Gavilan College: Vote Yes on Measure X Bonds - Santa Clara County - 2018 general Election
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Welcome to the Yes No on Measure X Campaign

#HonestBallots Movement

Your Santa Clara 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 Gavilan College 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, Santa Clara, 44, 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.

Community College Facts

What California community college districts don't want you to know!

When I refer to they, I mean the administrators, staff, deans, and all the title-laden academic bureaucrats, who milk the system to become millionaires on the public dime. These are the people with the $100,000+ salaries and $100,000+ pensions. They like hobnobbing with the rich and famous.

The following facts are general in nature. There are always exceptions to the rule. Some motivated students do make great use of the system. How many, no one knows (purposely). That way they can make all kinds of claims that warm the cockles of your heart, that are based on nothing but anecdotes and wishful thinking. Without parents breathing down their necks, they can get away with anything they want.

Community college foundations fund bond elections.
This surprised me. How can donors who get tax deductions pay for political campaigns with their donations? Easy! Launder it through community college foundations. More than 90% of community college bond elections are funded solely by the college's charitable foundation. They only get away with it because you don't report it to the FBI and the IRS.
They're going virtual.
The first virtual community college has already gone online. All those buildings and other facilities are about to become obsolete. Think about all those stadiums and sports complexes the districts want to build. Heck, they could do the web hosting in Estonia and no one would be the wiser.
California Constitution Is Silent
Unlike K-12, the University of California system, and the California State University System community colleges are not given any recognition in the state constitution. The legislature could end them tomorrow. (The legislature won't because they provide high-paying, unaccountable employment for many public employees.)
Adult Babysitting/Marijuana Haven
A hefty percentage of students spend time hanging out, using all the cool Internet services, smoking weed, and partying.
College Promise
They have to give their services away for free. College Promise is the latest fraud. The colleges already give away courses to enrolled high school students*, now they're giving course to graduates. This stuff is a way to counteract the lack of interest.
*It's also double dipping, because both the college and the school district get state money for the dually enrolled high school student.
State Funding
They all compete with each other to get their FTES (full-time equivalent student) (ADA average daily attendance for K-12). Remember back in 2017 when the entire California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) (another layer of pure bureaucracy) and all the college bureacrats were wetting their diapers when Trump announced that he was ending DACA. One has to wonder if the entire business model, if you can even call it that, is based on a steady stream of government programs.
Fees For Everything
Unlike free public schools, community colleges can charge for anything. The more revenue streams the better. That's what keeps bureaucrats busy, busy, busy. With a student ID, a lot of stuff is free to use. Even though you pay for it all, if you want to use it, you can't. How much money do you think these districts collect in parking fees and fines every year?
Performance Statistics
Good luck if you want to find out whether you're getting your money's worth. With the meager and often irrelevant data that the CCCCO collects and it's equally worthless data query tools, you can spend hours trying to compare one college to another and end up giving up. The collleges don't want you to know the facts. Then they can make up their rosy propaganda without anyone being able to hold them accountable.
Out-of-District Students
Since the legislature removed the tuition penalty for out-of-district students, community colleges have become marketing machines, spending huge amounts on recruitment. They recruit students from all over the country and all over the world. Foreign students and out-of-state students are especially lucrative. Athletes from everywhere in the world fill the rosters for sports programs, all paid for with your taxes.
The big wigs don't like to call themselves superintendents.
They prefer big-boy or big-girl or big-whatever pants. They like titles like Chancellor, President, CEO, and all the corporate C-level titles. Unlike private corporations, however, they feed at the public trough.
Pushing for four-year degrees.
They want always want more money. They've been pushing the legislature for years to get to offer four-year degrees. The pilot programs are being extended.

Remind me again. Why are taxpayers paying for this?

When you see highlighting in the documents below, it to see the commentary.

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Measure X Question

EXHIBIT A

"GAVILAN COLLEGE AFFORDABLE EDUCATION/ JOB TRAINING/ COLLEGE TRANSFER/ VETERANS SUPPORT MEASURE. To upgrade classrooms, science, healthcare, technology, engineering/career training labs, repair aging facilities, shall Gavilan Joint Community College District's measure authorizing $248,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying 2 cents/$100 assessed value, $14,000,000 annually while bonds are outstanding, constructing, acquiring, repairing classrooms, facilities, sites/equipment, Veterans' Center, adding a campus in San Benito County, improving local access to affordable education, with citizen oversight, all money locally controlled, be approved?"

