>>Will you call
the roll please?>>Mr. Thomson?>>Here.>>Mr. Baum?>>Mr. Martin?>>Here.>>Ms. Brown?>>Here.>>Dr. Fellow?>>Dr. Mann?>>Ms. Wah?>>Here.>>Mr. Soto?>>Okay. The Board has a
full closed session agenda. I will read the agenda
off then we have a couple of speakers request to
address us with respect to closed section items. But we will be moving in
the closed session to deal with Government Code
Section 54957. The employee appears
pursuant to 5 CCR 59336(b)(4). Appointments and Employment
of Public Employees, Vice President, Administrative
Services; Vice President, Information Technology; Vice
President, Human Services; Vice President, Educational
Services; Vice President, Student and Learning
Services and General Counsel. Also Public Employee
Appointment: Digital Media and Music Theory and Employee
Discipline, Dismissal, Release (two employees). Having said that, let me invite
first Catrelia “Rikki” Magee to come address us please. I hope I’m pronouncing
your first name correctly, if not, I apologize.>>Thank you. Good evening. I’m Catrelia “Rikki” Magee,
Senior Dance Professor of the Performing in Communications Arts
Division, Dance Department. First, I’d like to thank Dr.
Rocha, President/Superintendent and the Pasadena City College
Area District Board of Trustees for giving me this time to address a possible appeal
concerning the sexual harassment complaint I filed
against Timothy Berreth of Staging Services and on
behalf of students enrolled in Modern Dance Production
under my direction. Mr. Berreth also shared
unwelcomed information concerning the termination
of other employees due to sexually harassing
others here on our campus while at work. My complaint involves
that of an unhappy and hostile work environment
through the networking of the Good Old Boys
Club within our college. And because I am not
a member of this club, I have had mounting
allegations made about me that are false throughout
this investigation process. Also the investigation
was not thorough and did not give me ample
time to associate my witnesses and their statements
concerning my complaint. Others who have added
fuel to the fire are Dean of Performing Communications
Arts Division as well as the Events Coordinator
of my division. Former Staging Services
Media Center Supervisor and the Pasadena’s City College, Faculty Association Union
Representative, Roger Marheine, who suggested filing a claim
against me for defamation of character for
Timothy Berreth. I am seeking an appeal so that
I can prove beyond a shadow of doubt that these problems
have occurred and will continue if something is not done. Witnesses have come forth
to validate my complaints. The details of this
matter are overwhelming, at best causing mental
anguish, emotional discord and physical exhaustion. These unwelcomed behaviors
are disruptive and disturbing for students enrolled
in my classes. Least of all, my
private life has been tremendously interrupted. I am in therapy and
psychological counseling for all the stresses I have been
through here at my workplace. Today, I hope that I am being– making things as
articulate as I possibly can. I’d like to bring some
resolve to these problems. I am prepared to hire an
outside civil advocate who shall seek justice
in this matter. These problems have
existed as long as I have known sex
in auditorium. And you need to know that
I’ve been here since age 24 and that’s some 33 years. And because of all
of the nonsense going on in this [inaudible], I
am unable to effectively and resourcefully do
the excellent work that I am capable of doing. Staging Services has
created such a hostile and angry workplace
while gossiping about my fellow employees
in addition to making me out to be someone I am not. I do not want my students to be
victimized by Timothy Berreth and the Staging Services
crew starting fall 2011 and spring 2012. I would prefer to correct these
problems within our school. Also, it is my wish that
you consider the appeal in the best interest
and protection of our production students who
are under, again, my leadership. I thank you for taking your
time to give me this opportunity to address all of you. Thank you.>>Thank you very much. The next request we have
is from Corinthian Bates and Denise Chavers-Bates,
also on a closed session item. [ Pause ]>>Hello. Thank you for giving
us this time to address you. Have you received the
email preparations sent by Karen Hartmann
[phonetic], Steph’s lawyer?>>Members of the Board, yes, those communications have
been received in my office and have been received as well
as in the president’s office.>>Okay.>>Okay.>>Would you like a second
copy just to have in hand as we go into closed session?>>Okay, I appreciate your
courtesy but I think we’re good.>>We prepared these
items especially for you to really look at and
make sure that it’s clear that you guys before
any decision is made in closed hearing that you read
these documentations prepared from CSCA.>>If you wanna hand them to–
just give them to Mary Dowell and she’ll pass them up to–>>But I was actually,
specifically asked by Karen Hartmann to
specifically hand them to the president of the college.>>Okay. Well, come on. He’s right here. Bring him here. We’ll do it that way. [ Noise ]>>Thanks very much.>>Alright.>>Okay. So we’re here again
fighting for Corinthian’s job on a matter that didn’t
even need to exist. A small argument
between fellow coworkers in which heated words
were exchanged and the incident was turned into
something that it has not been. Words in this complaint were
made up as will be shown in the affidavits that ere
enclosed in the pocket. And we just like
your consideration in getting him back to
work as soon as possible because it’s been over a year,
almost a year and a half.>>And there were signed
declarations by myself and other people in
the party in regards that the allegations that’s
totally been made are not even true.>>Thank you.>>Thank you.>>Thank you. Anybody else to address the
board on closed session items? If not, we will adjourn
into closed session and return around 6 o’clock. [ Noise ] [ Inaudible Remark ] [ Silence ]>>The Board of Trustees is back
in session, an open session. There’s no reportable action
from the closed session and we will begin with
the Pledge of Allegiance. And I’d like to ask
Mr. Simon Fraser, if you’ll lead us please. [ Noise ]>>I pledge allegiance to
the flag of the Unites States of America and to the
republic for which it stands, one nation under
God, indivisible, with liberty and
justice for all. [ Noise ]>>The first item on our agenda
is the approval of minutes of our meeting number
14 of July 6, 2011. Are there any additions
or corrections or questions about the minutes? [ Noise ]>>No? Would someone
make a motion to approve?>>Motion to approve.>>Move approval.>>Okay. Mr. Soto–>>I did.>>Oh, I’m sorry. Ms. Wah made the motion,
if you would mind your–>>Just having a few points. [ Laughter ]>>– which is being
seconded by Ms. Brown.>>Just a second.>>Okay, very good. Any further questions? Advisory vote?>>Aye.>>All in favor say aye.>>[Simultaneously] Aye.>>All opposed. Motion carries. Next item is Announcements
and Recognitions of the Board of Trustees. Ms. Brown, any announcements or?>>No announcement today.>>Alright. Mr. Baum.>>I attended the Board of
Governors meeting last week at which we approved
the recommendation that restricts the number of times the courses may
be completed and continue to receive funding by the state. It was a little bit
controversial but I think it was a
wise decision and came with the recommendation
of the chancellor in this difficult
financial times. That is one limit that
I think is a wise one for the system to take.>>Okay, Ms. Wah.>>I attended the
Legislative Affairs meeting in South Pasadena Chamber
of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce in South Pasadena
is working with PCC, Dina Chase, and we’re going to be
putting up a PCC booth over in our Farmers
Market in South Pasadena. So days to be determined but
should be happening soon.>>Good.>>Very Good. Mr. Soto.>>No reports.>>Okay. Let’s move on into
Superintendent/President, Dr. Rocha.>>Yes, thank you
President Thomson. I do have a couple of
brief announcements and then we have a brief
recognition and presentation. First one, I did want to– I
didn’t have my text in front of me but we just
won a TRIO grant. And I’d ask Dean
Miller to give us the– just a quick blurb on the
TRIO grant and then and by way of announcing that I
wanna thank Elaine Chapman and Nancy, if Nancy’s here.>>She is.>>Oh, there you are, Nancy. Just, you know, great
accomplishment. So, Bob, can you do
a sum up on that?>>I can. Thank you. The bottom line, it’s approximately 1.3
million dollars as I recall over a 5-year period of
roughly 250,000 dollars a year. It includes– it’s a
specialized program for 7 of our district high
schools including Rosemead and other high schools,
you know, I mean even high
school district type. I think maybe royal but it’s
basically we have several high schools that will
be involved now that had not been
involved before. It’s various enhancements to the
programs that we do right now in the TRIO area, in
the area of counseling, in the area of first
year experience programs, provides some individualized
instruction. I think you’re gonna hear
tonight from a couple of other students who have been
the beneficiaries of programs like this and the credit
really goes to Nick Mata, Student Services Team, to Nancy,
to Elaine and several others who worked very hard
to make this happen.>>If I may just add also
to Joy Briton [phonetic] and to Heather Griffiths, a number of people,
also Pablo Carreon. And what’s important about
this particular TRIO Program as Bob has just mentioned,
is it rounds out a bit of what we’re already
doing and it does reach down into the middle schools. So in addition to picking
up Rosemead High School for the first time for talent
search in one of these programs, we’re able to now tap
into our middle schools in the various districts
