Mt. Diablo Unified School District Releases Survey On Potential Local Bond Measure

July 19, 2018 8:00 am · 53 comments

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) is asking residents to take a survey regarding a potential local bond measure.

Although no final decisions have been made, the MDUSD Board is considering placing a local bond measure on an upcoming ballot.

A measure, according to the MDUSD, may provide $150 million to upgrade local schools and would cost property owners approximately $19.75 per $100,000 of assessed, not market, value per year.

All funds would support repairing and improving schools in the local community, the district said.

To take the survey, please click ON THIS LINK.

Cellophane July 19, 2018 at 8:29 AM

Since I moved here in the early 90’s I have always believed that this school district was poorly managed.

That belief has continually been reinforced by the actions of the various Boards over the years.

This new tax would raise an incredible amount of money for even more mismanagement.

The survey is a heavily weighted farce.

I cannot condone allowing this poorly managed school district to tax the people even further.

burnbabyburn July 19, 2018 at 8:31 AM

Awesome! More taxes for homeowners that always have extra money laying around. And more money for school administrators to waste on committees and “off site” meetings. I vote that we use the “potential” bond money to impeach Trump. According to desaulnier, that is the only way to make the world perfect. Crime will disappear, animals will stop dying, and farts will smell like roses. It will be like a John Lennon song.

Lena July 19, 2018 at 11:41 AM

Yep. And, their survey is a sham. First off, you can fill in anybody’s name. There is no way to check if it is a legitimate response by the stated individual. It’s like fake accounts on Facebook. They outnumber real ones.

Further, you can vote multiple times, and appear to be encouraged to do so, skewing the results in the favor of those who sit there and repeatedly answer the survey to support their position. And, you know who does that? “By any means necessary” liberals who want, at taxpayer expense, charter schools educating illegal aliens and single-parent morherhood because-the-dad-was-a-good-for-nothing-sob-and-she-knew-it-when-she-got-with-him deadbeat.

I call their survey BS and worse, it is disingenuous. They have done it purposely to skew the results to obtain the one they want, a bond measure to get more taxpayer money.

WC July 19, 2018 at 8:44 AM

Go look at the fancy roof being put on Bancroft Elementary. They could have redone the current roof for a lot less and used the savings for something the kids actually need. Sorry your priorities are screwed up. Kids first, ego second.

WC Resident July 19, 2018 at 12:55 PM

It’s an old building with little to no insulation. As part of the roofing project it looks like they are adding a layer of insulation. I’ll likely do the same to my house at the next tear off and replace cycle. The extra cost is small compared to the overall job of a tear off and replace and makes for a more comfortable building that costs a little less to heat and cool.

WC parent July 20, 2018 at 12:19 AM

There is nothing fancy about having a classroom that isn’t raining on you. Thank you MDUSD and Measure C (YOU people) for coming through for the kids, teachers, volunteer parents and other staff. It was a long time coming. Ego was when a roofer was not hired after the last one quit that allowed the roof to be so damaged in the first place.

CDE Watcher July 20, 2018 at 12:33 AM

WC are you suggesting kickbacks? Please provide proof of overpayment. Should be public record.

RANDOM TASK July 19, 2018 at 8:50 AM

nope the governor already took millions from schools to fund illegals ….not again …

what a bunch of hacks must think we are all gullible and lemmings

oh wait forgot we are in a state of lemmings

NoMoreFreeRide July 19, 2018 at 8:57 AM

Only if you add a new middle school and high school in the Monument area. They’ve continued to let Oak Grove Middle School fail. Ygnacio has a small population that’s there to learn the rest are there to be babysat. Until they fix these schools I won’t vote to give them another dime.

Doh July 19, 2018 at 9:18 AM

Put the money back that was taken out of the school budgets after the lottery was passed.

BOOYAH! July 19, 2018 at 11:14 AM

Exactly!! The Lottery was supposed to save all our schools! It’s done nothing but create gambling addicts out of low income people!

T. Payne July 19, 2018 at 9:24 AM

How about we vote to dissolve the MDUSD and make all the schools in the district public charter schools with their own independent boards. Then we can divide up all the money the district used to get between the schools and let them spend it as they need it for their individual student populations.

