Brown signs bill to restrict costly school borrowing deals – Sacramento Bee

By Diana Lambert

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday to prevent school districts from entering costly bond deals such as a 2009 Folsom Cordova Unified agreement that requires about $18 in payments for every $1 borrowed.

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, said her Assembly Bill 182 responded to reports that some California school districts were paying huge amounts of interest on capital appreciation bonds. The controversial borrowing tool allowed districts to postpone repayment for decades to fund current campus construction, all the while accumulating large amounts of owed interest that future taxpayers must retire.

via Brown signs bill to restrict costly school borrowing deals – Education – The Sacramento Bee.

Solano College board to discuss bond measure management – The Reporter

Details about the voter-approved Measure Q bond measure are on the agenda when the Solano Community College District governing board meets tonight.

Trustees will consider the “recommended structure” for the measure, formally called the SCC District Student/Veterans Affordable Education Job Training, Classroom Repair Measure. It is a $348 million bond measure, approved by county voters in November. Trustees will consider whether to hire a consultant to oversee the spending of the bond money, keep the job in-house or use some combination of those arrangements.

via Solano College board to discuss bond measure management – The Reporter.

Solano College winds down 2002 bond-money projects – Daily Republic

By Susan Winlow

ROCKVILLE — Yulian Ligioso chuckled as he pointed to his name plate, temporarily placed on the glass outside his new office. It’s affixed with blue industrial tape.

The vice president of finance and other Solano Community College administrators are living out of boxes these days now that Building 600 is closed. They moved to 360 Campus Lane, into new temporary digs, while their usual home was gutted, abated and renovated.

via Solano College winds down 2002 bond-money projects Daily Republic.

Jowel C. Laguerre: College weighs pros, cons of PLA – The Reporter

By Jowel C. Laguerre

After the passage of Measure G in 2002, the Solano Community College Governing Board approved, and successfully implemented, a project labor agreement (PLA) for some of the bond’s projects.

Recently the college passed Measure Q by a wider margin (almost 64 percent) than Measure G’s 55.7 percent. Nevertheless, during the Measure Q campaign, some critics claimed that since adopting a PLA for Measure G had allegedly not been in the college’s best interest, they opposed the measure.

via College weighs pros, cons of PLA – The Reporter.

Vacaville’s Measure V board considers contracts – The Reporter

Roebbelen Contracting is in line to reap more than $600,000 in contracts and lease agreements with Vacaville Unified School District, as the general contractor and construction management firm begins several upgrade projects at Will C. Wood High School.

via Vacaville’s Measure V board considers contracts – The Reporter.

Tax group to discuss Measure Q and Solano 360 bonds – Daily Republic

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FAIRFIELD — The Central Solano Citizen/Taxpayer Group will host guest speaker Charles Lomeli, Solano County’s clerk, treasure and tax collector, from  7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Republican Headquarters, 625 Jackson St.

Solano Community College’s Measure Q bond and Solano 360 bonds will be discussed.

Tax group to discuss Measure Q and Solano 360 bonds Daily Republic.

Vallejo school board to mull bond measure – Vallejo Times Herald

The Vallejo school board will hold a special meeting Monday to discuss a possible bond measure.

The board will hear the results of a public opinion survey conducted earlier this month of likely voters. A majority of respondents had a negative opinion of the quality of education of Vallejo schools, and about 54 percent are concerned about the physical condition of Vallejo’s school buildings.

Vallejo school board to mull bond measure – Vallejo Times Herald.

College facilities plan moves forward with stakeholder input – Daily Republic

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FAIRFIELD — First an idea, then a concept, a plan and finally reality.

That could be said of the evolution of Measure Q, Solano Community College’s $348 million bond passed by voters in November that has given way to tangible update and expansion plans for the main Fairfield campus and the two centers in Vacaville and Vallejo.

The latest Facilities Master Plan update presented to the college’s governing board lends visualization to the ideas coming from stakeholders as to what they would like to see at the three locations.

College facilities plan moves forward with stakeholder input Daily Republic.

Solano College hires Measure Q bonds manager – Daily Republic

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FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College made its first hire using Measure Q bond money – an executive bonds manager tasked with overseeing many aspects of the bond program.

Leigh Sata will not only have Measure Q duties but will also oversee the completion of the 2002 Measure G bond program and its remaining projects.

Sata has 20-plus years of experience as an architect, program manager, design manager and construction manager, according to a memo received by the college Thursday. He has also spent a majority of his career in higher education, which includes work as the Measure C program manager at the College of Marin and the in-house director of architecture at the University of San Francisco, in addition to some stints in Bay Area school districts and private schools.

Solano College hires Measure Q bonds manager Daily Republic.

Daily Republic: Solano College moves forward with Measure Q bond sales

FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College is moving forward with the first batch of Measure Q bonds authorized for sale at a March board meeting.

