Barstow Unified Schools: Vote Yes on Measure F Bonds - San Bernardino County - 2016 general Election
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Commentary on Measure F

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

This campaign was designed by Lew Edwards Group. 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 F Question

Barstow Unified School District Measure
Measure F

BARSTOW UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT CLASSROOM REPAIR, STUDENT SAFETY/ EDUCATION IMPROVEMENT MEASURE. To repair/ upgrade aging classrooms, restrooms/ in order to maintain student health/ safety, retain/ attract quality teachers, remove asbestos/ lead paint, upgrade security, outdated plumbing/ electrical systems/ gas lines, improve technology, computer/ science labs, repair, construct, acquire school facilities, sites/ equipment, shall Barstow Unified School District issue $39,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, requiring audits, citizens' oversight, no money for administrators' salaries/ pensions, all funds staying local?

BONDS YES
BONDS NO

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Impartial Analysis for Measure F

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BOND MEASURE F
BARSTOW UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF BOND MEASURE F

This Impartial Analysis of Bond Measure F has been prepared by County Counsel pursuant to Section 9500 of the California Elections Code.

Bond Measure F is submitted to the voters by the Barstow Unified School District ("District") to authorize the District to repair/upgrade aging classrooms and restrooms, and fix leaky roofs in order to maintain student health/safety and retain/attract quality teachers; to remove hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead paint, upgrade security, improve outdated plumbing/electrical systems/gas lines, technology, computer/science labs; repair, construct, and acquire school facilities, sites and equipment.

A "yes" vote by at least fifty-five percent (55%) of the voters voting on this measure will authorize the Board of Trustees of the District to issue and sell bonds to benefit the District in the amount of thirty nine million dollars ($39,000,000). If fewer than fifty-five percent (55%) of the voters voting on this measure vote "yes", the Board of Trustees of the District will not be authorized to issue and sell the $39,000,000 in bonds set forth in the measure.

The bond proceeds may not be used for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries or pensions and other school operating expenses.

The District will conduct financial and performance audits annually and will appoint a citizens oversight committee to ensure that bond proceeds are spent only on the school facility projects listed in the measure.

The bonded debt will be a general obligation of the District and will be financed by property taxes levied annually on taxable property located within the District in an amount necessary to pay the annual debt obligation.

JEAN-RENE BASLE
County Counsel
s/ Cynthia L. O'Neill
Deputy County Counsel

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Argument in Favor of Measure F

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF BOND MEASURE F

This Argument in Favor of Bond Measure F was submitted pursuant to Section 9501 of the California Elections Code. It is the opinion of the author(s), and has been printed exactly as submitted.

FIX our aging local neighborhood schools! Vote YES on F!

Our local schools were built decades ago and need significant fixes—some are 60+ years old! YES on F removes asbestos and lead paint from classrooms so children have safe, healthy places to learn. To succeed in the 21st Century economy, our students need skills in science, technology, engineering, and math. YES on F fixes classrooms, science labs and computer labs and improves electrical systems and wiring for computers and internet access, ensuring all students have equal access to competitive 21st Century learning.

YES on F repairs local classrooms, allowing us to continue to recruit and retain quality teachers.

YES on F fixes outdated school safety/security.

YES on F fixes outdated heating, plumbing, electrical systems, water pipes and gas lines.

YES on F fixes aging school bathrooms and leaky roofs.

YES on F upgrades career tech, vocational education, science, technology, math and engineering classrooms

Barstow Unified School District is eligible for $40,000,000 or more in State matching funds. YES on F allows our schools to qualify for our FAIR SHARE OF FUNDING – which would otherwise go to other school districts--to meet our schools' and children's needs. YES on F is subject to strict fiscal accountability requirements, and creates a dedicated source of local Funding that – by law—can only be used to repair and upgrade our own neighborhood schools. Bond Measure F requires mandatory independent annual audits, Independent Citizens' Oversight committee, and all money spent locally. NO money can be spent on administrators' salaries or pensions.

YES on F allows our schools to continue to fix local security systems to prevent accidents and violent intruders from entering campuses and prevent tragedies. Installing special door locks for emergency school lockdowns, and installing up-to-date security cameras will make our schools safer. Join us!

s/ DeeDe Crigler
Parent/Businesswoman

s/ Kim Barilone
Principal

s/ Jamie M. Fisher
Teacher

s/ Richard A. Harpole
Barstow City Councilman

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Argument Against Measure F

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ARGUMENT AGAINST BOND MEASURE F

This Argument Against Bond Measure F was submitted pursuant to Section 9501 of the California Elections Code. It is the opinion of the author(s), and has been printed exactly as submitted.

