LBCCD Board Meeting – August 28, 2019

Good afternoon, everyone,
we’re going to get started. It’s 4:30 on the dot.
(gavel bangs) I’d like to call the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees to order. Today is Wednesday, August 28th at 4:30, and we’re gonna have roll
call, Madame Secretary, please? Here. Vivian Malauulu? Here. Uduak-Joe Ntuk? Doug Otto? Sunny Zia?
Here. All right, at this time, are
there any public comments on closed session items? Madame Secretary, did anyone submit a– There are none, there are no comments. All right, thank you very much. We are going to go into item 1.4, which is a conference with Real Property Negotiators pursuant to government code 54956.8. And then after that,
we’ll go into item 1.5, personnel, pursuant to
government code section 45957. At this time, we will recess
to closed session, thank you. All right.
(gavel bangs) All right, if everyone can
please take your seats, we’d like to get started, it’s 5:35, and we’d like to start on time,
please, welcome, everyone. All right, so we’re gonna
jump right into item 2.1, reconvene open session, it is now 5:35. I’d like to call this regularly
scheduled meeting to order, and Student Trustee
Donnell Jones, welcome. We’ve missed you, can you please lead us in the flag salute? Sure, thank you, please stand. Place your right hand over
your heart, ready, begin. – [Group] I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you, Madame Secretary,
could you please take roll? Virginia Baxter?
Here. Vivian Malauulu?
Here. Uduak-Joe Ntuk?
Here. Doug Otto?
Here. Sunny Zia?
Here. And Donnell Jones?
Here. Okay, at this time, I’d like to report on closed session items,
we did have two items during closed session,
and one of those items has to be continued to a
second closed session, lucky us, at the end of this meeting. So with regard to item 1.4, conference with our attorneys regarding
Real Property Negotiations, the board met with its legal
counsel in closed session, pursuant to government
code section 54956.8, direction was provided to
the district’s legal counsel. And with regard to item 1.5, personnel, we will continue that in
a second closed session at the conclusion of this meeting. At this time, we will have public comment on agenda items, and we
do have five speakers. So if you can kindly line
up there at the podium when I call your name,
that would be awesome. Susan Trask, Anita Tushnet, Steve Asken, Thomas Hamilton, and Rena Ping. Welcome, please state your name and the item that you
are here to speak on. (Susan mumbles) I’m gonna take a pause. – [Virginia] Is your mic on? Pardon? – [Virginia] Is your mic on? Yeah, okay, 4.12. I’ve written this little, what am I gonna say, about
500 times since last Friday. I support you all, love you all, you’re all passionate, Sunny and Vivian, equally passionate, different ways. I know you’re both
dedicated to the campus, the students, the
community, and what’s going on just breaks my heart, it hurts deeply. And so I just have some questions, I know you can’t answer them now, but maybe they’ll be brought up later. What exactly does censoring mean, and what does it entail? Has it happened before at
Long Beach City College, and how long is it in effect for? How does this affect accreditation, our students, staff, and community? I just want to say that I’m sure that we’re all different,
there’s a lot of truths here, there’s a lot of different
faiths and religions and way of being, we all
hear things differently. But I think we all come
here with a common purpose, and that’s to do the best
we can for our students, and the College has just been
wonderful these last few years under Dr. Romali’s loving, kind ways, and it’s just, I was so excited, and then this crash happened. So I’m just hoping that we
can take this opportunity that this crisis has brought us to and show people how to make amends and work together, even when
we have differences, thank you. Thank you, next speaker, please. My name’s Anita Tushnet,
and I’m very short. So I’m here to speak on item 4.12. I actually watched the
entire board meeting. I was doing other things
during most of it, but I did tune in, and my impression was that it began with an honest effort to clarify something very confusing, and it was confusing, and
then it went off the rails. I think censure is an
extreme statement to make about anyone, particularly, again, I’ve read the letters,
both from both sides, and I know that Trustee Zia has asked to apologize, and to take any training that is required, and also to participate in a full board retreat. Watching the dynamic of the board, I think the full board retreat
is what should be done, and I think censure should
be taken off the table, and you should work in
private with a facilitator to resolve what seem to
be pretty deep differences that sort of pop up in
weird ways during a meeting. So please vote against censure, and go into a board retreat
with a facilitator, thank you. Thank you very much, next speaker, please. Hi, my name is Steve Asken. I’m also here to speak about item 4.12. I appreciate what the
previous speaker said, but I am gonna add something that relates to the legal obligations of
each of the five board members. I’m an LBCC parent, I’m also a member of the LBUSD Special
Ed Advisory Committee, and as a parent, I really wish that the main reason I was here was to thank this great board for
reinstating career education and for providing excellent
support for disabled students. However, unfortunately, I’m here instead with a lesson in English language and constitutional law regarding
Trustee Malauulu’s motion to censure a fellow trustee
for blasphemous behavior. And saying I’m here to teach
a little bit about that, I am neither an English
teacher nor a lawyer, so I’m a layperson speaking about this. But first the English language, Merriam-Webster defines
blasphemy as the act of insulting or showing contempt or
lack of reverence for God, not for another human being. A Jew quoting the
Christian scriptures during an argument might have been censured or worse for blasphemous behavior, which is what the
resolution leads off with, in medieval Europe, but
never in America today. Second, the constitution,
the Supreme Court, and I’m gonna urge each
of you to look at this before you vote, if this
resolution remains on the floor, the Supreme Court long ago
ruled very specifically that the leaders of an
education agency, in this case, it was the Education Commissioner
of the state of New York, may not, in the course
of official business, act against something called blasphemy. I brought for each trustee copies of the relevant US and California
Supreme Court decisions to read before you vote,
if there’s somebody I can hand this to, each
of you can have a copy. Now, in the modern world, I
want you to think about this, in the modern world, only theocracies, such as the land of Trustee Zia’s birth, Iran, ever take action
against a supposed offense for blasphemous behavior. So I’m here to ask two
things, and specifically, I’m addressing this primarily
to the Board President, and also to Trustee Zia. First, for the Board President, you need to rule out your own motion,
you need to recognize that it’s out of order as an offense against the first amendment,
which unfortunately is what it is, though I know
you didn’t intend that. Second, you and Trustee Zia and the rest of the board should sit down
with each other in private, apologize to each other
if necessary, and get back to the work for which I
very much thank both of you, namely continuing to make sure
that our City College remains an outstanding provider
of career education. Thank you very much, next speaker, please. Good evening, President
Malauulu and President Romali, Board of Trustees, and guests. My name is Thomas Hamilton, I’ve been, I worked in the College for 20 plus years, and during those years of
service with the College, the priority has always
been students’ success. And I think that maybe
we’ve got off track, as far as what it is our priority is because we all know that if
we didn’t have any students, none of us would be here today. And let’s just look at the things that we’ve accomplished lately, we’ve had an increase enrollment, we’ve had the largest
graduation class in years. After the debacle in 2013
with the discontinuance, we’ve now reimplemented
(mumbles) back to the College. And one of the big things, as
far as on a personal matter, is that College Day was held
at the PCC campus this year. And adding to that,
and now the possibility of having free two year college education for students is the cherry on the top, or the whipped cream, okay? When we’re focused on the job at hand that we’re supposed to
do, these are the things that we’ve accomplished
in less than a year. So my question to you tonight is, is what we’re doing tonight
serve the best interests of our students and the
community, and the public that live within the community, thank you. Thank you very much, next speaker, please. Hi, I have to read from a script ’cause I have ADD and I tend
to veer off, hi (mumbles). Hi, President Trustee Malauulu,
trustee board members, President awesome Romali, VPs, and Senate. My name is Rena Ping, while
I am an employee (mumbles) for LBCC, today I speak as
a constituent of area three. I reside at 700 East
Ocean Boulevard, 90802. There’s no party afterwards, guys. I contemplated about speaking up in regards to an article that came from the Long Beach Post August 23rd. I was actually at this board meeting, and it was one of the rare
ones that I actually attended, and I was like, whoa, and I don’t, I’m outspoken, but I
don’t really get involved, so I’m here tonight ’cause
I want to get involved. So this is in regards to August
23rd, the post that went out ’cause now it’s public,
and now I feel like, okay, the public should be
informed and I like that because I feel like if you
don’t know the information, you can’t make an informative
decision to go forward and then continue on
with your own decision. So this is in regards to
board members’ behaviors and treatments of others. The leadership on the dais sets the tone for the level of professionalism at LBCC. You’re our pretty and smart faces that represent your constituents and what the community sees
in regards to the LBCC. The cattiness, the
bullying, the quid pro quo, the one up is not a good
look for you at our college, and you guys lead by
example, and I’ve been here for 15 years, I trust you guys. I started as a student, and I’m still gonna go forward, all right? So if this is how you conduct business, how do you expect your employees to meet the goals of the college and student success if no
one believes in teamwork, professionalism, and self discipline? And that applies to
every one of us in here. I used to be proud of this
dream team and would say, “If they made baseball
cards for public officials, “I definitely would
want an autographed card “of each trustee,” and I
still do, because I believe that what you guys will
choose is reflection over retaliation, right? I implore you to self reflect
in regards to why you choose to be a public official
and continue to serve hard, altruistically, kind,
professional, truth seeking, (mumbles), and the right, even if others will be disappointed. And thank you for serving
us, it’s no easy task, and I thank you for your time, and I hope for the
positive change, thank you. Thank you very much, thank all of you for your comments, and thank you all for being here today, we do listen, and we do appreciate you being here. At this time, we’re gonna go to item 2.6, approval of minutes of the July 24th, 2019 regular
Board of Trustee minutes. So moved. All right, we have a motion and a second on the floor to approve those minutes, are there any discussions on the minutes? Is there any discussion? All right, all those in
favor, please say aye. Aye.
(overlapping chattering) Any opposed? Motion carries, we’d like
to move onto item 2.7, Superintendent President report,
Dr. Romali, take it away. Thank you, Madame President, I’d like to recognize a wonderful
professor who is retiring, she couldn’t join us today, Dr. Lynn Shaw, who’s been with us for 19 years. She’s an electricity professor, a professor of kinesiology,
an FA president, Director of Technology,
Education, and an interim dean. She’s also been a teacher
at Cal State Long Beach, and she was on loan to the
Chancellor’s Office for a while, that’s how proudly she served us, so congratulations, Dr. Shaw. I’d like to encourage
you, another smash up job from Team Josh and Merinda
Martin, and the whole, Stacy Tote, and the whole
Communications Team. You’ve got to pick up a Campus Community. I want to encourage you
to hear all the great news about Long Beach City College. I want to welcome everyone
back to the new year. We are so glad to start this semester, and to get you in the right mood, we’re gonna cue up, what else
at Long Beach City College? A couple of videos. (upbeat guitar music) (gentle music) Uh oh, the sound. Dario, we’re missing the sound. (gentle music) Dario, we’re missing the sound on it. (upbeat music) Yeah, (mumbles) try.
(upbeat music) (glitchy electronic music) (upbeat guitar music) Perhaps before we start the second one, we’ll do the slides while you’re working on the audio there,
that’ll give you a chance, to buy us some time there. Okay, great, before we
get into the second one, we’ll give the team a
chance to fix the audio ’cause it’s a super video, we want you to hear everything that is said. I want to announce some wonderful things, President Malauulu, you
teased it last night in a wonderful way. We’ve got things that
are totally incredible to tell you tonight, when we announced our graduation figures, we were purposefully conservative. We looked at historical trends in fallout, whether that be a grade failure or a grade change, and so
we estimated a little low. But we can now announce formally, now that the numbers are in it, we have the largest graduating
class in LBCC history. And if we go to the next, yes.
(audience applauds) Now, if we go to the next slide, you’re gonna see what that’s made up of. We have an increase in ADT
awards by approximately 29%. In ’16/’17, we had 753, last year, we increased it to 961,
or it increased 28%. This year, we increased it
to 1,243, an increase of 29%. Now, what makes that
particularly meaningful is that’s a 26% increase in degree attainment for Hispanic Latino
students, it’s a 41% increase in degree attainment for
African American students, and an 11% increase for Asian students. Now, this is absolutely tremendous. I would challenge anyone
to look at that kind of a track record nationwide,
it’s absolutely unheard of. You’ll see movement in the single digits. What this is is this is the entire team, Long Beach City College coming together, classified, faculty, senates, unions, administrators, our community, our Board of Trustees coming
together for one goal only. This is the number that I
judge my performance by, what is my job? To get students across the stage. What is our job, to get
students across the stage. How we do it might be a little different, we might have different jobs,
but we have the same goals. So I’m so excited by this. On the next slide, we’ve
had other successes. If you look at the total number
of associates degree awards, you will see that we have increased 25%, another unheard of number. In ’16/’17, we had 683, we
went down a smidge in ’17/’18, 23 to a negative 3%, in
’18/’19, we went up 25%. But what’s blowing it
all out of the water is our certificates, we increased 397%. We started in ’16/’17 with 219, a small increase in ’17/’18 for 4%, but, well, non believers, here we go, we increased 1,195 certificates last year for an increase of 397%. So that’s just absolutely unheard of. (audience applauds) We are on a rock and roll train, and we are not stopping until
we achieve world domination. (audience laughs) I’m not competitive. But we did it, all within, we settled three union
contracts peaceably, that were happy with our
unions and our board. On the next slide, you will see that we also saved LBCC a potential cut to our budget of 10.7 million with extreme and heavy lobbying of
Sacramento with my colleagues, and all of the people that helped, Jeff Wood, you were
instrumental in this savings. I like to call you the
10 million dollar man. We also, Mrs. Drinkwine, you’re
the 11 million dollar woman and the six million dollar woman, and maybe that makes you bionic. We decreased the 11 million dollar deficit from last year, the six million
dollar operating deficit for this year generated
six million dollars in positive fund balance,
without any layoffs, and without any ranker. Now, I’m not saying that
those budget cuts were fun, and everybody just was
singing and dancing, but we did it as a team. Now, this upcoming academic
year, on the next slide, is so exciting, it’s getting
off to a great start. We had a fantastic College Day at PCC, highest attendance that we’ve had so far. The tour of the trades was phenomenal. We are up in enrollment for the first time since fall of, I believe ’16 or ’15, 5.7%. This is an incredible team effort from virtually everyone
within the organization. There has been no stone left unturned with our improvements to our organization. We opened, we are gonna
be groundbreaking soon on our PCC parking structure
that’s absolutely gorgeous, and we used savings from this year’s State of a College event
technology expenses to fund the seeding of an
opening of a Multicultural Office and an Office of Basic Needs
that will serve our students who are hungry and who
have transportation needs, thanks to members of this
board who came forward with ideas for transportation,
and for housing, and for our homeless students. And last but most certainly not least, the trades are back, I want
to thank Jean Carbonaro, Anthony Pagon, and the whole team for putting together a tremendous, they redesigned every single curriculum. We’ve got new curriculum
in electrical technology, welding technology, advanced
automotive technology, advanced manufacturing, you name it. This is the place to be, in case it’s not just
dramatically obvious. Viking Football, well, they’re
not gonna allow something to happen around here without
them doing something, right? They’re kicking off on September 14th. I want you to be at that home
opener against Mount Sac. Guess what, students, faculty, staff, and a guest, you’re going for
free, the game starts at six. Congratulations to Cordoba
Corporation’s Terrance DeGray, we all know him and love
him, he is the recipient of the Construction Management
Association of America’s Medi Hidari CCM of the Year Award. We’re excited that our own team
members are being recognized on a national level. We want to welcome our
new foundation director and thank our Foundation
for the wonderful selection of Paul Comenski, who
was recently selected as the executive director. Don’t forget, September 10th, there is a Long Beach Community Job Fair from 10 to two at Vet’s Stadium. We’re gonna be hosting over
100 direct hire employers. Guess what, there’s gonna be
over 2,000 job seekers there, get there, get a job. Now, we’re gonna bring up one last video, I think we might have some
luck with the audio, Dario? (upbeat piano music) How cute.
