Vote Yes on Alameda County Measure J1 - 2016 general Election
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Commentary on Measure J1

Are you sure you want vote to support this extravagant measure? It has no accountability.

This campaign was designed by a member of the school bonds cartel. We figured out just the right words to get you to you to open up your checkbook.

We'd also like to introduce you to our partners -- bond lawyers, brokers, wealthy investors, architects, management firms, construction companies, and trade unions. We all stand to make a ton of money on these bonds. Our profits come right off the top, before a penny is actually spent on improving the facilities.

We're not just doing it for the money. We like to show off our work in Architectural Digest and other places where the rich and famous congregate.

Remember, we've taken a lot of risk. We gave money to get your governing board members elected, so they'd be sure to remember us when we came around for a hand-out later.

It's just business-as-usual, here in sunny Corruptifornia.

Please don't read the fine print. That's just put in by the lawyers to make what we're going to do to for you legal.

When you see highlighting in the documents below, it to see the commentary.

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Measure J1 Question

"To , faulty plumbing and electrical systems; improve heating and ventilation; improve student safety by upgrading security lighting, emergency communications, fire alarms and sprinklers; upgrade classrooms, libraries and science labs; replace deteriorating portables; and provide facilities and equipment needed to support instruction in math, science, engineering, arts and technology; shall San Leandro Unified School District issue $104,000,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, with citizens' oversight, annual audits and all money benefiting San Leandro children?"

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Impartial Analysis for Measure J1

COUNTY COUNSEL'S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE J1

ANALYSIS BY THE COUNTY COUNSEL OF A
SAN LEANDRO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND MEASURE

Measure J1, a San Leandro Unified School District ("District") bond measure, seeks voter approval to authorize the District to issue and sell bonds of up to one hundred four million dollars ($104,000,000) in aggregate principal amount at interest rates within the legal limit. The purpose of the bonds is to finance school facilities projects as specified in the measure.

Pursuant to California Constitution Section 18 of Article XVI and Section 1 of Article XIIIA and California Education Code Section 15274, this measure will become effective upon the affirmative vote of at least 55% of the qualified electors voting on this measure.

California Education Code Section 15100 restricts the use of the proceeds from the bonds sale to items such as building school buildings, improving school grounds, supplying school buildings and grounds with equipment, and the acquisition of real property for school facilities. In addition, proceeds may only be used for the projects listed in the measure. This measure provides that its proceeds will fund projects that include, among others: repair and replace roofs; repair and upgrade plumbing and electrical systems; acquire, install, and upgrade security systems; and replace portable classrooms. Proceeds may not be used for any other purpose, such as administrator salaries.

If 55% of those who vote on the measure vote "yes", the District will be authorized to issue bonds in the amount noted above. Approval of this measure will authorize a levy on the assessed value of taxable property within the District by an amount needed to pay the principal and interest on these bonds in each year that the bonds are outstanding.

The Tax Rate Statement for this measure in this sample ballot pamphlet reflects the District's best estimates, based upon currently available data and projections, of the property tax rates required to service the bonds. The best estimate of the tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds during the first fiscal year after the first sale (FY 2017-2018) and last sale (FY 2023-2024) of bonds is $0.03620 per $100 ($36.20 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. This amount is also the best estimate of the highest tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds. The best estimate of total debt service, including principal and interest, if all the bonds are issued and sold is $225,000,000.

An independent citizens' oversight committee will ensure that the bond proceeds are expended only on the projects outlined in the measure. Performance and financial audits will be conducted annually.

If 55% of those voting on this measure do not vote for approval, the measure will fail and the District will not be authorized to issue the bonds.

This measure is placed on the ballot by the governing board of the District.

DONNA R. ZIEGLER
County Counsel

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure J1, which is printed in full in this sample ballot pamphlet. If you desire an additional copy of the measure, please call the Elections Official's office at (510) 272-6933 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. You may also access the full text of the measure on the Alameda County website at the following address: www.acgov.org/rov/.

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Argument in Favor of Measure J1

Argument in Favor of Measure J1

San Leandro Schools Improvement Bond

Measure J1 has been put on the ballot to improve the quality of San Leandro schools and to protect our community's most important assets.

Thanks to the generous support of our community, significant improvements have been made to San Leandro schools. New facilities have been built, and seismic safety upgrades have been completed. Substantial needs remain at our elementary schools, however, and they are the focus of Measure J1.

