Vote Yes on Los Angeles County Measure GC - 2016 general Election
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Commentary on Measure GC

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 GC Question

GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AFFORDABLE COLLEGE/ JOB TRAINING/ UNIVERSITY TRANSFER/ CLASSROOM REPAIR MEASURE. To repair classrooms/labs to prepare students/ for jobs/university transfer, upgrade vocational education equipment/technology for engineering/nursing/law enforcement/firefighting careers, repair deteriorating gas/sewer lines, improve handicapped accessibility/earthquake safety, and acquire, construct, repair sites, facilities/ equipment, shall Glendale Community College District issue $325,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring citizen oversight, audits, no funds for administrators' salaries, all funds used locally?

Bonds - Yes Bonds - No

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Impartial Analysis for Measure GC

PR-004905-6 LA 197-066

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE GC

By Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure GC ("Measure") would authorize the Board of Trustees ("Board") of the Glendale Community College District ("District"), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 01-2016-2017, to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $325,000,000.

Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by the Measure shall be used only for the purposes specified in the Measure, including, but not limited to, upgrading and expanding veteran services; expanding job training and workforce preparation for students, veterans, and local residents; replacing gas, electrical, and sewer lines; improving water conservation; improving access for students with disabilities; improving earthquake safety; replacing outdated electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems; upgrading facilities to improve energy efficiency and sustainability; upgrading and repairing classrooms; upgrading computer wiring; acquiring instructional, maintenance, and operational equipment; renovating restrooms; repairing and replacing heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems; repairing and replacing roofs, windows, walls, doors, and drinking fountains; repairing, replacing, and removing buildings; constructing new classrooms, science labs, and support buildings; repairing and replacing fire alarm, emergency communication, and security systems; upgrading and replacing hard courts, fields, turf, and irrigation systems; constructing a parking structure; upgrading and reconditioning parking lots; upgrading the Firefighting Training Academy, learning resources center, physical education facilities, locker rooms, field lights, and instructional buildings; and improving drainage systems. Bond proceeds may not be expended on faculty and administrator salaries and pensions 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 cause the appointment of 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 create an account into which bond proceeds shall be deposited and shall comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code section 53410.

The bonds shall be issued pursuant to Education Code section 15300 et seq. or Government Code section 53506, and the maximum rate of interest on any bond shall not exceed the maximum rate allowed by law. According to the District's Tax Rate Statement, the best estimate of the highest tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds, based on a projection of assessed valuations available when the District filed its Tax Rate Statement, is $21 per $100,000, which is projected to be the same in every fiscal year that the bonds remain outstanding. Estimated tax rates are 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.

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Argument in Favor of Measure GC

PR-004905-7 LA 197-067

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE GC

Vote YES on GC for Glendale Community College to prepare local students and veterans to transfer to universities and get good jobs.

With the rising cost of University of California and California State University, more local students rely on Glendale Community College for high-quality, affordable job training and higher education.

Glendale Community College serves military veterans in our area, including those who have recently returned from war zones and face challenges including post-traumatic stress disorder and permanent disability.

Glendale Community College also trains firefighters, police officers, paramedics, nurses and teachers that serve our community and keep us safe in emergencies.

Many of Glendale Community College's classrooms, science labs and job training facilities were built over 60 years ago and need repair. Deteriorating gas, electrical and sewer lines need to be replaced.

Measure GC will repair and upgrade Glendale Community College's aging classrooms, labs and facilities to:

  • - Help veterans complete their education and develop job skills to reenter the civilian workforce
  • - Train nurses, firefighters, police officers and paramedics who keep our community safe and healthy
  • - Provide students with modern technology essential for growing and high-paying professions in science, engineering and robotics
  • - Provide affordable education for students seeking to transfer to four-year colleges and universities
  • - Improve earthquake safety and access to classrooms and labs for students with disabilities

Strict Fiscal Accountability Is Required:

  • - raised by Measure GC must be spent in Glendale to improve our local community college facilities
  • - By law, no funds can be taken by the state or used for administrative salaries
  • - Passage of Measure GC helps Glendale Community College qualify for state matching funds that will otherwise be lost to other communities
  • - Independent citizens' oversight and annual audits ensure funds are spent properly

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE GC (Continued)

Please join Glendale's most respected leaders in voting Yes on GC for Glendale Community College.

