Endorsement: Vote yes on Measure LA to invest in community colleges!
Voters in Los Angeles County will have the opportunity to invest in education during the June 6 General Election.
Measure LA, a ballot initiative to fund a portion of the City’s education budget with local tax revenue, will make a positive addition to the Los Angeles community college system. This initiative will increase by $200 million the per-student funding for the California Community Colleges, which provide the vast majority of the City’s college student population. This increase will raise more than $500,000 annually for four LA City colleges — Los Angeles City College, California Institute of the Arts, California College-Los Angeles, and Loyola Marymount University.
By raising revenue, Measure LA will create local jobs and will directly impact the City’s neighborhoods by increasing the presence and availability of high quality education for Los Angeles residents.
“There is a tremendous opportunity in California for the City of Los Angeles to invest locally in the city’s public colleges and universities,” said City Councilmember Dennis Zine. “The funding is already in place and the City Council has already approved the budget. Measure LA is a great opportunity to invest in our schools.”
“With Measure LA, L.A. will leverage an opportunity to build a state-of-the art, state-of-the-art school system to serve all of L.A. County, which is the largest and most diverse community in the country,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti at a press conference to unveil the ballot measure last week.
“By investing local tax revenues and improving our public education system, Los Angeles is able to deliver a world-class education to the students and their families who call our City home,” said Councilmember Zine. “Measure LA will not only improve public education but will also create thousands of jobs and strengthen our local economy.”
The Community College Fund has long supported the City of Los Angeles with more than $16 million. The City of Los Angeles has been on the Community College Fund board of directors since 1988. A large part of the Community College Fund’s support has been through direct