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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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Long Beach Unified School District
Measure E Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

129,757 votos si (74.86%)

43,584 votos no (25.14%)

100% de distritos activos (288/288).

$1.5 Billion in Bonds for Upgrades to School Facilities and Systems
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To improve outdated classrooms/neighborhood schools by: improving technology/labs/career education classrooms/electrical /wiring; upgrading handicapped accessibility/earthquake safety; upgrading bathrooms, fire alarms/sprinklers/security cameras; removing lead paint/asbestos; installing air conditioning; improving student health/physical education; repairing/constructing/acquiring facilities/equipment, shall Long Beach Unified School District issue $1,500,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, requiring independent audits, citizens' oversight, no money for administrators' salaries/pensions; and all funds used locally?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

County Counsel Mary C. Wickham

Approval of Measure E (“Measure”) would authorize the Board of Education (“Board”) of the Long Beach Unified School District (“District”), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 062316-E, to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $1,500,000,000.

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by the Measure shall be used only for the purposes specified in the Measure, including, but not limited to, installing energy-efficient air-conditioning and other systems; repairing and replacing roofs; upgrading emergency communications systems, lighting, fencing, and security cameras; upgrading electrical and technology wiring and systems; upgrading bathrooms; replacing and upgrading water, sewer, plumbing, and gas pipe systems; replacing ceilings and heating, ventilation, and lighting systems; upgrading and repairing classrooms, science labs, multipurpose rooms, athletic facilities, kitchens, auditoriums, libraries, and other facilities; upgrading facilities to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and safety regulations; replacing portable classrooms; removing or abating asbestos, lead paint, mold, and other hazardous materials; earthquake-retrofitting classrooms and other facilities; upgrading alarm systems, safety doors, and sprinkler systems; replacing or upgrading irrigation systems; replacing windows; upgrading playgrounds and playground equipment; replacing or improving outdoor education facilities; adding or improving student drop-off areas; and upgrading parking, utilities, and grounds. Bond proceeds may not be expended on teacher and administrator salaries and other operating expenses.

The Board shall cause independent performance and financial audits to be conducted annually to ensure that bond proceeds are spent only for the projects identified in the Measure. The Board shall appoint an independent Citizens Oversight Committee in accordance with Education Code section 15278 no later than 60 days after the Board enters the election results in its minutes to ensure that bond proceeds are spent as specified in the Measure and as provided by law. The District shall cause the creation of an account into which bond proceeds shall be deposited and shall comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code section 53410.

The maximum rate of interest on any bond shall not exceed the maximum rate allowed by law. Bonds issued pursuant to Education Code section 15100 et seq. shall have a maturity not exceeding twenty-five (25) years, and bonds issued pursuant to Government Code section 53506 shall have a maturity not exceeding forty (40) years. According to the District’s Tax Rate Statement, the best estimate of the highest tax rate required to fund the bonds, based on a projection of assessed valuation available when the District filed its Tax Rate Statement, is


$60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, which is projected to be the same in every fiscal year that the bonds remain outstanding. The estimated tax rate is based on the assessed value of taxable property on the official tax rolls, not on the property’s market value.

This Measure requires a fifty-five percent (55%) vote for passage.

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICE TO VOTERS

 

Approval of Measure E does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Long Beach Unified School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure E will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure E. The 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.

Efectos fiscales

Superintendent of Schools Christopher J. Steinhauser, Long Beach Unified School District

TAX RATE STATEMENT - MEASURE E

An election will be held in  the  Long  Beach  Unified  School  District (the  “District”)  on  November  8,  2016,  to  authorize  the  sale  of  up  to

$1,500,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the measure. If such bonds are authorized and sold, principal and interest on the bonds will be payable only from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California. Such 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 Districts assessed valuation, the following information is provided:

1.  The best estimate of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the first series of bonds, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.06 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $60.00 per

$100,000 of assessed value) for fiscal year 2017-18.

2.  The best estimate of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the last series of bonds, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.06 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $60.00 per

$100,000 of assessed value) for fiscal year 2036-37.

3.  The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.06 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $60.00 per $100,000 of assessed value), which is projected to be the same in every fiscal year that the bonds remain outstanding.

4.  The best estimate of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is approximately $3,800,000,000.

Voters should note the estimated tax rate is based on the assessed value of taxable property on the County’s official tax rolls, not on the property’s market value. In addition, taxpayers eligible for a property tax exemption, such as the homeowners exemption, will be taxed at a lower effective tax rate than described above. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property’s assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

The attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the District. The actual debt service, the 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 the need for project 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.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

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FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE E

LONG BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT REPAIR AND SAFETY

MEASURE. To improve outdated classrooms/neighborhood schools by: improving technology/labs/career education classrooms/electrical systems/wiring; upgrading handicapped accessibility/earthquake safety; upgrading bathrooms, fire alarms/sprinklers/security cameras; removing lead paint/asbestos; installing air conditioning; improving student health/physical education; repairing/constructing/acquiring facilities/equipment, shall Long Beach Unified School District issue $1,500,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, requiring independent audits, citizens’ oversight, no money for administrators’ salaries/pensions; and all funds used locally?

