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Prop. 30 Bombed with CUSD Voters

The results don't bode well for future local tax hikes or school bond measures, says Superintendent Joseph Farley.

Although a majority of state voters agreed to raise taxes temporarily for schools, voters in the Capistrano Unified School District did not.

Superintendent Joseph Farley said Wednesday night at a forum at Aliso Niguel High School that because the district pays Orange County for election services, it just received detailed information about the November election.

In the sprawling school district that spans seven cities and several unincorporated areas, 166,212 of 226,177 voters, or 73.5 percent, went to the polls in 247 precincts, said Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley.

Of those, 65 percent voted against Prop. 30, Farley said.

“It was really not supported by Capistrano voters, even though it passed,” Farley said. “That has interesting implications for the district in short and long term.”

Years of slashing the district’s budget have taken a toll, Farley said Wednesday. The school year was shortened by a week this year, class sizes were increased and many schools skipped much needed maintenance and upgrades.

Although there are no solid plans to push a parcel tax or local bond measure, such efforts may not be fruitful anyway, Farley intimated.

“For bonds and other measures – I think it was a very telling figure,” he said.

A parent asked if Prop. 30 would mean any new money for the district. Farley answered essentially, no.

What it does do is guarantee there will be no mid-year cuts, he said. It also prevented the district from pulling the trigger on $21 million in further cuts.

In June, the district cut its budget by $30 million, and those cannot be restored by Prop. 30, Farley said.

“With the passage of 30, we’re still with the worst school budget we’ve ever had. It’s just not $21 million worse,” Farley said.

Capistrano Unified School District Voters    Yes    No Prop. 30

 53,890

 105,788 Prop. 38  30,334  126,195 Source: OC Registrar of Voters
randy December 04, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Of course, IDEA requires all, Shelly. Doing business with autism is a fastest growing special population of humans in this state.
randy December 04, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Huh? Taxpayers are investing.
shelly December 04, 2012 at 03:41 AM
randy, "Doing business with autism is a fastest growing special population of humans in this state." ???? What does that mean?
randy December 04, 2012 at 05:51 AM
sorry, Shelly...in this state, individuals with autism spectrum are rapidly growing population that many businesses are still developing a (model or product) system where all can achieve in academic and social settings to meet a maximum potential. I find them very generous, not cruel. State govt or business has to find ways to help the special populations as well. Special populations can mean addicts, elderly, foreign, inmates and so forth. My point is that FC was telling about what California offers to the residents who are also taxpayers, rich or poor. In my humbled opinion, each California child should be priority number one, but based on my analysis and study, the child is going to be last to get money in the wallet from taxpayers. Finland is way opposite, I believe. Senior citizens are very generous to the schools and children in their country in addition to their own grandchildren. Kids first priority. Prop 30 isn't the solution because the funding is not completely there for kids. While economy tanked, the state should have priortized right away for kids first, didn't they? Teachers don't like to see the classrooms next to them are shutting down.
Capo Parent December 11, 2012 at 05:40 AM
I guess you're the person that gives crack cocaine addicts more crack cocaine in the foolish belief it will make the crack cocaine better. Most reasonable people think such an approach is asinine. Kind of explains your position on school financing. Just keep throwing money at schools without enacting needed reforms. Thankfully, a large majority of the voters are smarter and more savvy than you..

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