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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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San Diego Unified School District
Measure YY Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

224,262 votos si (65.1%)

120,311 votos no (34.9%)

100% de distritos activos (612/612).

383,466 boletas electorales serán contadas.

San Diego Neighborhood School Repair and Student Safety Measure
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San Diego Neighborhood School Repair and Student Safety Measure
To improve Neighborhood and Charter schools by:

  • Improving school security, emergency communications, controlled-entry points, door locks;
  • Upgrading classrooms/labs for vocational/career, science, technology, math education;
  • Repairing foundations, bathrooms/plumbing; Removing lead in drinking water and hazardous asbestos;

Shall San Diego Unified School District issue $3.5 billion in bonds at legal rates, projecting levy of 6-cents per $100 of assessed valuation for 39 years, estimating $193 million average annual repayments, requiring independent annual audits and citizen oversight?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Un voto por el SÍ significa

A "YES" vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the District to issue and sell $3,500,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

Un voto por el NO significa

A "NO" vote is a vote against authorizing the District to issue and sell $3,500,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

San Diego County Counsel

This measure was placed on the ballot by the governing board of the San Diego Unified School District ("District"). This measure, if approved by 55% of the votes cast on the measure, will authorize the District to issue and sell $3,500,000,000 in general obligation funds. The sale of these bonds by the District is for the purpose of raising money for the District, and represents a debt of the District. In exchange for the money received from bondholders, the District promises to pay the bondholders an amount of interest for a certain period of time, and to repay the bonds on the expiration date.

Voter approval of this measure will also authorize an annual tax to be levied upon the taxable property within the District. The purpose of this tax is to generate sufficient revenue to pay interest on the bonds as it becomes due and to provide a fund for payment of the principal on or before maturity.

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this measure may be used by the District for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities.

The interest rate on any bond, which is established at the time of bond issuance, could not exceed 12% per annum. The final maturity date of any bond could be no later than 40 years after the date the bonds are issued, as determined by the District.

The tax authorized by this measure is consistent with the requirements of the California Constitution. The California Constitution permits property taxes, above the standard 1% limitation, to be levied upon real property to pay the interest and redemption charges on any bonded indebtedness for, among other things, the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, when approved by 55% of the voters if:

(1) the proceeds from the sale of the bonds are used only for the purposes specified,
(2) the District evaluates safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs to approve a list of specific projects to be funded,
(3) the District conducts an annual, independent performance audit to ensure funds have been expended on the specific projects listed, and
(4) the District conducts an annual, independent financial audit of bond proceeds.

Additionally, if the bond measure is approved, state law requires the District to establish an independent citizens' oversight committee. The District has made this ballot measure subject to these legal requirements.

Approval of this measure does not guarantee that the specific projects listed by the District will be funded by the sale of the bonds.

A "YES" vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the District to issue and sell $3,500,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

A "NO" vote is a vote against authorizing the District to issue and sell $3,500,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure YY. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the San Diego County Registrar of Voters at (858) 565-5800 or the San Diego Unified School District at (619) 725-8000, and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. Measure YY is also available on the Internet at https://www.sandiegounified.org

If Measure YY is approved, the Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District will appoint a citizens’ oversight committee and conduct annual independent audits to assure that bond funds are spent only on the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities, and for no other purposes.

Approval of Measure YY does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the San Diego Unified School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure YY will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure YY. The District’s proposal for the project or projects assumes the receipt of matching State funds, which could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

Tax rate

San Diego County Registrar of Voters (sample ballot pamphlet)

An election will be held in the San Diego Unified School District (the “District”) on November 6, 2018, to authorize the sale of up to $3.5 billion in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the proposition. If the bonds are approved, the District expects to issue the bonds in multiple series over time. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400 through 9405 of the California Elections Code.

1. The best estimate of the average annual tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is six cents per $100 ($60 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. The final fiscal year in which the tax to be levied to fund this bond issue is anticipated to be collected is fiscal year 2057-58.

2. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is six cents per $100 ($60 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2024-25.

3. The best estimate of the total debt service, including the principal and interest that would be required to be repaid if all of the bonds are issued and sold is approximately $7,503,000,000.

Voters should note that estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County’s official tax rolls, not on the property’s market value, which could be more or less than the assessed value. In addition, taxpayers eligible for a property tax exemption, such as the homeowner’s exemption, will be taxed at a lower effective tax rate than described above. Certain taxpayers may also be eligible to postpone payment of taxes. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property’s assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

Attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon the District’s projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the District. The estimates are in addition to, and not inclusive of, other taxes levied by the District to pay bonds authorized at past elections. The average annual tax rate, the highest tax rate and the year or years in which it will apply, and the actual total debt service, 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 dates of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on need for construction funds and other factors, including the legal limitations on bonds approved by a 55% affirmative vote. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on the bond market at the time of each sale. Actual future assessed valuation 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.

Dated: July 12, 2018.

/s/ Cindy Marten
Superintendent
San Diego Unified School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE YY

San Diego Neighborhood Schools Repair and Student Safety Measure

IMPROVING SECURITY FOR 130,000 STUDENTS AT 200+ NEIGHBORHOOD AND CHARTER SCHOOLS.

