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Ten reasons to vote no on Measure SA bond

Posted: November 1, 2008 3:21 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2009 5:00 a.m.
Ten reasons to vote “no” on the $300 million Measure SA bond:

1. It’s $300 million plus $158 million from Measure V plus interest for 40 years.

2. It is double taxation, triple taxation if you pay a Mello-Roos School Tax.

3. Two bonds were defeated before Measure V. It took a change in the law lowering the vote to 55 percent for Measure V to pass. This $300 million SA bond only requires a 55 percent vote.

4. Measure V funds did not build one school. Those for this $300 million SA bond misrepresent this fact on the ballot.

5. The two new high schools and two new junior highs were built with state hardship funds and Mello-Roos funds. They would have been built without Measure V.

6. Measure V fund did not build one school, but they did spend $25 million on athletic fields and $3 million for a JROTC building. Now they want $300 million for health and safety and science labs. The same issues they used for Measure V.

7. The Hart board refused to do a forensic audit to detect if there was any fraud in construction overruns with Measure V funds. Citizens oversight committee members can only rubber-stamp expenditures that say they were used for school projects.

8. The schools built with state funds and Mello-Roos tax were built in areas that no one else would build on. Golden Valley High School is next to Whittaker-Bermite and NTS (contaminated sites). Rio Norte Junior High is next to an old sewage sludge site. West Ranch is next to a high-pressure gas line.

9. Isn’t the proposed site for the Castaic high school in the area of the Chiquita dump?

10. There are no more protections in this $300 million SA bond than in Measure V. No side deals have any legal standing.

As for the school board, it appears they still don’t really know what the heck they are doing.

Vote “no” on the $300 million SA bond.


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