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|noresultsheader = Election results for the notable local measures in {{{State}}} will be available as soon as they are released. Stay tuned for continuous election coverage on Tuesday, November 5. For more on this year's measures check out our [[Ballot Measure Scorecard, 2013|scorecard]].

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California school bond elections are local ballot measures that ask voters to decide on whether the school district that is sponsoring the measure should be allowed to issue bonds, and incur the additional indebtedness that bonds bring with them.

All public school district in California are entitled to bond issues on the local ballot.

California also has a statewide school building program known as the School Facilities Grant Program which is supported by statewide bond measures such as Proposition 1D in 2006. Statewide bond measures require a simple majority to pass.

Local school districts can also issue school construction bonds and levy property taxes to pay for them, as long as the voters in the district approve.

Approval rates

About two-thirds of local school bond proposals in California were approved in the decade that runs from 1998-2008.[1]

Approval rates of bond measures 2009 - 2013
Year  % Approved  % Defeated
2014 79.55% 20.45%
2013 77.78% 22.22%
2012 80.71% 19.29%
2011 70% 30%
2010 73.5% 26.5%
2009 50% 50%

Prior to 2001, districts needed two-thirds approval to pass local general obligation bond measures. More than 40% of local school bond ballot questions failed. In November 2000, California voters passed Proposition 39. Proposition 39 reduced the supermajority needed to pass a bond issue ballot question from 67% to 55%. Proposition 39 also imposed some restrictions on the allowable amount of the bond and included some accountability requirements. Since the passage of Proposition 39, districts have had the choice of whether to seek two-thirds or 55% approval. 80% of local school bond ballots that rely on the 55% approval have succeeded.

Donations from underwriters

"The Bond Buyer" published a study in 2012 that indicated "a nearly perfect correlation between broker-dealer contributions to California school bond efforts in 2010 and their underwriting subsequent bond sales." The group said, "Such contributions are not illegal, but they raise questions for some that regulations may need to be updated to prevent 'pay-to-play' conflicts of interest."[2]

According to the study, "underwriters contributed more than $700,000 to 41, or 67%" of the state's 2010 local bond elections. It goes on to say, "The California school bond measures linked to broker-dealer contributions approved in 2010 resulted in an estimated $3.85 billion of bond authorizations, resulting in around $1.2 billion of debt issued. Every time but once, the records showed, when a broker-dealer contributed to a bond referendum that passed, it ended up as lead manager or co-manager."[2]

"Capital Appreciation Bonds"

An investigative report published in August 2012 by the Voice of San Diego revealed that at least one school district -- Poway Unified in San Diego County -- used a form of financing called a "Capital Appreciation Bond" that will result in the district having to pay back about $1 billion for a loan of about $105 million.[3]

When the district's voters approved Proposition C in February 2008, they were told in the official voter guide that their taxes would not go up if they voted "yes" on the proposed borrowing. However, unbeknownst to voters, taxes will only be held down for 20 years. After that, for another 20 years, taxes will increase dramatically. This is because the school district arranged a loan repayment schedule where for the first 20 years, no loan payments will be made at all. All the deferred interest from the first 20 years of the loan will be added back to the principal of the loan and it will all start coming due in 20 years.[3]

"In 2008, voters had given the district permission to borrow more money to finish its modernization, and they had received a big promise from the elected school board in return: No tax increases.
Without increasing taxes, the district couldn’t afford to borrow money in the conventional way. So, instead of borrowing from investors over 20 or 30 years and paying the debt down each year, like a mortgage, the district got creative.
With advice from an Orange County financial consultant, the district borrowed the money over 40 years in a controversial loan called a capital appreciation bond. The key point for the district: It won’t make any payments on the debt for 20 years.
And that means the district’s debt will keep getting bigger and bigger as interest on the loan piles up.
The bottom line: For borrowing $105 million in 2011, taxpayers will end up paying investors more than $981 million by 2051, or almost 10 times what the district borrowed. That’s wildly more expensive than a typical school bond, in which a district pays back two or maybe three times what it borrowed."[3]



