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Santa Rosa Junior College Job Training Measure
Sonoma Community College District Trustee Area 2
Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required
Fail: 69 / 53.49% Yes votes ...... 60 / 46.51% No votes
Index of all Measures
Results as of Nov 26 1:43am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (3/3)|
61.1% Voter Turnout (140/
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement | Full Text|
Santa Rosa Junior College affordable local education, job training Measure. To upgrade facilities, prepare students for careers/ university transfer, attract quality faculty, keep SRJC current, improve student access, upgrade classrooms/ labs/technology for 21st Century science/math skills, modernize career education facilities for vocational engineering, nursing, public safety, agriculture, jobs, meet earthquake/fire codes, acquire, construct/repair classrooms, facilities, sites/equipment, shall Sonoma County Junior College District issue $410,000,000 in bonds at legal rates with citizens' oversight, annual audits?
|Arguments For Measure H||Arguments Against Measure H|
|Rebuttal to Arguments For|
We acknowledge SRJC is a vital community resource and that it has financial challenges. However, taxpayers have a right to expect college administrators to manage their resources so they will not need to raise taxes through bond sales every time a roof or heating system needs replacing. The JC has not performed a reserve study and does not have a fund dedicated for replacement of major building components. As a result of our discussion with SRJC, the administration committed to perform a reserve study; however, they have not accepted the idea of funding basic replacements except through tax increases. The JC operated for over 60 years without raising taxes through bond sales to finance facility upgrades. After a $251 million bond measure a scant twelve years ago, SRJC officials are back asking for $410 million more. With an unpaid balance of $175 million on the 2002 bonds, now is not the time for more debt.
In 2002 voters were not told that these bonds were just the first of multiple installments. To the contrary, voters were told in the official ballot argument that the bonds would "meet the needs of the college for the 21st Century". We regret that Measure H also does not adequately provide for replacement reserves.
Voters rightly expect college officials to be accountable for spending decisions and make full and transparent disclosure about their financing needs. We encourage SRJC to come back next election cycle with a long term plan for maintaining their facilities.
President, Sonoma County Taxpayers' Association
s/DAN DRUMMOND Executive Director, Sonoma County Taxpayers' Association
s/TIMOTHY J. HANNAN Vice President, Sonoma County Taxpayers' Association
s/ROY D. THYLIN Secretary/Treasurer, Sonoma County Taxpayers' Association
Measure H is a whopping $410 million bond measure. If passed, it will become the largest Sonoma County bond issuance ever. And it comes on the heels of Measure A, the SRJC's $251 million bond that in 2002 was then the largest Sonoma County bond ever issued. With a still unpaid balance of $175 million remaining from Measure A, Measure H is a lot of debt to pile on top of existing debt.
But there's more to this story than the sheer volume of debt involved. The question yet to be answered is why is the college coming back for so much more money so soon? Voters were promised in 2002 that Measure A would build facilities like the new parking garage, library and culinary arts center. We were further promised that Measure A would replace and modernize existing structures on both the Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses. In fact, the official argument in support of Measure A promised that Measure A would meet the needs of the college for the 21st Century. Why when, are we having this same discussion a mere twelve years later?
It gets better. Voters in 2002 were further led to believe that Measure A would qualify for matching state funds. Voters were not told, however, that the availability of any matching funds was contingent upon California voters approving a $13 billion state-wide bond measure in a later election. Withholding information from voters is a breach of the public trust that cannot go unchallenged.
Voters are entitled to know the whole story. We are entitled to an honest assessment from college officials, both as to how far our money will go and of any hidden requirements lurking in the background. If voters don't demand the truth, who will? Vote No on Measure H.
s/DANIEL A. DRUMMOND
s/ROY D. THYLIN
s/TIMOTHY J. HANNAN
s/BRYANT R. MOYNIHAN
|Rebuttal to Arguments Against|
Sonoma County voters passed Measure A, the only previous bond in SRJC's 96-year history, with almost 70% support. The independent citizens' oversight committee and annual, public audits show Measure A funds were wellused to repair aging SRJC classrooms and buildings and expand educational access. Completed projects included Doyle Library; Plover Hall; Petaluma Campus expansion; Bertolini Student Center; Burdo Culinary Center; technology upgrades and network infrastructure. A recent refinancing saved taxpayers millions and reduced tax rates by more than 15%. Measure A was a terrific success + even winning an award from the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association.
Today, as our beloved and well-used local college nears 100 years old, Measure H is essential: it's time to tackle remaining repairs and upgrades to the deteriorating classrooms and buildings that have served our community for many decades, such as SRJC's math and science classrooms and labs, which date from the 1950's.
SRJC also needs critical upgrades to vocational and instructional technology. The world + and Sonoma County + have changed tremendously since 2002, when Measure A passed. Measure H is needed to prepare students for fouryear colleges and rewarding careers in fields like public safety, nursing and healthcare, manufacturing, engineering, science, information technology, mechanics, agriculture, and many others. Classrooms, labs and technology must be upgraded to provide modern career skills and training.
