– With Stephanie Lewis,
since she’s been our adult ed director, that would
absolutely be the first place for us to go. So I appreciate that, thank you. – We’re on it. Thank you, thank you. – Thank you, thank you very much. – President Baxter, a few questions. – Yes, yes. – So specifically, perfect slide. When you talked about dual enrollment, and you mentioned that there
were some regional funds available for faculty support, for specifically dual enrollment, what type of support would that be? Would it be teaching, type
of curriculum, or classes? – No, you know, dual enrollment is, as you saw the umbrella category, also called early college credit, where students take one or
two courses in high school that align directly,
are the same course work in the college, and they
transport those credits in over to the college. And they’ve already completed
part of their degree. The success of those students
is significantly higher if they take those in high school. And that’s something that
is in the very nascent stage at this college, and we
need to really ramp it up. So this faculty member
would work with not only with the student services,
but also work with the high schools to set
those relationship up and help our faculty in our CTE programs get those courses articulated and get those relationship set up. Also, that person would also be doing professional development
and just the whole curriculum alignment
piece, faculty-to-faculty. – Another question, so
thank you for that comment. I work in career pathways,
so I’m very familiar with that program specifically. But I’m concerned about
what type of support are we offering to these
high school students that sometimes come through this program and might not be prepared. I’m talking maybe about some specific type of support services that we offer maybe college promise students. Are we looking into anything like that? – [Woman] So are you
talking about students that are actually– Are you talking about students
that are here at the college, and they’re high school students, are we offering something special for them because they’re high school students and they’re kind of a couple years ahead? – Correct. – [Woman] Do you want
to answer that, Greg? – Sure. – He’s talking about the dual,
so that’s dual enrollment, right, so we have students
taking courses here at the college, and they’re
high school students. His question was do we offer
any special support services for those high schoolers
that are really kind of in the college environment where they’re actually high school students? – We do, and that’s the whole point. So our goal is to move away from, a lot of colleges in the
state are doing just kind of an ad-hoc approach to dual enrollment, where students just randomly
sign up for courses, they’re not part of a sequence,
they’re not supported. We saw something at Cal
State Long Beach recently where they did something similar and the success outcomes were very low. So for all of our programs,
we really take the time and that’s why it takes
a little bit longer to grow these programs to
make sure they’re successful. We take the time to build in tutoring and we take the time to
build in text book support, so the students are coming prepared. There are orientations ahead
of time to help prepare them before they enter the classroom. We do follow-up to make sure
they’re aware of drop dates, other important dates for them
as they’re moving through. So it’s really a very
structured opportunity for them. – One final question, so
following up on the email notifications that you
give out to students. From my own perspective, I
found that really helpful because I am a CT student,
I got notifications about some low classes that I
take and I enrolled in those, but when, and I see this
time and time again, whenever I take specific
CT courses, you know, sometimes they’ll start
off with 20 to 30 students and then at any point
during the semester is drops down to about 20 to 15
maybe even sometimes lower and the classes are just– I’ve never sat through a
class that remained all full students, so my question is what type of, are we doing any type of
outreach for students that are not only returning back
from semester to semester but not completing specific courses? – So, Greg, would this be,
or Dr. Peterson would this be a good place to talk
about Starfish and an early alert system that we
will start, help me when? Next, in the fall, where
we’re going to be able to, faculty are going to be able
to reach out to students who are not doing well and to
make recommendations to them. To recommend them to a
counselor, to recommend them to the tutoring
center, to the recommend them to the math success center. So we are, we have purchased that software and that will allow us to
do some direct intervention with students enrolled in courses. Initiated by the faculty, of
course, but kind of referring students to some of our support
services across the campus. We haven’t had that before, so
this will be a way, I think, a better way than maybe a
phone call or an email to you saying “Hey Alejandro,
haven’t seen you for awhile.” Hopefully to be more effective in that, and we’re hoping that that
will actually increase our retention and success in classes. Hopefully your faculty
already reach out to you, because I know that they
care about you greatly and if you don’t show up, they
should be reaching out to you. But yeah, that will allow
us to have a way to kind of monitor and follow-up and
make sure that students are using those support services
that we have here on campus. Greg, do you have anything to add? Okay. – [Alejandro] Awesome, thank
you, great presentation. – And I would say too, once we
learn more about the programs and where, we have to be
very careful about using this money for fixed expenses
because we all know what happens to the budget, it eventually does fall. But we can in some cases,
when we know more about it, we may be able to target,
we’re trying to figure out where to actually target
resources to do the best good for the students, not just
start spending the money. In some cases where we find out
that we know it’s beneficial we may be able to
provide more resources or more embedded services in
the classroom which may enable the student or help
us keep more students here. And help them not to leave. – Okay, thank you very much. – Just kind of in conclusion,
I think, I want to thank Ollie Smith and Brennan Carr for doing the presentation tonight. I think a lot of the
question that were asked went above and beyond what
is within Strong Workforce, but I think it was a very good discussion and hopefully what the
Board got out of it is that we are trying to do pretty much everything that we can or any
idea that is coming towards us in order to grasp and get our
arms around the enrollment. We know that the trend right
now is that enrollments are down and so we’re trying to come up with ways to help the students. You know, we have a lot
of things up in the air that is being implemented right now, but I think it’s all for the
benefits of the students. So hopefully that came through