Measure J1 will:

  • ? Repair or replace leaky roofs, old rusty plumbing, and faulty electrical systems where needed;
  • ? Upgrade classrooms, libraries, and science labs, to keep pace with technology;
  • ? Provide the facilities and equipment needed to support high quality instruction in math, science, engineering, arts, and technology;
  • ? Improve student safety and campus security systems, including security lighting, emergency communications systems, fire alarms, and sprinklers;
  • ? Install heating and ventilation systems at each school to prevent classrooms from being too hot in the fall and summer and too cold in the winter; and
  • ? Replace aging portable classrooms that are expensive to repair and maintain, with modern classrooms.

For our children to succeed in college and careers, they must be skilled in the use of today's technologies and have a solid background in science, math and technology. Measure J1 will provide technological upgrades to our schools to make this possible.

Measure J1 requires a clear system of accountability, including a Citizens' Oversight Committee, and independent audits to ensure the money is spent properly all money to benefit San Leandro children and no money for administrators.

San Leandro children deserve the same educational opportunities as others in the region. Measure J1 will allow us to keep pace. Good schools improve the quality of life in our community and add to the value of our homes.

We all benefit from safe, quality schools. Please vote Yes on Measure J1.

Ellen Corbett
Former State Senator

Pauline Russo Cutter
Mayor City of San Leandro

Stephen Cassidy
Former Mayor of San Leandro

Melinda Bradford
San Leandro High School Site Council Member

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Argument Against Measure J1

No Argument Against was submitted

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Full Text of Measure J1

APPENDIX A

FULL TEXT OF BOND MEASURE

INTRODUCTION

"To repair leaky roofs, faulty plumbing and electrical systems; improve heating and ventilation; improve student safety by upgrading security lighting, emergency communications, fire alarms and sprinklers; upgrade classrooms, libraries and science labs; replace deteriorating portables; and provide facilities and equipment needed to support instruction in math, science, engineering, arts and technology; shall San Leandro Unified School District issue $104,000,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, with citizens' oversight, annual audits and all money benefiting San Leandro children?"

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this measure by at least 55 percent of the registered voters voting on the measure, the District will be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $104,000,000 in aggregate principal amount at interest rates not to exceed legal limits and to provide financing for the specific types of school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List described below, subject to all the accountability requirements specified below.

ACCOUNT ABILITY REQUIREMENTS

The provisions in this section are specifically included in this measure in order that the voters and taxpayers in the District may be assured that their money will be spent wisely. Expenditures to address specific facilities needs of the District will be in compliance with the requirements of Article XI IIA, Section 1 (b )(3), of the State Constitution and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at Education Code Sections 15264 and following.)

Evaluation of Needs. The School Board has identified detailed facilities needs of the District and has determined which projects to finance from a local bond. The School Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction , enrollment growth , and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List shown below.

Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. Following approval of this measure, the Board of Education will establish an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee, under Education Code Sections 15278 and following , to ensure bond proceeds are expended only on the types of school facilities projects listed below. The committee will be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the School Board.

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Performance Audits. The School Board will conduct annual, independent performance audits to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed below.

Financial Audits. The School Board will conduct annual, independent financial audits of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed below.

Government Code Accountability Requirements. As required by Section 53410 of the Government Code, (1) the specific purpose of the bonds is set forth in this Full Text of the Measure, (2) the proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used only for the purposes specified in this measure, and not for any other purpose, (3) the proceeds of the bonds, when and if issued, will be deposited into a building fund to be held by the Alameda County Treasurer, as required by the California Education Code, and (4) the Superintendent of the District shall cause an annual report to be filed with the Board of Education of the District not later than January 1 of each year, which report shall contain pertinent information regarding the amount of funds collected and expended, as well as the status of the projects listed in this measure, as required by Sections 53410 and 53411 of the Government Code.

NO TEACHER OR ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this measure shall be used only for the purposes specified in Article XIII A, Section 1(b)(3), those being for the construction, reconstruction , rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, and the acquisition or lease of school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

STATE MATCHING FUNDS

The following statement is included in this measure pursuant to Education Code Section 15122.5: Approval of this measure does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects that are the subject of bonds under this measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by this measure. The District's proposal for the project or projects described below may assume the receipt of matching state funds, which , if available, could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

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BOND PROJECT LIST

Scope of Projects. Bond proceeds will be expended on the modernization, renovation, expansion, acquisition , construction/reconstruction, rehabilitation , and/or replacement of school facilities of the San Leandro Unified School District, including the furnishing and equipping of such school facilities, at the following school sites and properties:

