Brown's plan could mean 9 percent drop at Foothill-De Anza

Proposal means $10.9 million cut from $182 million budget, chancellor says

The Foothll-De Anza Community College District could lose the ability to serve 9 percent of its current enrollment under the state budget proposed Monday (Jan. 10) by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Chancellor Linda Thor said it is too early to draw firm conclusions, but that the governor's proposed cuts to community colleges was estimated to translate to a $10.9 million hit to her district's $182 million operating budget, atop $20 million in cuts sustained over the past two years.

Under formulas used by the Community College League of California, the proposal translates to an enrollment loss of 4,000 of the district's current 45,000.

"They tell us up front, 'With this amount of money, we'll pay you for this many students,'" Thor said Monday.

"So when they reduce the money, they also reduce expectations for students. We naturally will have to reduce the number of course sections we offer. In excess of 90 percent of our funds come from the state.

"In the past, we've tried to serve as many as possible through efficiency," she said, adding that previous cuts led to a 4 percent reduction in the number of course sections in the fall of 2009.

The proposed cuts to Foothill-De Anza come at a time when Thor anticipates growing demand stemming from Brown's proposed $500 million cuts each to the University of California and the California State University systems.

The preliminary figures bandied about Monday also depend upon voter approval this spring of tax extensions sought by Brown.

"If those are not approved, there will be additional cuts of $500 million to the community colleges, so it's pretty devastating," Thor said.

Thor said it is "way too early" to comment on how the proposed cuts could affect Foothill and De Anza's transfer programs to UC and CSU, or Foothill's Palo Alto campus in the Cubberley Community Center.

"When we have to make cuts at Foothill-De Anza. we use a shared governance process that involves all our constituency groups in discussions of alternatives, so as in the past we'll go through that participatory process," she said.

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Posted by Casca
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 11, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Just today Governor Jerry Brown has placed before the mostly Liberal legislators in Sacramento, his outrageous budget, to save California from insolvency. His budget will cut payment to the most vulnerable--senior citizens, home care assistance and the disabled. There is no cutting to the huge pensions or benefits to public employees or the unions. Yet California the home to the majority of illegal aliens and their children remain, without the introduction of the electronic E-Verify search and verify who is illegally working, the regional policing program 287(G) to question suspicious persons and the billions spent to support foreign squatters. Unknown numbers of unwelcome nationals live in border states, that is suffering from the unfettered invasion who are helping themselves to public entitlements, through 14th Amendment children, fraudulent ID and just poor oversight of welfare programs. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

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Posted by Tax debacle
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I'm not going to vote for any tax increases until Jerry and the State legislature ends the HSR debacle. They should then takes back the $9. Billion for HSR to finance more important things the State really needs like higher education.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm

"Yet California the home to the majority of illegal aliens and their children remain"

These people are here in response to the free market demand for their labor. Unlike the so-called conservatives and RINOs in Arizona, Brown is keeping big government out of the marketplace.

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Posted by jardins
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I'm very glad that there'll not be cuts to K-12 education.

I agree with Tax debacle that higher education's financial needs should come before HSR.

I strongly oppose turning this financial situation into a suspect-all-minorities-of-being-illegal process, Casca.

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Posted by Costs that dare not be named
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 13, 2011 at 5:14 am

1) Let's put it this way...12% of the population lives in California, 33% of all welfare cases live here... something wrong there.

2) What percent of colleges, including Foothill-Deanza, are filled with students who are not from California, and are not paying out of State rates?

3) What percent of our k-12 schools are filled with out-of-country undocumented students? At an average of $15,000 per year, ( and before the yelling begins, include all costs, not just teacher costs), this is a good question to ask.

4) What percent of our prisons are filled with out-of-country, undocumented prisoners? At an average of $50,000/year, this seems like a good question to ask.

5) What percent of our budget goes to defined benefit plans? ( instead of input plans).

Good beginning in some senses, but the elephant in the room, or the costs that dare not be named, are there.

I am not voting for any increase in taxes until we address the costs-that-dare-not-be-named.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm

"What percent of our prisons are filled with out-of-country, undocumented prisoners?"

So you think that only documented citizens ought to be imprisoned for their crimes, and we should turn criminals without proper documentation loose? Really?

You ought to try thinking your positions through - unless, of course, comedy is what you intend.

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