tonight, loud and clear, of the various things that
are occurring on campus that aren’t yet complete, but
we are really working towards getting those done and up
and running and implemented. – Okay, thank you every much. Alright 5.1, Consent Agenda. Any item may be removed
from the Consent Agenda and considered separately
if a member of the Board of Trustee requests. No requests. Well, okay, wonderful. – [Woman] Move to approve consent, agenda. – [Virginia] Okay, Trustee Zia moved. – [Man] Second. – [Virginia] Trustee Otto seconded. – [Man] But I was going
to move everything. – [Virginia] Well, I think
it’s, isn’t that what we do? Oh, okay, okay. So we are approving the
entire Consent Agenda, that was the motion. – [Woman] Virginia Baxter. – [Virginia] Aye. – [Woman] Vivian Molaulu. – [Vivian] Aye. – [Woman] Doug Otto. – [Doug] Aye. – [Woman] And Sunny Zia. – [Sunny] Aye. – Okay, I’ve got to turn my page. And I don’t want to miss anything. 6.1, course additions to
general education plans B and C. Academic Center President Kane. – Thank you Board President Baxter. I present to the Board, course
additions to the general education plans B and C. – [Virginia] Do we move,
may I have a motion? – [Otto] So moved. – [Virginia] Moved by Trustee Otto. – [Trustee Malaulu] Second. – [Virginia] Seconded by Trustee Malaulu. Are there any questions? – I’d just like to have an
understanding of the rationale behind the additions. I think these are great
courses, especially since I’m a mathematician, math background. I like the math being added,
but just if you can provide an explanation, Karen, on
the basis for the additions. – The basis for the
additions to plans B and C or are you specifically
speaking about math, statistics. – [Sunny] No, all of the courses
you’re requesting approval. – So the discipline faculty are asking to have their courses placed on plans B, which is transferred to the
CSUs and C which is transferred to the UC system, so it
gives a lot more flexibility to the student as far as
transfer when these courses articulate on plans B and C. – [Virginia] Is that sufficient? – [Sunny] Yes, I just don’t understand what plans B and C are. – So at the top of page, plans B, we have plans A, B and C
general education patterns. Plans B, plan B is what the
student would follow if they intend to transfer to a CSU. Plan C would be for intent to
transfer generally to the UC. Plan A is our local degree. – So is there a reason why
certain courses are being recommended for Cal State versus UC. I just don’t understand
what the thinking behind putting it into different categories is. – So, plan B again is for CSU. Sometimes the articulations are easier. We often don’t know if a
UC will accept our courses. There’s a lot of work being
done now for articulation agreements with the
Ucs, but in some cases, like in English 53A, where
we’re just requesting plan B, they may already know that
the UC will not accept that course or they maybe just don’t feel that, they may have another course on plan C that is equally as good
for that articulation. – [Sunny] Okay, thank you. – [Virginia] Okay, call the roll please. – [Woman] Virginia Baxter. – Aye. – [Woman] Vivian Malaulu. – [Vivian] Aye. – [Woman] Doug Otto. – [Doug] Aye. – [Woman] Sunny Zia. – [Sunny] Aye. – [Virginia] Okay, 6, thank you. 6.2 modified and distance
learning courses. – So present these to
the Board for approval? – [Virginia] Please. Can I have a motion? – [Vivian] So moved. – [Virginia] Moved by Trustee Malaulu. Seconded by Trustee Otto. Is there any discussion? No, okay. – [Woman] Virginia Baxter. – [Vivian] Aye. – [Woman] Vivian Malaulu. – [Vivian] Aye. – [Woman] Doug Otto. – [Doug] Aye. – [Woman] And Sunny Zia. – [Sunny] Aye. – [Virginia] Okay, Academic
Center President Kane do you have any reports? 7.1. – I do, thank you Board President Baxter. I would just like to and I’m
so happy that Shauna Hegeman’s in the audient because I
was going to congratulate both Shauna Hegeman, our
Coordinator of Student Equity, and Jerry Florence, our Faculty
Professional Development Coordinator, for planning and executing a wonderful Flex day on
March 7th for our faculty. So, I’d like to enter that into the record and I’d also like to
thank Acting President, Superintendent President, Anne Marie Gable for attending our latest Senate meeting. She came and sat with us
during our business meeting and talked to the Senate
and informed the group of things that are going on
that maybe they didn’t know. So we really appreciate you doing that and being in attendance
with us last Friday. – [Virginia] Thank you,
Superintendent President’s Report. – Thank you Dr. Baxter. So I have a few things to
report out to the Board. The first thing is that we
received an intent to award another pre-apprenticeship
grant for heavy duty diesel and alternative fuel, so we’re going to be receiving about $500,000. We were one of four community
colleges that received this grant, so we’re happy
to see that coming our way. The other item I wanted
to inform the Board about is that one of our students, Meghan Wilt, was named to the All
California Academic team. She was one of 93 students
representing California and we will be holding or Phi Betta Kappa, the Honor Society will be
holding a reception in her honor this Thursday, March 30th,
from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in room T1300. Another item I wanted to
inform the Board about is that faculty have created a We Are The People teaching series that there
are five sessions to them. The first one was today. It was entitled History of
Nativism and Xenophobia. There will be two more in
April and two more in May and I will say that I was
fortunate enough to attend probably about the last 20
minutes of today’s presentation and it was very, very well done. So congratulations and kudos to the faculty that put that on. I know I saw Carlos Ramos
and Diana Ugamachi’s speech and it was really inspiring
to hear what they did. So I would encourage faculty,
staff, students to attend those that are upcoming in the future. The other thing I wanted
to announce is that our art gallery exhibit is changing
over, so between March 30th and April 27th, you can attend
or go visit the art gallery and see exhibits from two
of our very own faculty, Bryan Done, who has
pictures of Cambodia Town and then Linda King who has
some paintings that will be exhibited in there. The other thing I wanted to
announce is that Long Beach City College has been selected
as the Green School of the Year by the Green Education Incorporated. There will be an awards
ceremony on April 22nd at the Green Prize Festival
which is being held in Howlton Park and the
ceremony will be held from 11:30 to 12:30, but there’s
going to be a festival that goes on just about
all day long with booths. We are planning on having
a booth representing Long Beach City College
and so we’re working on the logistics of what we’re going
to present to the booth, but one of the things will
be all the green initiatives that we have put into our
buildings and our landscaping. But we’ll be working with
