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                                 THIRD READING


          Bill No:  AB 24
          Author:   Block (D), et al
          Amended:  9/1/09 in Senate
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE  :  5-0, 7/15/09
          AYES:  Huff, Hancock, Padilla, Simitian, Wyland
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Romero, Alquist, Liu, Maldonado
           
          SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  8-5, 8/27/09
          AYES:  Kehoe, Corbett, Hancock, Leno, Oropeza, Price, Wolk,  
            Yee
          NOES:  Cox, Denham, Runner, Walters, Wyland
           
          ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  74-1, 6/2/09 - See last page for vote


           SUBJECT  :    California State University:  feasibility  
          study:  Chula Vista

           SOURCE  :     Author


           DIGEST  :    This bill requires the Chancellor of the  
          California State University (CSU) to conduct a study of the  
          feasibility of establishing a satellite program and,  
          ultimately, an independent CSU campus, at Chula Vista.   
          Funding for the study is to be derived solely from nonstate  
          sources.  The Chancellor shall complete and submit the  
          study to the trustees within 18 months after the date that  
          the trustees certify that sufficient funds are available to  
          conduct the study.
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           ANALYSIS  :    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. 

          This bill requires the CSU Chancellor to conduct a study  
          regarding the feasibility of establishing a satellite  
          program and ultimately, an independent CSU campus at Chula  
          Vista, and specifies the study should include specified  
          elements such as enrollment projections, regional workforce  
          needs, prospective economic impact and job creation in the  
          region, potential alleviation of overcrowding and traffic  
          at San Diego State University (SDSU), environmental impact,  
          and support and capital outlay projections.  

          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  
          the city valued at $250-$300 million in June 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's office, building a CSU campus in Chula  
          Vista will create an option for tens of thousands of  
          Southern California students who are being turned away from  
          impacted campuses such as SDSU. 

          The CSU reports that all qualified students from the San  
          Diego area were offered admission to SDSU in 2008.   
          Further, CSU suggests that the state has not provided  
          resources sufficient for CSU to meet the needs of students  
          and fund current operations.  
           
          Prior 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  







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          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.  
           
           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

          The estimated cost for the feasibility study would be in  
          the range of $500,000 to $600,000, a figure derived from  
          considering the costs of feasibility reports that have been  
          done over the past 20 years for Monterey Bay, San Marcos,  
          and the Channel Islands.  Funding is to be derived solely  
          from nonstate sources.

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  7/1/09) (per Senate Education  
          Committee analysis)

          Allied Gardens Community Council
          American Federation of State, County and Municipal  
          Employees, AFL-CIO
          BIOCOM
          California Communities United Institute 
          California State Employees Association
          Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce
          City of Chula Vista
          College Area Community council
          College View Estates Association 
          Council of Philippine American Organizations
          County of San Diego
          Crossroads II
          Filipino American Community Empowerment
          Mexican American Business and Professional Association
          National City Chamber of Commerce
          National Federation of Filipino American Associations,  
          Region X
          Rolando Community Council
          San Diego Councilmember Marti Emerald
          South Bay Expressway
          Southwestern Community College District 


           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    According to the author's office,  
          the current 23 CSU campuses are not large enough to  







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          accommodate the growing demand for a four-year college  
          degree.  The author's office points out that CSU is already  
          over-enrolled by 10,000 students, while at the same time  
          the demand for a four-year degree is increasing.  The  
          author's office argues that for the Fall 2008 semester San  
          Diego State University turned away 68.8 percent of the  
          50,000 first-time freshmen who applied, and of the 62,330  
          total undergraduates that applied, only 34 percent were  
          admitted.  According to the author's office, building a CSU  
          campus in Chula Vista will 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. 


           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  : 
          AYES:  Adams, Ammiano, Anderson, Arambula, Beall, Tom  
            Berryhill, Blakeslee, Blumenfield, Brownley, Buchanan,  
            Caballero, Charles Calderon, Carter, Chesbro, Conway,  
            Cook, Coto, Davis, De La Torre, De Leon, DeVore,  
            Emmerson, Eng, Evans, Feuer, Fletcher, Fong, Fuentes,  
            Fuller, Furutani, Galgiani, Gilmore, Hagman, Harkey,  
            Hayashi, Hernandez, Hill, Huber, Huffman, Jeffries,  
            Jones, Knight, Krekorian, Lieu, Logue, Bonnie Lowenthal,  
            Ma, Mendoza, Miller, Monning, Nava, Nestande, Niello,  
            Nielsen, John A. Perez, V. Manuel Perez, Portantino,  
            Price, Ruskin, Salas, Saldana, Silva, Skinner, Smyth,  
            Solorio, Audra Strickland, Swanson, Torlakson, Torres,  
            Torrico, Tran, Villines, Yamada, Bass
          NOES:  Gaines
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Bill Berryhill, Block, Duvall, Garrick,  
            Hall


          DLW:mw  9/1/09   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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