South Monterey County Joint Union High Schools: Vote Yes on Measure R Bonds - Monterey County - 2018 general Election
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Welcome to the Yes No on Measure R Campaign

#HonestBallots Movement

Your Monterey 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 South Monterey County Joint Union High 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, Monterey, 0619650:R, 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 R Question

South Monterey County Joint Union High School District Academic/Vocational Classroom Improvement Measure.To upgrade academic, vocational/agriculture education classrooms, replace outdated science, technology/computer labs, provide classrooms for technology careers, remove hazardous materials like asbestos/lead paint, construct, acquire, repair classrooms, facilities/equipment, shall this South Monterey County Joint Union High School District measure authorizing $20,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying 2-cents/$100 assessed valuation, approximately $1,400,000 annually for local schools while bonds are outstanding, be adopted, requiring citizen oversight, audits, without increasing current tax rates?

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Argument in Favor of Measure R

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Argument Against Measure R

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Full Text of Measure R

Full text of Measure R

FULL TEXT BALLOT PROPOSITION
OF THE SOUTH MONTEREY COUNTY JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
ACADEMIC AND VOCATIONAL CLASSROOM IMPROVEMENT
BOND MEASURE ELECTION NOVEMBER 6, 2018

The following is the full proposition presented to the voters by the South Monterey County Joint Union High School District.

"South Monterey County Joint Union High School District Academic/Vocational Classroom Improvement Measure. To upgrade academic, vocational/agriculture education classrooms, replace outdated science, technology/computer labs, provide classrooms for technology careers, remove hazardous materials like asbestos/lead paint, construct, acquire, repair classrooms, facilities/equipment, shall this South Monterey County Joint Union High School District measure authorizing $20,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying 2-cents/$100 assessed valuation, approximately $1,400,000 annually for local schools while bonds are outstanding, be adopted, requiring citizen oversight, audits, without increasing current tax rates?"

PROJECT LIST

The Board of Trustees ("Board") of the South Monterey County Joint Union High School District is committed to improving schools by upgrading or replacing deteriorating classrooms providing academic classrooms, and career pathways in technology, science and agriculture for all students. To that end, the Board received input from teachers, staff and the community and evaluated the District's urgent and critical facility needs, including the need for up-to-date technology, safety issues, class size reduction, computer and information technology in developing the types of projects to be funded by this measure, as such are described below.

In approving this Project List, the Board of Trustees determines that the District MUST:

(i) Improve student, teacher and staff safety;

(ii) Repair deteriorating classrooms;

(iii) Replace or upgrade outdated science, technology classrooms and computer labs;

(iv) Upgrade academic and vocational classrooms; and

(v) Provide classrooms for careers in technology.

The Project List includes the following types of upgrades and improvements at the District's several schools, facilities and sites including King City High School and Greenfield High School:

PROJECTS RELATED TO CLASSROOMS,

ACADEMICS AND VOCATIONAL STUDIES

Goals and Purposes: Our schools are lacking the up-to-date technology students need to succeed, with many science classrooms and labs built in the 1950s. These bond measure funds will upgrade classrooms, science labs, and computer labs, as well as improve electrical systems and wiring for computers and internet access, to ensure our students will have equal access to competitive 21st century learning.

Many of our local high schools' classrooms and facilities were built more than 70 years ago and are in need of basic health and safety upgrades that will only be more expensive in the future. These bond measure funds will be used to remove asbestos and lead paint, repair leaky roofs and deteriorating restrooms, and update fire alarm and sprinkler systems.

These measures will help our local high schools expand and improve their innovative career technical pathways programs. These programs promote hands-on learning and help train young people for important careers after high school, including agriculture, public safety, computer science, engineering, and information systems.

Repair deteriorating classrooms.

Replace or upgrade outdated science, technology, and computer labs.

Repair outdated and aging classrooms.

Upgrade academic and vocational classrooms.

Provide classrooms for careers in technology.

Improve library technology and study space.

Repair and upgrade agriculture education classrooms and labs.

Replace outdated and aging classrooms.

