On July 21, 2020, by unanimous vote, the Citrus College Board of Trustees asked the County of Los Angeles to call a bond election for November 3, 2020. Measure Y, the Citrus College Career Education, Repair, Affordable Higher Education Measure, is a $298 million General Obligation Bond measure, to retain well-qualified teachers and improve the quality of education at Citrus College by:
- upgrading job training, science, technology classrooms and laboratories;
- meeting earthquake, fire, clean drinking water safety;
- providing resources for students/veterans preparing for university transfer/jobs;
- and, removing leaky roofs, mold, and lead paint.
Measure Y is called under constitutional and statutory provisions that require fifty-five percent (55%) voter approval, and certain accountability requirements, including annual independent financial and performance audits of how funds are spent, and the formation of an independent Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee. If approved by voters, the facilities improvements to be funded by Measure Y were identified following an 18-month process where college stakeholders and Facilities and Administrative Services staff, along with a team of external consultants, assessed the facilities needs of the college, resulting in a culmination of recommendations identified in the comprehensive
2020-2030 Educational and Facilities Master Plan.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Measure Y
Measure Y is the Citrus College Career Education, Repair, Affordable Higher Education Measure. The cost to attend California's public universities has risen to six times that of attending Citrus College. Now more than ever, more students and their families rely on us for an affordable, high-quality education. Measure Y ensures that local students have access to necessary college credits, certifications, and job skills at a reasonable price
Measure Y is designed as part of a local and regional economic recovery plan. It would create local jobs and boost the economy by expanding Citrus College's training partnerships with local employers such as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also known as JPL; Toyota; Metropolitan Water District; and City of Hope hospital and research center.
Measure Y would improve the quality of education at Citrus College by:
- Retaining and attracting well-qualified teachers
- Providing the technology and training facilities needed to prepare students for job skills in demand during the economic recovery
- Continuing to provide clean drinking water at college buildings
- Meeting earthquake and fire safety standards
Measure Y is a $298 million education bond, which would cost approximately $25 per $100,000 of assessed - not market - valuation.
Measure Y includes strict fiscal safeguards including citizen oversight, public disclosure of all spending, and annual financial and performance audits. Furthermore, no money from Measure Y may go to administrators’ salaries or pensions, and all money would be spent on our local community college and cannot be taken by the county, state, or federal government.