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Pleasanton Unified School District
Measure M - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results


12,562 votes yes (52.4%)

11,411 votes no (47.6%)

100% of precincts reporting (54/54).

To upgrade/construct classrooms and facilities to support science, technology, engineering, math, arts/music and accommodate growing student enrollment; improve safety/security systems; replace aging rooms, plumbing/electrical/HVAC systems; and improve access for students with disabilities; shall Pleasanton Unified School District's measure be adopted, authorizing $323,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, raising approximately $21,300,000 annually with rates averaging 4.31¢ per $100 of assessed valuation while bonds are outstanding, with independent oversight, audits, and no money for administrators?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

County Counsel




Measure M (“Measure”), a Pleasanton Unified School District (“District”) bond measure, seeks voter approval to authorize the District to issue and sell bonds of up to $323,000,000 in aggregate principal amount at interest rates not to exceed the legal limits.

Pursuant to provisions of the California Constitution and the California Education Code, if 55% of those who vote on the Measure vote “yes,” the District will be authorized to issue bonds in the amount noted above. Approval of this Measure will authorize a levy on the assessed value of taxable property within the District by an amount needed to pay the principal and interest on these bonds in each year that the bonds are outstanding.

If approved, the District’s best estimates of the property tax rates required to be levied to fund the bond issue are as follows: the average annual tax rate estimate is 4.31 cents per $100 ($43.10 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. The highest tax rate estimate is also 4.31 cents per $100 ($43.10 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. The final fiscal year anticipated to collect the tax is 2051/52, and the total debt service estimate to repay all of the bonds (including principal and interest) is $661,000,000.

            California Education Code Section 15100 restricts the use of the proceeds from the bondsale to items such as building school buildings, improving school grounds,supplying school buildings and grounds with equipment, and the acquisition of real property for school facilities. In addition, proceeds may only be used for the projects listed in the Measure and not for any other purpose, such as teacher and administrator salaries.

This Measure, printed in full in this sample ballot, provides that its proceeds may fund projects at all school facility sites. Those projects include, but are not limited to, modernizing, upgrading, renovating, rehabilitating, re-configuring,or expanding classrooms, restrooms, common areas, play areas, and gymnasiums. 

Certain accountability measures apply, such as establishing an account to deposit the proceeds from the sale of the bonds. To ensure that the proceeds are spent only for the projects listed in the Measure, it provides for an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee, an annual independent performance audit, and an annual independent financial audit. Finally, the District’s Chief Fiscal Officer shall file a report no later than January 1 of each year stating the amount of the bond proceeds received and expended and the status of any project funded from the proceeds.

This Measure is placed on the ballot by the governing board of the District.



County Counsel


The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure M, which is printed in full in this sample ballot pamphlet. If you desire an additional copy of the Measure, please call the Elections Official's office at (510) 272-6933 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. You may also access the full text of the Measure on the Alameda County website at the following address: 


Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Argument in Favor of Measure M

Pleasanton Unified School District 


Vote YES on M to support high-quality education for Pleasanton Unified School District students.

Even if you don't have school-aged children, voting YES is a wise investment. Measure M will protect our quality of life and strong property values in Pleasanton.

Measure M is a fiscally accountable plan to keep Pleasanton students safe and our schools up to date. Local control and independent oversight ensure funds are spent properly on the approved project list.

Some local classrooms were built nearly 70 years ago, making updates and repairs essential. Measure M will replace aging roofs and electrical systems, improve traffic, bicycle and pedestrian safety as well as enhance access for students with disabilities, helping to ensure that all Pleasanton students thrive in our schools.

A YES vote will prepare students to succeed in today's increasingly competitive job market. By modernizing classrooms, labs and learning technologies, our teachers can provide-a world class education in science, technology, engineering and math. In addition, Measure M-will provide additional classroom facilities to accommodate our growing student enrollment.

Vote YES for Pleasanton Students

  • Upgrade classrooms to support science, technology, engineering/arts and math

  • Update aging schools to keep them safe and well-maintained

  • Improve access-for students with disabilities

  • Modernize classrooms for career technical education and workforce training programs

  • Provide facilities that support a well-rounded education including art, music and physical education

  • Improve school safety and student security

Local Control is Required

  • Every penny stays local

  • No funds can -be taken by the State

  • Independent citizen's oversight and annual audits are required

  • No funds can go toward administrator salaries

We have taken the first step in updating our schools, and now we need Measure M to bring all school facilities up to today's standards.

Join Pleasanton business leaders, seniors, parents and teachers in voting YES on M.

Read the proposed legislation

More information

News (2)

Mulling Over Measure M — January 20, 2020 Pleasanton Weekly
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Who supports or opposes this measure?

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