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The listed projects will be completed as needed. Each project is assumed to include its share of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program management, a customary contingency, and escalation for unforeseen design and construction costs. In addition to the listed projects stated above, the Project List also includes the payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, facility assessment reviews and master plans, environmental studies, construction documentation, inspection and permit fees, and temporary housing of dislocated District activities caused by bond projects, as well as the refinancing of outstanding lease and loan obligations. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, servers, switches, routers, modules, computers, district-wide computer labs upgrades, smart boards, cameras, sound projection systems, wiring classrooms for internet connectivity, wireless networks, wireless access points and controllers, portable interface devices, mobile device management systems, printers, upgraded voice-over-IP, phone systems, call manager and network security/firewall, and other miscellaneous equipment. The repair and improvement of District school facilities and sites includes the following types of projects: install, acquire or repair energy efficiency improvements for school buildings, energy efficient lighting, air conditioning, heating, insulation and ceiling systems, and windows; upgrade facilities for seismic safety; modernize solar arrays, HVAC systems; construct, upgrade, repair or install school site parking, campus and facility accessibility, utilities, plumbing, gas/ water lines, hard court surfaces, general site paving and curbing, tack boards, cabinets, tutoring rooms, restrooms, school cafeteria kitchens, roofs, interior and exterior lighting, flooring, roofs and tiles, interior and exterior lighting, doors, student lockers, water heaters, boilers, walkway covers and casework, bell/clock systems, signage, electronic marquees, asphalt, fire sensors, shade structures, outdated heating and air conditioning systems, elevators, play areas, locker rooms, fields, accessible bleachers and press box, concession areas, facility lights, regulation and competitive tracks, practice and game fields and tracks, storage sheds, scoreboards, new gymnasiums/modernization thereof, auxiliary gyms, multi-purpose rooms, other related facilities and upgrades; remove asbestos; renovate, upgrade classrooms, libraries, AG shop, auditoriums, child care facilities, and administration buildings, storage and operational and maintenance facilities; replace, upgrade and reconfigure parking lots and drop off/pick up zones to improve student safety; fill in gaps in the fences to protect students; make facility improvements for earthquake safety; upgrade electrical wiring and systems; renovate and paint interior and exterior building surfaces to extend their useful life; improve security, install safety, security and communication systems and equipment, windows and floor coverings (including tiles and carpeting); build or upgrade irrigation systems; upgrade school offices and District operations center, make improvements and acquire furnishings and/or other electronic equipment and systems.

The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District's control. Some projects throughout the District may be undertaken as joint use projects in cooperation with other local public or non-profit agencies. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction bids are awarded and projects are completed. Based on the final costs of each project, certain of the projects described above may be delayed or may not be completed. Demolition of existing facilities and reconstruction of facilities scheduled for repair and upgrade may occur, if the Board determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating enhanced and operationally efficient campuses. Necessary site preparation/restoration and landscaping, may occur in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of relocatable classrooms, including ingress and egress, removing, replacing, or installing irrigation, utility lines, trees and landscaping, redirecting fire access, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property.

Bond proceeds shall be expended only for the specific purposes identified herein. 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 the bond projects. 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 TRUSTEES 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 AND WILL INCLUDE PARENTS OF STUDENTS FROM EACH OF THE DISTRICT'S LEARNING COMMUNITIES. 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. Bond funds shall not be temporarily transferred to the District's general fund for administrative purposes.

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Measure R Notice of Election

NOTICE OF LOCAL MEASURES
(Find State Proposition information at the Secretary of State website)


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following measures will be voted upon by the qualified electors of the County of Monterey on Tuesday, November 6, 2018


South Monterey County Joint Union High School District

Student Safety/Repair Bond Measure

(55% Voter Approval Required)

Measure Q - (Full Text)

"South Monterey County Joint Union High School District Student Safety/Repair Measure. To upgrade emergency communication systems, safety door locks, security cameras, lighting, repair deteriorating classrooms, restrooms, replace outdated/unsafe portables, electrical wiring, earthquake retrofit classrooms/buildings, construct, acquire, repair classrooms, facilities/equipment, shall this South Monterey County Joint Union High School District measure authorizing $20,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying 2 cents/$100 assessed valuation, raising approximately $1,400,000 annually for local schools while bonds are outstanding, be adopted, requiring citizen oversight, audits, without increasing current tax rates?"


