MARCH 22, 2017 BOARD MEETING  

Board Meeting Agenda page 200 http://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1218998819331/1455438848279/576115885391746174.pdf

Board Audio at 104:06 http://cusd.capousd.org/cusdweb/audio2016-17/CUSD_BoardAudio_March-22-17.mp3

Under this Program Announcement, SCAQMD will be providing its AB 923 funds for the purchase of new CARB-approved Type C or D electric buses with a gross vehicle weight, GVWR, of over 14,000 lbs. Only public school districts and joint power authorities are eligible to apply under this program.

Public school districts are required to apply to CARB's HVIP Program after SCAQMD Board approval of awards on May 5, 2017. If awarded HVIP funds, SCAQMD will fund the remaining balance of the base price of the bus in addition to sales tax. if school districts do not apply and are now awarded HVIP funds, they will be become ineligible for SCAQMD's program and a contract will not be executed. If HVIP funds are awarded, the SCAQMD's program will fund the remaining amount of the full purchase price including sales tax of the electric school bus(es). School districts will have to pay for any additional discretionary options that they may choose to include on the bus.

In addition, up to $20,000 per electric school bus will be provided for electric charging infrastructure.

NO MATCHING FUNDS ARE NEEDED - THIS IS 100% CALIFORNIA TAX PAYER MONEY

at 105:07 PUBLIC COMMENTS

BLUE CARD Dawn Urbanek 

On February 7, 2017 Superintendent Vital executed a Grant Application to Purchase 5 Electric School Buses.

No Matching Funds are Required - This is totally funded with California Taxpayer dollars.

The busses must be purchased from ELion (a Canadian Company) The only approved vendor for this grant money.

Each Bus Costs: $372,193.32 (100% California Taxpayer dollars)

$242,193.32 will be paid by Grant Funds

$130,000.00 will be paid for with HVIP funds

Receipt of the Grant is dependent on CUSD building a EV Charging Station

The costs to build the Charging Stations cam in at:

ChargedEV.com $184,451.00

Auto Charging Experts $188,046.00

evConnect $165,019.50

CUSD is applying for $100,000 Electric Charging Station Infrastructure Grant ($20,000 per bus)

The balance < $100,000.00 will come from CUSD

California Taxpayers are fully funding these expensive busses. CUSD is cutting its bus routes. Parents have to pay for the few bus routes that are remaining.

This is a shameful scam on California Taxpayers. Multiply this by thousands of school districts that are being forced to lay off teachers to balance their budget and this is truly a disgrace. 

CUSD Current Bus Inventory:

Diesel Buses: 92 total

Pre 1994: 34

1994 and later: 58

CNG/Propane buses: 24

CUSD built an $800,000.00 Natural gas fueling station last year which is probably a similar program to this. 

Under "Local Control", the State is suppose to give districts money that is NOT earmarked for a specific purpose. Rather than increase the Base Grant the State is now giving millions in one time grants that must be spent on particular things:

Teacher Effectiveness Grant - Professional Development (Pay to Play)

Technology Grants - Technology for Common Core Implementation (Pay to Play)

Energy Grants - Millions to Schnider Electric to do energy audits (Pay to Play)

and now Electric Bus Grants. 

All of this waste of money while our facilities need $889 million in repairs, we have 8,555 students over capacity, our class sizes are the highest in California and the nation, parents have to fundraise for core educational programs like Art, Music and Science, they have to pay fees for parking and ASB positions. 

Does this really make financial sense for California students? This is why California Education is in the bottom in the Nation. California is not educating students. California uses our Public Education System to raise tax revenues to spend on new programs and entitlements that are not Constitutionally mandated. This Grant is nothing more than the use of taxpayer money to promote a political agenda of California's radical left CARB Board.

 

at 107:51 Trustee Reardon

I pulled this item. When we embarked on the CNG plan I had concerns about their use. CNG Fueling station cost $3.5 million in taxpayer dollars. I was under the impression that we did this because we 

CUSD is still the same size. Electric buses have very limited range and capacity. Local money should not be spent on this. The CNG station is a grand experiment that has yet to be proven. This is the same thing.

LA airport is trying to put in CNG buses- not working - hours to recharge- maintenance is difficult - very limited range. I recommend that we do not do this. This bus cannot drive across this district and back because of its limited range.

