City Times’ Editorial Board believes that the upcoming election on November seventh is an important one, especially for those of us attending City College as it proposes Proposition N, an $870 million bond that will fund updated facilities on our campus.
A yes vote on Prop N is a vote in support of the growing city college campuses around San Diego. Rising construction costs and the necessity of improved resources and technology for City College have made this proposition indispensable to the future of City College.
It may seem utterly obvious that we would all be in favor of such a measure, but it might not pass as easily as one might think.
Prop N follows Proposition S, which went on the ballot four years ago for $685 million and passed with a 68.6 percent approval. There are some folks who might be hesitant to pass another measure so soon after the last one. Especially since the proposed bond will tax homeowners living within the district boundaries. That is why it is especially important that we as City College students put in our vote.
The original bond measure intended to provide funding for about 70 different projects; including constructing classrooms, labs, libraries, police and firefighting training, buildings, parking and student support buildings. But now, due to the rising construction expenses, it is likely the previous bond money will not cover all of the cost.
Prop S was the first bond measure in the entire districts history, and there was a ceiling of $685 million, even though the need was greater. Prop N is really going to take off where Prop S left off, on projects all of which are to support instruction by modernizing the facilities and updating equipment and technology. The sooner the better.
For students attending City College, who cannot afford to attend a university or those who are working on their transfer credits, it matters. So make your vote count, vote in favor of Proposition N!