LONG BEACH — After weeks of heated campaigning and three days of heavy voter turnout, Cal State Long Beach students decided by an almost 2-1 margin not to build a $13-million fitness and multipurpose center with student funds.
If the proposed 65,000-square-foot campus sports complex had been approved, student body fees would have been increased from $18 to $43 per semester to finance construction, said Michael Long, student body president.
Of the 4,525 voters, 1,632 (36%) favored construction of the sports complex, while 2,893 (64%) opposed it. An estimated 33,000 students attend Cal State Long Beach, and about 14% showed up at the polls last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
"That's great voter turnout for us, nearly twice the number of voters we usually get," Long said. General elections for student body officers only attract an estimated 8% of the voters, he said.