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Welcome to the Yes No on Measure R Campaign

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

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EXHIBIT A

"To repair/improve aging schools to protect quality academic instruction in math, science/ reading with funding that cannot be taken by the State, , outdated fire alarms, electrical/heating, classrooms/facilities, meet health, safety/seismic codes, acquire, repair, construct, equipment, sites/facilities, shall this Las Lomitas Elementary School District measure be adopted to issue $70,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levy on average 3 cents/$100 assessed value ($4,900,000 annually) while bonds are outstanding, with ?"

Bonds: Yes____ No____

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Impartial Analysis for Measure R

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The California Constitution and Education Code authorize a school district to issue bonds for specified purposes if issuance of the bonds is approved at an election by 55% of those voting on it.

The Board of Trustees of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District ("District") proposes this measure, which would authorize the District to issue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $70 million. The bonds will have an interest rate not exceeding the legal maximum and will be repaid within the time permitted by law. The Tax Rate Statement printed in this pamphlet contains the District's best estimates of tax rates required to service the bond debt during the life of the bonds. The District's best estimate of the average annual tax rate levy to fund this bond is $0.03 per $100 (or $30 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. This means that a property assessed at $800,.000 would likely have an annual tax obligation of $240 under this measure. The District estimates that the total amount repyable during the life of the bond, including principal and interest will be approximately $123,912,338.

The California Constitution requires the listing of specific projects to be funded from the bond revenue and certification that the Board of Trustees has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs in the development of that list. The Bond Project List can be found in the full text of the measure and includes:

  1. * repairing and replacing aging and leaking roofs and outdated fire alarm systems;
  2. * upgrading outdated heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and electrical systems;
  3. * upgrading classrooms and educational facilities to meet current health and safety codes;
  4. * making seismic upgrades; and
  5. * making campuses accessible for disabled students and adults

The measure authorizes equipment acquisition, upgrades, repairs, services, construction, and other items related to the listed projects. Projects are authorized at all District locations.

No proceeds from the bonds shall be used for teacher or administrator salaries or operating expenses.

State law requires that the District take certain steps to account for the proceeds from the bonds. Accordingly, the District will direct the funds to be deposited into a special account, appoint an independent citizens' oversight committee, conduct annual independent performance and financial audits to ensure that funds are spent only for the purposes listed in the Bond Project List and for no other purposes, and prepare annual reports issuing the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any funded project.

A "Yes" vote on this measure would authorize the District to issue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $70 million for the purposes listed in the project list.

A "No" vote would prevent the District from issuing the bonds.

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Argument in Favor of Measure R

Arguments FOR

EVERY CHILD deserves to learn in quality school facilities. Your YES VOTE on Measure R will prepare generations of our local students for future success.

Las Lomitas Elementary and La Entrada Middle Schools have served our community well for over 100 years. However, our schools have grown old and are overdue for repairs. Phase One of our school upgrades built over 30 new classrooms to reduce overcrowding and replace outdated portables. There is more work to be done on our existing facilities to bring all of our buildings up to current safety and efficiency standards. Phase Two is now needed to repair and renovate the other 70+ classrooms.

Measure R authorizes funds for needed facility repairs and upgrades to improve student safety, instruction, and learning. NO other funding currently exists to upgrade these facilities.

Measure R will:

  1. * Repair/replace aging and leaking roofs, outdated electrical, heating, and air conditioning systems
  2. * Replace outdated fire and security alarm systems, and exterior lighting to improve campus security and safety
  3. * Make seismic and other upgrades to classrooms, educational facilities and play equipment to meet current health and safety standards
  4. * Improve school and classroom accessibility for students with disabilities
  5. * Protect the quality of academic instruction in core subjects like math, science, reading, and writing

Las Lomitas Elementary School District is proud to have award-winning schools. Measure R protects academic facilities so our excellent instruction and performance standards can be maintained.

ALL funds stay local. The State CANNOT take this funding away.

Taxpayer protections are REQUIRED. NO funds can be spent on administrators' salaries or pensions. Independent Citizens' Oversight and mandatory audits ensure funds are spent properly.

Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting our local, high quality education is a wise investment for your property values and a strong community.