Note: The results of school bond elections up to June 3, 2014, are below. The results for school bond measures will be updated throughout the year.
2014 school bond question election overview
Status Number Win/Loss % Dollars Dollar %
Approveda Approved 7 77.78% $320,550,000 67.01%
Defeatedd Defeated 2 22.22% $157,800,00 32.99%
Totals: 140 100% -- 100%
Ballot Measure:Outcome:Yes (%):No (%):
ABC USD Measure AADefeatedd7,591   (43.95%)9,679   (56.05%)
Measure IApproveda13,111   (62.75%)7,783   (37.25%)
Orange County, Measure HApproveda30,238   (59.1%)20,939   (40.9%)
Arvin USD Measure EApproveda1,114   (79.46%)288   (20.54%)
Atascadero Unified School District, Measure BApproveda7,102   (61.67%)4,415   (38.33%)
Measure CApproveda325   (82.1%)71   (17.9%)
Measure DApproveda1,314   (62.2%)797   (37.8%)
Belmont-Redwood Shores School District, Measure IApproveda7,017   (64.8%)3,820   (35.2%)
Measure SApproveda3,903   (63.49%)2,244   (36.51%)
Berryessa Union School District, Measure LApproveda10,622   (69.33%)4,698   (30.67%)
Marin County Measure BDefeatedd451   (49.72%)456   (50.28%)
Measure KApproveda398   (67.80%)189   (32.20%)
Measure BApproveda2,229   (66.9%)1,104   (33.1%)
Cajon Valley Union School District, Proposition CDefeatedd13,382   (49.08%)13,884   (50.92%)
Measure IApproveda3,840   (72.47%)1,459   (27.53%)
Carpinteria Unified School District, Measure UApproveda3,901   (66.33%)1,980   (33.67%)
Central School District, Measure NApproveda4,141   (67.10%)2,030   (32.90%)
Measure JApproveda494   (61.1%)314   (38.9%)
Azusa Unified School District Measure KApproveda3,983   (56.24%)3,099   (43.76%)
Bassett School District Measure VApproveda1,616   (62.42%)973   (37.58%)
Downey School District Measure OApproveda10,093   (61.87%)6,221   (38.13%)
College School District, Measure YDefeatedd1244   (49.96%)1246   (50.04%)
Columbia Elementary School District, Measure EApproveda1,984   (56.65%)1,518   (43.35%)
Colusa Unified School District, Measure AApproveda1,049   (63.08%)614   (36.92%)
Compton College District Measure CApproveda20,209   (78.39%)5,570   (21.61%)
Measure IApproveda27,468   (65.95%)14,184   (34.05%)
Measure EApproveda82,532   (57.58%)60,791   (42.42%)
Riverside County Measure GGApproveda20,876   (57.02%)15,734   (42.98%)
Measure EDefeatedd2,275   (42.01%)3,141   (57.99%)
Measure BApproveda5,382   (63.1%)3,150   (36.9%)
Measure CCApproveda4,706   (76.28%)1,463   (23.72%)
Riverside County Measure KKApproveda27,027   (69.50%)11,862   (30.50%)
Marin County Measure CApproveda6,083   (74.56%)2,075   (25.44%)
Measure WApproveda583   (67.56%)280   (32.44%)
East Side Union High School District, Measure IApproveda59.092   (67.91%)27,922   (32.09%)
El Monte School District Measure MApproveda4,614   (67.09%)2,263   (32.91%)
Measure BDefeatedd19   (47.50%)21   (52.50%)
Escondido Union School District, Proposition EApproveda18,615   (56.95%)14,072   (43.05%)
Eureka City Schools District Measure SApproveda8,083   (57.39%)6,001   (42.61%)
Evergreen School District, Measure MApproveda14,002   (67.51%)6,738   (32.49%)
Farmersville USD Measure AApproveda575   (66.02%)296   (33.98%)
Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Measure GApproveda13,332   (68.90%)6,018   (31.10%)
Fortuna ESD Measure WDefeatedd1,602   (44.62%)1,988   (55.38%)
Measure EApproveda15,971   (61.18%)10,135   (38.82%)
Fremont Union High School District, Measure KApproveda31,982   (64.84%)17,344   (35.16%)
Fullerton JUHSD Measure IApproveda2,108   (55.10%)1,718   (44.90%)
Orange County, Measure IApproveda23,257   (59.0%)16,191   (41.0%)
Measure GDefeatedd192   (53.04%)170   (46.96%)
Golden Plains USD Measure GApproveda403   (61.15%)256   (38.85%)
Measure NDefeatedd408   (49.51%)416   (50.49%)
Greenfield USD Measure CApproveda1,014   (62.36%)612   (37.64%)
Measure DApproveda987   (60.81%)636   (39.19%)
Measure CApproveda724   (63.18%)422   (36.82%)
Measure LApproveda17,976   (77.35%)5,263   (22.65%)
Hermosa Beach School District Measure QDefeatedd3,283   (54.47%)2,744   (45.53%)
Hesperia Unified School District, Measure MDefeatedd4,970   (38.56%)7,920   (61.44%)
Hollister School District, Measure MApproveda5,729   (63.41%)3,306   (36.59%)
Measure MApproveda244   (65.77%)127   (34.23%)
Jacoby Creek School District Measure YDefeatedd640   (54.51%)534   (45.49%)
Jefferson Union High School District, Measure JApproveda17,090   (71.2%)6,928   (28.8%)
John Swett USD Measure MDefeatedd1,687   (53.91%)1,442   (46.09%)
Riverside County Measure EEApproveda5,824   (60.81%)3,754   (39.19%)
Kentfield School District Measure DApproveda3,314   (70.92%)1,359   (29.08%)
Measure KApproveda1,588   (55.84%)1,256   (44.16%)
Lake Tahoe CCD Measure FApproveda3,784   (57.80%)2,763   (42.20%)
Lakeport USD Measure TApproveda2,203   (65.9%)1,138   (34.1%)
Lakeside Union Elementary School District, Proposition LApproveda5,640   (58.57%)3,990   (41.43%)
Measure DApproveda2,725   (70.07%)1,164   (29.93%)
Mendocino County Measure QApproveda610   (68.69%)278   (31.31%)
Measure NApproveda401   (55.93%)316   (44.07%)
Lemon Grove Elementary School District, Proposition RApproveda4,323   (71.86%)1,693   (28.14%)
Los Altos School District, Measure NApproveda8,671   (57.40%)6,435   (42.60%)
