THOMAS ADDIS, San Clemente
After attending a PTSA meeting in November of last year, regarding a vote to put Measure H on the ballot, it was clear to me that the group, along with a Capistrano Unified School District board member, did not have the drive or knowledge to look at any other alternatives.
Individuals in this group, including CUSD representation, were not taking into account several of the following points:
- California had just passed the highest educational budget in state history at $103.4 billion, a 51% increase since 2014 ($68 billion)
- Over $300 million was allocated to elementary school facility upgrade funding, which was not even on the radar of this group, nor was it pursued for our district.
- This bond is specific to San Clemente, with no leveraging of other resources or pooling of multiple community resources—“divide and conquer” strategy to get this passed.
There is an additional $20 million in funds currently available to replace HVAC systems that could be used to reduce the bond amount further, lessening any tax burden. Was this considered or incorporated into this Measure?
The answer is no.
We were also told that the Talega community is exempted from this measure because they pay too high of taxes even though they will obviously be utilizing the high school facilities.
What happened to the funds over the last 40 years that were supposed to be allocated to these critical facility upgrades and maintenance?
How could any logical person voluntarily agree to give their hard-earned dollars away to a district that has mismanaged our money for decades and has no new perspective, drive or leadership to change?
This is not “for the Children”; this is to cover the incompetence and lack of leadership in our district and our state.
Hold our district and state officials accountable for properly managing the taxpayer dollars that are collected. Vote no on Measure H and send the message that “We the People” expect and demand better from our leadership.
Editor’s Note: The information referenced regarding the $300 million allocated for elementary school facilities and $20 million for HVAC systems came from CUSD Watch, a taxpayer advocacy website operated by Dawn Urbanek—a signer against Measure H. San Clemente Times was unable to verify those budget amounts.