El Segundo Unified Schools: Vote Yes on Measure ES Bonds - Los Angeles County - 2018 general Election
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Welcome to the Yes No on Measure ES Campaign

#HonestBallots Movement

Your Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters printed and circulated ballots for this measure that didn't conform to the law. The registrar ignored our Notice and Demand to follow the law. The legislature makes this a crime. (See: How 25 County Registrars Committed A Crime.)

If you want to get really steamed up about the collusion between your Registrar and El Segundo Unified Schools to lie and cheat in order to steal your taxes, you can read the letter for yourself.

Do you want to give this district a Thanksgiving surprise? Please call or text me (with #HonestBalllots, Los Angeles, 0612210, and your name) at 909-378-5401 right now for details. It's urgent and very time-sensitive.

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 ES Question

EXHIBIT A

"To upgrade classrooms, science labs, libraries, career training facilities and instructional technology to support student achievement in science, technology, engineering, arts and math, improve student safety, acquire, construct/repair classrooms, facilities, sites/equipment, repair roofs, plumbing/electrical systems, shall this El Segundo Unified School District measure authorizing $92,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying 4.3 cents/$100 assessed value, $5,500,000 annually while bonds are outstanding, be adopted, with independent oversight, no money for administrator salaries, all money staying local?"

Bonds – Yes Bonds – No

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Impartial Analysis for Measure ES

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IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE ES

By Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure ES ("Measure") would authorize the Board of Education ("Board") of the El Segundo Unified School District ("District"), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 01/2018-19, to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $92,000,000.

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, plumbing, and electrical systems; constructing and upgrading classrooms, science and engineering labs, career-training facilities, computer systems, and instructional technology; upgrading facilities and equipment for instruction in music, visual and performing arts, math, science, engineering, and technology; improving accessibility for students with disabilities; upgrading heating, ventilation, doors, and windows to increase energy efficiency; upgrading and/or replacing fencing, access, locks, security cameras, emergency-communication systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms, and sprinklers; updating playground equipment, play areas, gyms, and athletic fields to meet health-and-safety standards. Bond proceeds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the cost of staff performing work on, or necessary or incidental to, bond projects. Bond proceeds may not be expended on teacher or administrator salaries or other operating expenses.

The Board shall cause independent performance and financial audits to be conducted annually to ensure that bond proceeds are spent only for the projects identified in the Measure. The Board shall appoint an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee under Education Code section 15278 et seq., no later than 60 days after the Board enters the election results in its minutes, to ensure that bond proceeds are spent as specified in the Measure and as provided by law. The Board shall deposit bond proceeds in a special account and comply with statutory reporting requirements.

Bonds shall be issued under Education Code section 15264 et seq. and/or Government Code section 53506 et seq. The maximum rate of interest on any bond shall not exceed the legal limit. Bonds may be issued in multiple series. According to the District's Tax Rate Statement, the best estimate of the average tax rate required to fund the bonds, based on assessed valuations available when the District filed the statement, is $43 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The best estimate of the highest tax rate required to fund the bonds is the same as the average tax rate. The final fiscal year the tax is estimated to be collected is 2053-54. The estimated total debt service required to be repaid if all bonds are issued and sold is $193,428,000, including principal and interest. Estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property on the official tax rolls, not on a property's market value.

This Measure requires a fifty-five percent (55%) vote for passage. LA 589-069

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Argument in Favor of Measure ES

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE ES

VOTE YES on Measure ES to protect the outstanding quality of public education in our six El Segundo schools: Eagles' Nest Preschool, Center Street School, Richmond Street School, El Segundo Middle School, Arena High School, and El Segundo High School.

Our schools were built 50-90 years ago. While we have worked hard to maintain our school facilities, it is time to invest in significant repairs and upgrades to support teaching and learning in core subjects like science, technology, engineering, fine arts, and math to ensure students' success in college and in-demand careers.

Measure ES is the result of two years of extensive work to develop a detailed plan to address El Segundo Unified School District's most critical facility needs. No other funding currently exists to appropriately upgrade these facilities.

