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Community college parcel tax falls short

Measure E doesn't get the two-thirds vote needed

A majority of Peninsula voters are in favor of a proposed parcel tax that proponents say will bring much needed money to the Foothill-De Anza Community College District -- but Measure E fell far short of the two-thirds approval it requires to pass.

With all precincts reporting, 58.1 percent of voters were in favor of the measure, with 41.9 percent opposed.

Proponents say that the money generated from Measure E -- an estimated $7 million over six years -- is needed to better serve the swelling numbers of local community college students at Foothill and De Anza colleges.

Opponents say administration, faculty and staff are already paid too much and that the measure would only serve to inflate their salaries further.

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Posted by De Anza Employee
a resident of another community
on Nov 26, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I personally think that Measure E would have passed if the salary of the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District wasn't so high.


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Posted by Local voter
a resident of another community
on Nov 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Measure E was full of pork. It turns out that both Foothill and De Anza have millions in reserve funds because we passed a parcel tax only a few years ago.

They were just getting greedy and thought we might not notice their huge reserve funds but enough of us got smart and voted 'NO' to their greed.

Personally I was shocked at the huge salaries paid to the Chancellor and many of the long termed teaching staff. Many of them are earning over $200,000 a year, that's too much so I voted against the parcel tax and I'm glad I did.


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