VOTE YES on Measure R

/s/ Steve Westly,
Former Controller, State of California

/s/ Ray Mueller,
Vice Mayor, Menlo Park

/s/ John Earnhardt,
President, Governing Board, Las Lomitas School District

/s/ Sue Sartor,
Retired Principal, Las Lomitas School

/s/ Karen Fryling,
Realtor

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Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure R

Replies to Arguments FOR

Las Lomitas Elementary School District claims they need $70M (plujs 32 years of interest) to "repair/improve aging schools", virtually identical to the "repair and improve aging schools" statement for the $60M bond in 2013.

This begs the question, why are repairs not part of the normal yearly budget?

Just five years ago they wanted $60M to "meet current health/safety codes" and now 5 years later they want $70M to "meet health, safety/seismic codes."

Deja vu all over again?

Just 5 years ago they wanted to "renovate heating/electrical systems" and now they want another $70M to "upgrade ... electrical/heating". It's amazing how fast electrical and heating systems can become obsolete.

If you think that's nuts, we encourage you to vote NO on Measure R.

Las Lomitas Elementary School District is already spending $432,377 per class per year (23 students x $18,799 per student. Source: California Educational Data Partnership)

The average salary and benefits for teachers is $109,585.

Subtract $109,585 and that's still over $320K per classroom per year. More than enough to buy every student the best laptop on the market.

The administration just wants more of your hard earned money to pad their salaries and fat pension plans.

By law bond fund cannot be used for administration. But funds generated separately from this bond tax can be used for administration expenses without limits. So that is really an empty promise.

Tell the Las Lomitas Elementary School District Board to be fiscally responsible.

Vote NO on Measure R.

For more information, visit us at

For more information, visit us at http://www.svtazpayers.org/2018-las-lomitas-bond

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

/s/ Harland Harrison,
Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County

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Argument Against Measure R

Arguments AGAINST

Las Lomitas Elementary School District claims they need $70M (plujs 32 years of interest) to "repair/improve aging schools", virtually identical to the "repair and improve aging schools" statement for the $60M bond in 2013.

This begs the question, why are repairs not part of the normal yearly budget?

Just five years ago they wanted $60M to "meet current health/safety codes" and now 5 years later they want $70M to "meet health, safety/seismic codes."

Deja vu all over again?

Just 5 years ago they wanted to "renovate heating/electrical systems" and now they want another $70M to "upgrade ... electrical/heating". It's amazing how fast electrical and heating systems can become obsolete.

If you think that's nuts, we encourage you to vote NO on Measure R.

Las Lomitas Elementary School District is already spending $432,377 per class per year (23 students x $18,799 per student. Source: California Educational Data Partnership)

The average salary and benefits for teachers is $109,585.

Subtract $109,585 and that's still over $320K per classroom per year. More than enough to buy every student the best laptop on the market.

The administration just wants more of your hard earned money to pad their salaries and fat pension plans.

By law bond fund cannot be used for administration. But funds generated separately from this bond tax can be used for administration expenses without limits. So that is really an empty promise.

Tell the Las Lomitas Elementary School District Board to be fiscally responsible.

Vote NO on Measure R.

For more information, visit us at http://www.svtazpayers.org/2018-las-lomitas-bond

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

/s/ Harland Harrison,
Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County

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Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure R

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

The opponent of Messure R doesn't live in our community and has made it his mission to oppose every school measure on the San Mateo County ballot. Measure R is absolutely needed and is a sound investment in our local public schools for OUR community and children.

As longtime community members - we know the facts and we're voting YES on Measure R.

Here are the facts:

FACT: Measure R is about one thing - maintaining the quality of education in Las Lomitas Elementary and La Entrada Middle schools.

FACT: With NO real State funding designated for facilities and maintenance, the burden is on us locally to adequately maintain and upgrade our aging school facilities/classrooms.

FACT: Our Facilities Master Plan includes two phases of work - it is essential to our students that we complete both.

FACT: Phase One of our school upgrades built over 30 new classrooms to reduce overcrowding and replace outdated portables.

FACT: Measure R will fund Phase Two - the repair and renovation of the other 70+ classrooms to bring all of our buildings up to current safety/efficiency standards

FACT: All funds from this measure benefit Las Lomitas schools and students. By law, no Measure R funds can be taken by the State or used for administrator salaries or pensions.

FACT: Measure R rerquires strict independent citizens' oversight and annual audits to ensure that the funds are spent as promised.

Don't be deceived by the opponent's inaccurate and misleading statements. Protect the outstanding quality of education in our local public schools. Vote YES on Measure R.

