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April 29, 2014

Bonding for life

Filed under: Alameda, School — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

Sometimes I love Twitter but it’s hard to catch everything sometimes when you get behind.  So I just noticed on the School Board agenda about:

Alameda Architectural Preservation Society CEQA Claim

And apparently I had missed this tweet from John Knox White last Thursday:

So yeah, apparently AAPS is pulling out the big legal guns to stop the land transfer between the City, School District, and Housing Authority.  Because they hate kids.  Just kidding!  Because I’m not sure why.   The only historic thing is the land that the School District is getting on the base near to all the Big Whites, so probably something about that.

Anyway, also on the School Board agenda is approval of an 11 year lease for NCLC schools, which is an awesome deal.

The School Board will be taking the first step toward the bond measure for November.  This is the detail that probably most interests people:

• A $60/bond levy could generate $179.5 million in proceeds for the District
• The average assessed value of a residential property in the District at $405,000 would pay an additional $243 per year
• Combined with outstanding bonds, a home valued at $405,000 would pay $455 total per year

So for me, I’m looking at about $1000+ in school bond taxes, which I may or may not be okay with depending on the projects that are proposed.   I haven’t read through the facilities plans in details yet, but it’s all academic because the total cost of all of the projects will exceed the District’s bonding capacity so it will be a strategic selection of projects to prioritize.

Some other big agenda items too include the approval of Wood Middle School’s restructuring plan, this should get less push back now that NCLC has agreed to the 11 year Woodstock lease.



  1. Refund Measure H before going back to the taxpayer well for more money!

    Comment by Ed Hirshberg — April 29, 2014 @ 8:20 am

  2. Many who would love to support the schools are still trying to recover from the economic downturn. I don’t think a school bond measure that would levy fees that high has a chance of passing. Something like $50 a household, maybe, but this? No way.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — April 29, 2014 @ 9:03 am

  3. The local & national economies are both stronger now than 2 years ago when Measure A passed, and the local real estate market is significantly better. A strengthening economy with low interest rates is an IDEAL time for the district to do this.

    And in any case, think of your own self interest: a few hundred bucks for schools can add tens and often hundreds of thousands to your home’s value. It’s a very rational choice for a homeowner.

    Comment by dave — April 29, 2014 @ 9:51 am

  4. “Because I’m not sure why. The only historic thing is the land that the School District is getting on the base near to all the Big Whites, so probably something about that.”OK, well..

    The Building transferred to AUSD without authentic public discussion is the BOQ=Bachelors Officers Quarters. This building has great historical significance, as, during WW2, all unmarried Naval officers could live there. It should be of particular interest to women, since WAVES officers lived there. [Not all WAVES lived in the now-decrepit WAVES barracks-the barracks were for enlisted women]. My mother, who was Paymaster of the Alameda NAS Supply Corps in the 1940s, lived in the BOQ after she was transferred to Alameda NAS during the war. She moved out of the Alameda BOQ after meeting & marrying my father, also a Navy Officer, in the Base Chapel.

    There are many stories like this about Alameda NAS, & the families that started there. But there doesn’t seem to be anywhere to put them, so I am posting mine here.

    WAVES=Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service

    Comment by carol gottstein — April 29, 2014 @ 10:53 am

  5. #3 – Good point. Alain Pinel Realtors is opening an office at South Shore. They cited Alameda’s reputation for “quality schools” as a factor in attracting buyers to Alameda, and a reason for them opening an office in Alameda:

    “Alameda’s close proximity to San Francisco and reputation for quality schools, is generating activity in the residential real estate market here,” explained Julie Taylor, senior vice president at Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank, who handled the lease transaction for Jamestown, in a statement.

    Comment by Karen Bey — April 29, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

  6. Why don’t you get your facts straight before printing this drivel? This is why I only read Michelle Ellson who is a true journalist.

    Comment by Pat — April 29, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

  7. Pat, nobody on this site is a journalist, nor have they ever said they were. I kinda like to think we are just a group of people standing on the corner Bullshitting each other.

    Comment by John P. — April 29, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

  8. John you get it right , Alain Pinel did not open an office in Alameda because of school quality , they open the office because the market is grossly undervalued when you compare it to other “safe” bay area market …. quality of school is simply another salesman speech.
    Want money tax every single resident to include illegal units….then it will be a breeze for everyone , I can spare $50 , I alsao expect result for my money not throwing it in the pit .

    Comment by joel Rambaud — April 29, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

  9. Just to update, as of yesterday afternoon AAPS had not yet served either the City of Alameda or the School District with the claim. However, they did file it with the courts so if you’re interested the case number is: RG14722617.

    Comment by Lauren Do — April 30, 2014 @ 5:45 am

  10. #4. Carol,

    I would not be opposed to AUSD owning the BOQ (Bacheloe officers’ Quarters) as long as the building is properly and carefully restored, renovated, and reused. Do you know why the AAPS objects to AUSD ownership–versus the particular type of reuse/renovation that might take place?

    Comment by Jon Spangler — April 30, 2014 @ 11:10 am

  11. #10. “Bachelor”

    Comment by Jon Spangler — April 30, 2014 @ 11:11 am

  12. 6. as for comments, I’m with John P., but are comments on Alamedan somehow different. as for the actual blog post which is sparse, exactly what facts here are crooked?

    Comment by MI — April 30, 2014 @ 3:19 pm

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