Ordinary taxpayers of San Diego! The so-called “One Percent” really, really wants you to take on $2.8 billion more in debt (plus interest) and pay it back with new taxes.
This debt is in addition to the $4.7 billion debt you already owe (see page 17 of this official statement) as a result of past bond sales by the Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District. Remember when you approved the school board to borrow $1.51 billion through Proposition MM in 1999 and borrow $2.1 billion through Proposition S in 2008? See below.
Bond Measures for San Diego Unified School District
Authorized Bond Amount. Does Not Include Interest and Fees
Date of Election
|$1.51 billion||November 3, 1998||Proposition MM||Approved by 78% of voters.|
|$2.1 billion||November 4, 2008||Proposition S||Approved by 69% of voters.|
|$3.61 billion||Total from two bond measures from 1998 to the present.|
|$2.8 billion||November 6, 2012||Approved for consideration by district voters through a resolution of the school board on July 24, 2012|
Below, I’ve listed every contributor to the Yes on Proposition Z campaign through October 24, 2012 in order from biggest to smallest, including the latest reported “late contributions.” The total collected is $519,697.96, not including a $15,000 loan from Gafcon, which is also a $15,000 contributor and has a relationship with a $10,000 contributor, Sharepoint 360. I also do not include in-kind (non-monetary contributions) such as $4,626.91 from “A Better San Diego Issues Committee, A Sponsored Committee of The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO” and $19,050 from “Communications and Its Subsidiaries,” whatever that is!
You’ll see on the list how construction trade unions (and their affiliated labor-management cooperation committees) are eager to monopolize that $2.8 billion in future construction with their guaranteed Project Labor Agreement: they’ve contributed a total of $191,612.96.
Project Labor Agreement Policies for San Diego Unified School District
|1999||Union officials unsuccessfully lobby the school board and district officials to require contractors to sign a Project Labor Agreement for construction funded by Proposition MM.|
|May 26, 2009||Board votes 3-2 to approve a Project Labor Agreement for construction funded by Proposition S.|
|July 24, 2009||Board again votes 3-2 to approve a Project Labor Agreement for construction funded by Proposition S, replacing the first, defective agreement with a new agreement containing terms and conditions acceptable to the Carpenters Union.|
|July 24, 2012||July 24, 2012 – Board votes 5-0 for a resolution expanding the scope of the Project Labor Agreement to projects funded by future bond measures, thus imposing the Project Labor Agreement on projects funded by the proposed $2.8 billion bond measure on the November 6, 2012 ballot.|
Architects and engineers have also generously contributed to the campaign, along with a few construction contractors. A few San Diego philanthropists and civic leaders have contributed, as well as one parent.
But note that the Yes on Prop Z committee reports $100,000 from the California Charter Schools Association Advocates Issues Committee (FPPC #1343062). This matches the $100,000 total contributed as indicated in the California Secretary of State records for the California Charter Schools Association Advocates Issues Committee. In addition, the California Charter Schools Association (not its Political Action Committee) contributed $7,500 to the committee on March 9, 2012. So the total from this group is actually $107,500, and that’s how I list it below.
In 2011 and 2012, the only monetary contributions received by the California Charter Schools Association Advocates Issues Committee are four payments totaling $500,000 from John H. Scully and his wife Regina Scully. See the California Secretary of State’s record for contributions received in 2011-2012 by the California Charter Schools Association Advocates Issues Committee.
In other words, about 20% of the $500,000+ campaign to convince San Diego voters to vote for Proposition Z and allow the San Diego Unified School District board of education to borrow another $2.8 billion for construction through bond sales is coming from ONE San Francisco investment banker.
