community College District, responded to the needs of its community, and evaluated College of the Canyon's urgent and critical facility needs, and its capacity to provide students and military veterans with support facilities, an affordable education and prepare them for success in college and careers. 21st Century job training, safety, enrollment, class size and class offerings, and information and computer technology infrastructure were each considered, in developing the scope of projects to be funded. In developing the scope of projects, the faculty, staff, students and community have prioritized local job training, particularly in aerospace, technology, health care, biotechnology and other high demand careers, as well as facilities available to support an affordable education and allow high school students to get a jump start on college courses, so that the most critical needs that will make College of the Canyons an effective place for learning and college transfer, would be addressed. Based on Board, faculty, student and community input, it was concluded that if these facility needs were not addressed now, the College of the Canyons would be unable to remain competitive in preparing students for jobs in high demand industries and university transfer. In approving the Projects, the Board of Trustees determines that College of the Canyons MUST:

  1. Provide upgraded classrooms and technology to deliver essential JOB TRAINING and workforce preparation for students of all ages, VETERANS, and local residents; and
  2. Provide an AFFORDABLE, high quality education that prepares students for four year colleges and to be competitive in today's ever-changing job market at a reasonable price; and
  3. Qualify for State matching funds which might otherwise be lost to other colleges; and
  4. Ensure that every penny from this measure benefits College of the Canyons, and that no funds can be taken by the State.

The following types of projects are authorized to be undertaken at College of the Canyons:

PROVIDING JOB TRAINING AND COLLEGE TRANSFER:

Academic Facility and Technology Upgrade Projects
To Help Students and Veterans Transfer to Four-Year
Universities or be Trained For 21st Century Jobs

Goals and Purposes: College of the Canyons serves thousands of military veterans and their families, many of whom have recently returned from war zones and face challenges including post-traumatic stress disorder and permanent disability. Upgraded and expanded veteran services and job training are needed so returning Service Members receive the support they need to complete their education and enter the civilian workforce.

College of the Canyons provides essential job training and workforce preparation for students, veterans, and local residents. Because of the changing economy, classrooms, labs and facilities need to be upgraded to provide students with up-to-date technology and expand access to training programs that help them learn new skills and find better paying jobs in jobs in law enforcement, fire safety, emergency medical care, technology and other high demand careers.

College of the Canyons has partnered with the William S. Hart High School District to enable more than 900 high school students to get a jump start on their college education each semester; this partnership has helped 80% of local high school students to attend college. By upgrading our outdated classrooms and improving technology, College of the Canyons can continue to offer this partnership.

Thus the District requires funds that are locally controlled to obtain State matching funds if available and improve academic facilities which will allow them to continue providing access to affordable, high quality education to local students and veterans, including:

  • Construct new buildings that add classrooms and science labs at the Canyon Country and Valencia campuses that expand student access, help students transfer to four-year universities, and prepare them for well-paying jobs.
  • Add a parking structure at the Valencia Campus to provide adequate parking for students and faculty.
  • Construct and/or upgrade career and vocational classrooms to better prepare students and workers for well-paying jobs.
  • Construct and/or upgrade facilities for student support services, such as tutoring and career counseling.
  • Construct and/or upgrade classrooms and labs for science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields.
  • Expand facilities to enhance training of law enforcement officers, fire fighting personnel, emergency medical technicians, nurses and other allied health professionals, and other career education program facilities.
  • Construct and/or upgrade facilities that expand capacity to provide training, ensuring local businesses and industries have access to a well-trained workforce with skills needed now and in the future.
  • Upgrade classroom technology.
  • Reconstruct or upgrade the students' and veterans' centers to provide them with support programs and educational resources.

PROVIDING AN AFFORDABLE EDUCATION
FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND VETERANS:

Basic Repair Projects Needed To Make
College of the Canyons a Safe Place for Learning

Goals and Purposes: The cost to attend California's public universities has risen to at least five times that of attending a community college. As a result, more local students and their families rely on College of the Canyons to save tens of thousands of dollars. Additional funds are needed to increase opportunities for local students to earn college credits, certifications, and job skills at a reasonable price to be competitive in today's ever-changing job market.

Many of College of the Canyons' buildings, classrooms, science labs, and job training equipment are outdated. This measure will address urgent and basic repairs and ensure that all buildings meet current earthquake, health and safety standards.

  • Update electrical wiring.
  • Repair gas, electrical, water and sewer lines.
  • Improve heating, cooling and energy conservation systems.
  • Update campus facilities to improve handicapped accessibility.
  • Repair to the aging plumbing system to prevent flooding and water damage.
  • Improve roadways and parking capacity.

