Foothill-De Anza Community College District

To: The Board of Trustees and Residents of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District

The Measure C Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee is pleased to present its annual report on the progress of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s $490.8 million general obligation bond initiative for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

The principal duties of the committee include informing the public about the expenditure of Measure C bond proceeds; ensuring that the district spends bond money only for the purposes set forth in Measure C; and producing an annual report of the committee’s proceedings and activities, including a compliance statement. The Board of Trustees’ responsibilities include overseeing the bond program, prioritizing projects, and monitoring progress and spending on individual projects.

In 2016-2017, the district completed the Foothill College Sunnyvale Center on the former site of the U.S. Air Force reconnaissance satellite operations center known as the “Blue Cube.” One of the last major construction projects funded through Measure C, the education center opened in fall 2016 and was an
immediate success. The building includes classroom, study, administrative and social spaces. The district was fortunate to obtain the land at no cost from the U.S. Department of Education because of the project’s potential community benefit. A Department of Education representative visited the newly opened center and was very pleased with the outcome and the building’s use.

Projects at Foothill College’s main campus in 2016-17 included a roof replacement for Building 5300 and repairs to doors and wood siding for the 8000 buildings. Construction began on the new district office building located on Parking Lot 7. Completion is expected in spring of 2017-2018.

De Anza College saw completion of the data center in Building L-7 and the successful bid award for the seismic upgrade of the Flint Center parking garage, which is partially funded by Measure C. Completion of the garage was timed for the summer of 2017 and the start of a new academic year. The college’s new signage, kiosk and lighting projects were well underway and should be finished in the following fiscal year.

Funding provided by our community through Measure C is an indispensable investment in supporting student success. Maintaining Foothill and De Anza colleges and now the Sunnyvale Center as valuable community resources ensures that the district will continue providing enhanced educational opportunities as well as training and retraining that leads community members to higher paying, higher skilled jobs, and meets regional workforce needs.

The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee met quarterly to review Measure C activities. At these meetings district and program management staff provided the committee with written and oral reports and presentations, including:

Based on its review, the Committee has concluded that the District is in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) of the California Constitution.

Very truly yours,

Ellen Saliba
Committee Chair