FROM THE EDITOR
Amazingly, we close the chapter on another year, and begin to write the next one. The end of the calendar year is a milestone to celebrate how far we've gone, and to mull over what we look forward to accomplishing in the next. I am grateful for you, my peers who make the work so worth it!
Since our last edition, we have gone through some remarkable holidays and celebrations. One of them being Veterans' Day, celebrated every November 11. It is safe to say that we are all thankful to our veterans for their service; and proud of our uniformed service members. Fun fact: California is home to the largest population of veterans in the nation; proportionately, our community colleges are a starting or returning point for these men and women.
86 Cents of Every Dollar
The Foundation for California Community Colleges (Foundation) is the official nonprofit auxiliary of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and Chancellor's Office -- the organization is tasked with providing statewide support for our student veterans.
CollegeBuys, a program of the Foundation, creates buying vehicles (i.e. contracts) for the CCCs for priority commodities and services that are used by our system. These buying vehicles, when used by each of our community colleges, yields funding that support statewide veterans, food and housing insecurity, scholarships and foster youth programs. As a matter of fact, 86% of every dollar generated by the Foundation and CollegeBuys are reinvested back into the community colleges.
$59 Million Reinvestment
In fiscal year 2019 alone, as a result of various efforts within the Foundation - including CCC usage of CollegeBuys agreements - resulted in $59 million of reinvestment into local community college programs and services.
Innovation and Impact Report
The Foundation provided direct grants, support, and cost savings to the California Community Colleges and the Chancellor’s Office to support students, colleges, college foundations, and the system. Find out more about the Foundation and its impacts in fiscal year 2019.
What does this Foundation-talk all mean?
It means you make this possible, and I think you should know how together, we have been impacting positive change. It has been a journey, but I know that we are all in this for the long-haul - no matter the year nor decade.
INSIDER: COMMUNITY COLLEGES FACILITIES COALITION CONFERENCE
By: Jennifer Keiper, Director of CollegeBuys, Foundation for California Community Colleges
CCC PURCHASING CONFERENCE 2020
The Statewide Policy and Legislation Workgroup for Procurement is being relaunched! This workgroup delivered intersegmental and best value legislation for the community colleges.
Expanding beyond legislation, the workgroup will tackle policy in accessibility compliance, construction, procurement and facilities handbooks, and many more - all with the aim of providing best practices to our system.
Statewide Workgroup for Policy and Legislation is seeking collaborative thinkers to join by reaching out to JC Sales via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Battle Over the Future of Proposition 13 Is Underway
By: Julie Chang, KQED News
While some took the weekend as an opportunity to decompress from the workweek, others took it as a chance to get a jump start on what may be the largest political battle over state taxes in this year’s election: the future of Proposition 13.
Quick-and-dirty: Proposition 13
This landmark proposition, passed in 1978, caps the amount of property tax a homeowner pays to 1% of the home’s market value when it sells and restricts increases in those values at 2% a year.
Simply put, a house that sold years ago at a much cheaper price pays significantly less in property taxes compared to a similar house sold at a much higher cost today. The law also applies to businesses.
But with less tax revenue coming in, public schools and local governments took a hit. The year after Proposition 13 passed, property tax revenue dropped 60%.
Despite controversies surrounding the bill, a 2018 report by CalMatters found that most residents still very much like Proposition 13. The report found that the approval rating for the proposition has remained consisted over the years — scoring above 50% since the early 2000s.
What’s Happening Now?
In an attempt to amass more funding, a coalition of over 400 groups and individuals launched a statewide campaign to revise parts of Proposition 13, known as the Schools & Communities First initiative.
The initiative calls for amending language around commercial property, not private homes.
John Gioia, who chairs the Contra Costa County's Board of Supervisors and is a supporter of the new initiative, said current property tax laws give corporations favorable treatment. He added that this initiative would force corporations to "pay their fair share" and invest those extra dollars to education, public safety, health and social services.
If the measure passes, the coalition estimates it could raise $12 billion a year in tax revenue.
For the initiative to make it onto next year’s November ballot, the coalition leaders said they need to collect nearly one million signatures.
Local Groups Taking To The Streets
In an effort to get ahead of the March deadline, local organizations across the state have begun canvassing to rally support for the initiative.
Gearing Up For Battle
But opponents argue that should this amendment pass, costs will go up for small businesses, consumers and possibly even homeowners.
The campaign calling on keeping Proposition 13 the way it is, known as the Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes, says if taxes go up for businesses, consumers will be left to pick up the tab.
“If the landlord’s property rates go up ... the small business then has to pay more, then they have to charge their customers more,” said Robert Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable and co-chair of the pro-Proposition 13 campaign.
“This is going to be a hard-fought campaign,” said Lapsley. “We are under no illusions about that ... so we are gearing up for that battle.”
Call for Nominations
PROCUREMENT PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
It's that time again, as part of our annual CCC Purchasing Conference, we induct two outstanding Procurement Professionals of the Year who have demonstrated exceptional zeal in championing systemwide collaboration, and contributed much to elevating the procurement profession.
Over the next few weeks, I encourage you to submit nominations for individuals who deserve to be recognized by our System. Northern and Southern California will each award a recipient based on nominations and subsequent voting. All full-time procurement professionals in the California Community Colleges system are eligible to nominate and be nominated for the award. Please contact your regional procurement associations for details. For more information on previous awardees, see the link below.
Foundation for FIGHTING STUDENT HUNGER
Keetha Mills, President & CEO, Foundation for California Community Colleges
The Foundation for California Community Colleges has launched a campaign to fight student hunger across our community college system and I hope you’ll join me in supporting this important effort.
A recent California Community Colleges “#RealCollege” survey reported previously unknown levels of food insecurity on our community college campuses. Community colleges serve more low income students than any other system of higher education, and half our students have had to go without food or have wondered if they would have to go hungry in recent months. Among the survey’s results:
- A combined 52% of students said they either couldn’t afford to eat balanced meals or worried whether their food would run out before having money to buy more.
- 41% of respondents reported that they skipped meals or ate smaller portions for financial reasons, and 12% said they had not eaten for an entire day during the previous month because they did not have enough money.
- Overall, 7 in 10 students responding to the survey experienced food insecurity, housing insecurity or homelessness during the previous year.
We can make things better. The Foundation’s campaign to Fight Student Hunger will help connect students to the nutrition they need to succeed. Funds raised will be used to expand current efforts like the CalFresh outreach project, which raises statewide awareness of California's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and gives students regular access to nutritious food.
There’s a strong correlation between food challenges and academic success. Let’s reduce the anxiety and uncertainty caused by food insecurity, so that students can focus on pursuing their desired careers and achieve their dreams - and not where their next meal is coming from.
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