that are affected and bring them along also. So this is tremendous outreach
as Dean Miller has just said to start to bring this
together for the Trio Program which is already a very exciting
program and under taking. So, yes, that’s great team.>>Great team.>>Right. Now, well,
congrats to all. It’s an example of what
the team is doing in terms of revenue enhancement and
finding the funds necessary in order to get the job
done for our students. So, I did also want
to just briefly turn to Dean Cynthia Olivo who
has some brief great news about our UCLA transfer
students. So if you could just shout that
out, Cynthia, I’d appreciate it. [ Inaudible Remark ]>>I was kinda extemporaneous. But this is really
remarkable news.>>Can any of them play
football or basketball? [ Laughter ]>>I just sent Dr. Rocha
a notice last night that we received word
from UCLA that four of our students received
a full scholarship from UCLA amidst many students
from other community colleges but we have the highest amounts. So we were very pleased
and proud of them and of the hard work that
is done by of our counselors as well as our faculty
members who worked with the top students.>>Great.>>Great. Wonderful. Thank you.>>The PS to that is, is– [ Applause ]>>The PS to that is, is that normally community
colleges only get 1 or 2 of their students
selected in a given year and this year we got 4 which is
a real test to a lot of people, our faculty, et cetera.>>The third recognition that
I like to make is, you know, how important the College
Commitment Program is the 2 plus 2 plus 2 that we’ve been
working on all year. And now we’d like to give
you a very, very brief update on a piece of that and a
critically important piece that we call Pathways Program. And so the Pathways Program
is the group of cohort of I think 300 students that’s
coming in soon and off we go.>>That’s right, I’d like to
introduce Dr. Rhea Presiado and 3 of our XL students and they’re gonna do a brief
presentation regarding the portal that we are setting
up for the first of, our first cohort of 300
students that are gonna be going through from PUSD that are
part of our college commitment.>>So, Hi. I’m Dr. Rhea Presiado. I’m a faculty member here. It’s my third year on campus. I’m in the Natural Sciences
and I teach geography and I’m the faculty lead for
the Title V grant portal team. And this portal is a web portal. As we all know, our
first year students, majority of them are
millennials and they are looking for technology that’s
innovative, fun, and will help them jump
through the myriad of hoops that college has for them. So myself and a team
have been working on a home-grown web
portal that is– that we will roll out
August 1st to 315 students and do extensive evaluation on. I’ve been sitting in
student focus groups for the past 2 weeks which
is really enlightening. All you have to do, as you all
know, is just ask the students. They’ll tell you what’s cool,
what’s not, what they want, what doesn’t work, what works. And so this is really
student driven and there’s a big
student voice here. I’d like to first present
some of that student voice. I have 2 students
here who are currently in an XL Summer Orientation. This orientation was the model
for the summer orientation that these 315 Pathway
students will undertake. In addition to the orientation,
they’ll be guaranteed classes in the fall and spring,
especially those hard to find English and
Math courses. So this a golden
ticket, essentially. So the 2 students are
gonna briefly talk about their experience working
in XL for the last 2 weeks. First I have Diane
Perez and secondly, I have Serai Lomelli [phonetic].>>Hello. My name is Diane
Perez and I graduated from [inaudible] High School and
that’s located in South Central. So the reason why I’m in
this program, honestly, is because it guarantees
me with my Math and English, also with tutoring. My experience in
school has always been that I always have a
substitute teacher for Math. So I never really knew
what’s my potential in Math. And with this program, I feel
that my potential is growing and I feel can go far. Many people ask me why
do I come to PCC if I’m from downtown L.A., I’m so far. It takes 2 hours to get to
school but I’ll do it everyday as long as I know
I have a future. And XL can promise
me that future. And with that help, the student
portal is actually very helpful because in the PCC website,
you find a lot of information that you probably don’t need and
you don’t want to talk about, you don’t wanna find
out and this– [ Laughter ]>>I mean it’s honest and the
student portal just really cuts through the chase and it answers
all your questions and you know, it’s great and it’s just
keeps on being funded and maybe even get broader through all different
community colleges. So, yeah, that’s my experience. Thank you.>>Thank you. [ Applause ]>>Hi. My name is Serai Lomelli. I graduated from
Huntington Beach High. I always wanted to go to
college but I was overwhelmed and confused of how
to go about it. I am now part of the
summer XL class– I mean the XL Summer
Bridge Program. And I’m really enjoying it. The XL’s program is
giving me direction and help when I need it. I really like the portal because
it’s fun and easy to use. It’s convenient.>>Thank you.>>Very good. Thank you. [ Applause ]>>So, very briefly, if you all
wanna take a look at the screen. It’s unfortunately behind you. It’s the side of you here. This is the portal. It’s called My PCC
and it’s in some ways, you know, very patriotic. Right? It’s Lancer Colors and this is a personalized
experience so each student has their
own individual log in. Here’s a sample student here, 1. And you’ll notice that the
things that students need to do like check out the schedule of
classes or register for classes at LancerLink, or check on their
current grades in Blackboard. These are the things that students currently
have a hard time finding. So we’re trying to make it
very easy for them to do that by putting that
right in front. In addition, there are several
quick links on the main page to things they need to
do, buy books, find jobs, get the parking permit for
the first day of class, right? These simple hoops that
sometimes can be really hard to navigate in the
labyrinth of our college. There’s also a way for
students to interact and see who else is online and they
can instantly chat with them. This is a huge desire that came
out of student focus groups. They wanna see who’s online, they wanna see their
teachers online, especially their teachers,
and instantly chat with them and ask them about homework. If I go to the next tab here, there is an area that’s
personalized for them called, in this case, called 1’s place. It would be whatever your first
name is when you’re a student or a faculty member or
an instructor logging in. And you can customize this. For example, the Student 1
wants to know about PCC news so he’s added that block. He really likes ESPN NBA news,
so he’s added that block. Right, this is a way for
students to customize things and they’re not gonna
keep going to something on the web unless it’s
something that they care about. So this is a way to customize that bringing their
Facebook feed, for example, and a way for us to
push polls for them. This is an active poll
that we’ve been running with our focus groups and
as you can see 96 percent of the students currently
say they would use this if given the opportunity. The next tab is Campus Life. This is a way for us to
really get the student engaged in things like Lancer Radio. Many of the students didn’t
even know we had Lancer Radio or to find out what the
PCC Facebook feed is. I mean this is where the
millennials are, right? They’re on Facebook. So if we’re not there we’re
not gonna be where they are. And in addition to that, we
have the PCC Career News, for example. So this is a way for students
to get engaged in campus life, clubs, the news, Lancer
Radio because we know that studies have shown if
they’re engaged in campus life, they’re gonna be more
likely to reach completion and that’s why we’re all here. The last 2 tabs, we have Success
Tools, these are different tips and strategies that can
help students do better and reach completion,
for example, if they have test anxiety,
time management issues. We’ve also created a
repository for student forms. If you’re a student here, you
still have to actually come to campus, park and get
paper forms, real paper forms which you know, but
millennials don’s use paper. So we’ve created a
repository that you can search through to get digital
forms, so a student can have that PDF available to them. And this is not comprehensive
yet, so if you have any form that a student needs that’s on
paper and can get it scanned to a PDF, we would really,
really appreciate that. The last tab here that I’d like to show you is
the bulletin board. This is a way to have the kind
of old fashion bulletin boards where people could put sticky– stickies and papers up
to sell a book or learn about ride sharing or, for
example, a room for rent, this is a way for students
to interact with each other and post in this digital way. So in conclusion, this is
version 1.0, it is only– the only place we can
go from here is up. This is beta. The whole point is test, test,
test, evaluate, evaluate, evaluate, get student feedback. So I’d like to open it up
for any questions, comments or concerns that you might have. One of my tech colleagues,
Laura, is here as well. And she’d be more than welcome to answer any questions
you have at this time. Thank you.>>Thank you very much. Berlinda?>>Actually I do have
a, sort of a remark. This is excellent. I love your enthusiasm. I think the students are
gonna really love this. But as you were talking
earlier, when we first engaged in the 300 cohorts, I was under
this little misconception. I though it was gonna be for
the kids in the district. Did I miss something? Help me.>>You know, if I may respond. The 315 that Dr. Presiado
referred to is the group that has been recruited
98 plus percent from PUSD, from the Pasadena
Unified School District. You might recall
