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CSU Stockton? Gavin Newsom’s Budget Proposes $2 Million To Study Possibility

Rich Ibarra / CapRadio

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs makes an announcement before a group of high school students on Thursday that the city could be in line for a CSU campus.

Rich Ibarra / CapRadio

Stockton could be next in line for a California State University campus.

Mayor Michael Tubbs made the announcement before a group of high school students on Thursday while noting that Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed setting aside $2 million to study its feasibility as part of his budget.

“It’s a high economic development driver,” Tubbs said. “If you think of the future of work ... where jobs are going, most of them are going to require some level of certification, some level of higher education.”

Officials have worked years to push the establishment of a CSU Stockton, a four-year public university in one of fastest growing regions in California.

Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman has worked for years toward the goal of acquiring a CSU and says this is what the area needs.

“In the City of Stockton, the state has given us four prisons. That’s what we want to change. Close a prison, open a university,” she said.

Tubbs says the city has already done studies that show such a campus could generation $250 million annually into the regional economy.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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