/s/ Kristine M. Reis,
Teacher, Las Lomitas School

/s/ Gary Dillabough,
Former Parent

/s/ Linda McGeever, Las Lomitas Parent

/s/ Patricia S. McVeigh, Longtime Resident

/s/ Philip Sunshine, MD

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Full Text of Measure R

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EXHIBIT B

FULL TEXT BALLOT PROPOSITION
OF THE LAS LOMITAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOND MEASURE ELECTION JUNE 5, 2018

The following is the full proposition presented to the voters by the Las Lomitas Elementary School District.

"To repair/improve aging schools to protect academic instruction in math, science/ reading with funding that cannot be taken by the State, upgrade leaking roofs, outdated fire alarms, electrical/heating, classrooms/facilities, meet health, safety/seismic codes, acquire, repair, construct, equipment, sites/facilities, shall this Las Lomitas Elementary School District measure be adopted to issue $70,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levy on average 3 cents/$100 assessed value ($4,900,000 annually) while bonds are outstanding, with citizen oversight?"

PROJECT LIST

The Board of Trustees ("Board") of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District is committed to repairing aging schools by fixing deteriorating classrooms, and ensuring the safety and security of 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 scope of projects to be funded. Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Board of Education determines that the District must:

  1. (i) Repair and replace aging and leaking roofs; and
  2. (ii) Repair and replace outdated fire systems; and
  3. (iii) Upgrade deteriorating heating, air conditioning and electrical systems; and
  4. (iv) Adhere to specific fiscal accountability safeguards such as:
    1. (a) PROHIBIT THE STATE FROM TAKING ANY OF THE FUNDS RAISED;
    2. (b) Require that expenditures must be subject to annual independent financial audits; and
    3. (c) Require independent citizens' oversight of bond funds.

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

REPAIR AGING SCHOOLS:
Basic Renovation, Repair and Upgrade Projects

Goal and Purpose: Repairing and replacing old buildings and aging heating systems, cutting utility bills, and other bond-funded projects will save money on utilities that can be used for classroom programs.

  • ? Repair and replace aging and leaking roofs.
  • ? Repair and replace outdated fire alarm systems.
  • ? Upgrade outdated heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and electrical systems.
  • ? Upgrade classrooms and educational facilities to meet current health and safety codes.
  • ? Make seismic upgrades.
  • ? Make campuses accessible for disabled students and adults.

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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, staff training expenses and 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 obligations. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, fiber modifications, 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 facilities include 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; construct, upgrade, repair or install school site parking, campus accessibility, utilities, plumbing, gas lines, playground equipment, hard court surfaces, general site paving, learning walls, tack boards, cabinets, tutoring rooms, restrooms, roofs, interior and exterior lighting, water heaters, boilers, fences, walkway covers and casework, bell/clock systems, signage, electronic marquees, asphalt, fire sensors, public address systems, telephones, shade structures, outdated heating and security systems, multipurpose rooms, playgrounds, and play fields; renovate, upgrade, relocate or convert classrooms, science labs; demolish portable structures; upgrades and reconfigure sidewalks, parking lots and drop off/pick up zones to improve student safety; 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, including B-3
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furnishings; 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. 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 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 Agenda Description

February 14, 2018 (complete item)

Regular Board Meeting
Las Lomitas ESD
February 14, 2018 7:00PM
Las Lomitas Elementary School District Conference Room 1011 Altschul Avenue, Menlo Park, CA

13. Action Items
13.a. Resolution # 1718-04:02-14 - Ordering an Election and Establishing Specifications of the Election Order
Speaker:
Lisa Cesario, Superintendent
Rationale:

To address the long term facility needs, the District worked with parents, community members, staff, and administration, in addition to architectural and engineering professionals, to develop a Facilities Master Plan that would meet the immediate and future facility needs.  In November 2013, the district passed Measure S providing funding to address the need for new permanent classroom space at both schools.

The Plan also addresses maintaining and repairing classrooms, facilities and equipment so all facilities and campuses are efficient, safe, secure and up-to-date, which is critical for student health and academic performance.  In order to continue the district's program, it is necessary to secure additional funds through the passage of a General Obligation Bond measure.

Staff has presented potential projects lists at recent governing board meetings and determined that $70,000,000 is the appropriate authorization for the potential bond measure.

Resolution 1718-04:02-14 Ordering an Election and Establishing Specifications of the Election Order contains the ballot measure (Exhibit A) and the Full Text Ballot Proposition (Exhibit B) which includes a project list.