that we indicated that our high-lit group was
going to be PUSD and then a year from this fall, we’re
gonna roll it out to the other district
feeder high schools. So what’s this– that’s
what this group is and this portal is the
tool, one of the tools, one of the many tools that
these students will use and we will test on this
pilot group and then as Rhea indicated, this
is 1.0 if you will. The other thing I’d like to
add very quickly is that, just as Rhea has
had a focus group of students this last
couple weeks, for all year, there have been many focus
groups with all types of campus constituents,
departments, divisions, faculty, support staff in terms of
how to build this thing. Our web team has
been incredible. Doctor Klein, our Teaching
and Learning Center staff, the people who are, who’ve
got the Title V grant. This has been a huge campus
wide effort as we prepare for the millennials, as we
prepare for the new group of students and we work them
through our system faster.>>Yeah. Well, the only
reason I asked the question is because the students that are
engaged are from South Central and from out– so I
just need to understand.>>And these 2 students
are part of our XL program and I believe Brock,
this is XL 10, XL 10. So for 10 years we’ve
had that program and that’s been the
precursor, if you will, to a lot of the work that
we’re doing now with the number of our first year
experience programs on campus. We just brought them
here as examples. We talked about trying to
get a couple of PUSD students but that program actually
starts on August 15th so, but a year from now
or 3 months from now, whenever Dr. Rocha
wants us to come back, we’ll have some district
students.>>Thank you.>>You bet.>>Thanks.>>Other questions? Geoff?>>Well, just, first off,
thanks for the presentation. I think that it’s long overdue
to have this kind of tool for our students
and so I wanna kind of encourage their going out. I was confused like
Mrs. Brown because– open with, talk about Pathways and I though there was something
new that you’re gonna share with us about the
Pathways program but since I have
this opportunity, I’m gonna share something with
you about the Pathways program in that I’m passing along
over to you a whole packet that Long Beach City
College is announcing with their Pathways program and when ours is off the ground
that’s the 2, 2 and 2 that’s with Long Beach State and
the Long Beach Unified School District and my hope is
that we have a similar kind of communication, community-wide
communication effort to promote the innovation
that we’re doing with the Pathways program.>>Absolutely, and we have
now had 2 or 3 meetings with Cal State L.A. and our PUSD
partners as we develop a PCC or college commitment,
if you will, and we’re looking very closely
at the Long Beach Model and yes, but when we have this ready, we will definitely
promote it far and wide.>>Okay. Thanks.>>Other questions? Comments? Ms. Wah.>>I just wanted to
congratulate you. I think the portal was great and I think you’ve
done a really nice job. One of the questions, so do–
so right now, it’s out of– it’s kids who are not yet in PCC
can also go into this portal, is that what I’m understanding?>>Yeah.>>Right. So, in August
1st, it’ll be complete. All 315 students
will get log-ins. Right now for our focus groups,
we’re focus grouping with XL, we’re also giving them log-ins. But the general students
won’t have a log in. They won’t be able to
access this resource because it’s in a beta mode. We wanna make sure,
just like Google does. They test it before
they go global. That’s our goal here is to test
it before we go global as well to make sure that what we give to the students is really
gonna knock their socks off.>>And this portal is being
designed for all students at Pasadena City College. We’re just starting out
with this group as a pilot and as Rhea indicated, it’s
version 1.0 so a long way to go but we’ve made a lot of progress
in a short period of time.>>So this is– Oh, go ahead.>>And you also asked
can a student who doesn’t have a
log-in see some of it? If you don’t have a log-in,
for example, if I log out, you can still access the Home
tab, so you still can see some of the parts of the portal but you’re not gonna see
all the parts of the portal. Any thing that’s customizable
or we don’t want someone on the outside having content.>>And so since you’re tuning it
based on feedbacks that you get from the PUSD group, but
you’re planning on rolling it out to the rest of PACCD, at
what point will you be asking for some feedback to make
sure it works for everyone for the entire district?>>Alright. I don’t have an exact answer for
that but I will say that soon. Basically, we’re gonna
get through the PUSD Pilot and then we will begin to
look at the other areas of the district to roll it
out that way but the truth of the matter is if it works
for this group of students, it should work for just
about any of our students, so it should be ready,
would you agree?>>Right. And Ms. Wah,
the background story is that we’ve been working
this for a year.>>Right.>>And we’ve been asking
PUSD students solely at least for a year. We’ve been asking the students
we haven’t have on hand who are on the campus and we’ve been
modeling after best practices and going to conferences and
so it has been created really with getting feedback
from everybody. We’re gonna do the detailed
evaluations starting on the fall with the 315 who are
PUSD primarily though.>>And Rhea would
you just scroll down to the bottom of this page?>>Sure. [ Pause ]>>You see all of the
social network connections, basically the Facebook and
the blogs, and the RSS, the Twitters and what have you. This is designed so that the
students can get into any means of social media communication
that they wanna get into and link back and forth. So, the whole idea
is when students come to Pasadena City College and
they wanna know everything about it, they’re not gonna to
Pasadena.edu, they’re gonna go to their website and
there are other colleges that have been successful
with this and this is what students do. They get up in the morning, the first thing they do is they
go online to their college page. And that’s what we
want them to do.>>And then just [inaudible]
technical feedbacks so you’re going to
allow people to– the students to get
electronic forms and so will you also then have
an editorial that allows them to fill forms out online
and submit them or?>>Well, it’s 1.0. [ Laughter ]>>And quite frankly, we’ve
had our time just getting forms digital. So, our goal for the
first PASS 1.0 is to get as many forms digital in
a PDF version as possible but then quite frankly, for 1.5
or 2.0, that’s the way to do it. Yup, you bet.>>And when we get to our
enterprise resource plan, we get that going on our new
VP of Information Technology that getting ourselves online
and digital is gonna be one of the high priorities ’cause
we’re just not there yet so, it’s a task but we’re getting
there, we’re making progress.>>Thank you.>>You’re thinking on our page.>>Yeah. [ Laughter ]>>I just wanna give
one quick shout out to my fellow Huntington
Beach High School graduate because I’m an Oiler as well
and I was glad to see you. [ Laughter ]>>We won’t hold
that against you. [ Inaudible Remarks ] [ Laughter ]>>Thank you very, very much. That was terrific. So, good job. [ Applause ]>>Well, in closing I
would want to thank Rhea and the students
for coming tonight. We did wanna show the Trustees
the progress that we’re making on the Student Access and
Success Initiative Funding that you approved 10 months ago. So, this program
within the Pathways, these are the 300 students
or so that are coming in didn’t exist last year,
the preponderance of them are from in district but this
program and the 12th graders that are coming in, in
this learning cohort of community simply
did not exist here. So having this, you know,
built up in a, if you will, a prototype is a– I think a
great step forward and that, with that President Thomson, those are my recognitions
for this evening.>>Okay. Let’s move to the Shared Governance
Representatives. Ms. Chapman.>>Just one other item this
evening and that is just to mention that our
Summer Swim Program is off to a really great
start this year. We do service mostly, the
community here around PCC and in addition to having
swim lessons from early in the morning until
quite late at night. We also have rec swim, open
swim, and we’ll see as many as a hundred, a hundred plus
students a day plus camps that come in and use the
pool so it’s well used, it’s well respected and we’re
teaching children how to swim in water safeties, so. And we have a staff
of 21 again this year that runs the pool for us, so.>>Is that limited to
students or to the PCC family?>>It is open to the community. It is open to the community.>>Excellent. Dr. Jacobs?>>None, thank you.>>Dr. van Pelt? Okay. Mr. Miller.>>No report. Thank you>>Crystal?>>I do. [ Laughter ]>>This never happens. I just wanted to let you
know that for this summer.>>Okay, your time is up.>>I knew it. [ Laughter ]>>For this summer, summer
enrollment, summer school which is going on now,
we are 96 percent full which is slightly less than we
were last year, but for fall which we have now completed
about 20 days of registration. We are up in head count, we are
up in enrollments and we are at 77 percent of capacity,
20 days in the registration.>>Fantastic.>>It’s gonna be a busy fall.>>Yeah.>>Dr. Douglass.>>I just wanna say that she’s
gone so I can embarrass her. If you think Presiado
was bubbly tonight, you ought to see
her in the class. [ Laughter ]>>Ed?>>No reports this evening. Thank you.>>Denise.>>Yes, just a few things. The new senators for the
Classified Senate were sworn in today. They will– August 3rd, the new
Board Members will be sworn in and working on planning the
classified retreat in September.>>Okay. Thank you. Simon.>>Thank you President Thomson. Miss Jackson’s rather poorly
today so I’m sitting in for her. Two items, first of all, on
