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

VOTER ALERT!

This measure is a Proposition 46 measure requiring two-thirds voter approval. It is written as if it were a Proposition 39 (55%) measure and includes many, many things that are allowable under Proposition 39, but not under Proposition 46. Proposition 46 limits the use of bond proceeds to the "aquisition or improvement of real property." Improvement of real property does not include maintenance and repair. Furthermore, Proposition 39 allows bond funds to be spent on furnishings and equipment which Proposition 46 does not permit.

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 SS Question

Measure SS: To improve the quality of education at local elementary schools with funding that cannot be taken away by the State; ; replace deteriorating plumbing systems; remove mold; modernize, renovate and/or construct classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; upgrade inadequate electrical systems; and make health, seismic, safety and security improvements; shall Mountain View School District issue $57,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, with oversight, annual audits and NO money used for administrative salaries?

Bonds - Yes Bonds - No

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Impartial Analysis for Measure SS

PR-004893-5 LA 410-063

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE SS

By Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure SS ("Measure") would authorize the Board of Education ("Board") of the Mountain View School District ("District"), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 17-006, to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $57,000,000.

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, repairing or replacing roofs; repairing and upgrading electrical systems; repairing, replacing, or upgrading heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems; acquiring and upgrading fire alarms, sprinkler systems, communication systems, surveillance systems, lighting and lighting control systems, and fencing; making seismic upgrades, replacing aging building materials, and removing hazardous materials; modernizing and/or expanding classrooms, restrooms, libraries, computer and science labs, and other school facilities; upgrading technology infrastructure; upgrading windows, doors, insulation, and floor coverings to improve energy efficiency; implementing water conservation methods such as irrigation systems and irrigation control systems, and installing drought-resistant landscaping; replacing portable classrooms; upgrading and/or improving playgrounds, play structures, gyms, and other physical education/athletic fields; making safety and accessibility upgrades to comply with federal and State regulations; upgrading, repairing, and/or expanding school parking, roadways, and grounds; upgrading utility systems; installing exterior lighting and repairing pathways, walkways, access ramps, and landscaping; repairing, replacing and/or upgrading paved surfaces, turf, and other grounds to eliminate safety hazards; improving/constructing outside instructional areas; and acquiring land, rights of way, or other interests in real property. Bond proceeds may not be expended on teacher and administrator salaries 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 take action to establish an account in which bond proceeds shall be deposited in accordance with Government Code section 53410.

The maximum rate of interest on any bond shall not exceed the maximum rate allowed by law, and no bond shall have a maturity exceeding the maximum number of years allowed by law. According to the District's Tax Rate Statement, the best estimate of the highest tax rate required to fund the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available when the District filed its Tax Rate Statement, is $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, which is projected to apply in each fiscal year that the bonds are outstanding. Estimates are based on projections from information obtained from official sources.

This Measure requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote for passage.

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Argument in Favor of Measure SS

PR-004893-6 LA 410-064

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE SS

Mountain View School District

Everyone knows the importance and value of having quality schools. From higher achieving students, to greater neighborhood safety and improved property values, quality schools make a difference. While our teachers and staff do a great job in educating our children, many classrooms and school facilities at the Mountain View School District are outdated and inadequate to provide students with the facilities they need to succeed. This is why our children need your YES vote on Measure SS!

Aging classrooms and facilities must be upgraded since many do not meet 21st century standards. We are one of the few districts in the State to have never passed, let alone even attempt a school bond measure. Measure SS will allow us to prepare our children for productive futures by meeting today's safety, technological, and educational standards. This will not only improve our schools, but benefit our community.

If passed, Measure SS will provide funding to make facility improvements at local schools including:

  • Making health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements
  • Modernizing/renovating or constructing classrooms, restrooms and school facilities
  • Repairing deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems
  • Replacing outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
  • Improving student access to modern technology

Measure SS makes financial sense and protects taxpayers.

  • All funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State.
  • Spending will be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens' facilities' committee.
  • Funds can only be spent to improve our local schools, not for administrator salaries.

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Measure SS upgrades, renovates and constructs school facilities, improves the education of local children, and maintains the quality of our community. That's something we can all support. Please join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE SS!

JOE A. MORENO
Small Business Owner, Past President, Jets Jr.
All American Football and Cheer

ROMELLE GARCIA
Community Advocate, Grandmother

LUIS AGUILAR
Business Owner

PATSY SUTLEY
Senior Citizen, Past Chapter President, California School Employees Association

FRANK OGAZ
Retired Board Member

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Argument Against Measure SS

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

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Full Text of Measure SS

PR-004896-8 LA 410-058

FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE SS

This proposition may be known and referred to as the Mountain View School District General Obligation Bond of 2016, or Measure SS.

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this proposition by at least 2/3 of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the Mountain View School District (the "District") shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $57.0 million in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List below, and in order to qualify to receive State matching grant funds, subject to all of the accountability safeguards specified below.

ACCOUNTABILITY SAFEGUARDS

The provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order that the District's voters and taxpayers may be assured that their money will be spent wisely to address specific facilities needs of the District.

Limitation on Use of Bond Proceeds. The State of California does not have the power to take locally approved school district bond funds for any State purposes. The Constitution allows proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition to be used only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities listed in this proposition, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses. only when performing work on or to the bond projects.

Facility Committee. The Board of Education shall authorize the District Facility Committee to make periodic public reports regarding progress of bond financed projects and expenditure of bond funds.

Annual Performance Audits. The Board of Education shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List.

Annual Financial Audits. The Board of Education shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds (which shall be separate from the District's regular annual financial audit) until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List.

