An improvement bond at Pasadena City College appears headed towards passage.
According to updated election results issued late Friday which tallied a majority of votes cast, 54,031 or 68.24% of voters approved Measure PCC.
A statement from PCC said that college trustees are “ecstatic” to see the passage of Measure PCC appear certain.
“This bond measure has been an effort over a number of years. I am proud of the fact the board voted unanimously to put this measure on the ballot, and the communities throughout the district came together to support it. Generations of PCC students will benefit from the investment by voters to enhance quality of higher education,” Board President and Trustee for Area 1, Sandra Chen Lau said.
Board Vice President and Trustee for Area 4 which represents Pasadena, San Gabriel, and Temple City, Tammy Silver, said, “I am thrilled that our friends and neighbors supported PCC. This bond is crucial to the continued extraordinary success of our college. By passing this bond, the community is giving us the chance to do amazing things for our students of today and for those to come tomorrow. As the Trustee for many Pasadena neighborhoods such as Bungalow Heaven, Chapman Woods, Central Pasadena, and East Pasadena, as well as parts of San Gabriel and Temple City, I look forward to working with our neighbors to use these bond funds responsibly and continue PCC’s tradition of service to our community. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!”
Trustee for Area 2, which represents Altadena and North Pasadena, James A. Osterling said,“thank you to the voters in the PCC district that overwhelmingly approved Measure PCC to fund new and upgraded facilities at PCC. The community’s confidence in PCC’s mission to provide affordable associates degrees, vocational certificates, and lifelong learning is reflected in the 67% favorable plurality.”
Steve Gibson, Trustee for Area 3 (Northwest Pasadena, Altadena), said, “my thanks goes out to our community members for supporting PCC on this bond issue. From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate this commitment to providing these additional resources and improvements for our students.”
“We are so grateful for the support we are seeing from our community tonight,” said Pasadena City College Superintendent/President Erika Endrijonas on Tuesday night.
“This vote gives a big thumbs-up to all the hard work the faculty, students, staff, and administrators are doing at Pasadena City College”
Measure PCC will provide $565 million to fund new construction and renovation of a range of facilities at Pasadena City College’s campuses including, aging labs, instructional technology, classrooms and career-training facilities, improve student access to affordable, high quality education in subjects like nursing, health sciences, engineering, technology and skilled trades; fix deteriorating roofs, plumbing and electrical systems; and remove asbestos/ lead pipes.
“Measure PCC gives us the ability to begin realizing our facilities plans, providing the classrooms, labs, common spaces, and services our students need as we enter PCC’s second century of serving our community. We look forward to partnering with folks throughout our community to responsibly manage these resources, ensuring they benefit our students for generations to come,” Endrijonas said.