South Bay voters in the El Camino Community College District on Tuesday easily passed Measure E, a $350 million bond measure designed to upgrade the college's programs by expanding science labs, upgrading electrical systems, repairing facilities and building new classrooms.
According to election results from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's office, 67.6 percent of more than 140,000 ballots cast in the contest were in support of the measure.
The bond, when combined with the district's 2002 bond measure, will cost property owners in the district nearly $24 per $100,000 of assessed value. On its own, the measure will cost $7 per $100,000 of assessed value.
Proponents of the measure argued that South Bay students will benefit from the new classrooms and technology, especially since it costs less money to attend El Camino College than it would to attend a University of California or California State University campus. Opponents, on the other hand, argued that there is still $105 million left from a bond issued in 2004 and that property owners cannot afford to pay more taxes.
Correction: This article has been updated to reflect the $24 per $100,000 of assessed property value is a combination of the current Measure E and a bond measure passed in 2002.