ARGUMENT AGAINST EE
REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST EE
ARGUMENT FOR EE
REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT FAVOR OF EE
Opposing Measure EE
Tony Krvaric, Chairman, The Republican Party of San Diego County
Tom Frew, Fallbrook Democratic Club
Carl DeMaio, Chairman, Reform San Diego
Diana Kunasz, Treasurer, Voters Against Wasteful School Bonds
Kerry Patterson, Retired Teacher / Principal Office, Voters Against Wasteful School Bonds
Teresa Platt, Community Advocate, SaveGirdValley.com
Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters
BUSD says safety is important but….
- BUSD proposes moving its high school students from a moderate wildfire zone in Bonsall to a very high wildfire zone in Fallbrook and then offered only one entrance/exit in the proposed design plan. The community revolted and stated that, if any school were built anywhere in North County San Diego, two exits was a non negotiable. SaveGirdValley.com delivered a written opinion from a Fire Chief on the subject and BUSD approached the Fallbrook Fire Chief and he publicly announce that he had never sent a letter advocating for two exits. To be clear, the letter is by retired Ventura County Fire Chief Roper and you can read it here.
- BUSD says it cares about the children but it had never developed school shooting or fire safety evacuation plans for any of its campuses. The community continues to push BUSD to address this deficiency, District-wide, via the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) process for a massive 1,500-student school proposed for Fallbrook’s Gird Valley, 1.1 miles from the northernmost edge of the school district. This is the sixth time, a high school has been proposed for this inconvenient site (it has lost five times at the ballot box).
- Traffic, parking and car accidents are all issues, District-wide, at BUSD and it is estimated that its proposed high school for Fallbrook’s Gird Valley will result in an unacceptable 73% increase in traffic. But BUSD has not implemented a carpool or any sort of traffic/parking/accident reduction program. A carpool app program is a natural fit for BUSD which claims to run a high-tech high located in what was lauded as a “state-of-the-art high school” when it opened in the Fall of 2016. In 2017, volunteers from SaveGirdValley.com researched a dozen carpool apps, recommended one and offered $1,000 toward the program. In July 2018, a second attempt was made to trigger follow up to carpooling concept at BUSD. As of September 25, 2018, BUSD has not replied.
- BUSD has been criticized at its Board meeting on safety deficiencies in its parking lot design for its proposed high school.
- BUSD built at least one school without fire sprinklers and ignored maintenance needs including those for “fire and life safety”. In 2016, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association criticized BUSD, noting: “SDCTA believes the District has NOT included projects in its bond program to address some major maintenance needs, particularly those regarding fire and life safety. For example, we noted that Bonsall West Elementary does not have a sprinkler system and there are numerous electrical and plumbing deficiencies at each of the existing campuses.” In response to this criticism, BUSD set up a stunningly ineffective $50,000/year maintenance fund even as its deferred maintenance backlog grew into the millions. It is unclear if these fire and life safety deficiencies have ever been addressed.
BUSD should be a good neighbor and implement plans to reduce traffic, parking and accidents District-wide.
BUSD should address all life and safety deficiencies in its buildings as part of its regular maintenance schedule.
BUSD should develop evacuation plans in case of emergencies and support two entrances exits at any campus in North San Diego County.
When BUSD says it cares about student safety, please ask them specifically about these issues.
We look forward to reading their responses.
The Volunteers at SaveGirdValley.com
January 9, 2018 It only took us six months but we finally found out what the last Superintendent was actually paid in 2016. It’s a shocker!
In 2015, The San Diego Union Tribune commented on Dr. Justin Cunningham’s Superintendent’s salary, benefits and pension ($191,000 for overseeing a small school district) in an article entitled “Some superintendent salaries rising to the extreme.” Here’s the snippet from the article:
Superintendent Justin Cunningham signed a 3 year contract in 2015 for approximately $170k plus benefits. In 2016, the Board approved raises for staff, increasing the Superintendent’s base pay to $178k. However TransparentCalifornia reveals Superintendent Cunningham’s salaries and benefits were a shocking $281k in 2016, more than the Governor of California!
It took SaveGirdValley.com six months and dozens of emails to BUSD to finally see the correct figures for 2016 being posted to TransparentCalifornia. Cunningham retired in 2017, saying he had a bad knee. His pension will be based on this very high salary. The Village News has reported Cunningham’s taxpayer-funded pension will be 80 to 85% of his salary. This is interesting since County employees only receive 40.5% of their salaries.
How did this happen? That’s a good question.
JULY 3, 2018 Fallbrook Village Rotary learns about battle in Gird Valley
The Village News published a slightly edited version of a report on a speech given by Teresa Platt of SaveGirdValley.com at the June 5 meeting of the Fallbrook Village Rotary. You can read the full report on the speech here.
Platt shared the history Gird Valley’s fight against large scale development, sprawl. She shared details on the failed 116-acre golf course located in the heart of Gird Valley, now being converted into Monserate Winery and vineyard and to be preserved from development via the use of conservation easements. Platt reported on how Bonsall, Fallbrook and other North County residents fought and won against five ballot measures to fund building a huge high school in Gird Valley which runs just 4 miles from Live Oak Park south to the 76.
The Village News article included details on the long-standing relationship between Lilac Hills Ranch interests and Bonsall Unified School District (BUSD), including financial support of its unification and its 2016 failed $58M bond measure, Attempt #5 to build a high school in Gird Valley. Completely out of sync with North County residents, in 2015 and 2016, BUSD’s Superintendent was actively lobbying the Board of Supervisors to approve Lilac Hills Ranch and talking about redrawing district boundaries to better serve sprawl development.
BUSD has announced it will place a $38M bond proposal on the ballot this fall to pay for one-third of a 1,500-student high school. This will be Attempt #6 to fund building a high school in Fallbrook’s Gird Valley, which is located at the northernmost edge of the school district, inconvenient for most district residents but convenient for sprawl developments proposed for east of I-15. Such developments are not in compliance with the County’s General Plan which attempts to save rural areas by keeping development in San Diego County area where infrastructure already exists.
Platt asked, “…will district residents vote this November to tax themselves for 30 years to pay $38 million (plus interest) for building phase one of three, to build one-third of a high school most of their children will never use?”
Beyond the upcoming bond issue, Platt noted that development should comply with the County General Plan, that Mello-Roos fees should be used for new developments requiring large investments in infrastructure and that new leadership is needed on the BUSD Board. Four out of the five Board seats are up for election this fall and district residents who care about education, fiscal responsibility and protecting North County from sprawl should consider running.