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November 7, 2017 — Local Elections
Special District

Glendora Unified School District
Measure GG - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

2,461 votes yes (47.11%)

2,763 votes no (52.89%)

100% of precincts reporting (10/10).

To upgrade and modernize classrooms, science labs, career training facilities, computer systems, and instructional technology to support high quality instruction/student achievement in science, technology, engineering, math/skilled trades, acquire, construct, and repair classrooms, facilities, sites/equipment, repair aging plumbing, electrical, heating/ventilation systems, improve student safety and campus security systems, shall Glendora Unified School District issue $98,000,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, with independent citizen oversight, no money for administrator salaries and all money staying local?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure GG (“Measure”) would authorize the Board of Education (“Board”) of Glendora Unified School District (“District”) to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $98,000,000. This Measure was placed on the ballot by Resolution No. 1 of the Board.

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by the Measure shall be used only for the purposes specified in the Measure, including, but not limited to, providing basic school repair and upgrade projects to modernize science labs, classrooms, and career technical education facilities; updating classrooms, computer systems, and instructional technology for science, technology, engineering, and math; repairing or replacing plumbing, electrical, heating, and ventilation systems; upgrading facilities and equipment for music and performing arts; creating multi-use classrooms to support instruction; replacing portable classrooms with new classrooms; upgrading security lighting, security cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms, and sprinklers; and upgrading playground equipment and play areas to meet current health and safety standards. No funds shall be used for teacher or administrator salaries or other school operating expenses.

The Board shall cause independent performance and financial audits to be conducted annually to ensure bond proceeds are spent only for the projects identified in the Measure. The Board shall appoint a Citizens’ Oversight Committee (“Committee”) in accordance with Education Code section 15278 within 60 days after the Board enters the election results in its minutes. The Committee must include representatives of a bona fide taxpayers’ association, a business organization, and a senior citizens’ organization.

The maximum rate of interest on any bond shall not exceed the rate allowed by the Education and Government Codes. The tax levy authorized to secure the bonds 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.

According to the District’s Tax Rate Statement, the best estimate of the highest tax rate required to fund the bonds, based on the assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account future growth, is $49.00 per $100,000 of the assessed value of taxable real property within the District. Estimated total debt service, including the principal and interest, is $178,532,415.

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

Tax rate

Superintendent, Glendora Unified School District

To: The voters voting in the November 7, 2017 election on the question of the issuance of $98,000,000 General Obligation Bonds of the Glendora Unified School District.

You are hereby notified in accordance with Section 9401 of the Elections Code of the State of California of the following:

1. The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund principal and interest payments during the first fiscal year after the first sale of bonds, based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is the following:

$.049000 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $49.00 per $100,000.

First fiscal year after the first sale of bonds: 2018-2019.

2. The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund principal and interest payments during the first fiscal year after the last sale of bonds and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply, based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is as follows:

$.049000 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $49.00 per $100,000.

First fiscal year after last sale of bonds: 2034-2035.

3. The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund principal and interest payments on the bonds and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply, based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is as follows:

$.049000 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $49.00 per $100,000.

Year of highest tax rate: 2017-2018 and thereafter.

4. The best estimate from official sources of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, which would be required to be repaid, if all of the bonds are issued and sold, based on interest rate information along with assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is as follows:

Estimated total debt service, including the principal and interest: $178,532,415.

The attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates only. 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 date of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on its 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 sale. Actual future assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process. Accordingly, the actual tax rates and the years in which such rates are applicable may vary from those presently estimated as above stated.

          ROBERT VOORS, Ed.D.
          Superintendent of the
          Glendora Unified School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Glendora Unified Schools are the cornerstone of our community, and represent the future of our city. In order to continue providing our students a high-quality education, we need modern, safe facilities and up-to-date technology. Measure GG provides a prudent, responsible plan to address our most critical needs.

Academic standards are rising for what it takes to compete in the 21st-century global economy. In addition, career technical education has grown in rigor, complexity, and skills required to prepare students for well-paying careers. Measure GG will give our students access to the education, facilities, and technology they need to be successful in college and their careers.

Measure GG will:

- Provide the facilities and technology needed to support high-quality instruction in math, science, engineering, and technology, as well as music and art;

- Upgrade and modernize classrooms, science labs, career-training facilities, computer systems and instructional technology;

- Repair aging plumbing, electrical, heating and ventilation systems;

- Improve student safety and campus security systems, including security lighting, security cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers.

Measure GG requires a clear system of accountability, including a project list detailing how money will be allocated. It includes a Citizens’ Oversight Committee and independent audits to ensure the money is spent properly. Measure GG funds stay in the District to support Glendora students; they cannot be taken away by the State. By law, all funds must be used to improve our classrooms and school facilities; none will be used for administrator salaries.

