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Los Angeles County, CA November 4, 2008 Election
Measure J
Community College Classroom Repair, Public Safety, Nursing & Job Training
Los Angeles Community College District

School Bond - 55% Approval Required

Pass: 1,057,738 / 70.11% Yes votes ...... 450,949 / 29.89% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Nov 28 5:11pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (2,405/2,405)
Information shown below: Impartial Analysis |

To prepare students for jobs by improving classrooms, laboratories, equipment; train nurses, police, firefighters, paramedics; increase apprenticeship training opportunities; repair electrical wiring, plumbing, fire alarms; improve earthquake safety, energy efficiency to reduce costs; acquire/improve real property; shall Los Angeles Community College District issue $3.5 billion in bonds at legal interest rates, requiring public review, oversight, audits, no money for administrators’ salaries and no tax rate increase?

Impartial Analysis from Raymond G. Fortner, Jr.
County Counsel
Approval of Measure J would authorize the Los Angeles Community College District (“District”) to issue $3,500,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

Funds received from the sale of the bonds would be used for the specific projects certified by the Board of Trustees of the District (“Board”), including the acquisition or lease of land and/or facilities, improving and repairing security and infrastructure conditions, expanding education to meet needs of the community, acquiring furnishings and equipment for all modernization, renovation, improvement and new construction projects, installing and/or upgrading emergency lighting, fire alarm and security systems, making improvements to roadways, walkways, grounds, parking lot structures, entrances, transportation, making accessibility improvements, constructing energy infrastructure improvements, upgrading technology systems, constructing and installing signage, modernizing and constructing new restrooms, relocating and acquiring temporary facilities during construction, and demolishing temporary or obsolete facilities. No bond proceeds may be used for administrator or teacher salaries, or other operating expenses of the District.

As required by law, the Board has adopted a list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded by the sale of the bonds which takes into consideration the safety, class size reduction and information technology needs. The Board will conduct annual independent financial and performance audits to ensure that funds received from the sale of the bonds will have been expended on the specific projects listed. The Board will appoint a Citizen’s Oversight Committee to insure the District’s compliance with authorized expenditure of bond revenues. If the bonds are approved by the electorate, the existing Citizens’ Oversight Committee of the District will be appointed as the new Citizens’ Oversight Committee.

The bonds would be issued for a term not to exceed forty (40) years, and would be issued at an interest rate that does not exceed the legal maximum rate, presently at 12% per annum, and would be repaid by a property tax levied upon real property located within the District.

This Measure requires a fifty-five percent (55%) vote for passage.

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