With only 18,000 absentee ballots and 6,300 provisional ballots outstanding, Cabrillo College and the Cabrillo College Foundation announced that Measure Q, the Cabrillo College Technology, Job Training and Classroom Repair Measure has so far received a majority vote of 52% from Santa Cruz County voters, short of the 55% required for passage.
The Cabrillo College Technology, Job Training and Classroom Repair Measure was a $310 million education bond that would make repairs and upgrades to the College over the next 20 years in order to increase opportunities for local students to earn college credits, certifications, and 21st century job skills.
“As a community-based College, Cabrillo relies upon the support and guidance of the community to be successful in our mission, and last night Santa Cruz County voters sent a two-part message to the Cabrillo College community. Part one was that the community continues to support Cabrillo and its fine work. Part two was that this particular bond was not the one that a supermajority of voters could support,” said Gary Reece, Chair, Cabrillo College Board of Trustees. “We have learned that in order to achieve a supermajority, we will need to evaluate the size, nature, and duration of a future bond. We are grateful to the community for helping us hear both messages.”
“The Cabrillo College Foundation is part of the fabric of the Santa Cruz County community,” said Linda Burroughs, President of the Cabrillo College Foundation Board. “The Foundation will continue to prioritize supporting the needs of our students at Cabrillo through scholarships, faculty support, and program support.
The Santa Cruz County community has generously supported our students year after year and with their partnership, the Cabrillo College Foundation will continue to help our students reach their educational and career goals at Cabrillo College.”