Even if you do not have school-age children, Measure GG is a wise investment. Good schools improve our quality of life in Glendora and protect the value of our homes.

For our students and our community, please vote YES on GG.

www.YesForGlendoraSchools.org

          REV. KAREN K. DAVIS
          Glendora City Council Member;
          Pastor, First Christian Church

          JOSEPH CINA
          President/CEO
          Glendora Chamber of Commerce;
          Past President, Glendora Rotary Club

          DOUGLAS R. FERRELL
          Former GUSD Board Member; Small Business
          Owner; Lifelong Glendora Resident

          LISA ROSALES
          Chief of Police, City of Glendora

          GORDON G. NORMAN
          Glendora Citizen of the Year 2008;
          50-Yr Resident,
          Past Board Member Education Foundation

— Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Arguments AGAINST

Are you parents? Do you hold your children accountable?

While we support schools, we don’t support wasting your money on vague, unenforceable promises.

Don’t be deceived by District’s campaign funded by businesses that will likely benefit from bond money. (Isn’t that called pay-to-play?) Beware of high-priced marketers masquerading as “parents, teachers, and community leaders.”

Why Vote No on Measure GG?

- It’s virtually, word-for-word, identical to every other bond measure written by lawyers (bond counsel) who make tens of thousands of dollars every time bonds are issued.

- Did you hear about a list of projects? Why isn’t it in Measure GG? Because it would restrict the District to spend the money ONLY on those things?

- Can you trust District? For months it showed off specific projects Measure GG would fund. Why aren’t they in Measure GG?

- Were you surveyed? Did you get a fancy mailer from District? YOU PAID FOR IT ALL. Is that fair? Using your money for campaign purposes?

- Why has District scrubbed its website of previous Measure G?

Proposition 39 permits a bare majority of voters (55%) to approve these bonds. “To ensure that before they vote, voters will be given a list of specific projects their bond money will be used for,” it requires that the proposal provide a “list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded.” (Source: Proposition 39 ballot measure)

Measure GG’s vague language gives the District a BLANK CHECK with NO ACCOUNTABILITY.

Don’t vote to waste your taxes on vague promises. Did the District keep its promises from Measure G (2005)? It spent $41,310,000 and still has “leaky roofs.”

Bond money is like drugs. Don’t give the District another fix. VOTE NO on Measure GG.

http://bit.ly/NoGUSDBond

          F. DAN FERNANDES
          Past Chair, Libertarian Party
          of the East San Gabriel Valley

          MATTHEW RUSSELL
          Aerospace Engineer

— Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Replies to Arguments FOR

Glendora Unified has called an election for a huge, new $178,532,415 school bond paid for by increased property taxes. Bonds are not free money. Do you feel compelled to reward reckless spending and poor management of public resources? Then Vote NO on this excessive bond measure.

You’ve read the spin. Here’s the rest of the story.

“INDEPENDENT” OVERSIGHT?

The law requires oversight committees to report to YOU at least once a year, but have you EVER seen a report from Measure G (the school bond measure passed in 2005)?

FACTS

Did you know that Glendora Unified actively recruits out-of-district students? Under a program called district-of-choice, fully 19% (1,392 of 7,495) of students live outside Glendora. You may not agree with your property taxes being spent on facilities for out-of-district students.

According to School Accountability Report Cards (sarconline.org) Glendora Unified has ALREADY modernized ALL schools with Measure G funds passed in 2005.

- “Glendora High underwent construction of a new pool, event center, theater, weight room, and art classrooms. Modernization … has been completed.”

- “In 2007-08, Cullen underwent modernization…”

- “The modernization of Goddard … was completed in 2011.”

- “Sandburg completed its modernization project in 2009.”

- “Modernization of Sellers … was completed in 2009.”

- “Stanton was … modernized …”

- “Sutherland School completed modernization … in January of 2008.”

Maybe you don’t want to pay additional taxes for unnecessary projects such as $11,000,000 to make school facades “more inviting”.

BOTTOM LINE

Glendora Unified’s excessive school bond measure is written to sell you a bill of goods.

Vote NO on Measure GG.

http://bit.ly/NoGUSDBond

          F. DAN FERNANDES
          Past Chair, Libertarian Party of
          East San Gabriel Valley

          MATTHEW RUSSELL
          Aerospace Engineer; Glendora Resident

— Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Measure GG’s sole opponent demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of Glendora Unified Schools, their finances, their facilities needs, and the important role our public schools play in our community. In fact, County records show that opposition paperwork was filed by a La Verne resident, not Glendorans.

