San Joaquin Delta College is looking for members of the community to serve on its Measure L oversight committee.
The $250 million taxpayer-funded bond was approved by voters in 2004 to renovate, upgrade and expand buildings, develop new facilities and infrastructure and support site acquisition and development of educational centers to provide access to Delta College throughout the region.
A handful of projects have been completed since Measure L’s passage, including new recreation and athletics facilities, the DeRicco Student Services Building, the Goleman Learning Resource Center and most recently a state-of-the-art science and mathematics building in 2014.
Measure L has not gone without criticism, however, particularly in the failure to deliver on satellite campuses and being unethically oversold to voters. In 2017, Delta College trustees pulled funding for a north county satellite campus to the dismay of Lodi’s mayor and advocates. The college was struggling with low enrollment, a caveat to completing projects on the bond list.
'There was never enough money': Measure L bond was over-promised
The $250 million bond had a lengthy list of projects which likely topped $1 billion, a trustee said in 2017. In 2015 Delta College refinanced about $146.9 million of its Measure L series 2005A and 2008B bonds, which grossed $25.8 million in taxpayer savings. Delta issued the final series of Measure L bonds in Spring 2018.
Measure L was the first Delta College bond since 1969. There was talk of going to voters for another bond in 2020 before the pandemic hit, but those plans have not come to fruition.
Committee meetings are held on one Thursday evening during February, May, August and November of every year.
Members must reside within Delta College's district, which includes most of San Joaquin County and portions of Calaveras, Sacramento, Solano and Alameda counties. Applications are open until April 1 or until committee vacancies are filled. Candidates are invited to apply in the following categories:
One member of a taxpayers’ organization
One senior citizen who is active in a seniors’ organization
One person who is active in a support organization for Delta College
One member of the community at large
For an application that can be filled out and either emailed or mailed to the College, visit bit.ly/DeltaCOC and follow the directions. Or call (209) 954-5074. Applications are open until April 1 or until committee vacancies are filled.
Record reporter Ben Irwin covers Stockton and San Joaquin County government. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @B1rwin. Support local news, subscribe to The Stockton Record at recordnet.com/subscribenow.
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