Lena July 19, 2018 at 10:14 AM

The charters are the biggest taxpayer ripoff yet invented by those who are so intent on “planting their seed” that they just can’t restrain themselves from having children they simply cannot afford to educate at their own expense.

T. Payne July 19, 2018 at 11:23 AM

So Lena,
Where do you teach? It is no more of a rip off than MDUSD.
Educate yourself on how charter schools work, not the Teachers Union propaganda that is put out. Jerry Brown is a big proponent of charter schools, actually helping to start the Oakland school for the preforming arts, which is a very good school by the way.

My child was getting F’s in middle school until a spot opened up at one of the charter schools in the area. Now he is getting straight A’s. Went from having teachers who didn’t like him and didn’t care if he succeeded, to teachers that actually work with him and follow his 504 to help him succeed, and most importantly he went from hating school equating it to a prison, to loving school.

You can spout what ever hate you want about charter schools, but will never change my mind about their value to the community and the true waste of funds which is the MDUSD.

Claycord Native July 19, 2018 at 9:27 AM

How about we vote to dissolve MDUSD and make all the schools independently run charter schools.

AlwaysBePositive July 19, 2018 at 9:35 AM

So far there are only comments about what a ripoff this will be. Here is a simile for you to think about.

Americans unwillingness to pay Americans fair wages to produce what our country wants adding to our current national economic woes is like Americans unwillingness to pay for our children’s educational needs adding to our future national economic woes.

The investment in human capital generates the highest ROI available. The problem is that it will not show on a balance sheet for the next 20 years.

Tsa July 19, 2018 at 9:53 AM

A typical California head in the sand response. Accountability and responsibility play a factor in life, not just freebies.

Lena July 19, 2018 at 10:09 AM

It is estimated that less than 25% of the population has children in K-12 at any given time, but 100% of us have to pay it. Stop having children if you can’t afford to pay to have them educated yourself.

Sick of it July 19, 2018 at 11:17 AM

Listen to what you are saying then think that all the high tech CEOs are fighting to have foreign people fill there positions.

Fred P. July 19, 2018 at 4:31 PM

“Fair wages”……

You can pick up your participation trophy on the way out. Your hamburger flipping skills have been superseded by machines.

Hey, that’s technology. Can’t have it both ways, buttercup. Until they can show PROOF that it will work and has worked……no!

Back to your safe space….

AlwaysBePositive July 20, 2018 at 12:03 AM

tsa…Education isn’t free, never has been, never will be.
l…Your attitude is not founded in reality. An economy based on individual production hasn’t worked since before the middle ages.
fp…Good thing (for everyone but the first people) you’re not Queen Isabella. Christoper Columbus would have had to stay in the Mediterranean.

Sign from Above July 20, 2018 at 7:30 AM

Brilliant thinking Lena. Thinking on that same thought, lets abolish the police and fire departments as well. After all, most tax payers never need to use their services. This is called a society. We all pay taxes for the services offered to the whole. While I think the state lost its way a long time ago and taxes are out of control, your statement is absurd! Citizens do not pay taxes only on things they use. They pay to maintain society as a whole.

For any of those ready to hit the reply and bash me, I am not a bleeding heart liberal. Far from it! I am actually conservative and, again, I think this state has lost its way. That being said, this thought that we only pay for the services we individually use is a pretty selfish thought.

Lena July 20, 2018 at 6:39 PM

To those of you saying we all need to pay to support people who can’t afford to educate their own children, I have. I have been supporting them for close to 75 years. I”d say I’ve done more than my share. I’ve had enough when their fun starts to cut into mine.

Seniors used to get an exemption from the MDUSD added to our property taxes, but the bond measures they had to pass to support all the “special” people in the area who need to go to “special” charter schools because public schools aren’t “special” enough for them put an end to that.

LOCO July 19, 2018 at 9:37 AM

No comprende!

Law Dog July 19, 2018 at 9:45 AM

I thought the lottery was going to pay for stuff like this ? I’m voting NO!

ZZ July 19, 2018 at 9:47 AM

I don’t care how much money you throw at some of these schools around here, it isn’ going to change a thing. They will still be underscoring, loser schools.

Foonman July 19, 2018 at 9:51 AM

They say they have overseers that control spending but that never seems to be in effect. Priorities? are questionable….