Measure ES will:

  • - Improve student safety and campus security systems.
  • - Repair and replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems.
  • - Provide facilities and technology needed to support high-quality instruction in core subjects.
  • - Upgrade science labs, engineering labs, and career technical education facilities.
  • - Create flexible multi-use classrooms to support hands-on instruction.

Measure ES requires significant taxpayer protections to ensure funds are spent wisely and according to plan.

In addition, all funds MUST stay local, benefitting only El Segundo Unified School District schools. By law, these funds CAN'T be taken by the State.

No Measure ES funds are allowed for administrators' salaries or pensions. To ensure accountability, Measure ES requires a detailed project list, rigorous independent citizens' oversight, and mandatory independent audits and public reports.

Whether you have school-age children or not, protecting the quality of local public education is a wise investment in our future. Our El Segundo Unified School District public schools must remain competitive to protect our property values and keep our community strong.

Please join teachers, parents, business leaders, civic leaders, seniors, and residents in every neighborhood of El Segundo who are VOTING YES on ES to ensure safe, modern, excellent schools for years to come. (Continued on next page)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE ES (Continued)

VOTE YES on ES. www.YesForElSegundoSchools.com

EMILEE LAYNE
El Segundo USD School Board President

AL KEAHI
Economic Development Advisory Council Chairperson

MELISSA MCCAVERTY
Parent, PTA Council President, Mom's Club Member

SCOT NICOL
Council Member, Business Owner, ESHS Graduate, Parent

PETER CHARLAND
40 Year El Segundo Resident

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Argument Against Measure ES

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED LA 589-071

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Full Text of Measure ES

EXHIBIT B

FULL TEXT BALLOT PROPOSITION
OF THE EL SEGUNDO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOND MEASURE ELECTION NOVEMBER 6, 2018

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

"To upgrade classrooms, science labs, libraries, career training facilities and instructional technology to support student achievement in science, technology, engineering, arts and math, improve student safety, acquire, construct/repair classrooms, facilities, sites/equipment, repair roofs, plumbing/electrical systems, shall this El Segundo Unified School District measure authorizing $92,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying 4.3 cents/$100 assessed value, $5,500,000 annually while bonds are outstanding, be adopted with independent oversight, no money for administrator salaries, all money staying local?"

PROJECT LIST

The Board of Education of the El Segundo Unified School District is committed to improving the quality of education in local schools by providing safe, secure, upgraded classrooms, facilities and technology needed to support high quality instruction in core subjects like math, science, and technology. To that end, the Board evaluated the District's urgent and critical facility needs, including safety issues, class size, computer and information technology in developing the types of projects to be funded by this measure as described below and also as outlined in the District's Amended Long Range Facilities Master Plan 2016-2026, presented to the Board on July 10, 2018, which is incorporated herein in its entirety. 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 science labs, engineering labs, career technical education facilities so students are prepared for college and in-demand careers and protecting the quality of our schools, the quality of life in our community, and the value of our homes are wise investments. Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Board of Education determines that the District must:

  1. (i) Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, aging plumbing, and electrical systems where needed; and
  2. (ii) Provide the facilities and technology needed to support high quality instruction in math, science, engineering and technology; and
  3. (iii) Provide classrooms, science and engineering labs, career and technical education facilities so students are prepared for college and in-demand careers; and
  4. (iv) Create flexible, multi-use classrooms to support hands-on science instruction and learning-by-doing; and
  5. (v) Improve student safety and campus security; and
  6. (vi) Adhere to specific fiscal accountability safeguards:
    1. (a) All expenditures subject to annual independent financial audits.
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    3. (b) No funds used for administrators' salaries and pensions.
    4. (c) No money taken by the State. All funds stay local.
    5. (d) All expenditures reviewed by an independent taxpayer oversight committee to ensure that funds are spent only as authorized.

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

IMPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT FOR COLLEGE AND GOOD PAYING JOBS

Basic School Repair and Upgrade Projects Funded By Money That Cannot Be Taken By the State

Goals and Purposes: If we want our students to be prepared for college and good paying careers, then we must provide modern classrooms for career and technical education classes.

Local schools were originally built between 50-90 years ago and they need basic repairs, including deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems, so they can serve the community well for decades to come.

