Proposition 30 Passes - Nov. 7, 2012
While two counties have only counted about half their ballots and a couple of million will likely be counted in the coming weeks, the 728,000 vote lead Proposition 30 has right now gives enough margin that we can declare victory.
This is the first time in 20 years that a general tax measure has been approved by California's voters. While I don't like ballot box budgeting, I hope that the Legislature hears the message and ends the gridlock that keeps us from having fair and balanced discussions about both taxing and spending.
Because of you, 180,000 more Californians will have the opportunity to realize their dreams and obtain the skills and knowledge necessary through community colleges to be a part of our state's economy. We avoid $545 million in cuts in the current year and more than $3 billion over the next seven years.
Over 500 of you made individual contributions, and others walked and talked to get out the vote.
I want to particularly thank our students. As I've been hounding pollsters about the last few weeks, they dramatically underestimated young voter enthusiasm. In the Field Poll's projection of the electorate on Monday, they estimated that only 12% of the electorate would be 18-29 year olds. The actual exit poll from yesterday, however, suggests that 28% of yesterday's electorate in California were 18-29 year olds.
Next week, we'll be gathering in Los Angeles for our Annual Convention (not too late to register), and I look forward to celebrating this remarkable victory with you.
Finally, it looks like the following community college bonds are passing: Cerritos Coast, El Camino, Grossmont-Cuyamaca, Rancho Santiago, Solano, West Hills. At this point, MiraCosta's effort may not have been successful. On community college parcel taxes, it appears that San Francisco passed, while Chabot-Las Positas and Contra Costa's efforts were not approved.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Orange Coast College '94
Community College League of California
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