our own efforts of innovation and outreach, we are making
progress on a new ASPCC portal which we’re hoping to
then tie back into, when MyPCC goes campus-global,
tie into that and tie into the other areas
of the college to provide all students not
just with what ASPCC does but also the other services that
the campus can provide for them. And on the second
item, outreach, we are planning a
fact finding mission to the Community Education
Center to get a better feel for how the AS which is
a little underrepresented over at the CEC how we can
better serve them and make sure that their interests
are also as protected as students here
at the main campus. That’s all.>>That sounds like
an excellent idea. Okay. We now move to Public
Comment on Non-Agenda Items.>>We have a request to speak from Cecilia Nickerson
on Non-Agenda Items. [ Noise ]>>Good evening and
thank you for hearing us. My name is Cecilia Nickerson. I was a former student
of Pasadena City College. I was–>>Can you speak perhaps more
directly onto the microphone?>>– in the Culinary Arts
Program and unfortunately, I’m here with a dispute. We’ve written a letter, 15
students gotten together to solve the things that had
gone wrong in our opinion, okay. But let me just begin by saying
that Pasadena City College for me, a long time ago, have been a very
important place to come. My sister came here and
became a surgical nurse. I have a brother who went
through here, went on and became a physics
and calculus instructor. My brother has 3 Emmy Awards because he took an
electrician program here. Pasadena City College stood
for something at one time. And what I went through
in the last year and a half has been
totally unbelievable and we’ve gone to
other channels. We talked to our dean, we spoke
with our professor, we were told that if you don’t like
it, go somewhere else. Okay. Other deans have heard
this from students who worked in the offices and gone
on to their jobs and spoke with their deans and they say,
let us know what happened. This past February I had to go
into financial aid and I spoke with the financial aid counselor
who told me to take it straight to the Board of Trustees. It’s just crazy. I don’t really wanna
read it out loud because it is sometimes
sensitive issues. I did write a letter, 15
students have signed it. We’d like for you to take
it into consideration.>>Just hand them to Ms.
Thompson over here please and she’ll distribute it.>>I’m sorry, I have a back
injury, I fell in the classroom. I have a back injury
and I’m really upset and has taken a long
time to get here.>>I began this program thinking
I was gonna get a fresh start in life after putting
my kids through college. I have a veterinarian, my
daughter, urban planner, my son, and now it was my
turn and it didn’t end up the way it was supposed to. So I am giving you a letter. I ask that you be
in contact with us. Please take what
we’ve said seriously. There is more to that, it’s just that I couldn’t write
you 3 semesters. It’s a lot more than
what’s even in there.>>Can we have the letter and
we’re referring it to Dr. Rocha and it will be taken
quite seriously and review and investigate it from there.>>Thank you for your time.>>Okay. Thank you very much. Is there anybody else who
wishes to address the board of trustees on non-agenda items? Okay. Next, we move to approval
of consent items and Dr. Rocha, if there is one you wanted to take separately,
is that correct?>>Yes, President Thomson. On a procedural matter, I do want to treat Item 12-P
separately and I would refer to General Counsel Mary Dowell who explained the
procedure here.>>Members of the Board,
President Thomson, Dr. Rocha, when we reviewed the agenda,
we realized that Item 12P and Item F before the Board
tonight are duplications of each other. Item 12-P represents some
important personnel decisions that we’re asking the
Board to make tonight. And on behalf of Dr. Rocha, I would like to request Mr.
Thomson that Item 12-P be pulled from the consent agenda
and treat it separately as the Board sometimes does
with consent agenda items. And then once the Board
has dealt with Item 12-P, Item F will be moot and again, on behalf of the college
president, I’d like to request that Item F simply be withdrawn.>>Okay. We will
treat it accordingly. Let’s deal with consent
items other than 12-P. Any others to be addressed
separately by anybody?>>Move approval of the
other consent items.>>Is there a second.>>Second.>>I would politely with
the move or second ask for a separate vote on
contract that I’ve listed here. In 14-B, there is a contract
that I wish to separate vote on for that would be to
ratify Contract B-97957-2 with Granicus, Inc.>>Okay.>>I’ll accept that.>>Is there a second
to that motion?>>Second.>>Okay, been moved and
seconded, any discussion? Advisory vote?>>Aye.>>Aye.>>All in favor say aye.>>Aye.>>All opposed, carries, okay. Let’s deal with–>>Move approval of the
separate contract with Granicus and the other related–>>Second to that?>>I second it.>>Contract.>>So moved and seconded. Any discussion, advisory vote?>>Aye.>>All in favor say aye.>>Aye.>>All opposed?>>No.>>The motion carries 4 to 1
with advisory vote being yes. Now, let’s come to
12-P then, Dr. Rocha.>>Yes, thank you
President Thomson. Let me describe what I’m putting
forward in front of you tonight for approval and then of course
refer to you President Thomson and the Board for your
discussion and action. First of all, let me make some
comments and notes of gratitude. What I put before you members
of the board is a recommendation for appointments for 5
vice president positions, the searches for which
were previously approved. Before I go any further, I do
want to thank and they’re here in the room the members of–
our colleagues from CCCS, Dr. Hernandez, Dr. Walker,
and Dr. Conrad [phonetic] who managed this
process with our faculty, staff and student
representatives, the hiring committees
for the positions that I’m recommending
to you tonight. Most especially who I want
to thank are my colleagues, the faculty, staff and
students who served on the hiring committees
for these positions. It was extraordinarily hard
work as they all found out, but we follow the
process carefully. We trusted in the process
and what I have to report to you tonight are the results
of near unanimous consensus up and down the line of the search
committees at the first level and the second level, and of course my recommendation
completely concurs with the first and
second level committees. So with that, so that I can give
you the item, as I said before, many recommendations
I’ve made to you but none with deeper sense of
resolve than I made tonight. I wish to announce
to you the names of the recommended
appointees by position. For Vice President of Administrative Services,
Dr. Richard van Pelt. Dr. van Pelt has PhD in
Administration Management from Walden University and has
served Pasadena City College since 1997. For vice president of
Educational Services, Dean Robert Miller
who is currently Dean of Educational Services. Bob is at the University of La
Verne pursuing his doctorate and has an MBA from
Cal State Northridge and has served the college for
many years in several capacities and also has great experience
in the private sector. For vice president
of Human Resources, Dr. Benedict Lastimado. He has a doctorate in
educational leadership from Seattle University and he is currently
assistant vice chancellor of Human Resources
and Labor Relations in the University of
California-Merced. Among his previous appointments,
he was vice chancellor of Human Resources and Labor
Relations at Grossmont-Cuyamaca. I can never pronounce that, we just call it Grossmont
Community College District. For vice president of Information Technology,
Mr. Dwayne Cable. Mr. Cable has his MBA from
Western Carolina University and is currently Vice President
of Information Technology at Joliet Junior
College in Illinois. He has worked for the Strata
group who you are familiar with as the ones who produced
our Strata report several years ago. He has served as chief
technology officer for the Ventura Community
College District for Mount San Antonio College, and among his previous
appointments, he served 10 years as chief information officer
at Morehead State College. For vice president of Student and Learning Services,
Dr. Robert Bell. He has his doctorate in
Educational Administration from the University of Pacific. He is currently at
Antelope Valley College. He is director of
Extended Learning but his longest stint
was at vice president of Student Services at
nearby Chaffey College where he also served as
Chief Administrative Officer of the Chino campus when
that started up in Chaffey. President Thomson, those
are my 5 appointments. I put the information before
you and it comes to you with my strong recommendations.>>Any questions of Dr. Rocha? Is there a motion to
approve the recommendation?>>Move approval.>>Is there a second.>>Second.>>Then moved and second. Any further discussion
or questions?>>I just wanna express
my admiration for the team and for the candidates
that have emerged. It’s something we’ve
been talking about for quite some
time about the number of interim positions
that we’ve had. The first off is a testament to
the folks who have been serving in the interim positions that
the college has continue to do so well for so long, and
then to attract individuals of the caliber that I
have been able to review that are being presented before
us today is a testament not only of the work of the folks who
have been in those positions who have tracked such high level
people but then a testament to Dr. Rocha’s leadership
and I’m excited about getting a leadership
team that will continue to help PCC move forward.>>Other comments or
anything, advisory vote?>>Aye.>>All in favor say aye.>>Aye.>>All opposed, motion
carries unanimously. Yes, I’d like to offer a
thanks too to the people who have served on the various
committees and worked quite hard to come forward with
recommendations. It’s a good diverse group of people representing the
