Chancellor’s Newsletter – February 2020

Governor Releases 2020-2021 Budget Proposal

Governor Newsom released his second budget proposal on January 10, 2020.  Under the proposed budget, the overall state budget would increase 3.4% from the enacted 2019-2020 budget, to $222.2 billion.  General Fund spending would increase 3.6%, to $153.1 billion.  Major themes in the Governor’s proposed budget include addressing the affordability crisis through health care initiatives, investing in emergency response to confront the statewide crisis of homelessness, and promoting opportunity through increased public school funding.

For California Community Colleges (CCC) the Governor’s budget proposal includes new, ongoing investments in work-based learning and targeted student support services, and streamlines coordination of systemwide initiatives and technical assistance.  Additionally, the Governor’s budget includes $272 million in ongoing policy adjustments for the CCC system, with no changes to the Student Centered Funding Formula for 2020-21, providing growth and cost-of-living adjustments, expanding zero textbook cost pathways, expanding work-based learning, assisting undocumented students, and a proposal to consolidate dispersed support appropriations into a single program.

Student Centered Funding Formula

– No further refinements to the student centered funding formula for 2020-21; the formula will include a metric for first-generation students;
– System Office to work with CCD’s to maximize access by students to financial aid (PELL and Promise [BOG waiver] grants);
– For the 2018-19 budget, there is an estimated increase in property taxes of approximately $90 million. This largely covers the $103 million shortfall from this budget year.


  • $15 million to augment the California Apprenticeship Initiative;
  • $20 million one-time to expand work-based learning models and programs;
  • $48.2 million to support projected growth in reimbursable apprenticeship instructional hours.

General Funding

  • 29% COLA of $167.2 million;
  • 5% enrollment growth of $31.9 million;
  • $17.2 million for deferred maintenance and instructional equipment;
  • $700K in non-Proposition 98 funding for the Chancellor’s Office to contract with an external organization to staff a working group on community college athlete’s use of his or her name, image and likeness for compensation.

Categorical Programs

  • Consolidation of several technical assistance set asides and systemwide funding for initiatives into a new program that would provide enhanced coordination and delivery of systemwide technical assistance;
  • Faculty Support – $15 million for a pilot fellowship program for improving faculty diversity at community colleges and $10 million for part-time faculty office hours – both one-time funding;
  • Food Pantries – $11.4 million to establish or support food pantries;
  • Zero Textbook Cost Degrees – $10 million one-time to develop and implement zero-textbook-cost degrees using OER;
  • Legal services – $10 million to provide legal services to immigrant students, faculty, and staff;
  • Dreamer Resource Liaison – $5.8 million;
  • Instructional materials for dual enrollment students – $5 million
  • $19 million for UC, CSU, and CCCs for continued rapid rehousing initiatives continuing from last year’s funding which community colleges received $9 million;
  • COLA for certain categorical programs – $9.2 million

Financial Aid

  • $5 million one-time to support convening of a student loan working group and provide student loan outreach.

The Governor’s proposal provides $27.6 million in capital outlay funding from Proposition 51, approved by voters in 2016.  The funding is to support 24 new projects as listed below.  The administration continues to review the CCC’s 39 continuing bond projects for inclusion in its spring proposals.  In addition, the budget reappropriates previously approved funding for 10 existing CCC projects due to delays in their design phases, $750 million for public infrastructure in high fire-risk communities and forest health, and $50 million (one-time General Fund) to support preparedness measures to bolster community resiliency, to build on the state’s 2019-20 power-resiliency investments.

College/Location Project 2020-21 State Cost 2020-21 Total Cost All Years State Cost All Years Total Cost
Barstow College Hydronic Loop and Water Infrastructure $741,000 $741,000 $9,920,000 $9,920,000
Orange Coast College Chemistry Building Project $1,400,000 $19,991,000 $20,556,000 $40,547,000
East Los Angeles College Facilities Maintenance & Operations Replacement $829,000 $1,657,000 $12,170,000 $23,336,000
Rancho Cordova Educational Center Rancho Cordova Ph 2 $389,000 $1,296,000 $8,979,000 $17,384,000
Sierra College Gymnasium Modernization $2,409,000 $10,924,000 $27,865,000 $37,183,000
Public Safety Training Center PSTC Expansion $398,000 $664,000 $4,975,000 $7,427,000
Mission College Performing Arts Building $1,024,000 $2,047,000 $14,089,000 $30,686,000
Antelope Valley College Gymnasium Renovation $870,000 $1,739,000 $12,560,000 $20,631,000
Chabot College Bldg 3000 Maintenance Operations Warehouse & Garage $674,000 $1,348,000 $8,846,000 $17,529,000
Compton College Physical Education Complex Replacement $1,548,000 $22,442,000 $23,326,000 $46,037,000
El Camino College Music Building Replacement $1,969,000 $27,521,000 $27,175,000 $54,696,000
Cuyamaca College Instructional Building Ph 1 $1,005,000 $14,043,000 $14,513,000 $28,555,000
Grossmont College Liberal Arts/Business/CSIS $941,000 $1,882,000 $11,257,000 $22,049,000
Pacific Coast Campus Construction Trades II $1,585,000 $1,585,000 $19,417,000 $20,298,000
Los Angeles Pierce College Industrial Technology Replacement $1,182,000 $16,354,000 $16,737,000 $33,090,000
Los Angeles Trade-Tech College Design and Media Arts $2,410,000 $4,819,000 $35,317,000 $69,741,000
Los Angeles Valley College Academic Building 2 $1,637,000 $23,279,000 $23,852,000 $47,131,000
West Los Angeles College Plant Facilities/Shops Replacement $445,000 $889,000 $5,788,000 $11,505,000
Napa Valley College Modernize Industrial Tech Bldg 3100 $245,000 $489,000 $3,024,000 $5,916,000
Cypress College Fine Arts Renovation $1,512,000 $12,172,000 $18,133,000 $29,801,000
Riverside City College Life Science/Physical Science Reconstruction $1,623,000 $8,385,000 $27,356,000 $35,201,000
Crafton Hills College Performing Arts Center Renovation $600,000 $1,200,000 $7,361,000 $14,415,000
College of the Siskiyous Theatre Arts Bldg Remodel/Addition $1,633,000 $1,633,000 $27,074,000 $27,074,000
Santa Rosa Junior College Tauzer Gym Renovation $887,000 $1,776,000 $10,249,000 $20,131,000
The administration has deferred funding decisions for continuing projects to better align appropriations with project schedules, and indicates that projects with preliminary plans completed prior to April 1, 2020 will be considered during the spring.
Totals   $28,379,000 $179,347,000 $395,118,000 $675,371,000

