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June 5, 2018 — Elecciones Primarias de California
Distrito especial

Jefferson Union High School District
Measure J - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales


13,795 votos si (55.68%)

10,981 votos no (44.32%)

School District Bond
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To build affordable rental housing so teachers and school staff can live in the communities where they work, shall Jefferson Union High School District (including Jefferson, Oceana, Terra Nova, Thornton, Westmoor and Adult-Ed High Schools) issue $33 million of bonds with an average tax levy of 0.7 cents per $100 of assessed valuation while the bonds are outstanding ($2.3 million per year), legal rates, annual audits and independent taxpayer oversight?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

The California Constitution and Education Code authorize a school district to issue bonds for specified purposes if issuance of the bonds is approved at an election by 55% of those voting on it.

The Board of Trustees of the Jefferson Union High School District ("District") proposes this measure which would authorize the District to issue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $33 million. The bonds will have an interest rate not exceeding the legal maximum and will be repaid within the time permitted by law. The Tax Rate Statement printed in this pamphlet contains the District's best estimates of tax rates required to service the bond debt during the life of the bonds. The District's best estimate of the average annual tax rate levy to fund this bond is $7.00 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. This means that a property assessed at $800,000 would likely have an annual tax obligation of $56 under this measure. The District estimates that the total amount repayable during the life of the bond, including principal and interest, will be approximately $54,269,153. 

The California Constitution requires the listing of specific projects to be funded from the bond revenue and certification that the Board of Trustees has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs in the development of that list. The Bond Project List is included in the full text of the measure and includes the design, construction, and acquisition of approximately 80 low cost, affordable rental housing units to be located at former Serramonte High School, or other acceptable sites in Daly City, California, as may be designated by the District, for District teachers and staff members.

The measure also authorizes equipment acquisition, upgrades, repairs, services, construction, and other items related to the listed projects. 

No proceeds from the bonds shall be used for teacher or administrator salaries or operating expenses.

State law requires that the District take certain steps to account for the proceeds from the bonds. Accordingly, the District will direct the funds to be deposited into a special account, appoint an independent citizens' oversight committee, conduct annual independent performance and financial audits to ensure that funds are spent only for the purposes listed in the Bond Project and for no other purposes, and prepare annual reports listing the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any funded project.

A "Yes" vote on this measure would authorize the District to issue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $44 million for the purposes listed in the Bond Project List.

A "No" vote would prevent the district from issuing the bonds.

The measure passes if 55% of those voting on the measure vote "yes." 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Our communities' public high schools - Jefferson, Oceana, Terra Nova, Thornton, and Westmoor - are facing a crisis that is undermining the quality of education we provide our children. Your YES vote on Measure J this June will address this crisis.

The critical shortage of locally available, affordable rental housing keeps our high schools from being able to attract, hire, and retain exceptional educators - putting our school district at a competitive disadvantage. Many teachers and staff members can no longer afford to live here and many - including top-ranked educators - are being drawn to positions outside the Bay Area that do not force them to choose between a grinding daily commute and crippling housing costs.

Your vote will decide whether we can maintain the quality of our high schools or risk a deteriorating quality of education for our children. 

Votes YES on Measure J to provide our school district with the ability to build local, affordable rental housing for teachers and staff members, allowing them to live in the communities where they work.

At the same time, your YES vote on Measure J will impose ironclad taxpayer protections, including:

 * requiring independent financial audits and taxpayer oversight,

 * prohibiting funds from going to administrator salaries, pensions, or benefits

 * providing legal safeguards so there is no financial risk to the District's budget

 * prohibiting the State from taking these local funds and spending them in other districts

Please join parents, grandparents, families, neighbors, teachers, and local community and business leaders by voting YES on Measure J.


/s/ Andrew Lie, President, Board of Trustees, Jefferson Union High School District

/s/ Sergio Robledo-Maderazo, President, AFT Local 1481

/s/ Thomas Nuris, Attorney

/s/ Allan Hale, Veteran

/s/ Ginny Silva Jaquith, Pacifica community member 

Argumento EN CONTRA

The chutzpah award goes to the Jefferson Union High School District for asking taxpayers to pay $66 million (plus interest) for employee (not necessarily teachers) housing.

