The role and influence of the governor and State Legislature over the California community colleges have dramatically increased since 1978 with the passage of Proposition 13 and Prop 98, and legislative term limits.  This increased influence is shared by an expanded role for the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges (BGCCC) as well as other state agencies.  Over 50 percent of the budget for the community colleges is appropriated through the state budget process.  With the increase in the state's influence over the funding, governance, academic quality, services and programs of the community colleges, it is critical that local governing board members, students, staff, and faculty strengthen their ability and willingness to influence decision-making at the state level.
California Community College League, Advocacy Handbook,, accessed on January 4, 2010