That's why people from all walks of life, including leaders in business, agriculture, healthcare and K-12 education are rallying behind Measure H.
Vote Yes on H to upgrade and improve SRJC! http://www.FriendsofSRJC.org
s/PAMELA S. CHANTER
Measure A Chair, Citizen Bond Oversight Committee
s/STEVE BOLMAN Superintendent, Petaluma City Schools
s/JOHN BALLETTO Vineyard Owner
s/CYNTHIA L. MURRAY CEO, North Bay Leadership Council
s/C. WILLIAM REINKING Retired Exchange Bank Executive
|Tax Rate Statement from Superintendent Sonoma County Junior College District|
|Full Text of Measure H|
Trustee Vote Trustee B. Robert Burdo Aye Trustee Richard W. Call Aye Trustee Kathleen Doyle Aye Trustee Don Edgar Aye Trustee Jeff Kunde Aye Trustee W. Terry Lindley Aye Trustee Don Zumwalt Aye
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE SONOMA COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE DISTRICT
s/JEFF KUNDE President, Board of Trustees
I, Dr. Frank Chong, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of Resolution No. 17-14, which was duly adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Sonoma County Junior College District at meeting thereof held on the 22nd day of July, 2014.
s/FRANK CHONG Secretary, Board of Trustees
I, B. Robert Burdo, clerk, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of Resolution No. 17-14, which was duly adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Sonoma County Junior College District at meeting thereof held on the 22nd day of July, 2014.
s/B. ROBERT BURDO Clerk, Board of Trustees STATE OF CALIFORNIA )
) ssSONOMA COUNTY)
Bonds - Yes Bonds - No
"SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE AFFORDABLE LOCAL EDUCATION, JOB TRAINING MEASURE. To upgrade facilities, prepare students for careers/university transfer, attract quality faculty, keep SRJC current, im prove student access, upgrade classrooms/labs/technology for 21st Century science/math skills, modernize career education facilities for vocational engineering, nursing, public safety, agriculture, jobs, meet earthquake/ fire codes, acquire, construct, repair classrooms, facilities, sites/equipment, shall Sonoma County Junior College District issue $410,000,000 in bonds at legal rates with citizens' oversight, annual audits?"
Bonds + Yes Bonds + No _____________ _____________
The Board of Trustees of the Sonoma County Junior College District, to be responsive to the needs of its community, evaluated Santa Rosa Junior College's urgent and critical facility needs, and its capacity to provide local area students and veterans with support facilities, an affordable education and prepare them for success in college and careers. Job training, career technical education, safety, enrollment, class size and class offerings, and information and computer technology infrastructure were each considered, in developing the scope of projects to be funded. In identifying the scope of projects, the Board has developed a Master Strategic Capital Projects Plan (June 2014), incorporated herein by reference, which prioritized facilities available to support an affordable education for local area students, help veterans prepare to reenter the workforce, offer career technical education in skilled trades, and workforce job training, so that Santa Rosa Junior Col lege remains an effective place for learning and training. In the course of developing the Project List, public input was received from many constituents. It was concluded that if these facility needs were not addressed now, the Santa Rosa Junior College would be unable to remain competitive in preparing students for jobs in high demand industries and university transfer. The Board concluded that the longer they waited to repair and upgrade the several campuses of Santa Rosa Junior College, the more expensive it would be. In upgrading facilities, the Board of Trustees determines that Santa Rosa Junior College MUST:
(i) Provide better access to an AFFORDABLE, LOW-COST, HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION closer to home for local students which is needed to successfully transfer to four-year universities; and
(ii) TRAIN LOCAL STUDENTS for LOCAL JOBS AND CAREERS in healthcare, public safety, agriculture and building trades, as high school graduates should not have to leave their community to get the skilled training they need for these local industries; and
(iii) Provide training and workforce preparation education for students of all ages, including in public safety, nursing and health care, auto mechanics, building trades, science, technology, agriculture and others; and
(iv) Provide classrooms and laboratories for a growing enrollment so that Santa Rosa Junior College can better serve more students today and in the future; and
(v) Adhere to stringent FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY safeguards including:
(a) REQUIRE ANNUAL FINANCIAL AUDITS,
(b)Require citizens' oversight of all funds,
(c) No funds will be used for administrators' salaries and pensions,
(d)ALL FUNDS WILL BE SUBJECT TO LOCAL CONTROL AND WILL REMAIN LOCAL WITH SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE.
The following types of projects are authorized to be undertaken at Santa Rosa Junior College: Academic Facility and Technology Upgrade Projects to Help Students, Active Military and Veterans Transfer toFour-Year Universities or be Trained for Today's Jobs
Goal and Purpose: Ensuring students and veterans are either prepared for transfer to University of California or the State college systems or trained for in-demand, good paying jobs are major objectives of Santa Rosa Junior College.
