Measure I could bring much-needed funds to LPC

Bekka Wiedenmeyer
Staff writer

Election Day 2012 will not only decide who will occupy the Oval Office for the next four years. It will also determine the future financial state of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District.

On Nov. 6, voters will decide whether to pass a tax that will raise $5.6 million annually for both LPC and Chabot College. The tax, dubbed Measure I, is supported by school officials striving to find financial relief for the schools.

The funding from the tax is expected to expand enrollment opportunities for core classes.

“(It) will provide $5.6 million annually, which will enable us to use some Band-aids to get through this 2012-13 year, and start to fill the holes for the 2013-14 year,” Judy Walters, interim Chancellor of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, said in a promotional video for Proposition 30 and Measure I.

If Measure I passes, property owners within the district will be required to pay an educational parcel tax of $28 per year over six years.

The district is in the midst of a financial crisis. Proposition 30 is designed to raise taxes on higher-income people within the district. Among other things, the additional income is intended to prevent further cuts to the state educational system.

The purpose of Measure I is to provide financial relief for both LPC and Chabot College.

This will be especially important if Proposition 30 does not pass.

“I’ve yet to see (Proposition) 30 ads on TV,” Cherry Bogue, ASLPC president, said. “A lot of people feel like the state just wants our money, that they’re not really going to give it to the schools. There would not be such a huge backing by community colleges if the schools weren’t going to get the money.”

Consequently, Measure I will be used to widen opportunities for students to enroll in core classes.

If both Measure I and Proposition 30 do not pass, the number of core classes will have to be reduced according to a rapidly shrinking budget.

“Measure I will provide students access to affordable core courses, including math, science, and technology,” Walters said in the promotional video. “It will restore the number of classes and lab offerings, reducing the time it takes to obtain a career certificate or classes needed to transfer.”

Many measures have been taken to promote Measure I within LPC and the district itself, such as campaign meetings and phone banking. Last Saturday in Pleasanton, a precinct walk organized by the campaign passed out flyers in support of Measure I.

“If both (Measure I and Proposition 30) pass that would be phenomenal, but they’re trying to do everything to make the best out of the worst,” Bogue said.

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