The Yes on P campaign touts the endorsements of politicians, but where are the usual supporters of school bond issues such as the San Mateo Elementary Teachers Association and 10 SMFC PTA units? They voted ‘no position’ on Measure P. The teachers and parents aren’t out in force to support the bond? Now that has to be a first. On an issue such as this, I place more credence with parents and teachers than politicians that have their own agendas.
The Yes on P campaign claims that installing solar panels results in $1 million in savings annually. What they fail to mention is that the capital cost of these solar panels is $18 million plus interest. It will take at least 18 years before the school district breaks even. There are other ways to finance solar panels without burdening the taxpayers.
The Yes on P campaign claims that San Mateo received the majority of the funds when the last school bond measure passed (Measure L). What they fail to mention is that Measure L was proportionately distributed based on student population (two-thirds to San Mateo since two-thirds of the student population was in San Mateo and one-third to Foster City since one-third of the student population was in Foster City).
While a well-conceived school bond would be much needed for facilities improvements, Measure P is not well-conceived. Vote no on P.