The Situation

The Daily Californian needs V.O.I.C.E. What do we mean by this? After all, $93,800 is a lot of money.

To put it simply, the Daily Cal’s financial situation is absolutely terrible. But as mentioned before, things at Cal are never “simple.” In this fiscal year alone, the Daily Cal faces a budget deficit of $200,000. Here’s a breakdown of how the Daily Cal is filling that hole, and why it can’t do it without V.O.I.C.E.:

We are not exaggerating when we say this: if V.O.I.C.E. does not pass, it is extremely realistic that the Daily Cal will have to cut more days of print.

To give you an idea of the size of the Daily Cal, its current operating budget is $800,000. Printing and distribution alone take up about $30,000 per day per year. As a result, a few years ago, the Daily Cal decided it had to cut Wednesdays in print in order to save costs:

But how did they come to have such a budget deficit to begin with — were they being fiscally irresponsible? Were they spending frivolously and without heed? The answer is none of the above. Here’s a graph showing the steep drop in advertising sales revenue over the last few years:

At this point, you may also be wondering — will the student fee compromise the Daily Cal’s independence? The answer is no. Once the referendum is passed into law, the money will automatically go to the Daily Cal, no strings attached. The ASUC has no say over how the money will be spent.

But what about transparency? Don’t worry, the referendum has a transparency clause built in, and the Daily Cal is required to publish a budget for the public’s perusal.

Well why now though? Why choose to go through V.O.I.C.E. rather than through alternate means?

Trust us when we say that the Daily Cal has gone through all possible alternatives, and it’s simply out of avenues to pursue. Attaining funding through a student fee is nothing new — many UCs across the state have attempted to do the same, and UCLA’s paper, The Daily Bruin, is in fact funded through a student fee. Even The Stanford Daily is supported in some part by the university.

In fact, to emphasize how important each vote is, check out this article from NewsTimes. The Daily Campus, UConn’s student newspaper, attempted to pass a similar $3 fee referendum at its campus, but failed by only 266 votes. Don’t let the same happen to Cal’s newspaper.

Save the Daily Cal. Vote YES on V.O.I.C.E.