Bonds - Yes Bonds - No

The following statement was prepared in the hope the legislature would suspend the law (AB-195) that required districts to inform you of the amount of taxes for which you're voting. It's all about deceiving the voters. The school bonds cartel has no shame. It just wants your money. The ends justify the means.

One of the notorious budget trailer bills was amended in May to allow the district to keep you in the dark. Unfortunately for them, Dan Walters got wind of it and castigated the legislature for their sleazy and unscrupulous conduct. The budget trailer bill never came to a vote before the August 10 filing deadline. So the issue is moot.

EXHIBIT A-1

"To upgrade classrooms, labs/career training facilities for science, healthcare, technology, public safety, engineering, and other growing industries; improve local access to affordable, high quality education for students/veterans by repairing, constructing and acquiring classrooms, facilities, sites/ equipment and Veterans' Center; replace leaky roofs, old, rusty plumbing, faulty electrical systems; build a college campus in San Benito County, shall Gavilan Joint Community College District issue $248,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, with citizen oversight and all moneys locally controlled?"

Bonds - Yes Bonds - No

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Impartial Analysis for Measure X

PR-8401-1-ENG

MEASURE X

COUNTY COUNSEL'S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE X

Measure X would authorize issuance of $248,000,000 in bonds to fund educational facilities projects in the Gavilan Joint Community College District (District). Such bonds are financial instruments used by districts to borrow money that is repaid by a property tax levy. California law allows community college districts to propose bond measures to authorize the issuance of bonds. To pass, the Measure must be approved by 55 percent of voters who vote in the election. The Measure was put on the ballot by Board of Trustees (Board) of the District.

Money generated by the bonds can only be used for the purposes that are set out in the full text of the Measure. The Measure states that the money could be used, among other things, to:

  • • Upgrade school facilities, including classrooms and labs;
  • • Repair or replace aging facilities;
  • • Add permanent classrooms and labs;
  • • Expand Veterans Centers providing services to military veterans and their families; and
  • • Repair or replace roofs, cooling, plumbing, water, sewer, and electrical systems.

A complete list of projects and allowed expenditures is included within the full text of the Measure. The Board has certified that it has evaluated safety, class size, and information technology needs in developing its project list.

Under the California Constitution, money generated by community college bond measures cannot be used for teacher and administrator salaries or pensions, or other operating expenses. The California Constitution requires the District to hire an independent professional to annually examine how the District is spending bond money. State law also requires the District to establish an independent citizens' oversight committee to ensure that money generated by the bonds is used only for the projects included in the Measure.

The bonds will be repaid from taxes collected on property in the District. The amount of the tax paid will depend on the assessed value of the property. The District's best estimate of the highest tax rate to be collected to repay the bonds is $25 per $100,000 of the assessed value of the property. The District's best estimate of the total amount, including interest, that will be required to repay the bonds is $472,870,026. The District estimates that the final year that taxes will be collected to repay the bonds is fiscal year 2052-2053.

A "yes" vote is a vote to authorize the issuance of the bonds in the amount of $248,000,000 to be repaid by collection of taxes on property located within the District.

A "no" vote is a vote to not authorize the issuance of the bonds.

James R. Williams
County Counsel

By: /s/ Danielle L. Goldstein
Deputy County Counsel

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Argument in Favor of Measure X

PR-8401-5-ENG

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE X

Vote Yes on Measure X to ensure Gavilan students receive a high-quality, affordable education.

Gavilan Joint Community College District has provided an excellent, affordable education to our community for generations. Local students who struggle with the high costs of 4-year colleges and universities rely on Gavilan College to prepare them for future career success.

Measure X ensures our schools have funding to make necessary repairs and upgrades to our school facilities, upgrade classrooms and technology and ensure options for transferring to UC and Cal State systems. Investing in Gavilan College with a Yes on Measure X vote invests in educating our community: from the healthcare professionals that serve our medical needs to the police and firefighters that keep us safe.

Vote Yes on Measure X to expand job training and necessary classroom and technology modernizations, so we can educate future workforce professionals in safe and modern 21st-century learning environments.

