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— Shall bonds be issued for repair, job training and improved access? —

Special District
November 8, 2016 —California General Election

Hartnell Community College District
Measure T - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

49,353 votes yes (68.77%)

22,416 votes no (31.23%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (124/124).
  • 71,769 ballots counted.

To repair/upgrade classrooms, expand local access to higher education/ training for high-wage jobs, including nursing, agriculture, science, technology/ engineering, by upgrading aging classrooms, technology, science labs, repairing outdated, deteriorating mechanical/electrical systems, improving veterans' services, safety, security/disabled access, removing asbestos, acquiring, constructing, repairing sites/facilities/equipment, shall Hartnell Community College District issue $167,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring citizen oversight, independent audits, all funds used locally?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

This measure would authorize the Hartnell Community College District ("the District") to
issue $167 million in bonds for the purpose of renovating school facilities, These projects include
repair/upgrade classrooms, upgrading aging technology and science labs, repairing outdated,
deteriorating mechanical/electrical systems, improving veterans' services, safety,
security/disabled access, removing asbestos, and acquiring, equipment, sites and facilities.

 

The Bond Project List included with the Measure describes the specific projects the
District proposes to finance with proceeds from the sale of the bonds.  The District may only use
bond proceeds for the purposes specified in the measure, and revenue may not be used for
administrator salaries.  The bond proceeds may not be used for any other purpose.  Inclusion of a
project on the List does not guarantee the project will be funded or completed.  The Board has
certified it has evaluated safety, class size reduction, enrollment growth and information
technology needs in developing the Bond Project List.

 

If approved, the measure will authorize the District to issue up to $167,000,000 in general
obligation bonds, to bear interest at a rate not to exceed the maximum permitted by law. Principal
and interest on the bonds will be payable from ad valorem taxes levied annually on taxable real

property within the District. These taxes would be in addition to the property taxes currently levied
on real property within the District. The amount of increased taxes each year would depend upon
the amount needed to pay the principal and interest. The District's Tax Rate Statement reflects an
estimate of the maximum property tax levies required to service the bonds. The actual tax rates

may vary depending on the timing of sales, number of bonds sold, and increases in assessed
valuations.

 

The District has committed to conduct performance and financial audits to ensure that bond
proceeds are spent as specified in the measure. Additionally, the District will form an independent
citizens' oversight committee to monitor expenditures. Annual reports will be filed with the Board
stating the amount of funds collected and expended, and the status of the projects authorized by the
measure.

 

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Board. The Measure makes no change to existing law
and must be approved by 55% of eligible votes cast or the bonds may not be issued.

 

A "yes" vote on this measure is a vote in favor of the District issuing $167 million in bonds
for the purposes set forth in the full'-text of the measure.

Arguments FOR

Help protect and increase access to affordable higher education and job training programs in
the Salinas Valley.

 

Hartnell College has served our community for nearly a century. Many of us and our family
members attended Hartnell. Some families boast several generations of Hartnell graduates, and
each year dozens of local Hart nell students become the first in their own families to attend
college.

 

Hartnell's specialized training, in fields like healthcare and agricultural science, support local
students seeking careers, and help sustain homegrown businesses.

 

Today, demand for our beloved local college is increasing as the University of California and
California State University become more expensive and less accessible for members of the
Salinas Valley communities.

 

Hartnell is essential for adults as well: 40% of Salinas Valley adults over the age of 25 have not
earned a high school diploma. We must protect and improve access to affordable higher
education.

 

Measure T will upgrade Hartnell College classrooms, labs, technology and facilities, and expand
access to training programs that teach modern career skills.

 

Measure T will:
o            Add classrooms and labs for better job training, higher literacy rates and a skilled

workforce
o            Improve student access to computers and modern technology
o            Improve nursing and skilled healthcare training
o            Expand access to agriculture, engineering, math, science and technology labs
o            Provide space for universities to offer four'-year bachelor's degrees at Hartnell
o            Expand facilities serving military veterans
o            Renovate outdated classrooms and labs
o            Improve health, safety, energy efficiency, and disabled  accessibility

 

Measure T Requires Strict Fiscal Accountability:
o            Every penny of Measure T will benefit Hartnell College
o            Funds cannot be taken by the State
o            Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee and annual audits are required
o            Funds cannot be used on administrator salaries or benefits

 

VOte Yes on  Measure T - SO  Hartnell  College can  continue serving our communities for  decades

to  come.
Signers:
Kurt Gollnick, Vice President, Hartnell Foundation Board of Directors
Alfred Diaz-Infante, President/CEO, C.H.LS.P.A.
Bruce Taylor, CEO/Chairman, Taylor Farms
Natalie Rana, South Monterey County Community Leader

Arguments AGAINST

Like you, Salinas Taxpayers Association members arc local people who want Barmen College to
continue providing an education that improves our personal and professional lives.

