Prop. 203 Vote Will Decide Safety, Seismic Upgrades

Colorful buttons promoting Proposition 203 are just part of the effort statewide by supporters of public education to draw attention to the education facilities bond measure on the March 26 ballot.

A press conference at Tennyson High School in Hayward earlier this month brought together all the beneficiaries of the measure--K-12 schools, community colleges and universities.

In the large voter base of Southern California, advertisements on cable TV stations are planned in the next few weeks.

If approved, the measure will provide $3 billion in general obligation bonds for California's public schools, colleges and universities.

The money will be used over the next two years to improve seismic and life safety and update classrooms, libraries and laboratories statewide.

The Berkeley campus would receive about $54 million to improve earthquake safety at Doe Library, Hearst Memorial Mining Building and the Graduate School of Public Policy.

It also will fund fire safety upgrades at Sproul, Moses and Stephens halls, installation of computer and audio-visual enhancements at Dwinelle Hall and help fund a new facility for storing hazardous wastes generated by the campus.


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