MOORLACH UPDATE — California School District Rankings, Group 8 — August 22, 2018

Group 8 starts the second half of our study of California’s public school districts. This traunch represents $2.2 billion in cumulative unrestricted net deficits, a little lower than Group 7’s $2.35 billion. The Unrestricted Net Positions (UNPs) range between negative $694 and negative $782.

We also see four more Orange County school districts, with #529 in my Senate District:

#505 Magnolia Elementary #711
#507 Fullerton Elementary #816
#517 La Habra City Elementary #685
#529 Saddleback Valley #882

By comparison, turn back to my ten-volume series on the 482 California cities study earlier this spring. The second half of the study started with the negative $89 to negative $332 range, slightly better than the equivalent school districts (see MOORLACH UPDATE — City CAFR Rankings – Vol. 5 — February 14, 2018). This shows California’s school districts are in more need of fiscal attention.

What you realize is that major reform is required to turn our municipalities around before they overburden our children and grandchildren with massive debt payments.

Yesterday, Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D – Los Angeles) brought SB 10 to the Senate Floor for concurrence through a Supplemental Agenda that hit our desks in the early afternoon. This did not provide much time for reviewing the bill, but I had voted for it when it originally came to the Senate Floor on May 31st (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Budget and House of Origin Deadlines — June 1, 2017).

SB 10 went through a massive modification on the Assembly Floor and came back to the Senate for concurrence. It deserved another public hearing. But, this is how the Capitol works in the waning hours.

I asked a few questions of the author. It will be interesting how the state addresses the potential staffing costs, which should be offset by lower incarceration expenditures. But, it provides reform on a grand scale. And, that’s what California needs with its bail system and with its balance sheets, reform on a grand scale. Dan Morain of CalMatters provides his take in his daily e-mail in the second piece below.

Here’s Group 8 of the California school districts:

471 East Whittier City Whittier Los Angeles 726 75,394 $ (52,304,955) $ (694)
472 Alum Rock Union San Jose Santa Clara 800 118,675 $ (82,391,448) $ (694)
473 Borrego Springs Borrego Springs San Diego 323 4,147 $ (2,880,658) $ (695)
474 El Centro Elem El Centro Imperial 626 39,998 $ (27,786,605) $ (695)
475 Menifee Union Elem Menifee Riverside 753 85,491 $ (59,415,281) $ (695)
476 Helendale Elem Helendale San Berdoo 372 6,712 $ (4,669,397) $ (696)
477 Madera Unified Madera Madera 762 90,085 $ (63,021,588) $ (700)
478 Imperial Unified Imperial Imperial 522 22,058 $ (15,437,745) $ (700)
479 Lemoore Union Elem Lemoore Kings 550 25,839 $ (18,157,488) $ (703)
480 West Park Elem Fresno Fresno 259 1,915 $ (1,347,597) $ (704)
481 Westmorland Union Westmorland Imperial 281 2,701 $ (1,901,981) $ (704)
482 Byron Union Elem Byron Alameda 478 16,182 $ (11,400,966) $ (705)
483 Summerville Elem Tuolumne Tuolumne 330 4,356 $ (3,071,344) $ (705)
484 Geyserville Unified Geyserville Sonoma 254 1,813 $ (1,278,446) $ (705)
485 Los Olivos Elem Los Olivos Santa Barb. 263 2,020 $ (1,442,076) $ (714)
486 Two Rock Union Petaluma Marin 251 1,748 $ (1,248,650) $ (714)
487 Nuestro Elementary Live Oak Sutter 152 316 $ (225,736) $ (714)
488 San Rafael City San Rafael Marin 684 56,676 $ (40,628,032) $ (717)
489 Live Oak Elem Santa Cruz Santa Cruz 542 23,525 $ (16,906,403) $ (719)
490 Gonzales Unified Gonzales Monterey 438 11,457 $ (8,242,790) $ (719)
491 Chico Unified Chico Butte 797 110,526 $ (79,728,992) $ (721)
492 Vacaville Unified Vacaville Solano 754 82,504 $ (59,671,992) $ (723)
493 Tehachapi Unified Tehachapi Kern 621 37,103 $ (26,913,153) $ (725)
494 La Mesa-Spg Valley La Mesa San Diego 826 140,329 $(101,820,863) $ (726)
495 Wilsona Elementary Palmdale Los Angeles 428 10,479 $ (7,603,711) $ (726)
496 Ferndale Unified Ferndale Humboldt 288 2,892 $ (2,099,621) $ (726)
497 Sunnyside Union Strathmore Tulare 277 2,364 $ (1,716,565) $ (726)
498 Ontario-Montclair Ontario San Berdoo 849 176,721 $(128,340,806) $ (726)
499 Roseville City Elem Roseville Placer 767 89,939 $ (65,537,179) $ (729)
500 Saugus Union Santa Clarita Los Angeles 791 105,219 $ (76,688,423) $ (729)
501 Capay Joint Union Orland Glenn 217 1,045 $ (763,894) $ (731)
502 Camino Union Elem Camino El Dorado 335 4,418 $ (3,245,038) $ (735)
503 Elverta Joint Elem Elverta Sacramento 293 3,097 $ (2,276,915) $ (735)
504 Sylvan Union Elem Modesto Stanislaus 735 75,659 $ (55,752,525) $ (737)
505 Magnolia Elementary Anaheim Orange 711 65,387 $ (48,436,096) $ (741)
506 Tulare City Tulare Tulare 703 62,730 $ (46,480,778) $ (741)
507 Fullerton Elementary Fullerton Orange 816 124,400 $ (92,384,118) $ (743)
508 Fall River Joint Unif Burney Shasta 400 8,081 $ (6,006,496) $ (743)
509 Morongo Unified Twentynine Plms San Berdoo 728 72,348 $ (53,860,324) $ (744)
510 Panama-Buena Vista Bakersfield Kern 818 125,659 $ (93,561,677) $ (745)
511 Hope Elementary Porterville Tulare 193 718 $ (535,181) $ (745)
512 Buckeye Union Elem El Dorado Hills El Dorado 624 36,960 $ (27,573,327) $ (746)
513 Keppel Union Elem Pearblossom Los Angeles 528 21,586 $ (16,108,415) $ (746)
514 Snowline Joint Unif Phelan San Berdoo 641 42,189 $ (31,489,179) $ (746)
515 Dixie Elementary San Rafael Marin 535 21,991 $ (16,418,346) $ (747)
516 Manzanita Elem Gridley Butte 224 1,135 $ (853,286) $ (752)
517 La Habra City Elem La Habra Orange 685 54,112 $ (40,700,535) $ (752)
518 Fruitvale Elementary Bakersfield Kern 534 21,804 $ (16,411,487) $ (753)
519 Washington Union Salinas Monterey 390 7,261 $ (5,490,987) $ (756)
520 Roseland Santa Rosa Sonoma 459 12,556 $ (9,501,336) $ (757)
521 Palm Springs Unified Palm Springs Riverside 863 179,590 $(136,556,203) $ (760)
522 West Covina Unified West Covina Los Angeles 700 60,094 $ (45,708,394) $ (761)
523 Gold Trail Union Placerville El Dorado 368 5,943 $ (4,524,540) $ (761)
524 Santa Paula Unified Santa Paula Ventura 606 32,946 $ (25,419,439) $ (772)
525 Palo Verde Unified Blythe Riverside 572 26,491 $ (20,475,465) $ (773)
526 Woodland Joint Unif Woodland Yolo 721 65,968 $ (51,161,401) $ (776)
527 Hydesville Elem Hydesville Humboldt 243 1,384 $ (1,074,253) $ (776)
528 Westside Union Quartz Hill Los Angeles 745 74,049 $ (57,560,554) $ (777)
529 Waugh Elementary Petaluma Marin 381 6,568 $ (5,113,164) $ (779)
530 Saddleback Valley Mission Viejo Orange 882 216,853 $(168,874,907) $ (779)
531 Hanford Elementary Hanford Kings 656 43,557 $ (33,924,219) $ (779)
532 Taft City Taft Kern 525 20,166 $ (15,722,199) $ (780)
533 Los Altos Elem Los Altos Santa Clara 659 43,796 $ (34,197,366) $ (781)
534 Hollister Hollister San Benito 663 45,879 $ (35,861,581) $ (782)
535 Pleasant View Elem Porterville Tulare 286 2,613 $ (2,043,709) $ (782)
536 Freshwater Elem Eureka Humboldt 284 2,515 $ (1,967,841) $ (782)
Good morning, California.

A historic bail overhaul is approved

Sen.-Robert-Hertzberg-e1534910566349.jpgSen. Robert Hertzberg argues for his bill to overhaul the bail

system.

Legislation to scrap California’s money bail system and give

judges more say on pretrial incarceration went to the governor

Tuesday.

Gov. Jerry Brown: “Today, the Legislature took an important

step forward in reducing the inequities that have long

plagued California’s bail system.”

The goal: Make the justice system fairer by letting lower-level

defendants go free pending trial if judges believe they’re not a

danger, regardless of their ability to post bail. People charged

with murder and sex offenses won’t get out.

Sen. Robert Hertzberg, a Los Angeles Democrat who worked on

the issue for two years, said this bill will help fix “a two-tier

system of justice” in which wealthy defendants can pay for their

release, but poor defendants languish behind bars.

Some progressives fear judges will have too much power,

CALmatters’ Laurel Rosenhall reported. Republicans warned

dangerous people would be freed and the bail industry would be

put out of business.

One exception: Sen. John Moorlach, an Orange County

Republican, voted for the bill: “The current system is flawed,

a concern both sides of aisle agree on.”

What’s next: By January 2020, counties will establish agencies

to assess the risks posed by arrestees. Judges will decide whom to

release and detain pending trial.

By the numbers: California has 123 jails housing 72,500

inmates at a daily cost of $114 per inmate. An Assembly analysis

says the new pretrial services departments will cost counties

hundreds of millions a year.

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