Loft Fee Voted Down, Again

At first vote the referendum failed 16-10, then failed again 14-10-1 at revote.

The council initially voted during Week Three to approve a version of the Loft Referendum that instituted a fee of $3.82 per quarter for all students. After the Graduate Student Association voted Jan. 25 not to approve the referendum, the council revised the draft to an alternate version that depended solely on undergraduate funding.

According to AVP Academic Affairs Jordan Taylor, the biggest change was that graduate students would pay general-entrance fees for Loft events.

Campuswide Senator Katie Hall said both the initial rejection and the motion to reconsider was due to the lack of voting members at the meeting.

“It’s midterms week, and not everyone is here who was here before, and I want everyone to have a chance to vote on this issue,” she said.

The Loft Referendum has met roadblocks before: It went before the council in the 2008-09 academic year, but was rejected. It was proposed again during Fall Quarter 2009, but postponed until Week Three.

The second referendum discussed concerned athletic facilities.

According to Don Chadwick, director of sports facilities at UCSD, the referendum proposes to both renew the original $12 Canyonview fee — which is set to expire in 2013, —and increase it to $22 to account for inflation. He said the $1.3 million potentially generated by the fees would cover the $1.295 million in operating costs.

Although there are three years until the fee expires, Chadwick said it was important to address the matter early.

“We’d like to address it before it becomes critical, and before the situation becomes do-or-die,” he said. “If it fails we need time to take action and continue discussion.”

The council will discuss two other referendums next week: the voluntary fee to create a subsection of A.S. Council separate from the university, and a proposal to increase student fees to fund Price Center.

Readers can contact Angela Chen at [email protected].

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