Bipartisan coalition supports school facilities bond on November ballot

State Assembly passed bill in June

Assemblymembers Joan Buchanan and Curt Hagman, along with many supporters from around the state, urged Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday during a news conference to sign assembly bill 2235 to place a school facilities bond on the November 4 ballot.

AB 2235 authorizes a $9 billion general obligation bond that, if approved by voters, will provide $6 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of K-12 schools and $3 billion for higher education facilities.

"The quality of school facilities makes a difference. Research demonstrates that clean air, natural light, regulated temperatures and quiet, safe learning environments can dramatically boost academic and social outcomes for children. Districts are working to integrate technology into the classroom to prepare our students for the changing workforce," said Buchanan, who represents Pleasanton.

The current state building program, created in 1998, has helped build over 55,000 new classrooms and modernize 136,000 classrooms.

The program, which is a funding partnership between the state, local school districts and developers, has been "one of the most successful in the history of our state," said Buchanan.

The funds from the last state bond, passed in 2006, has been out of money for two years.

Local voters have passed bonds and developers have started projects that both require the state to "live up to its part of the bargain and place a school bond on the Nov. 2014 ballot," Buchanan said.

"All of these projects rely on the state, local school districts and developers being partners. This partnership is in danger if the Governor does not sign AB 2235 to place a bond on the November ballot," she added.

"It is irresponsible for the state to eliminate the program when schools are working hard to update curriculum and integrate technology and the housing market is beginning to turn around and lead our economic recovery. The Governor must sign AB 2235," said co-author Hagman.

The bill is supported by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, California Chamber of Commerce, State Building and Construction Trades Council, California School Boards Association, California State Parent Teacher Association, California Building Industry Association, Association of California School Administrators, California Teachers Association, Public Advocates, Coalition for Adequate School Housing, California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, as well as school districts throughout the state.


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Posted by More Taxes?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2014 at 8:59 am

When are these politicians going to quit taking their marching orders from these special interest groups that want more & more taxpayer revenue streams in the form of bond debt? Doesn't California already lead the nation in money owed for current bonds?

I hope voters recognize this latest attempt to extract tax dollars, in the name of our childrens education of course, as the baloney that is. How many dollars were spent on polling to determine what dollar amount taxpayers are willing to fork over.

Why not just say the truth and tell the electorate that they can vote for higher salaries and pension contributions for educators, and a steady stream of additional funding for the entitled, Project Labor Agreement, union contractors. Seems to me that BILLIONS in bonds were just passed, for school construction, during the recent election cycle. This smells like a political down-payment to the unions in advance of, and exchange for, tens of millions in campaign contributions.


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Posted by Julia
a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2014 at 9:24 am

I totally agree with the log-in person "More Taxes".

Some day the voters will wake up and realize how stupid the politicians think we are. They have a good reason for thinking that way...most of us always fall into their self-serving trap.

Play it again Sam and we will dance to your repeated song...Give me more and more and I will give you back nothing...I know it's not a real song but it should be.

Thank for listening and I hope everyone read "More Taxes?"

Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 5, 2014 at 9:30 am

Taxes are necessary to maintain a certain standard of living. Don't forget that if you don't pay any taxes, you will go to jail...that's how it works!

i rest my case...



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Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 5, 2014 at 11:44 am

I assume the ballot measure for this bond will start out with "this bond will not cost you anything."

All the bonds start that way to trick people into voting for it. While it will not raise your taxes (directly), it takes money away from running the state (like transportation, teaching, etc.), or taxes have to be raised to keep the same programs.

This is like telling somebody that if they buy a house on credit (i.e., a mortgage), they will not have to go to their employer to demand more pay.

All bond measures should start out with the cost, including interest, and the money to pay the annual payments will need to come from other items in the budget.

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Posted by Rand is a pansy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2014 at 6:52 pm

So, um, Manny, why is your guy wearing an Army Strong tee shirt? Surely it's not to insinuate that he spent any time in the service, is it? Because, as you know, being the selfish, possessive individualist that he is, he chose to let other people do the fighting for the U.S.

Do you like this guy because of his racist beliefs? You may recall how fairly recently he lamented passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act? That is, more than once he's rued the fact that civil rights legislation mandates that restaurant/café owners have to allow people of color to sit at their privately owned lunch counters.

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Posted by Pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 5, 2014 at 8:42 pm

affirmitive action is in inself racism

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Posted by Rand is a Pansy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Dear Pleasanton-has-passed-you-by,

My favorite color is green.

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