Poll: The $2 Billion Question: Will Voters OK College, School Bonds on Nov. 6?

San Diego Unified and several other college and school district boards seek property tax hikes.

Do the math.  Now that the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District board has decided to on the November ballot, the value of all school bonds countywide up for approval has topped $2 billion.  That includes $1.2 billion in the San Diego Unified School District, $449 million in the San Dieguito Union High School District and $77 million in the Del Mar Union School District.  All bond votes are local, but what does this say about Sacramento, and will property owners be true to their school districts?

rocco August 08, 2012 at 11:27 PM
tax payers are being sold out by teachers and administrators
rocco August 08, 2012 at 11:27 PM
the takers are running out of room for pay raises and retirement funds
Jay Berman August 09, 2012 at 04:04 PM
VOTE NO to tax increases (Prop 30 and 38) and NO to any bond issues. Government has been completely irresponsible with taxpayer money, paying too much for too little, the only way to stop it is to starve it ..
Kathy August 09, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I would have absolutely no problem to the Tax increase IF and that is a big IF, it went to the projects it is focused to. We all know that we have no control wants we approve these Tax increases that they will in fact go to these schools. Sorry but the Government has lost my confidence, that they know how to handle our Tax Payer money, properly. It is a shame because our children are the ones who really suffer for the Governments mishandling of TAX PAYERS money.
Kevin George August 09, 2012 at 06:06 PM
It has been proven time and time again that the State government cannot be trusted to keep their word. Once they get a tax approved they do what they damn well please and hope no one is paying attention. At this point there is only one solution, starve the beast .
Jay Berman August 09, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Bonds and government waste ... here are some of my favorites ! The new Palomar Hospital, 288 beds ... iron structure on top of a hill a billion bucks .. double the estimate ... in second - The Sprinter train .. originally about $54M came in at a cool half a billion .. doesn't come near projected ridership .. While on the 78 corridor, let's visit Vista .. passed a bond for a new city hall, 2 new firehouses and a new stage house for the Moonlight Amphtheater . Vista did need a city hall, they said just maintaining the mess they had cost a fortune ... so $56m later they built a palace, iron structure, lots of radiuses so all the hacks can have a window office I guess .. then it comes out that this new city hall costs more to maintain that the old one .. the fire houses are huge ... the stage house is the only good part of that bond. Now further west, let's visit Carlsbad ... their boondoggle golf course .. OMG .. heading south to Encinitas we have the new station 2 fire house, the old one was about 2 or 3000 SqF .. Cardiff is mostly residential and built out .. so we get a 6000 SqF firehouse for $4m and how about the $5m pedestrian underpass and now $19M for a lousy park.
Jay Berman August 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I'm not done, let's head down to San Diego ... they build a pedestrian foot bridge to cross Harbor Drive near the convention center .. 2years and $26m just east of that they are building a massive waste of money, a massive $185m central library .. you should see this thing ... massive with a dome ... NO TO BONDS NO TO TAX INCREASES !!!
Jay Berman August 10, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I think Oceanside has some golden plated potties at the beach too ... cost a fortune, mony down the sh_#%er ...
Ragnar Danneskjöld August 10, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Remember when all that free lottery money saved the schools? Remember when previous bonds saved the schools? I don't either.
Joe St. Lucas August 10, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I've never seen a bond issue where the money they want ever comes close to "fixing" the problem they claim the bonds will fix. They always come back for more saying that their estimates of costs and inflation and (fill in the blanks) were bad based upon unforeseen circumstances even though they alledgely hire "professionals" to come up w. these estimates. Actually they have their spin doctors working on this, "What info can we feed the sheep to get them to go along w. this NOW so that we can ask them for more money later?"
Jay Berman August 10, 2012 at 06:21 PM
FACT - There will never, ever be enough for schools, they are a money sewer, the more they get, the more they need. We passed a proposition that gives them 40% of the state budget, not enough, lottery, not enough .. and what do we get ? From one of the top states in the 70's and 80's to 48th in the country. Public schools in California are now agenda driven, we now have forced gay education, we have a holiday for a gay politician that was killed, instead of dividing kids into classes by ability, we mix them, as normal, the level of the class will drop to the lowest comon denominator, the smart kids are bored .. all for political correctness .. My teenage son goes to a charter that works hand in hand with his church, it is fairly self directed, he is way ahead of his peers in regular public schools. There are great teachers but the unions are only concerned with themselves .. no more money for schools, get the government and their mandates out of public schools, let the district trustees do what they need for their districts.
Kevin George August 10, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Right on the money Jay! But may I add:The teachers union also strive for the lowest common denominator in the name of political correctness.
Jay Berman August 10, 2012 at 06:50 PM
These school bonds are also gifts to unions, we pay entirely too much for schools and public projects. Check out how Poway screwed its taxpayers ... this one make my head explode http://www.businessinsider.com/joel-thurtell-shames-poway-ca-financing-2012-8
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