Don’t rely on mistruths. Here are the FACTS about Measure GG:

FACT: Glendora USD has created a detailed list of priority projects to complete with Measure GG funds. You can read the full Measure GG Bond Program Plan at www.glendora.k12.ca.us/facilities.

FACT: Measure GG will create a Citizens’ Oversight Committee, and will require independent annual audits to ensure that funds are spent properly.

FACT: All Measure GG funds will stay in GUSD to support our students. Funds cannot be taken by Sacramento.

FACT: Measure GG funds cannot be used for administrators’ salaries. Funds can only be used to improve our classrooms and school facilities.

FACT: Glendora USD’s previous facilities bond, Measure G (2005), completed its projects on time and under budget, and allowed GUSD to receive extra State funds.

Measure GG will support a long list of projects at every school in GUSD, including:

- New classrooms and career and technical education labs;

- Renovated plumbing, electrical, heating and ventilation systems;

- Improved student safety and campus security systems.

Glendora USD schools make our city a special place to live and improve our property values. That’s why the Glendora Chamber of Commerce, prominent Realtors, faith leaders, teachers, parents, conservatives, liberals, and many others support Measure GG.

Please join us in voting YES on GG.

          CORY ELLENSON
          Glendora USD Board President

          ELIZABETH REUTER
          Parent & Co–President
          Glendora Education Foundation

          GARY BOYER
          Mayor of Glendora & Small Business Owner

          DR. PATRICIA RASMUSSEN
          Past Glendora USD Board Member and
          45–Year Glendora Resident

          DORIS BLUM
          32–Year Glendora USD Board Member,
          1983–2015
          and Glendora Library Board Trustee

— Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

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

“To upgrade and modernize classrooms, science labs, career training facilities, computer systems, and instructional technology to support high quality instruction/student achievement in science, technology, engineering, math/skilled trades, acquire, construct, and repair classrooms, facilities, sites/equipment, repair aging plumbing, electrical, heating/ventilation systems, improve student safety and campus security systems, shall Glendora Unified School District issue $98,000,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, with independent citizen oversight, no money for administrator salaries and all money staying local?”

PROJECT LIST

The Board of Education of the Glendora Unified School District is committed to improving the quality of education in local schools by providing safe, secure, upgraded classrooms and science labs so students are prepared for college or other good paying careers. To that end, the Board evaluated the District’s urgent and critical facility needs, including safety issues, class size, computer and information technology, and prepared a General Obligation Bond Program Plan, dated May 8, 2017, which is incorporated herein in its entirety, in developing the scope of projects to be funded. The District conducted a facilities evaluation and received public input in developing this Project List. Teachers, staff, community members and the Board have prioritized the key health and safety needs so that the most critical facility needs are addressed. The Board concluded that providing classrooms for technical education so students are prepared for college and good paying careers in health science, engineering, technology and skilled trades and protecting the quality of our schools, the quality of life in our community, and the value of our homes are wise investments. Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Board of Education determines that the District must:

(i) Repair or replace aging plumbing, electrical, heating and ventilation systems; and

(ii) Provide the facilities and technology needed to support high quality instruction in math, science, engineering and technology; and

(iii) Provide classrooms and labs for career and technical education classes so students are prepared for college and good paying careers in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology, and skilled trades; and

(iv) Improve student safety and campus security systems, including security lighting, cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors and fire alarms; and

(v) Adhere to specific fiscal accountability safeguards:

(a) All expenditures subject to annual independent financial audits.

(b) No funds used for administrators’ salaries and pensions.

(c) No money taken by the State. All funds stay local.

(d) All expenditures reviewed by an independent citizens’ oversight committee to ensure that funds are spent only as authorized.

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

IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING FOR COLLEGE AND CAREERS

Basic School Repair and Upgrade Projects To Maintain High-Quality Learning Environment

Goals and Purposes: If we want our students to be prepared for college and good paying careers in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology and skilled trades, then we must provide modern classrooms for career and technical education classes.

Local schools were built more than 30-60 years ago they need basic repairs, including aging plumbing, electrical, heating and ventilation systems so they can serve the community well for decades to come.

– Upgrade and modernize science labs, classrooms, and career technical education facilities, computer systems and instructional technology so students are prepared for college and in-demand careers.

Repair or replace aging plumbing and faulty electrical, heating and ventilation systems where needed.

– Upgrade facilities and equipment needed to support high quality instruction in music and performing arts.

– Provide facilities to support high quality instructions in math, science, engineering and technology.

PREPARE FOR 21st CENTURY CAREERS

District-Wide Technology Projects

Goal and Purpose: If we want our kids to succeed in college and careers, they must be skilled in the use of today’s technologies and have a solid background in science, math, engineering and technology. This measure will make this possible.

