El Camino Community College District bond proposition, Measure E (November 2012)
Measure E authorized the district to borrow $350 million. This adds $7 per $100,000 of assessed value. Property owners in the district were already paying $17 per $100,000 in assessed value because of a bond measure they approved in 2002. Based on the average home values in the district, the annual property tax paid by the average homeowner in the district will go to $72/year from $51/year.
The district expects to use the revenues from Measure E to tear down and then rebuild its football stadium (Murdock Stadium). The district will also replace or renovate other buildings on campus. Projects will include replacing the music building, the student activities center and the arts-and-behavioral-sciences structure. Marsee Auditorium and the student library will undergo renovations.
A 55% supermajority vote was required for approval.
- Final official results from the Los Angeles County elections office.
- Ann Garten, a spokesperson for the district, said, "This is for the students of the future. Many of the students that would benefit are currently in elementary or middle school."
- Thomas Fallo said, "Many of our buildings and facilities are more than 50 years old now, some are nearly 65 years old. They have been well-maintained, but, like any structures of that age, they need repairs and renovations."
- Bill Beverly, president of the college district's board, said, "We're not building these buildings or making improvements for next year, we're looking down the road 15, 20, 25 years. Think about it: With the 2002 bond, some of the projects are just coming online...So we expect 10 years from now, when we're halfway through spending the new bond money, we'll be back in a climate where we're looking at expanding enrollment (and staffing) again."
- The South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce endorsed Measure E.
Maureen O'Donnell, a trustee on El Camino Community College School District board, voted against placing Measure E on the ballot. She told a local newspaper that she has doubts about the prudence of borrowing money to build new buildings at a time when the district is struggling to find the funds for teaching staff.
The question on the ballot:
|Measure E: "To prepare students for universities/transfer/jobs, including nursing, healthcare, fire-fighting and high-tech jobs, by expanding science labs, upgrading outdated electrical systems, wiring green energy for savings, building earthquake/fire-safe classrooms equipped with up-to-date technology, improving facilities for Veterans, acquiring, constructing, repairing facilities, sites/equipment, shall El Camino Community College District issue $350,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring all funds remain local, financial audits, citizen's oversight, and NO money for pensions/administrators' salaries?"|
- San Gabriel Valley Tribune, "School bond measures among a sea of tax hikes," September 10, 2012
- Daily Breeze, "November ballot measure would allow major El Camino College upgrade," September 9, 2012
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