Officials Ditch Claim About ‘Benefits’ of High Property Taxes

By Catrin Thorman
Flyers distributed in Capistrano Unified School District schools and the main office promote the district’s upcoming $889 million property tax increase as a benefit to homeowners. That claim would appear to be a political response to criticism of Measure M, the controversial bond on the South Orange County district’s November 8 ballot. Critics have said...

TAGS: Capistrano Unified School District, Kamala Harris, Measure M, Stanson v. Mott

District has Paid Consultants Over $400k to Promote Bond

By Andrew Heritage
State law prohibits government officials from using taxpayer dollars in political campaigns. But on June 8, Keith Weaver of Government Financial Strategies stood before the Capistrano Unified school board, coaching trustees on how to pass an $889 bond measure on the November 8 ballot. “November elections do better,” said Weaver, whose Sacramento-based firm has been paid...

TAGS: Capistrano Unified School District, Measure M