the instructional areas to see if there are potentially
some programs that we can advertise during that day as well. So those, that’s what
I wanted to announce, but I wanted to give a
little bit of my time to Executive Vice President
Lou Anne Bynum and she has a presentation that she would like to do. – Thank you, President Gable,
and if you’ll bare with me a little bit, I just wanted
to present a scholarship that comes from essentially
the Association of California Colleges Administrators. Every year they ask administrators
who are members to buy raffle tickets and you put
your tickets in a big old bucket and if you get your ticket pulled then that particular
administrator can allocate a scholarship to a student on the campus. I’m going to say a little
bit about this student first. You’ll probably know who
it is when I get started right off the bat. He’s a graduate from San Jose High School, first generation college student, currently enrolled in his third year at Long Beach City College. Within his first three weeks,
he was appointed as the representative of the
legislative affairs for the associated student body
and after awhile he became the student representative
on the district’s auxiliary board, overseeing the college
bookstore and food service and on the calendar committee
which sets the dates for each academic year. Aside from all the work that
he has done here internally at Long Beach City College,
he is serving his second term on the Student Senate
for California Community Colleges as the System Affairs
Director for Region Eight. He also is the student Senate
Liaison for the California Community College Association
of Student Trustees and the student representative
for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s
office Student Success and support programs, advisory committee, scorecard advisory group,
common assessment initiative steering committee and
institutional effectiveness partnership initiative and
he’s specialized training on leadership and
professional development. I don’t know how he finds
time to such a good job as a student here at Long Beach, but he’s recently a regional
organizer for the California College Promise Campaign and
hopes to use the Long Beach College Promise model to develop
programs across the state that cover tuition fees for
students in their first year. And currently, Alejandro
is serving his second term as student trustee with
plans to receive an AA in Administration of Justice
before transferring to California State University, Long Beach. I keep saying to him that
he has to keep going and become a college president some day. He’s a consummate
professional, totally committed to this institution,
exemplary leader for students. So it’s my pleasure to
be able to give him this $500 scholarship, yay. (applause) – Wait, wait, wait, can I take a picture? Where are the, where’s Stacy? Is that all right? – [Man] And I just want
to say that Alejandro has been very active
around campus in many ways that were not mentioned and
we have pictures of all those ways that we’ll present
to him after the meeting because he said he wanted
to, did you say burn, I don’t know, but anyway. – [Woman] We will be sending
his photograph also to ACCA and they will distribute
it to the membership as the student recipient
from Long Beach City College. So congratulations, Alejandro,
you really deserve it. (applause) – [Woman] Madam Chair. – Trustee Otto, do you
want to present the photos to Alejandro.
– Absolutely. – I said to him, who is
that person. (laughs) – Congratulations, this
personifies your presentation. – It’s from like high school,
how do you have these? – [Virginia] Oh is that from high school? – Yeah, a couple of these. – [Virginia] Oh, okay. The cheerleader outfit? – We don’t talk about that. (laughs) – Okay, now. – Madam Chair. – Oh yes. – I would just like, Alejandro, I would like to congratulate you. You’re very deserving,
you’ve always impressed me and I would like to share
that there have been a couple of times where I’ve called
Alejandro for input, assistance. He always comes through,
he always delivers. He’s very honest. A few times he said, “I
don’t know, I’ll find out.” Or, “Let me get back to you.” He’s very conscientious of his word and his time and I respect that. And I also want to share
that I believe Alejandro to be a young man of great integrity. I have a way of getting
information out of people and I asked him lots of
questions about the presidential search committee, I may have even threatened him a few times. He never gave anything up. We, in fact, some of us bullied him. We were in Sacramento in
January and we cornered him, maybe tortured him and
asked him for information and he just, poker face. He said, “I can’t talk
about it, I can’t tell you.” And honestly, Alejandro,
I expected you to tell us. I expected you to give us some names and he never did, so he
is definitely a young man of integrity, just very proud of you. I agree with Vice President
Bynum, I think you definitely have a future in education administration. So keep it up. – Trustee Zia. – Yeah, I’d like to say that
I wasn’t one of those people in Sacramento that was cornering him. – Nor was I. – Me either. – Okay, I wanted to echo
all the nice words that have been said about you, Alejandro. You’re just great. There’s just, you just really personify what a student trustee
should be and I’m glad you’re getting this scholarship. I’m sure you’re going to
be putting it to good use. It’s also, I also, the
first time I met Alejandro we connected on our favorite show on HBO and that’s a plug for the show, The Wire. That sums up the political
science in one show alone and I will never forget that
you and I hit it off right away and I’m really proud of you and I’m sure you’re going to pay it forward. Thank you. – Now with all that, can you
actually give your report? – Thank you. I was trying to make
it brief, but I think, I’ll express my deepest
gratitude to the College itself. It’s been my third year
and it looks to be my final year and I’ve had a lot
of great opportunities and I mean, I keep running
into Doug sometimes up in Sacramento sometimes. It’s super exciting to see
that administration here at the college just being really involved at the statewide level as well. But I really do thank you all
for everything you’ve done and everyone here, I can’t
remember how many emails I’ve sent out with random
questions with forwards directly to the administrators
with the college of trustees and they’ve all been very
responsive and very helpful along the way, so thank you all for that. I’m really looking forward
to seeing what I can do to better student life here at the college and hopefully leave it a better place is what we always envision, right. But sorry, it threw me a little off, but let me go back to my actual report. I wasn’t expecting that, so thank you. First off, I think from
a student perspective we’re really looking forward
to working with Dr. Ramali. We’re really excited to
have her join the team and looking forward to see
