Antioch Unified School District bond proposition, Measure J (June 2012)
This measure was defeated; if the measure had been approved, the school district would have been authorized to borrow $59.5 million.
A 55 percent supermajority vote was required for approval.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|For critical renovation, modernization and safety needs at Antioch High School by building new, permanent classrooms including science and computer labs and a library, upgrading electrical systems, improving student access to computers and technology, shall the School Facilities Improvement District No. 1 of the Antioch Unified School District issue $59,500,000 in bonds at legal interest rates with funds monitored by an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee and no funds spent on administrators?|
Arne Simonsen, a member of the Antioch City Council from 2000-2008, opposed the ballot measure. He said, "The timing for this is wrong. We have families struggling to make their mortgage or rent payments and put food on the table. The number of foreclosures and threats of foreclosure in Antioch are obscene. Perhaps the school district should seek other sources of funds (like selling surplus property)."
- Mercury News, "East Bay races and measures head to June 5 ballot," March 9, 2012
- Contra Costa County, "Presidential Primary Election 6/5/2012, SCHOOL Measure J," accessed May 1, 2012
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Contra Costa Times, "Guest Commentary: Antioch should keep mayor an elected position," May 14, 2012