Alta Loma Elementary Schools: Vote Yes on Measure H Bonds - San Bernardino County - 2016 general Election
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Commentary on Measure H

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 H Question

Alta Loma School District Measure
Measure H

In order to replace or repair deteriorating roofs, plumbing, electrical and air conditioning systems; improve access for students and families with disabilities; improve school safety and security systems; update and modernize classrooms to keep pace with educational technology and support student programs in science, technology, English, arts, and math, shall the Alta Loma School District issue $58, 000,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, with independent citizen oversight, no money for administrators, and all money staying in Alta Loma?

BONDS YES
BONDS NO

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Impartial Analysis for Measure H

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BOND MEASURE H
ALTA LOMA SCHOOL DISTRICT

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF BOND MEASURE H

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

Bond Measure H is submitted to the voters by the Alta Loma School District ("District"). A "yes" vote by at least fifty-five percent (55%) of the voters voting on this measure will authorize the District to issue bonds to benefit the District in the amount of fifty eight million dollars ($58,000,000). If fewer than fifty-five (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 $58,000,000 in bonds set forth in the measure.

The bond proceeds may only be used to fund the replacement or repair of deteriorating roofs, plumbing, electrical and air conditioning systems; improvements allowing better access for students and families with disabilities; improvements to school safety and security systems; updating and modernization of classrooms to keep pace with educational technology and support student programs in science, technology, English, arts, and math.

The 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 H

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF BOND MEASURE H

This Argument in Favor of Bond Measure H 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.

Vote YES on Bond Measure H to provide locally-controlled funding to repair and update our Alta Loma schools and prepare students for success in high school and college.

We're proud of our neighborhood elementary and junior high schools, which are the backbone of our community. However, some Alta Loma neighborhood schools are now over 50 years old and need critical repairs and upgrades to keep up with current safety and academic standards.

To succeed in the world today, our students must be skilled in the use of 21st-century educational technology and have a solid background in science, math and technology.

Bond Measure H repairs and modernizes our aging schools so all Alta Loma students have access to safe and up-to-date classrooms.

Bond Measure H is a local solution: providing locally-controlled funds to improve our schools and support the high-quality instruction our students deserve.

Great schools in our community protect quality of life and the value of our homes a good investment for those with or without children.

Bond Measure H will:

  • ? Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, old plumbing, electrical systems and failing air conditioning systems
  • ? Improve student safety and security systems, including security lighting, fire alarms and sprinklers
  • ? Update older school sites so they meet the same standards as newer schools
  • ? Improve access for students with disabilities and special medical needs

Bond Measure H mandates strict fiscal accountability:

  • ? must stay in Alta Loma schools and can't be taken away by the State
  • ? Citizens' oversight and annual audits are required
  • ? No funds can be used for administrator or school employee salaries

In addition, Bond Measure H would make the District eligible for millions of dollars in state matching funds that would otherwise go to other communities.

Join parents, teachers, seniors, business leaders and many others Vote YES on Bond Measure H.

s/ Barbara Aitchison
Active Senior Community Member

s/ Ernest E. Braunwalder
President & Chairman Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce

s/ Brad Buller
Small Business Owner

s/ Ted Dutton
Community Leader

s/ Helene Kowal
President, Alta Loma Educators Assn.

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Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure H

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REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF BOND MEASURE H

This Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Bond Measure H 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.

Reading the bond measure $58,000,000 will be issued in a series of small bonds, each may not be over 30 years. If the last bond is issued 20 years from now with a 30 year term, we will continue to pay until 2067. The total estimated required money to pay off bonds is 110,000,000. That's 50 years from now and senior citizens are not exempt from these types of bonds.

Great schools are good for the community however, massive debt passed on to future generations to pay for present day needs; is not good for the financial health of the community.

Bond Measure H will:

Encumbers our property for 50 years, to fix a problem that will need addressing again in 20 years.

Upgrade of Security at schools, will be needed again in 10 years.

Again, remodeling schools is a 10 - 20 year cycle.

Computers, Wi-Fi, bandwidth, extensive & expensive testing, etc. All of these need to be upgraded every 2-5 years.

Local Control of Funds:

Matching funds to come from a statewide bond measure that to, must be passed in November. Accepting funds from the state comes with strings attached. What are they?

