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Election 2008: It takes a village to spend school bond-measure funds

Original post made on Jan 31, 2008

If voters approve Measure J on Feb. 5, thereby giving the high school district some $165 million to further improve its campuses and construct a new one, a community group will be checking to see that the spending fits within a list of intended projects.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 12:00 AM

Comments

Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of Woodside High School
on Jan 31, 2008 at 10:27 pm

NO on Sequoia J Bonds
Measure J, a $165,000,000 Sequoia Union High School District Bond follows the 2001 $88,000,000 Measure G and the 2004 $70,000,000 Measure H ($34,156,217 unspent). Tens of Millions more in state matching funds fuel the fire of state bonded indebtedness, now at crisis proportions.
Tax subsidized education should be a no nonsense, no frills proposition, funded by existing property taxes within the 1% ceiling created by Prop. 13.. Technology companies should underwrite the education aimed at providing them with a skilled workforce.
Politicians, bureaucrats and beneficiaries (Friedmans' Iron Triangle) are mortgaging our children's future.
Emboldened by Prop. 39, which lowered the 2/3 vote to 55%, the elitist education establishment is converting our government schools, arguably a "safety net" for financially challenged families, into Secular Humanist Temples for the pagan god of government.

Let's follow the campaign money ($171,800) which has provided 3 mailings to voters:
See Web Link and Web Link
To put a face on donors who have a financial stake, I have included some business websites.
www.blach.com $10,000, Anza $1,000, www.nhainc.net $5,000, Stanford Schools Corp. $9,500, www.floortec.net $2,000, www.orrick.com $2,500, www.rodanbuilders.com $500, Spenser (sic) Spencer Associates $5,000, Armus $500, www.atcginc.net/ $10,000, www.dodgeandcox.com $1,000, www.cawarchitects.com/master.php $5,000, Bayside $500, Intermountain Electric Company $500, MK Pipelines Inc. $500, www.johnplane.com $2,500. www.omnicell.com $3000, www.tencor.com $1,000, www.valontechnology.com $1,000 Total $61,000!
Philanthropy? $55,000
Colleen Tate $40,000, William H. Younger, Jr. $10,000, Julie Brody $5,000
California Teachers Association $5,000.
As tax burdened families face financial challenges, education alternatives diminish.
It's time for a change! Vote "NO" on Measure "J"!


Posted by John, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jan 31, 2008 at 11:07 pm

Please vote no on this We are being taxed by ourselves into indebtness. The schools do not need this. Look at Hillview, still paying off bonds for the buildingd being torn down! Menlo Park needs a unified school district. Please stop taxing ourwelves. Enough!