Special Bond Proceeds Account; Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this proposition and the sale of any bonds approved, the Board of Education shall take actions necessary pursuant to Government Code Section 53410 and following to establish an account in which proceeds of the sale of bonds will be deposited. As long as any proceeds of the bonds remain unexpended, the Superintendent or the Chief Business Official of the District (or such other (Continued on next page)
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employee as may perform substantially similar duties) shall cause a report to be filed with the Board no later than December 31 of each year, commencing December 31 of the year in which bonds are first issued, stating (1) the amount of bond proceeds received and expended in that year, and (2) the status of any project funded or to be funded from bond proceeds. The report may relate to the calendar year, fiscal year, or other appropriate annual period as such officer shall determine, and may be incorporated into the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Board.

FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS

Specific Purposes. All of the purposes enumerated in this proposition shall be united and voted upon as one single proposition, pursuant to Education Code Section 15100, and shall constitute the specific purposes of the bonds, and proceeds of the bonds shall be spent only for such purposes, pursuant to Government Code Section 53410.

Joint Use. The District may enter into agreements with the County of Los Angeles, or other public agencies or nonprofit organizations for joint use of school facilities financed with the proceeds of the bonds in accordance with Education Code Section 17077.42 (or any successor provision). The District may seek State grant funds for eligible joint-use projects as permitted by law, and this proposition hereby specifies and acknowledges that bond funds will or may be used to fund all or a portion of the local share for any eligible joint-use projects identified in the Bond Project List or as otherwise permitted by California State regulations, as the Board of Education shall determine.

Rate of Interest. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate per annum not exceeding the statutory maximum, payable at the time or times permitted by law.

Term of Bonds. The number of years the whole or any part of the bonds are to run shall not exceed the legal limit, though this shall not preclude bonds from being sold which mature prior to the legal limit.

BOND PROJECT LIST

The Bond Project List below describes the specific projects the Mountain View School District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bonds. Listed projects will be completed as needed at a particular school site according to Board-established priorities, and the order in which such projects appear on the Bond Project List is not an indication of priority for funding or completion. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction bids are awarded, and projects are completed. Certain construction funds (Continued on next page)
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expected from non-bond sources, including State grant funds for eligible projects, have not yet been secured. Until all project costs and funding sources are known, the Board of Education cannot determine the amount of bond proceeds available to be spent on each project, nor guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects. Completion of some projects may be subject to further government approvals or appropriation by State officials and boards, to local environmental review, and to input from the public. For these reasons, inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List is not a guarantee that the project will be funded or completed.

Unless otherwise noted, the projects in the Bond Project List are authorized to be completed at each or any of the District's sites, as shall be approved by the Board of Education:

School Facility Project List. The items presented on the following list provide are the types of projects 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 leaky roofs
  • Repair and upgrade outdated and inadequate electrical systems
  • Repair, replace or upgrade outdated and inadequate heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
  • Acquire, install and/or upgrade campus security systems, including fire alarms, sprinkler systems, school communication systems, security cameras, surveillance systems, lighting and fencing
  • 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
  • Modernize, renovate, construct and/or expand aging and outdated classrooms, restrooms, libraries, computer and science labs and other school facilities, to meet 21st century educational standards, including reimbursements to the State
  • Improve student access to modern technology, including providing necessary infrastructure, hardware, wiring and other modern instructional equipment considered to be attached to the school facility
  • Make energy efficiency upgrades and improvements, such as windows, doors, lighting and lighting control systems, roofing, insulation, floor coverings, and solar energy
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  • Implement water conservation methods, such as irrigation systems and irrigation control systems, and installation of efficient, drought-resistant landscaping
  • Replace deteriorating and aging portable classrooms
  • Upgrade/improve playgrounds, play structures, gyms and P.E./athletic fields including facilities for both school and community use, including joint use projects
  • Federal and State-mandated Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) safety upgrades, including playground equipment replacement
  • Ensure and upgrade federal and state-mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility to schools, including upgrades to site access, parking, staff and student restrooms, relocation of certain existing electrical devices, drinking fountains, playground equipment, and other necessary improvements
  • Upgrade, repair and/or expand school site parking, roadways, grounds and other infrastructure such as utility systems, including installing exterior lighting, repairing pathways, walkways, ADA access ramps and related landscaping
  • Repair, replace and/or upgrade paved surfaces, turf, and other grounds to eliminate safety hazards and to improve/construct outside instructional areas
  • Acquire land, rights of ways, or other interests in real property, including the leasing of real property, to provide adequate school and related facilities

Each of the bond projects described in this Bond Project List include 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 displaced during construction; interim classrooms and facilities for students, administrators, and school functions, including modular facilities; addressing unforeseen conditions revealed by construction/modernization and other necessary improvements required to comply with existing building codes, including 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

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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.

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.

The Bond Project List shall be considered a part of this ballot proposition, and shall be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition.

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Measure SS Tax Rate Statement

PR-004893-8 LA 410-066

TAX RATE STATEMENT -MEASURE SS

An election will be held in the Mountain View School District (the "District") on November 8, 2016 to authorize the sale of up to $57,000,000 in general obligation bonds. The following information is submitted in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code.

1. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required 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 $.06000 per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.

2. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required 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 $.06000 per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2025-26.

3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is $.06000 per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. This vote is projected to apply in each fiscal year that the bonds are outstanding.

4. The best estimate from official sources 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 will be approximately $116,000,000.

These estimates are based on projections derived from information obtained from official sources. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary depending on the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold at each sale and actual increases in assessed valuations. The timing of the bond sales and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the needs of the District. Actual assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined in the assessment and the equalization process.

Dated: 7/13/16

LILLIAN MALDONALDO FRENCH
Superintendent
Mountain View School District

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