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California school bond elections are local ballot measures that ask voters to decide on whether the school district that is sponsoring the measure should be allowed to issue bonds, and incur the additional indebtedness that bonds bring with them.

All public school district in California are entitled to bond issues on the local ballot.

California also has a statewide school building program known as the School Facilities Grant Program which is supported by statewide bond measures such as Proposition 1D in 2006. Statewide bond measures require a simple majority to pass.

Local school districts can also issue school construction bonds and levy property taxes to pay for them, as long as the voters in the district approve.

Approval rates

About two-thirds of local school bond proposals in California were approved in the decade that runs from 1998-2008.[1]

Approval rates of bond measures 2009 - 2013
Year  % Approved  % Defeated
2013 77.78% 22.22%
2012 80.71% 19.29%
2011 70% 30%
2010 73.5% 26.5%
2009 50% 50%

Prior to 2001, districts needed two-thirds approval to pass local general obligation bond measures. More than 40% of local school bond ballot questions failed. In November 2000, California voters passed Proposition 39. Proposition 39 reduced the supermajority needed to pass a bond issue ballot question from 67% to 55%. Proposition 39 also imposed some restrictions on the allowable amount of the bond and included some accountability requirements. Since the passage of Proposition 39, districts have had the choice of whether to seek two-thirds or 55% approval. 80% of local school bond ballots that rely on the 55% approval have succeeded.

Donations from underwriters

"The Bond Buyer" published a study in 2012 that indicated "a nearly perfect correlation between broker-dealer contributions to California school bond efforts in 2010 and their underwriting subsequent bond sales." The group said, "Such contributions are not illegal, but they raise questions for some that regulations may need to be updated to prevent 'pay-to-play' conflicts of interest."[2]

According to the study, "underwriters contributed more than $700,000 to 41, or 67%" of the state's 2010 local bond elections. It goes on to say, "The California school bond measures linked to broker-dealer contributions approved in 2010 resulted in an estimated $3.85 billion of bond authorizations, resulting in around $1.2 billion of debt issued. Every time but once, the records showed, when a broker-dealer contributed to a bond referendum that passed, it ended up as lead manager or co-manager."[2]

"Capital Appreciation Bonds"

An investigative report published in August 2012 by the Voice of San Diego revealed that at least one school district -- Poway Unified in San Diego County -- used a form of financing called a "Capital Appreciation Bond" that will result in the district having to pay back about $1 billion for a loan of about $105 million.[3]

When the district's voters approved Proposition C in February 2008, they were told in the official voter guide that their taxes would not go up if they voted "yes" on the proposed borrowing. However, unbeknownst to voters, taxes will only be held down for 20 years. After that, for another 20 years, taxes will increase dramatically. This is because the school district arranged a loan repayment schedule where for the first 20 years, no loan payments will be made at all. All the deferred interest from the first 20 years of the loan will be added back to the principal of the loan and it will all start coming due in 20 years.[3]

"In 2008, voters had given the district permission to borrow more money to finish its modernization, and they had received a big promise from the elected school board in return: No tax increases.
Without increasing taxes, the district couldn’t afford to borrow money in the conventional way. So, instead of borrowing from investors over 20 or 30 years and paying the debt down each year, like a mortgage, the district got creative.
With advice from an Orange County financial consultant, the district borrowed the money over 40 years in a controversial loan called a capital appreciation bond. The key point for the district: It won’t make any payments on the debt for 20 years.
And that means the district’s debt will keep getting bigger and bigger as interest on the loan piles up.
The bottom line: For borrowing $105 million in 2011, taxpayers will end up paying investors more than $981 million by 2051, or almost 10 times what the district borrowed. That’s wildly more expensive than a typical school bond, in which a district pays back two or maybe three times what it borrowed."[3]

Elections

2013

2013 school bond question election overview
Status Number Win/Loss % Dollars Dollar %
Approveda Approved 7 77.78% $320,550,000 67.01%
Defeatedd Defeated 2 22.22% $157,800,00 32.99%
Totals: 140 100% -- 100%


