First Joint City Council, School Board Measure J Ad Hoc Committee Set to Meet Wednesday

Published : Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | 5:47 AM

The three City Councilmembers and three School Board Members comprising a joint Ad Hoc committee formed to make plans about implementing Measure J, approved by Pasadena voters during the general election on November 6, are scheduled to meet for the first time Wednesday to set priorities for the next two months of meetings.

Formed last week, the committee has 60 days to come up with a solid program on how Measure J can be implemented for the benefit of Pasadena’s public schools.

Measure J is an advisory measure to Measure I, which imposes a 0.75 percent Transactions and Use Tax on sales in Pasadena. The proceeds will be used to maintain essential services.

Under Measure J, Pasadena Unified schools would get one-third of the revenue from Measure I, equal to an estimated $7 million per year, a welcome relief since the School District itself is suffering from a budget deficit and is taking measures to reduce spending.

Earlier, the Los Angeles County Office of Education warned PUSD it could take over control of the District unless PUSD is able to submit a satisfactory Fiscal Stabilization Plan that would assure the county that PUSD can reduce spending by about $10.1 million over the next three fiscal years.

The plan was reportedly submitted last Friday.

Should LACOE not approve the Fiscal Stabilization Plan, the County will put a fiscal advisor in place at the District to ensure fiscal stability. The fiscal adviser could override decisions by the PUSD Board.

The members of the new joint Measure J Ad Hoc committee include Mayor Terry Tornek and City Councilmembers Tyron Hampton and Margaret McAustin, from Districts 1 and 2, respectively. Representing PUSD on the committee are PUSD Board of Education President Lawrence Torres, Vice President Patrick Cahalan, and Board member Kimberly Keene.

On Wednesday, the committee will hold a special meeting, its first, to decide on who should chair the body, organize matters, and prepare for detailed discussions on how to go about implementing Measure J.

The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. at the PUSD Education Center, at 351 S. Hudson Avenue.

A public comment segment follows immediately roll call, where members of the community may speak out about items on the agenda. Comments are limited to two minutes per speaker.


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