Measure EApproveda8,331   (63.99%)4,203   (36.01%)
Los Nietos School District Measure EApproveda1,300   (77.11%)386   (22.89%)
Los Nietos School District Measure NApproveda1,285   (77.04%)383   (22.96%)
MUSD Measure GApproveda5,894   (58.3%)4,219   (41.7%)
Manteca Unified School District, Measure GApproveda11,535   (59.05%)8,000   (40.95%)
McCabe Union School District Measure GApproveda780   (56.93%)590   (43.07%)
Mendota USD Measure MApproveda631   (80.08%)157   (19.92%)
Measure MApproveda5,277   (57.25%)3,940   (42.75%)
Measure LApproveda95   (61.29%)60   (38.71%)
Mojave USD Measure CApproveda1,551   (63.31%)899   (36.69%)
Measure ADefeatedd837   (54.81%)690   (45.19%)
Montecito Union School District, Measure QDefeatedd1,257   (44.40%)1,574   (55.60%)
Riverside County Measure MApproveda12,348   (64.06%)6,928   (35.94%)
Riverside County Measure AAApproveda76,993   (58.82%)53,904   (41.18%)
Riverside County Measure BBApproveda10,756   (57.72%)7,878   (42.28%)
Measure EDefeatedd19,884   (53.84%)17,048   (46.16%)
National Elementary School District, Proposition NApproveda4,620   (78.58%)1,259   (21.42%)
Natomas Unified School District, Measure JApproveda9,091   (72.12%)3,515   (27.88%)
Measure MApproveda8,962   (68.71%)4,082   (31.29%)
Measure JApproveda84,780   (55.02%)69,338   (44.98%)
Norwalk-La Mirada USD Measure GApproveda8,940   (42.61%)6,638   (57.39%)
Oak Grove School District, Measure PApproveda13,056   (65.55%)6,862   (34.45%)
Measure KApproveda1,174   (63.6%)672   (36.4%)
Measure JApproveda5,223   (68.23%)2,432   (31.77%)
Orange County, Measure KDefeatedd25,992   (54.6%)21,613   (45.4%)
Pacific Grove USD Measure AApproveda4,020   (59.79%)2,704   (40.21%)
Measure PApproveda2,047   (59.61%)1,387   (40.39%)
Measure PApproveda554   (65.95%)286   (34.05%)
Measure CApproveda1,153   (66.34%)585   (33.66%)
Measure EApproveda4,652   (68.3%)2,161   (31.7%)
Measure CApproveda9,814   (64.88%)5,312   (35.12%)
Measure HDefeatedd1,801   (47.66%)1,978   (52.34%)
Measure RDefeatedd187   (51.23%)178   (48.77%)
Pine Ridge ESD Measure RDefeatedd220   (50.81%)213   (49.19%)
Pittsburg USD Measure NApproveda5,483   (68.48%)2,524   (31.52%)
Measure ZApproveda229   (76.85%)69   (23.15%)
Measure OApproveda220   (62.32%)133   (37.68%)
Porterville USD Measure BDefeatedd4,930   (38.53%)7,864   (61.47%)
Measure SApproveda158   (63.20%)92   (36.80%)
Ramona Unified School District, Proposition QDefeatedd4,802   (46.67%)5,488   (53.33%)
Measure FApproveda6,816   (66.8%)3,393   (33.2%)
Measure GApproveda3,753   (70.93%)1,538   (29.07%)
Robla School District, Measure KApproveda1,694   (72.67%)637   (27.33%)
Rosemead School District Measure RSApproveda1,635   (71.62%)648   (28.38%)
Measure LApproveda290   (72.86%)108   (27.14%)
Salinas USD Measure BApproveda14,730   (60.30%)9,698   (39.70%)
Measure GApproveda3,524   (56.29%)2,736   (43.71%)
San Luis Coastal Unified School District, Measure DApproveda18,400   (71.77%)7,236   (28.23%)
Measure IApproveda51,690   (62.55%)30,944   (37.45%)
San Mateo County Community College District, Measure HApproveda102,615   (66.2%)52,350   (33.8%)
Santa Barbara Community College District, Measure SDefeatedd30,493   (50.23%)30,214   (49.77%)
Santa Clara Unified School District, Measure HApproveda18,958   (69.39%)8,362   (30.61%)
Measure TApproveda8,086   (62.09%)4,936   (37.91%)
Measure LApproveda11,000   (69.1%)4,919   (30.9%)
Measure IApproveda34,086   (64.0%)19,149   (36.0%)
Measure HApproveda87,739   (63.1%)51,307   (36.9%)
Saugus USD Measure EEApproveda11,878   (58.37%)8,473   (41.63%)
Measure AApproveda3,978   (72.17%)1,534   (27.83%)
Measure AApproveda22,995   (65.6%)12,052   (34.4%)
Measure LDefeatedd3,399   (45.69%)4,040   (54.31%)
Measure NDefeatedd645   (51.11%)617   (48.89%)
Measure XApproveda1,632   (65.59%)878   (34.41%)
Southern Kern USD Measure DApproveda1,874   (57.06%)1,410   (42.94%)
Measure JApproveda724   (58.91%)505   (41.09%)
Stockton Unified School District, Measure EApproveda14,751   (67.45%)7,120   (32.55%)
Measure EApproveda2,074   (59.80%)1,394   (40.20%)
Measure UDefeatedd3,018   (55.55%)2,415   (44.45%)
Tipton School District Measure CApproveda211   (59.77%)142   (40.23%)
Torrance USD Measure TApproveda21,424   (66.71%)10,689   (33.29%)
Torrance USD Measure UApproveda19,877   (62.09%)12,138   (37.91%)
Measure BApproveda4,570   (65.03%)2,458   (34.97%)
Measure JApproveda5,958   (68.83%)2,698   (31.17%)
Vacaville USD Measure AApproveda12,095   (61.95%)7,429   (38.05%)
City of Escondido, Proposition ODefeatedd299   (53.49%)260   (46.51%)
Vallejo USD Measure EApproveda13,392   (61.50%)8,384   (38.50%)
Measure VApproveda6,118   (67.4%)2,954   (32.6%)
Measure HDefeatedd13,525   (46.30%)15,685   (53.70%)
Measure TApproveda6,676   (57.81%)4,873   (42.19%)
Measure AApproveda10,742   (61.67%)6,676   (38.33%)
Measure RDefeatedd1,225   (49.34%)1,258   (50.66%)
Measure RApproveda1,097   (71.33%)441   (28.67%)
Measure SDefeatedd5,488   (43.15%)7,230   (56.85%)
Measure TDefeatedd5,279   (41.6%)7,410   (58.4%)
Measure DApproveda713   (64.4%)395   (35.6%)
Yreka Union High School District, Measure HApproveda2,942   (55.34%)2,374   (44.66%)