different parts of the college and it’s great to
see that happening. Everybody working together
and coming to consensus of results, if not unanimous. Thank you very much.>>Thank you President Thomson. And can we just congratulate
Rick and Bob?>>Yes. [ Applause ]>>And I also– again, thank
the board for its support and I also want to thank
all of my colleagues on the executive committee
especially Crystal, especially Elaine, all of the
colleagues who have served in this year and who
will continue to serve. We have great work to
do, a lot of work to do in the coming years
under this new leadership and I look forward to
working with all of you.>>Well said. The next item on the
agenda is Informative Issue. Annual public records
request report. Dr. Rocha. Yes, and this is your
Item G on the agenda and in the book, okay? And I’ll just make– you
have a written report here and I’ll just make
a brief comment and then I may ask General
Counsel Dowell to elaborate. This is, if you will, the
First Annual Public Records Act Request Report. This is every public records
request received by the Office of the Superintendent/President
during the year ’10-’11. The year that started
last July 1st. It is the current
practice and we will work to codify this as
we move forward. It is the current
practice in the college, administrative practice, that when we receive a public
records request from anyone, to anyone in the college that
that request is then referred to the Office of the President. The Office of the President
then launch a request and gives it to– refers it to
General Counsel for its review and response, formal
response to the requester. This has been done in
each one of these cases and you see the report
in front of you. There may have been,
may have been, you know, since this is the first year
of this, one or two requests that may have, you know,
while we were setting this up not appear here although
I’m not aware of any. So I put this as an informative
and a comprehensive record. General Counsel?>>There isn’t very much that
I can add to this, Dr. Rocha. This is a report that Dr.
Rocha asked our office to prepare for him. He has accurately described
what has been his practice since he became president
of the college in an effort to make sure that public records
act request which do come in to the various different
offices are all routed to a single office for response so that we can be sure
they are responded to in a timely fashion. Dr. Rocha had a concern that
sometimes they were slipping through the cracks
because they just– people didn’t know
what to do with them. And persons who are making a
request sometimes send them where they think
they should go rather than to the president’s office. Because these requests
then and a failure to respond timely can
have legal ramifications that can be quite serious
he asked us to assist him with this in making sure. And I think it is a legacy
to the late professor McKee that the college has
always been very careful about these sorts of things. And so we have been working with
him and we will continue to do so and to assist the
college in this fashion until you employ an
in-house general counsel who I believe then will probably
be responsible for that task.>>Other questions of– anybody? Mr. Baum?>>I just want to
express my appreciation that this is a demonstration of
this institution’s commitment to transparency and to
fulfilling all the requirements and that there’s nothing
to hide, that any request that we’ve received we now can
document that we’ve received it and how we’ve met that request in that that’s the institution’s
commitment going forward as well.>>And I might add, Trustee
Baum, that this report will go out over my signature to
California Aware and the 3 or 4 major watchdog
groups in the state. We were given an A minus
last year by California Aware and we’re going for an A. And I
wanna make clear on the record that I know that I express
the absolute view of the board that we welcome public records
request from anyone at anytime. And so we wanted to
present this to you today and we will continue to do
this on an annual basis.>>Ms. Wah?>>I just wanted to thank Dr.
Rocha also for providing this and I think it speaks to our
efforts to be as transparent as possible and as responsive. So the other question that I have is will we
be getting this kind of report either
on a monthly basis as requests come in so that we–>>Ms. Wah, I wanna suggest that Dr. Rocha has provided
this annualized report which is probably as
often as you wanna see it. [ Laughter ]>>Unless there was something
that impinged on some kind of policy issue you know,
then it would be, you know, operational in nature.>>Right.>>But of course you know in
the normal course of business as we prepare for
board meetings, most of the public records
request are clear enough. We just wanted to and of course at any time you can request
your own public record and you know ask
to see what’s going on with the public records
request in the office. But we wanted to make sure
that for the first time we lay down a report that we are
obliged to give to the public so voluntarily because
this is not a requirement.>>No, this is not
a requirement.>>This is not a requirement. This is a voluntary report.>>Right. I just wanted to
say that on an ongoing basis, I know that we get notification
when a request comes in but it’s– I think it’s
a good practice to track that we are also responding
in a timely manner.>>Yeah. No, absolutely.>>Other questions or comments? Okay, this is information only. Let’s move in to Item H,
Pasadena City College, 2010-2011 Course and
Enrollment Trends Report. Also information item.>>Yes, [inaudible] I will
introduce Dean Kollross. This is– I won’t make a long
preamble but I would say first of all to thank Dean
Kollross and her staff for preparing this report. It’s an extremely
important report and again, I wanted to establish, if
we haven’t already done so the precedent that every year at this time we would
produce this. So without any further ado,
I’ll turn it over to Crystal.>>Thank you Dr. Rocha. It’s behind tab H
in your folders if you haven’t locate it. And what Dr. Rocha actually
asked us to do was to look at basically the report put out
by Chancellor Scott on the state of the union of the community
colleges in California and do a micro look
at how PCC was doing on those exact same measures. So as you can see what
we did in the first page, in the first 6 tables,
we kinda tried to mirror the questions
put forward in the letter from Chancellor Scott that addresses some issues
regarding transfer sections, noncredit sections. And then following that we
actually went table per table and matched the Chancellor’s
Office report on the community college
as a whole and how we at PCC compare to that. And as you can see that almost
every single table we look really very good. We’re an outstanding institution
that’s doing quite well. I also tried to provide you with
some commentary along the side. You’ll see where I tried to pull out some things you
might find of interest. And although I know I could
walk you through this table by table I would
bore you to death so I thought maybe I’d take
any questions you might have about the information provided.>>It’s an excellent report
and very, very thorough and I think exceptionally well
done so thank you very much for an excellent job
and a lot of hard work. Mr. Martin?>>I am just elated with
the report, first to Crystal and team for the
succinctness of it, sometimes we referred
to as a dashboard. It lets you look across
and see retention success. A particular interest to me
is the number of classes. I’m always saying, I wanna
save every dollar we can so that we can offer
another class section. And was excited to see that
between fall 2009 and fall 2010, despite budget cutbacks,
despite the fact that every other
community college in the state is dramatically
been cutting courses we actually offered 20 additional
sections between ’09 and ’10. And in light of the amount of
budget difference that we have in those years that’s a
phenomenal, a phenomenal figure that just really jumped
out at me and it actually– even our noncredit
sections went up.>>So I was thrilled
with the succinctness. I think I’d appreciated seeing
the different curricular areas. I did ask pre-meeting for one
other additional statistic that I think people
might find interesting. And there are a lot of
different definitions of success but for me maybe
the simplest one is if a student completes a
course, that’s a success.>>Right.>>And it just– we’re here so
a student can complete a course, learn some information and
get where they want to get as efficiently and
as effectively and as fast as they
possible can. And I ask and was told that in
our ’09-’10 year we had 131,182 successful course completions. And that’s a tremendous,
tremendous number in my opinion. And the icing on the
cake is a number that I like to track is how much money
does it costs to create one of those successful
course completions. And in the last 3 years it’s
taken over a thousand dollars to generate one successful
course completion. But this year it took
only 921 dollars. So not only were there
131,000 successful completions but we did it more efficiently
than we’ve ever done it before. So I think that’s
a strong testimony. I think that is a glowing
testimony to this institution, to Dr. Rocha and to every
teacher that’s just letting two more guys slip in the back and
all the people that are working for those retention rates
and counselors that are in there trying to get people
into the right classes. Hey, it all comes out here
and it says “well done.”>>Thank you. Mr. Baum?>>I just want to echo some
of what Mr. Martin had to say. We had this report
presented to us at the Board of Governors last week. It was in the back of my
mind how does PCC compare? And I wanted to draw
our attention to table 8 in both reports, it’s on the
third page of the PCC report and then the page 6
of the other report, and you can see the difference
