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Proposition Could Bring $$$ to UCR

Bond Measure Could Bring $92 million to UCR

Money would be used for construction projects

(October 3, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — ( -- Passage of the Proposition 1D, the school bond initiative on the November ballot, would provide $92 million to UC Riverside for building construction and renovation.

Known as the Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006, the measure would authorize $10.4 billion in general obligation bonds to construct or renovate educational facilities throughout the state.

If passed the funds would be divided among the various levels of the state’s educational institutions with $7.3 billion going to grades K-12 and the remaining $3.08 billion for higher education where it would be divided among the community college system, the California State University system and the ten University of California campuses.

The UC campuses would receive a total of $345 million a year for two years for facilities programs and $200 million over a two-year period to expand the university’s medical schools and enhance its telemedicine programs around the state.

The $92 million that would go to UCR would provide:

  • $32.6 million for renovations to Boyce and Webber Halls

  • $18 million for construction of the Student Academic Support Services Building

  • $12 million for an expansion of the Environmental Heath and Safety facilities

  • $9 million for renovations to the Geology Building

  • $8.9 for the East Campus Infrastructure Improvement Project

  • $8 million for the Culver Center for the Arts

  • $2 million for equipment for the Psychology Building

  • $940,000 for the Humanities and Social Sciences Instruction and Research Facility and

  • $402,000 for renovations to Batchelor Hall

In a statement UC President Robert C. Dynes said, “…this funding would be used to accommodate growing numbers of students, to renew aging infrastructure, and to keep up with the changing technology that is so critical to instruction and research in so many fields.”

UC Riverside would receive the fourth largest amount among UC campuses from the proposed measure after UC Santa Cruz which would receive $143 million, UC Irvine's $122.1 million, and UC San Diego with $94.5 million.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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