SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Soquel Union Elementary School District Measure Q
If passed this measure allows the district to issue $15 million in bonds to renovate every school in the district.
Pro: Supporters say that deteriorating classrooms - many built before 1965 - need to be repaired or replaced before they create serious safety hazards. They say the measure would repair classrooms; renovate restrooms for handicap access; provide better classroom computer access; replace inadequate heating and ventilation systems and upgrade 35-year-old electrical systems for modern technology.
Who's for it? Beverly Bargetto, president of Bargetto Winery; Kathleen Crocetti, president of Soquel Education Association and teacher at Main Street Elementary; Carolyn Mecozzi, parent volunteer at New Brighton Middle School; Rod Sanford, Rod Sanford's Traditional Karate; Charles P. Thomas III, business and property owner in Capitola.
Con: Opponents say this measure shows no proven need for upgrades and growth. Opponents say the costs of improvements are not specified. They ask why haven't student restrooms been renovated long before now to provide for handicap access, as required by law. They say bond measures only encourage irresponsible pork-barrel spending and won't force elected officials to be fiscally responsible.
Who's against it? Carolyn M. Busenhart, chairwoman of ''Stop-Em'' Committee Against Measure Q; Vernon C. Bohr Jr., chairman of ''Stop-Em'' No New Taxes.
Zayante Fire Protection District Measure R
If passed this measure would change the district's appropriations limit and provide continued funding for fire protection and service for district residents.
Pro: Supporters say the Zayante Fire Protection District has always operated with care and concern for financial responsibility. They say passing this measure will replace a 1967 fire truck with mechanical problems and continue improvements in safety and service at the current spending level.
Who's for it? Kenneth Boynton, Friends of Zayante Fire Committee; Martin A. Fox, Friends of Zayante Fire Committee.
Con: No argument against Measure R was submitted.
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