Op-Ed: Vote ‘YES’ On Proposition 13: How YOU can play a role in shaping the future

On February 28, 2020, UC Riverside’s The Orion published an op-ed from Trevor Guthrie, Associated Student president.  Titled “Vote ‘YES’ On Proposition 13: How YOU can play a role in shaping the future,” here’s an excerpt:

As a fourth-year student at Chico State, I know that our campus can use a few upgrades. In my first year, I still recall my initial surprise at the state of affairs of Chico’s facilities and infrastructure. My major was housed in one of the campus’ oldest buildings, giving me a unique perspective into the issue of meeting educations’ modern demands with outdated tools. In Langdon Hall, it is nearly impossible to climb the stairs without bumping into busy classmates running to class. In Butte Hall, classrooms no longer meet the demands of class sizes. Desks are crammed together, making it difficult to navigate the classroom if you come in right before class begins, or excuse yourself to use the restroom without tripping over and stepping on your classmates’ belongings. Elevators are crammed and limited which certainly poses accessibility issues for students.

These facilities are outdated, to say the least.

These infrastructure issues are not ours alone. Like all of California’s public universities—both two-year and four-year — Chico State is in dire need of funds to renovate aging classrooms, residence halls and facilities.

The op-ed continues:

For students like me, issues like dilapidated classrooms threaten not only our education but our safety. In order to ensure that California public students receive the education they deserve,  we must work to address these challenges. The California State University is the largest source of skilled workforce in California with over 100,000 graduates each year. It is imperative that the state facilities foster a healthy learning environment to prepare us to eventually be the leaders of California’s massive economy.

That’s why I am joining the bipartisan California Coalition for Public Higher Education, the ​Cal State Student Association​, teachers, doctors, nurses, firefighters and military veterans in supporting​ ​Proposition 13​. This proposition will provide $15 billion in critically needed funding to protect the health and safety of students in California’s public institutions of primary and higher education.

Read the complete op-ed on The Orion website.

Paid for by Yes on Proposition 13 – California Coalition for Public Higher Education.  Committee major funding from: Southern California Partnership for Jobs (nonprofit 501(c)(6)), UC Berkeley Foundation, and UC Santa Barbara Foundation.