The bonds were sold this week – $90 million in tax-exempt bonds and $30 million in taxable bonds – said David Casnocha, a bond counsel representative from Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth who briefly spoke before the governing board Wednesday.

via Solano College moves forward with Measure Q bond sales.

Daily Republic: Jowel C. Laguerre: Solano College honors taxpayers’ commitment

The November victory of Measure Q stunned a few observers who doubted it would pass.

What we came to realize was that the taxpayers of Winters, Dixon, Vacaville, Fairfield, Suisun City, Benicia and Vallejo enthusiastically want Solano Community College to excel further in its academic and vocational programs, as well as in the infrastructure that are the means to those ends.

Recently, however, a few columns and letters to the editors have taken some blasts at the college, alleging misuse of Measure Q funds.

via Solano College honors taxpayers’ commitment.

Daily Republic Editorial: Strike Solano College PLA plan

Trustees in the Solano Community College District are weighing the pros and cons of imposing project labor agreements on various Measure Q projects as they roll through the pipeline.

This is no mere philosophical discussion. The board has already given the OK for some $120 million in Measure Q bonds to be sold, and the district is seeking a facilities bonds wizard to administer – at the district’s top pay scale – the entirety of Measure Q spending.

via Strike Solano College PLA plan.

Daily Republic: Taxpayer group to discuss Solano College Measure Q

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Taxpayers Association will host Melanie Lutz for a discussion Wednesday about Solano Community College and Measure Q.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the IHOP Restaurant, 1435 Ary Lane in Dixon. Lutz is an engineering professor at Solano College.

via Taxpayer group to discuss Solano College Measure Q.

Daily Republic: New building to help shape Armijo’s campus

FAIRFIELD — Trying to navigate Armijo High School can be a challenge to newcomers to the campus.

The 64-acre site is divided between the main campus and annex. Surrounding streets offer little parking and trying to identify the main entrances can be problematic for parents.

“We have to put them back in the car and send them to the other office,” said Lori Villanueva, school registrar.

via New building to help shape Armijo’s campus.

EdSource Today: Bonds would fund business investment in schools under Steinberg proposal

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The leader of the California State Senate says the way to encourage more and stronger bonds between industry and education is through, well, bonds.

With California facing a shortage of qualified workers for 21st century jobs, Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg wants to entice businesses to become more involved in job training by asking them to invest in a new type of school bond that would fund programs that infuse career education into traditional academic courses. Businesses that invest would see a guaranteed return on their investment, Steinberg said.

via Bonds would fund business investment in schools under Steinberg proposal – by Kathryn Baron.

Daily Republic Letter: Measure Q and Solano College’s lack of a plan

Murray Bass, Fairfield

What was it that Yogi Berra said? “It’s deja vu all over again.” He could have been talking about Solano Community College and its apparently chronic inability or unwillingness to plan.

 

Recall, back in 2005, the college “busted” an accreditation examination. You can see a detailed history of the school’s accreditation problems by doing an Internet search for “‘Solano Community College Accreditation.” Some old problems still exist. In fact, the college is still on the warning list as of February.

via Measure Q and Solano College’s lack of a plan.

Daily Republic: Fairfield-Suisun schools step into solar power realm

FAIRFIELD — Some Measure C money is being put to “green” usage in the Fairfield-Suisun School District.

Solar roofing material will be used as part of a large project that will bring a new administration building at Armijo High School, said Kim Van Gundy, the district’s director of facilities and construction.

via Fairfield-Suisun schools step into solar power realm.

Daily Republic: Solano College board to discuss Measure Q consultant

FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College’s governing board will continue its efforts to launch Measure Q when it meets Wednesday to consider hiring a consultant to jump-start the process.

College staff is seeking approval to enter into an agreement with Roy V. Stutzman for consulting services in facilities planning and long-term funding with regard to Measure Q, the $348 million bond measure passed by area voters in November.

via Solano College board to discuss Measure Q consultant.

Daily Republic Editorial: SCC: When is a project list a project list?

Measure Q, the $348 million school facilities bond passed by voters in Solano and Yolo counties in November, presents interesting challenges both for the Solano Community College District and to area residents.

The district must balance what it wishes to accomplish with the promises it and the bond’s supporters made to voters last fall. The district must comply with the law. And – this is important – local residents must remain engaged in the process.

via When is a project list a project list?.

Vallejo Times-Herald Letter: Don’t waste ‘Q’ dollars

Dr. Melanie Lutz, Engineering and Physics Departments, Solano Community College

Bond Measure Q, which was passed by the voters in November, provided $348 million for capital improvements at Solano Community College. The administration is currently working with architects to develop construction plans. Although a final decision has not been made, the administration is considering demolishing Building 300, the Physical Sciences building, which was only recently renovated with $5 million of funds from 2002 Bond Measure G.

via Don’t waste ‘Q’ dollars.