(upbeat guitar music) (gentle music) So we’re out today on
the first day of school, first day of classes here
at Long Beach City College, and we are excited, so
we’re gonna just get out and take a look and see what’s going on, making sure that our students here, our new student Vikings are
very well taken care of. Let’s see what happens. Hi, so first day, what
do you think so far? I think it’s really nice, I
like how it’s really clean. I was just looking for a nearby college, and I saw that it’s really nice, and the environment looks really friendly, so I decided to apply here. So the Outreach Department
is here to help all of our students with our Ask
Me Booths on both campuses, so it’s definitely a place to stop and really get all your
questions answered. Hey, let me ask you something, what, Ask Me, what do
you do for the campus on the first day, how does this work? It was just a way of getting the students who need direction to
say, “Hey, let’s ask him,” and so that’s what we do. What advice would you give
a first time enrollee, and or a returning student? Yeah, I would say that
this is the first day of the rest of your
life, we believe in you, you have a full campus
community supporting you. So don’t hesitate to
stop to ask any of us, and on the faculty or staff, we want to make sure that you’re
gonna be successful. Anything else you want to add? Definitely take a breath,
it may seem overwhelming, but as long as you’re breathing and you’re sure of your
steps, you should be fine. – [Host] Is there anything
else you would like to add? Go Vikings. I would like to say, go Vikings. (audience cheers)
(upbeat music) Yay.
(audience applauds) That was great.
(audience applauds) Thank you so much, Dario, you’re awesome. So I just want to say
thank you to everyone, to our community, to our
board, to our faculty, classified staff, our
CHI, I see Karen out there in the audience, our administrators. All of this happens because of you. We’re going to focus on
student success this year, like we do every year, I’m so excited. And I’m getting all kinds of texts from the football team right now, so I’m laying down the
gauntlet to Coach Peabody to bring home a win on September 14th. So let’s bring it on home, go Vikings, and that concludes my
report, Madame President. That was an awesome report,
thank you very much, and I’m glad you replayed it
’cause I was gonna ask you once we got the audio to replay it again. So I would like to comment on
Jerome’s journalistic debut. I know Jerome is on the
back, working the screen, so he’s not gonna turn it into a selfie, but when you see him around campus, it’s customary for the camera person to stay behind the
scenes, it’s very unusual to have the camera person
go out into the field with a microphone and ask
such excellent questions, Jerome, so great job,
you make us very proud. Thank you very much. Dr. Romali, I have one
question on slide six of your report, is it possible
to bring that slide back up? Okay, I just have a
question, I don’t see it on my screen, I don’t know if it’s, Dario, is it coming up? – [Reagan] Is that the
one, the upcoming year? I think it’s slide six, let’s see. Yes, so I have a question
regarding the opening of the Multicultural Office, the funding. You mentioned that that
was, and by the way, if you missed the State
of the College event that we had in July, you
missed a very special event. We’ve talked about it at the July meeting, but you mentioned that that was funded through savings from State of the College? I just want some clarity, is the Foundation still funding
the State of the College? Yes, they absolutely are,
they have been a tremendous, tremendous supporter of the college. Typically in the past, the Foundation has been
extremely generous with us, and they’ve given us
approximately $50,000.00 for the State of the College. We wanted to challenge
ourselves this year, we wanted to be able to save
the Foundation the money so that they could then
drive that money back into student success, which
they’re so wonderful at doing. So we challenged ourselves to get down under that $50,000.00 number,
and I made a commitment out of my funds that anything we saved, I was gonna put towards, out of my account in the college, toward the opening of the Multicultural Office
and Office of Basic Needs. So that kept us inspired when
we were getting very tight with our pencil, and it
allowed the Foundation to use a couple bucks
fewer to drive that back towards students, and
we’re super proud of that. Okay, so just to be clear,
the Multicultural Office and the Office of Basic
Needs is being funded by the Foundation? No, it’s being seeded by the general fund, and it will be paid for
from the general fund, and potentially some grand money, as well, perhaps seed equity dollars, as well. Okay, got it, I just want to make sure we’re not putting the wrong
information out there. So the money that was
saved by having a smaller, more intimate State of the
College event is gonna stay with the Foundation, it’ll
go back to the Foundation and remain there for the Foundation’s use, which typically, it’s scholarships
and faculty scholarships, at staff request. But the opening on the
Multicultural Office and the Office of Basic Needs will come from Dr. Romali’s fund. Either operational dollars, whether they be operational
general fund dollars, or some, probably some money coming also from seed or equity dollars,
a variety of places probably. Okay, got it, thank you, thank you, thank you for clarifying that. Sure. All right, anyone else
on Dr. Romali’s report? Yes, Trustee Malauulu, President Malauulu, I just want to make, leave this slide up, I want to make an observation. I’m very pleased, and
I’ll speak for myself, that we’re having an
Office of Basic Needs. But one of the things
that drove Trustee Zia and I toward helping homeless
students was the first couple of students we helped were in the electrical vehicle program, and that program was discontinued. And so there’s a real correlation, I believe, between the trades and homeless students
having opportunities. And matter of fact,
one of the young ladies that we helped, she’s actually working for Danny Tan at the Pacific Coast Campus, and she better be enrolled in those electrical vehicle classes. She was in the regular automotive program. So I just wanted to show
that there was a correlation between the two, and I’m very pleased that we’re doing both. Thank you very, very much, Dr. Baxter. Anyone else on Dr.
Romali’s wonderful report, and those great, great numbers? All right, let’s move onto item 2.8, ASB President report, welcome. We’ve been anxiously
anticipating your first report. Hello, hello, thank you
very much, Madame Chair, and good evening to everyone. I’d like to begin my report
by reintroducing myself. My name is Alyssa Tenesa Jones, and I am the new ASB
President for the school year. Firstly, on Friday, August 23rd, the ASB cabinet and I were
able to attend College Day at PCC, and we’re happy and excited to visit the various trades
that our school has to offer. So thank you to Superintendent
President Romali for the invitation to
the rest of my cabinet. I know they were really excited for it. This Monday kickstarted our fall semester, and we’re currently
hosting our Week of Welcome to help our students get acclimated to the new semester. These past two days, many
of us cabinet members were at both campuses, handing
out coffee and donuts to help introduce ourselves
and get the word out for our upcoming special elections. With all of that being said,
I’d like to end my report by saying that my
cabinet and I are excited to have started the school
year not only as students, but also as leaders, thank you. Thank you very much. I know that you have previously spoken to the board when you were introduced, so it was really nice to
actually have a report of some of the activities,
and I’m sure ASB is anxious to get started with the school year, and all the activities you have planned. So welcome, we look forward
to working with you. We’re gonna move onto item 2.9, Trustee, Student Trustee Donnell
Jones, your report, please? Thank you, welcome back, everybody. Thank you for joining us this evening. Thank you for those who came out and, again, for participating, as always. We appreciate that. Summer has been great. I was really pleased to
hear about the success of the Voyager Program here, and the work that is being done there for
the British students coming in, as well as the opportunity
for a lot of students to step us as peer mentors, and to work with some of our incoming students. I think that’s a really great opportunity to help our incoming
students get acclimated, but also our students that are here kind of step up and take on some leadership, and to earn some income in the process. I think that was a tremendous idea. Also, I wanted to report back, my summer in Purdue University
conducting research, I had a great opportunity to work with Dr. Patricia Bowling,
who works in policy research, and together, I was able to put together, we were able to put
together research design that looked at the issue
of food insecurity, and specifically, for me,
my interest is looking at food insecurity and
how it’s experienced by our students within the
community college sector, which seems to be missing
from the literature. So I’m excited to see that going forward, especially with all the changes that we have been making here to address this issue with the Food Pantry and the Homeless Task Force going forward. So I’m hoping that the research that I do going forward will
be able to help contribute to those efforts, to make sure that all of our students are served
equally and equitably. And in closing, I had the opportunity to attend College Day
and the Week of Welcome, and I’m looking forward to doing more and advocating on behalf of
our students moving forward. Very good, thank you, Student
Trustee Donnell Jones. Item 2.10, LBCCFA Bargaining
President report, welcome. Hello, everyone. Board President Malauulu, board members, President Superintendent
Romali, and others. This week is the first
week of the academic year. There has been a palpable
energy and excitement on campus by students, faculty,
and the campus community. College Day was a true celebration, a culmination of everyone’s hard work. Enrollment is up, recruitment,
but in particular, from the high schools with
full-time student enrollment, and graduation rates have increased. I would like to acknowledge that none of this could have been
done without the hard work of our campus community,
and the leadership of our President
Superintendent Dr. Romali, everyone pulling together
for our students. Faculty has been hard
at work all year trying to redesign course work
to meet the requirements of AB705, math boot camps were created to assist students during the summer. Counselors were teaching orientation and career exploration classes, and how could I not mention
but my personal favorite, the trades are back? All of this took time, devotion, and the professionalism
of faculty and others. Now faculty is excited
to implement the fruits of their work, and inspire our students. Last May, we were pleased to
have 33 faculty enter the ranks of tenured status, and
have had the pleasure of hiring 14 new faculty members. FA offered presentations
to the new faculty at their orientation, and is
busy engaging our faculty, new and old, in leadership
positions, giving a direct voice in how faculty success is student success. I would now like to
introduce Dr. Alma Bochua, who is in her second year at the college, and is the probationary
faculty representative, and holds a seat on our Executive Board. Alma’s position requires her to reach out to our new faculty and assist
them in any way she can in helping them to be successful. She will attend a few
College Culture Fridays, sharing her experience of her first year at Long Beach City College,
and explaining the steps of the tenure review process
from the faculty perspective. So now, let me introduce Dr. Alma Bochua, from the Anthropology Department, and our probationary faculty rep. Thank you, good evening, everybody. Dianne just wants me to
tell you a little bit about myself, in terms of, well, you already know my
department is anthropology. Some of the classes that I
teach are our most popular, magic, witchcraft, and religion,
and cultural anthropology, I’m a cultural anthropologist by trade. I’ve taught several places back east, before I came to the west, I
taught at Howard University, University of Maryland
in Baltimore County, Purdue University, DePaul University, which is a small liberal arts college. Then I was called to community college, and I went to Arizona, and I taught at Paradise Valley Community
College, which is part of a 10 year community
college Maracopa System. And then I made up my mind, I don’t want cold weather anymore, so it’s either gonna be
California or Arizona, and Arizona wasn’t working,
so when I saw this job, I applied, and that was the best thing that ever happened to me. I mean, I’m not telling you just because this is your school,
but this is the best place for me to be because I’m
committed to colleges that are about
student-centered environments. That’s what I like, I
like dealing with students and the whole education process. Now, Dianne wants also for me to tell you how I got interested in anthropology. It was actually through
an archeological project in New York, very close to the World Trade Center some years ago, and it was called the African
Burial Ground Project. And during the process of
building a government office, at 290 Broadway, very
close to Wall Street, they did a historical investigation and found out that it had
been an African burial ground, a burial ground for
people of African descent during the 1700s, from 1703 to 1794. Well, once they found out
that it had been in use, they had to do a core sample,
they found intact burials. There had been at least
10 to 20,000 people of African descent buried
there in the 1700s. And then they did a full excavation, and part of my job was
to do public education, very similar to teaching, where we talked about the history, we
kept the project going, and now it is a national
historic monument right now. And that’s what really
got me into anthropology. And I had to go back to school, I had to just switch careers, and it was probably the
best thing I ever did. So thank you for listening,
and glad to be here. Thank you very much, thank both of you. (audience applauds) All right, we’ll go to item 2.11, the AFT bargaining report, there you go. Thank you, welcome. Thank you, Madame President,
and Board of Directors, and Superintendent Romali, and others. We wanted to say we were really happy to be working with Dr. Romali
in her (mumbles) course for race and equity, we
feel this is a positive step for all the employees for the college, to have faith in a good workforce and environment to work in. We also think this’ll also
benefit the student population, as well, since we all know we have a very diverse population. So any kind of training, the staff, and the whole college
get, it ends up being for our students in the longterm. I also wanted to bring
up, on a minor note, that the AFT Union
always supports benefits for all our employees. I know you have an item coming up later, I just wanted to say that
AFT supports all members of the people that work for the college to have health insurance
and health benefits, and we want to support
that as much as we can through all our (mumbles). Thank you, have a good evening. Thank you very much, item 2.12, the Certificated Hourly Instructor
bargaining report, welcome. Good evening, Superintendent
President Romali and Board President Malauulu,
Board of Trustees, and guests. I want to start off first with a great big thank you to Dr. Scott. We had an amazing part-time
faculty orientation, and as you know, last
year Dr. Scott decided that it would be best to have
as many part timers presenting on a panel as possible. And that is just a really great idea, it’s so wonderful to be in a venue where we’re hearing from
our own part-time faculty about what they’re doing in their classes. So, and thank you for being so inclusive of CHI, as well, thank you. As you’ve probably heard,
we’re going through a bit of a transition right
now, I am stepping down. I’ve stepped down, I’m
trying to step down. (laughs) (audience laughs) And we’ve extended the CHI
Executive Board elections into the fall to give
all part-time faculty an opportunity to become members of CHI, and to put their name forward
in the nomination process. So we will be having an election. But I think for those of you who taught part time know
this is just part of, part timers are not here a lot on campus, so what the union is
doing is not always right on their radar. So we’re gonna, we have a few people that I think are very interested, so just be patient with us
because I definitely think that we will have a regular report to the board as soon as the
dust settles from everything. But I do want to reassure you that CHI is still a viable union, and we are here to support all
our part-time faculty as reps with whatever is going on, and I just want to reassure you about that. We are communicating with our members on a regular basis, as well. So as you know, we are
currently in negotiations with the district, and also
working with the district on a few issues, as we do. There was a great turnout
of part-time faculty at the College Day CHI meeting, and that was really great,
to see everybody turn out. I’m gonna say, though,
that there was one issue in particular that was
really on everybody’s mind, they didn’t need any
prompting from me at all, it just came out, and
it was a big discussion. And that has to do with the fact that we’re being asked to
do mandatory trainings, sexual harassment update,
without additional pay. And so we discussed that, I assured them that CHI will continue
working with the district on this issue, it’s not over yet, so for them to just hang in there. Another issue coming to the forefront that we’re hearing about,
and I don’t know if it’s true or not, and that is about
classified staff being told they’re no longer going to be allowed to teach part time at LBCC. We went through this several years ago, and I remember the chaos,
and finally the dust settled, and it seemed like it was
all going to be just fine. So, I mean, I think this
is a little bit frustrating to me because we all know the reality of the budget, the budgets
are made on the backs of part-time faculty, we
don’t have health benefits, we come and we go, for most
of us, we’re working two or three jobs just to make
ends meet, essentially. And so I just think that
if somebody’s working in a classified position, and
they have their masters degree or a PhD, why not let them teach? And I understand that it
is a higher rate of pay, I do understand that, and that’s
probably one of the issues. But I’m willing to
guess, I’m just guessing, I don’t know for sure,
that the combined income of a classified job, plus the
teaching at a higher rate, is still probably less
than the average income of full-time faculty. I know it’s less than administrative pay. So I’m just here to kind of say, hopefully we can think
outside the box about this when it comes to treating
employees equitably, and with their pay, and so on. And speaking of that, there
was a classified employee who teaches part time, Deidre Chernell, who could not make it tonight because she’s teaching, and she asked me to read a statement. She said, “Before President Oakley left, “he said it was a travesty “that classified staff had been
taken out of the classrooms “because at one time, he was classified, “and he supplemented his
income with part-time teaching. “He was supportive of our classified staff “who had earned their graduate degrees. “In fact, on this campus, “classified staff have
always been encouraged “to grow and educate themselves. “But for the district to decide once again “that we can’t teach part
time is like coming up “against an invisible glass ceiling. “Many people in our
culture have to work two “and three jobs to make ends meet. “In addition, they might
belong to more than one union. “Other college districts,
like Los Angeles, “manages their dual
assignments with no problem “because they care about
not limiting the potential “and growth of their employees. “I believe this is what a
prized institution does. “Choosing to balance the budget on those “who are the lowest wage earners “and the least powerful
disunifies all of us “by creating obstacles, it is like saying “that classified staff can
only serve in menial roles “at the institution that
they have come to admire. “Many are also minorities
who are desperately needed “in the classroom, as we try to model “for our students what equity looks like. “I hope you will
reconsider this decision,” and that’s from Deidre
Chernell, thank you. Thank you, Karen, I’ll have
you know, Karen, if I may, and I know it’s not another
non-customary item for me to respond, but yesterday,
we had a budget workshop. It lasted almost four hours,
and we were here last night, and one of the items we talked about was once again discussing
office hours for adjuncts, so it is something that is on our radar, and it’s something that
we’ve been working on. And I know that you’ve
been trying to step down for a long time, but it
might be divine intervention that you just never can,
so think about that. Thank you, Karen. All right, we’re gonna go to item 2.13, reordering of the agenda,
are there any requests to reorder the agenda? All right, we’re gonna go to 3.1, board requests to
Superintendent President, status updates and additional
requests, Dr. Romali? Yes, I’d like to thank, in particular, Trustee Ntuk, who’s been very helpful, as we keep continuing to
revise this and make it better and better, and what
this does is each month, we bring forward to the
Board of Trustees a status of board requests that are
either pending or completed. Last year, you will see a report that shows the completed
board requests for last year, from 2018, 2019, we had
a total of 33 requests, one tabled, and one canceled. And so there were tremendous
amount of achievements that the board achieved last year that I think they can
be very, very proud of. This year, we have the new requests, we have, for ’19, 2020 requests, and two complete so far,
as we enter our new year. So we wanted to let you
know about these items. We do need approval on these items to make sure that indeed
they are the priorities that the board wishes to
direct the Superintendent and staff to work on, and also, we continue to welcome
improvements suggestions, as we look for ways to make it
better and more informative. Thank you very much,
this is an action item and discussion, is there any discussion on Dr. Romali’s board
request presentation? Trustee Otto? I at least have one question. According to this, in the summer of 2018, I requested a Discover Long Beach event to be held in my district,
and there was a report that was apparently sent out, and it’s 15 months later,
and I still haven’t had one that’s scheduled, I think, so I wondered if there were other trustees
in the same position. I just noticed this when I
read this this afternoon. Good question, good question, I will check on that and get back to you. I know that Marcia Parker,
our senior director of communications and
community partnerships, sent out a calendar, and that
she was gonna schedule these and talk with each trustee. I will by all means find
out where she is on that and get back to you.
