South Bay Voters Pass Proposition Z

Bond will help support job training, infrastructure needs and veterans’ resources through new facilities and classrooms

Proposition Z banner featuring construction photos

CHULA VISTA, California ­–  Voters in the South Bay on Tuesday passed Proposition Z, a $400 million general obligation bond for Southwestern College, allowing the college to move forward on critical classroom and infrastructure renovations.

“We are so thrilled and grateful that our South Bay community has come together to support the future of Southwestern College,” said Governing Board President Nora E. Vargas. “The Governing Board will continue to be good stewards of public funds and move the college forward in a transparent way that serves the students of this community.”

The projects to be funded with Proposition Z include new classrooms for business, computer science, communications, language arts and automotive technology at the Chula Vista campus and an expansion at the Higher Education Center in San Ysidro. Passing Proposition Z also means Southwestern College can accomplish the projects in its Facilities Master Plan. Projects on the horizon include a new Performing and Cultural Arts Center, a new Student Union Complex that will house a new, comprehensive Veterans’ Resource Center; new classrooms for the college’s Business, CIS and Communications departments; a planetarium that will double as a large lecture and exhibit hall; a parking structure; and more. Click here for a complete list of Proposition Z projects.

“This bond will continue our momentum to improve and build facilities at all our campuses throughout the South Bay,” said Interim Superintendent/President Robert P. Deegan. “As the only community college in this region, new and modern facilities are instrumental in increasing opportunities and access for our students.”