Swinerton In the News
Swinerton Builders: October 08, 2014
$167,000 Poured into Campaign for San Mateo County Community College District Bond Measure
The campaign pushing a improvement bond measure for the San Mateo County Community College District has collected more than $167,000 in donations, largely from construction-related companies, according to the latest finance reports.
Supporters of Measure H say the money is needed to renovate, modernize and construct buildings on all three of its campuses -- the College of San Mateo, Cañada College in Redwood City and Skyline College in San Bruno.
Among other things, the money would be used to update math and science classrooms and labs, as well as computer, biotechnology and job-training facilities, and to make buildings comply with the latest disability, health and safety codes, according to the measure's language.
If approved, the bond measure that district board members last month unanimously voted to put on the Nov. 4 ballot would cost property owners $8.22 per $100,000 of assessed value.
At least 55 percent of voters need to approve the measure for it to pass.
Many donors to the Measure H campaign have previously contracted with the district. According to the finance reports, those contributions included $20,000 from BCA Architects, $25,000 from Swinerton Builders, and $5,000 each from Sugimura Finney Architects, CSW/Stuber-Stoeh Engineering Group, Keenan Associates, AEDIS Architects, HMC Architects and Steinberg Architects.
Donations by organized labor included $6,000 from the Sheet Metal Workers International Association and $500 each from two American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees organizations -- Local 829 and the Council 57 Issues Committee.
Although a group of citizens has spearheaded a No on H campaign, they have not been fundraising, said one of the organizers, San Mateo resident Maxine Terner. The group's main position is that the district has received nearly $1 billion in bonds from voters since 2001 and some of that money has been spent on lavish "country club" like facilities instead of for basic facility needs.
"Now we're up against $167,000 and a bunch of mailers that I'm sure will be coming," Terner said.
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