School Bond Measure Passing With 56 Percent Votes in Favor

Measure G gains enough votes to pass, according to unofficial final election results.

With 56 percent of voters saying, "yes," will passed, meaning that property owners will have to contribute to a $63 million bond that will help pay for facilities upgrades throughout the

The bond needed a 55 percent majority of votes cast to pass. A total of 2,698 residents voted in favor of the school bond measure, while 2,140 residents voted against it.

The money would go toward updating classrooms, libraries and science labs and refurbishing schools to meet earthquake and fire safety standards.

Consultants have identified $150 million worth of facilities upgrades needed at Newark Unified’s school sites.

Most of Newark’s schools are up to 40 years old, and some school sites contain asbestos, lead and hazardous materials and poor insulation, which increases the school's energy costs. Some schools also have roof leaks, aging plumbing systems and are not accessible to people who use wheelchairs.

Homeowners would have to pay $39 per $100,000 of assessed value annually, beginning in 2013 and ending in 2046. That calculation is based on an assumption of annual growth in assessed value of 3.5 percent to 4.5 percent.

Consultants have said the 4.5 percent represents an annual growth in assessed value that includes a proposed addition of 1,200 homes to be built in the city’s development area off Stevenson Boulevard, which was approved by the City Council last year.

Newark's City Council also recently approved the , a project that would add up to 2,500 homes east of Willow Street and spanning west toward Hickory Street between Central and Thornton avenues.