Ballot Measure:Outcome:Yes (%):No (%):
Proposition BUSD-SApproveda4,663   (61.78%)2,884   (38.21%)
Measure YApproveda176   (94.12%)11   (5.88%)
Measure AApproveda754   (68.98%)339   (31.02%)
Measure SApproveda2,305   (73.9%)812   (26.1%)
Measure WApproveda4,222   (75.3%)1,383   (24.7%)
Measure HApproveda2,453   (61.04%)1,566   (38.96%)
Measure GDefeatedd2,828   (52.17%)2,593   (47.83%)
Measure PDefeatedd8,002   (46.5%)9,195   (53.5%)
Measure GApproveda6,995   (68.44%)3,225   (31.56%)

2012

2012 school bond question election overview
Status Number Win/Loss % Dollars Dollar %
Approveda Approved 113 80.71% $13,169,301,190 92.07%
Defeatedd Defeated 27 19.29% $1,134,840,000 7.93%
Totals: 140 100% $14,304,141,190 100%

November 6:

See also: November 6, 2012 ballot measure elections

106 public school bond propositions were on the November 6, 2012 ballot in 33 counties.

They ranged from a low of a $830,000 (Pacific Elementary, Measure M in Santa Cruz County) to a high of $2.8 billion (San Diego Unified, Proposition Z in San Diego County).

Eight of the 106 measures were for community colleges.

Each measure required a 55% supermajority vote for approval.

Measure County Amount Outcome
Alum Rock Union, Measure J Santa Clara $125,000,000 Approveda


Alvord Unified, Measure W Riverside $79,000,000 Approveda


Antioch Union High, Measure C Shasta $12,300,000 Approveda


Antioch High, Measure B Contra Costa $56,500,000 Approveda


Arcata Elementary, Measure F Humboldt $7,000,000 Approveda


Bellflower Unified, Measure BB Los Angeles $79,000,000 Approveda


Brawley Elementary, Measure S Imperial $7,500,000 Approveda


Burlingame Elementary, Measure D San Mateo $56,000,000 Approveda


Butteville Union, Measure R Siskiyou $3,500,000 Defeatedd


Cajon Valley Union, Measure C San Diego $88,400,000 Approveda


Castaic Union Elementary, Measure QS Los Angeles $51,000,000 Approveda


Caruthers Unified, Measure C Fresno $12,000,000 Approveda


Cerritos Community College, Measure G Los Angeles $350,000,000 Approveda


Chaffey Joint Union High, Measure P San Bernardino $848,000,000 Approveda


Chico Unified, Measure E Butte $78,000,000 Approveda


Chula Vista Elementary, Measure E San Diego $90,000,000 Approveda


Coachella Valley Unified, Measure X Riverside/Imperial $41,000,000 Approveda


Coast Community College, Measure M Orange $698,000,000 Approveda


College School District, Measure K Santa Barbara $12,000,000 Defeatedd


Covina-Valley Unified, Measure CC Los Angeles $129,000,000 Approveda


Dehesa Schools, Measure D San Diego $3,000,000 Approveda


Del Mar Union, Proposition CC San Diego $76,800,000 Defeatedd


Delhi Unified, Measure E Merced $8,000,000 Approveda


Earlimart Schools, Measure H Tulare $3,600,000 Approveda


East Side Union High, Measure I Santa Clara $120,000,000 Approveda


El Camino Community College, Measure E Los Angeles $350,000,000 Approveda


Elk Hills, Measure O Kern $6,200,000 Defeatedd


Escalon Unified, Measure B San Joaquin $19,500,000 Approveda


Folsom Cordova Unified, Measure P Sacramento $68,000,000 Approveda


Fortuna Union, Measure D Humboldt $10,000,000 Approveda


Fountain Valley, Measure N Orange $23,500,000 Defeatedd


Gravenstein Union, Measure M Sonoma $6,000,000 Approveda


Gridley Unified, Measure G Butte $11,000,000 Defeatedd


Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College, Measure V San Diego $398,000,000 Approveda