Vote Yes on Measure X:

  • • Repair or replace leaky roofs, old rusty plumbing and faulty electrical systems
  • • Upgrade and add classrooms, labs and career training facilities for science, math, engineering and technology
  • • Upgrade and add classrooms and labs to help students transfer to UC and Cal State systems
  • • Expand the Veterans' Center which provides job training and placement, counseling and support services to military veterans and their families
  • • Improve access for students with disabilities
  • • Improve student safety and campus security systems
  • • Renovate the aging College library to meet modern standards for technology and research

Fiscal Accountability and Oversight

Every dollar raised locally will stay in the community and cannot be taken away by the State. A Citizens' Oversight Committee and a project list are required so that the community knows exactly how and when the money is spent.

Join community leaders, students, staff and residents and invest in Gavilan College by voting Yes on X.

/s/ Roland Velasco
Mayor, City of Gilroy

/s/ Cecelia Ponzini
Morgan Hill Community Foundation Philanthropy Award Winner

/s/ Jill K. Fortino
Teacher, Gilroy

/s/ John T. Horner
President & CEO, Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce

/s/ Jaime Rosso
Business Owner

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Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure X

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE X

In 2004, voters passed a $108,000,000 bond measure.

The proponents then said, it was to fix aging classrooms. Now, just 14 years later, they need to "upgrade classrooms".

Why does a classroom need to be upgraded every 14 years? Do they need new chairs every 14 years? New whiteboards every 14 years?

In 2004 they paid for "computer replacement" and now they need to "upgrade technology" while undoubtedly still paying for those 2004 computers that have long been obsoleted.

In 4 or 5 years, this new technology will also be obsolete, but you'll continue to pay for it for decades to come.

Who in their right mind buys a computer, or any technology, on credit and then pays for it over 25-30 years of principle and interest? Insane right?

Answer: insanity is voting for Measure X.

Now they want to "repair aging facilities" and in 2004 it was "renovate aging classrooms".

They want to upgrade "science labs" just like they did in 2004. Deja Vous all over again!!!

And according to this web site:

http://www.gavilan.edu/administration/Bond/Measure%20E.php

Gavilan College is still spending money on projects funded in 2004: habitat mitigation (whatever that is) for Coyote Valley & San Benito County and also in progress: "Athletics fields".

If it takes them 14 years to NOT finish projects funded in 2004, how long will it take to finish the projects funded by Measure X?

Let's not find out by voting NO on Measure X.

For more information visit our website:

www.SVTaxpayers.org/2018-measure-x

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle
President: Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association

/s/ Jennifer Imhoff
Chair, Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County SC Ballot Type 251 - Page 026

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Argument Against Measure X

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ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE X

In 2004, voters in the district passed a $108M bond measure.

According to proponents then, it was to fix aging classrooms. Now, just 14 years later, they need to "upgrade classrooms".

Why does a classroom need to be upgraded every 14 years? Do they need new chairs every 14 years? New whiteboards every 14 years?

In 2004 they paid for "computer replacement" and now they need to "upgrade technology" while undoubtedly still paying for those 2004 computers that have long been sent to the recycling bin.

In 4 or 5 years, this new technology will also be obsolete, but you'll continue to pay for it for decades to come.

Who in their right mind buys a computer, or any technology, on credit and then pays it off over 25-30 years of principle and interest?

Answer: you do if you vote for Measure X.

Now they want to "repair aging facilities" and in 2004 it was "renovate aging classrooms".

They want to upgrade "science labs" just like they did in 2004. Deja Vous all over again!!!

And according to this web site: http://www.gavilan.edu/administration/Bond/Measure%20E.php

Gavilan College is still spending money on projects funded in 2004: habitat mitigation (whatever that is) for Coyote Valley & San Benito County and also in progress "Athletics fields".

If it takes them 14 years to NOT finish projects funded in 2004, how long will it take to finish the projects funded by Measure X?

Let's not find out by voting NO on Measure X

For more information visit our website: www.SVTaxpayers.org/2018-measure-x

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle
President: Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association

/s/ Jennifer Imhoff
Chair, Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County

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Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure X

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE X

Measure X's lone opponents ideologically oppose all community college bond measures. They are certainly entitled to their political philosophy, but they don't live in our community, they don't understand the importance of Gavilan College, and they've misunderstood or mistaken some facts.

The District has a proven track record of spending taxpayers' dollars carefully and responsibly, with independent citizens' oversight committee reports and annual audits to prove it.

The State of California no longer funds Gavilan College facilities. The world has changed dramatically since 2004, and it's simply not possible to prepare students to compete for today's jobs in outdated classrooms and labs.