2013 school bond question election overview
Status Number Win/Loss % Dollars Dollar %
Approveda Approved 7 77.78% $320,550,000 67.01%
Defeatedd Defeated 2 22.22% $157,800,00 32.99%
Totals: 140 100% -- 100%
Ballot Measure:Outcome:Yes (%):No (%):
Proposition BUSD-SApproveda4,663   (61.78%)2,884   (38.21%)
Measure YApproveda176   (94.12%)11   (5.88%)
Measure AApproveda754   (68.98%)339   (31.02%)
Measure SApproveda2,305   (73.9%)812   (26.1%)
Measure WApproveda4,222   (75.3%)1,383   (24.7%)
Measure HApproveda2,453   (61.04%)1,566   (38.96%)
Measure GDefeatedd2,828   (52.17%)2,593   (47.83%)
Measure PDefeatedd8,002   (46.5%)9,195   (53.5%)
Measure GApproveda6,995   (68.44%)3,225   (31.56%)


2012 school bond question election overview
Status Number Win/Loss % Dollars Dollar %
Approveda Approved 113 80.71% $13,169,301,190 92.07%
Defeatedd Defeated 27 19.29% $1,134,840,000 7.93%
Totals: 140 100% $14,304,141,190 100%

November 6:

See also: November 6, 2012 ballot measure elections

106 public school bond propositions were on the November 6, 2012, ballot in 33 counties.

They ranged from a low of a $830,000 (Pacific Elementary, Measure M in Santa Cruz County) to a high of $2.8 billion (San Diego Unified, Proposition Z in San Diego County).

Eight of the 106 measures were for community colleges.

Each measure required a 55 percent supermajority vote for approval.

