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Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
Measure PV - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results


8,913 votes yes (38.17%)

14,439 votes no (61.83%)

To repair aging Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District sites; improve campus safety/security systems; make seismic, roofing, plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, and disabled student access improvements; update/replace bathrooms, classrooms, and science labs that support students for college/career readiness, shall the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District measure authorizing $389,385,000 in bonds, at legal rates, be adopted, levying approximately 3.8 cents per $100 assessed value ($21,042,000 annually) while bonds are outstanding, with a citizens' oversight committee and independent audits on all bond money?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

Impartial analysis / Proposal

By Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure PV ("Measure") would authorize the Board of Education ("Board") of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District ("District"), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 3-2019/20, to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $389,385,000.

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by the Measure shall be used only for construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including, but not limited to, renovating, replacing, upgrading, acquiring and installing roofing, insulation, restrooms, classrooms, buildings, science/STEM labs, common areas, grounds, kitchen facilities, site/building/utility systems, fencing, gates, pools, exterior lighting, fire detection and suppression, security alarms, surveillance, emergency and audio-visual communication systems, networks, technology equipment, window coverings, performing arts centers, outdoor learning centers, and gymnasiums; removing portable buildings and replacing with permanent or modular buildings; improving structural compliance with local, state and federal building/health/safety/access related requirements; and improving ingress and egress, sidewalks and signage, and painting exterior and interior buildings. Bond proceeds may not be expended on teacher or administrator salaries or other operating expenses.

The Board shall establish an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee and cause independent performance and financial audits to be conducted annually to ensure bond proceeds are expended as specified in the Measure. The Board shall deposit bond proceeds in a special account and the Chief Financial Officer shall report annually on the bond proceeds and expenditures.

Approval of the Measure does not guarantee proposed projects will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by the Measure. The 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 bonds may be sold in series over time. The interest rate and maturity date on any bond shall not exceed the maximum allowed by law. According to the 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 District filed the statement, is $38.43 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The best estimate of the highest tax rate required to fund the bonds is $39.55 per $100,000 of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2020-21. The estimated total debt service required to be repaid if all bonds are issued and sold is $778,567,000, including principal and interest. Estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property on the County's official tax rolls, not on a property's market value.

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

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

Voting YES on MEASURE PV will maintain the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District's excellent schools, attracting young families and leading to higher property values, thereby protecting our investments in our community and making it a great place to live.

Measure PV is needed because our classrooms and school facilities are old. Our schools were all constructed at least 60 years ago, with 18 schools, our oldest, first built in 1929. Many do not have air-conditioned classrooms. All are in need of plumbing, sewer, roofing, seismic or electrical repairs.

Our last facilities measure was 15 years ago, which was the last time any renovations were done. Most other South Bay districts have since passed numerous measures. The quality of our facilities has already fallen below that of neighboring districts, which are investing more in their schools.

Measure PV is a community-driven plan to make needed repairs, renovations, and upgrades to our neighborhood schools while adding safety and security measures including:
--Retrofitting schools to current statewide seismic safety standards to help keep students safe in an earthquake
--Ensuring students have increased access to safe, good quality drinking water.
--Increasing security by adding fire safety and security systems
--Replacing or renovating deteriorating roofs, plumbing, electrical, heating, sewage and ventilation systems
--Updating compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act so students with disabilities have the same access to education as their peers

Measure PV includes important fiscal safeguards:
--It will directly support our local students—no money can be taken by the state.
--Independent citizens' oversight committee and annual audits ensure accountability.

Measure PV upgrades and renovates old and inadequate classrooms, improves the education of local children, and maintains the quality of our community.

Please join us and vote Yes on Measure PV!

President, League of Women Voters of Palos Verdes Peninsula

President, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

President, Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

President, Palos Verdes Peninsula Council of PTA's

President, Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of Realtors

Arguments AGAINST

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