Lena July 19, 2018 at 9:54 AM

Reminds me of the 1980s when senior citizens were making sandwiches out of cat food because they couldn’t afford tuna. There is no realization on the part of those who come up with these increases to our property taxes that our income on a yearly basis after retirement increases minimally — in some cases not at all — and we are being squeezed financially as a result. The County has clearly demonstrated their profligate tendencies and I believe the school district is poised to do the same with yet another bond measure. I’d like to upgrade my own house $19.75 per $100,000 of assessed value per year but, at this point I can’t afford to do that. What makes them think I’d vote to give it to them.

RANDOM TASK July 19, 2018 at 10:40 AM

your comment :”Americans unwillingness to pay Americans fair wages to produce what our country wants adding to our current national economic woes is like Americans unwillingness to pay for our children’s educational needs adding to our future national economic woes.

first off how dare you comment on Americans and how much they earn ….I earn plenty to live here am I in a mansion and gladhanding lobbyists NO

Americans pay for education 3 fold … dare you say they don’t …the governor took millions 138 directly from schools to fund illegals

now if your complaining that China is making everything well that’s your fault and the dems as they don’t want to produce highly educated workforce ….they want to dumb up everyone and force them on to food stamps and get their vote or the free ride stops

complaining that companies are sending their needs to China is your fault ….you are blaming Americans …..we Americans are hard working and pay taxes ….we don’t live off of others ….you say Americans don’t pay fair wages or pay enough to live here …..huh so under your theory Americans should go be Illegals in Canada or some other country because that is what these illegals are claiming right …..they are not fleeing fire or flood or genocide …right

Claiming Americans are not paying for children ….right ….all the dem politicians in this state can help education and even make the illegals …..they refuse and why …they want uneducated and want the illegals to stay illegal it gives them leverage over YOU ….obviously your comments reflect that …..spouting education woes when the politicians steal education money on a regular basis for illegals and so would this bill as have the last education bills …..

but feel free as we are in America to hitch your horse to a communist uprising …..of reliant people on a gov system designed to indenture you for life to work where they want you too and eat and sleep where they want you to ….China is doing just that ….you dems always clamor and riot against a company accused of using child labor ……China uses everyone …houses them where they want and feed them as they want …all controlled and all at a minimum wage … bash Americans ….and our freedoms ….all the while promoting communist agendas and rhetoric ….


AlwaysBePositive July 20, 2018 at 12:10 AM

Not close to what I said or who I am

The Professor July 19, 2018 at 11:15 AM

I have a rule when it comes to bond initiatives on the ballot. I vote “no”.

The problem with our public sector is not a lack of $. The problem is a lack of common sense when it comes to spending. The left is always saying something along the lines of “If we only had more $, our problems will be fixed”. In the 35+ years that I have been voting, that has always been the story. But it is a crock. If you give them $ to “fix the schools”, they will put a fresh coat of paint on the walls and piss away the rest. They will pat themselves on the back about how they are “helping the kids” while castigating anyone who votes no as virtual child abusers.

Bond issues for schools and the like are nothing more then bad kabuki perpetrated by incompetent frauds. Find some fiscal responsibility and you might just win my vote. Until that happens, my answer is still “no”.

primo July 19, 2018 at 11:41 AM

no,no and no !!!
Transparency calif. needs to take a hard look at that district /board for malfeasance !!!!!!!!!!!!

oldguy99 July 19, 2018 at 12:21 PM

Booyah: The intention of the lottery was always to make gambling addicts out of the low income. The minute lottery funds started rolling in the legislature cut school funding by exactly that amount.

stop and think July 19, 2018 at 12:46 PM

To those who criticize the schools (esp Oak Grove Middle and YVHS) for the low scoring, under-performing students:
The schools can’t do EVERYTHING to raise your children! The PARENTS also need to step up….make sure your child attends daily, is respectful, does the homework and studies for the tests etc! You gave birth to the child, and now you expect the schools/teachers to raise them to be competent, intelligent, respectful people! DO YOUR JOB AS A PARENT!!!!!

The Grant July 19, 2018 at 1:06 PM

Wish I could opt-out since my kids go to private school and I am technically paying twice for costs of education.

HashtagMe July 19, 2018 at 8:10 PM

My kids are grown so I am paying for your kids to not go to school.

