Los Angeles Unified School District bond proposition, Measure Q (November 2008)
Measure Q authorized the Los Angeles Unified School District to borrow $7 billion. This was the largest local school bond in the history of California.
A 55% supermajority vote was required for approval.
The vote on Measure Q represented the fifth time in eleven years that voters in the LAUSD were asked to approve a bond.
- These final, certified, election results are from the Los Angeles County elections office.
Those who supported Measure Q wanted to make the older schools in LAUSD comparable to new ones.
Q was supported by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, but groups that would traditionally support a school bond have been lukewarm about this one, even those that have endorsed it.
"We don't want to hurt public education, but at the same time it's a deeply flawed measure," said Gary Larson, spokesman for the California Charter Schools Association.
The measure was endorsed by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.
Arguments in favor
- "It earmarks $450 million to provide independent charter schools with facilities equivalent to those of regular schools."
- It doesn't increase taxes
- "It will stimulate the economy in the years to come, providing 85,000 new jobs."
- " It will address an upturn in enrollment forecast to begin in 2015."
The measure has been said to have little financed, organized opposition.
- Los Angeles Unified has already passed four multi-billion dollar bonds in the last ten years
- The measure is not specific enough as to how the district would spend the money.
- LAUSD has asked for money based on "the maximum the district's consultants figured voters would stand - not based on what the district said it actually needed for specific projects."
- The district still has nearly $6 billion in bond money left from previous measures
- The district has not demonstrated a need for the monies as enrollment is projected to continue to drop through 2015.
- The Daily Breeze claimed "The main idea behind the new bond measure is one of equity - to give all students an environment conducive to learning in the 21st century."
- The Los Angeles Times stated, "Measure Q is far too vague for voters to risk $7 billion on future, unspecified L.A. Unified expenses."
- Daily News Los Angeles also urged a "no" vote, writing, "LAUSD officials haven't demonstrated a real need," and affirmed that enrollment in LAUSD is dropping, not rising, and will continue to drop for at least seven years.
- The Daily Bruin did not support the measure as it "worries about how funds are earmarked and the lack of specific earmarking."
Concern about electioneering
A mailer paid for by the Los Angeles Unified School District came very close to electioneering, according to critics.
The question on the ballot:
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
|MEASURE Q: "To improve student health, safety and educational quality, shall the Los Angeles Unified School District: continue repair/upgrade of aging/deteriorating classrooms, restrooms; upgrade fire/earthquake safety; reduce asbestos, lead paint, air pollution, water quality hazards; build/upgrade specialized classrooms students need to meet job/college requirements; improve classroom Internet access by issuing $7 billion in bonds, at legal interest rates; with guaranteed annual audits, citizens’ oversight, no increase in maximum tax rate?"|
- Los Angeles City ballot measures
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- California 2008 local ballot measures
- School bond elections in California
- $7-billion Measure Q would fund school construction and modernization
- Smart Voter on Measure Q
- Los Angeles Times $7-billion Measure Q would fund school construction and modernization, Oct 27, 2008
- Los Angeles Times, "Lukewarm support and less for L.A. Unified bond"
- Daily News Los Angeles Schools' Measure Q brings in $704,800
- Los Angeles Times, "Remember to vote on Q, November 3, 2009