Frequently Asked Questions About Measure L

​What role does Rancho Santiago Community College District play in our community?

Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is a vital community and economic resource that provides high-quality, affordable higher education and career training to local students at Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College. Our local community colleges educate the healthcare professionals, police, firefighters and skilled workers who keep us healthy, safe and fuel our economy.

As the cost of attending the University of California and State University systems becomes more expensive, more students are starting their education at community colleges. Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College ensure that lower and middle-income students who can’t afford the high price of a university still have access to career training and higher education.

What communities do Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College serve?

RSCCD has educational facilities throughout Orange County, including Santa Ana College in Santa Ana and Santiago Canyon College in Orange. Our local community colleges serve thousands of students in surrounding communities including Anaheim Hills, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana and Villa Park.

More than one-third of all local high school graduates rely on Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College to continue their education and prepare for careers.

How do Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College support veterans?

With thousands of military veterans returning from service, our local community colleges play a critical role in providing job training, job placement, counseling and support services. Student and Veterans Centers must continue to be updated and improved so veterans can continue to receive the support they need.

What challenges are facing Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College?

While Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College continue to provide a quality education to local students, our college facilities are aging and many classrooms and labs require basic repairs and upgrades. For example, the Centennial Education Center, where the Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education is located, is located in aging temporary buildings that have exceeded their lifespan and regularly flood, affecting the learning environment of thousands of students.

Deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems require repairs, campus safety and security systems need improvements and outdated labs and career technical education facilities need to be modernized. We also need to provide facilities that support high-quality education in music, visual and performing arts.

We know that the standards are rising for what it takes to compete for good jobs in today’s economy. We need to ensure our classrooms and labs are updated to ensure students, veterans and adults continuing their education have access to the facilities, technology, skills training, and certifications they need to succeed.

What is the plan to address the facilities needs at Santa Ana College
and Santiago Canyon College?

On October 28, 2019, the RSCCD Board of Trustees placed Measure L, a $496 million local college improvement bond measure, on the March 2020 ballot to address facilities needs at Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College.

What would Measure L accomplish?

Measure L would address the facilities needs at our local community colleges, including:

  • Repairing or replacing leaky roofs, old rusty plumbing, faulty electrical systems and dry rotted beams where needed
  • Modernizing facilities to improve access for students with disabilities
  • Upgrading classrooms, labs and career training facilities for science, technology, engineering, math and biotech, as well as skilled trades including industrial technology, welding and automotive technology
  • Providing the facilities needed to support high-quality instruction in music, visual and performing arts
  • Removing hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint from older buildings
  • Improving student safety and campus security systems
  • Providing local funding to enable partnerships with the public and private sector that would enhance the quality of Santa Ana College's and Santiago Canyon College's facilities

How do we know funds from Measure L would be spent responsibly?

Measure L requires strict fiscal accountability provisions, including:

  • A clear system of accountability would be required including a project list, Citizens’ Oversight Committee and independent audits
  • All funds would be required to stay local to support Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College and could not be taken away by the State
  • By law, no money could be spent on staff salaries or pensions 

How much would Measure L cost?

Measure L would cost property owners approximately $20 per $100,000 of assessed (not market) value per year, or approximately $6 per month for the typical homeowner.

Can the State take away these funds?

All money raised by Measure L would stay in our community to support our local community colleges and students. It could not be taken away by the State or used for staff salaries or pensions.

Are there any other ways to address our colleges’ facilities needs?

RSCCD has very few options when it comes to making the necessary renovations and upgrades Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College need. The State has been an unreliable partner in funding and provides very limited funding for facilities improvements, so we can’t rely on them to complete the repairs and upgrades our colleges need to continue providing affordable, quality higher education and career training.

Measure L would provide the local control necessary to complete prioritized projects to continue providing affordable, quality higher education and career training to students. In addition, Measure L would help our colleges qualify for $50 million in State matching funds if it were to pass - funds that would otherwise go to other communities.

What about the statewide school bond measure on the March 2020 ballot?

A statewide bond measure for K-12 school districts and community colleges districts has qualified for the March 2020 ballot. If it were to pass, it would provide matching funds for local community college bond measures like the measure RSCCD is considering. The passage of Measure L for Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College helps the District qualify for matching funds from the state bond measure. These matching funds would allow Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College to complete additional facilities improvements at no additional cost to taxpayers.

Will facilities needs be addressed at both Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College?

Yes. If Measure L is approved, it would address facilities needs at both Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College. Projects planned at Santa Ana College include adding career technical education facilities including an Applied Technology Center to support manufacturing/3D modeling, robotics/welding, automotive technology and other skilled trade programs. Renovations and modernizations are also planned at the Centennial Education Center and the Nealley Library.

Projects planned at Santiago Canyon College include classroom and lab upgrades to keep up with current industry standards, improving access for students with disabilities and a new Student Services Building and Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Would the District pursue public/private partnerships to help address facilities needs at our local community colleges?

Yes. The District is committed to working with public and private entities to seek funds and share facilities use in order to maximize student success and save taxpayer dollars. The District has already entered into a partnership with the City of Santa Ana to lease new property that will provide a permanent location for the Centennial Education Center and we will continue to seek additional partnerships that enhance the quality of our college facilities.

Have we passed a bond measure for Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College before?

Our community has a history of supporting local funding to address facilities needs at Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College. Local voters approved Measure E in 2002 to improve and modernize college facilities and Measure Q in 2012 to specifically address urgent repair and upgrade needs at Santa Ana College. You can find the citizen oversight reports on bond projects and expenditures at www.rsccd.edu/BondProjects.

While these measures successfully addressed the most critical facilities needs at the time, the next phase of improvements are needed at Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College to keep pace and ensure students have access to modern technology, facilities and career training programs.

Would I be able to vote on Measure L?

All registered voters living in Rancho Santiago Community College District would be eligible to vote on Measure L.

What level of support would Measure L need to pass?

Measure L needs to be supported by 55% of those who vote on the measure in order for it to pass.

How can I register to vote or learn more about voting?

You can register to vote at www.registertovote.ca.gov. To find out more about voting in this election, please contact the Orange County Registrar of Voters at (714) 567-7600.

How can I learn more about Measure L?

Please visit our website at www.rsccd.edu/MeasureL to learn more. You can also contact Patricia Duenez at duenez_patricia@rsccd.edu or (714) 480-7460 with any feedback or questions.