Barney Google November 09, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Dude! You Don't Know What I do, or the many others that post on this site. You probably don't even own property to pay taxes on. Why don't you volunteer more of your time to the school district? and not advocating pouring others hard earned cash down a rat hole.
Rob Sorensen November 09, 2011 at 08:40 PM
Sounds like some new School Brd candidates on the horizon. Maybe?
Adell November 09, 2011 at 10:20 PM
@ A Godfrey I resent your comments. I agree with Barney Google, you do not know me or any of the others who "complain". Well, let me tell you about myself, I have 4 children, two have been through the Newark Schools when they had money, two that are still going through the Newark Schools. I have been a volunteer for 20 years in an elementary, N.J.H.S. and N.M.H.S. and have been on committee's that passed the new sex ed program. I think I know this district pretty well with and without it's predecessors. I have helped with Curriculum, Library, Read Across America (that's Dr. Susses Birthday,if you didn't know) Young Authors Programs, Walk thru Ancient Worlds, Revolution, and California. I have also been on parent committees to select books, both Fiction and Non-Fiction, for an Elementary Library. I have been involved in PTA, both local school and district, Elementary Site Council, attended Summer Library Camp to bring new books, authors, etc. to the kids, and many numerous other things. I have done all this a still have time for my family. When was the last time you spent your day at one of the Newark Schools? Remember, people who live in glass houses should not throw stones! ENE OF CONVERSATION!!!
Jennifer November 09, 2011 at 11:26 PM
A. Godfrey. Has it ever occurred to you that people might be complaining because their voices have not been heard? Try approaching the city council with an issue and see how they respond, if at all. Many groups presented valid arguments against the development in area three and four, but their input was totally ignored. Try presenting a valid insurance claim for damage the city has done to your property. It will automatically be denied.
Jeff November 10, 2011 at 02:05 AM
yes on G was a joke! Claimed it was for kids and the community? I don't believe that for a second. School district should be ashamed of how they spend their money and I am fed up.
Jeff November 10, 2011 at 02:11 AM
Newark is broken beyond repair. Disgusted!
Summer Hemphill November 10, 2011 at 04:13 AM
Once again when the anti-tax narrow-minded hateful bigots in our midsts have their repugnant ideas & ill conceived rhetoric rejected at the ballot box we must listen to their awful pathetic whining. Not only don't the majority of Newark voters agree with you,most of them hate you with a passion you usually reserve for foreigners & anchor babies. You people make me & the majority of your neighbors sick,we have enough issues to deal without your prejudicial & idiotic rants which never add anything constructive to the discussion. Shut up & pay up,this issue is decided !
Nnamdi Guerra November 10, 2011 at 06:06 AM
The fact of the matter is this: the issue is decided and a clear majority of voters wanted this thing. The way I see it there are 3 options: 1) Suck it up and pay your taxes like everyone else. 2) Sell your house and move out of Newark. 3) Refuse to pay your property taxes and have the County Assessor issue a lien against your home. Now stop whining and let's fix up our schools!
Jeff November 10, 2011 at 02:56 PM
#2 seems the choice of many in my neighborhood for the last several years.
AJB November 10, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Not whining and not stupid either. In general I don't have a huge problem with repairing our schools or providing funding to do so, but I do have a problem with the current leadership and I think, as I have stated before, giving failed leadership more money and debt to play with is just folly. I would love to be wrong but I'm not holding my breath either.
Adell November 10, 2011 at 05:33 PM
I'm not sure what "Anchor babies" means, since I am bot bigoted, narrow-minded,hateful, or anti-tax. I have always paid my fare share of taxes and voted for "Yes", I just don't believe that N.U.S.D. has any control over money and the school board is blind to the issues people are bringing up. Why did they pay Kevin Harrigan $200,000 when he "left" the district to rain havoc on some other poor unsuspecting school district? Why, a few years ago when they were wanting a "parcel tax" did they miraculously "find" $6 million dollars when it failed? How can anyone put their trust in a group that doesn't know where they are on the financial grid? Think again Ms. Hemphill and apologize to all the non-bigoted people you have so flagrantly and unjustly insulted.
Adell November 10, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Pay the $105 million dollar bill with what Nnamdi, $63 million dollars? In my math book that doesn't add up. What book are you and the school district using?
B R November 10, 2011 at 06:15 PM
I always asked "What happened to Lottery dollars for schools" this was reported, Millions of dollars in California State Lottery Funds poured into local school districts October 18, 2011 6:00 AM Local schools districts are reporting receiving more than $2 million in Lottery Funds during the 2010-2011 school year. Recently, California State Controller John Chiang announced that payments from the Lottery Education Fund to school districts, educational institutions and State agencies for the 2010-2011 fiscal year totaled $1.12 billion. Over the years, local schools have received millions of dollars, school officials said, with monies from the funds being used for everything from general instructional supplies, district music programs and athletics to classroom and office supplies, photocopier contracts, communications, computers, software, internet access fees, network maintenance and upgrades. An no remembers that is why we have the "Lottery" voted on by the people. We need accountability of where all the money is going instead of making all the people who do pay taxes pay more. We have a small city school, where is all the money!!! and don't tell me it is for the kids, it is for their pockets. Tired of paying for nothing.
Adell November 10, 2011 at 09:50 PM
"Anchor Babies"? Are they small sailors?
Maria November 15, 2011 at 09:24 PM
Thank you for the increase in our already HIGH property taxes. So glad to hear that not everyone is feeling the economic pain. Look around you and see how many of our Newark children go to bed hungry or with no lunch food, but yet, lets add an additional $39 for each $100,000 of assessed home value. What happen to the bond measurer that still has 5 years to be paid off. What a joke. People read the fine print.
Summer Hemphill November 15, 2011 at 09:33 PM
I'd like to take a few moments to thank all of you who voted for this important measure. Students for years to come will benefit from your generosity ! And to those who saw fit to oppose this measure & continue to complain about it's passage I'd like to thank you for your reluctant monetary contribution to our city schools. Proud to be an American,it's been a financial pleasure doing business with you !!!
Adell November 15, 2011 at 10:04 PM
Summer- It seems to me you are sour on any reasonable thinking going on. Have you actually gotten any info from "G"? To the people not in favor , it's in concise, incomplete, uninformative, vague, like looking through milk, etc.,etc., etc. Then again I guess 56% see through milk also. By the way, the pleasure is all mine!!!
Albert Rubio November 16, 2011 at 07:10 AM
