CUSD “Billion Dollar Bond” Campaign Funding Coming From Firms Which Stand To Benefit From Passage

“Yes on M, Save Capistrano Unified School District 2016” – the campaign committee seeking voter approval of an $889 million school facilities bond – has raised $107,000 in the last three weeks.

The contributions come from construction companies, engineering and architect firms, and other companies in the school facilities business.

$25,000 – Tilden-Coil Constructors
$20,000 – NEFF Construction
$15,000 – PBK, Inc.
$15,000 – WLC Architects
$10,000 – HMC Architects
$5,000 – Aktinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd & Romo
$5,000 – Placeworks
$4,000 – Dell Corporation
$2,000 – CN School and Office Solutions
$1,500 – DWK Corporation
$1,000 – Peter Stokes/Dave Bang Associates
$1,000 – Letner Roofing Company
$1,000 – A 2 2 Bus Sales
$1,000 – P2S Engineering Inc.
$1,000 – AMS.net Inc.

Some are past contractors with the Capistrano Unified School District; for example, WLC Architects designed the Capistrano Valley High School Performing Arts Center.

Many of the Yes on Measure M donors are also members of CASHNET: California’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing. CASHNET is an association of school districts and businesses that promote the passage of school facilities bonds.

The campaign for Measure M – popularly known as the Billion Dollar Bond – will be able to draft off the CUSD’s “public information campaign.” IN April of this year, the CUSD Board of Trustees approved a three-month, $30,000 contract with veteran Los Angeles campaign and public affairs firm Cerrell Associates to conduct a “comprehensive marketing campaign” to educate CUSD’s “diverse communities,”  “influential stakeholders” and “media outlets” on the districts facilities needs. In other words, tell voters about all the facilities it would build, renovate, expand, etc. prior to the actual political campaign asking those voters to approve a bond paying for all those things.

On July 20, the CUSD Board voted to put the Billion Dollar Bond on the November ballot. At the same meeting, it also approved extending the Cerrell contract through June 2017 and added another $45,000 to the contract.

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