Hemet Unified, Measure U Riverside $49,000,000 Approveda


Hueneme Elementary, Measure T Ventura $19,600,000 Approveda


Inglewood Unified, Measure GG Los Angeles $90,000,000 Approveda


Jefferson Elementary, Measure I San Mateo $67,500,000 Approveda


Jefferson Union High, Measure E San Mateo $41,900,000 Approveda


Kings Canyon Unified, Measure K Fresno/Tulare $40,000,000 Approveda


Knightsen Elementary, Measure H Contra Costa $3,000,000 Defeatedd


La Habra City Schools, Measure O Orange $31,000,000 Approveda


Lancaster Elementary, Measure L Los Angeles $63,000,000 Approveda


Lindsay Unified, Measure L Tulare $16,000,000 Approveda


Little Lake City, Measure EE Los Angeles $18,000,000 Approveda


Lynwood Unified, Measure K Los Angeles $93,000,000 Approveda

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McFarland Unified, Measure M Kern $25,000,000 Approveda


Mendota Unified, Measure M Fresno $19,000,000 Approveda


MiraCosta Community College, Proposition EE San Diego $497,000,000 Defeatedd


Morgan Hill, Measure G Santa Clara $198,250,000 Approveda


Mount Pleasant Schools, Measure L Santa Clara $25,000,000 Approveda


Mountain Empire Unified, Measure G San Diego $30,800,000 Defeatedd


Nuview Union, Measure V Riverside $4,000,000 Approveda


Oakland Unified, Measure J Alameda $475,000,000 Approveda


Ocean View Schools, Measure P Orange $198,000,000 Defeatedd


Ocean View Schools, Measure P Ventura $4,200,000 Approveda


Oxnard Schools, Measure R Ventura $90,000,000 Approveda


Pacific Elementary, Measure M Santa Cruz $830,000 Approveda


Pajaro Valley Unified, Measure L Santa Cruz/Monterey $150,000,000 Approveda


Palmdale Elementary, Measure DD Los Angeles $220,000,000 Approveda


Panama-Buena Vista Union, Measure P Kern $147,000,000 Approveda


Perris Union High Riverside $153,420,000 Approveda


Porterville Unified, Measure J Tulare $90,000,000 Defeatedd


Ramona Unified, Measure R San Diego $66,000,000 Defeatedd


Rancho Santiago Community College, Measure Q Orange $198,000,000 Approveda


Redondo Beach Unified, Measure Q Los Angeles $63,000,000 Approveda


Ripon Unified, Measure G San Joaquin $25,236,190 Approveda


Roseland Schools, Measure N Sonoma $7,000,000 Approveda


Rowland Unified, Measure R Los Angeles $158,800,000 Approveda


Sacramento City Unified, Measure Q Sacramento $346,000,000 Approveda


Sacramento City Unified, Measure R Sacramento $68,000,000 Approveda


San Bernardino City Unified, Measure N San Bernardino $250,000,000 Approveda


San Carlos Elementary San Mateo $72,000,000 Approveda


San Diego Unified, Proposition Z San Diego $2,800,000,000 Approveda


San Dieguito Union High, Proposition AA San Diego $449,000,000 Approveda


San Jose Unified, Measure H Santa Clara $290,000,000 Approveda


San Juan Unified, Measure N Sacramento $350,000,000 Approveda


San Ramon Valley, Measure D Contra Costa $260,000,000 Approveda


Sanger Unified, Measure S Fresno $50,000,000 Approveda


Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, Measure ES Los Angeles $385,000,000 Approveda