South Monterey County Joint Union High School District

Academic/Vocational Classroom Improvement Bond Measure

(55% Voter Approval Required)

Measure R - (Full Text)

"South Monterey County Joint Union High School District Academic/Vocational Classroom Improvement Measure. To upgrade academic, vocational/agriculture education classrooms, replace outdated science, technology/computer labs, provide classrooms for technology careers, remove hazardous materials like asbestos/lead paint, construct, acquire, repair classrooms, facilities/equipment, shall this South Monterey County Joint Union High School District measure authorizing $20,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying 2-cents/$100 assessed valuation, approximately $1,400,000 annually for local schools while bonds are outstanding, be adopted, requiring citizen oversight, audits, without increasing current tax rates?"


City of Gonzales

Transaction and Use Tax Amendment

(Majority Voter Approval Required)

Measure O - (Full Text)

"Gonzales Quality of Life Temporary Tax Amendment Measure. Shall the City of Gonzales increase its Temporary Transaction and Use Tax from one-half percent (0.5%) to one percent (1%), and extend the life of the tax from ten to twenty years, subject to continued independent audit and citizens' oversight committee review, with all funds being used exclusively for Gonzales programs, initiatives and projects? The tax amendment would generate an estimated additional $550,000 annually."


City of King

To Increase and Extend the Transaction and Use Tax

(Majority Voter Approval Required)

Measure K - (Full Text)

"Shall the measure increasing the City of King's current one-half percent sales tax to one percent to generate an estimated increase of $800,000 annually for general city expenses, such as public safety and other essential services, street repairs, economic development efforts, and improving the City's overall financial solvency subject to citizen oversight, an annual audit, and expiration of the tax in 10 years be adopted?"


City of King

King City Vital Public Service Protection Non-Binding Advisory Measure
(Majority Voter Approval Required)

Measure L

"If the City of King General Sales Tax Measure K passes, should the revenues be used to balance the budget in order to maintain existing services; pay off General Fund debt and establish a financial reserve; fund public safety staffing, services and projects designed to eliminate youth violence; fund improvements to street and sidewalk infrastructure; and fund downtown public improvements and other economic development efforts designed to increase businesses, jobs and visitors to King City?"


City of Marina

To Increase and Extend the Transactions ("Sales") and Use Tax

(Majority Voter Approval Required)

Measure N - (Full Text)

"To sustain and improve city services such as fire, police, road repairs & maintenance, shall the ordinance increasing the rate of the City of Marina's existing transactions & use ("sales") tax from 1% to 1.5% estimated to generate approximately $4,890,000 annually as compared with $3,260,000 for the current tax and extending the expiration date for the tax to March 31, 2034 be adopted?"


City of Marina

Transient Occupancy Tax ("Hotel Tax")

(Majority Voter Approval Required)

Measure P - (Full Text)

"To sustain and improve city services such as fire, police, road repairs & maintenance, shall the ordinance increasing the rate of the City of Marina's existing transient occupancy tax ("hotel tax") from 12% to 14% estimated to generate approximately $3,733,000 annually as compared with $3,200,000 for the current tax and to continue until repealed by the voters be adopted?"

City of Marina

Cannabis Businesses Tax

(Majority Voter Approval Required)

Measure V - (Full Text)

"Shall the ordinance permitting operation in the City of Marina of certain cannabis businesses and establishing a business license tax for such businesses at rates not to exceed 5% of gross receipts, to continue until repealed by the voters and, according to proponents, potentially generating $40,000 to $200,000 annually be adopted?"


City of Monterey

Continuation of Street Infrastructure Rehabilitation Tax

(2/3 Voter Approval Required)

Measure S - (Full Text)

"Continuation of Street Infrastructure Rehabilitation Tax. Without increasing the existing one cent per dollar transaction and use ("sales") tax, shall the measure be adopted to continue the tax for eight years to fix streets, sidewalks, and potholes; improve access and safety for senior citizens, disabled residents, and others; and repair the storm drain system to protect our beaches/Monterey Bay, with all revenue exclusively applied to these specific purposes, subject to citizen oversight and independent audits?"


City of Pacific Grove

Amendment to the Pacific Grove Municipal Code Section 23.64.350

(Majority Voter Approval Required)

Measure M - (Full Text)

"Shall the Pacific Grove Municipal Code Section 23.64.350 be amended to prohibit short-term rentals in residential districts outside the Coastal Zone, provide an 18-month phase-out period for existing permitted short-term rentals that become nonconforming uses under the measure, and require voter approval of any changes to the measure except with regard to the Coastal Zone or enforcement?"


