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TUSTIN, CA-California Gov. Gray Davis is expected to receive bill AB 212, regarding the redevelopment of the former Tustin Marine Corps base, as early as this week.

If approved, the legislation would require the City of Tustin to transfer a 100-acre portion of the site to the Santa Ana Unified School District and the Rancho Santiago Community College District. Tustin officials say they will fight the decision if the governor approves the bill.

The state Senate passed the bill last week, with a vote of 21 to 13, after making several amendments to it. The newly amended bill is now awaiting approval in the state Assembly, where the original bill was first presented in February.

If the two school districts receive the land, they will build a campus to be used by students from kindergarten to college level. District officials say the 100-acre parcel is sorely needed, as there is a shortage of land available for school development in Santa Ana.

Tustin officials counter that the state has no right to interfere in the matter, since the former base is federal land. They say the city followed federal guidelines for redeveloping the site and that intervention on the part of the state would violate federal law.

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