Castro Valley Unified School District Schools: Vote Yes on Measure G Bonds - Alameda County - 2016 primary Election
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Commentary on Measure G

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

This campaign was designed by TBWB Strategies. 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.

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Measure G Question

To upgrade and repair aging classrooms at local schools; improve school safety and security; expand classroom space for 21st-century education; update science labs and learning technology; improve access for students with disabilities; and renovate, construct, and acquire classrooms, sites, equipment and facilities; shall Castro Valley Unified School District issue $123 million in bonds at legal rates, with independent citizen oversight, annual audits, and no money taken by the State or used for administrators' salaries?

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Impartial Analysis for Measure G

COUNTY COUNSEL'S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE G ANALYSIS BY THE COUNTY COUNSEL OF A CASTRO VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND MEASURE Measure G, a Castro Valley Unified School District ("District") bond measure, seeks voter approval to authorize the District to issue one hundred twenty-three million dollars ($123,000,000.00) of bonds at legal rates. The primary purpose of the bonds is to finance school facilities projects as specified in the measure. Pursuant to California Constitution Section 18 of Article XVI and Section 1 of Article XIIIA and California Education Code Section 15274, this measure will become effective upon the affirmative vote of at least 55% of the qualified electors voting on this measure. California Education Code Section 15100 restricts the use of the proceeds from the bonds sale to items such as building school buildings, improving school grounds, supplying school buildings and grounds with equipment, and the acquisition of real property for school facilities. In addition, proceeds may only be used for the projects listed in the measure. This measure provides that its proceeds will fund projects outlined in the measure (reproduced in the sample ballot pamphlet) that include, but are not limited to: updating science labs, improving school safety and security, and improving access for students with disabilities. Proceeds may not be used for any other purpose, such as administrator salaries. If 55% of those who vote on the measure vote "yes", the District will be authorized to issue bonds in the amount of one hundred twenty-three million dollars ($123,000,000.00). Approval of this measure will authorize a levy on the assessed value of taxable property within the District by an amount needed to pay the principal and interest on these bonds in each year that the bonds are outstanding. The Tax Rate Statement for Measure G in this sample ballot pamphlet reflects the District's best estimates, based upon currently available data and projections, of the property tax rates required to service the bonds. The best estimate of the tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds is 6 cents per $100.00 of assessed valuation, or $60.00 per $100,000.00 of assessed valuation. That estimate applies during the first fiscal year (2016-2017) after the sale of the first series of bonds, during the first fiscal year (2020-2021) after the sale of the last series of bonds, and at the highest tax rate. The best estimate of the total debt service, including principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all of the bonds are issued and sold is $209,100,000.00. The Board of Education ("Board") will establish an independent citizens' oversight committee to ensure that bond proceeds are spent for the projects listed in the measure. The Board will conduct annual, independent performance and financial audits. If 55% of those voting on this measure do not vote for approval, the measure will fail and the District will not be authorized to issue the bonds. This measure is placed on the ballot by the governing board of the District. DONNA R. ZIEGLER County Counsel The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure G, which is printed in full in this sample ballot pamphlet. If you desire an additional copy of the measure, please call the Elections Official's office at (510) 272-6933 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. You may also access the full text of the measure on the Alameda County website at the following address: www.acgov.org/rov/.

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Argument in Favor of Measure G

Vote Yes on Measure G to upgrade aging classrooms and labs to ensure all Castro Valley students are ready to excel in the 21st-century economy.

Strong academic programs, excellent teachers and high-performing students make our

Castro Valley Unified School District schools strong, keeping property values high and our community desirable.

Yet to continue providing a top-quality education, Castro Valley schools are in serious need of repair. Many schools are over 50 years old, with leaking roofs and windows, aging bathrooms and outdated heating and ventilation systems. Measure G funds critical improvements to aging classrooms, labs and facilities, ensuring that all local schools are safe and accessible for students.

We need Measure G to keep up with the growing demand for science, technology, engineering, arts and math education. Measure G provides a dedicated source of local funding to expand science labs, computers and other learning technology so that all students are prepared for success in the modern world.