PROJECT LIST

The Board of Education (the “Board”) of the Long Beach Unified School District (the “District”) continually evaluates the District’s urgent and critical school needs, including retention of quality teachers, student health and safety, competing in a global economy, school repair issues, seismic safety requirements, energy and water efficiency and aging, outdated or deteriorating school buildings, in developing the scope of projects to be funded, as provided in the Long Beach Unified School District Facility Master Plan, which was most recently updated by the Board on June 6, 2016 (www.lbschools.net) (as updated from time to time, the “Facility Master Plan”). In developing the scope of projects for the Facility Master Plan, parents, teachers, staff, students and community members were engaged to prioritize the key health and safety and repair needs so that the most critical school site needs are addressed. The Board continually conducts a thorough evaluation at all school sites in developing the scope of projects to be funded, as provided in the Facility Master Plan.

In approving the following Priority School Projects List, the Board has determined that:

(i)      all of its schools must be healthy and safe from excessive heat, earthquake risks and hazardous materials such as asbestos, mold and fire dangers; and

(ii)    in repairing aging schools, priority shall be given to basic repairs, such as leaky roofs, plumbing and electrical and utility systems; and

(iii)  all of its schools should be safe learning environments, free from gang or drug influence; and

(iv)  the District will allocate to the extent possible proceeds of the Bonds equitably among the communities that constitute the District, including Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood and Catalina Island; and


(v)    priority will be given to installation and upgrading fire detection systems, providing security and emergency response systems at every school so that all students are safe, and making repairs in compliance with energy saving and sustainability standards; and

(vi)  Bond projects should be managed by professional program/construction managers with a proven track record of delivering school construction projects on time and on budget; and

(vii)the District will apply for State matching funds and spend any local Bond money exclusively on schools and facilities within the District.

The following Priority School Projects List sets forth the specific projects the District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bonds. Each project may include a share of costs of the election and bond issuance, program planning and analysis, architectural, engineering and similar planning costs, construction management costs, relocation costs, legal costs and other costs ordinarily chargeable to capital accounts or otherwise permitted by law, the costs of furnishing and equipping new facilities, and a customary contingency for unforeseen site acquisition, design, construction, and other unforeseen costs. No bond money will be used for teacher or administrator salaries or for any other school operating expenses.

Approval of this bond measure does not guarantee that all of the projects proposed to be financed by the bonds and set forth herein will be funded. Any State matching funds which are available to the District will be used for and applied to pay the costs of projects on the Priority School Projects List. The District’s proposal for the projects on the Priority School Projects List assumes the receipt of State matching funds, which is subject to appropriation by the State. The Board does not guarantee that the Bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects.

Proceeds of the bonds may also be used, to the extent permitted by law, to satisfy any portion of a legally required reserve fund for ongoing and major maintenance to school facilities to the extent such proceeds will be expended for projects included in the Priority School Projects List. Proceeds of the bonds may also be used to replace other sources of funding for projects included in the Priority School Projects List, including without limitation to refund certificates of participation and other obligations of the District which financed any such projects if such replacement or refunding is lawful and deemed by the District to be appropriate.


The Priority School Projects List describes work that the District may undertake, provided funds are sufficient to complete the work contemplated. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction contracts are awarded, and projects are completed. The District commits that no funds obtained through bonds authorized by this bond measure will be spent except as provided in the Priority School Projects List. The Facility Master Plan is on file at the District’s Facility Planning and Management Branch.

School Renovation; Repair and Upgrade Projects

Goal and Purpose: Schools will benefit from the renovation, repair and upgrade of deteriorating, outdated school buildings, science labs, classrooms, computer learning centers and school libraries and equipment, allowing all children to have the resources they need to learn and excel.

The following projects from the Priority School Projects List will be implemented to further the foregoing goal and purpose:

    Install energy efficient air-conditioning systems.

    Repair, upgrade and replace worn-out leaking roofs.

    Upgrade security features, including outdated emergency communications systems, lighting and fencing.

    Upgrade electrical systems and wiring for computer technology and internet access.

    Upgrade aging and deteriorating school bathrooms.

    Replace existing wiring systems to meet current electrical and accessibility codes and increase capacity.