between the management of the resources at PCC by
the leadership and the deans. It gives a lot of credit to
the deans for finding ways to make this happen and Dave,
if you could pass that along to your colleague too? But you’ll see the course
offerings as John said, we had 20 more course
offerings at PCC than we did the previous year. If you go to the state– there
was a percent, there was a drop of 4.1 percent statewide. So we were up almost a percent, the rest of the state
average a 4.1 drop. The number of credit
sections, the state– statewide there was a
cut of almost 3 percent. We actually increased. The noncredit section,
there was a cut of 19 percent of
courses statewide. PCC there’s actually a small
increase, a 4 percent increase. Transferable sections,
when the bread and butter of what students
are looking for, statewide there was more
than a 2 percent cut. We held our cut to
less than a percent. In the nontransferable sections
there’s an 8 percent cut across the state. We had a small increase
in 4.2 percent. We’re able to offer more basic
skills and meet the needs of our students,
almost 7 percent of an increase in those courses. The state had almost
5 percent drop in basic skills section
offerings and just up and down the line
and it’s a testament to the prudent management
of this institution and everybody working together. And I’m looking forward
to saying how fall of ’11 is gonna look
compared to fall of ’10 now given all the
additional challenges we’re getting from Sacramento. So thank you very much.>>Ms. Wah.>>I wanted to thank
Dean Kollross for this and she’s always been great
providing the information that we need for the community. So this is a nice– it’s a great
snapshot of what we’re doing and the progress we’re making. I did have some questions
that I had post to Dr. Rocha before the
meeting on table 10-B. And so I was a little surprised to see the negative
percentage changes in areas such as nursing, radiology and the construction
crafts technology. And I think that what this kind
of information also provides for us is not only our successes
but also information for us to look at our curriculum and
how we closely correlate it with what’s happening in the
job and I hope that it’s a way for us to make sure that we’re
connected to the community and to the industry so that
we have a curriculum that’s meaningful to what’s out
there in the job field.>>Other questions or comments? Okay, information only. We thank you very, very much for
an exceptionally well done job. We really appreciate that
and certainly it speaks well for Pasadena City
College, thank you. [ Noise ]>>Alright. Let’s now move to Item I on the
agenda, Redistricting Report. Again, information only. Dr. Rocha?>>Yes, thank you
President Thomson. Well, now that you have
griddled Dean Kollross for her enrollment report
I’ll give you an opportunity to really go over the
redistricting report. I’m very, very grateful at my
request that I asked Crystal to prepare a comprehensive
report on redistricting, something that the district
has a responsibility to do. So I wanted to accomplish
two things. I wanted to make clear
that this is not an action but simply a discussion
item and an informative. But it also more or less gives
you the shape of my thinking and the stuff’s thinking as we
move the conversation forward. Basically, Crystal will describe
the redistricting process. Long story short, there
are– we have to do it. There are a couple of options to
do it that are described here. Basically, the options are,
you know, we do it ourselves or we hire an expert consultant
in the field to do it for us. So we wanted without
having any kind of necessity to move to action. We wanted to put all
the information in front of the board so that if it had
any questions or any guidance that we could have that. And of course General Counsel
Dowell is here to make sure that we have any
legal information. All of this of course comes
out of the 2010 census. So with that I’ll give
it back to Crystal.>>Thank you, Dr. Rocha.>>What I tried to put together
for you here was a background of not only what redistricting
actually is and why we have to go through the process. But also a little information about how we handled
it the last two times, which even I found
very fascinating. In ’91 as you read in here, we actually did contract
it out in 2001. We chose to do it in-house. At that time we had staff
in-house that was capable of doing this and
did a very good job. One of the good things
about our district is that we have areas
within the district. And from what– and I
really didn’t know anything about redistricting until I
started to read about this that that is actually
very fortunate for us. We are very fortunate
to have that. Even though we have to
go through the process, it is not as contentious
a process if we do not have areas
within the district. There are legal requirements
for us to look at. We do need to look
at population shifts. There have been population
shifts within our district so we will need to take
in account as I state in here the size of each
area needs to be very close, less than 10 percent
differentiation. We also have to look
at the impact on what they call
special populations. So we will have a lot to
look at in the redistricting because there have been
shifts, demographic shifts that we will have
to pay attention to. We don’t wanna disenfranchise
anyone in the board elections. I did propose two things, one
where I gave you two proposals from two contract companies. One was the one that did it
for us in ’91 and the other is from the Community College
League of California. And I’m not sure if they
have done this in the past but they put together a very
nice package for districts to look at and it seems
to be quite comprehensive. And also compared to the other
company they do in-person visits to you which I think is
a little more personal than doing conference calls. We could do it in-house and as
I stated we would be willing to learn how to do it in-house. We did train a senior
research analyst to do these two years ago. Sent her away to a
school for a week and then of course she left,
so [laughter] dang it! So right now we don’t
personally have the expertise in my office to do this. If you chose to have us do it
in-house we would certainly get the expertise to do it. And I’m gonna ask Mary Dowell to
comment on this now because she and I talked about
this briefly earlier.>>Again, members of the
Board, Mr. Thomson, Dr. Rocha. Ms. Kollross is of
course is correct because the census data has
now been released, all agencies in California that have
locally elected boards such as yours have to
examine whether or not that census data requires
them to redistrict and if so in what way? She’s also correct that
Pasadena City College is one of the few community
college districts in the state already divided
up into wards or voter areas with the trustees required to
live in those wards so you are so far ahead of so many of my
clients who are still struggling with the initial
difficult question. Are we going to go
from elections at large to elections by ward? But you do still have
to examine the data and realign your boundaries. And I think that the options that Crystal has described
are not unlike the options that the California
legislature struggled with should the legislature
itself and its staff do
the redistricting or should it be done
by an outside panel. I can’t speak to
this– the ability– the ability of the
district to do it in-house. Crystal does a fabulous
job and I’m sure she and her staff could do
it fairly in this job. But I think in terms not only
of an appearance of integrity and neutrality as
well as transparency, it would be my recommendation
for the board to get the assistant
of a consultant who would make a
recommendation to you so that there could
be no question that there was no
taint of any kind. I am familiar with the proposal that the community college
league is making because one of the things that they did
this year was they looked for a consultant that
they had confidence in and that they could then
partner with and with an economy of scale make then
the service available to the community colleges. And one of the things that
I like about the consultant that they’re working with is
that the consultant is working with community colleges
around the state. When I looked at the other
consultant they do an enormous amount of redistricting work. Clearly very skilled,
very capable at it but I don’t think they’ve done
a lot of community colleges. And I like the idea of an
entity that is familiar with community colleges. It’s also a proposal
that is comprehensive. I’m sorry to tell
you but the one thing that they don’t provide
you is legal guidance. And that’s appropriate. You know, you should be getting
attorney-client recommendations from your own lawyer. And I and my firm are capable of
providing that component of it. And the league will be
able to do all of the rest. But I think it is
certainly time for the board to be having this conversation. You have to get your final
proposed realignments to the county by February. Time is going by and I think it
is a decision the board will be called upon to make
at the next meeting or the meeting thereafter. If any of the board members
have any questions for me about redistricting or
the redistricting process, please feel free to ask.>>It’s not an action
item this evening but we’ll probably have
it back on the agenda for our August 3rd
meeting ideally to take action at that time. Questions? Mr. Martin.>>I have a question
and comment. I served on the subcommittee
of at least 2 prior redistricts for PCC and we didn’t really
have a subcommittee last time because it was all
handled in-house so there wasn’t any need
for any special subcommittee of the board to do
anything in particular. I, at the time that– there
was a time when we redistrict that we tried to find a way so
that when we were challenged or not challenged, but when
we were required to redistrict in the future, a large part of the mechanism would have an
