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CAC Advisory Services, LLC, a firm run by charter school advocate Rod Dammeyer, has kicked in $3,350 to the San Diego County Taxpayers Association PAC, a group of business and lobbying interests currently warring against the San Diego Unified School district's Proposition Z construction bond measure.

According to the PAC's most recent filing, posted online by the county Registrar of Voters, CAC made its contribution on August 29. The disclosure shows that $2,000 was spent on September 11 to oppose the $2.8 billion school bond measure. In addition, the PAC spent $13,200 for polling done by Competitive Edge Research. Besides CAC's money, the fund collected $3,000 from the Associated General Contractors on September 28.

The PAC finished September with $6,316 of cash on hand.

As previously reported, Dammeyer and pro-charter school ally, La Jolla financier and local online news backer R.G. "Buzz" Woolley, have been actively involved in San Diego Unified politics this fall, contributing a total of $55,500 thus far to an effort to elect Bill Ponder over teachers’ union candidate Marne Foster to the school board seat representing Southeast San Diego.

Past donors to the Taxpayers PAC have included private school operator Bridgepoint Education. The PAC has also picked up $1,125 from the Herzog Contracting Group of St. Joseph, Missouri.

The association's board includes representatives of many poweful business and lobbying interests, including, according to the group's website, Jamie Waters of Bridgepoint; Mark Nelson of Sempra Energy; Ian Stewart of Sempra subsidiary SDG&E; Corrine Brindley of SeaWorld San Diego; Kim Elliott of developer Corky McMillin Companies; Michael Simonsen of Rural/Metro Ambulance; Sam Attisha of Cox Communications: and T.J. Zane of the GOP’s Lincoln Club of San Diego County.

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Visduh Oct. 9, 2012 @ 2:17 p.m.

If I resided within that district, I'd refuse to vote for it. They have raised billions (yes, with a "b") in bond issue money in recent years to refurbish and add to the schools, and still it isn't enough. Time to stop with the tax votes and get back to business. For that hapless school district, that means getting along for a while with whatever the state sends.

However, these proponents of charter schools have their own axe to grind, and that is to lure as many students away from the public schools as they can. As evidenced by many of the scandals that were some of the prior charter schools, there is big money to be made off them if nobody is watching closely. Usually the advisory boards that run the schools lack the time, resources and inclination to seriously manage them financially and administratively. So, they abdicate their roles and scandal follows. The school districts that grant the charters are responsible for oversight, but few actually manage much of that. They have their own concerns, and are not set up or staffed to audit the books of charter schools and scrutinize the governance. So, it is "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" until it gets so bad that they are forced to act.

These charter school proponents can claim plausibly that all they want to do is improve education, and undoubtedly many do. But all this money and their attempts to influence elections smells really bad. It IS really bad.


SurfPuppy619 Oct. 9, 2012 @ 6:07 p.m.

Viaduct. 9, 2012 If I resided within that district, I'd refuse to vote for it. They have raised billions (yes, with a "b") in bond issue money in recent years to refurbish and add to the schools, and still it isn't enough

Every dingle school district in this state floats bond issues every two years, it frees up MORE money for the teachers, and everyone in between.

Teachers in CA today ON AVERAGE earn 370% ($108K with fringes) of the median state salary of $29K, some make 650% more ($190K).

Don hates to hear this.


monaghan Oct. 9, 2012 @ 3:53 p.m.

I wouldn't give this gang-who-can't-shoot-straight Board of Education approval for its new school bond measure Prop Z. I don't like the voucher/charter school/privatizing politics of the anti-Prop Z rich guys who are listed in this story, but I share their opposition to Prop Z because this is just not the time to ask strapped local voters for more tax money.

First of all, the Board is run by the same threesome of Evans, Barrera and Jackson who gave away $20 million from Prop S, the last bond measure, AFTER it was passed, in order to build the AFL-CIO/City Hall/ Central Library project where a still-unchartered charter school will be housed.

This same Board majority also adopted an AFL-CIO Project Labor Agreement AFTER the Prop S bond measure passed popular muster. Neither action was kosher: the public is supposed to know everything that's involved BEFORE a bond measure comes to public vote. And SDEA, the teachers union which financed the campaigns of Evans, Barrera and Jackson, is now a member of the AFL-CIO. What a coincidence.

And this same Board of Education, in a period of fiscal extremis, actually paid a consultant to find out if another bond might fly in this economic climate. No surprise, he came back and said yes, a general election with a big voter turnout is good karma for school bonds.

I don't think San Diego is ready to be taxed again so soon for more physical improvement to local schools, especially when there are two big State ballot measures for education competing for our tax dollars this November. One is Governor Brown's boondoggle, Prop 30, and the other is Molly Munger's California PTA-backed Prop 38 which, pure and simple, aims to improve K-12 public education in the classroom without any dilution or diversion of the money raised. I like Prop 38, but not Prop Z or Prop 30.


SurfPuppy619 Oct. 9, 2012 @ 6:10 p.m.

LITTLE, if ANY, Prop 30 money will go to education


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