A Message from the Governor's Office
March 5, 2009
As I've told you, several legislators and key staff members stepped up to ensure that, to the best extent possible, the approved budget enabled community colleges to keep the doors open through this difficult time for our state. One particularly committed staff person is Paul Navarro, the Governor's Deputy Legislative Secretary, who has asked me to forward the following message to you.
Now that we’ve all had a little time to step back digest the enormity of enacting an “17 month budget” I’d like for you to communicate to all the community college folks in the field how much I appreciate the jobs that they have to do on a day to day basis. The Governor has such an affection and respect for the community colleges. Clearly, that was evident by the way the final budget end up looking for community colleges. I can tell you that the Governor was steadfast in making sure that the community colleges were given a priority during the Big 5 process. We had many challenges in getting any agreement on the overall budget, and as would be expected, compromises had to be made all along the way. But we are all very happy that the community colleges were not compromised!!
On behalf of the Governor and myself, I’d like to thank all the community colleges for having faith in us to make sure that the State does what is best for the community colleges and its students.
Thank you Scott for getting this message out to everyone. Kudos to the League for keeping the Legislature informed on how important it is to maintain funding for the community colleges.
Deputy Secretary - Legislative Affairs
Office of Governor Schwarzenegger
California's economy and budget situation remain precarious, but with strong friends from both parties in the Legislature, a Community College Governor, and committed staff members like Paul, we will weather the storm for the benefit of our students and communities.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Community College League of California
2017 O Street, Sacramento, California 95811
916.444.8641 . www.ccleague.org