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Support state financing of Assembly Bill 94

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In 2008, UC Berkeley's Warren Hall, which had housed the School of Public Health for 54 years, was demolished because it was seismically unsafe. Now, another campus academic building, Tolman Hall, is rated seismically poor in the event of a major seismic activity on the Hayward fault and is slated for demolition.

For the past seven years, the School of Public Health has been housed in temporary quarters in seventeen buildings both on- and off-campus. When the School of Education and the Department of Psychology vacate Tolman Hall, they will join the School of Public Health in needing new quarters.

On March 19, 2014, the UC Regents approved a funding plan to construct an academic building to house the School of Public Health, the School of Education, and the Department of Psychology. UC’s proposal for the 2014-15 appropriations under AB 94 would allow UC Berkeley to move forward with this State eligible project in lieu of waiting for a State General Obligation bond measure. 

A new building housing Education, Psychology, and Public Health will strengthen the academic work of faculty, researchers, and students, by providing more opportunity for casual interaction that facilitates collaborative and interdisciplinary study.

For Public Health, the new building will enhance the student experience by providing a sense of community that has been lacking since the School vacated Warren Hall eight years ago. As California’s population ages and becomes increasingly diverse, the need for trained culturally-competent public health workers has become critical; new facilities are essential if the School of Public Health is to continue to develop leaders to address the current and projected workforce shortage.

Therefore, I urge you to work to approve the “Tolman Hall Seismic Replacement Project” for the state capital improvements list for 2014-2015.

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