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On Nov 8, Proposition MM will be on the ballot. Voters in the MiraCosta Community College District could give the approval to pass a facilities bond granting $455 million for improvements on MCC campuses. The bond measure requires 55 percent of the vote to pass. The ballot item is exclusive to Voters registered in Oceanside, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Solana Beach, Del Mar and Carmel Valley.
Issues the college plans to address if granted the bond measure: outdated classrooms and labs, underground utility and piping, and aging electrical and HVAC systems. According to the California State space requirements, MiraCosta College is space deficient. “Measure MM will make a huge positive impact on the learning environment at MiraCosta College. It will upgrade classrooms and laboratories for students and will allow us to enhance our labs in STEM fields and to expand nursing and other healthcare training programs. It will also help us provide crucial support services to students in a more comprehensive way through expanded one-stop shop student services buildings. Finally, students will be thrilled to learn that passage of Measure MM will improve parking for our students at the Oceanside and Community Learning Center because we know this is a challenge for them. Approximately 650 parking spots at the two locations will make it easier to find permanent, paved parking all year round,” said Dr. Sunita V. Cooke President/Superintendent MiraCosta College, about the bond measures impact on students.
The Oceanside campus additions include Chemistry and Biotechnology Buildings, Allied Health Building, Arts and Media Services Building, Campus Police Department, a Student Services Building, a gym complex, and new parking areas due to the deficit of over 500 parking spaces. This number is based on current and projected campus population, “On average Mondays and Wednesdays, I spend about 20 minutes driving around to find a place to park. It is just not convenient for me at all,” said MCC student Ricardo Allencaster. According to Dr. Cooke, the Facilities Master Plans includes the intention to build outward parking and augment existing lots in lieu of building a parking structure. This will help cut costs from the $497 million Prop EE asked when it was voted down in 2012, to the $455 million being sought on November’s ballot.
Renovations on preexisting buildings include Administration Building OC1000, Library Building OC1200, Student Center Building OC3400, Theater Building OC2000, Art Building OC2100, Instructional Building OC3700, Automotive Building OC4000, Science Building OC4500 and the Tutoring Building OC 4600.
The Community Learning Center (CLC) could gain a Student Resources Building and an outdoor campus quad. Renovations to the existing facilities include adding additional study and tutoring spaces, furniture upgrades, additional student parking and drop-off areas and update of underground natural gas pipes and valves.
The San Elijo plans include a more functional Student Services and Administration building and an update of underground utility piping. Demolition of the existing Administration Building will provide an outdoor space to build a quad for student use. New landscape designs are being created to conserve water on all campuses.
The San Diego County Taxpayers association has endorsed Proposition MM. Approval is contingent on local stipulations such as annual audits and an independent oversight committee. MiraCosta College lost in 2012 when Proposition EE ($497 million) went on the ballot. According to Dr. Cooke, other community colleges in San Diego have received approximately $600-700 million in local facilities bonds on average in the past decade. MiraCosta College has received none in 50 years. November’s ballot measure is asking 25 percent less than the 2012 Prop EE asked in today’s dollars.