 

But we disagree with this $167,000,000 Measure T plan to spread money around.

 

We don't think Barmen College has proven a need to spend millions of dollars to build new fa-
cilities or expand existing facilities outside of the main Salinas campus, in places such as
Solcdad, King City., North Monterey County (perhaps in Prunedale), and the Alisal neighbor-
hood.

 

What's wrong with one main central campus in Salinas? Is Salinas too remote for people who
want a decent, affordable education?

 

Technology can provide distance education at a fraction of the price of a new building for stu-
dents who truly can't get to the main campus.

 

For hands-on education, people can drive or take public transportation to the main campus in
Salinas. That's why we pay taxes to support transportation projects and public transit.

 

We also question the plan to expand the nursing program at multiple facilities instead of growing
a central training program in Salinas. There is great local demand for nurses and great local de-
mand to take nursing classes. Is building a campus in Soledad the best way to solve this need?

 

This $167 million will be BORROWED money that must be paid back to investors, with IN-
TEREST, over many years. Not everyone agrees that the future of Barmen College should be
new and expanded satellite campuses outside of Salinas.

 

The Salinas Taxpayers Association wants to see Hartnell College ask permission from voters
again in 2018 to borrow money, in a smaller amount next time, for facilities at or around the
Salinas main campus.

 

Vote NO on Measure T.

 

Kevin Dayton
President
Salinas Taxpayers Association

Replies to Arguments FOR

 

We are part of the community that Hamel| College has served for nearly a century.

 

And we like what it does. We like the growth we've seen at the main campus.

 

But we don't agree with this vision - paid for by Measure T - to set up and expand satellite
campuses in various parts of the county.

 

Salinas is the largest city in the county. More than 150,000 people live here. There is
nothing wrong with coming to the main campus in Salinas for classes.

 

Our community leaders want to see the City of Salinas and its downtown area grow and
prosper. So if we borrow $167,000,000 from bond investors, let's spend it all on
expanding the main central campus.

 

Let's see something different on the ballot in 2018. There's time to think about this.

 

Vote NO on Measure T.

 

 

Kevin Dayton  
President
Salinas Taxpayers Association

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

 

 

We encourage our opponents to take a closer look at the project list to see why Measure T is a well"developed plan to expand education access and to meet the workforce needs of our region's leading industries. You can read it too:

www.hartnell.edu/future.

 

Most of Measure T funds will be spent to improve and expand existing facilities at
Hartnell College in Salinas, including classrooms, labs and technology. These
repairs and upgrades are needed to ensure local access to affordable higher
education, and to provide training programs for high demand, high wage jobs.

 

It's true Measure T adds classrooms and labs in South and North Monterey

County: these are needed to create access to education programs and services
throughout the Hartnell service area. Currently, students spend as much as four
hours each day taking public transit to Salinas for classes and these classrooms
will make Hartnell more accessible for our communities.

 

Our county has a severe nursing shortage. Measure T expands Hartnel's
nursing program only at Hartnell College in Salinas (not at satellite facilities) to
train nurses for our region.

 

The demand for high quality and affordable, local higher education at Hartnell
College has never been higher. Thousands of adults in our area lack education
beyond high school. They struggle with the rising cost of higher education and
the rapid changes in skills needed to qualify for good jobs.

 

The improvements sought through Measure T strengthen the entire Salinas
Valley. Please review the facts, and join us in voting YES.

 

 

 

Signers:
Gary Tanimura, Vice President, Tanimura & Antle
Juan Uranga, Executive Director, Center for Community Advocacy (CCA)
Susan Gill, South Monterey County Community Leader

Proposed legislation

HARTNELL COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
BOND MEASURE ELECTION NOVEMBER 8, 2016

“HARTNELL COLLEGE REPAIR, JOB TRAINING, IMPROVED ACCESS MEASURE. To repair/upgrade classrooms, expand local access to higher education/ training for high-wage jobs, including nursing, agriculture, science, technology/ engineering, by upgrading aging classrooms, technology, science labs, repairing outdated, deteriorating mechanical/electrical systems, improving veterans’ services, safety, security/disabled access, removing asbestos, acquiring, constructing, repairing sites/facilities/equipment, shall Hartnell Community College District issue $167,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring citizen oversight, independent audits, all funds used locally?”