Okay, great, and there was one other one that was, involved a request of mine, yeah. The tracking number is 181939, it was also in the summer of ’18, and that was my request
to prepare a score card that showed leading and lagging indicators as to how the college is faring
against its strategic plan and enrollment management plan. It says that there was a presentation made in December of 2019, is that a typo? It was, it was either December or January, I forget which one it was,
but there was a presentation by Heather, she created a score card, Heather Van Volkenberg, and
presented it at a board meeting. – [Doug] Okay, so, but– I’ll see if I can get a copy of that. Yeah, but it wasn’t, it’s not upcoming, it’s already been– It’s already done, and our plan, you’re gonna see tonight on
an upcoming board agenda, and this was actually your wonderful idea, the scorecard, in an upcoming agenda, you’re gonna see a calendar
of proposed presentations over the next year, and
we liked your idea so much and it went so well that
we’re gonna do it again with even more improvements for next year as a regular thing, and
we’ll do it at the end of each year to see how we
did, good, better, otherwise, at the end of each
year, and you’ll see one of those on the calendar for tonight. Yeah, and then lastly, ’18/’19, 045, was a request to explore,
with the Foundation, the possibility that they fund
student success initiatives, and it says that in March, you went to the Executive Committee,
and the Foundation agreed to fund 35 $1,000.00 scholarships. What kind of activities are those? Yes, John Philpa was in charge of that subcommittee of the Foundation, and what happened is the
Foundation took a number of applications, and there were a variety of different objectives for submitted by faculty and staff,
they did send me a chart so that I could vote on
it, and what I did is I picked the ones that I thought
were the most interesting. And they did award them, but I haven’t gotten the award sheet yet, so I don’t know who the winners were. I don’t want to announce them
unless they maybe weren’t in the winning pile, but I will be happy to see if we can get that
and provide that to you. – [Doug] Great, okay, thank you. Okay, thank you, Trustee Baxter, and then Student Trustee. I just wanted to report
that my area event, I just pulled it up on my calendar, hold on a second, my phone went to sleep. It went to sleep so much,
it isn’t recognizing me. Here we go, my event is
Wednesday, October 16th. So I don’t know, Trustee
Otto, if I’m the first, but I’m saying that in public because I know Josh is gonna start working on it right now, so. So we have been scheduled, I
just don’t know when yours is. Thank you, Student Trustee? Hi, just two really quick questions. First, thank you,
Superintendent President Romali, for addressing the two issues
that I did bring up here. It looks like the first
one, regarding the guide for our homeless student
resources was taken care of and completed. I had a question regarding
the second request made in March of 2019, it looks like, and excuse me if this question
has already been answered, I just didn’t see anything, so if it’s already been
answered, please disregard. So 2027 and 2005, it looks like they are on the agenda for action tonight. – [Reagan] Yes. I just had a question, what happened with the suggested update to the academic, the administrative
regulations 7000 section .6? – [Reagan] Which one was
that, do you remember– Regarding the parking for the students, specifically regarding if
we can make any updates to allow overnight
parking for our students, and I wasn’t sure if that– Which, do you have a number? – [Donnell] It’s regulation 7000. Or do you have a number of the request? It is ’18/’19, 47. 47? Yeah, third from the bottom. Yes, it was, the legal
opinion had been sought, and we brought those to the first reading at the May Board of Trustees meeting, and that motion ANR
7000, are you referring to ANR 7000.6?
Correct. It was provided for
information, the BP 2027, the motion failed, 2005,
changes were recommended, and it has been brought back. Right, so yeah, I see that those, 2005 and 2027 are both on the
agenda for this evening, but I didn’t see any update for 7000.6. Was that addressed in another meeting, or? 06, Gene, do you know
anything, want to make? – [Gene] I do not recall that,
and that process would have to go through PLC first
before it comes back to the board, so we’d have to check to see where we are with that. Any changes to regulations would go to the President’s
Leadership Council first, and I’m not sure where
we are in that process, but we can find out. And I’ll find out if it
was on the board agenda. I’m showing it is complete, which means it would have
either come to the agenda, or it came to the agenda
and failed, so I’ll see if I can get that answer
tonight, at tonight’s meeting. – [Donnell] And if we could, thank you. Thank you, any other questions or comments for Dr. Romali? Okay, so this is an action item, Dr. Romali, would you have us adopt or accept the list, or
what would you have us do? What is the recommendation of staff? Is it your recommendation, Mr. Lipton, that they have a vote to approve it? And then in the meantime, we’ll
get their question answered on the, the question
that Student Trustee had? Yes, that would be appropriate, if that was the board’s pleasure, to adopt or accept the material
as presented by Dr. Romali. Okay, so I don’t think a
motion to approve it would be in order, right, ’cause
it is a fluid document and it’s changing, so to adopt it or to accept it, which is,
do you have a preference? Probably to accept it, meaning that’s basically the
board has received it, and there hasn’t been any other dissent or comments about it, other
than what was presented orally by the board, so I would recommend, if it was the board’s
pleasure, to accept it. Okay, thank you very much,
Mr. Lipton, Trustee Ntuk? Yeah, looking through some of the, we used to have an agenda item
where board members could ask to add an agenda item in the
future that we no longer have on our agenda. This is it, yeah, this is it. And my understanding, in the past, at least in the fall semester of 2018, we took, we voted on a number of them. So do we need to vote again, even though we’ve already voted to– I think you are correct, in this motion, you can add additional requests. It’s agenda, the status updates,
and additional requests, so you may feel free, at your pleasure, to add items, and then
if you want to add items, it needs, the action, Mr. Lipton, of at least three,
correct, if they add items? But there are items on here that are new, so I think we’re gonna need action to get votes to approve this and any potential new ones
that may come from the floor. ‘Cause this is a report on the status, as well as any requests that have come in after the last board
meeting, additional requests. I’d like to make a, I’d like to make a distinction between the board making a
request, on the one hand, and requesting an item
be placed on the agenda. And they are actually
are two separate things. In response to Trustee Ntuk’s comment, any trustee can request
to have an item placed on the agenda for action, and
that actually doesn’t need to be on the agenda, under the Brown Act, any trustee at any board meeting can ask for an item to be placed
on a future agenda. But that’s different if the
request is to have staff write a report or engage in some activity that’s gonna take some
effort on the part of staff, and if that’s the case, that also could be a future agenda item, but that would require
a vote of the board. I guess, just clarifying, the
board had previously voted on some of the items, I’m not sure which ones we did not
vote on, and I don’t know if that’s delineated in the list. It’s not, it’s not, but
there are new ones on there. So I do need a consensus
to move forward with those. – [Uduak-Joe] Okay. Okay, so at this time,
I’ll entertain a motion, whatever is the pleasure of
the board, regarding this item. I’ll vote to accept.
Second. It has been moved and seconded to accept Superintendent President
Dr. Romali’s status update and additional requests. Any discussion on this item? All those in favor? – [Virginia] Aye. (overlapping chattering) All those opposed? All right, the motion carries. We are moving onto item
4.1, revised board policy and administrative regulation, 2005, student member of the Board of Trustees. This is an action item
that the board approve and adopt a revised board policy and administrative regulation
regarding the student trustee. Dr. Romali, I will defer to you. Just trying to get an answer to Trustee Jones’s question, my apologies. Okay, the next item is
for the student member on the Board of Trustees,
and the proposed edit, this was requested by
Trustee Donnell Jones. And he wanted to have the
student be able to make and second motions, as well
as cast an advisory vote on matters before the vote,
except for motions related to personnel and labor relations, and that the student member
should not be allowed to attend closed session material, and it keeps it in philosophy, keeping with the campus’s philosophy in participatory governance,
so we are bringing that forward to you tonight for a reading. Is that the action? It has already been for first reading, and we are looking at action this evening. Okay, yes, this would
be the second reading and action item, do you
have, Madame Secretary, do you have language for me to read out? On the action item? [Madame Secretary] You
read the motion (mumbles). All right, so then I
will entertain a motion on this item.
So moved. Second. It has been moved and seconded that the board approve and
adopt the revised board policy and administrative regulation 2005 for student member of the
Board of Trustees as submitted. Any discussion on this item? Student Trustee? I just wanted to thank
Superintendent President Romali and the board for bringing
this back for second reading, and hopefully that this
passes, I thank you guys for your commitment, and
reaffirming your commitment to the philosophy of
participatory governance, and I believe that this
modification would allow for better representation
of our student voices here at the board. Trustee Ntuk? Yeah, I just want to thank Trustee Jones for bringing this forward, I
know this is a conversation I think we started last summer about reforming the student trustee role, and then enhance the
opportunities that are available in the ed code that we
previously hadn’t adopted. So I know the first reading
was on summer vacation, I think we missed you,
but I’m glad you’re here for the second reading, and I think this now
allows the student trustee to vote before the rest of the trustees, so we have an idea on what the
student perspective before, plus of an enhanced clarification
in participation roles. And I guess my question,
I don’t know, Dr. Romali, or who’s appropriate, so we,
this is the second reading, so if it gets adopted tonight, does it go into effect tonight, or does it go in effect the next board meeting? And then does this make us
go to role call votes again, to make sure we get the
student trustee vote before the rest of us vote? – [Reagan] Mr. Lipton,
may we inquire of you? It’s really up to the board as to when it should take effect. Unless the board indicates otherwise, any policy that is voted upon
takes effect immediately, if that’s not the intent of the board, then that should be
made part of the motion. Okay, as it stands, the
motion is to approve and adopt the revised board policy, but it doesn’t mention if it would go into effect immediately, do any board members have
any input or opinion on that? Student Trustee, do you? It would be great if it went
into effect immediately, again, in the spirit of, excuse me, participatory governance, however, if it is the board’s pleasure to defer it to the next term, that
would be amenable, too. Okay, thank you very much, I am amenable to whatever the board decides with that. I would like to say, Trustee Jones, that I do applaud you, and I know that we’ve had some very
interesting discussions about the work and the
changes that you’ve tried to bring forth, and I know that
it hasn’t been easy for you, so I appreciate that. And also, I’d like to thank Dr. Romali and the staff because several times, it took a little bit of extra work to do the research and to come back with information for, based
on student trustees’ requests, and the questions that he had. So thank you all for working together to do this, and I think it
is something very important, to include our students in
a shared governance process. So at this time, any
additional discussion? We do have a motion and
a second on the floor. All those in favor? – [Board Members] Aye. Any opposed? The motion carries,
congratulations, thank you. All right, item 4.2,
revised board policy 2027, board member compensation,
this is an action item that the Board of Trustees approve and adopt revised policy 2027, board member compensation as submitted. This was first read at
the May 22nd meeting, it is now presented for approval. Is there a motion on this item? (overlapping chattering) – [Sunny] Second. It has been moved and seconded, any discussion on this
item, Student Trustee? Again, just in keeping with the last one, thanks again, Superintendent Dr. Romali, as well as the board, for
bringing this back again. One question I did have, if the board, if anybody on the board
would like to make the motion to potentially increase the compensation for the student trustee to 50%
of the current trustees pay, which would be $200.00, and again, just as with the last one, because this is keeping with participatory governance, and not, I guess, keeping with
participatory governance, I would be, I would ask
the board to consider this, and potentially even
defer it to the next term, if need be, whatever the
board would like to do. Dr. Romali, I think if we’ve
had a discussion on this, and that the amount is
set per the ed code, is that correct?
Yes. The amount is set per ed
code, that did come back, I believe that was the
discussion at a previous meeting and it failed, and so we looked into it with the ed code, and it’s per ed code. – [Donnell] Okay. It is allowed a, I believe
it is a 5% differential. So there’s no wiggle room for negotiation, although your effort is to be commended. We have to follow the ed
code as is prescribed, and there’s just no wiggle
room in what we can do. So thank you very much.
Appreciate it. Any additional discussion on the item? All right, at this time I’d
like to call for a vote. All those in favor, this is to, let’s see, item 4.2, to accept the
revised board policy 2027, please say aye. – [Board Members] Aye. All those opposed, all
right, the motion carries. Item, item 4.3, revised board policy on administrative regulation 2015, annual organization
meeting and board officers. I’d like to, let’s see, okay, so per staff, we’re
going to pull items 4.3 and 4.7 because our legal
counsel has advised us that we have a conflict in the date of the December 9th board meeting
that’s December 9th, 2020. We actually cannot have the
board reorganization meeting prior to the swearing
in and oath of office that the county or the city
have to certify elections. So that was something
that was just brought to our attention by legal counsel today, so because item 4.3 and– [Madame Secretary] Excuse
me, President Malauulu? Yes? We would like to keep 4.7 and amend it, pull 4.3, but you said pull both of them, you named them, so– So, yes, when–
You’re going to– When you and I spoke in the back, that was the agreement, but
then I got this note after, so I didn’t know which one came first ’cause you and I talked about that– [Madame Secretary] Yes, we decided that we would pull the December off, we’ll vote with it
without December meeting, and we’ll bring that meeting time back. Got it, okay– [Madame Secretary] For separate action. All right, so let me start over, let me clarify ’cause
we did have a discussion about this in closed session,
and I was given a note, so I’m not, I don’t
want to confuse anybody, so let’s start all over. We are going to pull item
4.3, Madame Secretary, is that correct?
