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

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 N Question

To improve/ maintain neighborhood schools by repairing/ updating classrooms, science labs/ technology, , bathrooms, plumbing/ electrical, improving school safety with lighting, fences, fire alarms, earthquake retrofits, removing , replacing portables with permanent classrooms, and acquiring, renovating, constructing/ equipping school sites/ facilities, shall Lynwood Unified School District issue $65,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring strict accountability, review, independent annual audits, with no funds for administrator salaries/ pensions, all funds used locally?

Bonds - Yes Bonds - No

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Impartial Analysis for Measure N

PR-004929-5 LA 525-064

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE N

By Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure N ("Measure") would authorize the Board of Education ("Board") of the Lynwood Unified School District ("District"), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 16/17-01, to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $65,000,000.

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, repairing, upgrading, and replacing roofs, bathrooms, and plumbing systems; replacing wiring systems to meet current electrical codes; upgrading science labs and equipment; upgrading aging classrooms; upgrading athletic facilities; upgrading technology equipment and facilities; installing new security systems; removing or abating asbestos; upgrading emergency communications systems, alarm systems, and fire-safety equipment; improving disability access to facilities; and retrofitting schools for earthquake safety.

Proceeds from the sale of bonds shall be used only for purposes specified in the Measure, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries or pensions or 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. The purpose of the Citizens' Oversight Committee shall be to inform the public concerning the expenditure of bond revenues. 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 15264 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 fund the bonds is $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, and is projected to remain approximately the same in each year during the term of repayment of the bonds. Estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property on the County's official tax rolls, not on a property's market value.

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

NOTICE TO VOTERS

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

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Argument in Favor of Measure N

PR-004929-6 LA 525-065

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE N

Lynwood Unified has been providing education to students in our community for over 50 years. Understandably, the facilities have grown old. Lynwood schools continue to need urgent repairs and upgrades to address health, safety and instructional problems that impact our students each day. Measure N is the solution to making critical improvements necessary to continue keeping students safe and prepare them for success in college and future careers.

Yes on Measure N will:

  • - upgrade classroom technology, science labs, job training classrooms and school libraries so our students can excel in the 21st century and have the opportunity to get good paying jobs.
  • - keep our Lynwood schools clean and well maintained, while improving access for students with disabilities and improving physical education facilities to ensure our students stay active and engaged in school.
  • - replace decades-old school fences, lighting, gates and locks to ensure every student learns in a safe and modern learning environment and to deter vandalism.
  • - allow Lynwood Unified to qualify for matching funds from the state to fund additional needed local school improvements up to 50% more than Lynwood Unified could otherwise afford. If not, our statewide bond dollars will go to other districts.

Taxpayer Accountability

Funds MUST stay in Lynwood. By law, these funds CANNOT be taken by the State. Measure N funds may only be spent to fund projects itemized in the ballot measure. NO funds are allowed for administrators' salaries or pensions. Independent Citizens' Oversight, mandatory audits and public reports will ensure funds are spent properly.

Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting the local quality of education is a smart investment. Outstanding public schools protect our property values and keep our community STRONG.

Join classroom teachers, parents and community leaders - vote YES on N!

ALMA DELIA RENTERIA
Board President

PAUL GARCIA
Security Supervisor

MARY FULLER
Community Member

GABRIELA CAMACHO
Teacher

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Argument Against Measure N

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

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Full Text of Measure N

PR-004896-8 LA 525-059

FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE N

The following is the full proposition presented to the voters by the Lynwood Unified School District.

"To improve/maintain neighborhood schools by repairing/updating classrooms, science labs/technology, repairing leaky roofs, bathrooms, plumbing/electrical, improving school safety with lighting, fences, fire alarms, earthquake retrofits, removing asbestos, replacing portables with permanent classrooms, and acquiring, renovating, constructing/equipping school sites/facilities, shall Lynwood Unified School District issue $65,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring strict accountability, Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee review, independent annual audits, with no funds for administrator salaries/pensions, all funds used locally?"

Bonds Yes Bonds No

PROJECT LIST

The Board of Education of the Lynwood Unified School District desires to improve the quality of education of local students, and has evaluated the District's urgent and critical facility needs, including safety issues, enrollment trends, class size, class size reduction and computer and information technology, to develop projects which best improve classroom achievement. Teachers, staff, community members and the Board have prioritized student success in the 21st Century and keeping kids focused and out of trouble as the most critical factors in addressing facility and program needs. The Board concluded that if these needs are not addressed now, the problems will only become more pressing. Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Board of Education determines that the District must:

  • Improve education and technology so kids can succeed in the 21st Century.
  • Improve classrooms, and physical education facilities specifically designed to keep kids focused on school.
  • Improve school facilities so that our students have the same opportunities as students in neighboring districts.
  • Upgrade technology and energy efficiency at every school.
  • Ensure that bond funds are leveraged to qualify for State matching facility funds.
  • Adhere to specific fiscal accountability safeguards such as:
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    PR-004929-1 LA 525-060
    FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE N (Continued)

    1. (a) Insist that all bond money must be spent locally on District schools.
    2. (b) No money for administrators' salaries and no money for Sacramento.
    3. (c) An independent citizens' oversight committee must be appointed to ensure that all funds are spent only as authorized.
    4. (d) All expenditures must be subject to annual independent financial and performance audits.