PLEASE VOTE NO ON THIS PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

The Board wants to us to INCREASE our PROPERTY TAX. They want money that we don't have. Now is not the right time to INCREASE our PROPERTY TAX. Vote no on this PROPERTY TAX. In California we our paying high PROPERTY TAX right now. The Board gets a share of the money from PROPERTY TAX that we pay to State. The Board also gets a share of LOTTERY money from the State. What is the Board doing with all that money? It is not the taxpayer's fault that the Board can't manage the money. This Board does not deserve any more money from us. They need to work with the money we already give them. The Board wants us to approve Thirty-Nine Million Dollar Bond, without telling us what type of Bond they are going to use. The Board is not telling us what the interest will be on Thirty-Nine Million Dollars. The Board is not telling us what the total cost of the Bond will be. Has the Board repaid the last Bond that was approved ny the voters? Did the Board extend the last Board without voter approval? Are we still repaying on the last Bond? Will the Bond put our District in debt? For more information why you should vote NO on this PROPERTY TAX go to Citizens Against Taxes, on FACE BOOK.

PLEASE VOTE NO ON THIS PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

s/ Patrick Aleman

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Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure F

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REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST BOND MEASURE F

This Rebuttal to Argument Against Bond Measure F was submitted pursuant to Section 9504 of the California Elections Code. It is the opinion of the author(s), and has been printed exactly as submitted.

Opponents are either not aware or don't know of aging local schools that need major infrastructure upgrades, but we do! Our children need safe schools! Votes YES on F: FIX our Schools!

HERE ARE THE FACTS OPPONENTS WANT YOU TO IGNORE:

FACT: Local schools need infrastructure upgrades – Most are over 60 years old. YES on F FIXES our schools, removes asbestos, lead paint, and mold from deteriorating classrooms.

FACT: FIXING our local schools takes money – YES on F gives our kids safe, clean classrooms, preparing our children for a competitive 21st century economy.

FACT: YES on F provides a Fair share of Funding to our schools by making our schools eligible for matching State Funds. Our schools will receive more money from the State if you vote YES on F!

FACT: YES on F has strict accountability, with Citizens oversight, annual audits, and NO money for Sacramento or administrators salaries.

FACT: YES on F keeps our schools Financially Stable. We have paid off most of the previous bond at cheaper rates because of our good financial planning.

Opponents are either not aware or don't know our local schools' needs but we see it every day! We must remove asbestos and lead paint from our schools, FIX leaky roofs and old classrooms, and upgrade school security, keeping our kids safe.

YES on F is not about the Board or the District – it's about our kids.

Get the facts by visiting http://www.barstow.k12.ca.us/

s/ Carrie O'Neal
Teacher, Technology Coach

s/ David Finch
Principal

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Full Text of Measure F

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FULL TEXT FOR BOND MEASURE F

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

"BARSTOW UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT CLASSROOM REPAIR, STUDENT SAFETY/ EDUCATION IMPROVEMENT MEASURE. To repair/ upgrade aging classrooms, restrooms/ fix leaky roofs in order to maintain student health/ safety, retain/ attract quality teachers, remove asbestos/ lead paint, upgrade security, outdated plumbing/ electrical systems/ gas lines, improve technology, computer/ science labs, repair, construct, acquire school facilities, sites/ equipment, shall Barstow Unified School District issue $39,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, requiring audits, citizens' oversight, no money for administrators' salaries/ pensions, all funds staying local?"

PROJECT LIST

The Board of Trustees of the Barstow Unified School District is committed to improving the quality of education in local schools with safe, secure, upgraded classrooms and labs for career and technology education to help our students succeed in the 21st century economy. To that end, the Board evaluated the District's urgent and critical facility needs, including basic repairs and student safety, class size reduction, computer and information technology in developing the scope of projects to be funded. The District conducted a facilities evaluation and received public input in developing this Project List. Teachers, staff, community members and the Board have prioritized the key health and safety needs so that the most critical facility needs are addressed. The Board concluded that upgrading 60-year old schools and removing asbestos, lead paint, and fixing leaky roofs is critical for children to have a safe, healthy place to learn. Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Board of Trustees determines that the District must:

  1. (i) Retain all funds to support local students and ensure that money cannot be taken away by the State; and
  2. (ii) Recruit and retain quality teachers; and
  3. (iii) Upgrade school safety systems; and
  4. (iv) Provide clean and safe classrooms; and
  5. (v) Qualify for State matching funds to meet our schools' and children's needs; and
  6. (vi) Adhere to specific fiscal accountability safeguards such as:
    1. (a) All expenditures must be subject to annual independent financial audits.
    2. (b) No funds can be used for administrators' salaries and pensions.
    3. (c) An independent citizens' oversight committee must be appointed to ensure that all funds are spent only as authorized.
    4. (d) Require public reports documenting how bond funds have been used.

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

LOCAL FUNDING FOR BASIC SCHOOL REPAIRS TO CREATE SAFE AND
HEALTHY LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

Goals and Purposes: All money raised by the measure will stay local to support Barstow schools and students. It cannot be taken away by the State or used for other purposes.

Since most of our schools were built more than 60-years ago, they need basic repairs. This measure will remove asbestos and lead paint from classrooms; fix deteriorating classrooms, restrooms, and leaky roofs; and replace outdated air conditioning systems; so children can have a safe, healthy place to learn.

Barstow Unified School District is eligible for matching funds from the State. Nearly all classrooms are out of date and in need of safety upgrades. This measure will allow the school district to qualify for matching funds from the State to meet our schools' and our children's needs.