That’s correct. So we will table that to
the September 11th meeting, just so the public is aware,
and then we will keep item 4.7, but we will get to that
when we get to that. [Madame Secretary] That’s correct. Any discussion on that? – [Doug] I wanted to clarify
that we didn’t discuss it in closed session, it came–
Correct. And it was information provided,
it wasn’t on the agenda. Correct, you’re right, it
was not an agenda item, it was a staff information
item, per legal. And the board didn’t discuss it, and it would have been
improper to report out what we didn’t discuss. You’re absolutely right, Trustee Otto, thank you for the
procedural correction there. All right, so we’re gonna move onto, any other discussion on tabling item 4.3? All right, item 4.4,
new board policy 2034, committees on the board,
this is a discussion and first reading. A point, another quick point of order. Did you say that we’re going to table it? I know we have to take
a vote on tabling it. We’re pulling it, right? We’re pulling it, it will come back. Okay, so you didn’t mean table it, you mean we’re just gonna pull it– [Madame Secretary] No, it’s not table– Correct, sorry, I
misspoke, we are pulling, let me, for the third
time, let me start all over on that item, we want to
make sure we get this right, I want to make sure that I get this right. So item 4.3 is being pulled
from the agenda per staff and per legal, and we will continue. Thank you, Trustee Otto, any
additional discussion on that? Okay, I apologize, I am working off of a couple of notes here
and I want to make sure that I report the right information, that I say the right
information, okay, are we good? Item 4.4, new board policy, 2034, committees of the board,
this is a discussion, non-action item, first reading. The new board policy is
submitted for a first reading, it’s recommended as a
result of our ongoing review to ensure compliance with legal code and align with best practices. Does anyone have any discussion
on new board policy 2034? Trustee Ntuk? Yeah, I think this is a good thing. I think it gives us
additional opportunities to have robust discussion, be able to categorize different areas and topics that we should talk about
that may help shorten our board meetings down from
four or five hours a session to more condensed time, fingers crossed. But I’d love to see a Policy Committee, I know we have the Facilities Committee, whatever other committees the board thinks that we should have,
and I think it’s a good, I know there’s different
structures of committees. Sometimes you can have one
trustee and staff on a committee, versus two trustees and
staff, and so there’s, I’ve seen other districts
have multiple configurations, but it sounds like this
is just the beginning, that at least creates
a foundational policy for us to establish permanent committees. So I think this is a good thing. – [Vivian] Trustee,
Student Trustee Donnell? I just had a quick question
regarding the language of this policy here, looking
at the second paragraph, it says, “The board committees,
which are composed solely “of less than a quorum of members “of the Board of Trustees,” dot dot dot. So does this mean that
these committees will just be a two person committee? I will defer that to Dr. Romali, or would it be all two person committees, or is it, what the board decides, how many board members would
represent on the committee? I’m gonna pull a double deferral and ask Mr. Lipton. (laughs) – [Vivian] So– Mr. Lipton? Mr. Lipton, with regard,
Student Trustee Jones asked about the number of board
members on the committees. Could you please restate your question for the benefit of our
legal counsel, please? Certainly, so looking at the language of the first sentence of paragraph two, it says that the board committees, which are composed solely
of less than a quorum of members of the Board of Trustees, does that mean that these
committees would just consist of two members, and only board members? If I understand Trustee Jones’s question, the second paragraph of
board policy 2034 refers to board committees
which are composed solely of just two board members, it doesn’t mean that every committee is only composed of two board members, but
those that are composed solely of less than a quorum and
our advisory are not required to comply with the Brown Act unless they’re standing committees. It didn’t mean to suggest
that that’s the only type of committee that’s possible.
Okay. Did I answer your question? Right, I believe so, thank you. Can I follow up? So there can be a committee
with one board member ’cause that’s less than a quorum, right? Well, by definition, a committee consists of more than one person, otherwise, it’s just delegating to a
person a particular task, which the board certainly can do, but it wouldn’t legally
be considered a committee. And I believe it was Orange Coast College, had a committee of staff, a cabinet staff, and a board member that was assigned. Does this preclude us
from doing that, then? No, it doesn’t, and the
question would be whether or not the staff members
are actually members of the committee, which they could be, or whether only the trustees
are members of the committee. But certainly, there could
be a committee consisting of a trustee and other staff members, and this policy does not
preclude such a committee. – [Uduak-Joe] Thank you. Thank you, Student Trustee Jones, does that answer your question? That was the question I was trying to ask. Thank you, anybody else, any
other discussion or question? Any other trustees, okay, so that’s a discussion
item for first reading, so it will be back on the
September 11th agenda, second reading and action item. And now we will move onto item 4.5, new board policy 2035, board membership. Once again, this is a
discussion item, first reading. The same thing, board policy
is just being submitted as discussion and first
reading for ongoing, to ensure that we are
compliant with legal code and align with best practices. Any discussion on this item? All right, seeing none, this item, oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t see you. – [Donnell] No worries. I looked to you first.
I apologize. I did not see you, Student
Trustee, okay, go ahead. I was looking over the
policy one more time, just to make sure that I was
asking a relevant question. And so the first question
I have, two questions, the first one is, does the portion here in section, paragraph three, the employment must be
automatically terminated upon being sworn into office,
would that clause also apply to the student member of
the Board of Trustees? I know that they’re not
considered a full trustee, however, would this policy preclude them from being employees of the district? Well, I don’t know the answer to that. Mr. Lipton will answer that,
if the student trustee is able to serve being an employee, right, if I understand your question correctly. But I do remember having
had student trustees who were employed by the district and continue serving as student trustees. But I don’t know if there’s policy. – [Donnell] Right. Is there a conflict with the
language saying work study? That’s a great question, by the way. Thank you. Well, the first paragraph of board policy 2035 specifically provides that this policy pertains only
to the five elected trustees, and in fact, there is no restriction on the student trustee being an employee, so long as the student
trustee otherwise qualifies under the law to be the student trustee. There’s no prohibition about
the student trustee being an employee, although if
the student trustee were an employee, there may be situations where they may be precluded
from making a motion or seconding a motion if
there were a conflict, due to their employment. So would it be appropriate
for a student trustee to recuse him or herself
if an item were to arise, but continue working for the district, continue serving as a student trustee, but then just when an item that
presents a conflict arises, he or she would just
recuse himself or herself? Yes, that’s right, for example, if the student trustee
were a student worker and there were an item on the board to change the conditions
of student employees or to increase the salary
of student employees, the student trustee should not participate as a trustee in that vote. – [Vivian] Thank you very much. – [Donnell] And then I had one more– Go ahead. One more question that regards
the five elected members of the board, looking
at the last paragraph, where it says, “No member
of the board shall, “during the term for which
he or she was elected, “be eligible to serve
on the governing board “of a school district whose
boundaries are coterminous “with those of the district.” Would that apply in
the situation, I guess, would this clause preclude a trustee who would hypothetically
be considering running, not running for reelection
here on our board, but running for election of another board at the end of their term, would this mean that they would be ineligible
to do that, to do so? I don’t know if that question was clear. – [Vivian] Mr. Lipton? (overlapping chattering) We’re keeping you busy
tonight, Mr. Lipton. You know what, actually,
Trustee Baxter just reminded me that my own predecessor
was serving as trustee of area two when he was elected to City Council, district seven, and he served his term
until he was sworn in as city councilman, and then there was an appointment process. So I don’t know if that
answers your question, but you did say the five sitting trustees, so I guess we do have a
precedent that was set then. Well, there’s no legal problem, so long as the same
person is not concurrently actually serving in both elected offices, it’s not a conflict or a
violation of this policy or law for, say, a member
of the Board of Trustees to be elected to another
office, city council, or school board, so long
as they’re not serving in both offices concurrently. Okay, thank you.
(overlapping chattering) – [Mr. Lipton] It’s called
doctrine of incompatible offices. (overlapping chattering) Thank you very much, do you have any other
questions, Trustee Ntuk? – [Uduak-Joe] Just a different topic. Stay there. (laughs) On the part-time faculty portion there, I think it’s paragraph four,
so if someone was teaching before and they got elected, they could still teach
one three unit class, but if you weren’t teaching
before and you got elected, you can’t teach a three unit
class, is that what that means? That’s correct, if they’re previously, just as you stated, Trustee Ntuk, if they previously were employed as a part-time instructor,
and then elected or appointed to the
board, they could continue in that capacity.
Okay, thank you. Well, that was a conflict for me, because I was teaching part time, and I had to step down, so. Yeah, Ginny also, Trustee Baxter, also, so yeah, we’ve got some
examples sitting here. Any additional discussion on that item? Okay, so that is a
discussion in first reading, it will return on the
September 11th agenda. So now we are going to item 4.6, and this is my appointment
to the Facility Subcommittee, and I have spoken to Trustee,
Vice President Trustee Ntuk, and Trustee Dr. Ginny Baxter, and they have both expressed an interest in serving on the Facility Subcommittee. So Madame Secretary, those
are my two appointments. That is an action item, any discussion on either of those appointments? Can somebody clarify for
me when the board voted on the establishment of a
Facilities Subcommittee? – [Vivian] That is a great question. Does anyone know the answer, Trustee Ntuk? I believe we voted on
it in August of 2018, and again, I think in September of 2018. It was the end of last
summer that the idea came up and was voted on, I
believe it was voted on, but check the minutes, I guess. I believe you made the
appointments last September, 2018. The establishment. So if– Specifically remember
talking about it in August of last year. So if we made the appointment
in September, then that means that we would have
had a first reading discussion in August, maybe second
reading discussion, September, would that not have happened? We, Trustee Ntuk, we will
check and get back to you. We would have to look
back in our records here. The only date that I
remember is the appointment. I raised the– Can we report on that next meeting? I raised the question because the city, the college has an elaborate
facilities process, and I don’t recall any discussion of the relationship between
the Facilities Subcommittee and that process, and who reports to who, who makes final decisions, and so how this committee is
integrated into that process, so I’m, so we gotta be
able to look historically and see if those things were considered. – [Reagan] We’ll research
it and get back to you for the next meeting. Thank you, those are valid
points, Trustee Otto, thank you, any additional
discussion on that item? Okay, that is an action
item, so I will need a motion and a second, please. So moved. – [Virginia] Second. So the two trustees
that have been appointed to the Facilities
Subcommittees meeting moved and seconded that they be appointed. Any additional discussion on that? All right, said level those in favor– I have something to say. Yes, Trustee Zia? I just wanted to commend your selection and your appointment, Trustee Baxter and Trustee Ntuk will both do a great job, so I’m excited to hear
about their reports, and look forward to see what will come one of the Facilities Subcommittee. Thank you. Thank you, Trustee Zia, Trustee Otto? And I’m gonna abstain from this vote because I’d like to know that the committee was
validly established, and what, how it integrates with what I think is a great
facilities planning process that we have, and just get
some clarity on that, so. Thank you for letting us know in advance of your abstention, any
additional remarks on that? All right, all those in
favor, or you do have to call on Student Trustee, right? All right, there you go. [Madame Secretary] Donnell Jones? – [Donnell] Aye. And all those in favor?
Aye. Aye.
Any opposed? And any abstentions?
Abstain. Thank you, Trustee Otto,
for letting us know. We are moving onto item 4.7,
and as mentioned previously, this schedule is good,
minus the last item, which is the December 9th date. So this is an action
item, we will be voting to approve the meeting calendar for 2020, with the exception of
the December 9th meeting. We will have to wait to see, first of all, what legal counsel says,
based on the election results of the November election
and how that comes back. So I just want to make
sure everyone understands that we’re voting on everything
except the December meeting, any discussion on that? I’d like to clarify, it’s not
depending on the election, it’s the fact that the
election will take place, and we have to reschedule
within the timeframe of the annual organization meeting, and the term commencement
of the new trustees, or reelected trustees. I stand corrected, thank you for that clarification, any discussion? So right now, we need a motion to approve that calendar without
the December 9th meeting. – [Virginia] So move. Second. All right, it has been moved and seconded, oh, I’m sorry, we do have
to have Student Trustee vote on that, right?
Student Trustee– I apologize.
Donnell Jones? Aye. All right, all those in favor
of this amended schedule for the 2020 board
meetings, please say aye. – [Board Members] Aye. Any opposed, all right, thank you. We are moving onto item 4.8, the Community and Student
Workforce Project Agreement. This is a discussion and
possible agenda item, and I will defer this to
Vice President Drinkwine. Thank you so much, at our last meeting, we discussed in depth the Community and Student Workforce
Project Labor Agreement. I’d like to provide you with an update on negotiations thus far. Provided for you is a brief summary of the existing agreement,
as well as the motions that were successful
from our last meeting. Those were reflected on page two, that the motions were, that
were, again, successful, were to add Long Beach Community
College student graduates to tier one priority, they were
to request the trades unions to provide our student
graduates preferential entry into apprenticeship
programs, to add stipulations that the trade unions advocate
for our training programs when negotiating with other agencies, to base the amendment on a project list, and to have the amendment
go until the completion of all bond projects going forward and the ones that are remaining, which could be until 2041. We’ve had several productive conversation with the Trades Council,
we continue to negotiate on the exact language, but
there is broad agreement on these issues. I’ve provided for you what the
project list would look like for an agreement that goes
through the conclusion of the facilities master
plan through 2041. Those projects are listed beginning on the bottom of page two, and
continue through page three. There would be a total of 14 projects, and to clarify, these are the projects that are currently identified and defined. There are some projects in the plan, examples are minor campus improvements, the enterprise-wide computer system, landscaping, or joint use facilities, that are very broadly stated,
landscaping’s a good example. From year to year, we may identify a need, it’s not identified now,
so we can’t say each of those subprojects, what
the value of them are, the same with the minor
campus improvements. The larger two, the
enterprise-wide computer system or the joint use
facilities are not defined. They are very large
projects, so therefore, they are not reflected. You can, under the current agreement, and we intend to repeat the language, as a board, choose to add
a project as it is defined, even if it’s not already
in the project list. So of those defined
projects, there are, again, 14, the total value of
the construction costs, so this does not
represent the entire costs of the project, but rather just the construction costs
portion, is $334,784,430.00. So negotiations continue, I
hope to be able to come back to you in the very near future
with an agreeable amendment that satisfies both our needs, as well as the Trades Council’s, and what questions can I answer for you? Okay, are there any questions at this time for Vice President Drinkwine? I know Trustee Otto, you wanted to speak. I’m uncomfortable with the
idea that we might take action on something tonight,
the reason for that is that we would be piecemealing
a very important part of how it is that we will be doing things for the next 20 plus years. And the,
(quiet overlapping chattering) so what I would rather
do is continue this item and have a comprehensive discussion when we have a proposal
that has been vetted between the trades and the college at our September, at our
next meeting in September. And so I would move that
we continue this item to the September board meeting. And forgive me, Trustee Otto, the item is discussion
with possible action. So unless the Board of Trustee wished to change any of those
negotiating parameters as voted by the last
meeting, this is intended to be an update on the issue. Only action would be if you wished to take additional action
regarding the parameters. And personally, I feel that we had a discussion last time, I walked away from it not knowing exactly what was decided, or where we were going, and I’d rather not have another discussion and then try and integrate that discussion with the action that we
would be contemplating taking at the September meeting,
and so it would be I think in all of our best interests, especially given this long agenda, to do all that at once. We can study it, there’ll
be something concrete in front of us, and so that’s why I’m
making this recommendation, and see if there’s a second. – [Uduak-Joe] I’ll second it. Okay, just a second, thank you very much, I just want to make sure procedurally, Vice President Drinkwine, you had called if anyone had any questions, correct? Okay, so I just want to make sure that we’re following proper protocol if we do have questions, and
then we’ll go into a motion, and then we’ll go into discussion. I don’t want to put the
cart before the horse. So anybody have any questions on Vice President Drinkwine’s report? Okay, so now, in order
for us to have discussion on the item, we do need a motion, and then we can open up
the floor for discussion. – [Uduak-Joe] Say it again? I move that this matter be reagendized at the September meeting of the board. – [Uduak-Joe] Second. Excuse me, could you repeat
your motion, Trustee Otto? That this agenda item be
placed on the September meeting of the Board of Trustees. Continue to that meeting. [Madame Secretary] I’m sorry, what? Continued until that meeting. [Madame Secretary] Okay. Is it your wish to bring the
fully baked contract back to September, or continue
the discussion at September? No, to bring the fully
baked contract back. [Madame Secretary] We’ll bring the full contract back, correct? And Trustee Ntuk, you still second it? Okay, we have a motion on the floor, it has been seconded, to
bring this agenda item back on the September 11th board meeting as a fully completed amendment to the existing Community and
Student Workforce Project. And do we have any discussion on that motion, Student Trustee? I just have a question, I think
it was already pointed out by Vice President Drinkwine
earlier that this item is, it’s up for discussion, so
would it not already come back at the next meeting, just the same? We don’t have to take action on it unless we’re actually
going to make any changes? Trustee Otto, would you
like to address him, since you are the maker of the motion? Sure, I don’t think that, I think that the motion cleans up the way that we’re going to do this, which is we’re gonna consider all of this at the September meeting, and it doesn’t preclude our
discussing it at that meeting, as well, I just think that
decisions are better made at one time than piecemeal. And so since there were no questions when it was asked to have
a discussion right now about those items, it’s, in
my opinion, I made the motion so we could tackle this
issue in September. Thank you, any additional questions or discussion items for this motion? All right, at this time, Madame Secretary, we’ll go ahead and call for the vote. [Madame Secretary] Doug Otto? – [Doug] Aye. Any, all those in favor of
this motion, please say aye. – [Board Members] Aye. Any opposed?