Veterans are an increasing percentage of the Santa Rosa Junior College student body. This measure will upgrade and expand veteran support facilities and job training to ensure that the growing number of returning service members receive the support they need as they re-enter the civilian workforce or seek to transfer to a four-year college to earn their degrees.
Santa Rosa Junior College provides essential job training and workforce preparation for students of all ages + and the demand for career education is growing steadily. This measure will support workforce training and education in public safety, nursing and health care, auto mechanics, building trades, science, technology, agriculture, and many others. High school graduates should not have to leave their community to get the skilled training they need for these local industries.
Goal and Purpose: Since the cost of attending a public university has risen to as much as six (6) times that of attending Santa Rosa Junior College, students rely on Santa Rosa Junior College to save as much as $35,000 in tuition on their way to a four-year degree. Therefore, keeping the College's facilities upgraded will help ensure that our local community college can provide our high school graduates and other local residents with access to high-quality, affordable college options closer to home.
This measure will update outdated 50- to 60- year-old classrooms, laboratories and facilities that need important health and safety upgrades. This includes repairing leaky roofs and deteriorating electrical, plumbing, heating, and mechanical systems, helping to avoid even more expensive repairs down the road.
This bond measure has strict accountability requirements including (a) an independent Citizens' Oversight Com mittee with representation from throughout our region; (b) annual financial audits to make sure money is being spent as promised; (c) no money from this measure will go towards salaries or pensions, and (d) all money will stay local and cannot be taken by Sacramento politicians.
1. 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 COLLEGE ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES, PENSIONS AND OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES.
2. FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY. THE EXPENDITURE OF BOND MONEY ON THESE PROJECTS IS SUBJECT TO STRINGENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS. BY LAW, PER FORMANCE 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.
3. BOND ISSUANCE LIMITS.
(a) No bonds shall be issued until the Board has identified projects to be funded.
(b) Bonds must be phased in over time so that project success can be determined before more bonds are issued.
(c) Bonds must have a term not longer than the useful life of the project or equipment being financed.
(d) The availability of State and Federal matching funds shall be considered in selecting projects.
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. In addition to the listed projects stated above, authorized projects also include 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 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 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: renovation of student and staff restrooms; replace aging electrical and plumbing systems; repair and replacement of heating and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies, including photovoltaic/solar installations; repair and replacement of worn-out and leaky roofs, windows, walls doors and drinking fountains; removal of outdated buildings and construction of new classrooms and support buildings; installation of wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; upgrade facilities to meet current earthquake safety standards; repair and replacement of fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; install phone tower system in case of emergencies; improve roadway crossings and signage; upgrading, resurfacing, replacing or relocating of hard courts, fields, turf and irrigation systems; upgrade classrooms; build or upgrade facilities for math, physical sciences, and horticulture; upgrade/construct parking lots/garages; repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; replace water and sewer lines and other plumbing systems; construct, upgrade or expand a health sciences and public safety training center, student union, veterans' support facility, hospitality and agriscience center, allied career technical center, industrial technology building, physical sciences building, foreign language, humanities buildings, physical education and aquatic facilities, administrative offices, 54 year-old maintenance yard/warehouse/building, outdoor education labs, instructional buildings, science and technology building, athletic fields, parking lots, turf; improve water conservation and energy efficiency; at the Petaluma campus, expand the science complex and renovate and expand the student services center; at the Shone Farm, improve classrooms, labs and student housing; expand the Southwest Santa Rosa Center; replace outdated security systems; 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, bells and clocks; demolition of unsafe facilities; install new security systems, such as security (surveillance) cameras, outdoor lighting, fencing, gates and classroom door locks; improve drainage systems; upgrade roadway and pedestrian paths for improved safety and access for emergency vehicles, site parking, utilities and grounds. The project list also includes the refinancing of outstanding lease obligations. Moderni - zation projects are expected at numerous facilities, including but not limited to Tauzer Gym (79 years old), Haehl pavilion (33 years old), Emeritus Hall (36 years old), Burbank Auditorium (74 years old), Kathleen Doyle/Jacob Halls (20 years old), Analy Hall (74 years old), Bussman Hall (74 years old), Forsyth Hall (34 years old), Garcia Hall (78 years old), Pioneer Hall (83 years old), Baker Hall (49 years old), Maggini Hall (24 years old), Call Center, and facilities housing District-wide support services. The upgrading of technology infrastructure in - cludes, but is not limited to, the funding of a technology endowment, LCD projectors, portable interface devices, servers, switches, routers, modules, sound projection systems, information systems, printers, digital white boards, upgrade voice-over-IP, communication systems, new computer systems, call manager and network security/firewall, Internet connectivity, wireless systems, technology infrastructure, and other miscellaneous equipment.
The allocation of bond proceeds will be affected by the final costs of each project. Depending on costs, the District may not be able to complete some of the projects listed above. Some projects, such as physical education facilities, 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 prep - aration/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.