Sometimes we just have to say "no" to nice ideas we cannot afford.

Most of us pay housing expenses from our salaries but the Jefferson Union High School District thinks its employees are above that. It's never satisfied that we already pay ever-increasing taxes to schools.

The District has so much money it compensates over 110 employees $100,000+ annually (for short school years). They're better compensated than many taxpayers who would have to foot the bill. We pay a "bond project manager" $160,000 (source:

It pays thousands in education funds to regularly spray RoundUp, a possible carcinogen, on each campus.

Property taxes increase 2% compounded annually. Schools get almost half of that. We're already paying for a school bond for facilities. And a parcel tax. Also State school funding is up 66% since 2012.

Higher property taxes make living here so expensive that many regular people (who don't work for the school district) cannot afford to live here.

Measure J means free housing for selected employees but less affordable housing for the rest of us.

There's no senior/low income exemptions.

Half of what we'd pay doesn't even benefit schools - it goes to lenders in interest payments.

A portion of property taxes won't be as deductible under the new federal law.

If Measure J passes, they'll be back with more borrowing for the rest of the staff.

Please vote NO on Measure J so living here doesn't increase even more on working families.

For more information,


/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association

/s/ William Collins

/s/ Baudelia B. Larez

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

We value educaton but these tax overrides add up!

This school district didn't even bother applying for any of the $9 billion school facilities bond money California voters approved in 2016.

Measure J benefits a few favoired school employees (including administrators) but this latest $54 million tax increase, including interest, makes living here more expensive for everyone else, both homeowners and renters.

School employees receive competitive compensation with benefits, including lifelong pensions and medical care, for working short school years. They should pay for housing from wages as we do.

Taxpayers already generously fund the Jefferson United High School District.

1) state apportionments (up 66% since 2012)

2) ever increasing local property taxes (schools get almost half)

3) multiple local bonds and taxes OK'd in 2006, 2012, and 2014, about $600 million total cost; and

4) a parcel tax.  See your tax bill.

Never satisfied, now they want us to pay for staff rent, too! Measure J is a slippery slope to taxpayer - paid rents for all.  What's next, staff cars?

Measure J has no senior/low income exemption.

$21+ million of the bond goes to banks for interest - not to education

Schools' expertise isn't apartment management. Who wants new administrators hired as landlords?

Why are taxpayers' wallet the low hanging fruit to pick? Voting "no" doesn't mean we don't value schools but the rest of us face costly housing, too.

Please vote No on Measure J.


/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President, Silicon Valley Taxpayer Association

/s/ William Collins 

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Measure J will provide our teachers and staff with affordable - not free - rental housing so they can live in the community where they work. Let's review the facts.

Teachers and staff are Jefferson, Oceana, Terra Nova, Thornton, and Westmoor high schools are among the best in the state. But many can no longer afford to live in our community.

It is critical that we continue to be able to attract, hire, and retain top-ranked educators to maintain the high quality education our children deserve.

With the explosive increase in housing costs, we are losing our ability to compete for top-tier teaching talent to less costly communities outside the Bay Area.

Measure J protects our high schools' educational excellence by implementing a fiscally prudent plan to build affordable rental housing for our teachers and staff.  Here's how:

  * Measure J will build approximately 80 units of affordable rental housing for less than 1 cent per $100 of assessed valuation

  * Educators and staff will pay affordable rents to live in the communities where they work

  * building these units will not take funds away from the classroom or put the District's financial security at risk

  * finally, the rental housing will be self-supporting and will not require any taxpayer or District expenditures to maintain or operate

Affordable housing is a deepening crisis in California, especially in the Bay Area. Measure J will create affordable rental housing so our children's educators can live in our community.

The solution is clear. Vote YES on Measure J!


/s/ Ginny Silva Jaquith, Former Mayor of Pacifica

/s/ Kalimah Salahuddin, Vice-President, Jefferson Union High School District

/s/ Alyssa Jenkins, Pacifica resident

/s/ Clayton Koo, Terra Nova alumni

/s/ Warren Shelby, Jefferson High PTO president 

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