I have been paying much attention to the city government financial problems and political elections like many people, while only blinking at school districts. I read the SBCUSB agenda and did a double take when I saw they want to ask the citizens to pass a bond measure. The last stats I read indicated that district-wide, student enrollment was declining, the poverty rate in the city increasing, unemployment rate in the Inland Empire rising and businesses leaving the city, which tells me this is not the time to take on a bond measure.
As a former school board member and a strong supporter of education, I would caution the Board to have a very good reason before they move forward with this action. Another concern of mine is who will be involved with underwriting these bonds. Will minority firms be involved or will it be business as usual? This must be a part of the discussion because of the make-up of the community and student body.
With the city council facing bankruptcy and voters hesitant to trust or reluctant to increase any forms of fees to help; it is going to take some working together by both entities before bringing any new taxes before the voters. So it is going to require our local leaders to identify their needs and decide do we need a bond measure or more city revenues? It is the citizen’s government with you elected as our representatives.
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