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          ASSEMBLY THIRD READING
          AB 24 (Block)
          As Amended  June 1, 2009
          Majority vote 

           HIGHER EDUCATION    9-0         APPROPRIATIONS      12-5        
           
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          |Ayes:|Portantino, Conway,       |Ayes:|De Leon, Ammiano, Charles  |
          |     |Block, Cook, Fong,        |     |Calderon, Davis, Fuentes,  |
          |     |Galgiani, Huber, Ma,      |     |Hall, John A. Perez,       |
          |     |Ruskin                    |     |Price, Skinner, Solorio,   |
          |     |                          |     |Torlakson, Krekorian       |
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          |     |                          |Nays:|Nielsen, Duvall, Harkey,   |
          |     |                          |     |Miller,                    |
          |     |                          |     |Audra Strickland           |
          |     |                          |     |                           |
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           SUMMARY  :  Requires the Chancellor of the California State  
          University (CSU) to conduct a feasibility study regarding the  
          feasibility of establishing a CSU satellite program and  
          independent campus at Chula Vista, requires the CSU Chancellor  
          to complete and submit the study to the CSU Trustees within 18  
          months after the date that the Trustees have certified that  
          sufficient private funds are available to conduct the study. 

           EXISTING LAW  establishes legislative intent that sites for new  
          University of California (UC) or CSU campuses not be authorized  
          unless recommended by the California Postsecondary Education  
          Commission (CPEC) and requires that all proposals for new  
          colleges or programs be forwarded to CPEC for review within 60  
          days of submission.  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, one-time non-state cost of around $600,000 for the  
          feasibility study, which would include physical and academic  
          planning and environmental and traffic studies.  Development of  
          a new CSU campus would probably require initial capital outlays  
          of tens of millions of dollars and at least several million  
          dollars annually in start-up costs.
           
          COMMENTS  :  The concept of locating a four-year university in  
          Chula Vista was introduced in 1993, during the development of  
          the Otay Ranch land-use plan.  Approximately 375 acres, which  






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          the city valued at $250-$300 million in June of 2008, are  
          currently set aside for the project.  Over the past several  
          years, the City of Chula Vista and members of the community have  
          worked to recruit a university to the land.  In mid-2005 it was  
          reported that the city was looking at a multi-school campus  
          model where the schools would share facilities such as  
          classrooms and a library, and the institutions could be either  
          public or private.  According to the author, building a CSU  
          campus in Chula Vista would create an option for tens of  
          thousands of Southern California students who are being turned  
          away from impacted campuses such as San Diego State University. 
           
           Previous legislation:  SCR 92 (Peace), Resolution Chapter 104,  
          Statutes of 1998, resolved that the Legislature endorses a  
          proposed City of Chula Vista site for possible future use as a  
          UC campus.  Subsequently, the UC Regents moved forward with  
          plans to develop UC Merced; the 1987 statewide needs assessment  
          found the central valley area was in greatest need for a UC  
          campus.  UC Merced opened on September 5, 2005.
           
          Analysis Prepared by  :    Laura Metune / HIGHER ED. / (916)  
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