Vote Yes on G: Prepare Students for the 21st Century

  • ? Make necessary repairs to leaky roofs, update bathrooms and address safety concerns
  • ? Expand classroom space to support programs in science, technology, engineering, arts and math
  • ? Update aging science labs, classrooms and learning technology
  • ? Provide additional classrooms and labs at the high school to meet the growing demand for science classes
  • ? Improve access to school facilities for students with disabilities and community members of all ages

Strong Fiscal Accountability Keeps All Funds in the Classroom

  • ? Annual audits and independent citizen oversight ensure all funds are spent as promised
  • ? No funds can be spent on teachers' or administrators' salaries
  • ? The State can't take a single penny of Measure G

Strong schools make a strong community. Please join local parents, teachers and community leaders in providing all students with the 21st-century classrooms and labs they deserve vote Yes on G.

Direct Argument Signers
For Measure G
Argument in Favor

1. William R. Mulgrew
Longtime Castro Valley Business Owner

2. MaryAnn DeGrazia
President, Castro Valley Arts Foundation, 44 Year Castro Valley Resident

3. Charles Reynes
2008 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, Castro Valley Science Teacher

4. George Pacheco
Founder, Castro Valley Sports Foundation, Local Business Owner

5. Suzanne Barba
Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame

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Argument Against Measure G

No Argument Against was submitted.

Argument Against
No argument against Measure G was submitted.

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Full Text of Measure G

FULL TEXT OF THE MEASURE

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FULL TEXT BALLOT PROPOSITION
OF THE CASTRO VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOND MEASURE ELECTION JUNE 7, 2016

This Proposition may be known and referred to as the "Castro Valley School Improvement Bond of 2016" or as "Measure ____". [letter designation to be assigned by County Registrar of Voters]

FINDINGS

Castro Valley Unified School District strives to provide all students with a quality education that prepares them for success in the 21st-century workforce. Strong academic programs, excellent teachers, high-performing students, and a supportive community make our schools strong and our neighborhoods desirable places to live.

In the past year, the District has undertaken a comprehensive facilities master planning process to assess facilities needs at each district school.

The facilities assessment evaluated the District's facilities needs related to updating classrooms and labs, capital repairs, and student safety.

The facilities assessment found that the District's campuses, most of which are over 50 years old, are aging and in need of repair and upgrades.

The facilities assessment also identified necessary renovations to old roofs, aging bathrooms, and outdated heating and ventilation systems to ensure a safe and modern learning environment for all students.

The facilities assessment also identified needed improvements and expansions to science labs, computers, and other learning technology to meet the growing demand for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math education, and to ensure students are prepared for college and 21st-century careers.

The Board has determined that facility repairs and improvements of this magnitude are beyond the scope of the District's operating budget.

The Board has also determined that the community should have increased access to and use of the District's facilities.

Because the State is unable or unwilling to provide adequate funding for facility repairs and improvements, the Board has deemed it necessary to seek local funding for school improvements.

Annual audits and independent citizen oversight ensure that every penny of this local funding will benefit Castro Valley schools and cannot be taken by the state or used for administrator salaries.

In preparing and approving the bond project list, the Board determined that the

District must:

  • ? Make necessary repairs like fixing roofs, updating bathrooms, and addressing safety concerns
  • ? Expand classroom space to expand programs in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math
  • ? Update aging science labs, classrooms, and learning technology, and
  • ? Provide additional classrooms and labs at the high school to meet the growing demand for science classes.

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this proposition by at least 55% of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the Castro Valley Unified School District (the "District") shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $123 million in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List, 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, all in compliance with the requirements of Article XIII A, Section 1(b)(3) of the California Constitution, and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at California Education Code (the "Education Code") Sections 15264 and following).

Evaluation of Needs. The Board of Education of the District (the "Board of Education") hereby certifies that it has evaluated the facilities needs of the District, and the priority of addressing each of these needs. In the course of its evaluation, the Board of Education took safety, class size reduction and information technology needs into consideration while developing the Bond Project List.

Limitation on Use of Bond Proceeds. The State of California does not have the legal authority to take locally approved school district bond funds for any State purposes. The California 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, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses. Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the cost of District staff only when performing work on or necessary and incidental to the bond projects.

Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Board of Education shall establish an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee (pursuant to Education Code Section 15278 and following), to ensure bond proceeds are spent only for the school facilities projects listed in the

Bond Project List. The committee shall be established within 60 days of the date on which the Board of Education enters the election results on its minutes.

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 California Government Code (the "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 Officer of the District (or such other employee as may perform substantially similar duties) shall cause a report to be filed with the Board of Education no later than January 31 of each year, commencing January 31, 2017, 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 Alameda 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.

