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By Allison Jarrell
Eleven South Orange County elected officials, including San Clemente Mayor Bob Baker, have sent a letter to the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees opposing the proposed $889 million bond measure. Next Wednesday, Aug. 10, trustees will decide whether to place the measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
On Aug. 2, Jennifer Beall, a representative of Assemblyman Bill Brough’s office, reported at a San Juan Capistrano City Council meeting that in addition to south county mayors, Sen. Patricia Bates, Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey and Brough all oppose the bond. Beall said the letter was set to be sent to CUSD Tuesday night.
“We urge you to determine realistic needs and exhaust all potential sources of funding before you go back to the taxpayers for more money,” the letter concludes.
Over the last several months, CUSD trustees have debated placing an $889 million bond measure on the Nov. 8 ballot, which would be used to leverage state funds and pay for more than $800 million of deferred maintenance of district facilities. In San Clemente, that maintenance could include improvements for elementary schools, middle schools and $91 million in enhancements for San Clemente High School alone.
Trustees will vote on the measure two days before the Aug. 12 deadline for placing a bond on the ballot. Two-thirds of the board—five trustees—must approve the measure.
The Aug. 10 board meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the district’s headquarters, located at 33122 Valle Road in San Juan Capistrano. The agenda will be posted ahead of time at www.capousd.ca.schoolloop.com under the “Board of Trustees” tab.