underpinning that made sense, that made future
redistricting easier to do. So we had a discussion as
a board and I’m not sure if it was last time
or the time before. And basically, established
trustee areas as much as possible in line with
our K-12 feeder high school districts. So our trustee areas
are actually based to a certain extent on feeder or other already
established electoral bodies. This last trustee convention
that many of us attended to support Dr. Mann, one of the
main conference themes centered on redistricting and I attended
those conference themes. And there were gentlemen from
different demographic companies that are reporting and
explaining things to trustees and as any good marketing
person they came in extremely well-prepared,
so as soon as you sat down and you said, you know, I’m
from Pasadena, they whipped out the Pasadena
demographics and started talking to you all about Pasadena. And the one gentleman who
will remain nameless actually attended a class
at PCC at one time and had a very nice conversation
with one of the professionals who relayed the following
comments. First and foremost, the fact
that we’re in trustee areas to begin with is the
elephant in the room. That’s the real big
thrust is you’re suppose to be in trustee areas. We’ve been there a long time. Secondly, the fact that
our trustee areas are based on other already established
governmental agencies like K-12s is even further
testimony to the fact that there’s– the trustee
areas had been established under what would be a
reasonable assumption. Thirdly, he and I guess he
’cause he’s a local knows all this, said that the history of
voting in the Pasadena area is such that it supports the
fact that there’s not a lot of ethnic divisibility
in the voting. In other words, there’s cross
voting between ethnics in many of the elections that occur
within our geographical area which is already another
testimony to our redistricting that we’ve done in the past. And so he basically said
to us your redistricting at PCC really should be
unless there’s, you know, huge demographic shifts
between trustee areas or some major cataclysmic thing
that you know just looking at the little table
in the report, we don’t know ’cause it’s
not divided by trustee area. It really should be a very
simple straightforward and relatively in my mind
low-cost operation to be able to do that and we won’t know that ’til some professional
looks at real data. The final enlightenment
on this is when we previously established
the trustee areas we actually did try to create them in
a way that there were kind of DMZ zones between
trustee areas so that when future redistricting
was necessary, assuming there wasn’t
major cataclysmic changes, those DMZ zones could move
2 or 3 streets up or 2 or 3 streets down
or over or left. And be able to absorb
differences to get us within an appropriate balance. For example, if you look at where Tony Fellow’s
number is all in the Arcadia Unified
School District and where that meets the Pasadena
Unified is one of those such buffer zones and there is
this strip along Michillinda which is kind of a
county area that is kind of the absorption zones so it’s
kind of semi Acardia, semi PUSD and we use that as like one
of those kind of buffers. It was built that way in our previous redistrictings
intentionally so that it could mitigate
those kinds of changes and there are several of
those kinds of lines around. I’m trying to give you,
whoever does it I’m comfortable if we do it in-house
but apparently that might even be more costly
than going out to professional in light of our current
structure. I’m comfortable with Dr. Rocha
and the recommendation as to, you know, we certainly
want to be transparent. We certainly want to be open
to if there were major changes, maybe all our past work
goes out the window. But based on what this
professional who seemed to be well-prepared in advance
trying to get our contract said to me was it should be a fairly
simple straightforward process for us based on the
history of what we’ve done. Sorry, it took a little long
but I thought somebody has to interject the historical–>>Well, it’s very helpful. I appreciate you doing that. First Mary Dowell
and then Mr. Baum.>>I think that, I mean the
historical perspective is really helpful to me because
I haven’t– I didn’t assist the
district we did in 2001 or 1991 or 1981 at all. One of the intervening facts
that’s of interest at least to lawyers and you probably
heard this at the conference is that between 2001 and 2011, the California Voting
Rights Act was enacted and was upheld by the courts.>>And that pretty much
assures there’s gonna be a lot of scrutiny of this
process around the state because we’re now
not just dealing with the federal voting
rights act with a state act that was specifically enacted
to assure that local government in California honored the
principle of the one person, one vote and to make sure that
no identifiable groups are in any way disenfranchised. I will speculate
that what you heard from the consultant
is probably true. And I would be surprised if there are any dramatic
changes in the boundaries. But I think that particularly because this law has
been enacted and upheld by the California Supreme
Court in the intervening decade that it’s gonna be important for
all my clients and fortunately, you’re just already through
three corridors all the way there, to do this honestly with
integrity and transparency. So that frankly you
know it’s clear that despite these
new legal requirements that the district is
taking it seriously.>>I guess it’s really
important and I appreciate Mary. And so maybe the best way is
in light of the, you know, the staff change
and what we’ve lost that we go through the process.>>Mr. Baum?>>I’m not presupposing
anything. I just want an informational
question. So assuming we move forward
the staff recommendation at a subsequent meeting, can you
articulate what the process is or the timeline when there
will be an opportunity for public engagement,
that type of thing?>>What the league told me when
I asked them about the proposal, they said that their timeline for this is three
board meetings.>>But I’m saying that I’d like to have the staff present
a proposal saying “Okay, in the month of September
we’re gonna do this and in October we’re gonna do
this and then we hope we– “>>It’s actually in the report.>>So walk me through
that again.>>Sure.>>For others who haven’t seen
that if you could do that.>>If you turn to page 4–>>Page 4–>>Page 405. For the report, I’ll walk
you through the timeline.>>Okay, so–>>So, of course
the first thing was to actually have the
census data released and then have it verified
by the department of finance in the state of California. I’m not really sure what that’s
about but they have to do that before we can
actually use the data.>>That’s correct.>>Yeah, I got one right. And then June was when you
can start the preliminary. Actually, the maps
were released in that. You can actually
look at those online. Some companies have
some out there. So our hope is that we submit
to you in July the proposal. I got that part done right. And then and if I–>>We won’t be able
to act on it?>>Until August.>>Okay.>>So after you would approve
it whichever way you go then we would start the timeline. I’m looking at the
in-house or the out– the proposed in-house
redistricting. The outsourcing actually
is a shorter timeline.>>And what is our– What is our
process or proposed mechanism for receiving public comment?>>I believe they actually
do it at a board meeting. They actually ask for it
on open board meeting. That was my understanding.>>Are we going to
announce to the public–>>Yes.>>That we’ve– I mean besides
the board meeting ’cause we have two dozen people here. Are we gonna make a public
announcement that we–>>Yes, and actually what
the league told me is that they handle
all of that for us. They make all the announcements. They do all. They’ll work with my office
but they take care all of them.>>Okay. I wanna confirm that because we’ve
had consultants say that they’re going to do public
outreach or public awareness that haven’t delivered on that. So I wanna make sure we, if
that’s part of the proposal, we understand what
that actually means.>>As we prepare the agenda item for the next time we will also
prepare of course the proposed, go through a selection
processing and prepare the proposed
consultant and we will do everything
in our power. In fact I would almost insist
that the consultant appear at the meeting just like when we
did PARSE or when we did CCCS, the searches at whoever, you
know, staff and I prepared for recommendation that we’ll
have that person here for us to query and that person will
make a detailed presentation along the lines you’re
talking about.>>And lastly, if
we have principles to articulate a philosophy
about an approach like what Mr. Martin articulated
about, is it important to us that feeder school districts are
retained in the trustee areas, when would that– when
would we actually be able to kinda reach a consensus
on that kind of direction?>>That I’m not sure. You mean in terms of am I
hearing you Trustee Baum that when–>>We retain a firm and then
we wanna say a philosophy as you approach the drawing
of the district lines. Traditionally, we have– if the other board members
agree that’s a good approach that is something we want to
insert into the map drawing of the maps so that
somebody has a sense of what direction to take.>>Let’s turn to
Ms. Dowell on that. My suspicion is that you can use that as you know
guiding principle but ultimately the districts
lines are recommended. They have to take a number
of other factors as well.>>Yeah, I do have to caution
that the criteria that are set out in the California
Voting Right Acts include– although they include
various community interests, they primarily focused
on assuring that the discrete minority
communities are able to have a full opportunity
to elect members to whatever the legislative
body is. In the proposal that Ms.
