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        CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
        AB 24 (Block)
        As Amended  September 1, 2009
        Majority vote
         
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        |ASSEMBLY:  |74-1 |(June 2, 2009)  |SENATE: |28-4 |(September 3,  |
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         Original Committee Reference:   HIGHER ED.  

         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 non-state funds are  
        available to conduct the study. 

         The Senate amendments  provide that if the CSU Trustees determine  
        there is a need for a campus or satellite program at Chula Vista,  
        the CSU Trustees shall submit a formal needs study to the California  
        Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC).
         
        EXISTING LAW  establishes legislative intent that sites for new  
        University of California (UC) or CSU campuses not be authorized  
        unless recommended by CPEC and requires that all proposals for new  
        colleges or programs be forwarded to CPEC for review within 60 days  
        of submission.  

         AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY,  this bill was substantially similar to  
        the version passed by the Senate.

         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 the  
        City of Chula Vista (City) was introduced in 1993, during the  
        development of the Otay Ranch land-use plan.  Approximately 375  








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        acres, which 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 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 endorse a proposed  
        City 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)  
        319-3960FN: 0002790