Measure County Amount Outcome
Alum Rock Union, Measure J Santa Clara $125,000,000 Approveda
Alvord Unified, Measure W Riverside $79,000,000 Approveda
Antioch Union High, Measure C Shasta $12,300,000 Approveda
Antioch High, Measure B Contra Costa $56,500,000 Approveda
Arcata Elementary, Measure F Humboldt $7,000,000 Approveda
Bellflower Unified, Measure BB Los Angeles $79,000,000 Approveda
Brawley Elementary, Measure S Imperial $7,500,000 Approveda
Burlingame Elementary, Measure D San Mateo $56,000,000 Approveda
Butteville Union, Measure R Siskiyou $3,500,000 Defeatedd
Cajon Valley Union, Measure C San Diego $88,400,000 Approveda
Castaic Union Elementary, Measure QS Los Angeles $51,000,000 Approveda
Caruthers Unified, Measure C Fresno $12,000,000 Approveda
Cerritos Community College, Measure G Los Angeles $350,000,000 Approveda
Chaffey Joint Union High, Measure P San Bernardino $848,000,000 Approveda
Chico Unified, Measure E Butte $78,000,000 Approveda
Chula Vista Elementary, Measure E San Diego $90,000,000 Approveda
Coachella Valley Unified, Measure X Riverside/Imperial $41,000,000 Approveda
Coast Community College, Measure M Orange $698,000,000 Approveda
College School District, Measure K Santa Barbara $12,000,000 Defeatedd
Covina-Valley Unified, Measure CC Los Angeles $129,000,000 Approveda
Dehesa Schools, Measure D San Diego $3,000,000 Approveda
Del Mar Union, Proposition CC San Diego $76,800,000 Defeatedd
Delhi Unified, Measure E Merced $8,000,000 Approveda
Earlimart Schools, Measure H Tulare $3,600,000 Approveda
East Side Union High, Measure I Santa Clara $120,000,000 Approveda
El Camino Community College, Measure E Los Angeles $350,000,000 Approveda
Elk Hills, Measure O Kern $6,200,000 Defeatedd
Escalon Unified, Measure B San Joaquin $19,500,000 Approveda
Folsom Cordova Unified, Measure P Sacramento $68,000,000 Approveda
Fortuna Union, Measure D Humboldt $10,000,000 Approveda
Fountain Valley, Measure N Orange $23,500,000 Defeatedd
Gravenstein Union, Measure M Sonoma $6,000,000 Approveda
Gridley Unified, Measure G Butte $11,000,000 Defeatedd
Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College, Measure V San Diego $398,000,000 Approveda
Hemet Unified, Measure U Riverside $49,000,000 Approveda
Hueneme Elementary, Measure T Ventura $19,600,000 Approveda
Inglewood Unified, Measure GG Los Angeles $90,000,000 Approveda
Jefferson Elementary, Measure I San Mateo $67,500,000 Approveda
Jefferson Union High, Measure E San Mateo $41,900,000 Approveda
Kings Canyon Unified, Measure K Fresno/Tulare $40,000,000 Approveda
Knightsen Elementary, Measure H Contra Costa $3,000,000 Defeatedd
La Habra City Schools, Measure O Orange $31,000,000 Approveda
Lancaster Elementary, Measure L Los Angeles $63,000,000 Approveda
Lindsay Unified, Measure L Tulare $16,000,000 Approveda
Little Lake City, Measure EE Los Angeles $18,000,000 Approveda
Lynwood Unified, Measure K Los Angeles $93,000,000 Approveda'
McFarland Unified, Measure M Kern $25,000,000 Approveda
Mendota Unified, Measure M Fresno $19,000,000 Approveda
MiraCosta Community College, Proposition EE San Diego $497,000,000 Defeatedd
Morgan Hill, Measure G Santa Clara $198,250,000 Approveda
Mount Pleasant Schools, Measure L Santa Clara $25,000,000 Approveda
Mountain Empire Unified, Measure G San Diego $30,800,000 Defeatedd
Nuview Union, Measure V Riverside $4,000,000 Approveda
Oakland Unified, Measure J Alameda $475,000,000 Approveda
Ocean View Schools, Measure P Orange $198,000,000 Defeatedd
Ocean View Schools, Measure P Ventura $4,200,000 Approveda
Oxnard Schools, Measure R Ventura $90,000,000 Approveda
Pacific Elementary, Measure M Santa Cruz $830,000 Approveda
Pajaro Valley Unified, Measure L Santa Cruz/Monterey $150,000,000 Approveda
Palmdale Elementary, Measure DD Los Angeles $220,000,000 Approveda
Panama-Buena Vista Union, Measure P Kern $147,000,000 Approveda
Perris Union High Riverside $153,420,000 Approveda
Porterville Unified, Measure J Tulare $90,000,000 Defeatedd
Ramona Unified, Measure R San Diego $66,000,000 Defeatedd
Rancho Santiago Community College, Measure Q Orange $198,000,000 Approveda
Redondo Beach Unified, Measure Q Los Angeles $63,000,000 Approveda
Ripon Unified, Measure G San Joaquin $25,236,190 Approveda
Roseland Schools, Measure N Sonoma $7,000,000 Approveda
Rowland Unified, Measure R Los Angeles $158,800,000 Approveda
Sacramento City Unified, Measure Q Sacramento $346,000,000 Approveda
Sacramento City Unified, Measure R Sacramento $68,000,000 Approveda
San Bernardino City Unified, Measure N San Bernardino $250,000,000 Approveda
San Carlos Elementary San Mateo $72,000,000 Approveda
San Diego Unified, Proposition Z San Diego $2,800,000,000 Approveda
San Dieguito Union High, Proposition AA San Diego $449,000,000 Approveda
San Jose Unified, Measure H Santa Clara $290,000,000 Approveda
San Juan Unified, Measure N Sacramento $350,000,000 Approveda
San Ramon Valley, Measure D Contra Costa $260,000,000 Approveda
Sanger Unified, Measure S Fresno $50,000,000 Approveda
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified, Measure ES Los Angeles $385,000,000 Approveda
Santa Ynez Valley Union High, Measure L Santa Barbara $19,840,000 Defeatedd
Solano Community College Solano/Yolo $348,000,000 Approveda
Soledad Unified, Measure C Monterey $40,000,000 Approveda
Somis Union, Measure S Ventura $9,000,000 Approveda
Sonora Union High, Measure J Tuolumne $23,000,000 Approveda
South Bay Union, Measure Y San Diego $26,000,000 Approveda
Spreckels Union, Measure B Monterey $7,000,000 Approveda
St. Helena Unified, Measure C Napa $30,000,000 Approveda
Standard School, Measure Q Kern $11,200,000 Approveda
Stockton Unified, Measure E San Joaquin $156,000,000 Approveda
Summerville Union High, Measure H Tuolumne $8,000,000 Approveda
Temecula Valley Unified, Measure Y Riverside $165,000,000 Approveda
Temple City Unified, Measure S Los Angeles $128,800,000 Approveda
Templeton Unified, Measure H San Luis Obispo $35,000,000 Approveda
Tustin Unified, Measure S Orange $135,000,000 Approveda
Visalia Unified, Measure E Tulare $60,100,000 Approveda
Washington Unified, Measure W Fresno $22,000,000 Approveda
Weaver Union, Measure G Merced $9,000,000 Approveda
West Contra Costa Unified, Measure E Contra Costa $360,000,000 Approveda
West Hills Community College, Measure L Fresno/Kings $12,655,000 Approveda
Westside Union Elementary, Measure WR Los Angeles $18,510,000 Approveda
Wheatland Union, Measure U Yuba $9,000,000 Approveda
Whittier City Elementary, Measure Z Los Angeles $55,000,000 Approveda
Willows Unified, Measure P Glenn $14,700,000 Defeatedd
Wilmar Union, Measure P Sonoma $4,000,000 Approveda
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified, Measure O Riverside/San Bernardino $98,000,000 Defeatedd

June 5:

See also: June 5, 2012 ballot measure elections

34 public school bond propositions were on the June 5, 2012 ballot. Twenty-five (or 73.5%) of the bond proposals were approved, and nine (or 26.5%) were defeated.

They ranged from a low of $2.2 million (Trinidad Union, Measure W in Humboldt County) to a high of $350 million (West Valley-Mission Community College District bond proposition, Measure C in Santa Clara County and Santa Cruz County).

Each measure required a 55 percent supermajority vote for approval.