  • • Upgrade and modernize science labs, classrooms, and career technical education facilities, computer systems and instructional technology so students are prepared for college and in-demand careers.
  • • Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, aging plumbing and faulty electrical systems where needed.
  • • Upgrade facilities and equipment needed to support high quality instruction in music, visual and performing arts.
  • • Improve access to school facilities for students with disabilities.
  • • Provide facilities to support high quality instructions in math, science, engineering and technology.
  • • Improve heating, ventilation, insulation, doors, windows to increase energy efficiency and save money.
  • • Create flexible, multi-use classrooms to support hands-on instruction and learning-by-doing.

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KEEP STUDENTS SAFE

Student Safety and Campus Security Projects

Goal and Purpose: Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting the quality of our schools, the quality of life in our community, and the value of our homes is a wise investment. This measure will upgrade safe entry portals, door locks, fencing, smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinklers, and campus security systems for improved student safety.

Schools will benefit from a variety of safety projects, such as:

  • • Improve student safety and campus security systems, including fencing, safe entry portals, door locks, security cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers.
  • • Ensure that children's playground equipment and play areas, gyms, athletic fields, meet current health and safety standards.

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 outstanding lease obligations and 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 plan 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: add or renovate student and staff restrooms; repair and replace electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies; repair and replace worn-out and deteriorated roofs, windows, walls, floors, doors and drinking fountains; construct or renovate the District office and facilities for professional development of teachers, more efficient administration and multi-purpose learning spaces; install wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices; upgrade or construct support facilities including administrative, physical education, music, art, performing and fine arts classrooms or facilities, science, computer labs/classrooms, libraries and buildings, dedicated eating areas, maintenance facilities and yards; repair and replace fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; improve facilities to satisfy ADA requirements; resurface or replace asphalt and hard courts, turf and irrigation/drainage systems and campus landscaping; install signage and fencing; expand parking and drop-off areas; improve all site utilities; acquire land; construct new school buildings; upgrade interior and exterior painting, floor covering, and school facades; demolition; upgrade kitchens, food service, and school cafeterias; construct various forms of storage and support spaces and classrooms; improve outdoor learning environments and quads; repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; improve playgrounds and athletic fields; replace outdated security fences and security systems (including access control systems), provide lunch shelters, indoor space for assemblies or for rainy day lunch; upgrade music labs, multi-purpose rooms, learning centers and media centers; add new parking lots and parking structures. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, network rewiring, cabling, computers, portable interface devices, servers, switches, B-3 routers, modules, sound projection systems, laser printers, digital white boards, document projectors, upgrade voice-over-IP, clock/telephone/ intercom systems, call manager and network security/firewall, wireless technology systems, refresh classroom technology and other miscellaneous equipment. The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District's control. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans 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 portable classrooms and 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 or drainage systems, utility lines, trees and landscaping, relocating fire access roads, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property. 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. Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the cost of District staff when performing work on or necessary and incidental to bond projects. Bond proceeds shall only be expended for the types of projects and 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.

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY: IN ACCORDANCE WITH EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15272, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL APPOINT A CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE AND CONDUCT ANNUAL INDEPENDENT AUDITS TO ASSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT ONLY ON DISTRICT PROJECTS AND FOR NO OTHER PURPOSE. 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.

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. B-4

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Measure ES Tax Rate Statement

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TAX RATE STATEMENT - MEASURE ES

An election will be held in the El Segundo Unified School District (the "District") on November 6, 2018, to authorize the sale of up to $92,000,000 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 9405 of the California Elections Code.

  1. 1. The best estimate of the average annual tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 4.3 cents per $100 ($43.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. The final fiscal year in which the tax to be levied to fund this bond issue is anticipated to be collected is fiscal year 2053-54.
  2. 2. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that 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 4.3 cents per $100 ($43.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2019-20.
  3. 3. The best estimate of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all of the bonds are issued and sold is approximately $193,428,000.

Voters should note that the estimated tax rate is based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County of Los Angeles 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 District's projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the 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 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 District as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

Dated: July 25, 2018.

