My name is Eric Swanson and I am a candidate for Hesperia School Board. Over the last week, tens of thousands of phone calls have coming to your homes paid for by the Hesperia Teachers' Union.

The Teachers' Union has spent over $30,000 in vicious lies, only against me on my election run. Unfortunately, many elections across our nation are ending up in mudslinging matches, but I will not bring myself to that ugly level.

One of the calls you may have received was either from the teachers' union or the teachers' front organization, "Citizens for California Reform," and was regarding the two story administration building on Main Street. This building was an absolute windfall for the school district, and did not cost the school district $12 million dollars. In fact, it was only $900,797 after the city put $4,784,058 in redevelopment money to help refurbish this unsightly eye sore on Main Street.

Building Purchase $3,419,073
Improvements &
Infrastructure $2,265,782
Total Cost $5,684,855
Less City Money $4,784,058

Bottom Line Total $ 900,797

The need to have a new location for the administration was due to the future expansion of Mesa Grande Elementary School. The school district's administration and the school board looked into many sites, but I urged the school board that it was important we did not purchase a building that would take away Hesperia sales tax dollars. If we had done what the city of Hesperia was encouraging us to do at first, which was to build a brand-new building, it would have been at great cost, and would have put us next to the library and City Hall. This is where the fictitious 12 million dollar amount came from. It was not my intent to put our district into debt for a new building, and I was glad to pay far less than the cost of bringing substandard portables to Field Act level. This purchase saved taxpayer money, and the redevelopment money covered the repairs to make it habitable. We also furnished it with materials salvaged from other government organizations.

Through some negotiations with the city and the help of the redevelopment money, we were able to make a deal with the city and the owner of the two story building to make this purchase affordable to the school district. This decision was made unanimously by Jack Hamilton, Nellie Gogley, Bruce Minton, Helen Rogers, and myself.

I look at these mud slinging issues two different ways; 1. It is important for the voters to know when they are being told lies, and 2. Most importantly, the public needs to have confidence that our school district is correctly managing their tax dollars.

I want to thank you for your kind attention and the support I have received throughout our community.