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As part of KQED’s election 2016 coverage, we discuss California Proposition 51, which would authorize the state to issue $9 billion in bonds for K-12 and community college construction projects.  Proponents say it has been ten years since the last statewide school bond, and that it provides much-needed upgrades to public school facilities. Critics say it’s a giveaway to developers and provides no oversight to ensure the bond money is spent right.

More Information:

KQED Complete Election Coverage

Proposition 51 Seeks $9 Billion in Bonds for Public School Construction Projects 3 November,2016Mina Kim

G. Rick Marshall, spokesperson for no on Proposition 51
Joan Buchanan, spokesperson for yes on Proposition 51
Ana Tintocalis, education reporter for KQED News

  • Livegreen

    KQED’s ground breaking “On Shaky Ground” series left no doubt that many California schools are seismically unsafe and need to be fixed or rebuilt, before it’s too late. Having helped pass the Measure J OUSD Bond Measure I can assure you that supplemental state funds are needed to help our students have safe, updated schools where they can learn. Local bonds are not enough, especially in poor cities, to replace all the old decrepit buildings & grounds our kids must use.

  • Terry

    Before the people who have housing and jobs receive additional benefits for their kids from the tax payers, shouldn’t the people who have no housing at all and no jobs be given a higher priority? $9 billion would put thousands of homeless into homes. It could be used to create work programs. Sure an earthquake might happen but homelessness _is_ happening every day.

  • lfivepoints69

    No on 51. Bonds are extremely expensive to California taxpayers. We cannot afford them.

  • MonkInSF

    Prop 13 is the culprit.


Mina Kim

Mina Kim is KQED News’ evening anchor and the Friday host of Forum. She reports on a wide range of issues affecting the Bay Area and interviews newsmakers, local leaders and innovators.

Mina started her career in public radio at KQED as an intern with Pacific Time. When the station began expanding its local news coverage in 2010, she became a general assignment reporter, then health reporter for The California Report. Mina’s award-winning stories have included on-the-scene reporting of the 2014 Napa earthquake and a series on gun violence in Oakland.

Her work has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association.

Mina grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Oak Park, CA. She lives in Napa.

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