L.A. community colleges seek voter OK for $5.3-billion building bond, its largest ever

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The Los Angeles Community College District will go to voters in November asking homeowners to tax themselves between $88 to $157 a year — and in some cases more — so the district can borrow billions of dollars in what would be its largest-ever construction bond program.

College trustees, who approved the $5.3-billion bond measure 6 to 1 last month, filed paperwork Thursday with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk for inclusion of the bond measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

Supporters say the infusion of cash is necessary to revamp aging buildings, upgrade athletic fields and outfit classrooms with new technology across the district’s nine campuses, the largest community college system in California.

“Students deserve excellent teaching and learning facilities,” LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez said at a July 6 meeting. “We know that when students are connected to campus, when they engage … our students do better.”

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