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OPINION
March 23, 1997
During last month's North Hollywood bank shootout, principals at several nearby elementary schools sprinted from classroom to classroom to alert teachers to the potential danger. Intercom systems would have been far more effective, but there were none. This need is one of many in the Los Angeles Unified School District that can be rectified with passage of Proposition BB, the $2.4-billion school bond issue on the April 8 ballot.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1996
Children who attend public schools in Los Angeles are often asked to learn on aging campuses in need of critical repairs. Proposition BB, a $2.4-billion general obligation bond measure, would pay for improvements on every campus. Every student, every school and every neighborhood would benefit from this local investment in public education.
OPINION
April 6, 1997
According to a Times Poll, 64% of Los Angeles voters care deeply about public education and support Proposition BB, the school bond issue on Tuesday's ballot. That's good but not good enough because tax increases require approval by two-thirds of the voters, more than 66%. That high threshold and a low voter turnout could stymie the $2.4-billion repair and construction bond measure for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2000
The inspector general of the Los Angeles Unified School District confirms that the district is paying too much for management of the $2.4-billion Proposition BB school construction and repair projects. The fees being charged by the project managers, working under 3D/I-O'Brien Kreitzberg, range from 18% to 20% of actual costs, three times the industry standard, according to Inspector General Don Mullinax. Interim LAUSD Supt.
OPINION
March 9, 2004
As a teacher in the L.A. Unified School District, I feel obligated to report to the public the results of our past bond measures, Proposition BB and Measure K. The estimated cost of needed projects at Caroldale Learning Community in Carson was $4,358,284. Projects completed as a result of BB, to date, $275,284. The amount allocated for Caroldale under Measure K is $2,258,494. The total amount spent on projects as a result of Measure K is zero. Proposition 55 and Measure R both passed.
OPINION
April 27, 1997
Re "L.A. School Board Approves Belmont Project," April 22: Once again a majority on the LAUSD Board of Education has shown its complete contempt for the voters. President Jeff Horton insists the building plans will proceed regardless of public opposition for Proposition BB funds to be used for the project. Board member Barbara Boudreaux has warned those who question the board's actions to "back off and back out." Unfortunately voter memory is short and the next election is too far in the future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1997 | SCOTT HARRIS
Peter Harrell of Topanga Canyon writes: I enjoy your columns but sometimes you are an ignorant slut. The reasons some of us are against BB is simple: We're angry about how much money is wasted on our absurd public education system and suspicious that any bond funds we pass and pay for will be badly spent as well. Sure, sure, how can you argue against fixing a roof? We're heartless Republican bastards, blah blah blah. . . Ignorant slut?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1997 | LUCILLE RENWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A local Libertarian Party member has sued the Los Angeles Unified School District over the recent Proposition BB campaign, alleging the district illegally used public school funds and facilities to promote the $2.4-billion bond measure instead of remaining neutral.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1997
Re "First, Give Us Some Guarantees" by Joel Fox, Commentary, March 30: As a Los Angeles Unified School District high school teacher I find Fox's demands trivial and insulting to my profession. The behemoth LAUSD bureaucracy, led by a lame-duck superintendent, will waste some of our hard-earned citizens' capital. Which branch of city government does not? However, much of the capital will actually trickle down to each school site to complete the repairs necessary. I am certain that Fox does not have ceiling tiles raining down in his office, or a condemned restroom located down the hall, due to lack of maintenance.
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