Nay. All right, I believe the motion carries, I heard one nay, Madame Secretary? – [Virginia] That’s correct. All right, thank you,
moving onto item 4.9, health and welfare benefits–
(overlapping chattering) It passed, sorry, Trustee Baxter. – [Virginia] It’s okay. All right, item 4.9. – [Virginia] I had it wrong, excuse me. Are we good, Madame Secretary? [Madame Secretary] One moment,
I’m correcting the vote. We had one nay. [Madame Secretary] Yes. – [Sunny] Yeah, but she had
the wrong nay, I didn’t, I wasn’t (mumbles). Okay, item 4.9, health
and welfare benefits for members of the Board of Trustees and personnel commission
per board policy 2002. Once again, this is a discussion and possible action item,
I would like to defer this to Vice President Gene Durand. So at a previous meeting,
there was a discussion on health and welfare benefits, and the ability to waive,
we did look into it further, and what you see in this information is that we do allow employees
to waive benefits as it is listed on the waiver. I believe only the three categories that are there because
of our limited resources with health and welfare administration, it is done manually by one person who reports to the payroll manager, as opposed to a more automated system, which I know was down the road. We heard last night that part
of the BPR might be related to looking into the implementation, and I’ll let Vice President
Drinkwine jump in if she wishes, look into the implementation of an online self service health and welfare benefit admin process. But currently, again,
it is just one person who does it for every single employee of the district, which
is over 2,000 people. I’m not sure what else, we did provide some other
information, I’m not sure if the board has any
additional questions on that. Any additional questions
for Vice President Durand, regarding this item? Trustee Ntuk? Sure, yeah, thank you so much for the additional information. Just to clarify, are appointees of the Bond Oversight Committee, trustees or personnel commissioners,
employees of the district? So not necessarily
employees, but by policy, they are given the same health and welfare benefits as employees. And then I know we were talking earlier, is it true that some employees
get no healthcare benefits, the part-time instructors
do not get healthcare, any of these three healthcare options? Sure, so there are a couple categories, and I hope I remember them all, so for any staff member
who is working less than 20 hours, no benefits,
20 hours and above, they get benefits, regular employees. Those individuals who are classified, that considered an LTE and
outside the personnel commission, LTE employees would not get benefits. In addition, part-time
faculty do not get health and welfare benefits, what is offered to those individuals,
though, is a bronze plan, as is required under the ACA,
and if that is determined to be not affordable, then
they can go to the Exchange, to California Covered, and see
what may be available there. But as far as support from the district, there is no additional support for health and welfare benefits. What is the cost of the bronze ACA, I think it’s called Covered California? You know, I don’t have
that in front of me, I can get that back, generally it’s around the seven, $800.00 a month. The target, I remember, was about 750. I can get that information for the board, to see what the current
rate is that we are offer. And then with the new
findings of the options, do we need to amend the policy to give people the option
if they want dental, versus only vision, or? Am I correct, that’s a potential option? So it is three waivers, and that’s currently what we offer. If there is a desire to
explore other things, we certainly can look at that. Oh, so on the current waiver form, you just pick one? Correct, so there are three options, so all insurances, or
medical insurance only, or dental and vision together only. And for those individuals who are covered who are waiving medical,
we would need certification that they are covered elsewhere. And then do we do the, we’re not able to find survey information
on personnel commissioners that get healthcare benefits? I know we talked about it last time, but I didn’t know, that
was an unanswered question. I do not believe we were able to find any survey information
that would be helpful. I don’t know if Vice
President Drinkwine has any other information to add. I think the only information we could find at a survey level was regarding
trustee health benefits. There was not any collection of data regarding personnel
commission health benefits. (overlapping chattering) So Vice President Drinkwine, is there any opportunities
for savings on what we have? I did provide for you, attached to the agenda was
a two year history of costs, and then provided tonight was an expanded three year history of costs. There is a selection of packages that can be made, the
most expensive package is for family coverage using a PPO for health and a PPO for dental, and
the district contribution for that would be $29,621.00. There are savings
between what was selected by each trustee or
commissioner and that total, but provided for you in
that document is the total by Board of Trustees, and then separately by personnel commission for 2016, ’17, ’17/’18 and ’18/’19. And so you can see that
each of those totals, after accounting for the waivers of the Board of Trustees,
the Board of Trustees total for ’18/’19 is $53,408.00, and then for the personnel
commission with no waivers, the total is $51,305.00. And the three, I guess the three year, we just take the, any number times three? Absolutely, it is a little bit difficult in that we do anticipate healthcare costs to rise every year, and
it depends on the year what the severity of that increase is, but you can certainly
say that at a minimum, it is at least savings
of about $150,000.00 for each of the board or the personnel commission
over a three year period. Any additional questions? Okay, this is a possible action item, is there any action that staff recommends that we take, or do we
leave everything as is? Is there a recommendation? If any of the trustees see any changes that need to be made, if
not, then we’ll move on. All right, thank you very much. So we’re gonna move onto, Dario, is our caller ready on the line? I hear buzzing, so we’re
moving onto item 4.10, this is our board self evaluation, and we’re going to pause,
(phone dials) there it is, some–
(Robin mumbles) Technical action here, Dr.
Calote, are you on the line? – [Robin] Here it is, some (mumbles). I think she’s watching the board meeting, and there’s a few seconds
delay from the webcast. Dr. Calote, are you on the line? – [Robin] Yes, I am, I am. Okay, welcome, for the public, this is, Dr. Romali selected Dr. Calote to conduct the Superintendent
President evaluation, and also the board evaluation, and she is on the line,
and this is a discussion, possible action item. She has been, she’s
teleconferencing with us, we teleconferenced with her
earlier during closed session, and she will describe the
board self-evaluation process. Go ahead, Dr. Calote, welcome,
and you have the floor. – [Robin] Thank you very much, again, my name is Dr. Robin Calote, for members of the audience, and I
wanted to let you know that I was the President
of Ventura College until I retired in 2013, since then, I have done some work for Community College Search Services, a consulting firm where I’ve been involved with recruitment and
doing background reports. But my presentation this
evening is not affiliated with that consulting firm. What I’d like to do is briefly walk you through a four part document that you received as a
BoardDocs attachment. Part one is a review of
the purpose for and process of board self evaluation,
and page one tells you that the board self evaluation is required by accreditation standards, that your board policy 2018 is consistent with those accreditation standards. More importantly than just
meeting accreditation standards, however, for self
evaluation is an opportunity to model the organizational
value of reflecting on one’s own performance and engaging in ongoing improvement. Outcomes of the typical board
self evaluation are described at the bottom of page one,
and these are a summary of board accomplishments
for the prior year, again, differentiating
between board accomplishments and institutional accomplishments, assessment of progress towards
last year’s board goals, identification of new board goals, reflection of team
dynamics and effectiveness, and identification of areas
where additional information or support are needed. On page two of part one
describes the components of board self evaluation as being a survey of the trustees, a survey of
employee constituent groups who are in a position to have observed and are aware of the board in action, preparation of a report
that summarizes the surveys, and then a study session or retreat in which the board discusses
the summarized survey findings, assesses where it is relative
to last year’s board goals, and establishes new goals for itself. And then at a later meeting, the board accepts a
concluding summary report, based on the study session discussions. Before I go onto a review of
the draft survey documents, do you have any questions? Anyone have any questions for Dr. Calote? I have a question if, can you hear me? This is Trustee–
Yes, I can. Ntuk, okay, great, what’s the best way to measure the board accomplishments in the self-evaluation process? – [Robin] Well, in last
year’s self evaluation, did you identify goals
for yourself, as a board? – [Virginia] Yes, yes, yes. – [Robin] Yes, you did,
okay, so you would then, in your discussion, review, discuss and review how satisfied you are towards having accomplished those goals. So it depends on how
concrete your goals were. If, for example, it was
to increase awareness of the budget process
and you held workshops, even that accomplished that goal. So ideally, you would
have identified both goals and activities that would
support those goals, and could then measure
whether you did them or not. Any additional questions? Okay, Dr. Calote, go
ahead, you have the floor. – [Robin] Okay, so then
moving onto part two, this is a draft open for as many revisions
as you’d like to make, this would be used as a
trustee self evaluation form. It’s based on 35 questions that were taken from the Community
College Lead Question Bank for board self evaluation. And they have many more
than 35, but in general, people are put off when
they have to answer 70, 80 questions, so 35 seemed
to be a good number, without being redundant in the questions. They would be administered
as a SurveyMonkey, in an online form, and responses
would be sent either to me, or to me in combination
with Human Resources, or whoever else you determined. The individual responses
would be consolidated and not link to any respondent trustee, and as you can see from looking at it, for the 35 questions,
they’re on a Likert scale, identifying what the
board responsibility is, for example, under mission and planning, the board reviews the mission and purposes of the institution, and then
on a scale of one to five, to what degree have
they accomplished that, and there’s also space for not observed. At the end of the 35 questions, beginning on page 11 are an additional five open-ended
questions, which are, what are the board’s greatest strengths? To improve effectiveness,
in what areas is the board in need of additional
support of development? What issues have most
occupied the board’s time and attention during the past year, and were these closely tied to the mission and goals of the district and board? Is the board functioning as
a team as well as it should, why or why not, and what does the board do to maintain a positive
relationship with the CEO? What does the board need
to change, if anything? So again, for these five questions, or any version of open-ended questions that you would like to include, these responses would be consolidated, so they’re not linked
back to any one trustee. I know you probably haven’t had much time to review these questions, so
you may want to take more time and then provide feedback on
what changes you’d like to see. Moving onto part three,
this would be the form, the proposed form for using
with constituent groups. Again, this is a draft,
the questions are the same, including the open-ended
questions at the end. And again, all of the
responses would be consolidated within this group, and
nothing would be linked back to the individual response, and this survey response would
be kept separate from the one that the trustees are
filling out for themselves. And then finally, part
four is a draft assessment of perceived trustee needs or resources, and or training, and this would be part of your planning process,
as well, this is, again, based on a question bank from
the Community College League for Trustee Self Evaluation. And it goes through, it’s fairly long, it goes through a long list of information that you might need as a trustee, and you would assess as an individual, how confident you feel in each area, and whether, if you’re very confident, that you feel you have
some knowledge and skills, or whether you feel you
need more information. These responses would all be
consolidated into a report, and from that hopefully
would emerge some good ideas of areas where the board
would like workshops and more training, or more
reports, or more information that would help them to
be more knowledgeable and effective as board members. So those would be, again, the components of board self evaluation, and I invite any questions
that you may have. Okay, Dr. Calote, Ginny Baxter. Here’s my question, I
looked at your resume, and it does not list that
you’ve done this work before. How many college and boards,
I hope I’m not being rude, how many college, but
I will proceed anyway, how many colleges and
boards have you worked with with self evaluation? – [Robin] I have only worked with, I have done a lot of
evaluation of candidates, and I have worked as a
community college president and have participated in board workshops and facilitation and board evaluation, but I have not done
consulting work in this area– Okay, thank you. Any additional questions or comments? I do.