I oppose this.

at 111:40 Trustee Hannacek

The reason to do this is the funding opportunity. We have a mixed fleet. 

at 112:22 Calrlos Chica- Director of Transportation

CNG is our only option. Any vehicle 10,000 pounds or greater has to be alternative which is why we went with CNG. The reason we put this grant before you is because we can use them to buy smaller buses for shorter range routes. The Item before is to submit this grant we are not committed to anything. This is the only funding source we to replace large capacity buses outside of our General Fund. The charging station would require $40,000 - $50,000 from General Fund money.

at 114:52 Trustee McNicholas

So this is not an authorization to buy the buses, it is just approval to apply for the Grant correct?

at 115:06 Carlos Chica

Yes. I am apprehensive of this as well. There are now two vendors. An american company called Green Power and the Canadian Company ELion

at 115:30 Moved by Trustee Jones

Second By Trustee Hatton-Hodson

Passes 5-1-1 (Trustee Reardon No, Trustee Holloway absent)

CUSDWatch Press Release March 26, 2017

MIS-USE OF TAXPAYER FUNDS? $334,798.00 for ONE electric school bus!

CUSD has the attitude that "GRANTS" are free money. It is not, it is taxpayer money.

On February 7, 2017 Kristen Vital, WITHOUT BOARD APPROVAL applied for the South Coast Air Quality Management District's Electric School Bus Funding Program. 

TRUSTEES THOUGHT THEY WERE APPROVING A GRANT APPLICATION WHEN IT FACT THEY WERE AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF 5 eLION ELECTRIC BUSES FROM FIRST PRIORITY BUS SALES.

Staff allowed Trustees to believe that this was approval for a "Grant Application". Staff intentionally mislead Trustees.

CUSD's Current Bus Inventory-

Diesel Buses: 92 total

Pre 1994: 34
1994 and later: 58

CNG/Propane buses: 24 *These were purchased on a similar Grant Program

While this is a "GRANT" aka "free money" for CUSD, this is California taxpayer money. When you consider that CUSD students have no art, music or science programs, the largest class sizes in the nation, and aging and facilities that need $889 million in repairs, you have to pause and wonder if this money could be better spent.

The California Constitution guarantees that the State's #1 spending priority is K-12 Public Education. Every student is entitled to:

As one of the requirements to receive the Grant school districts must participate in CARB's Hybrid and Zero Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program.

 

Hybrid and Zero Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program

Public school districts are required to apply to CARB's HVIP Program

https://www.californiahvip.org/

 

 

CARB - Truck and Bus Regulation School Bus Provisions
 

 

CUSD's Grant Application Execute February 7, 2017 by Superintendent Vital WITHOUT BOARD APPROVAL

 

 

 

One Bus costs $334,798.00 which is funded as follows:

$242,193.32 from Grant

$130,000.00 from HVIP Incentive

 

The W-9 is for FIRST PRIORITY BUS SALES

Diesel Buses: 92 total

Total Diesel Buses Pre 1994: 34

Total Diesel Buses 1994 and later: 58

CNG/Propane buses: 24

 

CUSD has 239 Vehicles

 

 

CUSD is saying that it is applying for credit for 5 buses purchased when applying for the Electric Charging Infrastructure Grant- $100,000.00

Here are the proposed costs to build the EV Charging Stations 

ChargedEV.com $184,451.00

Auto Charging Experts $188,046.00

evConnect $165,019.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

GRANT: South Coast Air Quality Management District's Electric School Bus Funding Program

http://www.scag.ca.gov/opportunities/Lists/Grants/DispForm.aspx?ID=123

Board Audio: 

TRUSTEES THOUGHT THEY WERE APPROVING CUSD APPLYING FOR A GRANT, WHEN IT FACT THEY WERE AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF 5 ELECTRIC BUSES.

 

 

CUSD just spent $800,000 on a CNG/natural gas fueling station.

The bus drivers at Capistrano Unified School District will save time and district funds by fueling the more than 20 district buses at the newly built compressed natural gas filling station in Aliso Viejo.

The $800,000 facility, with 20 filling stations at the CUSD North Transportation Yard at 2B Liberty, was made possible by proceeds from a land sale, said Ryan Burris, district spokesperson. The station is the first of its kind and shows the district’s commitment to energy conservation and a greener environment, he said.

On Sept. 13, the district will stage a 2:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the station’s debut. Amy Hanacek, president of the district board of trustees, and Kirsten Vital, superintendent, are scheduled to speak at the event and to perform the ribbon-cutting.

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CARB BOARD MEETING December 2, 2016 Agenda No 7 

http://www.aqmd.gov/docs/default-source/Agendas/Governing-Board/2016/2016-Dec2-007.pdf?sfvrsn=5