Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Community Post: Yes on H and I

A very nice reader who wasn't sure how to post this asked that I share this with you -- Sara

Vote yes on Measures H and I (a parcel tax in the Santa Barbara Elementary and High School Districts) on the ballot this November (you only vote on Measure H if you live in Goleta or Montecito). This is a really important opportunity to provide our schools with local funds that will help make up for cuts in revenues in recent years and add funds for program enhancement. There is no easier way for us to raise up to $ 1.6 million dollars in revenue for our schools over the next four years for valuable programs our students want and community members have said they support (in a recent survey). See our website at for more information.

Even if you don't have kids in school, you can benefit from the passage of these measures through enhanced property values, a better prepared workforce and high quality performances and programs (concerts, science fairs, math superbowls, plays, etc.) by students that we can all enjoy. Here's the programs that would receive support if these measures pass:

Measure H is for Santa Barbara area junior high and high schools (Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Goleta) and Measure I is for Santa Barbara elementary schools (Santa Barbara only ). Voters living in the City of Santa Barbara will be voting on both measures; voters in Goleta and Montecito will only be voting on Measure H.

Measure H seeks an investment of $23 per year per parcel from property owners in our secondary district for a period of 4 years to:

* Supplement math, science and technology education;
* Enhance music, art and theater programs at the junior high level
* Supplement secondary foreign language courses;
* Reduce ninth grade math class sizes.

Measure I seeks an investment of $27 per year per parcel from property owners in our elementary district for a period of four years to:

* Supplement math and science education
* Hire fulltime classroom music teachers
* Enhance computer and educational technology

These "taxes" are a small investment that will reap great rewards for our students. If Measures H and I pass, the money that comes in will immediately be used to benefit students at ALL of our schools (including charter schools) —students would have new opportunities for enrichment and education by the Fall of 2009. Both of these measures require a number of controls including a citizens’ oversight committee, annual independent financial audit, and other accountability procedures required by law.

Please vote for Measure H & I.



Anonymous john said...

saw you had a post a while back with a weird world record in most tshirts worn at once. with matt.
he just got beaten:

10/15/2008 3:40 AM  
Anonymous Community organizing bankruptcies said...

Take a look at your property tax bill. You are already paying and extra tax to both the SB elementary and highschool district.

Now they want more on top of this. This second round of taxes needs far more justification. Get a better SB school board first and let them sort out the financial priorities better. And then let's talk about more taxes.

At least get Ed Heron on the board because he has a business background. Those running merely as "parents" sorry to say because they can be well-meaning and sincere are clueless when it comes to understanding education budgets and teacher/staff union demands. They are our of their league.

And watch out for anyone with "community organizing" in their background because that means ACORN/union tactics coming to our own backyard.

We ain't seen nuttin yet when it comes to more failed schools and bankrupted budgets while "community organizers" (union thugs whipping up crowds) than we will see with the ACORN astro-turfers running our schools.

Hopey-changey is just one SEIU/ACORN/George Soros front. You need to learn a lot more about Obama/Soros plans for you and your community. Drop in at their new massive "headquarters" on State Street and learn how long their lease is in the heart of this community. Learn what their brand of "cpmmunity organizing" has done for every community it touched, and ruined. The current financial meltdown has their names written all over it.

10/15/2008 7:39 AM  
Anonymous Sarah Palin said...

Good so see my disciples here criticizing labor unions, community organizers, and parenthood. That tactic is working so well for me and John McSame.

Thanks but no thanks to Ed Heron.

10/15/2008 10:34 AM  
Blogger Joan said...

You misread Ms "Palin". Criticism here is directed against intimidation, fraud and irresponsible conception.

You are welcome to be in favor of all of the above. It is a free country.

10/16/2008 6:28 PM  

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