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Special District

Local Classrooms Funding Authority School Facilities Improvement District 2016-1
Measure SP - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

12,612 votes yes (69.18%)

5,620 votes no (30.82%)

To provide students additional opportunities for career and academic success at local schools, including Hawthorne, Lawndale, and Leuzinger High Schools, and to optimize athletic facilities for joint use with local communities, shall School Facilities Improvement District No. 2016-1 of the Local Public Schools Funding Authority issue $125 million in bonds, at legal rates, averaging $8.5 million annually while bonds are outstanding, at 3¢ per $100 assessed value, to upgrade and construct classrooms, athletic facilities and fields, with mandatory audits and independent citizens oversight, and all money for local schools?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure SP ("Measure") would authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds in a maximum principal amount not to exceed $125,000,000. The Measure is placed on the ballot by Resolution No. 19-20/003 by the Board of Directors ("Board") of the Local Public Schools Funding Authority ("Authority"). The Authority is a joint exercise of powers authority organized between the Centinela Valley Union High School District and the Wiseburn Unified School District ("Districts"), as successor to the Wiseburn School District. The Authority established the School Facilities Improvement District No. 2016-1 ("Improvement District"). The Improvement District shall issue the bonds. Centinela Valley Union High School District ("School District") shall serve as administrator and the governing board of the School District shall establish priorities among the projects specified in the Measure.

Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by the Measure shall be used only for the purposes specified in the Measure for facilities located within the Improvement District, including, but not limited to, constructing new classrooms; renovating and upgrading existing classrooms, fire alarm and security systems, lighting, communication systems, landscaping, labs, core building and utility infrastructure equipment, HVAC, technology and telecommunications infrastructure, physical activity areas, walkways, asphalt-paved areas, and roofing and waterproofing systems; constructing and acquiring visual and performing arts areas and gymnasiums; and updating furniture and equipment. Bond proceeds may not be expended on teacher or administrator salaries, or other operating expenses.

The Board shall establish and appoint an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The School District will conduct annual, independent performance and financial audits to ensure bond proceeds are expended as specified in the Measure. The bond proceeds will be deposited into a special fund, and the School District will annually file a report with the Board of the Authority on the bond proceeds and expenditures, as well as the status of projects listed in the Measure.

Approval of the Measure does not guarantee proposed projects will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by the Measure. The Improvement District's project proposals may assume receipt of matching State funds subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

Bonds shall be issued pursuant to the California Constitution, Education Code and other laws. The Improvement District bonds may be sold in one or more series over time. The interest rate and maturity date on any bond shall not exceed the maximum allowed by law. According to the Improvement District's Tax Rate Statement, the best estimate of the average annual tax rate required to fund the bonds, based on assessed valuations available when the Authority filed the statement, is $0.03 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $30 per $100,000 of assessed value). The final year in which the tax is anticipated to be collected is 2050-51. The estimated total debt service required to be repaid if all bonds are issued and sold is $264,000,000, including principal and interest.

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

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

MEASURE SP means safe and modern SPORTS FIELDS and FACILITIES for the thousands of students and children who go to school and live in the HAWTHORNE, LAWNDALE AND LENNOX COMMUNITIES.

YES on SP replaces the deteriorating fields in your community's high schools with modern 21st century athletic facilities, and allows local youth leagues to take advantage of these facilities.

YES on SP will construct new football, baseball, softball, and soccer fields at Hawthorne, Lawndale and Leuzinger High Schools. It replaces the tracks in our stadiums, and provides modern LED lighting.

YES on SP will finally deliver a new gymnasium to the more than 2,200 students at Lawndale High School. It also provides five classrooms to support their incredible sports medicine program.

MEASURE SP CREATES COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS

YES on SP will foster joint use agreements with local cities, and promote the use of our fields by youth leagues.

YES on SP will provide artificial turf on all of our fields, thus facilitating expanded use by leagues on weekends and evenings. The modern LED lighting directs the light only onto the fields, and allows for night games even during the winter months.

MEASURE SP PROTECTS TAXPAYERS
Independent citizens' oversight committee
Annual independent audits 

The cost is less than $8.00 per month for the average homeowner. In return, Measure SP will raise property values and improve your community. 

We can't count on the State to provide money for our schools. But every dollar of Measure SP funds will stay in our local communities; not one cent of Measure SP goes to Sacramento.

MEASURE SP LETS US FINISH THE HIGH SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION

Construction efforts at Hawthorne, Lawndale and Leuzinger High Schools will have produced more than 300 modern classrooms by the end of 2022. 

YES on SP allows us to complete the athletic facilities and finish the job!

Please vote YES on MEASURE SP.

ERICA HARBISON
Lawndale Parks, Rec & Social Services Commissioner

LAURA HEREDIA
Commissioner, AYSO Region 21(Hawthorne)

MARLON MENDEZ
Athletic Director, Leuzinger High School

TRAVIS CLARK
Head Coach, Lawndale High School Football Team

CAMMY HEIDEGGER
Physical Education Teacher, Hawthorne High School

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED
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