This vote was very close and controversial. The measure passed with barely 37 votes. I encourage everyone who voted to read "Economics in One Lesson" by Henry Hazlitt. External links to free copies are on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economics_in_One_Lesson Newark voters, school board members and elected officials should read this excellent book. The election is over but If you are concerned how your taxes keep rising and how it is spent (which is very reasonable concern) then consider connecting with other Newark voters on "Newark Ca. No New Taxes!" on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/124095620971853/
Summer Hemphill November 16, 2011 at 07:48 AM
The margin by which the school bond issue passed is virtually the same margin that Newark voters rejected legalizing marijuana by in 2009. Mind you the issue was complete legalization not whether the city should allow safe & legal access for cannabis patients. How does it feel to be in the minority on an issue that you believe most people misunderstand ? Sucks don't it ? But unlike you we will prevail shortly while you'll be paying for your neighbors foolishness long after the medicinal cannabis issue has become part of the curriculum in the very schools you malign.
Albert Rubio November 19, 2011 at 08:17 AM
>"And to those who saw fit to oppose this measure, I'd like to thank you for your reluctant monetary contribution" - Hemphill Legalizing Theft: “See if the law takes from some persons, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.” "Man can meet his needs only by continuous work and mental application to natural resources. This process is the origin of property. But man may also live by seizing and consuming the products of others. This process is the origin of plunder. Now since man is inclined to avoid pain — and since labor is pain in itself — it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. History illustrates this quite clearly and under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it. When does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor. ... It's easy to see why law is used to destroy personal property by plunder, because it benefits the group who makes the law. So, when plunder is organized by law for profit, the plundered classes try to join in the law making business. They may want to stop legalized plunder or they may want to share in it. Society pays a great price when law is used for the privilege of plunder." - Frederick Bastiat http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastiat http://www.freeaudio.org/fbastiat/thelaw.html
Noel Doot November 19, 2011 at 04:43 PM
Phew- there is a lot of anger out there. I have lived here for 33 years and worked 20 in the classromm for the distict/ I have seen much foolishness in the decisions made here. I have said it before and continue to do so, the only way to change things is to replace current board members with new thinkers. We one year and two spots will be available. This is the best way to spend our energies. My children are grown but the children here will make the decisions for our future. I implore you to cull the community for fresh thinkers to lead this distict in a logical and successful direction.
Steve Shambaugh November 19, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Albert, very well said. Thank you for a thoughtfull and rational presentation. In response to your previous post, another book I'd recommend is "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. Don't think it can happen here? Too late! The recent movie release didn't even come close to what the book presents. And Summer, reading vile post after vile post, you have got to be the most mean spirited person I've ever heard. Your free wheeling willingness to spend other peoples money rivals even congress. And your presumption to know what's best for others, or to know about them and their values based on substituting your own life experiences for theirs is astonishing.
Noel Doot November 19, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Current subject aside, Steve, I have searched long and hard for others who read "Atlas Shrugged". I finished it last summer. My dad had told me 20 years ago to read it. At 55, it sure resonated with me. He's gone but he sure knew what he was talking about.I am so glad I took the time to get through it. Have yet to see the movie.
Albert Rubio November 20, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Noel, I don't know how many in Newark have read Atlas Shrugged (not many) but my son and I read it about 4 yeas ago. I must say, based on past comments I would have expected you to dismiss Rand. I am pleased to accept your appreciation of the book however. If you want more of Atlas Shrugged, you should read her previous novel, "The Fountainhead". It is very very good. The movie is also available and a better film of her novel than Atlas was in my opinion. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fountainhead) Both books are a very impressive demonstrations of her philosophy. I too am searching for people who appreciate reading, thinking, discussion and beer, to form a local, face to face social group called a Salon. This may interest you. I just started a new discussion group at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OpenSocietySalon/ and my blog is at: www.Newark-Salon.com Regards!
Steve Shambaugh November 20, 2011 at 12:20 AM
Albert & Noel, I agree with your points about both movies. My wife and I just watched "The Fountainhead" the other night and loved it, again! I'd also recommend a documentary, "Ayn Rand, In Her Own Words". It really gives a great deal of insight into her personal story, upbringing, background, and why she believes what she believes. Amazon sells all three of these to those interested. Cheers
Albert Rubio November 20, 2011 at 02:43 AM
I was not aware of this new documentary. I assumed you were talking about the documentary "A sense of life" Trailer for "Ayn Rand: In her own words": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmqMr4MK_Xo You can watch "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (Part 1 of )" in multi-parts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmqMr4MK_Xo
Steve Shambaugh November 20, 2011 at 05:39 AM
Yeah, it's directed by John Little and was released in April of this year. 72 minutes of mostly Ayn herself speaking, along with some interview footage the same as in the link you posted also. What a trip seeing Phil Donahue... It's available on Netflix.
Steve Shambaugh November 20, 2011 at 05:40 AM
Well, this discussion sure has taken a dramatic turn huh?
Noel Doot November 20, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Love it. I was advised to read "Fountainhead" first but dived into "Atlas" and have never regretted it. I found it hard going but hung with it. I didn't agree with it all. I would one day like to start a book club being an avid reader. Anyway, my hope still ride high for change and growth in the Newark School District. I work with some fine educators, inspiring students and some very misinformed and stale elected officials. Please, Newark, help us to get back to fresh ideas and common sense approaches by stepping up with new leadership.
Albert Rubio November 20, 2011 at 07:55 PM
Noel, > I would one day like to start a book club being an avid reader. This is EXACTLY one of the purposes of Open Society Salon in Newark. We don't have to put if off any longer. The Choice is yours. My email is on my profile and I already gave other links to start. Please let me know. Consider this classical scene: Agamemnon puts it best, "Again, old man, you outfight the Argives in debate! ...if only I had ten men like Nestor to plan with me among Achaea's armies- then we could topple Priam's citadel in a day..."


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