Kollross has presented to you and it’s page 8 of 13 of the
material that she prepared. There’s a description of the
league’s approach and I’m not– I mean, that’s just the one I’m
familiar with so I’m just kinda and that is the one that
your staff and I both like so I’m focusing on that. You see there in the middle of
the page there’s a provision where it talks about how it
works and the programs begins with an in-depth analysis of
the current district population and shifts and there would be a
public hearing in which members of the public can provide input about where communities
of interest are. And I think that would be at the very least an
opportunity publically to talk about what communities of
interest other than those that are legally protected by the voting rights act
exist in the district. And the importance to
the members of the board and to the community that because this is an
educational entity as opposed to some other kind
of municipal entity. And again, this is one of the
reasons why I like you working with a consultant who’s familiar
with educational entities. And it’s going to understand
that, that where you talk about that the discrete
school districts that feed into the district are a
community of interest that needs to be honored and respected
so that they understand as they look at whether your
lines need to be adjusted at all and especially if they
need to move any farther than those buffer zones
that Mr. Martin described, that they understand they
shouldn’t suddenly slash across the Acardia School
District in an effort to equalize the district unless
there’s no other way to do it. And there have been population
shifts in the district. It has not been static. And so they’re gonna make
some recommendations to you. I really do believe that. And that’s another
reason why I think that a consultant will
be of assistance to you. But there will be
these opportunities. The timeline that Crystal
has described for you shows that you’re going to have
redistricting proposals presented to the board. There will be a public
hearing on it. I hear that you know we need to
be sure that all constituencies in the community are aware
when you’re having meetings and you may even wanna
suggest some sub hearings out in the various 7
trustee areas so that members in the area have an opportunity. Those are things that you
could talk to the consultants about doing and then there
will be opportunities for public comment before a
final redistricting plan is submitted to you for approval.>>I assume if we want to we could also put together
our own committee to work with the consultants
to assist in that.>>They specifically indicate
that, you know, one option is for there to be a subcommittee of the board that
they would be–>>I was thinking more of a
community type subcommittee.>>Oh sure, yeah.>>– to work with
the consultants if we go that direction.>>Yeah, my experience
of them so far is that they know they need to personalize these
to various districts.>>Other questions or comments? It’s information only
so we will be back on our August 3rd
agenda for action. Is that the plan, Dr. Rocha?>>Yes, indeed President
Thomson.>>Okay. The next item we have on the agenda is future
board meeting dates, Wednesday, August the 3rd. I think we want to
talk just briefly about the time we start those. The closed session at 5, regular
business meeting starting at 6. I know Mr. Baum has
raised an issue about that and perhaps we can– if it’s
convenient with everybody else or acceptable to other
board members we can go back to 6 o’clock closed session and 7 o’clock regular
business meeting, is that– It works better for
Mr. Baum, I think.>>That’s what we set in our organizational
meeting in December so. And also for me personally
it would be easier to get in.>>Any problem in
changing it to 6 o’clock for the closed session
and 7 for the open? We went back to the
earlier time is because we have really
packed agendas and we wanted to get more time to
deliberate on things. So we’ll change the
times of that. We had some emails
from CEC students that wanted to address this. I don’t know if they’ve
appeared.>>I think this was
related to the CEC.>>Well, that’s one but
there were other emails that were– Anybody here from–>>Excuse me Mr. President.>>Oh yeah, it’s okay.>>I did meet with some
student [inaudible] today and I know they were here
in the audience earlier, they have since left
and they will be– And I have spoken with Dr. Rocha
about this meeting with them at some point to
hear their concerns and be able to address them.>>Good. Alright,
excellent then.>>I do want to express
my appreciation to Alex for we have our usual
prep meeting on Wednesdays and Dean Thayer was there. He conveyed to me the, more specifically
the student concerns so I think the next step is
that we’re going to work, to take an administrative
meeting. Staff and I will go over to
CEC next week and then meet with the concerned
students and report back.>>And just being clear, I’ll
be getting their information that are contacted for
when they are available that way we can set
up that meeting.>>Great. Fantastic, thank you. Dr. Rocha, your expectation we
will not have a second meeting in August, business
meeting in August?>>That has been our practice that we would not have
the second meeting in August and so I’m–>>If you decide to change your
practice I’m probably gonna be out of area during that meeting. [ Laughter ] [ Inaudible Remarks ]>>I might be too.>>We’re gonna be out of area
and Tony is out of the area so if you decide to change that practice there
may not be a forum. [ Laughter ]>>I just wanted to
make that very clear. We still have to find a
date for retreat meeting. We were hoping to find a Friday or a Saturday sometime
in August. I remised probably in not
sending out an email asking for people to give us time. I think August may be not
a very good month to try to pull all these
together for retreat.>>We’re thinking at this point
and this is not a, you know, anything but it saves
the date but it looks like the best time would be
so far the first Saturday in September after
Labor Day weekend. So–>>Okay, anything else? Any future agenda items? Mr. Baum.>>I have a request for a review of the extended learning
programs that we offer at PCC and then also a review
of policies related to the student activities fee.>>I’ll have Vice President
Miller prepare the report for you and so we– I’m
not sure, well let’s see if we can get that on
for you know August 3rd.>>For the student
activity fee or the XL?>>Oh, I’m sorry. I blanked out for a minute. We will have the student
activity fee proposal and procedures for peer review
for the August 3rd meeting.>>For action, possible
action too.>>For possible action and
you know, and I want to report that again Alex and
Dean Thayer met today, had an extensive meeting,
been working on this for a couple of weeks. They have done great work and so
I think the procedures proposal that we’ll be bringing to
you will be fully responsive.>>And then in extended
learning I just wanna make sure that we’re all in
alignment on what is the role and purpose of extended
learning. Revenue generation,
service to the community, that type of things so
that we can understand how that program is being
led– ran in this.>>We might do depending
on the timing. Dean Chapman and I will
be working on this. We might give you a kind
of a two-phase report. First phase, status
of things right now and give us a few weeks to a
month after that and come back with the plan to build it up for a revenue enhancement
perspective that’s acceptable to the Board.>>Other future agenda items? Mr. Martin.>>I’m interested in a
report and I’m actually, in my mind I see graphically of
a classroom utilization by day and time and I could
be flexible here but I was just viewing
your traditional calendar. There are 7 or 6 columns or 5
columns, Monday through Friday or Saturday and kind of an hour
by hour with a certain percent of the classrooms that are
used at 8 o’clock on a Monday versus 4 o’clock on a Tuesday
or 6 o’clock on a Wednesday or whatever that is
and that would be of interest to me or something. That’s the way I see it but
maybe there’s something similar that you already do
that’s simpler so, if the Board would let me have a
first pass at that on a meeting to see if we can get some
staff time I’d appreciate it.>>Okay, we welcome that. Other future agenda items? If not, I think we
stand adjourned. Thank you very much. [ Inaudible Remarks ] [ Music ]