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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1997
Santa Monica College is launching a $2.8-million renovation of the former Madison school site, a satellite facility that houses the college's Center for the Humanities and other programs. The yearlong project, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 26, will include asbestos removal, heating and air conditioning installation and removal of barriers to make the two-story stucco building accessible to the disabled.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1996 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brushing aside threats of a recall campaign, trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District narrowly voted Thursday to impose a new districtwide tax planned to hit more than 1 million properties in the county as early as November. Climaxing a raucous six-hour public hearing, the board of trustees voted 4 to 3 to begin charging each homeowner in the sprawling, 882-square-mile district an annual $12 assessment, and varying amounts for other properties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1996 | TIM MAY
Mission College recently mailed letters to about 500 homeowners explaining how the college would use campus improvement funds raised by a controversial new community college district property tax. The money would be generated by the planned "landscape and lighting assessment district," under which all homeowners in the Los Angeles Community College District will be assessed $12 per parcel annually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1996
A divided Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday urged the board of the Los Angeles Community College District to withdraw its recently approved property assessment or put the matter to voters in November. Several lawmakers asked their colleagues to leave the issue alone, noting the importance of the community college system to California's future as well as voters' perennial distaste for the colleges' bids for funds.
NEWS
March 10, 1996 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Community College District is facing its worst fiscal outlook in years, with eight of its nine campuses heading toward year-end deficits. The estimate of a combined $6.1-million shortfall among the colleges, contained in a newly released report by the nation's largest community college district, has sent some schools scurrying to trim spending and has alarmed district trustees.
NEWS
January 15, 1996 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
California's higher education community expressed its gratitude this week for a second healthy funding increase in as many years--a proposed $848-million boost that would ensure no fee hikes for the 1996-97 school year. But while Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1996 | DADE HAYES
Enrollment and enthusiasm for "Afternoon College" at Valley College are on the rise, but the second-year program is looking for a new leader. Business instructor John Burke, who conceived and ran the program that offers college credit in several disciplines to high school seniors, resigned days before Tuesday's start of classes. He said he will remain on the college faculty and as the school's director of TechPrep, a federally funded vocational venture out of which Afternoon College grew.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1996 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A standing-room-only crowd of hundreds of angry residents turned out at a public hearing Wednesday night to protest a plan by the Los Angeles Community College District to levy an annual tax on about 1 million properties in the county. The proposal, which would cost homeowners $12 a year and varying amounts for owners of other types of property, drew angry shouts and criticism from the overflow crowd at Valley College during the district's first formal public hearing on the proposal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1996
Assembly Majority Leader James E. Rogan on Tuesday protested the special fees property owners may be required to pay the Los Angeles Community College District for campus improvements. Rogan (R-Glendale) said the proposed assessment is inappropriate, especially in a place like Burbank, which is not home to any of the district's nine campuses. "The college district is trying to sugarcoat this tax with words like assessment district, but it is a tax plain and simple," Rogan said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1995 | JOHN CHANDLER
Seeking to avoid an immediate defeat and to perhaps return later, the chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District has postponed a scheduled vote Wednesday on a controversial districtwide property tax hike proposal affecting about 1 million parcels. The measure, derided by critics as an attempt to evade the tax hike limits of Proposition 13, had faced defeat Wednesday with the district's Board of Trustees apparently deadlocked 3-3 on the issue.
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