MELISSA MOORE, Ed. D.
Superintendent
El Segundo Unified School District LA 589-072

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Measure ES Agenda Description

Agenda of July 10, 2018 (complete item)

El Segundo Unified School District Regular Board of Education Meeting at 6 p.m. District Administrative Office Board Room - 641 Sheldon Street, El Segundo, CA 90245
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
6. Action Items
C. Adoption of Resolution No. 01/2018-19 Ordering an Election on November 6, 2018 Establishing Specifications of the Election Order and Authorizing Related Actions

Agenda Item Details

Meeting
Jul 10, 2018 - El Segundo Unified School District Regular Board of Education Meeting at 6 p.m. District Administrative Office Board Room - 641 Sheldon Street, El Segundo, CA 90245
Category
Action Items
Subject
Adoption of Resolution No. 01/2018-19 Ordering an Election on November 6, 2018 Establishing Specifications of the Election Order and Authorizing Related Actions
Type
Action
Fiscal Impact
No
Recommended Action
The Superintendent recommends Board of Education approval of Resolution No. 1/2018-19 Ordering an Election, and Establishing Specifications of the Election Order


Resolution No. 1/2018-2019 authorizes placement of the General Obligation Bond Measure on the November 6, 2018 election ballot for the voters within the boundaries of the El Segundo Unified School District. 

 

Background Information:

The resolution before the Board calls for an election within the District for the purpose of approving general obligation bonds, requests that the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters conduct the election on behalf of the District, and authorizes the preparation of election materials, including ballot arguments and tax rate statement, to be included in the ballot pamphlet.

State law requires the Board of Education to order school district bond elections. The Registrar of Voters will conduct the election on behalf of the District, including publishing all required notices. This resolution meets the statutory requirements for describing the projects to be funded with the proceeds of the bonds, which are included as Exhibit B to the resolution. A 75-word summary of the measure, as it will appear on the ballot, is also included in the resolution as Exhibit A. Alternate ballot language is included in Exhibit A-1 which will be used in the event AB 195 is suspended. The resolution also authorizes the preparation and filing of a tax rate statement, which must be included in the ballot pamphlet and describes the anticipated rates of tax throughout the life of the bond issue. The resolution also authorizes, but does not commit, the Board and/or individual members of the Board to prepare and sponsor a ballot argument in support of the bond measure. No more than five (5) persons may sign the ballot argument.

This election will be called under constitutional and statutory provisions that require fifty-five percent (55%) voter approval, and certain accountability requirements, including annual independent financial and performance audits of how funds are spent, and the formation of a Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. Following adoption, the resolution (including the signed tax rate statement) must be delivered to the Registrar of Voters and the Board of Supervisors. State law requires that 2/3rd of a school board support the resolution calling an election requiring 55% voter approval. At least four (4) Board members must vote “Yes” in order to call the election.

Recommended Action: The Superintendent recommends Board of Education approval of Resolution No. 1/2018-19 Ordering an Election, and Establishing Specifications of the Election Order.

 




Motion & Voting

The Superintendent recommends Board of Education approval of Resolution No. 1/2018-19 Ordering an Election, and Establishing Specifications of the Election Order

Motion by William J Watkins, second by Jeanie M Nishime.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries
Yea: Nancy L Cobb, Emilee M Layne, James C Garza, Jeanie M Nishime, William J Watkins

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Measure ES Resolution

RESOLUTION NO. ___01____

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF EL
SEGUNDO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ORDERING AN
ELECTION, AND ESTABLISHING SPECIFICATIONS OF THE
ELECTION ORDER

WHEREAS, the Board of Education (the "Board") of the El Segundo Unified School District (the "District") is devoted to improving the quality of education in our local public schools by upgrading technology to support instruction in core subjects like math, science, engineering, technology, the arts, and career technical education; and

WHEREAS, the Board has determined that schools within the District need to be upgraded, repaired, expanded, improved and better equipped in a fiscally prudent manner to enable the District to also improve student safety and campus security by installing fencing, safe entry portals, security cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors and fire alarms; and