  •  Repair aging classrooms, restrooms and leaky deteriorating roofs.
  •  Remove hazardous asbestos and lead paint.
  •  Upgrade fire safety doors, smoke alarms and detectors.
  •  Upgrade outdated heating, plumbing and electrical systems and gas lines.
  •  Replace aging water pipes.
  •  Provide an adequate number of restrooms at each school sites.
  •  Upgrade school safety to prevent campus intruders.
  •  Repair drinking fountains.

ATTRACTING QUALITY TEACHERS AND IMPROVING STUDENT SAFETY,
CAREER TECH AND STEM PROGRAMS

Goals and Purposes: This measure will upgrade school security to prevent accidents and violent intruders from entering campuses, and prevent tragedies at our neighborhood schools. By funding the installation of special door locks for emergency school lockdowns, upgrading playgrounds, and installing up-to-date security cameras so police can arrest people who vandalize schools, our schools will be safer.

In order to succeed in the twenty-first century economy, our students need skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Our local schools are lacking the up-to-date technology students need to succeed. This measure will upgrade classrooms, science labs, and computer labs, as well as improve electrical systems and wiring for computers and internet access, to ensure our students will have equal access to competitive twenty-first century learning.

  •  Provide clean and safe classrooms.
  •  Improve access to school facilities for students with disabilities.
  •  Upgrade school safety.
  •  Provide competitive 21st Century learning facilities.

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  •  Upgrade classrooms for career technical and vocational programs.
  •  Upgrade science and computer labs.
  •  Upgrade moldy portable classrooms.
  •  Upgrade classrooms for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY

This bond measure has strict accountability requirements including:

1. All money will benefit local schools and CANNOT BE TAKEN BY THE STATE.

2. NO MONEY can be used for ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES or administration

3. Require CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT and yearly reports to the community to keep the District accountable for how the funds are spent.

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 or 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 EXPENDITURES WILL BE MONITORED BY AN INDEPENDENT CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE 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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The listed projects will be completed as needed. Each project 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 projects stated above, the Project List also includes the acquisition of a variety of instructional, maintenance and operational equipment, including the reduction or retirement of interim funding incurred to advance fund projects from the Project List; payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, facility studies, assessment reviews, facility master and needs assessments plans preparation and updates, environmental studies (including environmental investigation, remediation and monitoring), design and construction documentation, and temporary housing of dislocated District activities caused by construction projects. 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: renovate student and staff restrooms; install signage and fencing; repair and replace heating A/C and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies; upgrade or installation energy PR-9006-FT-4 management systems; repair and replace worn-out and deteriorated roofs, windows, walls, doors and drinking fountains; improve school facilities for disability access; improve air quality, install wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; upgrade or construct classrooms, labs, support facilities and spaces, physical education (including playground equipment, tracks, bleachers, gyms and locker rooms), library media centers, visual and performing arts facilities and classrooms for transitional kindergarten and pre-school programs; repair and replace gas, water and sewer systems and lines, fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; resurface or replace hard courts, asphalt, turf and irrigation systems; expand or add parking areas and drop-off areas; interior and exterior painting and floor covering; demolition; construct various forms of storage, common areas and support spaces and classrooms; repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; improve or add cafeterias and kitchens and lunch facilities, playgrounds and athletic fields; replace outdated security fences and security and surveillance systems (including access control systems); provide indoor space for assemblies or for rainy day lunch; enhance facilities for earthquake safety; install shade structures and water conservation systems; upgrade career training and tech facilities and equipment. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, Wi-Fi and other wireless technology systems, firewalls and computer security systems, phone systems, PA, bells, alarms, cameras and other A/V systems, instructional technology such as projections systems digital whiteboards, document cameras and other classroom computer equipment and other miscellaneous equipment and classroom furniture. The allocation of bond proceeds will be affected by the District's receipt of State matching funds and the final costs of each project. The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District's control. Some projects throughout the District may be undertaken as joint use projects in cooperation with other local public or non-profit agencies. 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. Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or 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.

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.

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Measure F Tax Rate Statement

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TAX RATE STATEMENT FOR BOND MEASURE F

To: The voters voting in the November 8, 2016 election on the question of the issuance of $39,000,000 General Obligation Bonds of the Barstow Unified School 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, based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is the following:

$.045000 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $45.00 per $100,000.

First fiscal year after the first sale of bonds: 2017-2018.

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 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:

$.045000 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $45.00 per $100,000.

First fiscal year after last sale of bonds: 2026-2027.

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:

$.045000 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $45.00 per $100,000.

Year of highest tax rate: 2017-2018 and thereafter.

4. The best estimate from official sources of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, which would be required to be repaid, if all of the bonds are issued and sold, based on interest rate information along with assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is as follows:

Estimated total debt service, including the principal and interest: $78,712,300.

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 PR-9006-TR-2 the years in which such rates are applicable may vary from those presently estimated as above stated.

Superintendent of the Barstow Unified School District
s/ Jeff Malan

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