what she can do for students here at the college. Going back to a little bit
about some student engagement stuff that’s happening locally, statewide and at the federal level. I’ve heard a to of
positive feedbacks about our congressional townhall that
we had with Allen Loenthall. And hopefully we can find a
way to continue that tradition. Hopefully have some more
individuals from the legislature come out and really share
their voice and see what students can do in the
future if they want to follow in those footsteps. I thought that was
really productive there. And kind of going off of that theme, that same night, I think
it was actually during that congressional town
hall that we decided. And by we, I mean a group
of like four students, we decided to drive up to
Sacramento that same night. That Monday to make it to a
hearing on Tuesday morning. So we drove out, probably
around 11, maybe midnight. So I had myself, Dow, former AC President, reporter from the College Viking and then a student from
Santa Barbara City College and we literally just drove up all night to make it to the Sacramento hearing. Specifically it was Assembly Sub Committee on college finance. So the things they were
talking about during that day was, you know, the college promise. We talked about full-time
student success grants. We talked about the assembly
was passing or moving forward with, not the
cancellation of the middle class scholarship, which will
effect a lot of students that transfer out of our system,
but it was a really great opportunity to just drive. It sounds a little weird. We literally decided during
the congressional town hall. We were like, alright we’re doing this. We’re there and we’ve
got to do what we can and speak our voice for the
students here at the college, especially with the College
Promise Initiative moving forward at the statewide level. Hopefully we can get some
more students to do that. It was a great opportunity. It wasn’t my first attendance
to a congressional, excuse me, to a subcommittee hearing, but for the students
that came, they provided a lot of great feed back as well. Then there was an article
that was shared out through the Viking and there was a
couple of students that asked me, they were like, “Okay cool, when are “you guys going up next.” You know, “What can we do?” “Which subcommittee can we attend?” You know, “What can we
share our story with “at the legislature?” And hopefully we can find
a way to institutionalize that, you know we have this,
the adoption will be the student representation
committee that will help students get involved
at the statewide level and beyond that, but we’ll
do what we can for the time being to share our stories,
not only here at the Board, but to share it to a statewide audience. Hopefully they can pass policies that are considerate to our students,
that resonate well with the messages we’re trying to portray. And hopefully, we as a Board,
because I know that’s one of our Board goals is to
support federal and state legislative efforts to better our students or to college affordability. So I’m looking forward to
seeing what we’re going to be doing in the near future with that. On another note, good luck
to all the students taking midterms this week and from
the time being between our next meeting and then good luck
to all the faculty that will be grading all those midterms. I have terrible handwriting,
so I can just apologize for those few classes that I have to, that will have to grade my essays. Then hopefully everyone
has a productive and/or fun spring break, because
productivity is sometimes fun. But yeah, we’re looking forward to that. Thank you all for the great words. Just to let you all know,
Doug looks like he took some picture off my Facebook, so if you all need someone to
do some investigative work, I guess he goes beyond
lawyering and does some Facebook stalking as well. (laughs) Just want to let everyone know. Thanks. – Thank you, Trustee Malaulu, do you want to start with the reports? – Thank you. At our last meeting on February 28th, I had to step out of the room and missed giving my report,
so I’m going to back pedal just for a little bit to
share that as I mentioned earlier, several of us
were in Sacramento for the legislative conference and it
was a really good experience to be able to sit at the table
with legislators and staffers and to lobby on behalf of the college. I know that I have a lot to
learn and I learned a lot from that experience, being
able to go to the department of finance and specifically
ask them to reconsider some of our programs,
some of our projects, was really a great learning
opportunity for me. To be able to bring
that back to our campus and gave me a wider perspective,
a better understanding of the way things really work and I know when I was in the classroom
it was really easy to put in a request for an item
and just hope that it landed somewhere and got approved, but to fully appreciate the channels
that it has to go through and the administration that’s involved in taking those requests
against hundreds of other requests on campus. It was very meaningful to me. I also attended a lot of
the opening activities for second semester. The Join a Club Days, I
was there both campuses. Served a lot of hot dogs, almost participated in the tug of war and thought better of it,
so glad that I didn’t. Also the, at the PCC
Campus, they had a giant inflatable obstacle course thing and it was really neat because
we got to see students and staff participate in that. So just want to commend
the activities staff involved in promoting both
of those projects on campus, both campuses, they were very successful. Again, again and again,
I know I keep asking and John Pope, Stacy I know you’re here, they’ve been doing a good
job trying to get the word out to students, but again
I hear the same thing, “We didn’t know about it.” I have been talking to John
Pope and he says that we’re waiting for a couple
of contracts to expire before we look into a
mass communication system so that we can get quick
text blasts to students and let them know that this is happening. We, like I said, I’m going
to keep saying this over and over again, we host lots
of great activities, but what good is it if there’s only
a handful of students there. So we’ve got to make sure
that we reach students and let them know what’s happening, so they can be more highly attended. Also, on February 24th, my
mom and I got to attend the Val Kilner event, my husband was with us and that was really neat. So I’d like to commend the
theater department for that amazing experience. I understand that we were
there on Friday night and there were probably about
maybe 300 in the audience and Saturday night they said it was 500. So that was great. I’m happy to see that Val
Kilner would grace our campus. I attended an NAACP event,
in fact I attended two NAACP events, Long Beach
Branch events on dialogue for youth of color in our community interacting with police and police safety. I was able to take my kids to that. I did see some LBCC students
there who are interning for the NAACP, which is really inspiring to be able to see our students