Measure County Amount Outcome
Alpine Union, Proposition H San Diego $11,995,000 Defeatedd
Antioch Unified, Measure J Contra Costa $59,500,000 Defeatedd
Biggs Unified, Measure B Butte $6,000,000 Defeatedd
Brea-Olinda Unified, Measure E Orange $54,000,000 Defeatedd
Buellton Union, Measure V Santa Barbara $3,200,000 Approveda
Cabrillo Unified, Measure S San Mateo $81,000,000 Approveda
Charter Oak Unified, Measure CO Los Angeles $47,000,000 Approveda
Clovis Unified, Measure A Fresno $298,000,000 Approveda
Corcoran Joint Unified, Measure V Kings $9,000,000 Defeatedd
Cupertino Union, Measure H Santa Clara $200,000,000 Approveda
Dublin Unified, Measure E Alameda $99,000,000 Approveda
Gridley Unified, Measure C Butte $11,000,000 Defeatedd
Gridley Elementary, Measure D Butte $2,500,000 Approveda
Healdsburg Unified, Measure E Sonoma $35,000,000 Approveda
Guerneville, Measure F Sonoma $6,000,000 Approveda
Jurupa Unified, Measure M Riverside $125,000,000 Defeatedd
Lincoln Unified, Measure A San Joaquin $48,500,000 Approveda
Milpitas Unified, Measure E Santa Clara $95,000,000 Approveda
Mountain Empire, Proposition G San Diego $30,800,000 Defeatedd
Mountain View Whisman, Measure G Santa Clara $198,000,000 Approveda
Norris School District, Measure B Kern $149,000,000 Approveda
Old Adobe Union, Measure G Sonoma $26,000,000 Approveda
Pollock Pines Elementary, Measure K El Dorado $9,000,000 Approveda
Reef-Sunset Unified, Measure A Kings $10,800,000 Approveda
Savanna Elementary, Measure G Orange $28,750,000 Approveda
Sebastopol Union, Measure H Sonoma $9,000,000 Approveda
Sierra Unified, Measure O Fresno $5,400,000 Defeatedd
Southern Trinity Unified, Measure V Humboldt $2,300,000 Approveda
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary, Measure CK Los Angeles $72,000,000 Approveda
Taft City School, Measure C Kern $23,600,000 Approveda
Trindad Union, Measure W Humboldt $2,200,000 Approveda
Val Verde Unified, Measure L Riverside $178,000,000 Approveda
West Valley-Mission Community College, Measure C Santa Clara/Santa Cruz $350,000,000 Approveda
Wright, Measure I Sonoma $14,000,000 Approveda


2011 school bond question election overview
Status Number Win/Loss % Dollars Dollar %
Approveda Approved 7 70% $981,100,000.00 41.34%
Defeatedd Defeated 3 30% $1,392,000,000 58.66%
Totals: 10 100% $2,373,100,000 100%

November 8:

Approveda Bradley Union School District bond proposition, Measure T
Approveda Larkspur School District bond proposition, Measure A
Approveda Millbrae School District bond proposition, Measure N
Approveda Newark Unified School District bond proposition, Measure G
Approveda Newhall School District bond proposition, Measure E
Defeatedd San Bruno Park School District bond proposition, Measure O
Approveda San Francisco Unified School District bond, Proposition A
Defeatedd San Mateo Community College District bond proposition, Measure H

April 5:

Approveda Glendale Unified School District bond proposition, Measure S

March 8:

Defeatedd Santa Clara Unified School District bond proposition, Measure A


See also: California school district bond elections in 2010
2010 school bond question election overview
Status Number Win/Loss % Dollars Dollar %
Approveda Approved 61 73.5% $5,053,250,000 89.75%
Defeatedd Defeated 22 26.5% $576,950,000 10.25%
Totals: 83 100% $5,630,200,000 100%

June 8:

Measure County Amount Outcome
Anderson Valley Unified, Measure A Mendocino $15,250,000 Approveda
Arcohe Union, Measure A Sacramento $3,900,000 Defeatedd
Big Pine, Measure A Inyo $4,100,000 Approveda
Blue Lake Elementary, Measure K Humboldt $2,000,000 Approveda
Calipatria Unified, Measure I Imperial $25,000,000 Defeatedd
Campbell Union Elementary, Measure G Santa Clara $150,000,000 Approveda
Corcoran Unified, Measure Q Kings/Tulare $24,700,000 Defeatedd
Garden Grove Unified, Measure A Orange $250,000,000 Approveda
Greenfield Union, Measure L Monterey $8,300,000 Approveda
Hope School, Measure L Santa Barbara $8,000,000 Approveda
Los Gatos Union, Measure E Santa Clara $30,900,000 Approveda
Lucerne Valley Unified, Measure S San Bernardino $7,950,000 Defeatedd
Lynwood Unified, Measure AA Los Angeles $37,400,000 Defeatedd
Mark West Union, Measure C Sonoma $14,000,000 Approveda
Mountain View-Los Altos Union, Measure A Santa Clara $41,300,000 Approveda
Mt. Diablo Unified, Measure C Contra Costa $348,000,000 Approveda
Rohnerville, Measure M Humboldt $5,000,000 Approveda
Southern Humboldt Unified, Measure L Humboldt/Mendocino $25,200,000 Approveda
West Contra Costa Unified, Measure D Contra Costa $380,000,000 Approveda
Willits Unified, Measure B Mendocino $43,000,000 Approveda

November 2:

