On District Superintendent Ernest G. Lake’s agenda was a tax increase for both the high school and college. The Board of Trustees placed a tax increase on the March 14, 1961 special election ballot, but despite a record number visiting the polls, the measure lost. The Board of Trustees were still serving both FJC and the Fullerton Union High School, and it marked the first time since 1934 that citizens had not voted for an increase. The only other time an election had been lost was in 1911. The loss was a sign of things to come in later decades. Lake’s editorial (“A Five-Year Program”) was published in the March 6, 1961 issue of Nite Times, the FJC evening student newspaper.