Nutcreek Fronitier July 19, 2018 at 1:24 PM

Agreed that families should encourage learning at home. It doesn’t help that MDUSD feeds the 4 most under-performing elementary schools to OGMS and YV. Hard to get enthusiastic about more bond measures to prop up schools that will continue to remain abysmal due to this policy. Also, since these schools are unusable for families serious about education, our monies are going to private school tuition.

Doh July 19, 2018 at 1:45 PM

The survey didn’t ask if I would vote for it. The answer is no. The state and county have raided the school funds too much over the years. They can put the money back.

George July 19, 2018 at 1:45 PM

I’m single with no kids and have worked hard for many years … now I’m retired.

I have paid well over my fair share on taxes so why should my property tax go up again and again to help a group with no accountability? This is wrong!

Dorothy July 19, 2018 at 3:47 PM

And where has all the prior bond funds gone? I can’t afford any new bonds and will vote no on any of them.

ZZ July 19, 2018 at 3:59 PM

@stopand think, you need to put your comment in Spanish.

stop and think July 22, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Would love to….but I’m not bilingual. Besides, how many of those parents do you think really read Claycord anyway, since it’s in English?

NO More! July 19, 2018 at 3:59 PM

My current property tax bill has Melloroos and TWO MDUSD bonds on it already …and you want more…WELL NO MORE!…How about asking the Governor for more money since they like brag about having a surpluses.

KAD July 19, 2018 at 4:32 PM

No more bonds. No more bonds. Repeat after me. No more bonds.

Poor Richard July 19, 2018 at 6:58 PM

Vote NO!
MDUSD skimps on maintenance and then requires a bond issue to do major repairs. Prefers to use general funds for salary. Start doing proper maintenance.

Survey gives no specifics, and prior citizen oversight was rubber stamp.

Survey claims bond money will not be used for salary, but this is already state law.

Last bond issue installed solar power system, which pays for most of electric power. This reduced PG&E cost to general fund, and allowed salary increases. Sneaky way to convert bond money into salary.

Mika July 19, 2018 at 8:30 PM

If the public only knew of the mismanagement of our tax dollars. Go to a board meeting and ask how much they spend feeding breakfast and lunches to employees. Or how much is spent on travel to conferences. Or teachers who take vacations using sick days. I will never vote for another penny to go to MDUSD.

CDE Watcher July 20, 2018 at 12:28 AM

You say that as though you believe an answer will be forthcoming. Using the Brown Act. It doesn’t get any easier to ignore you.

Vindex July 20, 2018 at 6:25 PM

Just looked through the “survey”. Not once did they ask if I was in favor of the bond. They are going forward with this and I will be voting no

CDE Watcher July 22, 2018 at 2:23 AM

It appears a meeting has been scheduled to decide all but the result itself. Barely a moment for the survey to get into the hands of the public. How much was spent on the survey? How much will be spent on advertising come November? Who from the public is aware of this meeting?

Lena July 22, 2018 at 11:15 AM

That “survey” is seriously flawed in terms of several security and verifiable results aspects. If they paid for it, they were only throwing our money down the drain. Any “results” obtained from it are not a legitimate reflection of how the community feels about a bond measure.

It appears they were trying to engage the survey takers by suggesting that the number of issues you were selecting on the survey would be addressed by money raised by a bond measure without actually stating how the money raised would be used. They also appear to be “fishing” for what are the best issues to use in promoting a bond measure by guaging which issues were of concern to the community. Altogether a really disingenous attempt to manipulate the public, in my opinion.

Lena July 22, 2018 at 11:24 AM

Furthermore, they encourage you to fill out their “survey” multiple times. It’s a joke, apparently, because to conduct a legitimate survey, you need to be able to verify the individuals (in this case, the personal information entered, i.e., name, address, phone, etc.,) that took the survey and that they entered their responses only once.

Fred P. July 22, 2018 at 11:57 AM

The survey is statistically invalid. You can “vote” multiple times. There are no controls on the survey.

I suggest that the superintendent be contacted about this farce!

Fred P. July 22, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Look at the propaganda at the top of the page….

The bond “may” do this… No guarantees .

Strict fiscal accountability would be “required.” In other words, they’ve had no fiscal responsibility to date. And this counteracts the previous statement.

Time to disssolve MDUSD.

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