Santa Ynez Valley Union High, Measure L Santa Barbara $19,840,000 Defeatedd


Solano Community College Solano/Yolo $348,000,000 Approveda


Soledad Unified, Measure C Monterey $40,000,000 Approveda


Somis Union, Measure S Ventura $9,000,000 Approveda


Sonora Union High, Measure J Tuolumne $23,000,000 Approveda


South Bay Union, Measure Y San Diego $26,000,000 Approveda


Spreckels Union, Measure B Monterey $7,000,000 Approveda


St. Helena Unified, Measure C Napa $30,000,000 Approveda


Standard School, Measure Q Kern $11,200,000 Approveda


Stockton Unified, Measure E San Joaquin $156,000,000 Approveda


Summerville Union High, Measure H Tuolumne $8,000,000 Approveda


Temecula Valley Unified, Measure Y Riverside $165,000,000 Approveda


Temple City Unified, Measure S Los Angeles $128,800,000 Approveda


Templeton Unified, Measure H San Luis Obispo $35,000,000 Approveda


Tustin Unified, Measure S Orange $135,000,000 Approveda


Visalia Unified, Measure E Tulare $60,100,000 Approveda


Washington Unified, Measure W Fresno $22,000,000 Approveda


Weaver Union, Measure G Merced $9,000,000 Approveda


West Contra Costa Unified, Measure E Contra Costa $360,000,000 Approveda


West Hills Community College, Measure L Fresno/Kings $12,655,000 Approveda


Westside Union Elementary, Measure WR Los Angeles $18,510,000 Approveda


Wheatland Union, Measure U Yuba $9,000,000 Approveda


Whittier City Elementary, Measure Z Los Angeles $55,000,000 Approveda


Willows Unified, Measure P Glenn $14,700,000 Defeatedd


Wilmar Union, Measure P Sonoma $4,000,000 Approveda


Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified, Measure O Riverside/San Bernardino $98,000,000 Defeatedd


June 5:

See also: June 5, 2012 ballot measure elections

34 public school bond propositions were on the June 5, 2012 ballot. Twenty-five (or 73.5%) of the bond proposals were approved, and nine (or 26.5%) were defeated.

They ranged from a low of $2.2 million (Trinidad Union, Measure W in Humboldt County) to a high of $350 million (West Valley-Mission Community College District bond proposition, Measure C in Santa Clara County and Santa Cruz County).

Each measure required a 55% supermajority vote for approval.

Measure County Amount Outcome
Alpine Union, Proposition H San Diego $11,995,000 Defeatedd