There is no other source of funding to address these problems–and the longer we wait, the more expensive these improvements will become:

  • • Repair or replace leaky roofs, old rusty plumbing and faulty electrical systems
  • • Upgrade and add classrooms, labs and career training facilities for science, math, engineering and technology
  • • Upgrade and add classrooms and labs to help students transfer to UC and Cal State
  • • Expand Veterans' Center for job training and placement, counseling and support services to military veterans and their families
  • • Improve access for students with disabilities
  • • Improve student safety and campus security systems
  • • Renovate the aging College library to meet modern standards for technology and research

Gavilan is an essential part of our community, providing students, veterans and workers an affordable, local path to four-year universities and skills needed for good-paying jobs today.

Our community needs Measure X today. Join us in voting YES on X.

/s/ Donald F. Gage
Retired Mayor of Gilroy

/s/ Brianna A. Everett
Associated Students of Gavilan College, Vice President of Community Outreach

/s/ Steve Tate
Mayor of Morgan Hill

/s/ Donna Foster Ruebusch
Retired Educator

/s/ Frank Angelino
Board Chair, Saint Louise Regional Hospital Foundation SC Ballot Type 251 - Page 027

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Full Text of Measure X

EXHIBIT B

FULL TEXT BALLOT PROPOSITION

GAVILAN JOINT COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

AFFORDABLE EDUCATION, JOB TRAINING,
COLLEGE TRANSFER AND VETERANS SUPPORT MEASURE

ELECTION NOVEMBER 6, 2018

"GAVILAN COLLEGE AFFORDABLE EDUCATION/ JOB TRAINING/ COLLEGE TRANSFER/ VETERANS SUPPORT MEASURE. To upgrade classrooms, science, healthcare, technology, engineering/career training labs, repair aging facilities, shall Gavilan Joint Community College District's measure authorizing $248,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying 2 cents/$100 assessed value, $14,000,000 annually while bonds are outstanding, constructing, acquiring, repairing classrooms, facilities, sites/equipment, Veterans' Center, adding a campus in San Benito County, improving local access to affordable education, with citizen oversight, all money locally controlled, be approved?"

PROJECTS

The Board of Trustees of the Gavilan Joint Community College District, to be responsive to the needs of its community, evaluated Gavilan College's urgent and critical facility needs, and its capacity to provide students, and Veterans with support and job training facilities, an affordable education and prepare them for success in college and careers. Job training facilities, safety issues, class size and offerings, and science, math, engineering and technology were each considered in developing the types of projects to be funded by this measure, as such are described below. In developing the types of projects, basic repairs (such as repairing leaky roofs, old rusty plumbing, faulty electrical systems, improving access for disabled students), job training facilities, student safety, facilities supporting Veterans, and the expansion of opportunities for local students to receive an affordable, quality education, were prioritized. If these facility needs are not addressed now, Gavilan College would be unable to remain competitive in preparing students for jobs in high demand, local industries and university transfer.

The Board of Trustees determines that Gavilan College MUST:

  1. (i) Provide an affordable local alternative to four-year universities for local students and returning veterans;
  2. (ii) Provide job training classrooms and vocational facilities for science, math, engineering, technology, computer science and cyber security;
  3. (iii) Expand the Veterans' Center and provide job training, job placement, counseling, and support services to military veterans and their families;
  4. (iv) Ensure that Gavilan College expands access so more students can enroll in high-quality and affordable education programs to help students transfer to a four year college and receive career training in growing local industries; and
  5. (v) ALL MONEY RAISED BY THIS MEASURE WILL BE LOCALLY CONTROLLED TO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND STUDENTS AND CANNOT BE TAKEN BY THE STATE.

The following types of projects which are authorized to be undertaken at Gavilan College, include:

PROVIDE AN AFFORDABLE EDUCATION IN A SAFE
ENVIRONMENT FOR LOCAL STUDENTS AND VETERANS:

Basic Upgrade Projects Needed To Allow Gavilan College
to Provide Job Training and Vocational Programs
In Healthcare, Police, Firefighting, and Skilled High Tech Workforce

Goals and Purposes: Because the cost of attending the University of California and State University systems has become so expensive, many more students are starting their education at community colleges. This measure will ensure local students have access to an affordable, high-quality education here in our community.

We need to upgrade our classrooms, labs, and career training facilities to current industry standards so our students can compete for today's high-skilled jobs.

