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September 10, 2014

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Lorne

Speaking of bonds, here's what may be coming down the pike in Burlingame. There will be public opposition to any general obligation bonds/assessed value taxes (which unfairly penalize newer property owners):

http://www.scribd.com/doc/239538682/Burlingame-Unfunded-Infrastructure-Funding-and-Tax-Options

Lorne

I should have mentioned the link above is a staff report being presented at this coming Monday's City Council meeting.

Joe

Back on the college front, the DJ has this article today

What is the mission of the San Mateo County Community College District?

That answer is the crux of the debate over its $388 million bond measure on the Nov. 5 ballot with one camp — the district — saying the funds will be used to modernize its three campuses and put students in a better position to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year university. The other — represented by vocal opponent Maxine Terner — argues a two-year degree system needn’t spend millions of dollars on infrastructure like a new theater and gym. Instead, she said the district should focus on what happens inside the classroom and not spend lavishly on items not directly linked to teaching. Terner, a former San Mateo planning commissioner, learned of the bond measure too late to oppose it on the ballot, where the official opposition is from the Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association.

The full bit is here: http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2014-10-14/college-bond-drawing-new-critical-view-chancellor-takes-issue-with-vocal-foe-and-says-modernization-needed/1776425131592.html

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