 
Attachments:
1 Authorizing Bond Sale Resolution

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Measure R Resolution

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RESOLUTION NO. 1718-04:02-14

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF LAS
LOMITAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT ORDERING AN
ELECTION, AND ESTABLISHING SPECIFICATIONS OF THE
ELECTION ORDER

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees (the "Board") of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District (the "District") is committed to maintaining the quality of education in local public schools by making basic repairs to each Las Lomitas and La Entrada Schools to protect quality instruction in core subjects like math, science, reading and writing; and

WHEREAS, since the District wants our students prepared to succeed in a 21st Century economy, children need updated full-service schools which are accessible, clean and safe learning environments; and

WHEREAS, the Board believes that to achieve that goal the District must maintain and repair classrooms, facilities and equipment, as needed, so that all facilities and campuses are efficient, safe, secure and up-to-date, all of which are critical for student health and academic performance; and

WHEREAS, the State of California (the "State") does not provide the District with enough money for the District to adequately maintain its educational facilities and academic programs; and

WHEREAS, the Board has concluded that the District's only remedy to avoid undermining its educational programs is to secure local funding that the State cannot take away; and

WHEREAS, the Board has received information regarding the possibility of a local bond measure and its impact on protecting student safety, improving schools and making basic repairs to aging facilities; and

WHEREAS, such a bond measure also can provide funds that cannot be taken away by the State; and

WHEREAS, such a measure must include mandatory taxpayer protections, including an independent citizens' oversight committee and mandatory audits to ensure funds are spent properly; 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

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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; 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 monitored 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 exceed the Proposition 39 limits per year per $100,000 of assessed valuation of taxable property; and

WHEREAS, Elections Code Section 9400 et seq. 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 ballot argument in favor of the proposition to be submitted to the voters at the election;

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 Tuesday, June 5, 2018, and to request the San Mateo County Registrar of Voters to perform certain election services for the District; and

WHEREAS, the District acknowledges and requests that the election be conducted under the California Voters Choice Act and Elections Code Sections 3017 and 4005.

NOW THEREFORE, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LAS LOMITAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT DOES HEREBY RESOLVE, DETERMINE AND ORDER AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. That the Board, pursuant to Education Code Sections 15100 et seq., 15264 et seq., Government Code Section 53506 and Elections Code Sections 3017 and 4005, hereby requests the San Mateo 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 up to $70,000,000 (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 mailed to all voters. 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 June 5, 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 3
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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 and the Act, the ballot propositions in Exhibits "A" and "B" are subject to the following requirements and determinations:

  1. (a) 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 student safety and security, class size reduction, and educational and information technology needs of the District;
  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 the sale of Bonds to be conducted until all of the Bond proceeds have been expended;
  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; One (1) member who is a parent of a child in the District schools; One (1) member is both a parent of a child in the District schools and active in a school site council or PTA. 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 deferred 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;
    5. (v) Receive from the Board, within three months of District receiving the above-referenced audits, responses to any and all findings, recommendations, and concerns addressed in said audits, and review said responses; and
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  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 Sections 5322.

Section 6. That the San Mateo County Registrar of Voters and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors are hereby requested to consolidate the election ordered hereby with any and all other elections to be held on June 5, 2018 within the District. Pursuant to Elections Code Section 10403, the Board acknowledges that the consolidation election will be held and 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 San Mateo County Registrar of Voters no later than March 9, 2018.

Section 8. The Bonds shall be issued pursuant to Section 15264 et seq. of the Education Code or 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.

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 anybody 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 San Mateo County Registrar of Voters by the established deadlines.

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Section 10. Pursuant to Education Code Section 5303 and Elections Code Section 10002, the Board of Supervisors of San Mateo 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 San Mateo 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 Section 5363 of the Education Code and Elections Code Section 12112.

ADOPTED, SIGNED AND APPROVED this 14th day of February, 2018.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LAS LOMITAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT

By
President

Attest:

Secretary

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STATE OF CALIFORNIA )
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SAN MATEO COUNTY )

I, Lisa Cesario, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of Resolution No. ___________, which was duly adopted by the Board of Trustees of Las Lomitas Elementary School District at the meeting thereof held on the 14th day of February, 2018, and that it was so adopted by the following vote:

AYES:

NOES:

ABSENT:

ABSTENTIONS:

By
Secretary

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