LA-Area CSU Campuses to receive $350 million from Bond

(April 26, 2002) The eight California State University campuses in the greater LA Basin will receive $350 million to build new libraries, laboratories and classrooms from the $25 billion statewide bond measure that will be on the November ballot after signature today by Gov. Davis.

Systemwide, all 23 of the California State University campuses will receive more than $1.4 billion over the four-year period of the bond (2002-04 and 2004-06). This is essential, since CSU buildings are only constructed and renovated through bond funding, and money from the previous Proposition 1A runs out this year.

"This bond is critical to California's economic success. Our competitiveness in the global economy is entirely predicated on a highly educated work force. There can be no time-outs when it comes to investing in higher education," said Louis Caldera, CSU vice chancellor for university advancement.

Voters will be asked to approve a $13 billion bond issue this November and another $12 billion in March 2004. Higher education the California State University, University of California and the California Community Colleges will receive $4.6 billion of the $25 billion for capital outlay projects over the next four years -- 30 percent for both the CSU and the UC (about $1.4 billion each) and 40 percent (about $1.8 billion) for the community colleges. The remainder will go to the state's K-12 schools.

With today's signing of the bond, the Cal State LA campus also will immediately begin work on a $38 million new physical science building, which is part of Gov. Davis' stimulus package to spur economic growth and job creation through construction projects (The stimulus projects do not require voter approval since they are funded by lease revenue bonds rather than general obligation bonds). Three other CSU campuses also have projects under the stimulus package.

The four main CSU needs at the LA Basin campuses that the education bond would fund are new buildings, renovated facilities, telecommunications upgrades, and life safety improvements.

For example, CSU Channel Islands, the newest campus in the system, will open this fall. Bond funds in the amount of $1.2 million will equip a state-of-the-art science facility for the long- awaited campus that will serve Ventura County. At CSU Dominguez Hills, the bond will provide nearly $56 million for a renovated library to serve the fast-growing campus, and for equipment for a technology center and administrative building.

At CSU Fullerton, $27 million will go toward a physical sciences complex, an addition to the physical education building, improved telecommunications equipment for the fine arts facility and fire/safety improvements to numerous campus buildings. CSU Long Beach will receive more than $52 million for a library addition and renovation at the system's second largest campus. The campus also will receive funds to upgrade the science building to provide a better learning and teaching environment for students and faculty.

Cal State Los Angeles will receive $52 million to replace its physical science building (wing B), equip the building, and provide permanent facilities for its physical plant and repair facilities to ensure a smooth running campus. Modernization of the science building will have a dramatic impact not only on the campus but also on the community, where businesses are vying for the talented graduates of these programs.

Cal State Northridge will receive $32.6 million to renovate two science buildings and an engineering building. The San Fernando Valley's leading university provides significant numbers of scientists and engineers for the state's workforce, and this bond will provide the campus with better facilities to continue this important contribution to California.

At Cal Poly Pomona, $55.7 million will be used to renovate the library, which is the key academic building on the campus for both students and faculty. Also, funds will be used to modernize its science building. Cal Poly Pomona's blend of theory and practice produces highly sought-after graduates, so upgrades to its buildings are critical.

Cal State San Bernardino will receive $73 million to build a new building for the School of Education. CSU is responsible for preparing the majority of the state's teachers, so this building will significantly help the teacher shortage that California is facing, especially in its urban areas and fast growing areas such as San Bernardino. The bond funds will also be used for renovating a science building and its annex.

The California State University, already at its highest enrollment level ever, is facing enormous pressure to continue to provide access to its high-quality system. It is anticipated that student enrollment will reach 500,000 by 2010. To accommodate these students, buildings need to be updated and technology needs to be upgraded. More than half of the CSU's existing facilities are over 28 years old and are badly in need of renovation.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See

Click here to view an expanded list of projects in the LA Basin that will be funded by the bond.

Click here to view the news release put out by the Governor's Office.

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Last Updated: 26 April 2002

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