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News - June 1, 2018

More than $110k raised in days before MVLA bond election

by Kevin Forestieri

Proponents seeking to pass a $295 million school facilities bond on Tuesday, June 5, pulled in at least $110,000 in campaign funds in the days leading up to the primary election, with the bulk of the financial support coming from regional construction companies, engineering firms and developers, according to campaign finance documents.

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School District is seeking to pass the Measure E bond measure, which would provide funding for new classrooms and major upgrades for aging facilities and undersized cafeterias, libraries and school offices. A bulk of the funds are earmarked for projects at the Mountain View and Los Altos high school campuses. The measure needs 55 percent of the vote to pass.

The campaign, called Citizens for Excellent Local High Schools, received a total of $88,504 in campaign contributions through May 19, followed by several large contributions through May 26 that brought the total to a little over $110,500.

Big contributions came from the developer Prometheus Real Estate Group, which gave $10,000 to the campaign, as well as Palo Alto-based developer George M. Marcus and affiliates, who pitched in $5,000. The campaign also received a helping hand from the district's foundation, with a $5,000 contribution from the Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation.

Engineering and construction companies made up the bulk of the rest of the contributions spanning from late April through May 26. The campaign received hearty support from regional engineering company ZFA Structural Engineers ($6,000), San Rafael-based electrical engineering firm O'Mahony and Myer Inc. ($2,500) and Mountain View fire safety and engineering company Statcomm Inc. ($2,500).

Redwood City-based Beals Martin Inc. gave the campaign two contributions totaling $1,500 through May 21, while Eureka-based flooring company contributed $1,500.

To date, the campaign has spent just shy of $57,000 of the campaign funds, most of which was spent on campaign consultant fees, printing and postage costs as well as lawn signs.

Campaign members are encouraging voters to support the bond on Tuesday's ballot, calling it an integral strategy for reducing overcrowding and building enough space for big increases in enrollment. Projections show that rapid development in the region means the district can expect hundreds of additional students in the near-term and needs new classrooms in order to make enough room.

No opposition group filed a campaign committee to oppose the measure. Regional libertarian and taxpayer advocacy groups wrote arguments against the measure earlier this year, calling Measure E an irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars that will cost significantly more in the long run.

Email Kevin Forestieri at kforestieri@mv-voice.com

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