  • Guard against dangerous intruders
  • Cameras/improved emergency communication
  • Upgraded security doors, fencing and locks
  • Improved fire/smoke alarms
  • Enhanced earthquake safety

“A recent attempted school shooting in Northern California was thwarted and no children or teachers were hurt because the school was equipped with safety upgrades and trained staff.”
- Michael Marquez
San Diego Schools Police Chief

PROTECTING THE HEALTH OF STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.

Remove lead from school drinking fountains, hazardous asbestos from ceilings and floors, lead paint and mold from school walls.

“Removing lead, asbestos and other dangerous chemicals from our schools is essential for protecting student health.”
- Dr. Martin T. Stein, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego 

CRITICAL REPAIRS TO AGING CLASSROOMS.

Many schools are 60+ years old. Measure YY will replace frayed wiring, aging plumbing and leaky roofs; renovate outdated electrical/heating systems; and fix cracked sidewalks, broken steps and deteriorating bathrooms.

Measure YY continues San Diego’s program to repair and upgrade every Neighborhood and Charter school. 

PREPARING STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE AND 21ST CENTURY JOBS.

  • Renovate classrooms/science labs with up-to-date technology for teaching math, science, engineering and technology to help students enter college and succeed in a modern economy.
  • Expand vocational education/job training facilities to teach skills needed in the current and future economy to ensure non-college bound students obtain good-paying, 21st Century jobs.

ACCOUNTABILITY/STRICT TAXPAYER SAFEGUARDS BUILT RIGHT IN.

  • ANNUAL, INDEPENDENT AUDITS.
  • INDEPENDENT CITIZENS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.
  • NO FUNDS FOR ADMINISTRATORS’ SALARIES OR PENSIONS.
  • DETAILED PUBLIC EXPENDITURE PLAN.
  • LOCAL FUNDING SPENT LOCALLY THAT SACRAMENTO CANNOT TAKE AWAY.

PLATINUM STANDARD FOR OPENNESS/TRANSPARENCY.

Past bonds have a perfect score for transparency from San Diego Taxpayers Association Education Fund and a AAA Bond Rating (the highest possible).

YES ON MEASURE YY.
Repair and Safety for Our Neighborhood and Charter Schools
sandiegoschoolsafetyandrepair.org

SCOTT BARNETT
President, SD Taxpayers Advocate
Former Executive Director
San Diego County Taxpayers Association

MEL KATZ
Business Leader, Former Chair,
S.D. Workforce Partnership

SARAH DICKMAN
Classroom Teacher
Teacher of the Year 2018

AMY REDDING
President, PTA 

MICHAEL MARQUEZ
Chief of Police
San Diego Schools Police Department

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters (sample ballot pamphlet)

Argumento EN CONTRA

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE YY

Vote NO on this BAD DEAL

No More School Borrowing! There is still $2.1 billion of bond money left to spend. No need for an additional property tax!

“I ALWAYS vote to let my school board borrow money for construction projects.”

Is this you? You’re probably someone who strongly supports public education.

You want the best learning environment for students and the best teaching environment for teachers.

Unfortunately, there are people who want to take advantage of your love and respect for education.

Take a closer look at this fourth bond measure put on your ballot by the San Diego Unified School District board. Do you remember the help you already gave them?

1. 2012 - voters like you let the San Diego Unified School District board borrow $2.1 billion for school construction.

2. 2008 - voters like you let the San Diego Unified School District board borrow $2.8 billion for school construction.

3. 1998 - voters like you let the San Diego Unified School District board borrow $1.5 billion for school construction.

That’s $6.4 billion approved for construction in the past 20 years.

If you include interest payments to bond investors, the San Diego Unified School District board is spending $12 billion or more on construction projects. But now the San Diego Unified School District board says it’s not enough.

4. 2018 - voters like you are asked to let the San Diego Unified School District board borrow another $3.5 billion for school construction.

The school board hasn’t finished spending its latest borrowed $2.1 billion. Now they want more.

When will it end?

A cynic might ask if the “Project Labor Agreement” that the school board imposed on construction companies in 2009 is motivating the endless borrowing.

How long does it take to make essential repairs?

When do the people draw the line on school board borrowing?

Let the school board finish their third round of borrowing before letting them do a fourth round of borrowing. Vote NO this time.

Marcia Nordstrom
Parent/Candidate S.D. Unified- Dist.C

Mitz Lee
Former School Board Member

Carl DeMaio
Chairman, Reform San Diego

Scott Sherman
San Diego Councilmember

Eric Christen
Contractors for School Bond Accountability

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters (sample ballot pamphlet)

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

REBUTTAL TO THE ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE YY

VOTE NO ON MEASURE YY

Voters approved $6.4 Billion in new taxes for San Diego Unified over the past 20 years and now they want you to cough up another $3.5 Billion – on many of the SAME PROJECTS they promised us the last TWO times!

Did you know the number of enrolled students at San Diego Unified School District has dropped 11% since it started borrowing money for school construction? Enrollment fell from 142,260 in 2000-01 to 127,112 in 2017-18. 15,000 less students!

