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Special District

Cabrillo Community College District
Measure Q - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results


48,219 votes yes (53.6%)

41,785 votes no (46.4%)

100% of precincts reporting (186/186).

90,004 ballots counted.

To repair/upgrade classrooms to better prepare students, veterans, workers for good jobs/university transfer by upgrading aging classrooms, technology/science labs, repairing outdated, deteriorating wiring, sewer lines, improving campus safety, handicapped accessibility, increasing water conservation/energy efficiency, and acquiring, constructing, repairing sites/facilities/equipment, shall Cabrillo Community College District issue $310,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, no funding administrators' salaries/pensions, requiring independent audits, and all funds used locally?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A "Yes" vote is a vote to authorize the bonds to be issued and financed by ad valorem taxes levied on real property in the School District.

NO vote means

A "No" vote is a vote against issuing the proposed bonds.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Dana McRae, County Counsel By Jane M. Scott, Assistant County Counsel

If approved by at least fifty-five percent of those voting on the measure, this measure will authorize the Cabrillo Community College District (the “District”) to issue general obligation bonds in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $310,000,000.  The bonds would constitute an indebtedness of the District.  


Payment of interest and principal relating to the bonds would be financed by an ad valorem tax levied on real property within the District.  The Tax Rate Statement for Measure Q which was provided by the District and is printed in this ballot pamphlet provides information about the estimated amount of that tax.


The money raised through the sale of the bonds may only be used by the District for the purposes stated in the ballot materials and not for any other purpose, such as faculty or administrator salaries or other college ongoing operating expenses.

To ensure that the bond monies are expended for the approved purposes, the Board of Trustees of the District will cause an annual independent performance audit to be conducted.   It will also cause an annual independent financial audit to be conducted, and the appointment of a citizens’ oversight committee.

The interest rate paid on the bonds and their terms to maturity are not specified in the Resolution, although the maximum rate and number of years will be limited by State law.

This Measure will have no effect on existing levies.

This measure was placed on the ballot by the District’s Board of Trustees.

A “yes” vote on Measure Q is a vote to authorize the bonds to be issued and financed by ad valorem taxes levied on real property in the School District.


A “no” vote on Measure Q is a vote against issuing the proposed bonds.

Tax rate

Laurel Jones, President/Superintendent Cabrillo Community College District

Laurel Jones, President/Superintendent Cabrillo Community College District

An election will be in the Cabrillo Community College District (the “District”) on June 7, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $310,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the proposition.  If the bonds are approved, the District expects to sell the bonds in multiple series. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the process of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The information regarding tax rates is provided to comply with Section 9401 of the Election Code of the State of California. This information is based upon the best estimates and projections presently available from official sources, upon experience within the District and other demonstrable factors.

Based upon the foregoing and projections of the assessed valuations of taxable property in the District, and assuming the entire debt service, including principal and interest on the bonds, will be paid through property taxation:

  1. The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue during the first fiscal year after the first sale of bonds, and an estimate of the year in which that tax rate will apply is $.02327 per $100, or $23.27 per $100,000 of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed in fiscal year 2017-2018.

  2. The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue during the first fiscal year after the last sale of bonds and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply is $0.02327 per $100, or $23.27 per $100,000 of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed in 2028-2029.

  3. The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to find the bond issue and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply is $0.02327 per $100 or $23.27 per $100,000 of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed in fiscal year 2017-2018.

  4. The Best estimate from official sources of the total debt service, including principal and interest which would be required to be repaid by tax rates levied on taxable property, if all the bonds are issued, sold and paid as projected would be $623,034,495.00

The attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates only. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary from those presently estimated due to variations from these estimates in the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold, and the market interest rates at the time of the sales, and the actual assessed valuations over the term of repayment of the bonds. The date of sale and the amount of bonds sold any given time will be determined by the District based on its need for construction funding as well as other factors. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on bond market conditions at the time of

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Did you know over half of CSU graduates start at a community college like Cabrillo College? In fact, Cabrillo is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz and #2 in transfers to CSU Monterey Bay.

Vote YES on Q to keep it that way!


Many students wouldn’t make it to college without the AFFORDABLE, QUALITY EDUCATION Cabrillo provides. CSU and UC costs have skyrocketed – costing 5-11 times more than Cabrillo. More local students and families are relying on Cabrillo to save tens of thousands of dollars on their way to a four-year degree.


YES on Q increases opportunities for local students/veterans to earn college credits, certifications, and job skills at a reasonable price.


YES on Q provides excellent training that PREPARES STUDENTS TO TRANSFER TO FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITIES to complete their Bachelor’s degrees. Cabrillo’s honors scholars have an 80% transfer rate to UCLA and 90% transfer rate to UC Berkeley!


Students, veterans, and local workers rely on Cabrillo for ESSENTIAL JOB TRAINING and workforce preparation. YES on Q ensures Cabrillo keeps up with the rapidly changing economy. By upgrading outdated technology, classrooms, and labs, YES on Q continues to prepare students for good jobs.


YES on Q provides students with up-to-date technology and upgrades science/computer labs to help them excel in the 21st century economy.


