The role and influence of the governor and State Legislature over the California community colleges have dramatically increased since 1978 with the passage of Proposition 13 and Prop 98, and legislative term limits.  This increased influence is shared by an expanded role for the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges (BGCCC) as well as other state agencies.  Over 50 percent of the budget for the community colleges is appropriated through the state budget process.  With the increase in the state's influence over the funding, governance, academic quality, services and programs of the community colleges, it is critical that local governing board members, students, staff, and faculty strengthen their ability and willingness to influence decision-making at the state level.
California Community College League, Advocacy Handbook,, accessed on January 4, 2010


Contact one of these elected officials to express your concerns about issues affecting community colleges: 

State Senate

- Sam Blakeslee

State Office:

State Capitol, Room 4070 
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4015
Fax: (916) 445-8081

Local Office:

1104 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-549-3381
Fax: 805-549-3400

Contact Me - Senator Sam Blakeslee


State Assembly

- Katcho Achadjian

State Office:

Chief of Staff - Craig Swaim
Legislative Aide/Scheduler - Ross Buckley
Legislative Director - Michael Madriaga

State Capitol Room 2016
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 319-2033
(916) 319-2133 fax


Local Office:

1150 Osos St., Ste. 207
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 549-3381
Fax: (805) 549-3400


Contact Me - Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian


- Kevin McCarthy

  22nd District

Washington Office:

326 Cannon Building
Washington, DC 20515 
Phone: (202) 225-2915
Fax: (202) 225-2908


Local Office:

5805 Capistrano Ave, Suite C
Atascadero, CA 93442
Phone: (805) 461-1034
Fax: (805) 466-1323


Contact Me - Congressman Kevin McCarthy