engaged in the community with such meaningful projects. And of course the majority
of my time as a trustee has been spent with the
presidential search. Talking to people. A lot of people, we received
a lot of phone calls, a lot of emails, there’s
so many people who care and are concerned about
the decisions that we made. Once again, I’d like to
thank the search committee. Thank the staff, Acting
Superintendent, President Gable for the many things that they
did throughout the process. Jackie Hahn played a very important role. Cindy Hanks and her staff,
making sure that our meetings went smoothly, especially
because we had some technical logistics that we had to just really, we had to make sure that
everything was smooth. So everybody did a great job. Attended a couple of other
events around the community, representing LBCC. There was a couple of
lunches and breakfasts and I’m happy to say that the
tables were full both times. So somebody’s listening and
somebody’s paying attention and the best part about
that is that the tables were full and there were students there. And that, that makes all the difference. To be able to bring our
students into the community because it opens up their
mind and exposes them to what happens in the real world. On March 13th, we did conduct
another closed session with an interview with
actually the candidate that we selected as a follow-up interview. That was also, our Board
has been very accommodating with a lot of closed sessions
and a lot of extra meetings to make sure that we were thorough and we vetted each candidate. As far as that, I’d like
to wish everybody good luck with their midterms, especially
like Alejandro said, you’re good, he talked about the
faculty having to grade them. Lots of times, I always had
papers to grade with me. So I know exactly what
you’re going through. Hope everybody has a safe
and enjoyable spring break and get ready to come back
and finish the semester strong and then we look
forward to Dr. Regan Romali joining our campus. So very exciting things ahead. Thank you everybody for
everything that you do on campus. Really appreciate it. – [Virginia] Okay, than you, Trustee Otto. – I’ll be very brief in
the interest of time. I too would like to thank
the search committee for the hard work that they engaged
in in the superintendent president selection process. There’s a lot of work and I
know everybody didn’t make it through the process, but nevertheless, we really appreciate
the work that they did. We’re glad that we reached a conclusion and we’re optimistic that
we’ll have a contract at our next Board meeting. I was in Sacramento for
Consultation Council last month, or maybe it
was earlier this month. Those are always interesting experiences because what it is you
learn what the issues are statewide that effect
Long Beach City College. It’s a great perspective to have and with that, I’ll conclude, thanks. – Okay, Trustee Zia. – Well, the night or the
day has finally come, we selected our leader
and I expect that everyone will work very hard to
make sure she’s successful. I know she’s the people’s
choice, so I have no doubt. I’m looking forward to
seeing her come on board and introducing her to
everyone, to the community. I just want to thank everyone
for their participation. The community, our employees, everyone and thank my colleagues for their commitment and their effort. That’s all I have President Baxter. – Alright, thank you. Just a couple of things for me. I’ll start at the end and then go forward. I did attend the teach in series today entitled History of
Nativism and Xenophobia and I have to tell you that
I went because I’m a history teacher and I wanted to
see who was presenting and what they were saying. So I want to thank Dr. Gilbert Estrada, who did a magnificent job. Nativism and Xenophobia are
not new to the United States. They began really in 1607,
so he did a very good job of outlining a very long
period in a very short time. Then Carlos Ramos,
Gilbert is from History, Carlos Ramos is from Social Science, then Diana Ogamachi from Counseling talked about her father’s
experience as Japanese-American during World War II and his internment and how he felt and how he was treated. And then finally, Dr.
Romchandran Setheramanen and I practiced that a lot. Seth is a librarian, Department
Head of Library Science and he talked about something
I studied California history a long time ago, but he
talked about the relationship between East Indian/Punjabi
Sikhs, who came to California in the late 19th, early 20th century and after they arrived
people in the government decided that no more could come, so these men arrived and they
couldn’t bring their wives and so the ones who were
not married, I don’t want to accuse them of polygamy,
intermarried with Mexican women who were in California and
so they created a whole society up in Yuba City and
it was very interesting. I’d never heard anything
about it and I thought it. And I love to learn and that’s
why I’m at Long Beach City College and so I would recommend to anyone to go to the four remaining. These are the topics. Resistant social movements,
women’s rights and concerns, U.S. foreign policy and
then domestic policy. So I’m really looking forward to these. Four of them were in T1200 and
the the last one is in B135. So excellent topics and I have to tell you the room was full of students. And Vivian when you go back
to why people don’t go to events, I’d like to
believe the reason the room was full was because the
faculty encourages people to go. So the more we can get the
faculty to buy into talk about what programs are going
on, the happier I will be. Then I actually listened
to two webinars today. The webinar was from the
newspaper in Washington D.C. that we all subscribe to, but
whose name I can’t remember. Just college presidents
giving their views on what’s happening with the new administration. So it was very interesting. Survey was done by
Georgetown and those results. And then last week, Trustee Otto and I listened to a webinar put on
by the Community College League about pending legislation in
the Assembly and in the Senate. It was very interesting. I was so glad because there
are a number of issues, yeah there’s like 20 in the
Assembly and maybe 10 in the Senate, that particularly
effect education. And so I thought the league
was really great about getting this out to us so that we
are aware of what’s going on. Then, last Friday,
attended the Beverly O’Neil leadership conference and
was pleased to see so many students and community members there. And then Allen Loenthal, and
I want to thank Congressman Loenthal for coming on campus. I invited him to come back at anytime. I think it’s an honor when
our Congressman wants to come to our institution and speak to the public and that was the audience was filled. There were at least 800
people in the audience and it was just a great town hall. Then I attended the homeless
veteran’s stand down at Vet’s Stadium along
with Trustee Kellogg and Trustee Malaulu and there were
