Local Classrooms Funding Authority parcel tax, Measure CL (November 2012)

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A Local Classrooms Funding Authority parcel tax, Measure CL ballot question was on the November 6, 2012, ballot for voters in Los Angeles County in the Lawndale, Hawthorne, Wiseburn, Lennox and Centinela Valley school districts, where it was approved. A lawsuit was filed in January 2013 that may result in the invalidation of Measure CL.[1]

Measure CL levied a parcel tax of 2¢/square foot for residential property, and 7.5¢/square foot for other types of property. This will generate about $11 million a year. The language of Measure CL allows the tax to be adjusted upwards annually for inflation.[2]

The annual new revenue will be divided in this way:

  • Centinela Valley Union High School District: $4.6 million/year
  • Hawthorne School District: $1.9 million/year
  • Lawndale Elementary School District: $1.7 million/year
  • Lennox School District: $998,836/year
  • Wiseburn School District: $2.3 million/year[2]

The five school districts jointly comprise a Joint Powers Authority.

A December 6, 2012 appellate court decision in the case of Borikas v. Alameda Unified School District may mean that Measure CL is unconstitutional because it imposes a different rate on residential and commercial properties.[3] In January 2013, a lawsuit was filed against Measure CL seeking to invalidate it on the grounds that it violates the provisions of Borikas. The attorney for the plaintiff in the lawsuit against Measure CL is David Brillant, the Walnut Creek attorney who successfully argued Borikas.[1]

A two-thirds supermajority vote was needed for approval.

Election results

Measure CL
Approveda Yes 26,631 70.42%
Final official results from the Los Angeles County elections office.


  • Ann Phillips, a member of the Lawndale school board, supported Measure CL and said, "It's not the first option, but it is how we are handling the reduction in revenue from the state. If the revenue were coming in from the state, this would not be going to voters."[2]
  • Tom Johnstone, superintendent of the Wiseburn School District, said, "All of our districts are suffering financially right now because of the fiscal crisis. The state has abdicated its responsibility to adequately fund schools. We shouldn't have to be doing this."[2]
  • Telacu Construction Management and WLC Architects Inc. were the main donors to the campaign to pass Measure CL. These firms benefited from facility upgrades at Centinela Valley schools that were made possible because of Measure CV (2010) and Measure CV (2008).


  • Jim Osborne, a member of the city council in Lawndale, said, "This is not the type of economy you want to be putting extra cost burdens on homeowners as well as renters."[2]
  • Sandra Suarez, who lives in Lawndale and is a former member of the board of the Centinela Valley Union High School District, opposed Measure CL. She said, "This is poor timing. We're in very tough times. People are trying to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. We don't have any money to give."[2]
  • Mariano Velazquez, a resident of Lawndale, expressed concern over the fact that companies who have benefited from their ties with the school district are involved in funding the "Yes on Measure CV" campaign. She said, "It makes it more apparent that none of these people leading our schools are serving the needs of the community. They're just serving their friends and business contacts."[2] Velazquez also said, "This tax won't even help them with a portion of what they have lost."[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

"To protect academic quality in local K-12 schools; maintain math, science, English programs; provide education for students with disabilities/special needs; support computer technology and school security; prepare students for college/careers; retain excellent teachers; shall Local Classrooms Funding Authority levy a special tax of 2¢/square foot of lot for residential property, and 7.5¢/square foot for other property types; requiring citizens oversight, audits, senior exemptions, no money for administrator salaries and all funds staying local?"[4]

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