Pasadena City College students gathered in the quad holding "Yes on Prop. 30" signs to educate their peers about $6.7 million in cuts they'll face if it fails. They also put up a voter registration table to allow students to register electronically.
A handful of students gathered in the Pasadena City College quad at noon Thursday holding "Yes on Prop. 30" signs and trying to educate their peers about the nearly $7 million in more cuts they'll face if the measure fails to receive a majority of votes next month.
Most students kept walking. A few stopped at the laptops on the table to register to vote or to ask questions; others to grab some Milk Duds.
Benjamin Rincon stopped by the table to change his address. Rincon, 22, couldn't remember whether he's a second- or third-year — "it's been too long," he joked. He's studying accounting and communications and had been planning a while ago to transfer to a four-year college.
He's planning on voting against Prop. 30.
"I'm against increasing our taxes," Rincon said. "...Budget cuts have been happening, so I guess I'm getting accustomed to it. I'm not sure. I'm doing OK so far with the budget cuts. Of course, I wouldn't like to spend another year here, but I'd rather spend an extra year than increase taxes again."
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Pasadena City College in Pasadena, Calif.
Worst case scenario: Pasadena City College could lose up to $18 million in two years if voters do not approve a November initiative to raise taxes and the economy remains stagnant, university officials said Thursday.
In January the college was hit with $2 million in trigger cuts because of lower than expected sales tax revenues. Then the following month the college learned it would take another $2.85 million in surprise cuts from the state, said Juan Gutierrez, a spokesman for Pasadena City College.
"It's been pretty rough," Gutierrez said. "...In two months we lost nearly $5 million."
And that's on top of the $7 million the college lost in the 2011 budget, he said.
Community college fees, currently $36 per unit, are set by the state. Fees will go up to $46 in the summer. That's up from $26 dollars in 2011. But unlike the California State University and University of California systems, the revenues from those fees are sent back to Sacramento.