Garfield Elementary School

Jefferson Elementary School

McKinley Elementary School

Washington Elementary School

Bancroft Middle School

James Madison Elementary School

James Monroe Elementary School

Roosevelt Elementary School

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School

John Muir Middle School

San Leandro High School and Karematsu Campus

School Facility Project List. The items presented on the following list provide are the to be financed with voter-approved bond proceeds. Specific examples included on this list are not intended to limit the generality of the broader types of projects described and authorized by this measure. The types of projects authorized are:

  • Repair or replace deteriorating and leaky roofs
  • Repair and upgrade outdated and inadequate plumbing and electrical systems
  • Repair, replace or upgrade outdated and inadequate heating, ventilation and airconditioning systems
  • Acquire, install and/or upgrade campus security systems, including smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, school communication systems and lighting
  • Modernize, renovate, construct and/or expand aging and outdated classrooms, libraries, computer and science labs and other school facilities to meet 21st century educational standards, including providing updated furnishings and other equipment, to facilitate a modern learning environment and support student achievement in math, science, engineering , technology and skilled trades
  • Replace deteriorating and aging portable classrooms
  • Make health and safety improvements, such as installing necessary seismic reinforcements and replacing aging building materials, including removal of hazardous materials identified either prior to or during construction
  • Improve student access to computers and modern technology, including providing necessary infrastructure, hardware, software, computers, devices and other modern instructional equipment
  • Modernize, renovate and construct restrooms
  • Make energy efficiency upgrades and improvements, such as windows, doors, lighting and lighting control systems, roofing , insulation, and floor coverings
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  • Upgrade and/or replace necessary infrastructure such as sewer, water, electrical and utility systems
  • Acquire land, rights of ways, or other interests in real property, including the leasing of real property, to provide adequate school and related facilities to serve school sites

Each of the bond projects described in this Bond Project List include the costs of furnishing and equipping such facilities, and all costs incidental but directly related to the specific projects described above. Examples of such costs include, but are not limited to: costs of design, engineering, architect and other professional services, inspections, site preparation, utilities, landscaping, construction management and other planning and permitting, legal, accounting and similar costs; independent annual financial and performance audits; a customary construction contingency; demolition and disposal of existing structures; rental or construction of storage facilities and other space on an interim basis for materials and other equipment and furnishings displaced during construction; costs of relocating facilities and equipment as needed in connection with the projects; interim classrooms and facilities for students, administrators, and school functions, including modular facilities; federal and statemandated safety upgrades; addressing unforeseen conditions revealed by construction/modernization and other necessary improvements required to comply with existing building codes, includ ing the Field Act; access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act; ; bond issuance costs; and project administration during the duration of such projects, as permitted by law.

The scope and nature of any of the specific projects described above may be altered by the District as required by unforeseen conditions that may arise during the course of design and construction. In the event that a modernization or renovation project will result in higher costs than relocation and construction, this bond measure authorizes land acquisition, relocation and reconstruction, and all costs relating thereto, for said reasons or based on other considerations deemed in the best interest of the District by the Governing Board. In addition, this measure authorizes the acquisition of real property required to expand or provide school facility projects at the listed sites, and . In addition, authorized projects include paying and/or prepaying interim financing for said projects such as bond anticipation notes, and .

Approval of the District's bond measure does not guarantee that all of the identified projects within this Bond Project List will be funded beyond what can be completed with local funds generated by the bond measure. The District plans to pursue funds from the State of California, if available, to complete certain of the identified facilities projects.

The order in which school facilities projects are listed in the Project List does not suggest an order of priority. Project priorities will be determined by the Governing Board. The District is unable to anticipate all unforeseen circumstances which may prevent some of the projects listed above from being undertaken or completed.

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Measure J1 Tax Rate Statement

TAX RATE STATEMENT
San Leandro Unified School District Bond Measure

To: The voters voting in the November 8, 2016 election on the question of thff~ ngf ol/oters $104,000,000 General Obligation Bonds of the Sonoma County Junior 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 (Fiscal Year 2017-2018), based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is the following: $.03620 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $36.20 per $100,000.

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 (Fiscal Year 2023-24) based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is as follows: $.03620 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $36.20 per $100,000.

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: $.03620 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $36.20 per $100,000 in every year.

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 $225 million based on estimates of future bond interest rates and projected assessed value growth rates.

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 es;::~

Rosanna Mucetti, Ed.D.
Deputy Superintendent
San Leandro Unified School District

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