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Measure P to Help Modernize SMCSD Schools

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Top: Asphalt paving adjacent to the Bayside MLK School’s Annex building is in need of repair or replacement. The Annex building should be demolished. Bottom: Examples of dry rot and failed sidings at the Willow Creek Academy (Photos by Greystone West, 2019.)

The Sausalito Marin City School District (SMCSD) provides quality education for the children of our community. To help support the unification and integration process and address outstanding facility needs, the Board of Trustees of the district voted to place Measure P on the Nov. 3, 2020, ballot. 

This article is a summary of Measure P. Detailed information on the measure can be found at www.smcsd.org/domain/110. 

Measure P is a General Obligation (G.O.) Bond that, if approved by voters, will authorize $41,600,000 in bonds to be sold to improve our local schools. 

School facilities at both Bayside MLK School and Willow Creek Academy need improvements as SMCSD becomes unified and integrated. The district contends that a local bond measure can be effectively used to support this effort. Our local schools have given our students an excellent education for many years, and their facilities now need improvements that go beyond the district’s annual budget. 

Measure P will update classrooms to 21st-century models at both the Nevada Street and Phillips Drive campuses in order to provide students with technology, wireless infrastructure, and flexible classroom furniture. Outdated portable classrooms will be replaced with modern, permanent facilities. Other safety improvements will be done for plumbing, heating, ventilation and filtration systems. 

It would also fund the modernization of school support facilities and provide specialty classrooms for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Marker spaces, robotics, video and visual and performing art spaces will be provided to enhance learning opportunities, and improve classroom facilities at both campuses to provide 21st-century classrooms including the 

All district projects funded by Measure P will be in compliance with all applicable state building codes and regulations including California’s Building Standards Code Title 24,  that addresses the state’s green building standards. 

G.O. bonds are typically repaid over 30 years.

The loan repayment comes from a levy on all taxable property located within the district’s boundaries: residential, commercial, and industrial. This funding method is widely used by school districts in Marin County and throughout the state. Currently, SMCSD maintains one of the lowest bond tax rates for facility improvements of all districts in the County at $16 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

By law, Measure P requires a citizens oversight committee to ensure funds are spent on only the voter-approved projects, with additional safeguards to ensure that funds are being properly allocated.

If Measure P fails, the district’s capital projects would continue to go unimplemented and the district will not be able to provide the improvements necessary to modernize school facilities.

For more information, contact the SMCSD District Office at (415) 332-1024.

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Coalition to Host Forums Candidates’ Forum: Marin County Sheriff’s Election

he Action Coalition for People of Color (ACPC), a grassroots, volunteer-driven coalition of residents and leaders of color throughout Marin County announced on April 20 that it is hosting the first of four Candidates’ Forums for the June 2022 Marin County Sheriffs election.

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 The Action Coalition for People of Color (ACPC), a grassroots, volunteer-driven coalition of residents and leaders of color throughout Marin County announced on April 20 that it is hosting the first of four Candidates’ Forums for the June 2022 Marin County Sheriffs election.

    The first forum will take place on Saturday, May 15, 2021, between 1:00-3:00 p.m. via Zoom. To register, click on the registration link provided: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/candidates-forum-running-for-the-marin-county-sheriffs-office-tickets-149777838547 

     One of the two candidates, Adam McGill, has enthusiastically agreed to participate in the first and subsequent planned forums throughout this calendar year and next. The other candidate, Jamie Scardina, was invited to all forums to participate. He declined to attend the first forum but has agreed to participate in future forums later this year and early next year. 

    One of the major reasons that ACPC decided to host and sponsor these events in the very early stages of the campaign and election season is so that residents, particularly residents of color, can get to know the candidates as much as possible. 

     Because many people of color have a different dynamic relationship and set of experiences than their white counterparts, it is important for POC to not only learn and get to know the candidates’ agendas, values, views, and practices if elected, it will be an opportunity to form relationships by having the candidates also understand the hopes, needs, and concerns, of POC, through respectful dialogue. 

     All forums will be moderated and the audience group will have ample opportunity to ask questions, share their thoughts and perspectives. Candidate(s) will also have ample opportunity to share their agenda, vision, and goals if elected as the next Marin County Sheriff. 