ACCCA Budget Workshop

The Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) and Association of Chief Business Officers (ACBO) host a one-of-a-kind opportunity for community college administrators to hear from a panel of experts from the Chancellor’s Office, Department of Finance, and the Legislative Analyst’s Office to review the Governor’s budget proposal just days after its release.  The 2020 Budget Workshop was held on January 15th in Sacramento.

Chancellor Houston, President of the ACCCA Board of Directors, along with Ann-Marie Gabel, President of the ACBO Board of Directors, provided a welcome to the workshop attendees and provided an overview of the day-long program.  Chancellor Houston also moderated the Budget Proposal Analysis Panel which provided highlights and analysis from unique perspectives about the development and impact of the 2020-21 budget proposed by the Governor.  Panelists included of Chris Ferguson of the Department of Finance; Paul Steenhausen of the Legislative Analyst’s Office; Frances Parmelee, Assistance Vice Chancellor, Finance and Facilities at the system office; Aaron Brown, Vice Chancellor of Business and Financial Services at the Riverside CCD and ACBO Board of Directors; and Joe Wyse, Superintendent/President of Shasta CCD and Chair of the CEO Board.  The panelists also addressed various scenarios and strategies each organization will consider in shaping the budget debate going forward.

Keynote Speaker, Mark Schniepp, Director of the California Economic Forecast provided valuable context with regard to national, state and higher education implications for the Governor’s budget proposal.  The 2020 Economic Outlook presentation by Mark Schniepp can be found here: The 2020 Economic Outlook – Mark Schniepp

YCCD Trustees Meet with State Representatives

The Community College League of California hosted the 2020 Effective Trusteeship and Board Chair Workshops on Friday, January 24th through Sunday, January 26th.  Chancellor Houston and Trustee Michael Pasquale participated in a panel discussing the unprecedented challenges that CEOs face requiring different skills than CEOs in their seat a decade ago.  The panel discussed ways in which boards can support their CEOs in professional development.

On Sunday afternoon, the Trustees and Chancellor Houston attended the 2020 Annual Legislative Conference hosted by the Community College League of California.  The conference is an annual event to discuss important policy issues and engage with members of the State Legislature to discuss priority issues, hear best practices, and learn about strategies to successfully advocate for community

Chancellor Houston participated on a panel to seek input and feedback on strengthening rural community college initiatives.  California Community Colleges are part of the Gates Foundation Initiative assessing the needs of rural community colleges and the students and communities they serve.  The Gates Foundation Initiative seeks to answer question such as what are the greatest challenge(s) facing rural communities and the rural-serving community college that serve them.  Are there effective local, state, or federal programs in mitigating these challenges?  What should policymakers and others know about rural-serving community colleges to support their critical mission?colleges.YCCD Trustees and College Presidents pose for a photo with Senator Jim Nielsen

Following the conference, the YCCD Trustees met and shared YCCD legislative priorities with Assembly members Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, James Gallagher and Kevin McCarty as well as Senators Dodd and Nielsen.  The YCCD 2020-2021 Legislative Priorities can be found here: YCCD 2020-2021 Legislative Priority Talking Points



YCCD Measure C Bond Forums

The YCCD Chancellor’s Office held a series of Measure C Bond Forums in January and February 2020, prior to the March 3, 2020 election day.  The purpose of these college and campus forums were to provide faculty, staff and students information regarding Measure C, the opportunity to ask questions regarding Measure C and to discover what the Governing Board hopes to accomplish with this Bond.