WHEREAS, since all District schools were originally built between 50-90 years ago, additional resources are necessary to make basic improvements, including aging roofs, old plumbing, faulty electrical systems; and

WHEREAS, the Board believes that since academic standards are rising for what it takes to compete in the 21st Century, it is in the best interest of the District to address facility improvements now and provide classrooms, labs and technology needed to ensure local students have access to education, facilities and technology necessary to succeed; and

WHEREAS, all residents benefit from living in a community with high performing schools and whether or not residents have school-age children, protecting the quality of our schools, the quality of life in our community, and the value of our homes, is a wise investment; and

WHEREAS, the State of California (the "State") has been unable to provide the District with enough money for the District to adequately construct and repair schools to provide an optimal learning environment for all students; and

WHEREAS, the District has completed a comprehensive facilities assessment with extensive community engagement to identify the most pressing needs in each of the District's schools to provide safe and modern classroom environments for all students; and

WHEREAS, the Board has received information regarding the possibility of a local bond measure and its bonding capacity; and

WHEREAS, a local measure will help provide funds that cannot be taken away by the State to upgrade aging schools, protect student safety and help the District qualify for State matching funds; and

WHEREAS, such measure will include mandatory taxpayer protections, including an independent citizens' oversight committee and mandatory audits to ensure funds are spent as promised; and

WHEREAS, on November 7, 2000, the voters of California approved the Smaller Classes, Safer Schools and Financial Accountability Act ("Proposition 39") which reduced the voter threshold for ad valorem tax levies used to pay for debt service on bonded indebtedness to 55% of the votes cast on a school district general obligation bond; and

WHEREAS, concurrent with the passage of Proposition 39, Chapter 1.5, Part 10, Division 1, Title 1 (commencing with Section 15264) of the Education Code (the "Act") became operative and established requirements associated with the implementation of Proposition 39; and

WHEREAS, the Board desires to make certain findings herein to be applicable to this election order and to establish certain performance audits, standards of financial accountability and citizen oversight that are contained in Proposition 39 and the Act; and

WHEREAS, the Board and District has solicited stakeholder and community input on school priorities from parents, teachers, staff, the community and civic leaders; and

WHEREAS, the Board desires to authorize the submission of a proposition to the District's voters at an election to authorize the issuance of bonds to pay for certain necessary improvements and enhancements to District educational facilities which will improve the health, safety and quality of education for students in the District; and

WHEREAS, the Board hereby determines that, in accordance with Opinion No. 04-110 of the Attorney General of the State of California, the restrictions in Proposition 39 which prohibit any bond money from being wasted or used for inappropriate administrative salaries or other operating expenses of the District shall be enforced strictly by the District's Citizens' Oversight Committee; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Education Code Section 15270, based upon a projection of assessed property valuation, the Board has determined that, if approved by voters, the tax rate levied to meet the debt service requirements of the bonds proposed to be issued will not increase the current tax rates for school facilities and not exceed the Proposition 39 limits per year per $100,000 of assessed valuation of taxable property; and

WHEREAS, Section 9400 et seq. of the Elections Code of the State of California (the "Elections Code") requires that a tax rate statement be contained in all official materials relating to the election, including any ballot pamphlet prepared, sponsored, or distributed by the District; and

WHEREAS, the Board desires to authorize the filing of a tax rate statement and a ballot argument in favor of the proposition to be submitted to the voters at the election; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the California Elections Code, it is appropriate for the Board to request consolidation of the election with any and all other elections to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, and to request the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters to perform certain election services for the District.

NOW THEREFORE, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE EL SEGUNDO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT DOES HEREBY RESOLVE, DETERMINE AND ORDER AS FOLLOWS:

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Section 1. That the Board, pursuant to Education Code Sections 15100 et seq., 15264 et seq., and Government Code Section 53506, hereby requests the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters to conduct an election under the provisions of Proposition 39 and the Act and submit to the electors of the District the question of whether bonds of the District in the aggregate principal amount of $92,000,000 (the "Bonds") shall be issued and sold for the purpose of raising money for the projects described in Exhibits "A" and "B" hereto. Both exhibits are directed to be printed in the voter pamphlet. The District's Superintendent, or designee, is hereby authorized and directed to make any changes to the text of the measure, or to the abbreviated form of the measure, as may be convenient or necessary to comply with the intent of this Resolution, the requirements of election officials, and requirements of law.