Trustee Zia? Thank you, I wasn’t quite
sure when reading this, and again, I need to
distill a little bit more and look at it scrupulously, but as far as the community aspect of it, I just wasn’t sure what that’s reflected, it may be prudent for us
to be evaluated by members of the community who work with us, or come to our meetings,
so that we’re not operating in our own ecosystem
and cocoon necessarily. Is that something that
we’ve given some foresight and introspection, and perhaps
looked at other colleges? I think, if I’m not mistaken, I reckon Rancho Santiago
Community College does that, has a community element
in their 360 review. But I may be wrong. – [Robin] Well, that’s certainly something that could be added, in terms
of the constituent feedback. And you can survey anyone
that you would like to survey, with the constituency background. Yeah, I mean, I recognize
that we get our feedback through our elections, but in the interim, it would be nice to know how we’re doing in the community, and how
the community perceives us. – [Robin] It’s nice to
get concrete feedback, beyond just a ballot. I’m sorry? – [Robin] I think it’s nice
to get concrete feedback, beyond just a ballot. – [Sunny] Yeah. Any additional questions or comments? I have a couple of comments, Dr. Calote, in section two, I believe,
with the actual questions. I noticed that there was
a lot of policy questions on here that the board is
being asked to self evaluate. I highlighted some of
the most relevant ones that are applicable to me and my service, and then also my colleagues. And I’d just like to call
attention to four of them, and then I’d like to ask
you a question about them. So question 21, board members uphold and comply with the
board’s code of ethics, question 22, board members
avoid conflicts of interest, and the perception of such
conflicts, question 24, board discussions and
relationships reflect a climate of trust and respect, and
the last one is, and again, I did highlight a few of them,
but the most relevant ones, question 25, board
members exhibit integrity and professionalism in
fulfilling their role. So I have a question for you
because board members are asked to self evaluate, and then they are asked to evaluate the board, how do you compile individual responses and then present them, and then compile board
responses and present them? Is it a scale? I see that these answers have
been assigned a number value, do you add them and
present a number value, and then is there a scale for them? Or how do you measure that,
what’s the metric that you use? – [Robin] Okay, first, I want to make sure you’re understanding, when it
says, “Board members uphold “and comply with the
board’s code of ethics,” the individual board members
are not evaluating just themselves, they’re thinking
of the group as a whole. So as the group as a whole,
do you feel the group upholds and complies with the
board’s code of ethics? So not answering, for this survey, you’re not answering in terms
of just your own performance, but the group as a whole. The application software of
SurveyMonkey consolidates all of the answers, and then it has metrics, so it will show the average number, so. And then what I was planning on doing was comparing the
board’s average of their answers with the average of the
answers of the constituents, and from that, you could see
if there’s any congruence or mismatches between the way
the board perceives itself and the way constituent
groups perceive it. And that’s the real value
of doing it this way. Okay, thank you– – [Robin] Did that answer your question? It did answer the question, yes. I think perhaps that we should incorporate
a more substantive metric, perhaps it’s the teacher in me that wants to see a grading scale, but I
know that that’s not possible, so I’ll take a look at this document, and then offer feedback,
and maybe do some research and see what other boards
do to have an actual metric, something that we can actually, a tangible score or grading rubric. Any additional questions or comments? – [Virginia] I have one. Yes? President Malauulu, perhaps if you looked at the last time we did this evaluation, it would help you because
as Dr. Calote says, these are taken from the
Community College League’s list, and so she’s not just making questions up. I think a lot of them
probably are the same, so it would be interesting, perhaps, for the board to review
what the answers were, or is that a bad idea because
it might skew the responses? Yeah, just for clarification, I’m not questioning the
questions themselves. The questions are fine, I’m familiar with the questions and their origin. My question is, as far as, what is a deliverable,
what do we actually get, how is it presented, how are the scores, if there is a score, if
there’s a grading scale, that’s really what my question is. I’m okay with the questions,
I just want to know what the system of measurement is. – [Virginia] It’ll be one through five. Sure, sure, any additional
questions or remarks? I have one more, Dr. Calote,
and thank you very much. Before we let you go, I had
also looked over your resume, and I noticed you were at Ventura College. Were you at Ventura College
at the same time as Dr. Scott? You were both–
I certainly was. You were both there at the same time? – [Robin] I invited her to
come into administration. Okay, got it, thank you, thank you very much, anybody else? All right, thank you, Dr. Calote, and we might be calling
you back in closed session, so thank you for tuning in. – [Robin] Okay, thank you
very much, good evening. All right, so this is, it is a discussion and possible action item,
are there any action that needs to be taken,
is there any action that anybody would like to propose? All right, so we’re gonna
move onto item 4.11. This is the 2019/2020
board agenda schedule. This is just an information item, schedules and ongoing routine agenda items that the board can expect
to see on a monthly basis, when we have our board meetings. Any discussion on that? All right, and now we are
moving onto item 4.12, and at this time, I would
like to defer the meeting to Vice President Ntuk, and
do you want to switch seats, or can you do it from
there, it’s up to you. (quiet overlapping chattering) (Uduak-Joe mumbles) I could do it from–
All right. I didn’t know, great,
so I guess we’re moving onto item 4.12, I believe
we have some speaker cards for this agenda item. Yes, I apologize, so there
were two late speakers who had arrived, and they did go fill out the speaker card, but they didn’t make it in time, so sorry, I should have disclosed that before I handed over
the meeting, thank you. Sure, so I have two individuals,
I’ll call up Mister, I have a Nizan Harvell and John Taileif. I don’t know if either
or both are still here, or wanted to speak? We’ll go with Nizan, if
I’m saying that correctly. Nizan, thank you, welcome. Okay. Hi, oops, this is, oh, I’m not. I would like to state that I am very upset to see this item on the agenda, I think this is a personal attack and not something that this
board should be dealing with. I feel like seeing
someone be censured for, I can’t even, it’s not
appropriate for this board to deal with personal statements, and take it to this place,
I think, sorry, microphones. I think this is more politically motivated than it is actually appropriate, and I also think that obviously the person who is targeted by this
censure is an incredible member of our community, who has
represented our community to the fullest, elected
by her constituents, and I think that her
constituents would be upset by, as a constituent, would
be upset by this action. I’m offended by it, personally. And I also think that letting voices be heard, when it comes to an alleged, an alleged, sorry, my mind just went blank. I’ve got time. Where are my notes? I think this is more a term that should be settled
personally in a conversation and dealt with, and not dealt
with in this public forum. I don’t think this is, first, I think it’s a personal
conversation that happened. I think it was something that,
if a conversation happened with so much, someone didn’t
agree with what was said, they could go personally
to the person and express that without having to take it
to a public forum and offend an entire community of people
by doing so, and that’s it. Thank you, Mr. John Taileif? My name is John Taileif, and I thank you, the Board of Trustees, for the moment. This is a sensitive
subject, I am a constituent, longterm supporter of this college through various measures passed to provide resources to this school. I am a board member
serving on various boards in Southern California, and watching, and I keep an eye on what goes on here because it’s an interest of mine. I also serve at Cal State Long Beach under the CITT Master’s Logistics Program. So this type of interesting development from this board I want
to question and address. As a board member, there are certain codes of ethics that you perform under, and if you’re going to have
discussions regarding Ms. Zia, and if you discipline her, it
would probably be appropriate, because I saw the moments of the film, back on July 24th, when she
acted out, what she said. In the climate of where
the country’s at today, what I observed was literally somewhat of a subtle bashing of faith,
and that’s not acceptable in this forum. So we entrust you to
guide the academic status of this institution, not to folly around and play immature games, and
seethingly providing insults to your colleagues. I ask you, in your discussions, to provide some measure of discipline, however that may be, it
merits and it deserves this. Ms. Zia, I hope that
you can perform better in your capacity, thank you. Thank you so much. So moving on, we have, and just to clarify,
according to our policy on an ethics complaint, if
the president is involved in the complaint, then the
vice president is asked to step in, which was the
reason the meeting was passed on to me. So we have a written complaint, we also have a draft resolution. We have a rebuttal, we have
copies of the transcripts of the July meeting. I guess at this time,
we can open the floor for discussion or motions. Well, I’ll start, I guess. Someone asked me what I
thought about this situation, and my answer was that this
college has been around for 90 years, and I care about it more than any situation that might happen, and I care about the students. And so when I vote, that’s
how I’m going to vote, is what about the reputation of the school, what about what we stand for? And that’s all I’m gonna say. (Uduak-Joe mumbles) (Sunny mumbles) Trustee Zia? Thank you, Madame Chair,
Vice President Ntuk, fellow board members,
administrators, faculty, and public, quite frankly, I messed up. In a fit of frustration, I lost my temper, and said a number of things
I should not have said, and definitely very much regret saying. From the bottom of my heart, I apologize. What is unfortunate is that my comments and the subsequent argument it caused with several of my board
colleagues has only served to distract and take attention away from the main reason we are all here, to provide equitable student
learning and achievement, academic excellence, and
workforce development by delivering high-quality
educational programs and support services to
our diverse communities. That is our mission, that is
what we should be focusing on. My apology, that I
temporarily lost my temper, I know that I’m not perfect, I am human. I sometimes make mistakes,
I will do my best to keep any disagreement I may have with my colleagues,
administrators, or faculty to a minimum, while doing my best to maintain a professional demeanor. Thank you for your patience
with me, it is much appreciated. Thank you. Mr. Ntuk?
President Malauulu? Dario, I had sent you a text, I don’t know if you got it, I
didn’t get a response there. And I apologize, I had
wanted you to play a clip, a particular clip, but
I didn’t get a response from you, I’m sorry to put
you on the spot like that. If it’s not something that can happen, then I completely understand. Okay, no worries. At this time, I would
just like to make a motion that we adopt a resolution of censure of Trustee Sunny Zia, based on the behavior of
the July 24th board meeting. I have a motion, is there a second? Second. Is there any other further
discussion on the agenda item? Trustee Otto? I would just say this, this
is not an easy decision, but it is my opinion
that given the evidence of dysfunction of this board, not just on the 24th of July, but over
an extended period of time, something must be done. And I support the motion,
I hope that it will lead to better behavior, and
this board can start to function as one, and not as a group of five individuals. I’d also like to speak
in favor of the motion. First of all, I’d like
to thank the members of the public who took the
time to be here to speak. I take heed, I agree with
what Trustee Otto said, this is not an easy decision, it’s actually been a
very difficult decision. It’s caused considerable anxiety, however, I took my oath
of office very seriously. I took the pledge that I made
as a trustee very seriously, and I take my job very seriously, to serve this district,
and to serve the community. We do have board policies in place, we have had lots of problems
during the three years that I’ve been on the board
with just trustee behavior, which has been personally
embarrassing to me. And based on feedback that
I’ve received from staff, students, community, even administrators, I’m not the only person
who feels that way. And it is unfortunate
that it has come to this, and while some things
are private and discussed in closed session, and actually, some things will be evaluated further, just so that you’re aware, this
is not an isolated incident. There have been other incidents, but we did not have a board
policy in place that allowed us an opportunity to present
them as agenda items, and now we do. And I am following my conscience, and I am following my
conviction to address an issue that I believe has gotten
progressively worse, and will continue to escalate unless this board takes action. As board chair, I made a vow,
a public vow several times that when I became board chair, the culture of our meetings would change, and the atmosphere of our
meetings would change, and the treatment of
trustees would change. And it is unfortunate that we had a mishap during my very first
meeting as board chair. We live in a country
today where the President of the United States is allowed free will to speak and say things that
we all know are inappropriate for an elected leader who is
to represent an entire body, and it is unfortunate that we
can’t do anything about it. We can’t, the media has been censured, his own staff has been censured, and we here at the
district are in a position where we actually can
do something about it, and we actually can take action. And again, it is not an easy decision, it’s a decision that I prayed over, had a lot of discussion
with my family over. And while I do accept Trustee
Zia’s apology, which came, ironically, the day that
I submitted the complaint, so just to give you a little timeline, the board meeting was
July 24th, and I believe, and I have four children, so I teach them that if you’re sorry,
you’re sorry right away. And if not, you sleep on it, and you’re usually sorry the next day, and you start to feel remorse,
and you address the issue. There was a few days, a couple of weeks, three weeks, four weeks go by. There was no attempt from Trustee Zia to reach out to me with an apology, to seek mediation, and
when I filed the complaint, there was the attempt for the apology. And I just felt that it was disingenuous because the apology should
have happened sooner if it was sincere, and
that’s perhaps, I’m a mom, so I see the world
through a different lens, and in raising children, that’s
how I’m raising my children. Sometimes we see people who
continually wrong others, and continually apologize
over and over again. And the behavior does not change, the apologies come, and Trustee Zia, I appreciate your apology today and the day that I filed the complaint. I really wish that you had reached out to me a little sooner, and
perhaps maybe then there would have been some mediation,
without it having come to this because I did sit on the
complaint for almost 30 days. So at this time, those are the comments that I’d like to make, and again, I thank the members of the public. And this is something that is
allowed by district policy, and is well within our purview, and we are setting a precedent. So the comments that were made to me were, “Oh, you’re a good Christian, “you’re a really good Christian,
and holier than thou.” And if I said that about any other faith on this dais, my family would disown me. If I made reference to
someone else’s religion, or if I said, and I don’t mean this, I’m giving you an example, but if I said, “Oh, you’re a good Muslim,
a really good Muslim,” or, “You’re a good Jew,
a really good Jew,” I would have instantly apologized, if I got caught up in
the heat of the moment. But what was said to me is,
“Oh, you’re a good Christian, “you’re a really good
Christian,” it was shocking. And I don’t want a precedent to be set for the rest of our
district to have teachers, faculty members, staff members, students, speak to each other that
way, and I don’t want to walk through a hallway or walk through an admissions building and hear that type of commentary being
said throughout our campus. And if it’s appropriate to say it here on the dais to each other,
we are elected officials, we are board members, we
should be held above reproach. We should set a higher
standard, that’s not to say that we’re not human, we are, and we are imperfect, and
we are a work in progress. But we need to do better, and when this behavior
continues to escalate, and when it continues to worsen, then we have a problem because the burden of responsibility to
correct is falls on us. And as Board Chair, it was my decision to take action, and to make sure that the district is protected from this potentially more
damaging behavior, thank you. Madame Board Secretary, I’d like to call for a roll call vote. May I restate the motion, is that the Board of
Trustees adopt a resolution of censure of Trustee Sunny
Zia, and the motion was made by Vivian Malauulu and second
by Doug Otto, is that correct? Yes. Okay, Virginia Baxter?
Nay. This is interesting, we
don’t have a nay anymore– No, it’s okay, I’ll abstain. No, that’s okay, I can
record it as nay if you like, what would you like?
I’d like nay. All of a sudden, my
menu has changed to aye, and not now, and abstain,
and absent, Vivian Malauulu? Yea. Uduak-Joe Ntuk?
Aye. Doug Otto?
Aye. Sunny Zia?
Nay. I’ll have to change that (mumbles). The motion passes, and we move onto the next agenda item, and
so we have agenda item 5.1, and I’m gonna pass this
back to President Malauulu. Thank you, Trustee Otto, item 5.1 is electric
vehicle charging stations, this is an information item. I will defer to Vice President Drinkwine, who has information that she will present. Thank you, I’m presenting from the podium so that I can be joined by Walter Johnson, who is our Senior Director of Facilities. We are presenting to you
this evening a short overview of our electric vehicle charging stations. You’ll see that later in the agenda, we do have an item for your
approval regarding the fees to be charged at these stations, and so in this presentation, we hope to give you a short
overview of what they are, where will they be, and
how much will they cost us. Yeah, I will continue with the next slide. The agenda item consists of background with the district-wide energy project, electric vehicle charging
station location, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, project funding and fees, and
then questions and answers. To achieve our goal of
zero net energy by 2025, there are four key projects and strategy that the district has embarked upon. The first one is energy and potable water use reduction strategy. That’s a correction that I’m
making here at the podium, if you look at the
screen, it said portable, but that should be potable. And one of the reasons, one of the things that we are doing as a district
to reduce potable water is that we’re using non-potable water for our irrigation system. We’re using that to flush the toilet, and we’re also (mumbles) out with new project and renovation projects, efficient plumbing fixtures,
which are low-flow toilets and low-flow urinals. Our number two strategy is renewable energy production strategy, and we’re achieving that by implementing solar PV
array systems at both this, at the LAC campus and the PCC campus. We have solar PV panels on
the parking structure here at LAC, and they will also
be on the parking structure, the new parking structure
at the PCC campus. Our third strategy is a
thermal storage strategy for (mumbles), and what this does is utilizes
standard HVAC equipment that we already have in
place in all our facilities, plus an energy storage tank,
and by collecting energy on the off hours, mainly at night, we can save energy, with a possible cost in reduction by 50%,
and what this does is, energy is stored at off-peak
hours during the night, and then it’s released
throughout the building during the daytime. So it is time released
throughout the building. Our fourth strategy is
clean energy use strategy for transportation, and that takes us to our installing electric
vehicle charging stations at this campus, LAC campus,
and also at the PCC campus. And if we go to the next slide, as you can see, by June of 2021 we are expected to have 138 EV chargers installed, plus an additional 45
clean air vehicle spaces at PCC’s P2 new parking structure. It also will have 67 parking structure, 67 stalls at our parking
structure here on the LAC campus, on the first floor of the parking garage, in the parking structure. At lot number 10, we’ll have
27 stalls at our PCC campus, and we’ll have 33 stalls at
the P2 parking structure, which is scheduled to start fall of 2020. Well, the available fall of 2020. We will also have 11 stalls,
electric vehicle stalls, at our new KLAC facility that’s scheduled for this
construction this fall. So that would give us a total of 138 EV charging stalls by June 2020. If you look at the next
slide, this shows the location of those EV charging stalls,
and where they’ll be located. The first one is the
LAC parking structure, as you can see highlighted in green. Those will be the location
of the first floor of the parking structure
here on the LAC campus, and if you look at right beside it, it’s the PCC parking lot number 10. Those highlighted areas
represent the stalls that will be at the PCC parking lot. Our next slide is the P2