City of Pacific Grove

Amendment to Increase the Uniform Transient Occupancy Tax

(Majority Voter Approval Required)

Measure U - (Full Text)

"Shall the measure amending the Pacific Grove Municipal Code be adopted to increase the City of Pacific Grove's Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), effective July 1, 2019, imposed on occupants of short-term rentals such as hotel rooms, from 10% to 12%, and apply TOT to total rent paid by a guest for the short-term rental, including online travel companies, which is anticipated to raise $1,135,000 annually and will continue until repealed by City Council or City voters?"


Monterey Peninsula Water Management District

The Monterey Peninsula Water System Local Ownership and Cost Savings Initiative

(Majority Voter Approval Required)

Measure J - (Full Text)

"Shall Rule 19.8 (Policy of Pursuing Public Ownership of Monterey Peninsula Water System) be added to the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District Rules and Regulations, to address public ownership of all water delivery systems in the District, to acquire through negotiation or eminent domain, all assets of California American Water to benefit the District as a whole, and within 9 months complete a written plan addressing acquisition, ownership, and management of all water facilities and services within and outside the District?"


North County Fire Protection District

Special Fire Tax

(2/3 Voter Approval Required)

Measure T - (Full Text)

"Shall the North County Fire Protection District of Monterey County impose an annual special tax to fund the District's response to fire, medical, rescue and hazardous condition emergencies; equipment replacement; training; and public fire prevention programs at the following rates: $39 per residential unit, $63.75 per unimproved lot/agricultural parcel, and $0.10 per square foot per commercial/industrial building with a minimum of $39; generating estimated revenues of approximately $760,000 annually with no termination date?"


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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that primary arguments in favor of or against measures may be submitted in writing to the Monterey County Elections Department, 1441 Schilling Place North Building, Salinas, CA 93901. Pursuant to provisions of the California Elections Code, primary arguments must be submitted by 5:00 pm, on or before Thursday, August 16, 2018. Rebuttal arguments by authors of said primary arguments may be filed with the applicable office in like manner by 5:00 pm, on or before Thursday, August 23, 2018.

Printed arguments submitted to voters shall be titled either "Argument in Favor of Measure ___" or "Argument Against Measure ___", and "Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure ____" or "Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure ___" respectively.

All arguments concerning the above measures must be accompanied by the following form statement to be signed by each author and proponent, if different, of the argument:

The undersigned proponent(s) or author(s) of the __________ (primary/rebuttal) argument ____________ (in favor of/against) Ballot Measure ___ at the ____________________ (title of election) for the ____________ (name of jurisdiction) to be held on ______________ (date of election), hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of ______________ (his/her/their) knowledge and belief.

Signed Date

____________________________ ______________________________

____________________________ ______________________________

No primary argument shall exceed 300 words and no rebuttal argument shall exceed 250 words in length. One argument for and one rebuttal thereto, if any, on the measure will be selected for printing and distribution to the voters. No more than five signatures shall appear with any argument.

The authors of the primary arguments in favor of or against such measures may prepare and submit rebuttal arguments not exceeding 250 words, or may authorize in writing any other person or persons to prepare, submit, or sign the rebuttal argument.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that there shall be set a 10-calendar day examination period for public review of said arguments. During this time, any registered voter of the election jurisdiction, or the elections official, may seek a writ of mandate or an injunction requiring any or all of the materials to be amended or deleted. The review period for primary arguments in favor of or against ballot measures shall commence on August 17 and shall end at 5:00 p.m. on August 27, 2018. The review period for rebuttals to primary arguments in favor of or against ballot measures shall commence on August 24, 2018 and shall end at 5:00 pm on September 4, 2018.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that voted Precinct, Vote by Mail and Provisional Ballots for the Statewide General Election, held on Tuesday, the 6th day of November 2018, shall be tallied at the location given below:

Monterey County Elections
1441 Schilling Place North Building
Salinas, CA 93901

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that at such election the polls will be open from the hour of 7:00 a.m. to the hour of 8:00 p.m., on the day thereof.

Dated: August 10, 2018

Claudio Valenzuela
Registrar of Voters,
Monterey County

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