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October 6, 2016 916.930.0100
YES ON PROP 51 CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENT FROM FORMER
LOS ANGELES MAYOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA
LOS ANGELES, CA —The Yes on Proposition 51 campaign today announced that former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has endorsed the measure and will be barnstorming California to promote the need for this state school facilities bond.
“Our children deserve a learning environment free from asbestos, lead paint, and classrooms with properly working air conditioners, heating units, and functioning ventilation systems,” Villaraigosa said. “With an over $2 billion backlog of crucial repairs and upgrades, our children can’t wait anymore. Schools need to be up to basic health and safety standards.”
He said that polls show voters heavily supportive of the measure once they are made aware of its provisions.
“The goal from now until November 8 is to communicate to voters, especially those in the Latino community, about the value, need and broad bipartisan support for this measure,” he said. “I appreciate the opportunity to offer my assistance in promoting this truly critical school bond to California voters.”
Prop 51 will provide $9 billion in matching state grant funds to help local districts bring school facilities up to basic and health safety standards, and complete such major renovations to aging school buildings as seismic retrofits and the removal of hazardous material like asbestos or lead pipes. It also authorizes the construction of new schools were needed to relieve overcrowding.