Enough is enough!

While SDUSD’s argument tries to scare you into agreement, what is truly frightening is the amount of cash they want you to hand over.

By the time this is over, between bonds and interest payments, generations of taxpayers will have shouldered an additional $7.5 Billion – and yet SDUSD has NOT implemented the taxpayer protections we demanded – and which hindsight has now proven were ominously necessary.

What makes us think this time will be any different?

NO guarantee of Fair and Open Competition?

Perhaps worst of all, instead of addressing years of disregarded upkeep and maintenance, they are kicking the can down the road with hundreds of millions in NEW debt to cover up what they were supposed to be paying for every single year.

It’s no wonder that more than 35 schools tested above the districts own standards for lead in the water. Our children’s education ought to be better managed than this. It is time to draw a line.

VOTE NO ON MEASURE YY

Tom Keliinoi
Board President/Businessman

Gregory A. Stein
Chairman of the Board
San Diego County Taxpayers Assn.

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters (sample ballot pamphlet)

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

REBUTTAL TO THE ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE YY

THE OPPONENTS HAVE THEIR FACTS WRONG.

“Every dollar from San Diego Unified School District’s previous bonds has been fully allocated for critical repairs, renovations and revitalization of our Neighborhood and Charter schools.”
- Betsy Mueller
Chair, Independent Citizens Oversight Committee
San Diego Unified School District

“San Diego Unified set the standard for Taxpayer Protections. Their bonds are models of sound fiscal management, accountability and transparency,”
- Scott Barnett
Former Executive Director
San Diego Taxpayers Association

MORE THAN 130,000 STUDENTS ARE COUNTING ON US. MEASURE YY continues San Diego’s program to repair/renovate 220+ schools.

SCHOOLS BUILT IN THE 1950’s NEED MAINTENANCE/REPAIR AND NEW TECHNOLOGY. Measure YY equips thousands of classrooms/labs with 21st century technology to teach skills needed to succeed in a modern economy.

VITAL HEALTH/SAFETY RENOVATIONS TO PROTECT OUR KIDS.

  • Fix leaky plumbing, aging roofs, and worn electrical systems.
  • Remove hazardous mold/asbestos.
  • Remove lead from school drinking fountains.

PREVENT DANGEROUS INCIDENTS BEFORE THEY HAPPEN.

  • Renovate fire alarms/safety doors.
  • Install cameras/improve emergency communication.
  • Single entry access points.

SAN DIEGO TAXPAYERS ADVOCATE and MIDDLE-CLASS TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION SUPPORT MEASURE YY.

  • First Independent Citizens Oversight Committee in the region!
  • Three San Diego Taxpayers Association “Golden Watchdog” Awards.
  • Perfect Taxpayers Association transparency score for previous bonds.
  • Earned AAA Bond Rating, saving taxpayers projected $170 million.
  • Annual, independent audits.
  • Every project for every neighborhood school fully detailed online.
  • No funding for administrators’ salaries/pensions.

YES ON MEASURE YY.
Repair and Safety for Our Neighborhood and Charter Schools
LOCAL SCHOOL FUNDING SACRAMENTO CANNOT TAKE AWAY
sandiegoschoolsafetyandrepair.org

DAVID VALLADOLID
President/CEO Emeritus
Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)

PAT ZAHAROPOULIS
President
Middle Class Taxpayers Association

JULIE MARTELL
San Diego School Principal (retired)

RAMÓN ESPINAL
Classroom Teacher (27 years)
Representative,
California Teachers Assn. State Council

MICHAEL MARQUEZ
Chief of Police
San Diego Schools Police Department

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters (sample ballot pamphlet)

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

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The sample ballot does not include the full text of this measure. 

A 197-page PDF containing the full text has been posted by the San Diego Unified School District here: https://www.boarddocs.com/ca/sandi/Board.nsf/files/B27V6S7F41C2/$file/_Election%20Resolution%20(November%202018)%20-%20San%20Diego%20USD%204135-1873-2308%208.pdf

Additional information about Measure YY has also been posted on the San Diego Unified School District's website: https://www.sandiegounified.org/neighborhood-school-repair-and-student-safety-measure

The official arguments for and against this measure were entered into Voter's Edge by a League of Women Voters volunteer, using a PDF version of a sample ballot prepared by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters: http://www2.sdcounty.ca.gov/rov/Sample_Ballots/Eng/SB-ENG-500.pdf

To find your own sample ballot version, containing all the candidates and measures on your own ballot, please use the ROV's sample ballot look-up tool at https://www2.sdcounty.ca.gov/rov/Eng/ballot.asp .

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¿Quién está a favor y en contra de esta iniciativa de ley?

Sí por Measure YY

Organizaciónes (2)

Funcionarios electos y designados (17)

No por Measure YY

Organizaciónes (2)

Funcionarios electos y designados (0)

Más información

Información del contacto

Información del contacto de la campaña por el sí Measure YY
Safety & Learning for Our Schools, Yes on Measure YY
Email scott@sandiegoschoolsafetyandrepair.org
Información del contacto de la campaña por el no Measure YY
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