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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The state Senate has sided with Santa Ana Santa Ana, city, El Salvador
Santa Ana (sän'tä ä`nä), city (1993 pop. 129,873), W El Salvador. It is the second largest city in the country and the commercial and processing center for a sugarcane, coffee, and cattle region.
 school officials in their fight with the city of Tustin over 100 acres of the old Tustin Marine Corps Air Station.

By a 21-13 vote, senators approved a bill to require Tustin to transfer the land to the Santa Ana Unified School District Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) is a school district in Orange County, California that serves the city of Santa Ana. Although its geographic size is only 24 square miles, it is the third largest school district in the state of California with 61,693 students.  and Rancho Santiago Community College District The Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD), one of four community college districts located in Orange County, California, offers associate degrees and adult education certificates through its two colleges: Santa Ana College in Santa Ana and Santiago Canyon College in  before selling or developing the rest of the station's 1,600 acres.

Part of the station is in the Santa Ana school district, the district's schools are badly overcrowded o·ver·crowd  
v. o·ver·crowd·ed, o·ver·crowd·ing, o·ver·crowds

v.tr.
To cause to be excessively crowded: a system of consolidation that only overcrowded the classrooms.
 and Santa Ana is short of land, said Sen. Joseph Dunn, D-Santa Ana.

"If they do not get a small portion of this free (federal) land that's going to Tustin, this body is going to be asked to assist Santa Ana and every taxpayer in California is going to have to resolve this problem," he said.

But Sen. Ross Johnson The name Ross Johnson can refer to:
  • F. Ross Johnson, Canadian businessman, born 1931.
  • Ross Johnson (lacrosse), United States professional lacrosse player.
  • Ross Johnson (politician), former California State Senator and Assemblyman.
  • Ross Johnson
, R-Irvine, said Santa Ana schools had backed out of three agreements with Tustin on how to resolve the dispute.

"This legislation really represents the worse thing the Legislature can do in any dispute," he said. "We are proposing to hold a gun to one party's head and say, `Do whatever it takes to make the other party happy."

He predicted that enactment of the bill would lead to a long court fight that would tie up development of the air station for years.

Sen. Bill Morrow Bill Morrow may refer to:
  • Bill Morrow (California politician)
  • Bill Morrow (Canadian politician)
  • Bill Morrow (Vodafone)
See also
  • William Morrow (disambiguation)
, R-Oceanside, used stronger language, calling the bill "an open, blatant theft of property."

Dunn said school officials backed out of the Tustin deals because the land the city offered was contaminated contaminated,
v 1. made radioactive by the addition of small quantities of radioactive material.
2. made contaminated by adding infective or radiographic materials.
3. an infective surface or object.
. He said Tustin wasn't willing to negotiate until lawmakers representing Santa Ana introduced legislation requiring the land transfer.

"A gun to the head? No, this legislation simply levels the playing field," he said, predicting moving the bill would encourage new talks.

The Senate rejected amendments by Johnson that would have given the school and community college districts 37 acres plus cash, a package worth $78 million.

Another rejected Johnson amendment would have barred the city of Santa Ana from approving new developments in the two districts unless the deals also included free land for schools.

The bill, by Assemblyman Lou Correa Luis Correa (born 1958) is a California Democratic Party politician. He is serving his first term as a member of the California State Senate, representing the 34th Senate District. , D-Anaheim, now goes back to the Assembly for consideration of earlier Senate amendments. Final approval by the Assembly would send the bill to the governor.
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Publication:Community College Week
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Date:Jul 23, 2001
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