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The Signal | Friday, February 9, 1973.
A brief board of trustees meeting at College of the Canyons Tuesday night ended before polls closed at 8 p.m., and a few wives, students, and college officials drifted into seats in the board room.
On a blackboard in front of the room, trustee chairman Bruce Fortine drew lines and columns, ready to post election results in the college's $8 million bond issue. It needed 66.6 percent of the vote to pass.
"Did the rain help or hurt us?" people asked.
The first answer, recorded by business manager Robert Berson on his calculating machine, was encouraging if inconclusive. Absentee ballots went 27-11 for the bonds, a comfortable 71.05 percent.
Then, only minutes apart, people came sloshing through the door in the modest temporary building, lugging metal boxes about the size of fruit cartons. They turned in slips with results.
An hour and a quarter later, as grins in the crowd widened, the 28th and last precinct came in. The final total showed that the bonds had reaped an overwhelming 79.7 percent approval — four out of every five of the 4,550 ballots.
The next day, a spokesman for the office of Chancellor of Community Colleges in Sacramento said, "That is the highest percentage we have heard of since this office was created five years ago."
Both Fortine and college president Robert Rockwell credited the victory to diligent precinct work by students and citizens.
The light vote — 19.5 percent of the 23,100 registered voters in the area — is standard for school elections, which generally bring about a 20-percent turnout. Only two precincts, one in the retirement community of Friendly Valley and the other in Castaic, failed to muster a two-thirds majority. However, the two Friendly Valley precincts, normally strongly against bond issues, together gave the college a 66.3 percent affirmative vote, a hair short of the two-thirds requirement.
Highest approval was the 90.4 percent at Old Orchard clubhouse in Valencia.
College trustees said they expect to move forward as quickly as possible with construction of the finished campus. Scheduled for completion this fall, from previous bond funds, are an instructional center and automotive shop.
The college has also been granted state funds toward a student activity center, including music rooms. On the program are a science laboratory building, a vocational building, a gymnasium with covered swimming pool, and a stadium.
The Chancellor's office has said that the college is currently entitled to an additional $8 million of state aid to help complete the campus.
The actual funding of the aid, however, awaits approval by various state agencies, including the Departments of Finance and Public Works, and the Legislature and Governor.
College officials are optimistic about getting the state money because a junior college bond issue for just that purpose was passed at last November's election.