  • • Repair or replace leaky roofs, old rusty plumbing, and faulty electrical systems.
  • • Improve access to college facilities for people with disabilities.
  • • Improve college safety and security systems, including fire security and sprinklers, safety lighting, security door locks, security cameras and emergency communication systems.
  • • Upgrade classrooms and labs to help local students complete first two years of college affordability, and transfer to the Cal-State or UC systems.
  • • Renovate the aging college library to meet modern standards for technology and research.

PROVIDE JOB TRAINING AND COLLEGE TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES:

Classroom and Program Improvements To Help Local Students
and Veterans Transfer to Four-Year Universities and
Be Trained For Good Paying, Modern Careers

Goal and Purpose: Our local community colleges ensure that lower and middle-income students who can't afford the high price of a university still have an opportunity to succeed in college and careers. This measure will provide the affordable, high quality education that all students deserve.

Our community is in the shadow of Silicon Valley. Gavilan College provides an affordable gateway for local students to acquire the skills they need to compete for careers in the world's fastest-growing industries. We need to invest in Gavilan so our kids have the opportunity to share in the bright future being created just a few miles away.

  • • Expand vocational training facilities/programs for disabled students.
  • • Upgrade science, computer and technology labs; construct new permanent buildings.
  • • Expand career and academic counseling facilities/resources for students.
  • • Upgrade job training and vocational classrooms for computer science and cyber security.
  • • Repair deteriorating classrooms and facilities.
  • • Upgrade classrooms, labs and career training facilities for science, engineering and technology.
  • • Add permanent classrooms and labs in San Benito County and add classrooms at the Coyote Valley Center to offer a much larger selection of classes, certificated programs and degrees.
  • • Expand Veterans' Center which provides job training, job placement, counseling, and support services to military veterans and their families.
  • • Upgrade science centers and wet labs to allow for current instruction in healthcare, biology, chemistry and physical sciences.

In addition to the listed projects stated above, authorized projects also include the acquisition of a variety of instructional, maintenance and operational equipment, including interim funding incurred to advance fund projects and the refinancing of outstanding lease obligations, payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, fiscal reporting, 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 college activities caused by construction projects. In addition to the projects listed above, repair, renovation and construction projects may include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following: renovate student and staff restrooms; replace aging electrical and plumbing systems; upgrade central plant for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and water treatment improvements; repair and replace heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; acquire vehicles; repair and replace worn-out and leaky roofs, windows, walls doors, drinking fountains and pedestrian bridge; replace or remove outdated buildings and classrooms and construct new classrooms and support buildings; install or replace faulty wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; upgrade facilities to meet current earthquake safety and environmental sustainability and State compliance standards; repair and replace fire alarms, emergency communications, universal access and security systems; upgrade classrooms; build new facilities, including, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) building, student services center, library/learning resource center, visual and performing arts complex; major renovation/construction projects include the construction, expansion, upgrade or reconfiguration of facilities including a new campus on District owned property in San Benito County, classroom building and improvements at the Coyote Valley Center campus; upgrade, resurface and recondition existing parking lots, roads and sidewalks; repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; replace water lines and valves and sewer lines; construct, upgrade, acquire or expand multi-use classrooms and labs, swing space; improve water conservation and energy efficiency; acquire land; replace existing window systems with energy-efficient systems to reduce costs; improve insulation, weatherproofing and roofs to reduce costs; improve access for the disabled; install and repair fire safety equipment, including alarms, smoke detectors, sprinklers, emergency lighting, and fire safety doors; replace broken concrete walks, deteriorated asphalt; replace/upgrade existing signage to reflect wayfinding master plan, bells and clocks; demolition of unsafe facilities; install or upgrade new security systems, such as security (surveillance) cameras, burglar alarms, handrails, outdoor lighting, fencing, landscaping, gates, gateways and classroom door locks; replace sewer lines and improve drainage systems to prevent flooding; upgrade roadway and pedestrian paths and pathways and bridges for improved safety and access for emergency vehicles, site parking, utilities and grounds. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, upgrading classroom technology, expanding wireless internet access throughout both college campuses, acquire portable interface devices, servers, switches, routers, modules, sound projection systems, information systems, printers, digital white boards, upgrade voice-over-IP, communication systems, audio/visual and telecommunications systems, call manager and network security/firewall, Internet connectivity, wireless systems, technology infrastructure, and other miscellaneous IT and instructional equipment, DATA storage, fiber/copper infrastructure, phones, identity access cards and the creation and funding of a technology endowment.

