Measure Q seeks to raise taxes
In 2002, the taxpayers of Solano County funded a $124.5 million dollar bond measure (Measure G) to improve the facilities at Solano Community College. $5 million dollars of that amount was used to remodel the science/engineering building. The remodeling was just completed during the summer of 2011. Now the district has spent $300,000 dollars to float a new bond measure (Measure Q) in the Nov. 2012 election, asking the taxpayers of Solano and Yolo Counties for an additional $348 million dollars.
Part of the money from Measure Q will be used to gut or entirely demolish the newly remodeled science/engineering building and build a new one. In addition, $1 million dollars from Measure G was spent on building a new soccer field. If Measure Q passes, the soccer field is to be demolished and replaced with a pond.
Meanwhile, fourteen programs, including Engineering, remain under threat of Program Discontinuance (see The Tempest, Dec. 7, 2011). After the campus and community spoke out to support these threatened programs last year, the program discontinuance process was “put on hold”, but has not been canceled. What the students of Solano Community College urgently need is a commitment from the administration that their educational programs will remain intact, and that their classes will be offered. However, Measure Q provides no funds whatsoever for keeping these and other academic programs alive.
If Measure Q passes, and statewide Proposition 30 (which would provide funds to pay teachers and other staff) is defeated, students at SCC may find themselves with an unneeded new science/engineering building, but with no classes being taught due to program closures, class cancellations and layoffs.
Dr. Melanie Lutz
Engineering and Physics Departments
Solano Community College