     For more information, please contact Cesar Lagleva at giaclay@yahoo.com

 

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Marin City Gets Vaccinated

Nearly 900 of the 3,000 residents have received at least one vaccine dose.  Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County’s Public Health officer says: “vaccination rates among African Americans are the same or higher as other groups in that community.” 

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Yes or no on vaccinations? Education and outreach are so important to share  about getting the #covid19vaccination.    See what happens when community leaders and local committed volunteers work with health officials! They not only wrapped their arms around Marin City to get #covid19vaccinations to those who want them and information to those who are nervous about getting vaccinated, they actually made sure they received their own vaccination to urge community residents to get theirs. 

The April 7 edition of the Marin Independent Journal report does a great job explaining the comprehensive approach. Nearly 900 of the 3,000 residents have received at least one vaccine dose.  Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County’s Public Health officer says: “vaccination rates among  are the same or higher as other groups in that community.” 

California has a program called “Together Toward Health,” which gave a grant to six local non-profit organizations –Performing Stars, First Missionary Baptist Church, Marin City Health and Wellness Center, Sausalito Marin City School District, Marin City Community Services District and Community Development Corporation and Marin County Health and Human Services — also provided additional  funds for outreach to low-income and multicultural communities.

If you are interested in getting your vaccine, contact Marin City Health and Wellness Center at 415-339-8813 or Performing Stars at 415-332-8316.

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Hundreds Come to Marin Rally to Stop Asian Hate

“We are here to stand against race-hate and crime against Asian Americans, and against official policies that do not recognize Asian Americans as equal members of society.” Asian Americans need to stick together to fight the many biases, violence, and hate that is directed toward them, Phan said.

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Left: Jean Chan, Nhan Phan. Right from top: Sage Shih Kushner, Mary Jane Burke, Rev. Floyd Thompkins (Photos by Godfrey Lee)

Several hundred people gathered at the Rally to Stop Anti-Asian Hate to protest against the hatred and violence against Asians. They gathered on March 26 next to the Arizmendi Bakery in the San Rafael Courthouse Plaza.

The Asian American Alliance of Marin (AAAM), along with 17 other community organizations, organized and sponsored the rally. 

The demonstrators shared a moment of silence to mourn and honor the eight victims, many of Asian heritage, who were slain at the spa massacres in Atlanta, Ga., on March 16. They are Soon Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyou Feng.

Jean Chan, the founder of the Asian American Alliance of Marin, said “We stand with all communities for justice because any violence against a fellow human being is an act of violence against all of us.”

Nhan Phan, co-president of AAAM, said that “We are here to stand against race-hate and crime against Asian Americans, and against official policies that do not recognize Asian Americans as equal members of society.” Asian Americans need to stick together to fight the many biases, violence, and hate that is directed toward them, Phan said. 

Sage Shih Kushner, a San Marin High School student, said “We need to contact and educate others about the culture of Asian Americans, what they have gone through, and what people have achieved to stop racial hate.”

    Kushner is trying to create a community where Bay Area youth can learn what is harmful and hate is not OK. She is reaching out on social media to bring awareness.

 Marin County Supervisor of Schools Mary Jane Burke said that Marin schools and teachers will put forward an ethnic studies requirement. Students will be required to take a course in order to graduate from high school.

“It is time that unless we stand up (for) democracy, we will lose it,” said Rev. Floyd Thompkins, the new pastor of St. Andrew Church in Marin City. “Unless we stand up (for) right, wrong will win.” 

Thompkins said that Asians have experienced hatred in the past. Wrong things have been said about them, such as the myth of the Chinese being the ‘Model Minority.’ The reality is that the Chinese are just people trying to love and care for one another, like those eight people killed in Atlanta who were worked hard to support their families, Thompkins said.

Everyone has the right to live, be whole, and have liberty. We need to stand up and say ‘no’ when we hear negative mean spirited small ugly, violent things said toward others, he said. 

“We need to create community, be politically proactive, and be a voice to the local legislator, or the school board, to stop Anti-Asian hate where it exists,” Thompkins said, “We must also stop the fetishism of Asian American women (who are often stereotyped and sexualized as being subservient, passive, and quiet).”

“This rally is a beginning point because in San Rafael, Marin County, we will not allow and accept hate as a way of life, as a rhetoric, or accept hate against any community, and that includes the Asian American community,” concluded Thompkins.

For more information on the rally, go to aaamarin.org/2021/03/26/official-press-release-rally-to-stop-anti-asian-hate/ 

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