Here is the complete list of contributions to Yes on Proposition Z, authorizing the board of education of the San Diego Unified School District to borrow $2.8 billion for construction by selling bonds to investors. (That money must be paid back, with interest, by taxpayers.)
|California Charter Schools Association||Charter schools/John Scully, investment banker||$107,500|
|Irwin & Joan Jacobs||Philanthropists||$80,000|
|San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council Family Housing Corporation No. 1||Construction trade union – property owner||$42,500|
|San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council Family Housing Corporation No. 2||Construction trade union – property owner||$42,500|
|San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council||Construction trade union||$25,000|
|International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union No. 569||Construction trade union||$20,012.96|
|California Teachers Association||Teachers’ union||$14,000|
|Sharepoint 360||Information technology for construction (closely associated with Gafcon – see above)||$10,000|
|Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local Union No. 206||Construction trade union||$10,000|
|Southern California Pipe Trades Council #16||Construction trade union||$10,000|
|Laborers Local Union No. 89||Construction trade union||$10,000|
|Plumbers Local Union No. 230||Construction trade union||$10,000|
|Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters||Construction trade union||$10,000|
|San Diego Electrical Industry Labor Management Cooperation Committee||Union-affiliated labor-management cooperation committee||$10,000|
|PJHM Architects||Architect – clients include K-12 school districts||$10,000|
|Mike Kooyman – Executive with PCM3||Construction management||$10,000|
|John R. (Jack) McGrory||San Diego civic leader, real estate investor, former City Manager of San Diego||$9,000|
|Barney & Barney||Insurance and employee benefits||$7,500|
|CPM Ltd. (dba Manpower of San Diego)||Temporary employment||$5,000|
|Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe||Bond counsel||$5,000|
|Harris & Associates||Construction management/engineers||$5,000|
|GKK Works||Architect – clients include K-12 school districts||$3,500|
|NTD Architecture||Architect – clients include K-12 school districts||$3,000|
|Borrego Solar Systems||Construction contractor||$3,000|
|Carl Schneider – Executive with SchneiderCM||Construction management||$2,500|
|Fieldman, Rolapp & Associates||Bond broker||$2,500|
|Fulbright & Jaworski||Law firm; clients include local governments||$2,500|
|Vanir Construction Management||Construction management||$2,000|
|Operating Engineers Local Union No. 12||Construction trade union||$1,000|
|Andy Berg –National Electrcal Contractors Association San Diego Chapter||Unionized construction trade association||$1,000|
|HMT Electric||Construction contractor||$1,000|
|Peter Spencer, executive with Audio Associates of San Diego||Design and installation of audio/video systems||$1,000|
|Frisco White, with Westberg + White||Architect||$1,000|
|Amy Redding||Philanthropist/school volunteer/parent of SDUSD student||$1,000|
|Burkett & Wong Engineers||Engineering||$1,000|
|Blue Coast Consulting||Inspectors – clients include K-12 school districts||$500|
|Vickie Fortie, executive with Turpin & Rattan Engineering||Engineering||$500|
|Tom Gaeto, executive with Construction Testing & Engineering||Engineering||$500|
|Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers Local Union No. 5||Construction trade union||$500|
|Sylvia Avendano – executive with Owen Group||Engineering||$250|
|Johnson Consulting Engineers||Engineering||$250|
|Debra Preece – executive with Vector Resources||Information technology – clients include K-12 school districts||$250|
|Alison Whitelaw – executive with Platt/Whitelaw Architects||Architect||$250|
|Arthur Cantu, head of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union Local No. 36||Construction trade union||$100|
Sources: Campaign Finance Report through June 30, 2012; Campaign Finance Report through September 30, 2012; Campaign Finance Report through October 20, 2012; Late Contribution Reports: 10/22 #1, 10/22 #2, 10-24-1, 10/26, 10/29.
Finally, take a look at the list above and notice the incongruity with the claim of John Lee Evans, a school board member for the San Diego Unified School District, who was secure enough in his position before he voted for the Project Labor Agreement on May 26, 2009 to inform the business establishment in San Diego that their traditional role as responsible community leaders was coming to an end:
“I think the bigger picture that people are realizing – and this is what scares some people – is that San Diego is changing, the United States is changing…this is a different city…we are looking at a different community.”
Not really. The same crowd is still putting a little money into the democratic system in order to make a lot more money off of that same system, with ordinary citizens paying for it through taxes.