Bonds – Yes                                          Bonds – No
PROJECTS
        The Board of Trustees of the Hartnell Community College District, to be responsive to the needs of its community, evaluated Hartnell College’s urgent and critical facility needs, and its capacity to provide students and Veterans with support facilities, an affordable education and prepare them for success in college and careers. 21st Century job training, enrollment, class size and class offerings, and information and computer technology infrastructure were each considered, in developing the scope of projects to be funded. In developing the scope of projects, the faculty, staff, students and community have prioritized local job training, particularly in nursing, and other healthcare training, as well as facilities available to support an affordable education, so that the most critical needs that will make Hartnell College an effective place for learning, would be addressed. Based on Board, faculty, student and community input, it was concluded that if these facility needs were not addressed now, Hartnell College would be unable to remain competitive in preparing students for jobs in high demand industries and university transfer. The Board concluded that the longer they waited to repair and upgrade Hartnell College, the more expensive it would be. In approving the Projects, the Board of Trustees determines that Hartnell College MUST:

        (i)    Improve access to local higher education opportunities; and

        (ii)   Improve student access to computers and modern technology; and

        (iii) Upgrade campus facilities that provide job training for a skilled workforce.

        The following types of projects are authorized to be undertaken at Hartnell College:

LOCAL FUNDS FOR JOB TRAINING AND COLLEGE TRANSFER:
Academic Facility and Technology Upgrade Projects
To Help Students, Transfer to Four-Year
Universities or be Trained For 21st Century Jobs

        •       Construct or upgrade classrooms for job training in nursing and other health sciences, agriculture science/technology, teaching and computer/information technology.
        •       Repair and upgrade classrooms, labs and job training centers for 21st Century jobs.
        •       Provide adequate libraries, classrooms and labs at District instructional locations for career training and transfer to universities.
        •       Upgrade computer labs and classroom instructional technology.
        •       Provide space for universities to offer four-year bachelor’s degrees.
        •       Update campus facilities to provide access for students with disabilities.
        •       Increase energy efficiency by replacing aging heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems with energy-efficient models and install energy saving dual pane windows to reduce operating expenses.
        •       Upgrade and replace existing information technology infrastructure and network systems to improve efficiency and increase capacity.
        •       Upgrade and construct academic buildings to expand classrooms for job training and career technical education and provide literacy and English language learning centers.
        •       Construct science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) labs at District instructional locations.

LOCAL FUNDS FOR BASIC REPAIRS:
Projects Needed To Meet Current Safety
Building Codes And Demand for Classes

        •       Repair or replace leaking roofs.
        •       Renovate, repair or replace deteriorating and outdated laboratories, classrooms, training centers and support facilities.
        •       Remove hazardous asbestos, lead paint and other hazardous materials.
        •       Update classrooms and educational facilities to meet current fire and safety codes.
        •       Update campus facilities to provide access for disabled students.
        •       Improve student, staff and faculty safety by upgrading emergency management systems, including video surveillance, emergency communication systems, and security systems.
        •       Upgrade electrical, mechanical, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.


FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY:
                This bond measure has strict accountability requirements including:
                1. All money will benefit Hartnell College campuses and CANNOT BE TAKEN BY THE STATE.

                2. NO MONEY can be used for ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES or administration.

                3. Require CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT and yearly reports to the community to keep the College accountable for how the funds are spent.

                4. NO ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES. Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher, faculty and college administrator salaries, pensions and other operating expenses.

                5. FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY. THE EXPENDITURE OF BOND MONEY ON THESE PROJECTS IS SUBJECT TO STRINGENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS. BY LAW, PERFORMANCE AND FINANCIAL AUDITS WILL BE PERFORMED ANNUALLY, AND ALL BOND EXPENDITURES WILL BE MONITORED BY AN INDEPENDENT CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TO ENSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT AS PROMISED AND SPECIFIED. THE CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MUST INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS, REPRESENTATION OF A BONA FIDE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION, A BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND A SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION. NO DISTRICT EMPLOYEES OR VENDORS ARE ALLOWED TO SERVE ON THE CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.