Section 2. That the date of the election shall be November 6, 2018.

Section 3. That the purpose of the election shall be for the voters in the District to vote on a proposition, a copy of which is attached hereto and marked Exhibit "A," incorporated by reference herein, and containing the question of whether the District shall issue the Bonds to pay for improvements to the extent permitted by such proposition. In compliance with Proposition 39 policies of the Board and the Act, the ballot propositions in Exhibits "A" and "B" are subject to the following requirements and determinations:

  1. (a) that the proceeds of the sale of the Bonds shall be used only for the purposes set forth in the ballot measure and not for any other purpose, including teacher or administrator salaries or other school operating expenses;
  2. (b) that the Board, in establishing the projects set forth in Exhibit "B," evaluated the safety, class size reduction, classroom, educational and information technology needs of the District as well as the importance of the projects to improve student learning in core subjects like math, science, engineering, the arts and technology;
  3. (c) that the Board shall cause an annual, independent performance audit to be conducted to ensure that the Bond monies get spent only for the projects identified in Exhibit "B" hereto;
  4. (d) that the Board shall cause an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from sale of Bonds to be conducted until all of the Bond proceeds have been expended;
  5. (e) that the Board shall appoint a Citizens' Oversight Committee in compliance with Education Code Section 15278 no later than 60 days after the Board enters the election results in its minutes pursuant to Education Code Section 15274; and
  6. (f) that the tax levy authorized to secure the Bonds of this election shall not exceed the Proposition 39 limits per $100,000 of taxable property in the District when assessed valuation is projected by the District to increase in accordance with Article XIIIA of the California Constitution.

Section 4. That the authority for ordering the election is contained in Education Code Sections 15100 et seq., 15264 et seq., and Government Code Section 53506.

Section 5. That the authority for the specifications of this election order is contained in Education Code Section 5322.

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Section 6. That the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are hereby requested to consolidate the election ordered hereby with any and all other elections to be held on November 6, 2018 within the District. As provided in Elections Code Section 10403, the District acknowledges that the consolidation election will be conducted in the manner described in Elections Code Section 10418.

Section 7. That the Secretary of the Board is hereby directed to deliver a certified copy of this Resolution to the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters no later than August 10, 2018.

Section 8. That Bonds may be issued pursuant to Education Code Section 15264 et seq. or Government Code Section 53506 of the Government Code. The maximum rate of interest on any Bond shall not exceed the maximum rate allowed by Education Code Sections 15140 to 15143, as modified by Government Code Section 53531.

Section 9. That the Board requests the governing body of any such other political subdivision, or any officer otherwise authorized by law, to partially or completely consolidate such election and to further provide that the canvass of the returns of the election be made by any body or official authorized by law to canvass such returns, and that the Board consents to such consolidation. The Board further authorizes the submission of a tax rate statement and primary and rebuttal arguments, as appropriate, to be filed with the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters by the established deadlines.

Section 10. Pursuant to Section 5303 of the Education Code and Section 10002 of the Elections Code, the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County is requested to permit the Registrar of Voters to render all services specified by Elections Code Section 10418 relating to the election, for which services the District agrees to reimburse Los Angeles County, such services to include the publication of a Formal Notice of School Bond Election and the mailing of the sample ballot and tax rate statement (described in Elections Code Section 9401) pursuant to the terms of Education Code Section 5363 and Elections Code Section 12112.

ADOPTED, SIGNED AND APPROVED this 10th day of July, 2018.

BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE EL SEGUNDO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

By
President

Attest:

Secretary

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STATE OF CALIFORNIA )
)ss
LOS ANGELES COUNTY )

I, Melissa Moore, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of Resolution No. __________, which was duly adopted by the Board of Education of the El Segundo Unified School District at the meeting thereof held on the 10th day of July, 2018, and that it was so adopted by the following vote:

AYES:

NOES:

ABSENT:

ABSTENTIONS:

By
Secretary

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