Voices from the Media
Letter To Editor
Dan E. Nino, Gateway Guardian, August 7, 2014
I am a 20-year resident of Cerritos with one child and also a State retiree.
As indicated in my speech on July 8 before ABC School District Board members, I am opposed to the $195 million bond
measure moved forward by the majority of the ABC Board members.
Although I favor upgrading the facilities of the school district, funding should be provided by the State and Federal
governments or by grants from philanthropists. We should find alternatives.
We are already over burdened by too much property taxes and other taxes like income tax, utility tax, payroll tax, sales
tax and other fees. We are levied for many public services in the form of property taxes like Metro Water District,
Community College, Unified Schools, Trauma Emergency Services, etc.
I remember vividly that a half percent increase in sales tax was approved by statewide voters last November primarily
for California schools as espoused by Gov. Jerry Brown. What happened to that?
Also the lottery was instituted in California with the intent that schools will be benefited. What happened to that?
Retirees like me will be financially impacted by this new bond measure.
We are still paying the 1997 bond measure amounting to $59 million that will be paid off 20 years from now. I am paying
$119 a year for this. The money from this bond measure was also used to upgrade the facilities of the schools. What happened
Our economic situation nowadays will not warrant more expenditures from us. We are slowly recovering but still reeling
from too much taxes and business fees and regulations.
I'm sure the business sector will also be impacted by the bond measure in the district.
During the days of yore, students in some countries hold their classes under the canopy of trees and dilapidated
buildings but some students became successful in their careers and some became presidents, prime ministers and ambassadors
of their countries.
My own father came from humble beginning who had to walk 12 kilometers twice a week of back country roads in the
Philippines and attended public schools with decrepit facilities, but he rose to become successful trial lawyer, town
councilor, college professor and prosecutor of tax evaders.
My 31-year-old son graduated from the ABC School system in 2001 and went on to obtain his doctorate degree, not because
of improved facilities in Cerritos or in the school district but with his strong motivation to excel in college and
He learned how to swim at six years old at the CPE Swimming Pool but not in his school.
The analogy that like our own home, we have to repair our plumbing system or roof when there are leaks, maintain our
lawn when something is amiss, etc. But we cannot repair the homes of our neighbors because we can only afford to repair
our own home.
We need more public hearings on this and more information. We should be more transparent. Furthermore, this is not a
race card issue. This is an issue of affordability and survival issue of retirees like me. A case in point: In November
2012, I had a house extension of 250 square feet for a den with a building permit from the Cerritos City Hall. Before
that, I was only paying $4,099 a year. After the construction, I paid $4,685 in property tax. If the bond measure is
passed, I might be paying additional $350 a year based on a $700,000 value of my home if the basis for assessment is $50
for every $100,000.
Don't ram this bond measure down our throats.
Dan E. Nino