City of Irvine "Support Our Schools Initiative", Measure BB (November 2012)
Voters in Irvine approved Measure R on the November 2, 2010 ballot. Measure R ratified and extended previous decisions of the Irvine City Council to provide financial aid to the Irvine and Tustin Unified School Districts, by allocating funds each year to the Irvine Educational Partnership Fund and the Challenge Match Grant programs for Fiscal Years 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014.
Measure BB continues this type of support.
Specifically, Measure BB means:
- For Fiscal Year 2013-2014, $2 million will be added to the $500,000 already directed to be allocated to the Irvine Educational
Partnership Fund program. This would bring that total allocation to $2.5 million.
- For Fiscal Years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, $2.5 million will be allocated annually to the Irvine Educational Partnership Fund program.
- For Fiscal Years 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, $2 million of the Irvine Educational Partnership Fund will be annually allocated for these purposes:
- Employment of school nurses, instructional aides and classroom staff;
- Scholarships to attend Irvine Valley College;
- Public service instructional programs;
- Classroom supplies;
- Removing barriers to securing health, nutritional, housing and other services;
- Ensuring federal government compliance with commitments under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act;
- Planning, development and provision of sports facilities;
- Expansion of the School Resource Officers Program;
- Educational field trips.
- For Fiscal Year 2013-2014, $500,000 will be added to the $1 million already directed to be allocated to the Challenge Match Grant program, for a total allocation of $1.5 million.
- For Fiscal Years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, $1.5 million will be allocated annually to the Challenge Match Grant program.
- The Santa Ana Unified School District will be entitled to participate in the Challenge Match Grant program, with the grant portions of the Irvine, Tustin and Santa Ana school districts being determined by the actual Irvine student enrollment ratio in each district.
- The existing class size support measures, matching school district funding sources, and financial accounting statement requirement for the Challenge Match Grant program will remain the same.
- Final official results from the Orange County elections office.
Larry Agran, a member of Irvine's city council and a candidate for mayor, was the chairman of the campaign committee that was sponsoring the "Yes on Measure BB" campaign.
Donors to the "Yes on BB" campaign included:
- Michael Ray, a Laguna Beach resident who is the co-owner of Sanderson J. Ray Corp., a commercial real estate development company located in Irvine.
- Gafcon Inc., a construction consulting firm based in San Diego.
- The Irvine Police Association. This public employee labor union has also endorsed Agran for mayor.
- The United Food & Commercial Workers Local 324.
- The Orange County Employees Association.
- Townsend Public Affairs Inc. This is a firm based in Irvine that helps public agencies secure public funding for public projects.
- Michele Townsend, the wife of a co-owner of Townsend Public Affairs, who lives in Laguna Hills.
- SharePoint 360. Sharepoint 360 is a software company based in San Diego.
- The Orange County Labor Federation AFL-CIO.
Path to the ballot
Measure BB was an initiated city ordinance. Approximately 18,000 signatures were collected to qualify it for the ballot.
- Full text of Measure BB
- Analysis of Measure BB
- Argument in favor of Measure BB (Note: No arguments against Measure BB were submitted for the official voter guide)
- The "Yes on BB" website