parking structure at PCC. You’ll see the highlighted areas there, that will be the EV charging stalls at the new parking structure. We’re excited about getting
that project constructed, it’s gonna be a beautiful facility, and it’s integrating the art deco design of existing buildings, and
it’s also an opportunity for an identifier for
people coming up PCH, you could actually, that
building will anchor that corner. So you will have people see
Long Beach City College, glaring at them when you come up the PCH. Our next slide is the,
we call it the KLAC, which is the new project coming online with the Kinesiology Lab
and Aquatic Center at LAC. And if you look at the
highlighted areas to the left, you will see the parking
stalls there, the black, and if you look to the right of that, that’s the, well, it’ll
be the new soccer field. And at that existing parking lot, you’ll see that kind of little blue, but that was, I guess
the one that printed, but that was highlighted earlier to represent the new
parking stall that will be in that location. So we are very excited about the possibility, the cost savings, of having electric vehicle
charging stations on campus. We’re looking forward to faculty, staff, and students being able
to use those devices. Oh, sorry. Okay, the next slide is the electric vehicle charging infrastructure. This is a partnership with
Southern California Edison, which it’s called a Charge Ready program. From an infrastructure standpoint, Southern California Edison, they design, install, and they will own and
maintain the infrastructure, and all of this is done to support the California
Zero Emission Policy. But as far as the charging
unit, the district buys, installs, and maintains
the charging units, and the value to the district is the cost. The infrastructure cost is
estimated at $500,000.00 for the LAC campus, and
$300,000.00 for the PCC campus, for a total of $800,000.00. And also, as an added bonus, Southern California Edison
would provide a rebate to the district for a portion
of the cost of the charge, for an estimated total of
$50,000.00 for LAC and PCC. And so we did bring to
you Admin Reg 7000 in May, and this regulation, we updated to specifically add section
6.1, and 6J that talk about the usage of our spaces
for exclusive EV charging. And so that Admin Reg
states that any vehicle that’s parked at one of those stalls and is not actively charging or does not display a valid
parking pass could get ticketed. So the idea here is that we
want to preserve these spaces for electric vehicles that are charging. In addition, per some
California regulation, we do allow clean air
vehicles to park there if they are natural gas
vehicles, for instance. Obviously, they’re not charging, but if they display the correct sticker, they will be allowed to park there. And so that’s already
been adopted in our regs, what needs approval, however, are the fees that we will charge, we
are incredibly grateful to Southern California Edison to give us roughly $850,000.00 worth of infrastructure and rebates, however, that does not mean we don’t have costs. The average cost of
electricity to us is 14 cents per kilowatt hour, in addition,
we do have service fees. It does cost us to pay the firm to run the charge ready stations, and to accept credit cards, as you know, most vendors who accept credit
cards have to pay a portion of that transaction, as
do we, it’s not free. And we also have ongoing maintenance fees. So when we look at a combination of the cost of energy on
that per kilowatt hour, plus our estimation of the combination of the administration fees
for the charge ready points, as well as maintenance
fees on an ongoing basis, we estimate those to be about
15 cents per kilowatt hour. So it’s our recommendation
that we charge the users, regardless of whether they’re students, staff, faculty, or community members, a single rate of 29
cents per kilowatt hour, which reflects our recovery of our costs. However, we would prefer
not to have drivers of these vehicles completely use up space for the entire day, we want to ensure that that is movement in these spots. Although initially we believe
we will have an excess of EV charging stations, we do see that the movement towards
electric vehicles is great, and more people will be driving them. And so we would like to impose a surcharge after a four hour period of $1.50, and that is an incentive to
charge for only four hours. We selected four hours
for a couple of reasons, one is that if you’re taking a class, you’ll be able to park, take
your class, and move your car. And the second is that most
vehicles can charge adequately within four hours, we’re using what’s called a level two charge station, which charges at a much, much higher rate than you would in your typical home, if you’re plugging in and
haven’t done an upgrade. So we wanted to be really thoughtful about the average amount of time for use, as well as what those, one
more time, there we go, what that would be as
a convenience factor. We also compared to our neighbors, we certainly didn’t want to
have a fee that was prohibitive, but we wanted to make sure what we were charging was reasonable. When we look at our nearby colleges, you can see that Cal State Long
Beach has a bifurcated rate, 25 cents per kilowatt hour for students, staff, and faculty, 40 cents for guests. El Camino is, across the board, 30 cents. Orange Coast College is $1.25
for the first four hours, and that’s a per hour rate,
so not a per kilowatt hour. So understand that a kilowatt
hour is a measurement of energy, and an hour,
obviously, is time. You can charge several
kilowatt hours within an hour, and it depends entirely
on your specific vehicle, but using, as a standard, if we look, for instance, at a Toyota Prius, it would, for a full charge ’cause
those batteries are smaller, a buck 28 to fully charge it. But if you were looking at a Tesla, which has a super big battery, it would actually take
eight hours to charge, and once you get past the
surcharge, it’s $62.00. And if you go mid-range with a Chevy Volt, it’s about $4.64, so I
want to be very clear here. We’re proposing a per kilowatt hour charge because that represents
a recovery of our costs, and not a per hour. And so when you compare
that to Orange Coast College with the $1.24 an hour, or
$3.00 an hour after four hours, that’s more consistent, but it will, the actual charge will vary
upon the driver’s actual car and how much they are charging. And then Pasadena uses an hour, as well, $1.00 an hour for the first four, or $2.00 an hour for each thereafter. There are commercial enterprises that offer electric vehicle charging, Walgreens is 30 cents per kilowatt hour. The Exchange is 25 cents per kilowatt hour for the first three
hours, $3.00 thereafter, and the City of Signal Hill
is 55 cents per kilowatt hour. My understanding is that
there are some areas here and there that do free, but
those spots get filled up fast. And so what we believe
we’ve offered is reasonable, allows us to recover our costs. We were asked to review a specific code that allows the state of California to offer electric vehicle charging without violating the state
constitutional prohibition against a gift of public funds. We were happy to receive a
legal opinion regarding that, and the legal opinion, if I
may summarize, says basically that this code does not
apply to us specifically. Whether or not that would
be a challenge in court, we’d have to see, there is no precedent, but that as written, as strictly written, it does not allow community colleges to offer energy for free to any person without violating that prohibition. What questions can we answer for you? – [Vivian] I saw Trustee Baxter’s hand– – [Virginia] But if, okay– – [Vivian] And then Trustee Ntuk. Thank you for the presentation. I have a couple of questions. First of all, first thing
that came into my mind is, if I’m a faculty member, and
so I park my electric vehicle, I’m not on an three hour time basis, maybe I’m on a six hour or
an eight hour time basis. And that also means
I’ve got to move my car, I don’t have an electric
vehicle, I should tell you. But I’m just seeing the thought process, and maybe your answer is,
don’t park in the EV space, and that solves the whole thing. But I am concerned about the idea that you would move
your car in four hours. I get the three hour class, but some students might have two classes, one after the other. It just seems to me that
this is gonna make a lot of running around, that’s an observation. And how are they going to,
is it like a parking meter that you put in for four hours, or you put your credit card in, and then how do you know when
to take your credit card out? Am I asking kind of dumb questions? (overlapping chattering) I have the audience, they’re
telling me I’m not, okay. So the answer to your first question is that you have a parking permit,
we’re not gonna ticket you unless you don’t have a parking permit, or unless you’re parking a
regularly fueled vehicle, not an electric vehicle. So you won’t get a ticket
if you have the EV, and you have a parking permit. If you’re unable to
come and unplug your car from the charger after four hours, and you’re not at a full charge because if you’re at a full charge, you can’t continue to charge your car, right, you’re at fully charged, then you will be charged
the $1.50 per kilowatt hour. So if for some reason you’re
unable to make it out, you will be charged at the higher rate after you hit four hours,
we will not ticket you, you will be charged a greater amount. And so that is part of the balance, that if you don’t want
that higher rate of charge, you’ll have to come and unplug, or if you decide it’s
more convenient for you, I know that some drivers, for instance, live in apartments, and
they don’t have the ability to charge at home, they may anticipate that that’s gonna be
the extra cost for them. The answer to your second
question, how do these work, these work a lot like
parking permit stations that accept your credit card. So when you pull in and
you’re going to charge, you’ll follow the instructions
on the charge point machine. You’ll enter your car,
it doesn’t stay there. So the machine keeps
your card information, and it will continue to
charge after you’re gone, as long as your car is
accepting the charge. So for instance, in my example, if you’ve parked and you just
want to top off your charge, and so you plug your car in and you come back four hours later, but if it’s only charged
10 kilowatt hours, then that’s what you’re
going to get paid for. And so that’s the same
answer to either of those, that you’re only being
charged for the actual energy that you’ve charged your battery with. Now, if at some point,
several years down the road, so sorry, when we’re living in the future and we’re all driving electric vehicles, and if those spots are
completely used all the time, then yes, maybe we’ll come back to you. But it is not our intent to ticket anybody who stays after four hours, you would just get charged more for the energy usage. So you’re gonna have
separate staff charging, and separate student charging? No, for our proposal, and let me go back to that proposal slide,
our proposal is not to have varying rates, we
will simply charge each person for what our costs are,
which is the 29 cents. So again, about half of that 14 cents represents the
actual cost of the energy, the remaining is for
coverage of our maintenance and licensing and credit
card administration fees. – [Virginia] Go ahead. Thank you so much, I’m really glad to see this come forward, I know this is something we’ve talked about over the last year,
and clarified and looked at state legislation and infrastructure, and different matching funds. So it’s great to see, getting
almost a million dollars from Southern California Edison, and about $800,000.00 is big for us. And I guess I have a couple questions, the practicality of it, I appreciate that we have the priority spacing, that the electric vehicle spacing is in the best parking places, and so both, at the multiple campuses and locations, to incentivize people and make it visible, that the option is there. I guess a question is, if I have the EV, the correct EV sticker, but
I don’t have a parking pass and I’m a guest, do I also gotta plug in and pay for four hours, and
go get a $5.00 daily pass? Is that still, will be
the process, I guess? That is correct, if you are a guest and don’t have a parking permit, then you would first plug in and pay, or first go to the machine
and buy your $2.00 a day. So your cost as a non-faculty
student or staff would be an additional $2.00 per day parking because that is the parking
fee, that is correct. I guess I, and just to clarify, the signage will say a four
hour parking limit, correct? The signage will be very
clear and state the rates for the first four
hours, and then the rate for each, for after
those first four hours. But I guess you don’t
need to move your car after four hours? No, it is an incentive to move your car after four hours because
if you will allow it to continue to charge,
it’s more expensive, yes. And then I’m, I noticed our current solar
power chargers are not that great, and actually
have a backup diesel system that defeats the whole purpose of it. What are we gonna do for our
own electric vehicle fleet? Do we have chargers for campus vehicles? And I’m not even sure what our percentage of our fleet, besides the
golf cart, which is electric. We do have electric vehicle chargers at our yard, next to our primary building. Those ones we don’t
allow for personal use, obviously, because they’re not set up to collect a charge for
somebody using them. You simply plug in and we
pay for the electricity. So we have a separate
charge, and on your point with the solar panel charging stations, just as a point of
information, the company that owns those and leased them to us for $1.00 for a five year
period has gone bankrupt, and we are currently trying to determine who the proper owner of those units are so that we can have them collect them. Unfortunately, as you can imagine, it is difficult to do
so, and so we are trying to find the proper people to notice so that we may remove them. So if you wonder why they
are still hanging around, we don’t want to incur any liability for their movement until we can determine who the owner actually is. But you are right, that
they are not effective, and they actually use
diesel fuel as a backup. And I guess, last question, the I guess cost recovery on signage and infrastructure that’s
not covered by So Cal Edison, is that built into the fees that we anticipate
getting a payback period, and then sometime in the
future we’ll reduce the fees? Or are all the fines that people would get in the green spots for
not being a green vehicle, would that go towards cost
recovery of the infrastructure? So with Southern
California Edison is giving us is the actual infrastructure itself. They are installing it
underneath, for instance, at the parking structure here, they actually are going to install it. And in the future, we will be
bringing to you some approval of easements that are necessary
to allow them to do that. If, for some reason, we did not like these and we wanted to remove them, we would actually owe
Edison money at that point because they’ve spent the
money to install them, they own that portion of it. What we own, we own the charging stations, and we have to pay administration fees to ChargePoint, which operates
the charging stations, and it collects the credit cards. So our costs are threefold,
they are the maintenance of the charging stations,
they are to pay ChargePoint for the administration,
and it is for the cost of accepting credit cards. And so for those, we ran averages of what the car would
charge, of kilowatt hours over a certain amount of time, and we believe 15 cents
per kilowatt hour allows us to recover those fees. After five years, we
expect the maintenance fees to increase because equipment
starts to lose its performance after a certain period of time, so yes. If we determine that
the cost of maintenance of those stations increase,
or if at some future point in time, we need to upgrade
them because technology changes, then we would reevaluate
the cost structure and come back to you. And we would be more than happy
to present a report an hour, or, excuse me, a year after we implement and start using these stations to let you know, what did that look like? Were we correct on our charges, and did they actually recover our costs? – [Uduak-Joe] Thank you. – [Vivian] Any additional
questions, Trustee Baxter? Yeah, I just have one,
and it doesn’t have to do with the electric charging, I’m sorry, it has to do with the
potable water at PCC, because I’m also a big advocate of this. And several years ago, they
said it was impossible. Are you in an agreement with the city to bring reclaimed water to the campus, or are you not, and you
may not be in a position to answer that question. Well, right now, we are actually utilizing that now, sorry. We did a re-landscaped building, is it O? Right, Building O,
right across the street, and so we’re using non-potable water now. That was one of our projects,
non-potable water now to use with irrigation
for that particular. So yes, I’m in favor of using– So you’re using water from Hamilton Bowl, and bringing it across?
Yeah. Yeah, oh, no, that’s wonderful. And I wondered why that
didn’t happen before when I asked, so very good, excellent. Any additional comments or questions? Yes, I’m sorry, Student Trustee Jones? Yes, just a couple of quick questions. I guess first is, and excuse me if this
question was already answered, what spaces, particularly looking at the LAC parking structure, what spaces there have been identified for conversion, are those
regular, unmarked stalls, are those staff stalls typically, or? They are a combination of
staff and other stalls. A great deal of that first
floor is currently dedicated to staff, once these
become EV charging spots, they are open to either faculty, students, or the public, they no
longer have priority for staff use.
Okay, and– We do believe, though, when we look at the number of spots that we have, and that we’re putting 67 stalls in LAC, we think that will be more than enough to accommodate the current demand here. So I don’t believe that it would be, it would be more than sufficient to accommodate the needs of both students and staff and faculty. And then how are these particular spots identified for conversion? Their identification was largely dictated by the installation of the
infrastructure by Edison. So you can imagine that the
further away the spot is from the electrical infrastructure, the more expensive it is to bring that in. And so that’s why we are having, there we go, that’s why you
see it on the first floor. It’s both to have a priority and incentive to drive electric vehicles, but it also allows the least cost to have that infrastructure reach those spots. And so that also helped
dictate their placeage on the first floor at PCC structure, as well as their locations
here in the future. You’ll see that we don’t
have these spaces way out in the middle, for instance, of the parking lot
surrounding Veterans Stadium. This is nearer Clark, it’s
near the softball field, where there’s already
electrical infrastructure that will be installed, so
the cost is a huge dictator of where we can put these spots. Also, it allows for easy maintenance, coming from the facility team, as well. And as far as Southern California
Edison, it allows for them to have access to those charge
point stations, as well, just in case we do have
to do in a repair for, or in a future replacement,
so it’s easy access. Okay, and then I guess kind of a followup, Vice President Drinkwine, you mention that the 67 spots should
be more than enough to cover the demand, what data do we have that I guess predicted
or described the demand that we’re anticipating for these spots? Well, first, there are actually new codes for the ratio of electric
vehicle charging spots to regular spots, much like
we have handicap spots. So this is something that we
have to be in compliance with, and so we’re following those ratios. But we do know anecdotally, from the usage of the solar charging
stations, that those were at times unavailable to some folks, but it never was overwhelming the demand. And we also know that we
can’t predict the future. We anticipate greater
demand in the future, and at that point, we would revisit. And the cost for expanding the number of spots would then be
worthwhile, but at this point, this should accommodate our need. Okay, and then I think one final question. So just from personal experience, I understand that typically,
and I’m asking mostly about the LAC structure
because, looking here, parking lot 10, I
understand, is primarily used by staff and faculty,
from my understanding, as well as the P2, that’s
an expansion of parking. So I don’t anticipate that
being as much of a problem, but I am concerned about losing 67, potentially, spots for our students ’cause I know that this
structure during the peak times of our classes tends to fill up already, and it’s hard for our
students already to get spots. And I believe that this
may potentially be harmful to our students being able to get in, get sufficient parking, and get to class. Do we have any considerations for how are we gonna offset that? It will decrease the amount of spots that are available for regular vehicles, for both students, staff, and faculty. The converse relationship
to an incentive is that there’s a disincentive, so providing this parking
for electric vehicles means that there’s a natural
disincentive for regular vehicles. There is always adequate parking surrounding Veterans
Stadium, it is further away from the classroom
buildings, but that is likely where some students
would have to relocate, that if there were less parking spaces for regular gas vehicles
in the parking structure, then the demand would
have to be relocated over to the parking lot
surrounding Veterans Stadium. All right, thank you. Any additional questions? I’d like to thank you
for a very comprehensive and thorough report, just to make sure there’s
no misunderstanding, the parking spots don’t come with the electric vehicles, right? I just want to make sure. You never know, right,
people might think that. You did a great job, thank you. We’re gonna move onto item 6.1. This is the consent
agenda, are there any items that anyone would like to
pull off the consent agenda? All right, seeing none,
I will entertain a motion to approve the consent agenda. – [Doug] So moved. – [Virginia] Second. All right, it has been moved and seconded to approve the entire consent
agenda, any discussion? All right, I’ll call for the vote. Donnell Jones?