The last time it was, a new experiment in our children's education called Common Core.

Bond Measure I, a bond request for Etiwanda School District is also on the ballot this year, perhaps we should consolidate the four school districts, saving on Administrative costs.

NO on Bond Measure H

s/ Linnie M. Drolet
Resident

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Argument Against Measure H

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ARGUMENT AGAINST BOND MEASURE H

This Argument Against Bond Measure H 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.

Vote No on Bond Measure H!

None of the information put on this ballot by the School Board members shows the actual cost of the projects they propose. They have no firm price, except that our taxes will go up!

Property owners are currently paying for multiple School Bonds: Alta Loma School District from 1999-2026 with 10 years left. We also have two Chaffey Joint Union Bonds, one will end in 11 years the other in approx. 47 years. Now ALSD wants more debt, bonds, and increased taxes.

Maintenance and scheduled replacement for roofs, plumbing, electrical, heating/air conditioning etc. should be in the annual budget each year.

Building new facilities at this time is a hardship for the elderly and families struggling with less money, considering the slow economy.

Will any of these funds improve our children's education? Each District volunteered to take the Common Core (CCSS) into our schools without knowing the costs. Each is now responsible for new curriculum (that wasn't written yet), teacher retraining (that wasn't written yet), upgraded bandwidth, Wi-Fi, routers, and computer equipment for each student. Keep in mind that computer equipment needs to be upgraded every 2-3 years, possibly might be stretch to 5 years! Will this be budgeted for or will they want a new bond in 5 years for new and upgraded equipment? We pay large amounts of money for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) for their testing, which was not written or tested before we asked our children to take their experimental test.

Should we encumber our property for another experiment in our children's education?

Say No to Bond Measure H!

s/ Brian Drolet
Resident

s/ Kim Earl
Resident

s/ P.R. Fertig
Resident

s/ Dan Titus
Resident

s/ Linnie M. Drolet
Resident

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Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure H

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REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST BOND MEASURE H

This Rebuttal to Argument Against Bond Measure H 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.

Our opponents are ideologically opposed to bond measures. They're entitled to their opinion, but it doesn't change the specific need for local funding to update and repair our high-quality Alta Loma schools.

Curious about the actual need and projects? A transparent, community designed facilities plan is available here: www.alsd.k12.ca.us/pages/Alta_Loma_School_District/About_Us/Bond_Measures

FACT: Over 17 years ago, our community supported our elementary and Jr. High schools and passed Measure W to build and modernize some of our schools. Projects were completed on time and under budget.

FACT: The State completely eliminated its historic funding for school repairs and upgrades.

FACT: No other source of funding exists to complete the work our schools require.

FACT: The need is real. Many Alta Loma schools are over 50 years old and no longer meet the needs of students facing an ever-changing, 21st-century world.

FACT: Bond Measure H will increase student security and safety, and update classrooms and educational technology for 21st-century learning.

FACT: Bond Measure H funds can only be used for identified school needs from the project list. No funds can be used for administrators' salaries.

FACT: Independent citizen oversight and annual audits ensure every penny is used for critical repair and upgrade projects.

FACT: All Bond Measure H funds will be controlled locally, stay in our schools and cannot be taken by the State.

Our neighborhood schools are some of the best in the State. Families move here for our schools - which keeps our community and local property values strong.

Join us: Vote Yes on H.

s/ Jacquelin J. Amsler
Community Activists

s/ Caryn Payzant
Alta Loma School Board President

s/ Charles J. Uhalley
Chaffey Joint Union High School Board Member

s/ Jack Lam
Retired City Manager

s/ Robert Tangeman
41 Year Resident

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Full Text of Measure H

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FULL TEXT FOR BOND MEASURE H

By approval of this proposition by at least fifty-five percent (55%) of the registered voters voting thereon, the Alta Loma School District shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $58 million in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed below in the Bond Project List, subject to all of the accountability safeguards specified herein.

KEY FINDINGS

The Alta Loma School District is committed to continuing a strong, high-quality educational program for the students in all of its local public schools.

The Alta Loma School District, in partnership with parents and community, strives to provide a safe and supportive environment where students develop a solid foundation to become productive, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners. To meet these goals, the District must provide students with safe, secure and clean facilities, and provide access to 21st Century classrooms, technology and school facilities.