over 400 homeless veterans there and all the different services, not only that the
college offered, but also like the Red Cross and
the VA and every segment of society dealing with veterans. So I want to solute our
veterans office under the leadership of Rochelle Ross
for putting that all together. It was very, very good. I also too, want to welcome Dr. Ramali, when she comes to our fair city. And outlying cities. I reminded our consultant
to tell her that Lakewood and Signal Hill and Avalon,
although it would be pretty hard to be president and live in Avalon, are part of our district. So I’m looking forward to her arrival. And I want to thank Acting
Superintendent President Emery Gable for doing an outstanding job and so that is my report. Now we’re on to upcoming reports. – [Man] Trustee committee. – Oh, trustee committees. The only, yes, Vice
President Jeff Kellogg and I now are through with the
ad hoc committee serving to facilitate the selection
and then Trustee Zia and I are on the audit
committee which is scheduled, the meeting is May 17
at 5:30 and are there any other, it’s not May 17th? It’s in May. Yeah, and so are there
any other committees? I don’t think so. Okay and then upcoming
reports that will be brought to the Board, LBCC
Foundation presentation, Guided Pathways, Enrollment Management, Student Veterans Services,
Strategic Plan Update and Strategic Plan
Metrics, Tentative Budget and Facilities Master Plan. So we have a lot going on. – [Woman] Madam Chair. – Yes. – I would just like to
follow-up on two requests for reports that I made
at the December meeting. One was for a report on the
services that our veterans students receive on campus. – I think I just said that,
Student Veterans Services. I guess I didn’t– – What month would that be in? – Superintendent President Gable? – [Gable] May. – May, okay. And then also I requested
some kind of report or overview of the role
that our students play when it comes to shared
governance, specifically with the hiring or where
students are required to sit at tables and make
decisions for the college. – I don’t want to, I have
an idea of what’s correct, but Superintendent President
Gable, do you want to– – I think Vice President
Peterson had commented a little bit about that. This is when I requested
to have just an overview or report on the role that students play. – So, it was my recollection
when that came up in December that the Board chose
not to request that report. So it was, what we had
discussed was students are one piece of the governance process. And I believe that the
discussion was we could bring forward how our planning
structures work and show all the various committees,
but it was my understanding that that was requested not to occur and so it has not been
placed on the future reports. – [Vivian] Who requested
for it not to be presented? – [Virginia] I have to
tell you I don’t remember. – Yeah, I don’t recall that. All I recall is that I
requested those two reports back in December and I’m glad
to see that there’s something happening with the veterans,
but I would just like a more clear and it doesn’t have
to be a lengthy report, but just an overview of
the different committees or the different opportunities
that students have to sit on any shared governance activity. Yes, Alejandro. – Yeah, maybe that could
be part of your report. – Yeah, if you wanted to
get a specific student, either myself or Eric, it’s
something we’re working on internally, so we can definitely
do that follow-up report. – [Virginia] Yeah, would you
be willing, do you think you’d be able to do it at the April or do you think the May meeting? You’ve got to do that homework. – Which one is the least. – May is your last meeting, so– – Yeah, so maybe the May
meeting would be the capstone. – You’re getting close to the end. – Yeah, I don’t know if we
have a bunch of agenda items that meeting, so I’m not sure. – I think we have a bunch
of items at every meeting. – [Alejandro] Yeah, that’s true. – [Gable] Yeah, May would work. – [Alejandro] May it is. – [Virginia] Okay, so we’ll put you down. Thank you for volunteering. – [Vivian] Thank you, thank you. – Okay, 8.1, oh I did that, sorry. 9.1, AFT Bargaining President, Thomas Hamilton, come forward. Good evening. – Good evening President
Baxter, Board of Trustees, Interim President Gable,
staff, faculty and citizens that are still here in the evening time. First of all to the Board of Trustees I want to say thank you,
thank you, thank you. You got it right as far as with
the selection of Dr. Ramali to be our new President Superintendent. And also Trustee Alejandro, as far as like from Sacramento to back to the board room on the hiring committee
and then that scholarship that you have, probably
looking next month we’re going to San Francisco so we
can take it to the wharf and we’ll take care of it. So no problem on that. And as far as on the Board,
I want to say congratulations and thank you as far
as for listening to the bargaining units concerns,
as far as like in the selection process as far
as going throughout this and I know just like Trustee Alejandro, we were sworn to secrecy as
far as not to discuss things, as far as you know, Trustee Malalugu as far as different ways
of persuasion as far as to get people of stuff
to see what’s going on. And I know it’s a long process and I know you guys labored hard. The fact that it’s impressive
that it was unanomous. So going forward we’re lucky
we don’t have to worry about those two to three, three
to ones and all those different votes, that
you guys would be on the same page at the same time
reading everything together collectively, we appreciate that. On one note, as far as,
because I can’t leave here without getting on my classified agenda is that back in January I
asked to have the restoration of classified employees
make an agenda items. It’s now March and as of yet,
I haven’t seen that being placed on an agenda. I would like at this time to request that, to have a look at this
and then find out the slow process on this. We had the lack of work, lack of funds back in 2012, it is now March 2017 and that process is still not complete. It’s ongoing and moving ever so slowly. I ask for your assistance
in looking into this as far as to get a report
on it, find out where we are and why it’s taking so long
in order to have this happen. We have employees that’s
labeled as 10 months, 11 months employees and
employees in some cases been working two years for 12 months. So, can’t say that it’s not any money because you’re paying the
people for July and January. The injustice to the employees is, they can’t use sick leave
during those two months, they don’t get their PERs
credit during those two months, they don’t get the vacation
and sick leave that they would be earning if they were
12 month assigned employees. So it’s an injustice
to classified employees that you break them back,
bend them down and reduce them and then bring
them back and work them and don’t compensate them
to the fullest that they should be compensated. So I ask you again, to
