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City of Cypress
Measure M - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

6,817 votes yes (41%)

9,822 votes no (59%)

100% of precincts reporting (21/21).

Shall the measure, approving Ordinance No. 1173 which approves a zone change for the Cypress School District Maintenance Site, consisting of approximately 3.86 acres located at 5081 Orange Avenue, from "PS-1A Public/Semi- Public" to "PC Planning Community (PC-14)," thereby allowing for the construction of residential units, be adopted?

 

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

The following official argument was submitted in favor of the measure:[1]

 

Vote "YES" on Measure M to advance high-quality education in Cypress and strengthen local schools at NO ADDITIONAL COST to taxpayers!

Specifically, Measure M enables:

  • Reconstruction of obsolete, 50-year old Cypress School District central office facilities that are becoming increasingly more expensive in energy and maintenance costs, draining precious resources from students.
  • Establishment of a secure, up-to-date technology center essential for fast and reliable internet access for our 200+ classrooms, enabling the district to meet 21st century teaching and learning requirements.
  • Increasing the district's investment income, which pays for student programs like STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and music education at NO COST to local taxpayers.
  • Increased board room capacity to accommodate public participation in school board meetings, as well as student performing arts and awards events, without violating fire code.
  • Creation of additional meeting space to provide the latest professional development to ensure our children's teachers are kept current with effective, evidence-based instructional practices.

Measure M accomplishes this by enabling the school district to exchange an under-utilized portion of the district office property for an income-producing property that will underwrite our schools indefinitely into the future.

Working with professional property managers, the district has successfully brought millions of dollars to Cypress schools with its income properties, benefiting our children every day without increased taxes. Measure M provides more money for Cypress students and protects them from the unpredictability of Sacramento. Who could have known 50 years ago, when the current offices were built, of the exponential technology demands and computer server space required to support our 4,000 students in their daily education?

Passing Measure M is a PROVEN way to provide essential services and keep pace with the advancement of technology WITHOUT increased taxes. Approval today secures tomorrow's future.

Eliminate uncertainties. Vote "YES" on Measure M.[2]

NO vote means

The following official argument was submitted in opposition to the measure:[1]

 

While presented as a zoning change to build townhomes, the District plans to build a new District Office while our students and teachers continue to be housed in old structures and modulars.

The District had funds available to renovate their offices and complete school renovations after selling MacKay and Dickerson Schools. Instead, they used $26.7 million to acquire 46 and 50 year old apartment buildings.

The District says this is at no cost to taxpayers. The taxpayers are paying $5 for every $1 borrowed for bonds to renovate the schools. It's unfortunate the District doesn't consider that a cost.

The District says their offices have to be replaced because the building has reached the end of its useful life at 51 years old. What does that say about the apartments they purchased? What does it say about the structures that the administration decided were best for our students and teachers?

The District says the property proposed for rezoning is surplus while maintenance operations are moving to Swain, buses to city property, and child nutrition to Landell. This isn't any different than the Disüict adding modulars on school sites in order to create 'surplus' property and close schools to generate operating income.

Since 2005, the District has closed four schools: Dickerson, Swain, Cawthon, and Damron. Well over 1,000 children who used to be able to walk to school now have to be driven to the remaining six schools, creating traffic nightmares. If approved, the District plans to exchange the property, likely with more apartments. Tell the District there is a better way. Tell them to spend more on the schools and repay the debt.

Vote No on Measure M.[2]

 

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The following impartial analysis of the measure was prepared by the office of the Cypress City Attorney:

 

Measure M, if approved by the voters, would re-zone the Cypress School District maintenance facility, located on approximately 3.86 acres of the property located at 5081 Orange Avenue (the "District Site"), from "PS-IA Public/Semi-Public" to "PC Planned Community (PC-14)." A "yes" vote on this zone change, in conjunction with the conditional land use approvals authorized by the City Council and described in this analysis, would permit the construction of 45 two-story homes on the District Site.

This measure was placed on the ballot by the City Council in compliance with Measure D, set forth in Sections 5.28.020, 5.28.050 and 528.090 of the Cypress Zoning Ordinance, which prohibits the rezoning of any real property designated as "Public/Semi-Public" (like the District Site) without voter approval. The proposed zone change to the District Site was conditionally approved by the City Council on June 11, 2018, along with (1) a related Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigated Monitoring Program in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act; (2) Cypress General Plan Amendment No. 3118; (3) an amendment to the Cypress Zoning Code (the subject of this measure); (4) Conditional Use Permit No. 3116; (5) Tentative Tract Map No. 18143, which collectively permit the construction of 45 two-story homes on the District Site. These approvals will only take effect if a majority of those voting at the November 6, 2018, General Election cast a "Yes" vote in favor of Measure M.

A "Yes" vote means you approve re-zoning the District Site from "PS-IA public/Semi-Public" to "PC Planned Community (PC-14)," allowing the construction of 45 two-story homes. A "No" vote means you do not approve of re-zoning the District Site from "PS-1A Public/Semi-Public" to "PC Planned Community (PC-14), "and a "no" vote is against allowing the construction of the 45 two-story homes on the District Site.

