Mendocino College Library, SRJC culinary center under way
California Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed 2011-2012 state budget that cuts spending $12.5 billion.
“These cuts will be painful, requiring sacrifice from every sector of the state, but we have no choice,” Gov. Brown said. “For 10 years, we’ve had budget gimmicks and tricks that pushed us deep into debt. We must now return California to fiscal responsibility and get our state on the road to economic recovery and job growth.”
Major spending reductions include $1.7 billion to Medi-Cal, $1.5 billion to California’s welfare-to-work program, $750 million to the Department of Developmental Services, $500 million to the University of California, $500 million to California State University and $400 million from the California Community College system.
The three leaders of California's public systems of higher education, University of California President Mark Yudof, California State University Chancellor Charles Reed and the California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott, released a joint statement in response to the proposed budget:
"It is clear the governor wants to engage Californians in a full and open discussion about what size of government they are willing to support. As leaders of the state's three public higher education systems, we are eager to participate in that conversation. Given the vast demographic shifts underway in California, now is not the time to shrink public higher education, but to grow it. The road to recovery from this recession and prosperity far beyond it runs straight through our many campuses. These universities are the economic engines of California."
After six months of earthwork, utilities and foundations, steel is being erected at the new Mendocino College Library in Ukiah. Cal Erectors, a subcontractor to Midstate Construction, started putting up the steel beams, columns and decking on Dec. 1.
According to Midstate, the rest of the steel should be erected by mid-January. The completion date of the project is spring of 2012.
Construction of the Santa Rosa Junior College B. Robert Burdo Culinary Arts Center, named for a longtime member of the board of trustees, is on track. The new building will take the place of the current facilities at the Brickyard Center downtown and at Garcia Hall.
The expectation is that courses will begin in the spring of 2012 in the two-story facility that includes three classrooms, two teaching kitchens, a restaurant, bakery, offices and more.
The $20 million, 22,000-square-foot project was designed by BSA Bull Stockwell Allen Architects in San Francisco. In addition to the Lawrence A. Bertolini Student Services Center and the Don Zumwalt Parking Pavilion at the college, BSA also has designed numerous other projects in the North Bay. The exterior design is reflective of the college’s architectural theme.
The project is being funded by Sonoma County’s $251.7 million Bond Measure A passed in 2002 by voters. The bond has funded the Petaluma campus expansion, the student services center, the Doyle Library and the parking structure.
California Maritime Academy hired an outside firm to study the viability of opening a satellite campus that would possibly be a polytechnic school.