The campaign to get Manteca Unified’s $159 million Measure G bond passed in the November election is in full swing.
The lead cheerleader, Daniel Rosas, who was hired to get it going reported that “seven to eight” volunteers have signed up at the” Yes on G Campaign Kickoff” held Wednesday at East Union High School. He has also launched informational websites aimed at getting the word out to all registered voters in the Manteca Unified School District jurisdiction – Manteca, Lathrop, French Camp, Stockton, and other unincorporated county areas around these communities.
Right now, the focus is to get a lineup of as many volunteers as he could get to help get the phone banking launched on Monday, Sept. 15, and will be held at the Manteca Educators’ Association office at 576 Commerce Court (behind Home Depot) in Manteca. He is also building up a manpower list of volunteers who will help pound the pavement to get the message out to the public. These “community precinct walking days,” as he calls it, are set for Saturday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct 25.
The online websites cover such topics as campaign objectives, Measure G “talking points,” “important dates and activities” to remember, and a FAQ (frequently asked questions) page. Some of the questions explain what Measure G is all about, why it’s important to “repair and upgrade local schools,” “why upgrade technology…, career education,” and whether “Yes on G (is) fiscally accountable.”
The Yes on G website promises that the bond measure will:
• Repair leaky roofs, plumbing, and potentially faulty electrical systems,
• Update classroom technology for 21st-century learning,
• Improve and enhance school security and fire safety, and,
• Upgrade job training facilities to prepare children choosing not to attend college for jobs and careers.
The campaign also assures voters that the bond measure “includes tough accountability and taxpayer safeguards to ensure all funds are spent as promised,” and that “no money can go to purchasing land for new schools” but that it will be used only to repair and improve “existing district-owned school sites and property.”
Rosas, who was hired by the Yes on G Committee, said he is also in the process of creating a Facebook group. “A lot of our constituent base is the younger population, and research says it’s beneficial to get in touch with them rather going door-to-door,” although they also intend to do that closer to election day, he said.
While the Sierra High School graduate was hired by the Yes on G Committee, he said he reports to the Lew Edwards Group, a consulting office in Oakland who was contracted by Manteca Unified to do a survey of voters to determine the chances of getting the bond measure passed, either in the 2014 or the 2016 elections. (It was another group, under the Lew Edwards, which actually did the survey.” It was on the strength of the survey’s positive findings that the district decided to get the bond measure on the ballot this year. While he reports to the consulting group, his salary comes from the Yes on G for MUSD Committee.
The goal of the Yes on G campaign is to put together a volunteer base of at least 100 active volunteers, launch an “aggressive absentee ballot/vote-by-mail program” going this month through October,” and to reach the identified 6,000 supporters for their get-out-the-vote program.
The Yes on G Committee meets every Monday “to go over what we do on a daily basis” while pushing the campaign, said Rosas, an Air Force veteran and a graduate of California State University, San Diego where he received a bachelor’s degree in public administration with honors.
Any other information voters would like to know can go to www.YESonGforMUSD.com.