Berkeley Pools bond proposition, Measure N (November 2012)
If voters approve it, the city will be authorized to borrow $19.4 million to make a variety of improvements to Berkeley's pools.
The specific improvements would include:
- A new Warm Water Pool
- A new pool at Willard Middle School
- Renovation or replacement of the lockers at the pool at King Middle School.
The bond would be repaid over a period of 30 years. A home with an assessed value of $330,500 would pay about $25/year.
The fate of the bond proposition is tied to the fate of a different measure on the same November 6, 2012, ballot: the Berkeley Pools parcel tax question. If one wins, and the other loses, they are both moot.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote is required for approval. (In California, a 55 percent supermajority vote is required to approve school bond measures, but a 2/3rds supermajority vote is required to approve city bonds.)
- Rob Collier, Ed Gold and Maggie Knutson are the co-chairs of the "Berkeley Pools Campaign", which is the main campaign committee advocating for the measure.
- Amelie Melde Fontenay is a parent of a Willard School student. She says, "My only son got here just in time to see the pool filled in with dirt. I don’t think it’s fair that the other two (middle) schools have pools and Willard doesn’t."
- Caroline Hall, a fifth grader at Malcolm X, says, "I love Willard Pool. I believe next year when I go here, there should be a pool so we can have fun. What’s a rectangle with dirt in it good for?"
- Berkeleyside, "City Council approves pools measure, debates streets", June 27, 2012
- Berkeley Patch, "Deadline Looms for Ballot Arguments", August 16, 2012
- The Daily Californian, "Pools bond would preserve city’s quality of life", June 18, 2012
- Berkeleyside, "Community rallies to get pool measure on ballot", April 30, 2012