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Good college site
Good college site
TitleGood college site
Date1959-11-05
SubjectFounding
Community support
Original sourceSanta Cruz Sentinel
RepositoryCabrillo College Archives
Copyright statementCopyright Santa Cruz Sentinel, all rights reserved. Used with permission.;
TypeNewspaper articles
Format6w x 17h inches
Identifiersc01_11a.tif
TextGood College SiteSelection of the Porter Sesnon property in the Mid County area is an excellent choice for the future home of Cabrillo college. Chosen by a unanimous vote of the board of governors, the Sesnon property rated as the first choice of the architects and of the college advisory committee as well. It is in the previously selected area of joint interest for both Santa Cruz and Watsonville students, easily accessible, close to all of the public utilities and one that should provide for low development costs. Too, the site includes 126 acres which will provide the highly desirable room for future expansion in the long range program. Acquisition should not become a major problem as the principal landholder, the Porter Sesnon family have indicated their interest in the sale of the land for a college site. All of the three sites under final consideration: a section of the S & S ranch near La Selva Beach, the old polo field area near Rio del Mar and the Sesnon property held good potential as a college sites although under closer examination the Sesnon property rated foremost consideration due to the low development cost and its excellent accessibility. The Sesnon property runs from the Watsonville freeway between New Brighton Park drive and Estates drive and continues to Soquel drive and north, into the area adjoining Porter Gulch road. The area has a wonderful view of the bay; both the freeway and Soquel drive will provide access so that it should not develop into a congested traffic area even during peak traffic conditions. It is also near the planned interchange at Park avenue so that fairly direct connections to the freeway can be established. Students from the area east of New Brighton and from the Watsonville area will have access from both the interchange at Park drive and the proposed interchange at Seacliff state park drive via Soquel drive to the campus site. The property is near existing sanita- tion facilities and rates high from topography capabilities as well as meeting geologicaL requirements. One Of the pre-requisites for the college site was that it would be. In the Mid County area so that it would adequately serve students from all sections of the county, the San Lorenzo valley, Watsonville and the Santa Cruz area. The Sesnon property completely meets this requirement as it is on the border of the Santa Cruz and Watsonville high school districts and yet is not too far away from students who live in the San Lorenzo valley communities. We hope that the Rob Roy to Watsonville section of Highway One will be brought to freeway status soon which vastly improve the time-distance factor to the Pajaro valley. This highway project rates high on the county priority list and should be given construction funds in the near future. The selection of a site is a big step for the Cabrillo board of governors and will give both the governors, the school administrritors and their architects the opportunity to establish definite cost figures in time for the bond election next year. Although bond elections are never particularly popular, the vote on the Cabrillo proposal should meet with the approval of the vast majority of Santa Cruz county residents as it will become a prime asset in the future of the county. By law, every area is responsible for junior college education. It is a proven fact that we can educate our young men and women at a local junior college at far less expense that we can by forcing them to attend junior colleges out of the county as we have in the past. Cabrillo college and the taxpayers of county received a tremendous break when the state legislature passed and Governor Brown signed the Hegland bill which saved the county taxpayers an estimated $500, 000. To provide the same educational facilities that our students are now getting at the temporary Cabrillo campus in Watsonville, would probably cost 50 percent more money if we were forced to send these students to out-of-county junior colleges. Thus, the development of our own junior college campus is not only a great educational benefit to every serious young man and woman in our county, but it also gives us more and better education at the same or less cost than we would experience should we not provide our own college.
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