Lynwood Unified School District bond proposition, Measure AA (June 2010)

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A Lynwood Unified School District bond proposition, Measure AA was on the June 8, 2010 ballot in the Lynwood Unified School District in Los Angeles County, where it was defeated.

Measure AA would have authorized the school district to incur $37.4 million of debt.

Property owners in the district would have paid about $60 each year per $100,000 of assessed valuation if AA had passed.[1]

In the wake of the defeat of Measure AA, the Board of Trustees of the Lynwood Unified School District voted to put another bond proposition before the district's voters on the November 2, 2010 ballot: Lynwood Unified School District bond proposition (November 2010).

A 55% supermajority vote was required for approval.

Election results

Measure AA
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No1,27649.3%
Yes 1,312 50.7%
These final, certified results are from the Los Angeles County elections office.

Support

Arguments in the official ballot pamphlet in favor of Measure AA were signed by school board President Jose Luis Solache, board member Rachel Chavez, Helen Keller Elementary School teacher Juanita Naranjo, school union service worker Ronald Cloutier and Mayor Pro Tem Aide Castro.

The arguments there said that Measure AA "will help our community while still protecting its taxpayers. … [It] deserves our support because it will not only maintain the quality of our local schools … it will also help us maintain the quality of our community."[1]

Opposition

A group called "Lynwood Save Our Schools" opposed Measure AA. The group sponsored a line of protesters at a school board meeting in May and "...promised to protest all week against Measure AA, corruption, teacher and staff layoffs, wasteful spending and the board’s recent hiring of a new superintendent."[1]

Maria Alvarado, a leader with the Lynwood Save Our Schools group, said of Measure AA: "This bond proposition was approved by the same school board that oversaw the wasteful spending of $25 million the district had in its savings account over the course of five years, probably more. And here they are asking [us] for more money that will be charged to Lynwood residents through property taxes. As you can see, the ballot doesn't say that the bond is going to be repaid through resident’s property taxes does it? No it doesn't, so they’re misleading the voters."[1]

Arturo Ramos said, "The school district is cheating our community, because everyone wants to improve our school district. But this is an unfair way of putting this on the ballot, because the word tax is no where in the voting box. It’s in the fine print in the back, and we all know how many of us actually read the fine print....The way Measure AA is written … it’s deceiving a community where its property owners are already modifying their mortgages to try and make ends meet and now you’re asking them to pay more in property taxes."[1]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE AA: To improve student safety by upgrading school security systems and alarms; upgrade classrooms with up-to-date technology; acquire classrooms throughout the District; and provide more money for essential learning in the classrooms, shall the Lynwood Unified School District be authorized to issue $37.4 million of bonds within legal interest rates, with annual audits and an independent citizens' oversight committee, with all funds spent locally and no money used for administrative salaries or taken by the State?[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Wave Newspapers, "Lynwood school district seeks bond measure approval", June 2, 2010
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.