        The listed projects will be completed as needed. Each project is assumed to include its share of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program/project management, staff training expenses and a customary contingency. In addition to the listed projects stated above, authorized projects also include the acquisition of a variety of instructional, maintenance and operational equipment, including interim funding incurred to advance fund projects from payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, facility studies, assessment reviews, facility master plan preparation and updates, environmental studies (including environmental investigation, remediation and monitoring), design and construction documentation, and temporary housing of dislocated college activities caused by construction projects. In addition to the projects listed above, repair, renovation and construction projects may include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following: renovation of student and staff restrooms; replace aging electrical and plumbing systems; repair and replacement of heating and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies, including photovoltaic/solar installations; repair and replacement of worn-out and leaky roofs, windows, walls doors and drinking fountains; removal of outdated buildings and construction of new classrooms and support buildings; installation of wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; replace mechanical units on all campuses; acquire land; upgrade facilities to meet current earthquake safety standards; repair and replacement of fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; upgrading, resurfacing, replacing or relocating of hard courts, fields, turf and irrigation systems; install artificial turf on ball fields; replace broken concrete walks, replace deteriorating asphalt; upgrade classrooms; build or upgrade facilities for math, physical sciences, fine arts, theatre arts, and agriculture; construct or expand a simulation lab for allied health programs; improve campus signage; upgrade, resurfacing and reconditioning existing parking lots; renovate or construct a facility for multi-purpose/lecture /meeting space for district and community use; repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; replace water and sewer lines and other plumbing systems; construct, upgrade, acquire or expand foreign language, humanities buildings, fine arts and performing arts facilities, physical education facilities, locker rooms, administrative offices, public safety office, maintenance building, student service/campus center and instructional buildings, trades and technology building, library, athletic fields, student services building, turf; acquire transitional portable buildings; improve water conservation and energy efficiency; replace elevators; replace outdated security systems; replace existing window systems with energy-efficient systems to reduce costs; improve insulation, weatherproofing and roofs to reduce costs; improve access for the disabled; install and repair fire safety equipment, including alarms, smoke detectors, sprinklers, emergency lighting, and fire safety doors; replace broken concrete walks, deteriorated asphalt; replace/upgrade existing signage, bells and clocks; demolition of unsafe facilities; install new security systems, such as security (surveillance) cameras, outdoor lighting, fencing, gates and classroom door locks; replace sewer lines and improve drainage systems to prevent flooding; upgrade roadway and pedestrian paths for improved safety and access for emergency vehicles, site parking, utilities and grounds. The project list also includes the refinancing of outstanding lease obligations. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, the acquisition of computers, LCD projectors, portable interface devices, servers, switches, routers, modules, sound projection systems, information systems, printers, digital white boards, upgrade voice-over-IP, communication systems, audio/visual and telecommunications systems, call manager and network security/firewall, Internet connectivity, wireless systems, technology infrastructure, and other miscellaneous IT and instructional equipment.  

        The Project List also includes the construction of a multipurpose education facility in Soledad to better serve South Monterey County; establishment of a “Center for Literacy and Language Development” in South Monterey County; construction of a multipurpose education facility in North Monterey County to better serve students in North Monterey County; addition of classrooms and labs at the Alisal Campus to improve job training programs in commercial refrigeration, food safety, seed science technology; establishment of an Innovation Center and creation of space for learning support and services and community use in Alisal; expansion of the King City Education Center by adding science labs to support STEM education and construction of areas for learning support and services and community use in King City; partner with area high schools to upgrade science classrooms and labs for joint use and to support dual enrollment of high school students; construct a Center for Nursing and Health Science on the main campus in Salinas, and expand or upgrade Buildings D, E, G, H, J, K and N; establishment of a University Center for completion of bachelor’s degrees.

        The allocation of bond proceeds will be affected by the District’s receipt of State matching funds and the final costs of each project. In the absence of State matching funds, which the District will aggressively pursue to reduce the District’s share of the costs of the projects, the District will not be able to complete some of the projects listed above. Some projects may be undertaken as joint use projects in cooperation with other local public or non-profit agencies. The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District’s control. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans and construction documents are finalized, construction bids are received, construction contracts are awarded and projects are completed. Based on the final costs of each project, certain of the projects described above may be delayed or may not be completed. Demolition of existing facilities and reconstruction of facilities scheduled for repair and upgrade may occur, if the Board determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses. Necessary site preparation/restoration may occur in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of relocatable classrooms, including ingress and egress, removing, replacing, or installing irrigation, utility lines, trees and landscaping, relocating fire access roads, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property. Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the cost of District staff when performing work on or necessary and incidental to bond projects. 
 
        Bond proceeds shall only be expended for the specific purposes identified herein. The District shall create an account into which proceeds of the bonds shall be deposited and comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code § 53410.

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