Specifically, the Board of Trustees desires, among other projects, to:

  •  Renovate or convert aging classrooms and building interiors to accommodate 21st Century learning methods;
  •  Improve access and educational facilities for students with disabilities and special medical needs;
  •  Update classroom, facility and instructional technology systems;
  •  Fix or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, electrical, lighting and air conditioning systems;
  •  Improve student safety and traffic circulation by installing security systems and upgrading or providing additional school drop-off areas and parking lots;
  •  Refurbish playfields and update playground equipment and surfacing;
  •  Renovate school interiors to create classrooms and spaces for prekindergarten and transitional kindergarten programs.

ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES

The provisions in this section are included in this proposition in order that the voters and taxpayers of the District may be assured that their money will be spent to address specific facilities needs of the District, all in compliance with the requirements of Article XIII A, Section 1(b)(3) of the State Constitution, and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at Section 15264 et seq. of the California Education Code).

Evaluation of Needs. The Board of Trustees has evaluated the facilities needs of the District, and has identified projects to finance from a local bond measure at this time. The Board of Trustees hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List.

Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Board of Trustees shall establish an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee in accordance with Education Code Sections 15278-15282 and applicable Board policy, to ensure bond proceeds are expended only for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. The committee shall be established within sixty (60) days of the date when the Board of Trustees enters the results of the election in its official minutes.

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Annual Performance Audit. The Board of Trustees shall conduct or cause to be conducted an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects described in the Bond Project List.

Annual Financial Audit. The Board of Trustees shall conduct or cause to be conducted an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects described in the Bond Project List.

Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this measure and the sale of any bonds approved, the Board of Trustees shall take actions necessary 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 shall cause a report to be filed with the Board of Trustees no later than January 1 of each year, commencing on the first January 1 after bonds have been issued and proceeds spent, stating (1) the amount of bond proceeds received and expended in the past fiscal year, and (2) the status of any project funded or to be funded from bond proceeds. The report may be incorporated into the annual budget, annual financial report, or other appropriate routine report to the Board.

BOND PROJECT LIST

This Bond Project List, which is an integral part of this proposition, describes the specific projects the District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bonds.

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this measure shall be used only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities on the Bond Project List, including the furnishing and equipping of said school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for said school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

In order to meet all identified facilities needs, the District intends to complete projects using a combination of funding sources. These sources may include joint-use funds, development impact fees, state funds (if available), and other available funds. The District will pursue state matching funds if and when they become available, and if received, they will be used for and mainly applied to projects on the Bond Project List or other high priority capital outlay expenditures as permitted in Education Code Section 17070.63(c). No project is dependent on the receipt of state funding for completion.

Projects listed below may be completed at any and all school sites and facilities where such project is determined necessary, and projects are authorized to be performed at each and all of the District's schools and sites, including without limitation:

  •  Alta Loma Elementary School
  •  Alta Loma Junior High School
  •  Banyan Elementary School
  •  Carnelian Elementary School
  •  Deer Canyon Elementary School
  •  Floyd M. Stork Elementary School
  •  Hermosa Elementary School
  •  Jasper Elementary School
  •  Victoria Groves Elementary School
  •  Vineyard Junior High School
  •  ALSD District Support Center

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Specific projects to be funded by the bond measure include, without limitation, the following:

  1. I. SCHOOL UPGRADES AND REPAIRS TO KEEP EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES SAFE, CLEAN AND IN GOOD CONDITION
    •  Replace portable classrooms and childcare buildings with permanent wings and buildings;
    •  Improve access and education facilities for students with disabilities and special medical needs;
    •  Update playground equipment and surfacing;
    •  Refurbish playfields with smart irrigation clocks;
    •  Replace old, outdated, and inefficient electrical, plumbing, heating, lighting and ventilation systems;
    •  Install security systems on school campuses;
    •  Install and improve site fencing to ensure safe access and security and improve curb appeal in the community;
    •  Improve student safety and traffic circulation by upgrading or providing additional school drop-off areas and parking lots;
    •  Repurpose and/or convert computer labs into flexible learning spaces for varied uses;
    •  Modernize schools with new or improved roofing, HVAC, and LED lighting systems.
  2. II. EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND FACILITY UPGRADES FOR 21ST CENTURY LEARNING
    •  Renovate and reconstruct aging classrooms;
    •  Construct and equip multipurpose rooms, libraries and fitness rooms where needed;
    •  Renovate school and office interiors, and create distinct prekindergarten and transitional kindergarten spaces and classrooms;
    •  Equip classrooms with new 21st Century flexible furniture;
    •  Install systems for improved data connectivity in the classroom;
    •  Establish a new District-wide phone system;
    •  Update energy management systems.

