Why Measure O failed

Today’s OC Register includes a commentary on the demise of Measure O – which would have been a second contstruction bond for the Rancho Community College District. It failed, and my personal sentiment was that the timing was poor with so many other bonds on the ballot. Also, I think the voters got revenge against the Rancho board for their passage of a PLA (project labor agreement) on their original bond – and action which precluded non-union contractors from bidding on the ensuing construction projects unless they sent their workers to the union hall. The action backfired as the PLA made it harder for the district to garner bids. I was assured that the board would not resort to another PLA this time – so of course the unions did not support Measure O – and since the board did not advertise their new position on PLAs, they garnered no benefit from it. Here is the Register’s commentary:

Monday, November 13, 2006

Big ‘no’ on Measure O

College construction bond rejected

Cities and school districts seeking bonds should heed the taxpayer response in Santa Ana: Measure O, the Rancho Santiago Community College District bond, lost, getting 52 percent of the vote

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