Frequently Asked Questions About Measure L

What is Measure L?

A: On November 4, 2014, San Luis Obispo County voters approved Measure L, a $275 million local education bond measure, paving the way for Cuesta College to address longstanding facility, infrastructure and technology needs. The bond required a 55 percent approval of SLO County voters to be successful; it achieved 62 percent.

Q: How does Measure L impact job training?

A: Cuesta College provides essential job training and workforce preparation for students of all ages.  Many of our area’s 9-1-1 emergency first-responders are educated here, and Measure L will enable Cuesta College to continue playing a vital role in keeping our communities healthy and safe by training and educating our area’s paramedics, nurses, emergency medical responders and other healthcare professionals.

Additionally, Measure L upgrades facilities for training in automotive technology, agriculture trades, early childhood education, law enforcement, welding, construction, engineering, technology and architecture, among others.

Q: Does Measure L address veterans’ needs? 

A: Our community is home to the California National Guard’s Headquarters at Camp San Luis Obispo and the California Military Academy, and our region has a strong tradition of supporting our veterans. Measure L is improving access for disabled students and expand job-placement facilities to assist veterans in re-entering the civilian workforce.

Q: What educational needs and priorities does Measure L address?

A:  Measure L addresses:

  • Preparing returning veterans and local students for universities and good-paying jobs
  • Providing career technical education in early childhood education, welding, construction, engineering, technology and architecture
  • Improving and maintaining nursing and paramedic/9-1-1 emergency medical training programs
  • Fixing deteriorating buildings, aging classrooms, leaking roofs and faulty electrical systems that lead to power outages and canceled classes

Q: What does Measure L cost, and is there accountability?

A: Measure L is a $275 million education bond. It includes strict accountability requirements including a Citizens' Oversight Committee and independent annual financial performance audits to ensure Measure L funds are spent only on voter authorized projects.

  • By law, the Citizens’ Oversight Committee must include, among others, representation of a bona fide Taxpayers’ Association, a Business Organization, and a Senior Citizens’ Organization.
  • No Measure L funds can go toward administrator salaries or pensions and all funds will be used locally.

Q: How can I get more information?

A: For more Measure L information, visit www.cuesta.edu. If you have any specific questions feel free to contact the office of the Vice President Administrative Services by phone at (805) 546-3120.