This measure also ensures that money raised will stay local to support our students and cannot be taken by the State.

– Update classrooms and instructional technology for improved student learning in core subjects like science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

– Upgrade classrooms and labs for career and technical education classes and computer systems to keep pace with technology.

– Create flexible, multi-use classrooms to support hands-on instruction and learning-by-doing.

KEEP STUDENTS SAFE

Student Safety and Campus Security Projects

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

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

– Replace aging portable classrooms that are expensive to maintain with new, modern classrooms.

Improve student safety and campus security systems, including security lighting, security cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers.

– Ensure that childrens’ playground equipment and play areas meet current health and safety standards.

The listed projects will be completed as needed. Each project is assumed to include its share of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program/project management, staff training expenses and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs. In addition to the listed projects stated above, the Project List also includes the acquisition of a variety of instructional, maintenance and operational equipment, including the reduction or retirement of outstanding lease obligations and interim funding incurred to advance fund projects from the Project List; installation of signage and fencing; payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, facility studies, assessment reviews, facility master plan preparation and updates, environmental studies (including environmental investigation, remediation and monitoring), design and construction documentation, and temporary housing of dislocated District activities caused by construction projects. In addition to the projects listed above, the repair and renovation of each of the existing school facilities may include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following: add or renovate student and staff restrooms; repair and replace electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies; repair and replace worn-out and deteriorated roofs, windows, walls, floors, doors and drinking fountains; construct or renovate the District office and facilities for professional development of teachers, more efficient administration and proper data security; install wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; upgrade or construct support facilities including administrative, physical education (including constructing, upgrading, or adding gyms, stadiums, locker/weight rooms, tracks, bleachers, athletic facilities), music, art, performing and fine arts classrooms or facilities, science, computer labs/classrooms, libraries and buildings, dedicated eating areas, maintenance facilities and yards; repair and replace fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; improve facilities to satisfy ADA requirements; resurface or replace asphalt and hard courts, turf (including artificial turf) and irrigation/drainage systems and campus landscaping; expand parking and drop-off areas; improve all site utilities; acquire land; construct new school buildings; upgrade interior and exterior painting, floor covering, and school facades; demolition; upgrade kitchens, food service, and school cafeterias; construct various forms of storage and support spaces and classrooms; improve outdoor learning environments and quads; repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; improve playgrounds, athletic fields and play apparatus; replace outdated security fences and security systems (including access control systems), provide lunch shelters, indoor space for assemblies or for rainy day lunch; upgrade music labs, multi-purpose rooms, learning centers and media centers; add new parking lots and parking structures. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, network rewiring, cabling, computers, portable interface devices, servers, switches, routers, modules, sound projection systems, laser printers, digital white boards, document projectors, upgrade voice-over-IP, clock/telephone/intercom systems, call manager and network security/firewall, wireless technology systems, refresh classroom technology and other miscellaneous equipment. The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District’s control. Some projects throughout the District, such as gyms, fields and performing arts facilities, 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 and construction documents are finalized, construction bids are received, construction contracts are awarded and projects are completed. Based on the final costs of each project, certain of the projects described above may be delayed or may not be completed. Demolition of portable classrooms and existing facilities and reconstruction of facilities scheduled for repair and upgrade may occur, if the Board determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses. Necessary site preparation/restoration may occur in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of relocatable classrooms, including ingress and egress, removing, replacing, or installing irrigation or drainage systems, utility lines, trees and landscaping, relocating fire access roads, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property. 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.

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY: IN ACCORDANCE WITH EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15272, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL APPOINT A CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE AND CONDUCT ANNUAL INDEPENDENT AUDITS TO ASSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT ONLY ON DISTRICT PROJECTS AND FOR NO OTHER PURPOSE. THE EXPENDITURE OF BOND MONEY ON THESE PROJECTS IS SUBJECT TO STRINGENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS. BY LAW, PERFORMANCE AND FINANCIAL AUDITS WILL BE PERFORMED ANNUALLY, AND ALL BOND EXPENDITURES WILL BE MONITORED BY AN INDEPENDENT CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TO ENSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT AS PROMISED AND SPECIFIED. THE CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MUST INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS, REPRESENTATION OF A BONA FIDE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION, A BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND A SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION. NO DISTRICT EMPLOYEES OR VENDORS ARE ALLOWED TO SERVE ON THE CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

NO ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES: PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THE BONDS AUTHORIZED BY THIS PROPOSITION SHALL BE USED ONLY FOR THE ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, REHABILITATION, OR REPLACEMENT OF SCHOOL FACILITIES, INCLUDING THE FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING OF SCHOOL FACILITIES, AND NOT FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE, INCLUDING TEACHER AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES AND OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES.

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