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FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY

This bond measure has strict accountability requirements including:

1. All money will benefit College of the Canyons campuses and CANNOT BE TAKEN BY THE STATE.

2. NO MONEY can be used for ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES or pensions.

3. Require CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT and yearly reports to the community to keep the College accountable for how the funds are spent.

4. 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 school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher, faculty and college administrator salaries, pensions and other operating expenses.

5. 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 TO ENSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT AS PROMISED AND SPECIFIED. THE CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MUST INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS, REPRESENTATION 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.

* * *

The listed projects will be completed as needed. Each project is assumed to include its share of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program/project management, staff training expenses and a customary contingency. In addition to the listed projects stated above, authorized projects also include the acquisition of a variety of instructional, maintenance and operational equipment, including interim funding incurred to advance fund projects from payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, fiscal reporting, facility studies, assessment reviews, facility master plan preparation and updates, environmental studies (including environmental investigation, remediation and monitoring), design and construction documentation, and temporary housing of dislocated college activities caused by construction projects. In addition to the projects listed above, repair, renovation and construction projects may include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following: renovation of student and staff restrooms; replace aging electrical and plumbing systems; repair and replacement of heating and ventilation systems; acquire vehicles; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies; repair and replacement of worn-out and leaky roofs, windows, walls doors and drinking fountains; secure hillside stability, improve roads and infrastructure; replace or remove outdated buildings and classrooms and construction of new classrooms, science labs and support buildings; installation of wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; upgrade facilities to meet current environmental sustainability and State compliance standards; repair and replacement of fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; upgrading, resurfacing, replacing or relocating of hard courts, fields, turf and irrigation systems; upgrade classrooms; build or upgrade facilities for public safety training, math, physical sciences, fine arts and theatre arts; construct, expand or reconfigure facilities to create large lecture classrooms; upgrade, resurfacing and reconditioning existing parking lots and construct parking garages; repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; replace water lines and valves, sewer lines and other plumbing systems; construct, upgrade, acquire or expand multi-use classrooms and labs, culinary and student services, food services and health services buildings, fine arts and visual and performing arts facilities, learning resources center, physical education/aquatic facilities, locker rooms, administrative offices, warehouses and maintenance buildings, student service/campus center and instructional buildings, trades and technology building, library, athletic fields, student services buildings; improve water conservation and energy efficiency; replace or upgrade outdated security and safety systems; replace existing window systems with energy-efficient systems to reduce costs; improve insulation, weatherproofing and roofs to reduce costs; improve access for the disabled; install and repair fire safety equipment, including alarms, smoke detectors, sprinklers, emergency lighting, and fire safety doors; replace broken concrete walks, deteriorated asphalt; replace/upgrade existing signage, bells and clocks; demolition of unsafe facilities; install new security systems, such as security (surveillance) cameras, burglar alarms, handrails, outdoor lighting, fencing, gates and classroom door locks; replace sewer lines and improve drainage systems to prevent flooding; upgrade roadway and pedestrian paths for improved safety and access for emergency vehicles, site parking, utilities and grounds. The project list also includes the refinancing of outstanding lease obligations. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, the funding of state-of-the-art projectors, portable interface devices, servers, switches, routers, modules, sound projection systems, information systems, printers, digital white boards, upgrade voice-over-IP, communication systems, audio/visual and telecommunications systems, call manager and network security/firewall, Internet connectivity, wireless systems, technology infrastructure, and other miscellaneous IT and instructional equipment, DATA storage, fiber/copper infrastructure, phones, identity access cards.

The allocation of bond proceeds will be affected by the final costs of each project. Some projects may be undertaken as joint use projects in cooperation with other local public or non-profit agencies. The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District's control. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans and construction documents are finalized, construction bids are received, construction contracts are awarded and projects are completed. Based on the final costs of each project, certain of the projects described above may be delayed or may not be completed. Demolition of existing facilities and reconstruction of facilities scheduled for repair and upgrade may occur, if the Board determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses. Necessary site preparation/restoration may occur in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of relocatable classrooms, including ingress and egress, removing, replacing, or installing irrigation, 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 cost of District staffCriticalWhat was that they said about no administrative payments? when performing work on or necessary and incidentalCriticalWho do you think gets to decide? to bond projects. Bond proceeds shall only be expended for the specific purposes identified herein. The District shall create an account into which proceeds of the bonds shall be deposited and comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code § 53410.

 

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