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, a customary contingency, and costs associated with the Total Cost of Ownership of facilities and equipment. The allocation of bond proceeds may be affected by the final costs of each project. Some projects may be undertaken as joint use projects in cooperation with other local public or non-profit agencies. 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 existing facilities and reconstruction of facilities scheduled for repair and upgrade may occur, if the Board determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses. Necessary site preparation/restoration may occur in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of relocatable classrooms, including ingress and egress, removing, replacing, or installing irrigation, utility lines, trees and landscaping, relocating fire access roads, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property. Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or 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 specific purposes identified herein. The District shall create an account into which proceeds of the bonds shall be deposited and comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code § 53410.

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FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY

This bond measure has strict accountability requirements including:

1. All money will benefit Gavilan Joint Community College District campuses and CANNOT BE TAKEN BY THE STATE.

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

3. Require TAXPAYER OVERSIGHT and yearly audits to ensure all funds are used locally, effectively and as promised.

4. NO ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES. Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher, faculty and college administrator salaries, pensions and other operating expenses.

5. FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY. THE EXPENDITURE OF BOND MONEY ON THESE PROJECTS IS SUBJECT TO STRINGENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS. BY LAW, PERFORMANCE AND FINANCIAL AUDITS WILL BE PERFORMED ANNUALLY, AND ALL BOND EXPENDITURES WILL BE MONITORED BY AN INDEPENDENT CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TO ENSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT AS PROMISED AND SPECIFIED. THE CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MUST INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS, REPRESENTATION OF A BONA FIDE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION, A BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND A SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION. NO DISTRICT EMPLOYEES OR VENDORS ARE ALLOWED TO SERVE ON THE CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

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Measure X Tax Rate Statement

PR-8401-4-ENG

TAX RATE STATEMENT

An election will be held in the Gavilan Joint Community College District (the "District") on November 6, 2018, to authorize the sale of up to $248,000,000 in bonds of the District for the projects described in the bond measure. If such bonds are authorized, the District expects to sell the bonds in one or more series. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable only from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code. Such information is based upon assessed valuations available from official sources and projections based upon experience within the District, and other demonstrable factors. Based upon the foregoing, the following information is provided:

  1. (1) The best estimate from official sources of the average annual tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on estimated assessed valuations which are projected based on experience within the District or other demonstrable factors, is $0.023 per $100 of assessed valuation ($23 per $100,000 of assessed valuation). The final fiscal year in which the tax is anticipated to be collected is Fiscal Year 2052-53.
  2. (2) The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations which are projected based on experience within the District or other demonstrable factors, is $0.025 per $100 of assessed valuation ($25 per $100,000 of assessed valuation). The estimated year in which that rate would apply is Fiscal Year 2019-20.
  3. (3) The best estimate from official sources of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is $472,870,026 ($248,000,000 of principal and $224,870,026 of interest). This estimate is based on assumptions regarding future interest rates and the term, timing, structure and amount of each series of bonds.

Voters should note that such estimated tax rates are specific to the repayment of bonds issued under this authorization and are and will be in addition to tax rates levied in connection with other bond authorizations approved or to be approved by the District or any other overlapping public agency.

Voters should note that the estimated tax rate is based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on official tax rolls of Santa Clara County and San Benito County, 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 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 TAX RATE STATEMENT-Continued property within the District as determined by the Santa Clara County Assessor and the San Benito County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

Dated: 7/24/18

/s/ Frederick E. Harris
Vice President, Administrative Services
Gavilan Joint Community College District SC Ballot Type 251 - Page 025

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Measure X Agenda Description

Agenda of July 10, 2018 (complete item)

Board of Trustees Regular Meeting
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Social Science Building, Room 206
CLOSED SESSION – 6:00 p.m. OPEN SESSION – 7:00 p.m.
11. New Business
C. Resolution No. 1034: Resolution of the Board of Trustees of the Gavilan Joint Community College District Ordering an Election, and Establishing Specifications of the Election Order

Agenda Item Details

Meeting
Jul 10, 2018 - Board of Trustees Regular Meeting
Category
New Business
Subject
Resolution No. 1034: Resolution of the Board of Trustees of the Gavilan Joint Community College District Ordering an Election, and Establishing Specifications of the Election Order
Type
Action


Proposal:

That the Board approve Resolution No. 1034 authorizing a bond election for November 6, 2018.

 

Background:

The resolution before the Board calls an election within the District for the purpose of approving general obligation bonds, requests that the San Benito County and Santa Clara County Registrars 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 Trustees to order community college 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. An alternate ballot question in Exhibit A-1 is included in the event AB 195 is suspended prior to the August 10 filing deadline.  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.

