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Responsible Use of Measure L Funds

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To the Governing Board and the Measure L Advisory Committee We, the undersigned faculty and staff of Chaffey College, wish to propose several possible uses of the remaining Measure L funds. As we understand it, approximately $3 million remain in the Measure L coffers. We propose the following projects, each of which could be completed for a small portion of the remaining funds, and each of which would serve critical campus-wide as well as community needs: • Purchase portable classrooms for the Rancho campus—Despite the many new buildings and renovations on the Rancho campus, hardly any general purpose, 40-student classrooms have been added. The Rancho campus is in desperate need of such general purpose classroom space for both classrooms and as Success Center services; although permanent buildings are obviously preferable, the critical shortage of classroom space can be addressed short- and mid-term through such a use of the funds. • Refurbish and purchase 21st Century equipment for the Milliken Planetarium—In 2004, The Milliken Planetarium welcomed more community members to campus than football games did, but has since fallen into disuse. With a fraction of the remaining funds, the Milliken Planetarium could again serve the Chaffey community as a multi-media theater and planetarium. • Repair the Wignall Museum roof and floors—The museum’s roof leaks and the floors are peeling. Continued neglect of these problems will soon create hazardous conditions; allowing the building to further deteriorate will merely ensure that repairs become more expensive in the future and thus threaten this community- and campus-wide resource. • Install permanent sun shades in the plazas surrounding the new Michael Alexander Campus Center—This newly-completed building has less interior floor space than the building it replaced, and the ample open-space that surrounds it is rendered unfriendly because of its exposure to the blazing sun. Permanent shade structures would greatly improve the usability of this currently problematic outdoor space. • Properly complete the new "black box" theater—Another recently completed project, the "black box" theater is, in fact, not completed. A portion of the remaining funds could be used to finish this space so that it can assume a useful role both for classes and as a performance space for the community. Each of these projects is small and can be properly completed with a fraction of the remaining Measure L funds. Each of these projects would serve the needs of the entire campus and the community. Let us not squander the few remaining funds of projects that serve small portions of the campus or the community, nor on projects too large to be properly completed with so few dollars.

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