Measure County Amount Outcome
Anaheim G Orange $169,300,000 Approveda
Aromas-San Juan Z Monterey/Santa Cruz $16,100,000 Approveda
Atascadero I-10 San Luis Obispo $117,000,000 Approveda
Baker Valley D San Bernardino $3,200,000 Defeatedd
Belmont-Redwood I & N San Mateo $60,000,000 Approveda (both)
Bennett Valley J Sonoma $10,600,000 Approveda
Berkeley I Alameda $210,000,000 Approveda
Calistoga A Sonoma/Napa $42,000,000 Approveda
Centinela Valley CV Los Angeles $98,000,000 Approveda
Claremont CL Los Angeles $95,000,000 Defeatedd
Cloverdale G Sonoma $17,000,000 Approveda
Coalinga-Huron E Monterey/Fresno $16,100,000 Approveda
Cutler-Orosi T Fresno/Tulare $15,000,000 Defeatedd
Dehasa M San Diego $5,500,000 Approveda
Dixon D Solano $32,000,000 Defeatedd
Duarte E Los Angeles $62,000,000 Approveda
El Rancho EE Los Angeles $52,000,000 Approveda
Emery Unified J Alameda $95,000,000 Approveda
Encinatas Union P San Diego $44,200,000 Approveda
Fairfax C Kern $24,800,000 Approveda
Forestville Union K Sonoma $5,100,000 Approveda
Franklin-McKinley J Santa Clara $50,000,000 Approveda
Fresno Unified Q Fresno $280,000,000 Approveda
Hamilton Unified O Glenn $5,400,000 Defeatedd
Hughson Unified H Stanislaus $21,000,000 Defeatedd
Imperial Community College J Imperial $80,000,000 Approveda
Jefferson J San Joaquin $35,400,000 Approveda
Julian Union L San Diego $2,100,000 Approveda
Junction Elementary C Shasta $3,100,000 Defeatedd
Knightsen Elementary N Contra Costa $5,000,000 Defeatedd
Lynwood Unified L Los Angeles $45,000,000 Defeatedd
Magnolia I Orange $16,300,000 Approveda
Martinez Unified K Contra Costa $45,000,000 Approveda
Monterey Peninsula P Monterey $110,000,000 Approveda
Moreland Elementary K Santa Clara $55,000,000 Approveda
Mt. San Jacinto Community College U Riverside $47,000,000 Defeatedd
Northern Humboldt Union Q Humboldt $25,800,000 Approveda
Ohlone Community College G Alameda $349,000,000 Approveda
Piner-Olivet L Sonoma $20,000,000 Approveda
Pittsburg Unified L Contra Costa $100,000,000 Approveda
Rialto Unified Y San Bernardino $98,000,000 Approveda
Ross Valley A Marin $41,000,000 Approveda
Saint Helena Unified B Napa $30,000,000 Approveda
San Jose City College G Santa Clara $268,000,000 Approveda
San Leandro M Alameda $50,000,000 Approveda
San Marcos Unified K San Diego $287,000,000 Approveda
San Mateo Union O San Mateo $186,000,000 Approveda
Santa Barbara Elementary R Santa Barbara $75,000,000 Approveda
Santa Barbara High Q Santa Barbara $75,000,000 Approveda
Santa Clara Unified H Santa Clara $81,100,000 Approveda
Scott Valley Unified E Siskiyou $5,900,000 Defeatedd
Sierra Plumas Joint C Plumas/Sierra $5,000,000 Defeatedd
Sierra Unified S Fresno $9,600,000 Defeatedd
Sonoma Valley Unified H Sonoma $40,000,000 Approveda
Sonora Elementary H Tuolumne $3,800,000 Defeatedd
South San Francisco Unified J San Mateo $162,000,000 Approveda
Summerville Union High G Tuolumne $8,000,000 Defeatedd
Twin Hill Union M Sonoma $11,000,000 Approveda
Waterford Unified I Stanislaus $11,000,000 Defeatedd
West Sonoma County Union I Sonoma $23,800,000 Approveda
Western Placer Unified J Placer $163,000,000 Defeatedd
Wiseburn AA Los Angeles $87,000,000 Approveda


2009 school bond question election overview
Status Number Win/Loss % Dollars Dollar %
Approveda Approved 2 50% $69,000,000 79.1%
Defeatedd Defeated 2 50% $18,235,000 20.9%
Totals: 4 100% $87,235,000 100%
Measure County Amount Outcome
Mill Valley, Measure C Marin $59,800,000 Approveda
Shoreline Unified, Measure D Marin, Sonoma $9,290,000 Approveda
Springville Union, Measure O Tulare $6,735,000 Defeatedd
Springville Union, Measure L Tulare $11,500,000 Defeatedd


2008 school bond question election overview
Status Number Dollars District % Dollar %
Approveda Approved 140 85.9%
Defeatedd Defeated 23 14.1%
Totals: 163 - 100% 100%

November 4:

See California school district bond elections, November 2008

Ninety-six (96) school bond requests were on the November 4 ballot and eighty-seven of these were approved. Altogether, $22 billion in debt was incurred in the 87 school districts where bonds were approved. The most expensive bond request was the $7 billion sought and received by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The least expensive request was that of Cold Spring in Santa Barbara County, which sought and received $2.44 million.

Of the nine bond measures that failed, four received less than 50%. The other five that failed got between 50-54.9% of the vote, but failed because to pass, they needed a supermajority vote of at least 55%.

June 3:

See June 3, 2008 ballot measures in California

Forty-six school financing measures were on the June 3 ballot in California. This included:

  • 33 school bond measures. 26 passed; 7 failed.
  • 13 parcel tax measures. 7 passed; 6 failed.

February 5:

39 school districts asked for additional funding on February 5, 2008. 30 of the 39 passed with more than the 55% approval rate required by Prop 39 for their passage, for a total of approximately $3.9 billion in approved local school construction funds.

Eighteen of the thirty that passed would have failed to gain approval before Proposition 39 lowered the success threshold from two-thirds to 55%. The eighteen that passed because of the 55% threshold that would not have passed with a 2/3 threshold added $2.3 billion in new spending.