The Project List includes the following types of projects at District schools and sites:

School Renovation, Repair and Upgrade Projects

Goal and Purpose: To improve the quality of education at neighborhood schools by upgrading technology so that our students are prepared to excel in the 21st Century, schools will benefit from the renovation, repair and upgrade of deteriorating, outdated school buildings, science labs, classrooms, school libraries and equipment:

  • Repair, upgrade and replace worn-out leaking roofs, bathrooms and plumbing systems.
  • Replace existing wiring systems to meet current electrical codes.
  • Ensure that all students have access to upgraded science labs and equipment.
  • Upgrade aging and deteriorating school classrooms.
  • Upgrade athletic facilities so students stay active, engaged in school and out of trouble.
  • Upgrade technology, equipment and facilities for job-training programs.

School, Safety and Security, Earthquake Safety Projects

Goal and Purpose: We need to upgrade our fences and locks to make our schools safe. Safe schools will help attract and retain quality teachers, deter vandalism and allow kids to focus on school:

  • Install new security systems, such as security cameras, outdoor lighting, fencing, gates and classroom door locks.
  • Remove or abate asbestos.
  • Upgrade emergency communication systems.

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PR-004929-2 LA 525-061
FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE N (Continued)

  • Upgrade fire alarm systems and fire safety equipment.
  • Improve school access for students with disabilities.
  • Keep school clean and well-maintained.
  • Retrofit schools for earthquake safety.

Listed building, repair and rehabilitation projects and upgrades will be completed . is assumed to include its share of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program/project management, staff training expenses and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs. In addition to the listed repair and construction projects stated above, the Project Lists also include increasing access to early childhood education; maximizing energy and water efficiency to save money; the acquisition of a variety of instructional, maintenance and operational equipment, including the or other interim funding incurred to advance fund projects from the Projects List, or the reimbursement of the District for such advancement, the construction of new or improved schools, if necessary to serve students, the acquisition of land; replacing portables with permanent classrooms; the construction or remodeling of administrative support spaces, installation of signage and fencing, the payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, facility assessment reviews, facility master plan updates, environmental studies (including environmental investigation, remediation and monitoring) and construction documentation, gymnasium upgrades, and temporary housing of dislocated District activities caused by bond projects. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, computers, LCD projectors, portable interface devices, servers, switches, routers, modules, sound projection, card access systems, laser printers, digital white boards, document projectors, upgraded voice-over IP, call manager and network security/firewall, and other miscellaneous equipment and software. In addition to the projects listed above, the repair and renovation of each of the existing school facilities may include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following: renovation of student and staff restrooms; repair and replacement of heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies and to reduce fire risks; repair and replacement of worn-out and leaky roofs, windows, walls, ceilings, doors and drinking fountains; improving traffic flow at schools; installation wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; repair and replacement of fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; resurfacing or replacing of hard courts, (Continued on next page)
PR-004929-3 LA 525-062
FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE N (Continued)
turf and irrigation systems and campus landscaping; upgrade athletic fields; build/renovate new gymnasiums and athletic facilities; upgrade or replace inadequate libraries, multi-purpose rooms and kitchens; upgrade locker rooms; install lunch shelters, artificial turf, and bleachers; improve sanitation and recycling; expand parking; install interior and exterior painting and floor covering; replacement of portable classrooms; installation of covered walkways or shelters; renovation or addition of administrative support spaces; repair rubberized play apparatus surfaces; reconstruct playgrounds; demolition; and construction of various forms of storage and support spaces; upgrade classrooms; repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; replace water and sewer lines and other plumbing systems; and replace outdated security fences and security systems. The allocation of bond proceeds will be affected by the District's receipt of State matching funds, and the final costs of each project. In the absence of State matching funds, which the District will aggressively 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. Some projects may be 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 are finalized, construction bids 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/stabilization 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, storm drain, and 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.

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PR-004929-4 LA 525-063
FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE N (Continued)

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 AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES AND OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES.

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 EXPENDITURES WILL BE MONITORED BY AN INDEPENDENT CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15278 ET SEQ.) 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 N Tax Rate Statement

PR-004929-7 LA 525-066

TAX RATE STATEMENT -MEASURE N

An election will be held in the Lynwood Unified School District (the "District") on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $65,000,000 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 9404 of the California Elections Code.

1. The best estimate of the tax 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 estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 6 cents per $100 ($60 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in 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 estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 6 cents per $100 ($60 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2025-26.

3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which 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 6 cents per $100 ($60 per $100,000) of assessed valuation and is projected to remain approximately the same in each year during the term of repayment of the bonds.

4. 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 $124,100,000.

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.

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PR-004929-8 LA 525-067
TAX RATE STATEMENT - MEASURE N (Continued)

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 actual tax rates and the years in which they 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: August 5, 2016.

PAUL GOTHOLD
Superintendent
Lynwood Unified School District

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