    Replace existing water, sewer and plumbing systems to meet current codes, including the elimination of lead-containing fixtures.

    Replace older ceilings, heating, ventilation and lighting systems with building-code-compliant, energy efficient systems.

    Install code-compliant ventilating systems in bathrooms.

    Upgrade and repair classrooms, science labs, multipurpose rooms, indoor and outdoor physical education facilities, including pools, athletic fields and physical education resources, kitchens, auditoriums, libraries, arts and music rooms, and childcare, preschool, after-school recreational programming, adult education and educational support spaces.


    Improve facilities to comply with Federal and State-mandated Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility upgrades including site access, parking, staff and student bathrooms, relocation of some existing electrical devices, drinking fountains, playground equipment, and other similar items.

    Replace old, portable classrooms.

    Repair aging schools.

School, Teacher and Student Health and Safety,  Earthquake Safety and Energy Efficiency School Projects

Goal and Purpose: To attract and retain excellent teachers and provide a healthy and safe learning environment and to maintain existing childcare and after-school recreational programming in local schools.

The following projects from the Priority School Projects List will be implemented to further the foregoing goal and purpose:

    Install energy efficient air-conditioning systems.

    Improve emergency communications systems in neighborhood schools.

    Remove or abate asbestos, lead paint, mold and hazardous materials.

    Retrofit classrooms and schools to meet earthquake safety standards.

    Upgrade fire alarm systems, safety doors and sprinkler systems.

    Upgrade  and  repair  schools  to  meet  current  handicap  accessibility requirements.

    Upgrade gas pipe systems.

    Replace/upgrade existing signage, bells and clocks.

    Install/replace/upgrade security fencing.

    Replace/upgrade existing security and irrigation systems.

    Install energy efficient systems.

    Replace existing window systems with energy efficient systems.

    Install new security systems, such as security (surveillance) cameras, outdoor lighting, fencing, and gates.

    Upgrade emergency communication systems.

    Upgrade site playground equipment replacement to meet current safety standards.


    Replace and/or improve outdoor education facilities.

    Add or improve student drop-off areas for safety.

    Inspect and improve play area fields for safety and drainage.

    Replace aging and deteriorating doors, doorframes and ceilings.

    Upgrade school site parking, utilities and grounds.

    Retrofit and repair schools and classrooms to meet safety standards.

The foregoing building, repair and rehabilitation projects and upgrades will be completed as needed. Each project may include its share of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering and similar planning costs, program/project management costs, staff training expenses and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs. In addition to the listed repair and construction projects stated above, this bond measure also authorizes the acquisition of a variety of instructional, maintenance and operational equipment, including the remodeling of administrative support spaces, installation of signage and fencing, the payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, computing devices, facility assessment reviews, Facility Master Plan updates, environmental studies (including environmental investigation, remediation and monitoring), construction documentation, and temporary facilities of dislocated District activities caused by bond projects. The allocation of bond proceeds will be affected by the Districts receipt of State matching funds and the final costs of each project. In the absence of State matching funds, which the District will pursue to reduce the District’s share of the costs of the projects, the District will not be able to complete some of the projects listed above. Certain projects may be undertaken as joint-use projects in cooperation with other local public or non-profit agencies. Possible joint-use type projects may include any of the following at various school sites identified in the Facility Master Plan: gymnasiums, auditoriums, libraries, multi-purpose rooms, media centers/or labs, health clinics, parking facilities, art and indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, assembly rooms, science labs, career technical facilities, classrooms, computer and technical labs, community meeting facilities, and energy-efficient, renewable and/or sustainable facility projects. The estimated cost for each project may be affected by factors beyond the Districts control. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction contracts are awarded and projects are completed. Based on the final costs of each project, certain 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 staff when performing work on or necessary and incidental to bond projects. Bond proceeds shall only be expended for the specific purposes identified herein. Upon approval of this bond measure and the sale of any bonds approved, the District shall take actions to create an account into which proceeds of the bonds shall be deposited and comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code § 53410.

Project construction accountability and safeguards. Projects paid for with bond funds will be subject to oversight of professional construction/program managers with a proven track record of delivering school construction projects on time and on budget to save taxpayer dollars.

No administrator salaries. Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by this bond measure shall be used only for the projects described in this bond measure and not for teacher and school administrator salaries and other operating expenses.

 

Fiscal accountability. The expenditure of bond money on these projects is subject to the strict accountability requirements provided for by law. In accordance with existing law, performance and financial audits will be conducted annually and all bond expenditures will be monitored by an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee to ensure that funds are spent as described in this bond measure. The Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee must include, among others, representation of a bona fide taxpayers’ association, a business organization and a senior citizens’ organization. No District employee or vendors are allowed to serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.

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