November 9, 1998 Vol. III, No. 6

Campus Welcomes Prop. 1A Victory

Bond Measure's Passage Means More Money for Campus Technology

Cal State Northridge officials joined the rest of the CSU last week in celebrating the passage of Prop. 1A, which will bring about $12.5 million to the university to upgrade campus technology and merge its two corporation yards

Proposition 1A, which was approved by 62 percent of the voters last Tuesday, allocates $6.7 billion to K-12 public schools and $2.5 billion to California's public higher education systems in the next four years. The Cal State system will get a third, or $832 million.

President Blenda J. Wilson called the passage of Prop. 1A "wonderful news for the public schools and higher education in California." "Prop. 1A money will enable us to deal substantively with overcrowding, unsafe facilities, and technology needs," Wilson said. "By passing this measure, voters have enabled us to provide an environment conducive to effective teaching and learning-allowing us, in effect, to build our youth for the future."

Approximately $5.8 million of CSUN's portion will be technology funds which will be used to expand access to data, voice and video connections in buildings across the campus during 2000-2001, said Mark Crase, the university's assistant chief information officer. "It's a terrific opportunity for the campus," Crase said. "We're going to see some of our technology needs met at this time."

The money will bring campus computer network access to classrooms, labs and other areas that now lack them, he said. CSUN's piece is part of a broader $170 million CSU technology initiative. Northridge will use an additional $6.7 million of its share of the bond to redevelop its corporation yard.

"The idea is to consolidate those operations," said Tom Tindall, CSUN's director of facilities planning. Tindall said clearing the south yard near the student union will improve access to union and Performing Arts Center, while the new and improved facilities near the current PPM offices would streamline operations.

That project, slated for construction in 1999-2000, also could improve the appearance of the campus perimeter along the south side of Halsted Street near Etiwanda Avenue, where the current yard is located, by adding landscaping, street curbs and gutters. For K-12 schools, the measure will provide at least $2.9 billion for new facilities, with local districts required to pay half with local funds; at least $2.1 billion for modernizing existing facilities, with a required 20 percent local match; and up to $700 million for facilities to support reduced class sizes.

-Carmen Ramos Chandler

November 9, 1998

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