In June 2009, the La Cañada Unified School District faced the beginning of steep budget cuts from Sacramento. Among other actions, LCUSD responded by asking you for an additional $150 tax on your property. Enjoying broad support from committed members of the community, and commanding the necessary two-thirds vote required to pass such a ballot initiative, Measure LC became law.
I served on the steering committee. This was a mistake. My "Yes" vote — along with the votes of the 4,848 people I shared that vote with — was equally misguided. A new task force will ask for $2,500 from each stakeholder in the District and I hope the lesson of Measure LC is not lost on the community. I urge you to demand more from one of the best public-school districts this state has to offer.
Even the mildest amount of investigating on the topic of student achievement and education quality will tell us what we should already know: More money isn't the answer if that money isn't being spent well in the first place. LCUSD spends its money wisely — for the most part. Despite its frugality, the schools will only ever need more and more cash to maintain the same results.