By Chris Wilson, School Board President, Santa Paula Unified School District
Quality schools are key to providing an excellent education, preserving property values, and maintaining our great community. Your YES vote on Measure P will help to provide critical funding that will upgrade, renovate, and modernize our neighborhood elementary and middle schools.
Don’t be misled by arguments against Measure P. Consider the facts:
FACT: With an average age of over 70 years, Santa Paula elementary and middle schools are old and in need of major repairs and renovations. Measure P will fix our existing old elementary and middle schools.
FACT: The last measure passed to improve local elementary schools was 16 years ago. Since that time 22 of our neighboring school districts in Ventura County have passed improvement measures. Santa Paula children deserve the same quality schools as students from other neighboring districts.
FACT: Measure P makes financial sense and protects taxpayers. 1) By law, all funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State. 2) Spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens’ oversight committee. 3) Funds can only be spent to improve our local schools; not for teacher or administrator salaries.
FACT: Measure P is affordable, especially for senior citizens and long-time residents. According to California Municipal Statistics, Inc., 956 homes in the District would pay less than $5 a month, and 356 homes would pay less than $2.50 a month for Measure P. That’s a cheap investment in our schools that will provide a great return.
Measure P is a carefully considered program that will improve the quality of education, preserve property values, and provide children the classrooms they need to succeed.
Don’t take my word for it, (or an anonymous ad for that matter), some of the most respected individuals and groups have studied Measure P and have concluded it is good for Santa Paula including:
City of Santa Paula
Civic/Community Leaders & Organizations
Martin Hernandez-Mayor of Santa Paula
Dr. David Gomez-Former Superintendent, SPUHSD
John Proctor-Past Mayor of Santa Paula
Lorenzo Moraza-Santa Paula Latino Town Hall President
Ginger Gherardi-City Councilwoman
Gabino Aguirre-Santa Paula Latino Town Hall
Rick Araiza-Fire Chief, Santa Paula
Harold Edwards, CEO, Limoneira
Gordon Kimball Board Chairman, Limoneira
Elected Officials & Candidates
Tim Jones, Project Manager, Limoneira
Kathy Long-District 3 Supervisor, Ventura County
Lennie Kwok-Behavior Health Director, Santa Paula
Das Williams-State Assembly Member District 37
Gaby Rodriguez-Oxnard College Student Services
Carla Castilla-District 3 Supervisor Candidate, Ventura Co.
Bob Borrego-Community Leader
Stan Mantooth-Ventura Co. Supt. of Schools
Michael Tapia-ACSA President Region XIII
Aracely Preciado-Community Leader
Santa Paula USD Board of Trustees
Laura Espinosa-Santa Paula Latino Town Hall
Miguel Rodriguez-Behavioral Health Specialist
Kelsey Stewart-Vice President
Robert Chaparro-EOPS at Ventura College
Christina “Tina” Urias-Clerk
Angelica Cisneros-Community Leader
Diana Ponce Gomez-Member
Central Coast Alliance United for Sustainable Economy
(CAUSE) Action Fund
Please join me in voting yes on Measure P for the kids and the community. Thank you.