The San Mateo County Community College District is lying about Measure H on the November ballot. This is not the first time they have done so. It’s not what they tell voters they are doing with the bond money – it’s what they’re not telling.
SMCCCD says they want to modernize classrooms for science/computer learning & repairing leaky roofs but instead plan to build a new $100,000,000 theater building for creative arts!
San Mateo taxpayers have already given them $1 Billion since 2001 and they still haven’t completed the basic improvements they said they would on 2 previous ballots.
SMCCCD lies on the ballot and deliberately misleads the public. So what the voters think they are voting for is meaningless and gives the District a blank check.
SMCCCD knows what they intend to spend the bond money on. Why does the ballot have the same vague language that allowed for the misrepresentation of previous projects when they have a PowerPoint presentation that specifically identifies what extravagant new construction they propose. Shouldn’t this information be on the ballot?
SMCCCD says their educational priorities are health care; accounting; digital arts media & graphics; biotechnology & computer information science, yet they first spent prior bond money on excessive paving and parking lots, expensive new buildings for administration, kinesiology, cosmetology, auto repair, fine arts, athletic facilities and an aquatic center.
SMCCCD relies too much on consultants and contractors who have inherent conflicts-of-interest. Like the military-industrial complex, California suffers from an education-consultant complex that is extremely wasteful of taxpayer money yet extremely generous to themselves.
SMCCCD is not being prudent with taxpayer’s money and have added construction of costly and extravagant new buildings to their stated intent of modernizing and updating the existing campuses.
SMCCCD is not meeting their core educational mission to help students transfer to 4-year colleges and gain job skills for high paying jobs.
The Bond Oversight Committee is not independent, has no authority to question what projects are built and does not have a legitimate taxpayer representative on it. SMCCCD Trustees appoint special interest groups that represent development & college boosters to the Oversight Committee.