This measure would take effect only if a majority Of those voting on the ballot measure cast a "Yes" vote at the November 6, 2018, consolidated General Election. N/A[2]

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

RESOLUTION NO. 6681
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA, CALLING AND GIVING NOTICE OF THE HOLDING OF A GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018, FOR THE SUBMISSION OF A PROPOSED ORDINANCE TO THE VOTERS WHEREAS, pursuant to Resolution No. 6675, the City Council of the City of Cypress called and gave notice of the holding of a General Municipal Election, to be held on November 6, 2018, for the purpose of electing Municipal Officers; and WHEREAS, by this Resolution, the City Council hereby calls for and gives notice of the holding of a General Municipal Election, to be held on November 6, 2018, for the purpose of submitting a proposed ordinance (Ordinance No. 1173) to the voters of the City of Cypress for their consideration (the “General Municipal Election”); and WHEREAS, the Cypress School District (“District”) maintenance facility is currently located on the approximately 3.86 acre portion of land located at 5081 Orange Avenue, in the City of Cypress, California (the “District Maintenance Site”); and WHEREAS, the District Maintenance Site is currently zoned “PS-1A” or “Public/Semi Public,” a zoning designation adopted in 1987 pursuant to a voter initiative entitled the “Cypress Greenbelt Preservation and Open Spaces Initiative,” commonly
referred to as “Measure D”; and WHEREAS, Measure D prohibits the rezoning of any real property designated as “Public/Semi-Public” without voter approval, as follows: “[n]o amendment of the PS (Public and Semi-Public) Zone of the Zoning
Map and/or the Zoning Code of the City of Cypress which will allow or permit any land use other than those permitted in the PS Zone at the time of enactment of this ordinance of July 31, 1987, shall be valid or effective for any purpose whatsoever unless and until such amendment shall have been approved by a majority of those voters of the city voting thereon at any regular or special municipal election”; and WHEREAS, Measure D further requires that the City Council of the City of Cypress “refer any . . . amendment approved by it [meaning the City Council] to . . . [the] voters pursuant to the provisions of Section 4017 of the Election[s] Code of the State of California”;

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA, DOES RESOLVE, DECLARE, DETERMINE AND ORDER AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. The foregoing recitals are true, correct, and adopted by the City Council as if set forth in full.

SECTION 2. If approved by voters, the proposed ordinance, as stated below,adopts a re-zoning of the District Maintenance Site from PS-1A Public/Semi-Public to PCPlanning Community (PC-14). The environmental analysis found that the measure, with applicable mitigation measures, will not result in a significant impact on the environment.In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines, a Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared and adopted for the proposed ordinance. It has been determined that with mitigation, no significant impact to the
environment would occur from the proposed ordinance.

SECTION 3. Pursuant to the requirements of the City Charter of the City ofCypress, the City Council of the City of Cypress hereby calls for a General Municipal Election to be held in the City of Cypress, California, on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, for the purpose of submitting the following proposed ordinance to the voters of the City of Cypress, to wit: Shall the measure, approving Ordinance No. 1173 which approves a zone change for the Cypress School District Maintenance Site, consisting of approximately 3.86 acres located at 5081 Orange Avenue, from “PS-1A Public/Semi-Public” to “PC Planning Community (PC-14),” thereby allowing for the construction of residential units, be adopted? Yes No

SECTION 4. The text of the proposed ordinance to be submitted to the voters is attached as Exhibit “A” to this Resolution.

SECTION 5. The vote requirement for the measure to pass is a majority (50%+1) of the votes cast.

SECTION 6. The ballots to be used at the General Municipal Election shall be in form and content as required by law.

SECTION 7. The City Clerk, acting as the city elections official, is authorized, instructed and directed to procure and furnish any and all official ballots, notices, printed matter and all supplies, equipment and paraphernalia that may be necessary in order to properly and lawfully conduct the General Municipal Election.

SECTION 8. Pursuant to California Election Code § 10242, the polls for the General Municipal Election shall open at seven o’clock a.m. on the day of the election, and shall remain open continuously from that time until eight o’clock p.m. of the same day when the polls shall be closed, except as otherwise provided in California Election Code § 14401.

SECTION 9. In all particulars not recited in this Resolution, the General Municipal Election shall be held and conducted in accordance with the provisions of law regulating municipal and statewide elections.

SECTION 10. Notice of the time and place of holding the General Municipal Election is hereby given and the City Clerk is authorized, instructed and directed to give further or additional notice of the election, in the time, form and manner required by law.

SECTION 11. The City Clerk shall certify to the passage and adoption of this Resolution and enter it into the book of original Resolutions.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Cypress,
California at a regular meeting held on the 11th day of June, 2018.
/s/ Jon E. Peat
MAYOR OF THE CITY OF CYPRESS
ATTEST:
/s/ Denise Basham
CITY CLERK OF THE CITY OF CYPRESS
STATE OF CALIFORNIA }
COUNTY OF ORANGE } SS

I, DENISE BASHAM, City Clerk of the City of Cypress, DO HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing Resolution was duly adopted at a regular meeting of the said City Council held on the 11th day of June, 2018, by the following roll call vote:
AYES: 4 COUNCIL MEMBERS: Johnson, Morales, Berry, and Peat
NOES: 0 COUNCIL MEMBERS: None
ABSENT: 0 COUNCIL MEMBERS: None
ABSTAIN: 1 COUNCIL MEMBERS: Yarc
/s/ Denise Basham
CITY CLERK OF THE CITY OF CYPRESS

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