Measure County Amount Outcome
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District, Measure V Los Angeles $46.20 million Defeatedd
Albany Unified School District, Measure E Alameda $10.00 million Approveda
Biggs Unified School District, Measure A Butte $4.28 million Defeatedd
Cajon Valley Union School District, Measure D San Diego $156.50 million Approveda
Caruthers Unified School District, Measure A Fresno $11.30 million Defeatedd
Caruthers Schools Facilities Improvement District 1, Measure B Fresno $2.80 million Defeatedd
Cold Spring School District, Measure R Santa Barbara $8.50 million Defeatedd
Dry Creek Joint School District, Measure E Placer/Sacramento $67.00 million Approveda
East Side Union High School District, Measure E Santa Clara $349.00 million Approveda
Enterprise Elementary School District, Measure A Shasta $34.00 million Approveda
Exeter Union Elementary School District bond proposition, Measure D (February 2008) Tulare $6.40 million Approveda
Geyserville Unified School District bond proposition, Measure A (February 2008) Sonoma $3.25 million Approveda
Lindsay Unified School District bond proposition, Measure B (February 2008) Tulare $20.70 million Approveda
Loomis Union School District bond proposition, Measure G (February 2008) Placer $17.70 million Defeatedd
Long Beach Community College District bond proposition, Measure E (February 2008) Los Angeles $440.00 million Approveda
Los Banos Unified School District bond proposition, Measure K (February 2008) Merced $44.00 million Approveda
McCabe Union Elementary School District bond proposition, Measure A (February 2008) Imperial $7.00 million Defeatedd
Menifee Union School District bond proposition, Measure B (February 2008) Riverside $31.46 million Approveda
Mojave Unified School District bond proposition, Measure A (February 2008) Kern $24.00 million Approveda
Napa Valley Community College District bond proposition, Measure L (February 2008) Napa/Sonoma $178.40 million Defeatedd
Orland Unified School District bond proposition, Measure K (February 2008) Glenn $21.90 million Approveda
Palm Springs Unified School District bond proposition, Measure E (February 2008) Riverside $516.00 million Approveda
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District bond proposition, Measure A (February 2008) Orange $200.00 million Approveda
Poway Unified School District bond proposition, Measure C (February 2008) San Diego $179.00 million Approveda
Rancho Sante Fe School District bond proposition, Measure E (February 2008) San Diego $34.00 million Approveda
Redlands Unified School District bond proposition, Measure J (February 2008) San Bernardino $65.50 million Approveda
Redondo Beach Unified School District bond proposition, Measure C (February 2008) Los Angeles $145.00 million Approveda
Rio Bravo Greeley Union School District bond proposition, Measure B (February 2008) Kern $10.90 million Approveda
San Bernardino Community College District bond proposition, Measure M (February 2008) San Bernardino $500.00 million Approveda
San Gabriel Unified School District bond proposition, Measure A (February 2008) Los Angeles $65.00 million Approveda
San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District bond proposition, Measure O (February 2008) Santa Cruz $18.90 million Approveda
San Mateo-Foster City Schools bond proposition, Measure L (February 2008) San Mateo $175.00 million Approveda
Sequoia Union High School bond proposition, Measure J (February 2008) San Mateo $165.00 million Approveda
Stockton Unified School District bond proposition, Measure Q (February 2008) San Joaquin $464.50 million Approveda
Tipton Elementary School District bond proposition, Measure E (February 2008) Tulare $3.10 million Defeatedd
Upland Unified School District bond proposition, Measure K (February 2008) San Bernardino $103.00 million Approveda
Windsor Unified School District bond proposition, Measure B (February 2008) Sonoma $50.00 million Approveda
Woodlake High School District bond proposition, Measure C (February 2008) Tulare $4.50 million Approveda

$100 billion from 1996-2006

From 1996 to 2006, California voters approved nearly $100 billion in school construction bonds at the state and local level. This total increased with passage of California Proposition 1D (2006) by another $10.4 billion.

In another study, from 1986 through 1999, 450 school districts sponsored 731 general obligation bond elections. 54% of the 731 passed. In those years, two-thirds voter approval was required; this changed in 2000 to 55%.

Statewide bond measures


Year Proposition Amount Outcome
1914 Proposition 11 $1,800,000 Approveda
1962 Proposition 1A $270,000,000 Approveda
1964 Proposition 2 $380,000,000 Approveda
1966 Proposition 2 $230,000,000 Approveda
1968 Proposition 2 $65,000,000 Approveda
1968 Proposition 3 $250,000,000 Defeatedd
1970 Proposition 1 $246,300,000 Defeatedd
1972 Proposition 1 $160,000,000 Approveda
1972 Proposition 2 $155,900,000 Approveda
1986 Proposition 56 $400,000,000 Approveda
1988 Proposition 78 $600,000,000 Approveda
1990 Proposition 121 $450,000,000 Approveda
1990 Proposition 143 $450,000,000 Defeatedd
1992 Proposition 153 $900,000,000 Approveda
1994 Proposition 1C $900,000,000 Defeatedd


Year Proposition Amount Outcome
1988 Proposition 85 $75,000,000 Approveda
2000 Proposition 14 $350,000,000 Approveda
2006 Proposition 81 $600,000,000 Defeatedd


Year Proposition Amount Outcome
1990 Proposition 151 $30,000,000 Defeatedd


Year Proposition Subject Outcome
1966 Proposition 4 60% Supermajority to Approve School and Library Bonds Defeatedd
1993 Proposition 170 Simple Majority Vote Needed to Approve School Bonds Defeatedd

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