Listed projects, repairs, improvements, rehabilitation projects and upgrades will be completed only as feasible, and the listing of projects does not imply a particular prioritization among such improvements. Listed projects may be completed at any and all District schools, sites and education buildings where such project is determined necessary, and not all projects will be completed at every site. Decisions regarding the scope, timing, prioritization or other facets of project implementation will be made solely PR-9008-FT-4 by the Board of Trustees by subsequent action. Where terms such as "renovate," "update," and "improve" are used in the Bond Project List, the Board of Trustees shall determine the best method for accomplishing the project's objective. For any listed project involving renovation or modernization of a building or the major portion of a building, the District may proceed with new replacement construction instead (including any necessary demolition), if the District determines that replacement and new construction is more practical than renovation, considering the building's age, condition, expected remaining life, comparative cost, and other relevant factors. In addition, where feasible, projects may be completed in partnership with other agencies on a joint-use basis using bond proceeds.

Each project is assumed to include its share of costs of bond issuance, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, construction management, bond project staff and consultants, staff development and training expenses associated with learning construction techniques and approaches, new bond-funded equipment and systems, and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs. In addition to the projects listed above, the Bond Project List also includes payment of the costs of preparation of all facilities planning and project implementation studies, feasibility and assessment reviews, master planning, environmental studies, permit and inspection fees, and temporary housing and relocation costs for dislocated programs or activities caused or necessitated by construction projects.

The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized 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. Necessary site preparation/grading/restoration may occur in connection with new construction, modernization, renovation or remodeling, including ingress and egress, removing, replacing or installing irrigation, utility lines, trees and landscaping, relocating fire access roads, and acquiring any necessary easements, leases, licenses, or rights of way to the property.

ADDITIONAL SPECIFICATIONS

No Administrator Salaries. Proceeds from the sale of Bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities on the Bond Project List, including the furnishing and equipping of said school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for said school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

Single Purpose. All of the purposes enumerated in this proposition shall be united and voted upon as one single proposition, pursuant to Section 15100 of the California Education Code, and all the enumerated purposes shall constitute the specific single purpose of the bonds and proceeds of the bonds shall be spent only for such purpose.

Other Terms of the Bonds. The bonds may be issued and sold in several series, and in accordance with a financing plan determined by the Board of Trustees pursuant to requirements of law. When sold, the bonds shall bear interest at an annual rate not exceeding the statutory maximum and with a maximum term not exceeding the statutory maximum, provided that the average useful life of bonds sold will not exceed one hundred twenty percent (120%) of the average life of the projects being financed or as otherwise provided by federal tax law. Bond funds may be used to reimburse the District for Bond Project list expenditures incurred prior to the election and bond issuance, in accordance with federal tax law.

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Measure H Tax Rate Statement

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TAX RATE STATEMENT FOR BOND MEASURE H

An election will be held within the boundaries of Alta Loma School District ("School District") on November 8, 2016 to authorize the sale of up to $58,000,000 in bonds to finance facilities as described in the proposition. If the bonds are approved, the School District expects to sell the bonds in multiple series. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property located within the School District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code.

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 estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.030 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed for the 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 $0.030 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed for the year 2025-26.

3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, or on a projection based on experience within the District or other demonstrable factors, is $0.030 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed, which is projected to be the same in every fiscal year that the bonds remain outstanding.

4. The best estimate of total debt service, including principal and interest, which would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is $110,000,000. This estimate is based on the assumption there will be no bonds issued with a term over 30 years.

Voters should note that the estimated tax rate is based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County of San Bernardino official tax rolls, not on the property's market value. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills to determine their property's assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

Attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon the School District's projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the School District. The actual tax rates, debt service 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 dates of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the School District based on 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 each sale. Actual future assessed valuation will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the School District as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

Signed: James Moore, Superintendent
Dated: July 27, 2016

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