The first forum, held on Wednesday, January 29th at Yuba College, was attended by a handful of Yuba College faculty and staff as well a few interested community members.  Forums were also held at the Lake County Campus, on February 6th, Sutter County Campus on February 11th, and Woodland Community College on February 12th.  The final forum is scheduled at the Colusa County Campus on February 19th at 12 PM in Classroom 2.  Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend

Measure C, which will be on the March 3rd Primary Election ballot in all counties supported by YCCD, will allow YCCD to become an even more effective job training and education center and will include improvements and upgrades throughout the district to include, but not limited to:

  • Expand the Wildland Firefighting program and Fire Prevention Technology
  • Allow for increases in nursing and other health service occupations
  • Develop teacher credentialing programs to meet the regional teacher shortage
  • Expand career and technical education programs
  • Construct new labs and learning spaces
  • Meet handicap accessibility (ADA) requirements on all campuses
  • Construct agriculture technology facilities
  • Upgrade fire alarm and emergency communication systems.

Legislative Update

Bills of Interest

AB 1862 (Santiago) – This bill would prohibit the charging of tuition or mandatory systemwide fees for enrollment at a campus of the California State University for any academic year, up to 2 academic years, to a California Community College resident transfer student who has completed an associate degree for transfer or has received a fee waiver pursuant to the California College Promise.

AB 1970(Jones-Sawyer) – This bill would establish a working group consisting of representatives from the State Department of Education, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the Trustees of the California State University, and the Regents of the University of California to consider the creation of a pilot program, as specified, that would provide free postsecondary education in the state by replacing the system of charging students tuition and fees for enrollment at a public postsecondary institution.

AB 2003 (Garcia) – This bill would require a community college to stock 50% of the school’s restrooms with feminine hygiene products.  The bill would prohibit a community college from charging for any menstrual products, including feminine hygiene products, provided to students.

AB 2009 (Cunningham) – This bill would require, no later than July 1, 2021, the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges to enter into an agreement with an experienced provider of training for persons preparing for license and employment as professional commercial truck drivers for the development and provision of instructional material necessary to add human trafficking awareness training to the curriculum of students pursuing this course of study and to disseminate information about how to obtain and use this instructional material to community colleges and private postsecondary educational institutions offering these programs.  The bill would also require the human trafficking awareness training developed under the bill be incorporated into the curriculum of all community college programs that offer training for persons preparing for licensing and employment as commercial truck drivers as a required part of the training for all community college students commencing participation in these programs on or after January 1, 2022, and would require the chancellor’s office to biennially review and update this training.

AB 2016 (Calderon) – This bill would require, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022, the Franchise Tax Board to revise the returns required to be filed pursuant to the Personal Income Tax law to allow a taxpayer to authorize the Franchise Tax Board to share the information contained in the returns with the Student Aid Commission for purposes of providing the taxpayer with Cal Grant financial aid estimates for the financing of postsecondary education.

AB 2019 (Holden) – This bill would also authorize county offices of education to enter into CCAP partnerships with the governing boards of community college districts in accordance with these provisions.

AB 2023 (Chiu)– This bill would require a campus of the University of California, California State University, or California Community Colleges to update a former student’s records to include the student’s updated legal name or gender if the institution receives government-issued documentation from the student demonstrating that the former student’s legal name or gender has been changed.

AB 2030 (Rubio) – This is a spot bill that would make nonsubstantive changes in the provisions that set forth the long-term policy of the Cal Grant Program.

SB 912 (Beall) – This is a spot bill that states the intent of the Legislature to extend certain foster care benefits to foster youths through 25 years of age.

Chancellor’s Calendar

February 2020

3 – Vacation day
4 – Chancellor’s Cabinet
4 – District Consultation and Coordination Council (DC3)
5 – Meeting of the Facilities/Audit Committee
5 – Agenda-setting meeting with Board President & VP
5 – Meeting of the Finance Committee
5 – Meeting of the Board’s Ad Hoc Committee for WCC Facility
5 – Meeting with Trustee Ortiz
5 – Foundation Board Meeting
6 – District, Colleges, Academic Senate (DCAS) leadership meeting
6 – LCC Measure C Forum
6 – President Javaheripour Farewell Reception
10 – Meeting with President Teagarden|
10 – Meeting with Trustee Yanez
11 – Chancellors Cabinet
11 – Sutter County Campus Bond Forum
11 – Meeting with Trustee Hastey
12 – District Management Council (DMC) Meeting
12 – WCC Measure C Forum
12 – Meeting with Trustee Valdovinos
13 – Tentatively attend Joint Hearing on CC Baccalaureate and CalBright
13 – Meeting with Trustee Savarese
13 – Policy/Student Success Committee Meeting
13 – Regular Meeting of the Governing Board
14 & 17 – Presidents Day Weekend Holiday (District Closed)
19 – Tour Colusa County Campus
19 – Colusa County Campus Measure C Forum
20 – District, Colleges, Academic Senate (DCAS) leadership meeting
20 – Meeting with Foundation Director
24 – Travel to Riverside
25 – ACCCA Pre-Conference Workshop “Management Essentials”
26 to 28 – ACCCA Conference
28 – Travel to Sonoma
28 to March 1 – CEO Symposium