PROJECT LIST

The Bond Project List below describes the specific projects the District proposes to finance with proceeds of voter approved bonds. Listed projects will be completed as needed at a particular District site according to Board of Education-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 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 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. In order to provide flexibility should additional efficiencies be realized or should Board of Education priorities change, the Bond Project List contains more projects than the District currently estimates the Bonds can fund. The Board of Education may undertake repairs, rehabilitations, improvements, acquisitions, or new construction to complete each or any of the projects listed below as may be determined desirable by the District at the time the project is undertaken. All authorized repairs shall be capital expenditures. The project list does not authorize non-capital repairs. The Board of Education may make changes to the Bond Project List in the future consistent with the projects specified in the proposition. Section headings are not part of the project list and are provided for convenience only.

The projects listed below are authorized at the following District sites: Alma Preschool, Castro Valley Elementary School, Chabot Elementary School, Independent Elementary School, Jensen Ranch Elementary School, Marshall Elementary School, Palomares Elementary School, Proctor Elementary School, Stanton Elementary School, Vannoy Elementary School, Canyon Middle School, Creekside Middle School, Castro Valley High School, Redwood High School, Castro Valley Adult School, and all other District sites, including sites the District may acquire in the future.

  • ? Cafeterias.
  • ? Classrooms.
  • ? Community access to school facilities.
  • ? District administration office and library buildings.
  • ? Electrical systems and infrastructure.
  • ? Gas systems.
  • ? Gymnasium and locker-rooms.
  • ? HVAC system and infrastructure.
  • ? Interior and exterior lighting.
  • ? Kitchens.
  • ? Multi-purpose rooms.
  • ? Old barn and science room.
  • ? Landscape, hardscape, and grass areas, including, seating, pathways, lighting, etc.
  • ? Lighting systems, fixtures, and infrastructure.
  • ? Parking areas, driveways, hardcourts, and other asphalt-paved areas.
  • ? Playgrounds, playground equipment, playfields, play areas, sports fields, fields, including bleachers, seating, pathways, lighting, etc.
  • ? Plumbing systems, fixtures, and infrastructure.
  • ? Portable classrooms, including, but not limited to, replacing portable classrooms with permanent classrooms.
  • ? Real property acquisition, including by prepayment of lease payments.
  • ? Restrooms.
  • ? Roofs, including gutters, and downspouts.
  • ? Security and safety systems and infrastructure, including, but not limited to, motion sensors, perimeter fences, public address systems, door locks and controls, fire alarms, smoke detectors, intrusion alarms, etc.
  • ? School buildings, including, but not limited to, building facades, painting, etc.
  • ? Shade structures.
  • ? Shops, studios, labs, and boiler rooms.
  • ? Storm/sewage systems and infrastructure.
  • ? Technology and data systems, equipment, and infrastructure.
  • ? Water system and infrastructure.
  • ? Windows, doors, door locks, floors, walls, and ceilings.

Incidental Work Authorized At All Sites
(at which Projects listed above are undertaken)

Each project listed above includes allocable costs such as election and bond issuance costs, architectural, engineering, inspection and similar planning costs, construction management (whether by the District or a third-party), annual financial and performance audits, a contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs, and other costs necessary, incidental or related to the completion of the listed projects and otherwise permitted by law, including but not limited to:

  • ? Remove hazardous materials, e.g., asbestos, lead, etc., if necessary or desirable
  • ? Address unforeseen conditions revealed by construction/modernization (e.g., plumbing or gas line breaks, dry-rot, seismic, structural, etc.)
  • ? Other improvements required to comply with building codes
  • ? Furnishing and equipping
    of newly constructed classrooms and facilities
    replace worn/broken/out of date furniture and equipment
  • ? Acquisition of any of the facilities on the Bond Project List through temporary lease, leaselease- back, or lease-purchase arrangements, execution of a purchase option under a lease for any of these authorized facilities, or prepayment of lease payments.
  • ? Demolition of existing facilities and reconstruction of facilities scheduled for modernization, if the Board of Education determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses.
  • ? Rental or construction of temporary classrooms (including modular classrooms), and rental or construction of temporary locations, as needed to house students or administrative offices during construction.
  • ? Necessary site preparation/restoration in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of modular 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.

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 G Tax Rate Statement

TAX RATE STATEMENT

An election will be held in the Castro Valley Unified June 7, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $123,000,000 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 2016-17.

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 2020-21.

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 in fiscal year 2020-21.

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 two hundred nine million one hundred thousand dollars.

Voters should note that estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of 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.

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: __________, 2016.

Superintendent of Schools

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