 

Budgetary Implications:

 

Follow Up/Outcome:

Upon Board approval, the District will move forward with a bond election for November 6, 2018.

 

Recommended ByFrederick E. Harris, Vice President, Administrative Services

 

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Measure X Resolution

RESOLUTION NO. 1034

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF GAVILAN JOINT COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT ORDERING AN ELECTION, AND ESTABLISHING SPECIFICATIONS OF THE ELECTION ORDER

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees (the "Board") of the Gavilan Joint Community College District (the "District") has determined that certain educational facilities need to be constructed, renovated, acquired and equipped, in a fiscally prudent manner, to enable the District to maintain Gavilan College as a valuable community resource that provides an affordable education to local students and veterans who desire to learn job skills and transfer to four-year universities; and

WHEREAS, since the costs of attending California's public universities has become so expensive, more local students are relying on community colleges, such as Gavilan College, and the high quality, affordable college options it provides; and

WHEREAS, in today's competitive job environment, Gavilan College must continue providing important job training and education for local residents entering the workforce for new professions and increase opportunities for local students to earn college credits, certifications and job skills at a reasonable price; and

WHEREAS, because of our changing economy our classrooms and labs must be upgraded to provide students with up-to-date skills in science, math, engineering, computer science and cyber security; and

WHEREAS, Gavilan College wants to upgrade school security to keep students safe by installing cameras, lighting, smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinklers and up-to-date security measures including improved security and emergency communication systems; and

WHEREAS, some buildings on campus need basic improvements such as the repair or replacement of leaky roofs, old rusty plumbing and faulty electrical systems; and

WHEREAS, inasmuch as Gavilan College serves many military veterans, many of whom have recently returned from war zones, Gavilan College needs to upgrade and expand the Veterans' Center which provides job training, job placement and support services to military veterans and their families; and

WHEREAS, Gavilan College must continue to train healthcare professionals that serve our medical needs, the police and firefighters that keep us safe, and the skilled workers who fuel our local economy; and

WHEREAS, our residents need better access to high-quality, affordable education in the Hollister area and facilities are needed there to increase access to a variety of classes, certified programs and degrees; and

WHEREAS, the State is not providing the District with enough money for the District to adequately maintain Gavilan College's educational facilities and academic programs; and

WHEREAS, the Board has received information regarding the feasibility of a local bond measure and the District's bonding capacity; and

WHEREAS, a local measure will provide funds to support local college transfer and job training that cannot be taken away by the State; and

WHEREAS, a local measure will permit the District to ensure a safe, healthy work and study environment by improving campus safety, repairing leaky roofs, old rusty plumbing, and faulty electrical systems; and

WHEREAS, a local measure will update Gavilan College education facilities and technology to prepare students for 21st century jobs in computer science and cyber security; and

WHEREAS, a local measure will help Gavilan College expand classrooms and career training facilities for growing local industries like construction management, water technology, agriculture, child development, hospitality and drone technology and aviation maintenance at San Martin Airport; and

WHEREAS, such a local measure will include mandatory taxpayer protections, including an independent citizens' oversight of all funds and mandatory annual financial audits to ensure funds are spent only as authorized; and

WHEREAS, the Board and District has solicited stakeholder and community input on priorities from students, faculty, staff, business and civic leaders, and the community; and

WHEREAS, in the judgment of the Board, it is advisable to provide additional funding for job training and workforce preparation for students of all ages, veterans and local residents and to improve facilities for course opportunities in science, math, engineering and technology, and other technical vocational careers, by means of a general obligation bond issued in a financially prudent manner; 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 or bonded indebtedness to 55% of the votes cast on a community college 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 which are contained in Proposition 39 and the Act; and

WHEREAS, the Board 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 to be used for administrator salaries and other operating expenses of the District shall be strictly monitored 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 exceed the Proposition 39 limits per year per $100,000 of assessed valuation of taxable property; and

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

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

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Elections Code, it is appropriate for the Board to request consolidation of the election with any and all other elections to be held on November 6, 2018, and to request both the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters and the San Benito County Registrar of Voters to perform certain election services for the District; and

WHEREAS, in the judgment of the Board, it is advisable to request both the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters and the San Benito County Registrar of Voters to call an election pursuant to Proposition 39 on the question of whether general obligation bonds shall be issued and sold on behalf of the District for purposes set forth below; and

WHEREAS, the District acknowledges that Santa Clara County may conduct the election under the California Voters Choice Act and Elections Code Sections 3017 and 4005.