check into this for us. Thank you. – Okay, Vice President Del Gadio, could you give a report on
this at some future meeting. Is that possible? Superintendent President Gable? – Well, that’s actually
something that subject to negotiations, so it will
be discussed at the table. – Well, I think we can
discuss the concept behind it. – [Virginia] Okay, that’d be great. – How we got to where were are
and why we are where we are. – [Virginia] Okay, that sounds wonderful. – Yeah. – Thank you very much. Is Karen Roberts here? LBCC, FA President Janae Hunn. – Good evening Board, President
Gable, administrators, faculty, staff, students
and community members. So I first just want to
say thank you for selecting Dr. Regan Ramali as our
next LBCCD President. LBCC FA is excited to welcome her and we look forward to a collaborative, robust relationship with her
and serving our community, our students. Second, I just want to say
that we’re in negotiations with the District, so we are
negotiating our full contract which expires this June. Wouldn’t it just be
amazing and awesome to have everything wrapped up before
Dr. Ramali assumes presidency. Wishful thinking and I
will just share one sign that some of our science
faculty made for this evening. They were here earlier, in fact, our physical sciences, geography
and the LARS department, Learning and Academic
Resources, were here earlier so they created one sign that reads Labs, Real one-to-one, basically equity. Our parpty to be paid for their labs at the same ratio that
they’re paid for lecture. I’m just mentioned this
because they had the sign and this is subject to negotiations. So my last point is we are having Mani Tao come to our April E Board meeting and he’s going to be
speaking to the LBCC FA leadership about security and the threat, let’s see, threat assessment, so he’s an expert from UCI
and we’re looking forward to heard some of his insights and how to make us a safer campus. Thank you. – Okay, thank you. And now we have public
comments on non-agenda items. A total of three minutes
will be allowed each speaker, with a maximum of 20 minutes
unless extended by the Board President and we have two
people who filled out comment cards, the first is Gordana Kaisher, and she would like to speak about the proposed Olympic pool facility. And Anne Contrell, if you just want to stand by that’s perfect where you are. Because she’s speaking
on the same subject. Thank you. – Good evening trustees. My name is Gordonna Cager,
I’m a member of the public. Also happy graduate of
the horticulture program out at your city college campus at PCC. I’m here to speak to you about
your new Olympic sized pool that’s going to be built
here on campus with funds from the measure LB bond
measure from June 2016. I’m here to make you aware
of a Long Beach City project to build an aquatic center,
similar type of aquatic center at Bellmont Plaza, up here in the third district of Long Beach. The pool that the City
is proposing to be built isn’t funded, it’s $103 million project versus the proposed project for your pool which is roughly $28 million. We need more Olympic sized
pools in the city of Long Beach, pools for recreation, pools
for family for students, for our community. I’m here to speak to you
because there are a number of concerns about the proposed
project at Bellmont Plaza. It’s a replacement of
pool that’s been there for quite some time which was demolished as a result of seismic issues. The pool has been approved
by our planning commission and is moving to city council
in the next few months. I’m an appellant on that decision. I feel that that pool is too pricey and it’s in the wrong
place and it’s a bad policy for the City of Long Beach. I’m here to ask you, in
a very uninformed way, to find out if there’s
an opportunity for LBCC and the City to develop a joint project. Your measure LB funds call
for partnerships between the City, the community and students. I wonder if this might be an
opportunity to build a pool here on your campus that
could meet the needs of the City of Long Beach
and their proposed project at the Plaza which is again not funded. There is no forseeing backfill
of $40 million that’s needed. The entire project is
$103 million as I’ve said. $60 million of (mumbles) lands funds. So, I’d like to start a conversation. I don’t know how to do that. I’d like to start a dialogue, how can we develop a plan that could potentially solve the needs, serve
the needs of our community in a way that saves everybody money, but develops an aquatic center
that we could all be proud of. I ask you simply to
open some communication. I would love to speak with Trustee Otto, as a representative of
that part of Long Beach and hope that we can speak more. – Okay, thank you. Anne Cantrell. – Yeah, Anne Cantrell. I was a student here at City College in 1951, probably before
any of you were born. I went on and graduated
from Cal State Long Beach and I was so impressed with
the education I got here that I sent three of
my four children here. The fourth wanted to go to UCLA. I also came back as an
adult and took classes in anthropology because you
have a very strong department. I too am here to talk about
the Bellmont Plaza Pool and the possibility that
your suggested pool, we might have a partnership with the City. I understand that you
have a citizens committee that is going to be planning this and I’m wondering if this
might be a place to start. If we could talk to the
committee while they’re in the planning stage, as I
understand the timeline is this summer of 2017
these talks will be going on and that you are going
to be doing the design in 2018, and I think this is
the ideal time to start talking about whether this could be a partnership. If you could let us know
if this is a possibility, we would appreciate it. Thank you. – Thank you. – Just in the interest of
full disclosure two things. One is, the committee that
we have is a bond oversight committee, it doesn’t plan projects. They make sure that we’re
doing them correctly. And secondly, this idea has been vetted, I can’t tell you how
well, but over a year ago I talked to the City about
this idea, some of your concerns are the same
kinds of concerns I had. There were meetings that
were held at the college, well I don’t know whether
they were at the college, but with the city and for whatever reasons I was not part of those meetings. No joint project was
proposed to go forward. I’m telling you what I’ve
heard, not what it is that I know, but it’s not a new idea. But I would be happy to
talk to you about this. – Gordano also lives in your District. – I know. – Okay. – President Baxter, I know
we have gone over the future reports, but this is the first time, I didn’t realize that Trustee
Otto has had an engagement on this in the past. I was not aware of this
piece of information. I’d like to get more information
and explore the input we received tonight to see
if it’s a viable option. I’m a little bit surprised
that there have been meetings held on the topic without our knowledge, at least my knowledge
or the Board as a whole. It would be interesting to