Antioch Unified, Measure J Contra Costa $59,500,000 Defeatedd


Biggs Unified, Measure B Butte $6,000,000 Defeatedd


Brea-Olinda Unified, Measure E Orange $54,000,000 Defeatedd


Buellton Union, Measure V Santa Barbara $3,200,000 Approveda


Cabrillo Unified, Measure S San Mateo $81,000,000 Approveda


Charter Oak Unified, Measure CO Los Angeles $47,000,000 Approveda


Clovis Unified, Measure A Fresno $298,000,000 Approveda


Corcoran Joint Unified, Measure V Kings $9,000,000 Defeatedd


Cupertino Union, Measure H Santa Clara $200,000,000 Approveda


Dublin Unified, Measure E Alameda $99,000,000 Approveda


Gridley Unified, Measure C Butte $11,000,000 Defeatedd


Gridley Elementary, Measure D Butte $2,500,000 Approveda


Healdsburg Unified, Measure E Sonoma $35,000,000 Approveda


Guerneville, Measure F Sonoma $6,000,000 Approveda


Jurupa Unified, Measure M Riverside $125,000,000 Defeatedd


Lincoln Unified, Measure A San Joaquin $48,500,000 Approveda


Milpitas Unified, Measure E Santa Clara $95,000,000 Approveda


Mountain Empire, Proposition G San Diego $30,800,000 Defeatedd


Mountain View Whisman, Measure G Santa Clara $198,000,000 Approveda


Norris School District, Measure B Kern $149,000,000 Approveda


Old Adobe Union, Measure G Sonoma $26,000,000 Approveda


Pollock Pines Elementary, Measure K El Dorado $9,000,000 Approveda


Reef-Sunset Unified, Measure A Kings $10,800,000 Approveda


Savanna Elementary, Measure G Orange $28,750,000 Approveda


Sebastopol Union, Measure H Sonoma $9,000,000 Approveda


Sierra Unified, Measure O Fresno $5,400,000 Defeatedd


Southern Trinity Unified, Measure V Humboldt $2,300,000 Approveda


Sulphur Springs Union Elementary, Measure CK Los Angeles $72,000,000 Approveda


Taft City School, Measure C Kern $23,600,000 Approveda


Trindad Union, Measure W Humboldt $2,200,000 Approveda


Val Verde Unified, Measure L Riverside $178,000,000 Approveda


West Valley-Mission Community College, Measure C Santa Clara/Santa Cruz $350,000,000 Approveda


Wright, Measure I Sonoma $14,000,000 Approveda


2011

2011 school bond question election overview
Status Number Win/Loss % Dollars Dollar %
Approveda Approved 7 70% $981,100,000.00 41.34%
Defeatedd Defeated 3 30% $1,392,000,000 58.66%
Totals: 10 100% $2,373,100,000 100%

November 8:

Approveda Bradley Union School District bond proposition, Measure T
Approveda Larkspur School District bond proposition, Measure A
Approveda Millbrae School District bond proposition, Measure N
Approveda Newark Unified School District bond proposition, Measure G
Approveda Newhall School District bond proposition, Measure E
Defeatedd San Bruno Park School District bond proposition, Measure O
Approveda San Francisco Unified School District bond, Proposition A
Defeatedd San Mateo Community College District bond proposition, Measure H

April 5:

Approveda Glendale Unified School District bond proposition, Measure S

March 8:

Defeatedd Santa Clara Unified School District bond proposition, Measure A

2010

See also: California school district bond elections in 2010
2010 school bond question election overview
Status Number Win/Loss % Dollars Dollar %
Approveda Approved 61 73.5% $5,053,250,000 89.75%
Defeatedd Defeated 22 26.5% $576,950,000 10.25%
Totals: 83 100% $5,630,200,000 100%

June 8:

Measure County Amount Outcome
Anderson Valley Unified, Measure A Mendocino $15,250,000 Approveda


Arcohe Union, Measure A Sacramento $3,900,000 Defeatedd


Big Pine, Measure A Inyo $4,100,000 Approveda


Blue Lake Elementary, Measure K Humboldt $2,000,000 Approveda


Calipatria Unified, Measure I Imperial $25,000,000 Defeatedd


Campbell Union Elementary, Measure G Santa Clara $150,000,000 Approveda


Corcoran Unified, Measure Q Kings/Tulare $24,700,000 Defeatedd


Garden Grove Unified, Measure A Orange $250,000,000 Approveda


Greenfield Union, Measure L Monterey $8,300,000 Approveda


Hope School, Measure L Santa Barbara $8,000,000 Approveda


Los Gatos Union, Measure E Santa Clara $30,900,000 Approveda


Lucerne Valley Unified, Measure S San Bernardino $7,950,000 Defeatedd


Lynwood Unified, Measure AA Los Angeles $37,400,000 Defeatedd


Mark West Union, Measure C Sonoma $14,000,000 Approveda


Mountain View-Los Altos Union, Measure A Santa Clara $41,300,000 Approveda


Mt. Diablo Unified, Measure C Contra Costa $348,000,000 Approveda


Rohnerville, Measure M Humboldt $5,000,000 Approveda


Southern Humboldt Unified, Measure L Humboldt/Mendocino $25,200,000 Approveda


West Contra Costa Unified, Measure D Contra Costa $380,000,000 Approveda


Willits Unified, Measure B Mendocino $43,000,000 Approveda


November 2:

Measure County Amount Outcome
Anaheim G Orange $169,300,000 Approveda


Aromas-San Juan Z Monterey/Santa Cruz $16,100,000 Approveda


Atascadero I-10 San Luis Obispo $117,000,000 Approveda


Baker Valley D San Bernardino $3,200,000 Defeatedd


Belmont-Redwood I & N San Mateo $60,000,000 Approveda
(both)
Bennett Valley J Sonoma $10,600,000 Approveda


Berkeley I Alameda $210,000,000 Approveda


Calistoga A Sonoma/Napa $42,000,000 Approveda


Centinela Valley CV Los Angeles $98,000,000 Approveda


Claremont CL Los Angeles $95,000,000 Defeatedd


Cloverdale G Sonoma $17,000,000 Approveda


Coalinga-Huron E Monterey/Fresno $16,100,000 Approveda


Cutler-Orosi T Fresno/Tulare $15,000,000 Defeatedd


Dehasa M San Diego $5,500,000 Approveda


Dixon D Solano $32,000,000 Defeatedd


Duarte E Los Angeles $62,000,000 Approveda


El Rancho EE Los Angeles $52,000,000 Approveda


Emery Unified J Alameda $95,000,000 Approveda


Encinatas Union P San Diego $44,200,000 Approveda


Fairfax C Kern $24,800,000 Approveda


Forestville Union K Sonoma $5,100,000 Approveda


Franklin-McKinley J Santa Clara $50,000,000 Approveda


Fresno Unified Q Fresno $280,000,000 Approveda


Hamilton Unified O Glenn $5,400,000 Defeatedd


Hughson Unified H Stanislaus $21,000,000 Defeatedd


Imperial Community College J Imperial $80,000,000 Approveda


Jefferson J San Joaquin $35,400,000 Approveda


Julian Union L San Diego $2,100,000 Approveda


Junction Elementary C Shasta $3,100,000 Defeatedd


Knightsen Elementary N Contra Costa $5,000,000 Defeatedd


Lynwood Unified L Los Angeles $45,000,000 Defeatedd


Magnolia I Orange $16,300,000 Approveda


Martinez Unified K Contra Costa $45,000,000 Approveda


Monterey Peninsula P Monterey $110,000,000 Approveda


Moreland Elementary K Santa Clara $55,000,000 Approveda


Mt. San Jacinto Community College U Riverside $47,000,000 Defeatedd


Northern Humboldt Union Q Humboldt $25,800,000 Approveda


Ohlone Community College G Alameda $349,000,000 Approveda


Piner-Olivet L Sonoma $20,000,000 Approveda


Pittsburg Unified L Contra Costa $100,000,000 Approveda


Rialto Unified Y San Bernardino $98,000,000 Approveda


Ross Valley A Marin $41,000,000 Approveda


Saint Helena Unified B Napa $30,000,000 Approveda


San Jose City College G Santa Clara $268,000,000 Approveda


San Leandro M Alameda $50,000,000 Approveda


San Marcos Unified K San Diego $287,000,000 Approveda


San Mateo Union O San Mateo $186,000,000 Approveda


Santa Barbara Elementary R Santa Barbara $75,000,000 Approveda


Santa Barbara High Q Santa Barbara $75,000,000 Approveda


Santa Clara Unified H Santa Clara $81,100,000 Approveda


Scott Valley Unified E Siskiyou $5,900,000 Defeatedd


Sierra Plumas Joint C Plumas/Sierra $5,000,000 Defeatedd


Sierra Unified S Fresno $9,600,000 Defeatedd


Sonoma Valley Unified H Sonoma $40,000,000 Approveda


Sonora Elementary H Tuolumne $3,800,000 Defeatedd


South San Francisco Unified J San Mateo $162,000,000 Approveda


Summerville Union High G Tuolumne $8,000,000 Defeatedd


Twin Hill Union M Sonoma $11,000,000 Approveda


Waterford Unified I Stanislaus $11,000,000 Defeatedd


West Sonoma County Union I Sonoma $23,800,000 Approveda


Western Placer Unified J Placer $163,000,000 Defeatedd


Wiseburn AA Los Angeles $87,000,000 Approveda


2009

2009 school bond question election overview
Status Number Win/Loss % Dollars Dollar %
Approveda Approved 2 50% $69,000,000 79.1%
Defeatedd Defeated 2 50% $18,235,000 20.9%
Totals: 4 100% $87,235,000 100%
Measure County Amount Outcome
Mill Valley, Measure C Marin $59,800,000 Approveda