YES on Q expands access to training programs that help students learn new skills and find better paying jobs in business, technology, healthcare, and other high demand careers.


MEASURE Q REQUIRES STRICT ACCOUNTABILITY with a Citizens’ Oversight Committee and independent financial audits to ensure funds are spent as promised. Every dime must stay local.

Join the Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers Executive Board, Associated Students, veterans, local employers and community leaders in voting YES on Q. Join us:

Michael Watkins
Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools

Robin McFarland*
President, Cabrillo College Faculty Senate

Blaine Brokaw
Past Member, Cabrillo College Bond Oversight Committee  

George Ow, Jr.
Ow Family Properties

Ricardo Espinoza
Military Veteran, Cabrillo Student

Arguments AGAINST

As a Cabrillo professor and son of retired school administrators, I’ve never voted against a school bond. But I’m voting against this one. This is why, in 300 words. It may seem complicated, but here it is.

  • In June 2013, the college published a “Facility Master Plan”, a document normally produced on a five-year cycle. It outlined $24.7 million of facility costs, split evenly between capital costs and maintenance.

  • The current president started the following month, and by June 2015, the “Facility Master Plan Update” still identified $12 million of capital projects, plus $50 million of maintenance—to more accurately account for the total cost of ownership—plus $3.4 million of technology Now we’re at $65 million.

  • In October 2015, a bond firm advised that the college could likely get as much as $310 million. (For perspective, the last bond of $118 million built the Allied Health Complex; Student Activity Center, and the entire Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts Complex with 3 theaters, classrooms, practice rooms and studios.)

  • $310 million—which will cost the taxpayers $623 million to pay back, principle and interest—is a staggering amount of money. Especially for a campus that has, according the 2015 Educational Master Plan, over 150,000 square feet of excess space.

So how did we get to this point, when just 8 months earlier our 10-year needs were at most $65 million? A bond consultant told us we could. And if you think that “we” are the college, and “they” are the taxpayers, it makes sense: We get $310 million and they get the $623 million bill.

But if you think your community college belongs to the community, please join me to vote no on Measure Q.

Dr. Ray Kaupp, Principle Officer*
Responsible Educators Against Measure Q

Replies to Arguments FOR

Everyone loves Cabrillo. But this is a huge overreach. For the whole story, visit Short version:

  • Only one-third of Faculty Senate voted to support.

  • We’re overbuilt. Cabrillo has 150K square feet of surplus space.

  • Half of the proceeds from the bond will be used for Facilities Renovation and Maintenance Projects.

  • Although not specified in the measure—and thus essentially an unlimited credit line—the bonds will likely be issued on 20- or 30-year terms, at an estimated $623 million cost to taxpayers. We just take out another 30-year loan, and so on, until we run out of bond money.

  • Colleges should fund these projects from the general fund.

  • This explains why taxpayers are still paying our last bond, through 2039, and we abandoned the Scotts Valley Center last year.

Yes, Cabrillo, there are things that need fixing. But $310 million is way too much! Our community has real needs elsewhere.


Ray Kaupp, MBA, Ed.D.*
Responsible Educators Against Measure Q (

Ernest Ewin
Former Chair of Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Measure R Oversight Committee

Barry Vitcov
Retired Santa Cruz County Public School Administrator

Christopher Roman
Military Veteran, Cabrillo Student

Joseph Primeau
Santa Cruz County Small Business Owner

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Cabrillo College students need YOUR support. Vote YES on Q to ensure affordable education, outstanding transfer rates and training for good paying jobs for decades to come!

FACT: Measure Q MAINTAINS AFFORDABLE COLLEGE EDUCATION. Cabrillo ranks #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz and #2 to CSU Monterey. Four- year university costs are out of control - as much as 11 times higher than Cabrillo’s. Local students and veterans rely on Cabrillo to save tens of thousands of dollars on their way to a four-year degree.

FACT: Cabrillo classrooms and labs must be upgraded so our students can excel in our 21st century economy. That’s why educators and facilities experts spent three years studying the needs - to develop a fiscally responsible, comprehensive plan to do so.

FACT: Yes on Q SUPPORTS VETERANS by upgrading and expanding veteran and job training facilities/access – so veterans receive the support they need to re-enter the civilian workforce.

YES on Q will UPGRADE CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY, science and computer labs and improve electrical systems and wiring for wireless internet access, so Cabrillo STUDENTS ARE PREPARED FOR GOOD JOBS in business, technology, nursing, and other high-demand careers in our community.

FACT: By Law, Measure Q INCLUDES TOUGH FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS: an Independent Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee and independent financial/performance audits. All funds must be used locally. For information about Measure Q:

“Measure Q is a responsible plan that addresses urgent educational needs while upholding Cabrillo’s tradition of fiscal stewardship.”  Fred Keeley, former County Treasurer

Gary Reece, Board President*
Cabrillo Community College Board of Trustees

Conrad Scott-Curtis, President*
Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers, English Professor

Essy Barroso-Ramirez, Senate President*
ASCC Student

Michael Mangin
Former Faculty Senate President, History Professor

Rich Hart
Cabrillo College retired engineering faculty and 54 year local taxpayer

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