Measure S

On June 12, 2014, the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution to place a $288 million facility improvements bond measure on the November 4, 2014 ballot.  The Santa Barbara County Election Office has provided Santa Barbara City College the designation of Measure S for this November 2014.

Board Resolution

SBCC News Releases

June 12, 2014

May 8, 2014 

 July 2014 Informational Mailer to Community  

 Measure S Targeted Projects

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers - SBCC and 
Measure S

1. Why has Santa Barbara City College placed a local bond measure on the November 2014 ballot?
Officially named the top community college in the nation, SBCC provides an excellent local education and is a valuable resource in our community. Unfortunately, aging and deteriorated classrooms, labs and instructional technology badly need modernization and upgrades to meet 21st-century standards.                                                        

2. What projects would the bond measure fund?
Top priorities include vital upgrades to instructional facilities, including science, engineering, healthcare and vocational classrooms, labs and technology.

3. How much would the measure cost property owners annually?
This measure would cost homeowners an estimated $16.65 per $100,000 of their homes’ assessed valuation (not market value). 

4. How do I know that the funds would be properly spent?
The measure includes strict fiscal accountability requirements. By law, a Citizens’ Oversight Committee and third-party annual public audits are required to ensure funds are spent appropriately on voter-approved projects. All funds raised by this measure stay local and cannot be taken away by the state or used on administrators’ salaries or pensions.

5. How would the independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee be formed?
By law, the Citizens’ Oversight Committee must be representative of the community and must include at least one individual from the business community, a senior organization and a taxpayer organization.

6. When will the measure appear on a ballot?
This measure will appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot. To pass, this measure needs to be supported by 55% of those who vote. All registered voters in the Santa Barbara Community College District will be eligible to vte.

7. How has the funding for the 2008 Measure V bond been spent?
For an overview and update about Measure V, click here.

8. How can I get more information about voting in this election or registering to vote?
Please contact the Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters at or call (805) 568-2200.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers - SBCC's Center for Lifelong Learning and Measure S

1. I don’t have any kids or grandkids in Santa Barbara. Why is Measure S important? 
SBCC is a vital part of our local educational system and our local economy, benefitting all of us whether or not we have children in school. Our strong local public schools, which include our excellent local K-12 districts as well as SBCC, help sustain everyone’s property values. Local employers count on SBCC to fuel our local workforce and healthy economy. SBCC’s current students and graduates are employed in many sectors of the local economy that benefit all members of the community. In addition, adults of all ages enjoy credit, non-credit, and CLL classes. Over 8,000 students enrolled in CLL classes during the CLL’s first five terms, Summer 2013 to Summer 2014. A strong SBCC makes Santa Barbara a richer, more vibrant community now and into the future.

2. The SBCC facilities look the same as they always have. What’s the problem?
SBCC is using 40-80 year old classrooms, labs, and facilities. While we take great care to preserve and maintain these facilities, the wear-and-tear from hundreds of thousands of students over the years calls for renovation. Our buildings are old, degraded, and in need of modernization. Fifty-two portable buildings on the Main Campus used for classrooms and student support programs are deteriorated and can no longer serve as safe, modern classrooms. In addition, aging labs and instructional technology must be upgraded to 21st century standards. Measure S will renovate aging classrooms, replace defunct portables, and upgrade vital technology. The State won’t pay for this needed modernization.

3. The facilities at Wake and Schott may not be state of the art, but don’t they work just fine?
The Schott Campus was constructed in 1935 and the Wake Campus in 1956. Simply put, these buildings, in their current state, can’t support the demands of modern teaching and learning. The Schott Campus will be renovated to provide an effective teaching and learning environment, ensure the facility is up to par for the next 80 years, replace the portables with a permanent building, and preserve the structure’s historical character. The Wake Campus will be replaced to provide a modern teaching and learning facility that effectively meets the diverse instructional needs of our students, including CLL students. Additionally, the 11 portables will be removed and the space replaced and integrated into the reconstructed facility.

4. Will Measure S cause CLL to lose classroom space at Wake and Schott, or to raise fees to rent space off-campus?
No. Measure S improvements will not lead to higher fees. SBCC is committed to the “community education” part of its mission and is proud that over 8,000 students registered for CLL classes in its first year. Every effort will be made to redesign the use of space at the Wake and Schott  Campuses to enable the CLL to maintain its current allocation of classroom and lab space. If CLL programs continue to grow, the college will make needed adjustments keeping in mind the commitment to CLL.

5. What will happen to the lab classes at Wake and Schott during construction?
These labs and the equipment in the labs were partially customized and equipped with donations from students. Every attempt will be made to keep self-sustaining popular lab classes running during construction by temporarily relocating these facilities into temporary portable buildings (swing space). While this swing space might not be identical to the vacated space, it is the college’s intent to ensure that classes are able to continue and disruption kept to a minimum.

6. What will happen to all CLL classes during construction at Wake and Schott?
Displaced CLL classes will be offered in temporary alternative classrooms (swing space). Wherever possible, these temporary spaces would be located in areas of the Schott and Wake Campuses that are safely out of the way of construction. CLL students will not be charged a fee to off-set the cost of the relocated temporary classroom and lab spaces. The remodeling of both the Wake and Schott campuses will not take place at the same time.

7. There are unsubstantiated rumors that the classrooms at Wake will be replaced by a two-story parking lot for SBCC. Is this true?
This is not true.

8. There are unsubstantiated rumors that the classrooms at Wake will be replaced by student apartment buildings for SBCC. Is this true?
This is not true.

9.  If the SBCC credits classes are to be using more of the Schott and Wake Campus facilities, should the CLL community fear being crowded out?  How will the SBCC administration assure the Santa Barbara community that these historical, adult-education venues will continue to be key centers for the CLL and continuing education programs?
Measure S improvements will not “crowd out” CLL programs. Both the Wake and Schott Campuses are currently used for CLL, non credit, and credit classes, and this will continue to be the case after the modernization has taken place. The plan for the Wake Campus is to construct the space in such a way to more efficiently and effectively use classroom facilities for all instructional needs. Likewise, the plan for the Schott Campus is to renovate and remodel the existing classrooms to allow for reconfiguration and more effective and efficient use of space. 

10. Why can't some of the administrative offices be shifted to the Wake Campus and free  up room on the Main Campus?
The college has recently embarked upon a facilities planning process that will include a study of the locations of student support services, operational and administrative services, and select  educational programs. The location of such programs and services will be examined and recommendations will be considered to more efficiently and effectively utilize the college’s facilities in support of our mission and our full spectrum of educational programs and support services.

11. What will be the cost of the improvements at the Wake, Schott, and Main Campuses and how will they be paid for?
Following approval of 55% of the voters, the college will sell bonds to pay for the improvements. The issuance of bonds will be staggered over a number of years as projects come on line. The  bonds will be repaid from property taxes based upon an additional assessment each year that is estimated to be $16.67 per $100,000 of assessed valuation (not market value).


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