NOW THEREFORE, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF GAVILAN JOINT COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT DOES HEREBY RESOLVE, DETERMINE AND ORDER AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. That the Board, pursuant to Education Code Sections 15100 et seq., Sections 15264 et seq. and Government Code Section 53506 and Elections Code Sections 3017 and 4005, hereby requests the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters and the San Benito County Registrar of Voters to call 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 $248,000,000 (the "Bonds") shall be issued and sold to raise money for the purposes described in Exhibits "A" and "B" hereto. Both exhibits are directed to be printed in the voter sample ballot pamphlet. The District's Superintendent/President, Vice President of Administrative Services, or designee of the Superintendent/President 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 requirement 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" and incorporated by reference herein, 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 and the Act, the ballot proposition in Exhibit "A" is subject to the following requirements and determinations:

  1. (a) the proceeds of the sale of the Bonds shall only be used for the purposes set forth in the ballot measure and not for any other purpose, including faculty and administrator salaries and other college operating expenses;
  2. (b) that the Board, in compliance with Proposition 39, and in establishing the projects set forth in Exhibit "B", evaluated the needs of returning veterans, safety, university transfer, enrollment trends, class size reduction, class availability, information technology and technical job training facilities of the District;
  3. (c) that the Board will cause to be conducted an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the Bond moneys get expended for the types of projects identified in Exhibits "A" and "B" hereto;
  4. (d) that the Board will cause an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from the sale of Bonds to be conducted until all of the Bond proceeds have been expended and accounted for;
  5. (e) that the Board will cause the appointment of 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. The Citizens' Oversight Committee shall initially consist of at least seven (7) members and at no time consist of less than seven (7) members, with the possible exception of brief periods to fill any unexpected vacancies. The Citizens' Oversight Committee may not include any employee or official of the District or any vendor, contractor or consultant of the District. The Citizens' Oversight Committee shall include all of the following: One (1) member who is active in a business organization representing the business community located within the District; One (1) member who is active in a senior citizens' organization; One member who is active in a bona fide taxpayer association. In furtherance of its specifically enumerated purposes, the Citizens' Oversight Committee may engage in any of the following activities relating solely and exclusively to the expenditure of the Proposition 39 bond proceeds:
    1. (i) Receive and review copies of the annual, independent financial and performance audits performed by independent consultant(s);
    2. (ii) Inspect District facilities and grounds to ensure that Proposition 39 bond revenues are expended in compliance with applicable law;
    3. (iii) Receive and review copies of all scheduled maintenance proposals or plans developed by the District;
    4. (iv) Review efforts of the District to maximize Proposition 39 bond revenues by implementing cost-saving programs; 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., 15340 et seq. and 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.

Section 6. That the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, the San Benito County Registrar of Voters and the San Benito 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, and pursuant to Elections Code Section 10403, the District acknowledges that the consolidation election will be held and conducted in the manner described in Election Codes Section 10418.

Section 7. That this Resolution shall stand as the "order of election" to both the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters and the San Benito County Registrar of Voters to call an election within the boundaries of the District on November 6, 2018.

Section 8. That the Secretary of the Board is hereby directed to send a certified copy of this Resolution to both the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters and the San Benito County Registrar of Voters no later than August 10, 2018.

Section 9. That the bonds shall be issued pursuant to Education Code Section 15300 et seq. or issued pursuant to Government Code Section 53506. 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. The Board approves the filing of a Tax Rate Statement and primary and rebuttal arguments, as appropriate, and directs their publication in accordance with the requirements of the Elections Code.

Section 10. 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 be made by any body or official authorized by law to canvass the returns of the election, and that the Board consents to such consolidation.

Section 11. Pursuant to Education Code Section 5303 and Elections Code Section 10002, the Santa Clara and San Benito Counties Boards of Supervisors are requested to permit their respective Registrars of Voters to render all services specified by Elections Code Section 10418, for which services the District agrees to reimburse both Santa Clara and San Benito Counties, 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 TRUSTEES OF THE GAVILAN JOINT COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

By
Board President

Attest:

Secretary

STATE OF CALIFORNIA)
)ss
SANTA CLARA COUNTY)

I, Kathleen A. Rose, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of Resolution No. 1034 which was duly adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Gavilan Joint Community College District at 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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