MARK MACCARLEY
Major General (USA, Retired) and
Glendale Community College Alumnus

NAYIRI NAHABEDIAN
Vice President, Glendale Unified
School District Board of Education

GENE 'CHIP' STONE
Founding President, Glendale Education Foundation Glendale Community College Alumnus and Lifelong Resident

KEVIN A. ROBERTS
President & CEO,
Glendale Adventist Medical Center

ZAVEN KAZAZIAN
Chairman-Glendale Fire Foundation

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Argument Against Measure GC

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

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Full Text of Measure GC

PR-004896-8 LA 197-060

FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE GC

"GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AFFORDABLE COLLEGE/JOB TRAINING/UNIVERSITY TRANSFER/CLASSROOM REPAIR MEASURE. To repair classrooms/labs to prepare students/veterans for jobs/university transfer, upgrade vocational education equipment/technology for engineering/nursing/law enforcement/firefighting careers, repair deteriorating gas/sewer lines, improve handicapped accessibility/earthquake safety, and acquire, construct, repair sites, facilities/equipment, shall Glendale Community College District issue $325,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring citizen oversight, audits, no funds for administrators' salaries, all funds used locally?"

Bonds -Yes Bonds -No

PROJECTS

The Board of Trustees of the Glendale Community College District, to be responsive to the needs of its community, evaluated Glendale Community College's urgent and critical facility needs, and its capacity to provide students, active military, and Veterans with support and job training facilities, an affordable education and prepare them for success in college and careers. Job training facilities, safety issues, class size and offerings, and information and computer technology were each considered in developing the scope of projects to be funded, as such are outlined in the District's 2015 Facilities Master Plan incorporated herein by reference in its entirety (together, the "Master Plan"), and available for review on the District's website (www.glendale.edu). In developing the scope of projects, urgent and basic repairs, job training facilities, campus safety, facilities supporting Veterans, and the expansion of opportunities for local students to receive an affordable, quality education, were prioritized. If these facility needs are not addressed now, the Glendale Community College would be unable to remain competitive in preparing students for jobs in high demand industries and university transfer. The Board of Trustees determines that Glendale Community College MUST:

  1. (i) Upgrade and expand Veteran services and job training so returning Service Members receive the support they need to complete their education and enter the civilian workforce;
  2. (ii) Expand essential job training and workforce preparation for students, veterans and local residents;
  3. (iii) Because public universities are so expensive, provide local students with a high quality and affordable education they may not otherwise receive;
  4. (iv) Make urgent and basic repairs to 60-year old buildings, like electrical, gas and sewer lines, plumbing and security system upgrades, so our local college continues to be clean and safe for learning;
  5. (v) Adhere to stringent FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY safeguards including:
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    1. (a) All expenditures will be subject to annual independent financial audits, and
    2. (b) No funds will be used for administrators' salaries and pensions.

The following types of projects are authorized to be undertaken at Glendale Community College:

PROVIDE AN AFFORDABLE EDUCATION:

Urgent and Basic Repair Projects Needed To Keep
Glendale Community College Clean and Safe for Learning

Goals and Purposes: Because the University of California and California State systems are becoming so expensive, more people are relying on community colleges to provide local students with a high-quality and affordable education they may not otherwise receive.

Much of the Glendale Community College campus was built over 60-years ago, and many buildings, classrooms, science labs, and job training equipment are deteriorating, run down, and in need of repair. This measure will address urgent and basic repairs such as upgrading electrical systems, gas and sewer lines, replacing outdated plumbing and wiring, and upgrading security systems to make our local college clean and safe for learning.