Shoreline Unified, Measure D Marin, Sonoma $9,290,000 Approveda


Springville Union, Measure O Tulare $6,735,000 Defeatedd


Springville Union, Measure L Tulare $11,500,000 Defeatedd


2008

2008 school bond question election overview
Status Number Dollars District % Dollar %
Approveda Approved 140 85.9%
Defeatedd Defeated 23 14.1%
Totals: 163 - 100% 100%

November 4:

See California school district bond elections, November 2008

Ninety-six (96) school bond requests were on the November 4 ballot and eighty-seven of these were approved. Altogether, $22 billion in debt was incurred in the 87 school districts where bonds were approved. The most expensive bond request was the $7 billion sought and received by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The least expensive request was that of Cold Spring in Santa Barbara County, which sought and received $2.44 million.

Of the nine bond measures that failed, four received less than 50%. The other five that failed got between 50-54.9% of the vote, but failed because to pass, they needed a supermajority vote of at least 55%.

June 3:

See June 3, 2008 ballot measures in California

Forty-six school financing measures were on the June 3 ballot in California. This included:

  • 33 school bond measures. 26 passed; 7 failed.
  • 13 parcel tax measures. 7 passed; 6 failed.

February 5:

39 school districts asked for additional funding on February 5, 2008. 30 of the 39 passed with more than the 55% approval rate required by Prop 39 for their passage, for a total of approximately $3.9 billion in approved local school construction funds.

Eighteen of the thirty that passed would have failed to gain approval before Proposition 39 lowered the success threshold from two-thirds to 55%. The eighteen that passed because of the 55% threshold that would not have passed with a 2/3 threshold added $2.3 billion in new spending.

Measure County Amount Outcome
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District, Measure V Los Angeles $46.20 million Defeatedd


Albany Unified School District, Measure E Alameda $10.00 million Approveda


Biggs Unified School District, Measure A Butte $4.28 million Defeatedd


Cajon Valley Union School District, Measure D San Diego $156.50 million Approveda


Caruthers Unified School District, Measure A Fresno $11.30 million Defeatedd


Caruthers Schools Facilities Improvement District 1, Measure B Fresno $2.80 million Defeatedd


Cold Spring School District, Measure R Santa Barbara $8.50 million Defeatedd


Dry Creek Joint School District, Measure E Placer/Sacramento $67.00 million Approveda


East Side Union High School District, Measure E Santa Clara $349.00 million Approveda


Enterprise Elementary School District, Measure A Shasta $34.00 million Approveda


Exeter Union Elementary School District bond proposition, Measure D (February 2008) Tulare $6.40 million Approveda


Geyserville Unified School District bond proposition, Measure A (February 2008) Sonoma $3.25 million Approveda


Lindsay Unified School District bond proposition, Measure B (February 2008) Tulare $20.70 million Approveda


Loomis Union School District bond proposition, Measure G (February 2008) Placer $17.70 million Defeatedd


Long Beach Community College District bond proposition, Measure E (February 2008) Los Angeles $440.00 million Approveda


Los Banos Unified School District bond proposition, Measure K (February 2008) Merced $44.00 million Approveda


McCabe Union Elementary School District bond proposition, Measure A (February 2008) Imperial $7.00 million Defeatedd


Menifee Union School District bond proposition, Measure B (February 2008) Riverside $31.46 million Approveda