get information on this item, so we can have an opportunity
to explore the idea. At its face it seems pretty plausible, but I’d like to find out more. So would it be possible to get
a future report on that item at a later meeting? – Okay, Gordana called me
as a result of an article that was in the Long Beach Post. So this was the first
that I had heard about it. I encouraged her to come
to the Board meeting and told her she had to sit
through the whole thing. I know that we have a
policy, President Gable, I don’t know if you
want to share the policy or if you want to meet with the two ladies or how you want to handle this. – I can, I will, I know
President Oakley sent the discussion that were had. The City approached us and
wanting us to go in partnership with the City, so basically
take the $28 million that we had allocated to
build an aquatic center here on our campus, they had
asked us to take those funds and put it into the
Bellmont Plaza Project. We denied that request for many reasons, but primarily because it’s
not in the best interest of our students. Our swimming pool is used
from probably 6 a.m. to 10 p.m almost every single day,
which includes weekends. So in looking at trying to do a joint use with the city, we don’t have
a whole lot of free time that would be available for
residents of the city to use. The other aspect is we are
building one swimming pool and the Bellmont Plaza, I
believe has five swimming pools, which includes a diving platform, a complex that seats
over 2,000 individuals, a warm-up pool, I mean it is a complex. What we are building will
be one pool that will meet the needs of college
and will be in accordance with the competition needed for a college and not necessarily the competition
needed for the Olympics. Which is what will be built for or what is proposed at the Bellmont Plaza. – Can I make one other comment. And remember the way
that these things work, I’m not expressing an
opinion one way or the other, but you have a bond measure. In the bond measure you
have to list the projects that you’re going to
fund with those monies and pretty much how much
they’re going to cost, not exactly obviously. It just creates barriers to
moving forward in some ways. My suggestion was they build it at PCC, because it would be right
across the street from what used to be Chinick
Field and would create, I thought could energize the
whole north end of the sixth district, especially over
there by Mary Butler, there was actually some
land and blah, blah, blah. But we passed a bond measure
that again constrains us in many ways in terms of how
we can move forward on these things and we can still
talk about it I’m sure, but those are the things
that are going on. Like I said, I was not part
of those conversations. – President Baxter, I’m still. I’m very perturbed about how only, it seems like there’s a
couple of the trustees or at least one trustee in
particular had knowledge of it and there’s nothing wrong with
that it’s just that it would be great to have consistent
information for all trustees. It is whether we decide
collectively to do one thing or another, it’s up to us,
but it would be important for us to look at the
information that perhaps was presented in the past and
also this is the community’s college, last time I checked. We do, I think it would
be important for us, to explore what are some
of the benefits or maybe some sort of a partnership
if that’s even possible. I’d like to have an understanding of that. I’m not getting comfort
of just getting surficial information obviously
because it’s not agendized. And I’d like to have
a better understanding of what we’re looking at. – No go ahead Trustee Otto. – I’m pretty offended by
your comment, Trustee Zia. You seem to be saying that
I had special information and I didn’t share it with people. I had an idea, I raised it
and I didn’t do anything else with it, I don’t
think that I’m obligated to come to this Board with every
single thought that I have. And you seem to be
insinuating that I’m carrying on some kind of individual
campaign that freezes people out and that’s not it at all. – No, that’s not what
I’m saying Trustee Otto and if that’s how it came
across, that wasn’t my intent. This goes back to the wave
of information that has been disementated in the past by perhaps former leadership that we’ve
had on our administration. I don’t believe I have
knowledge of the information that has potentially
been presented to you. – I have not information
presented to me by President Oakley, by anybody. – Okay, you said yourself
that you knew about this, you talked to the City,
there were meetings held. None of this information. – I did not say that. You are putting words in my mouth. – Did you not say? – What I said was that I had this idea, I said what do you think
to somebody at the City. It’s my understanding that
there were some conversations that went on, I was not
an advocate for this. I didn’t– – That’s not what I’m saying. I’m not saying you were an
advocate or you were against it, obviously this information
pertains to our bond and it is to a pool that’s
Olypmic size that the community may benefit,
I’d like to have a better understanding, I’d like
to have the information to be mindful of what the
public is expressing to us and not just dismiss it. – What information that the
public is presenting to us? – The information that we
heard from the public tonight. If you don’t want to hear it Trustee Otto, that’s your discretion, I’m requesting. – Trustee Zia, we normally–
– Excuse me Trustee Otto. – We normally do not discuss these things after they’re brought up and it was not– – Right, I’m asking for an
agenda item, Madam President, to be placed on the next Board
agenda or the following one to discuss it, so that we
can properly agendize it and discuss it and have consistent
and same information for all trustees to explore. We may decide not to entertain the idea, but it’s a worthy idea that
the community can benefit from. That’s just what I’m suggesting. Now you may disagree, you
may not want to entertain it, this is just my perspective. – But you’re saying again that
I had special information. – No, that’s not what I’m saying. That’s an inference you’re making and that’s up to you, I have
no control of how it lands or, that’s not the intent of what I said. So please don’t misconstu it
and put words in my mouth. – Okay, let’s finalize this. We are going to go into closed session. The following things will be discussed, item 1.6, negotiation items
pursuant to government code section 54957.6 LBCC FA,
then 1.7 negotiation items pursuant to government
code section 54957.6 CHI. 1.8 negotiation, items pursuant
to government code section 54957.6 AFT, 1.9 pursuant to
government code section 54957 public employee and employment
performance evaluation, discipline, dismissal. After closed session, there
will be no reporting out. Correct. Okay, so we will now
adjourn to closed session. The next meeting with be Tuesday, April 25 at the liberal arts campus in this room. Closed session at 4 o’clock,
open session at 5 o’clock. Open session is adjourned.