  • Replace deteriorating gas, electrical and sewer lines.
  • Improve water conservation.
  • Improve access for students with disabilities.
  • Improve earthquake safety.
  • Replace outdated electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Improve energy efficiency.

PROVIDE JOB TRAINING AND COLLEGE TRANSFER SUPPORT
TO VETERANS AND LOCAL RESIDENTS:

Essential Facility and Technology Improvements
To Help Students and Veterans Transfer to Four-Year
Universities or be Trained For High Demand Jobs

Goals and Purposes: Glendale Community College serves many military veterans in our area, including those who have recently returned from war zones and face challenges including post-traumatic stress disorder and permanent disability. This measure will upgrade and expand veteran services and job training so returning Service Members receive the support they need to complete their education and enter the civilian workforce.

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PR-004905-2 LA 197-062
FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE GC (Continued)

Outdated classrooms and labs need to be improved to provide students access to up-to-date technology that is essential for education and job training programs for careers in electronics, engineering and the sciences. This measure will increase bandwidth and wireless connectivity so that community college buildings are equipped to prepare students for today's high-tech economy.

Glendale Community College provides essential job training and workforce preparation for students of all ages, veterans, and local residents. This measure will upgrade classrooms, facilities, and technology and expand access to training programs that help students learn new skills and find better paying jobs in business, technology, nursing, early childhood education, and other high-demand careers.

  • Upgrade classrooms for job and career pathways in fields like nursing, law enforcement and engineering.
  • Repair classrooms to better prepare returning veterans for good-paying jobs.
  • Provide facilities to prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
  • Improve vocational education to prepare students for careers.
  • Upgrade wiring for computer technology and Internet access.

The listed projects will be completed . is assumed to include its share of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program/project management, staff training expenses, a customary contingency, and costs associated with the Total Cost of Ownership of facilities and equipment. 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 include the following: renovate student and staff restrooms; replace aging electrical and plumbing systems; repair and replace heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies, including photovoltaic/solar installations; repair and replace worn-out and leaky roofs, windows, walls doors and drinking fountains; replace (Continued on next page)
PR-004905-3 LA 197-063
FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE GC (Continued)
or remove outdated buildings and classrooms and construct new classrooms, science labs and support buildings; install 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 replace fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; upgrade, resurface, replacing or relocate hard courts, fields, turf and irrigation systems; upgrade classrooms; build or upgrade facilities; construct, expand or reconfigure facilities to create large lecture classrooms; construct parking structure; upgrade, resurface and recondition existing parking lots; improve vehicular access and traffic circulation; improve drop-off zones; 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, fine arts, dance and music center and visual, digital media and performing arts/entertainment industry facilities, upgrade Firefighting Training Academy, learning resources center, physical education/facilities, locker rooms, field lights, and instructional buildings, trades and technology building, library, athletic fields, student services buildings; improve water conservation and energy efficiency; acquire land; 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 upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, upgrading classroom technology, expanding wireless internet access throughout both college campuses, acquire 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 and the creation and funding of a technology endowment.

The allocation of bond proceeds may be affected by the District's receipt of State matching funds and the final costs of each project. Some projects may be (Continued on next page)
PR-004905-4 LA 197-064
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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. when performing work on or 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.

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY

This bond measure has strict accountability requirements including:

1. All money will benefit Glendale Community College 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 audits to ensure all funds are used locally, effectively and as promised.

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 (Continued on next page)
PR-004905-5 LA 197-065
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EXPENDITURES WILL BE MONITORED BY AN 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.

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Measure GC Tax Rate Statement

PR-004905-9 LA 197-069

TAX RATE STATEMENT - MEASURE GC

An election will be held in the Glendale Community College District (the "District") on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $325,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance 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 District's 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 $0.021 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $21.00 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 $0.021 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $21.00 per $100,000 of assessed value) for fiscal year 2027-28.

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 $0.021 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $21.00 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 $577,925,488.

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 homeowner's 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.

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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.

DR. DAVID VIAR
Superintendent/President
Glendale Community College District

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