May 29, 2014 |

Dear Editor

On June 3, 2014 we all have the opportunity to make a positive difference in Culver City by voting Yes on Measure CC, the school facilities bond measure that will be on the June 3rd ballot.

Culver City will celebrate its Centennial Birthday in 2017. From the beginning our schools have been excellent and a selling point for potential new residents. Our schools are a major reason we are a well-known, enviable city. However, today we are competing against new communities such as Agoura, Valencia, Simi Valley and Canyon Country where the schools are new, modern and equipped for the 21st century. Don’t Culver City students deserve the same opportunities? Shouldn’t our teachers and school staff have the chance to teach in a 21st century environment as well?

A very wise elderly businessman once told me: “You won’t succeed if you sell yesterday’s shoes?” He was right. Our students need the chance to learn in 21st century schools so that the teachers can do their best work and the students can learn in an environment that equips them for college and the workplace. Measure CC is about more than upgrading school electrical systems and modernizing science labs. It’s also about public safety and public health. A modern school environment is student friendly, makes studying easier and more productive and discourages crime. Students who are inspired are less likely to be truant and engage in petty theft, drugs, gang activity, human trafficking, vandalism and a laundry list of other crimes, thus reducing the likelihood that our youth will end up in Juvenile Court at the taxpayer’s expense.

Current and former City Council Members, School Board Members, the Culver City Council of PTAs, the Culver City Chamber of Commerce, and numerous community activists and residents support Measure CC. Now we need your support.

On June 3, 2014, please cast your “YES” vote for Measure CC.

Deborah Weinrauch

Culver City

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