Cal State Long Beach closed today due to state budget

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cal-state-long-beach-closed Thursday, Aug. 13 will not be business as usual at California State University, Long Beach. Instead, it will be the first of 17 “State Budget Closure Days” employees will observe over the next year to accommodate nearly half of the campus’ $42 million budget reduction from last year.

On Thursday, which typically would be a busy day as the university prepares for the fall semester that starts at the end of the month, nearly everything will be closed. The University Library, the Student Health Center, Brotman Hall, the Horn Center: all will be closed. No public events will be held in the Walter Pyramid, the Carpenter Center, the Miller Japanese Garden or the University Art Museum.

Limited summer school offerings will continue on Thursday so that students can complete their studies.

“Unfortunately, this is the first of many State Budget Closure Days when the university will not be able to serve its students and the public with the level of educational support that we’re used to providing,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander.

Thursday’s will be the first of 11 Staff State Budget Closure Days. During the regular academic year, on these days all support and administrative offices on the campus will be closed to help offset the shortfall in the state’s financial support for the campus. Faculty will join staff for an additional six Faculty and Staff State Budget Closure Days, three each for the fall and spring semesters.

The State Budget Closure Days were scheduled following a vote by nearly all of the employee unions working for the California State University system to take furloughs in an effort to avoid as many layoffs as possible. Only one represented group of employees voted for layoff rather than to take furloughs. University police personnel are exempt from the furlough process and will work regular shifts throughout the year.

To provide up-to-date information on State Budget Closure Days, the university has set up a hotline with pre-recorded information at 562/985-8080.

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