Funding for capital improvements, building maintenance and modernization – including better accessibility – at the state’s four-year universities and colleges plummeted during the Great Recession. As a result, UC San Diego and all the state’s four-year universities have big backlogs of deferred maintenance.
That’s why I’ve joined the bipartisan California Coalition for Public Higher Education; teachers, doctors, nurses, firefighters and military veterans in supporting a $15 billion bond measure on the March 3 ballot. Prop. 13 will provide desperately needed new funds to protect the health and safety of California students in higher education and in pre-school to grade 12. It places a priority on fixing earthquake, fire and other life safety issues.