Mojave Unified School District bond proposition, Measure A (February 2008) Kern $24.00 million Approveda


Napa Valley Community College District bond proposition, Measure L (February 2008) Napa/Sonoma $178.40 million Defeatedd


Orland Unified School District bond proposition, Measure K (February 2008) Glenn $21.90 million Approveda


Palm Springs Unified School District bond proposition, Measure E (February 2008) Riverside $516.00 million Approveda


Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District bond proposition, Measure A (February 2008) Orange $200.00 million Approveda


Poway Unified School District bond proposition, Measure C (February 2008) San Diego $179.00 million Approveda


Rancho Sante Fe School District bond proposition, Measure E (February 2008) San Diego $34.00 million Approveda


Redlands Unified School District bond proposition, Measure J (February 2008) San Bernardino $65.50 million Approveda


Redondo Beach Unified School District bond proposition, Measure C (February 2008) Los Angeles $145.00 million Approveda


Rio Bravo Greeley Union School District bond proposition, Measure B (February 2008) Kern $10.90 million Approveda


San Bernardino Community College District bond proposition, Measure M (February 2008) San Bernardino $500.00 million Approveda


San Gabriel Unified School District bond proposition, Measure A (February 2008) Los Angeles $65.00 million Approveda


San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District bond proposition, Measure O (February 2008) Santa Cruz $18.90 million Approveda


San Mateo-Foster City Schools bond proposition, Measure L (February 2008) San Mateo $175.00 million Approveda


Sequoia Union High School bond proposition, Measure J (February 2008) San Mateo $165.00 million Approveda


Stockton Unified School District bond proposition, Measure Q (February 2008) San Joaquin $464.50 million Approveda


Tipton Elementary School District bond proposition, Measure E (February 2008) Tulare $3.10 million Defeatedd


Upland Unified School District bond proposition, Measure K (February 2008) San Bernardino $103.00 million Approveda


Windsor Unified School District bond proposition, Measure B (February 2008) Sonoma $50.00 million Approveda


Woodlake High School District bond proposition, Measure C (February 2008) Tulare $4.50 million Approveda


$100 billion from 1996-2006

From 1996 to 2006, California voters approved nearly $100 billion in school construction bonds at the state and local level. This total increased with passage of California Proposition 1D (2006) by another $10.4 billion.

In another study, from 1986 through 1999, 450 school districts sponsored 731 general obligation bond elections. 54% of the 731 passed. In those years, two-thirds voter approval was required; this changed in 2000 to 55%.

Statewide bond measures

Colleges

Year Proposition Amount Outcome
1914 Proposition 11 $1,800,000 Approveda


1962 Proposition 1A $270,000,000 Approveda


1964 Proposition 2 $380,000,000 Approveda


1966 Proposition 2 $230,000,000 Approveda


1968 Proposition 2 $65,000,000 Approveda


1968 Proposition 3 $250,000,000 Defeatedd


1970 Proposition 1 $246,300,000 Defeatedd


1972 Proposition 1 $160,000,000 Approveda


1972 Proposition 2 $155,900,000 Approveda


1986 Proposition 56 $400,000,000 Approveda


1988 Proposition 78 $600,000,000 Approveda


1990 Proposition 121 $450,000,000 Approveda


1990 Proposition 143 $450,000,000 Defeatedd


1992 Proposition 153 $900,000,000 Approveda


1994 Proposition 1C $900,000,000 Defeatedd


Libraries

Year Proposition Amount Outcome
1988 Proposition 85 $75,000,000 Approveda


2000 Proposition 14 $350,000,000 Approveda


2006 Proposition 81 $600,000,000 Defeatedd


Childcare

Year Proposition Amount Outcome
1990 Proposition 151 $30,000,000 Defeatedd


Process

Year Proposition Subject Outcome
1966 Proposition 4 60% Supermajority to Approve School and Library Bonds Defeatedd


1993 Proposition 170 Simple Majority Vote Needed to Approve School Bonds Defeatedd


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