Aye. All those in favor? – [Board Members] Aye. Any opposed? All right, the consent
agenda has been approved in its entirety, item 6.2 is approval of the consent agenda, with items, Madame Secretary, I just want to make sure that we’re gonna do 6.3 to 6.18 in sum, all of them together? – [Doug] I think we did all– [Madame Secretary] Those
are all the consent, through 6.18.
Oh, I’m sorry. – [Doug] Right, 6.1– Oh.
(overlapping chattering) Got it, I crossed out
the wrong item, my bad. – [Doug] I think we’re at 7.1. Thank you, Trustee Otto, we’re gonna go onto academic affairs, item 7.1. This is an action item,
revised board policy, an administrative regulation, 4014, the study abroad residency,
and this is asking that the board approve and adopt the revised
policy courses as submitted. This is an action item, so I’ll
entertain a motion for that. – [Doug] So moved. [Uduak-Joe And Virginia] Second. It has been moved and
seconded, any discussion? All those in favor? – [Board Members] Aye. Any opposed? Donnell Jones?
Aye. Sorry, Madame Chair. I have to get used to that. All right, we’re going to item 7.2, which is, and it’s a first reading of new board policy and
administrative regulation 4030, the academic calendar. This is a first reading, is there anyone, member of the staff that would
like to report on this item? Vice President Scott? Thank you very much, we
previously did not have a policy or a regulation on the academic calendar, and we are required to have one. So that’s why we created one, we’ve just used the
League’s basic language with our own dates, of course, our own decisions that we’ve
made as an institution. But that’s why it’s here, is that we just, we needed to be in compliance
and have a regulation and policy, and so we’ve completed one. Thank you very much, any
additional discussion or questions for Dr. Scott? All right, that is a first reading, that item will return on
the September 11th agenda for a second reading
and a possible action. We’re moving onto section
eight of the agenda, administrative services, 8.1, it’s an MOU between LBCCD and Compton
Community College District and Cerritos Community College District for the development of academic and student support
services collaboration. This is an action item, and at this time, before we open up to the
motion and discussion, I’d like to defer to staff, if they’d like to present any information, Dr. Romali? Yes, I had a meeting recently, several meetings recently with staff, Dr. Scott, Dr. Munoz, Mrs. Drinkwine, and we met with the
presidents of Compton College and Cerritos College, and we admitted that there’s so much
competition between us that we felt that students
deserved a great option at all three colleges. And to that, and there are a number of regional opportunities
that might be available to us, particularly in high cost programs, that either we offer or they offer. But according to title five, there need to be various permissions granted for those students out of
district to come to us. And we wanted to kind of
break down the barriers between the three districts,
and allow students an opportunity to take
advantage of the best programs. For example, the Lynwood Unified
School District would like to send their culinary students here, they are in the Compton District. For example, there are
many cosmetology students in Long Beach that would
like a cosmetology program, but we do not have one, so they would like to go to Compton, so what we want to do, we recognized that there are a number of opportunities like this,
these are the first two that have come about. But there are a number of
opportunities like this where we might be able to explore with the Chancellor’s
Office Regional Consortiums, and we wanted to have
the board approve us, begin talks on exploring what some of these ventures might look
like, what they might cost, what type of title five
impact there might be, if there’s any Chancellor’s
Office discussions that we need to have. Cerritos and Compton
have already passed this at board meetings I believe
either this week or last week. They’re super excited to have Long Beach in a regional consortium, it
could work much the same way that many regional consortiums work, our Strong Workforce LAOCRC Consortia, just a regional consortium so that students have great opportunities to attend these three great colleges. Any additional information from staff before we go to a motion? All right, I’ll entertain
a motion on this item. So moved. – [Doug] Second. It has been moved and seconded, to accept this MOU between
the three college districts, and I’ll open it up to discussion on this item, Trustee Ntuk? Thank you, I saw Jackie
going, I was like, hold on. No, thank you so much for
bringing this forward, I know we’ve discussed it with Dr. Romali for a little while, and I
think about this as somewhat of the closest thing we get
to a non-compete agreement, or a regional trade
policy, that we’re agreeing to exchange students. And in my district, the top
three community colleges that students go to is
Long Beach City College, Cerritos, and Compton, and so
I think it’s an opportunity for us to increase enrollment. It’s an opportunity for us to really have, extend the college promise beyond our traditional boundaries. I know I’ve spoken with
the Board President at Lynwood Unified who’s excited, they’ve come and done
a tour here on campus, they want to formalize
a partnership with us, and this is the first
step down that pathway. And we think about when we
want to serve the students or the community that’s mostly in need, 90805 has the lowest
educational attainment, lowest graduation rates, or
high school graduation rates, and it has the highest need
community in the country, in our service area, that
that’s the population center that we say we want to
get to that percent of, 44% of folks should have AA degrees. We’re gonna find them in 90805,
and so this is a big step towards helping us serve
the community better, extend the College Promise, and play nice with our adjacent college districts. So I’m really excited to
see this move forward. – [Vivian] Trustee Baxter? Yeah, I have a question, and Trustee Ntuk, I’m glad you brought this up. When you say “Extend the College
Promise,” are you talking about the scholarships, or
you, because you’re gonna have to get an agreement with the
Foundation, whose obligation right now is Long Beach Unified
School District boundary. Oh, my question, well, I know the state provides additional money for College Promise– So that’s what you’re talking– I know other districts take
any high school graduate, not just from a particular
school district. I know that we haven’t got
to that decision point yet, but I think it’s probably something on the horizon we could revisit. But that was my thinking
of the potential– – [Virginia] I just don’t
want to plant something in somebody’s mind without the funding. Yeah, this is the
beginning, not the decision, yes, I agree.
(overlapping chattering) It looks like Dr. Munoz– Just to provide clarification, so currently for the Long
Beach College Promise, we are offering two years
of free college tuition, the first year covered by AB19 funds, which is the California College Promise, second year by the Foundation, and we do provide one year
of guaranteed free tuition for students outside of our
service area through AB19. So Lynwood would currently get one year of tuition, so we’re reserving
the two years commitment for Long Beach Unified at this point. – [Virginia] Okay, great, thank you. – [Uduak-Joe] Thank you. – [Vivian] Any additional
comments, yes, Trustee Otto? Well, Mr. Lipton will
come back in a minute, I guess I’m interested in
why we need a whole (mumbles) and indemnification
clause, and what that means in terms of what gets covered. You must be an attorney.
(audience laughs) But I watch a lot of
movies with attorneys. (background noise drowns out speaker) – [Marlene] I can address that. – [Vivian] Vice President Drinkwine? I can address that, I will say that our contracts team is very thorough, and this is their favorite clause. Doesn’t make it good. In the event that we, in pursuit of structuring these partnerships, we want to make sure
that if we have events at one another’s locations,
that there is no restriction on how big that gathering
has to be, if we want to do some piloting, we wanted
to have this some place right from the get go so that
it wouldn’t restrict us if we have some larger
event as we’re trying to finalize these agreements and these types of partnerships. I guess my only concern
is if something happens on one of these other campuses that we have absolutely
nothing to do with, do we wind up contributing to a resolution of those problems (mumbles). I can speak to a recent
experience, it’s pretty common when we have our facilities
use agreements, for instance, Long Beach Unified, when they
were using our facilities for graduation, had an injury,
and we were not responsible. It’s very similar in its
structure there, so that if our agents or our people
were injured some place else, and we’re accepting responsibility,
the same for them, yes. – [Doug] Okay, I’m just, it’s– Anybody else, yes, Dr. Romali? I just want to say thank
you and commend the board. I think this is absolutely groundbreaking beyond our dreams, I’m a firm proponent of Brown versus Board of
Education and school choice. I think that title five
unnecessarily restricts students and their choice, it
tracks them according to where they live, which is
geography and socioeconomics, and I don’t think any
student should have the right to choose, or I believe that every student should have the right to choose where they go
to college, not be tracked into a particular college
based on where they live. So I think this is
groundbreaking in wonderful ways, and I want to thank you for
your support, I’m very proud. Anyone else, yes, Student Trustee? Just really briefly, so I think this is, at least on the surface level, it looks like a great
opportunity for the students in these combined areas
to be able to get access to programs that they wouldn’t be able to in their home district. The only concern that I do have would be in regards to any kind of, I guess, prioritization, or any kind of shortage for the students that in our district in these programs that
may be adversely impacted by students coming from other districts. How does that, how would that work and how would our students
be affected by that? In terms of, you think that possibly students
might be negatively affected by the additional students that might come from additional districts? Right, so say if students
coming from Compton were to come in and enroll here, but students in our district would no longer have space to be able to get into
classes if they fill up, like for the culinary
program, for example. I think having extra students is what we call a good problem. (laughs) So we definitely have growth,
with the enrollment drop that we’ve had, we
definitely have capacity to take care of these students, and I say, come one, come all, I think
this is the best college in, not only in town, but in
the state of California. So if they’re gonna come here, I’m gonna find a space
for them to be educated. – [Donnell] Awesome, thank you. Any other comments? So Student Trustee Jones,
I agree with your concern and your question, but I also agree with Dr. Romali’s response,
that that’s a great problem to have, and I personally know students who do not live in the
boundary of our district who attend here very
willingly and very eagerly. So it is a great problem to have, and we certainly welcome them. I have a couple of procedural questions, and if it hasn’t been ironed out, then it’s okay, we can
defer this some other time. I’d just like to know if a
student will be paying tuition at the three other, at
the two other colleges, if they’ll be paying one time tuition? And then I’d like to know if they are attending concurrently here, taking classes there, and
then the last question that I have is if
students, say, for example, if a student is enrolled at
LBCC, taking a math class, and doesn’t do well here,
but then goes to Cerritos or Compton and takes the same math class, how does that affect the transcript? What will happen in terms
of canceling out that class? So those are three questions, I don’t know if you need
me to parcel them out. No, you’re, those are excellent questions, and we haven’t figured it out yet. There will be a lot of different details that we will need to figure out. We had all of the
different vice presidents at the meetings, there’s a
lot of different intricacies that we’re gonna need to work out and hash out and agree upon,
and this agreement says that we’re gonna start exploring. We’ll probably do some easier ones first that might be beneficial to students, and then tackle some of
the more complex ones. Got it, and because of what we talked about earlier with adjunct,
it is very possible that a student will take a class at each of the three colleges and
have the same professor, because our adjuncts are
teaching at all three colleges, so that’s a very probably possibility. So just be mindful of that,
all right, thank you very much. We do have a motion on
the floor with a second, this closes the discussion,
so at this time, I’d like to call for the vote. Madame Secretary–
Donnell Jones? – [Donnell] Aye. All right, all those in favor? – [Board Members] Aye. Any opposed? Well done. Well done, thank you, all right. We’re gonna move onto item 8.2, and this is a followup to our
staff presentation earlier, electrical vehicle charging
fee, this is an action item that the board approve the
electric vehicle charging fee as submitted, and we just had a very
comprehensive report on that. It’s 29 cents for the first hour, $1.50 every hour thereafter,
so anything additional from staff, or are we good on that, before we call for the motion. – [Marlene] Just to clarify,
it’s per kilowatt hour. Oh, sorry, kilowatt hour, that’s right. Okay, all right, so at this time, I’ll take a motion, please. – [Uduak-Joe] I move approval. Second. Any discussion? All right, Madame Secretary? Oh, I’m sorry, you’re
gonna have to speak up ’cause I can’t hear your hands, so just get my attention, okay, thank you. Will do, no worries, so the
only concern that I have here about this is, well, I know
that there was the concern about the gift of public funds if we were to decide not to implement a fee. And according to what
was in the presentation, as it stands right now, it doesn’t appear that we would be in violation of that by not implementing this
fee, even though it is, it’s open for challenge in court. And so in light of the fact that it does take away, the implementation of these spots could potentially take away from parking for students
here, but also the fee could, could be I guess negatively impactful for not only our students,
but also our staff and faculty, which would
impact our students, I would be against implementing
this if we don’t have to. I’ll defer that to Vice
President Drinkwine, if you’d like to respond to that. Thank you, we are required to install these charging
stations at the new lot. If we forego the installation
at the existing lots as described, we would
be foregoing the value of the Southern California
Edison ChargeReady Program, it would not be offered again. My understanding of the legal
opinion is that the exemption from the gift of public
funds does not apply to us, the legal opinion went onto say that if we offered it free of charge, there’s a possibility we
wouldn’t lose in a lawsuit. However, I would recommend
that we charge a fee. Okay, any additional questions? All right, so let’s go ahead and call for the vote, Madame Secretary? Donnell Jones?
Nay. All those in favor? – [Board Members] Aye. Any opposed? All right, the motion
carries, so we are gonna go onto item 8.3, revised board policy and administrative regulation
6009, bids and contracts. This is a discussion
item and a first reading. I will defer this to
Vice President Drinkwine for information, please.
Thank you. This policy aligns with
California procurement code that allows us to, under
a $175,000.00 limit, have a not a strictly bid process, but still find the best value. That dollar threshold is increased by law, and so what this board
policy does is instead of stating the dollar
amount in the policy, it actually refers to the
code, so that we don’t have to continue to chase the dollar amount. So annually, as that
threshold is increased, it would automatically be applicable because the policy’s referencing the code, rather than the dollar amount. Thank you very much, all right, this is just a discussion item. Is there any additional
discussion from the board members? I had a question, with this new California
contract code change, does this impact the, and I
think our delegation authority for the superintendent president is 175. And I just see the
numbers match up the same in the policy, did we need,
does it impact that as well? The 175, the code allowed,
effective January 1st, 2019, for it to be increased to 200,000. So the law changes occasionally
in recognition of inflation, and so rather than bringing
you the board policy that references the
exact $200,000.00 limit, we’re reverting to code so
when that happens again, it will continue to track that increase. – [Uduak-Joe] I guess maybe
it would be informative in the future if we can
update it and just put in parentheses 200,000
so we know, otherwise, you would have to know to
go, where in contract code to look up to know what
the limit would be. I don’t know if that’s possible, even though this is the first reading. If we reference the dollar amount, even in parentheses, it
means that future changes, we’d still have to bring
it back to you again in the future for additional updates. So it is your preference,
but if we do more than reference the code, and
if we put the dollar amount within the actual board policy, we’ll still need to continually
update the board policy with each action, so alternately, if you didn’t want to
have the code reference, I would recommend that
you have the increase to $200,000.00, but that does mean that we’ll have an effort
to bring it back to you, but we’re happy to take
whatever approach you’d like. – [Uduak-Joe] Do you know
how frequently it changes? Is it–
The code? – [Uduak-Joe] Yeah, I mean– The code was last, let
me look at the reference. The last update was in 2017,
so it was two years ago. And so it is up to– Bob has his hand up. Bob is saying, thank you,
I’m glad you saw Bob waving. – [Vivian] Come on up, Bob, thank you. – [Doug] Come on down. (Bob mumbles) Part of a new plaque program. I think we can address your concern, when we do the board agenda items, we usually put contracts under
175 or under for approval. Going forward, we could
reference the number on the board agenda items,
so that if this was approved at 6009, it would
automatically update every year without reflecting back,
but every board meeting, you would get to see
contracts at 200,000 or under, and then when it goes up
again, maybe in two years, contracts, 220,000 or under,
so you would always be informed of that, that might be a
solution to the situation. Okay, yeah, I think whatever
staff thinks is best. It’s just some form of reference, beyond, we all don’t know
what that contract code means when we see it, and it
just makes it easier for future references. Absolutely, and we can
certainly provide a report, as that public contract code is amended, so that we can inform you specifically that, effective this date, the
limit has been raised, yeah. Thanks, thank you, Bob. Okay, any additional questions? All right, so this is just a discussion, first reading, it will return
on the September 11th agenda as a second reading, and
possible action item. We will move onto student services, item 9.1, resolution, support of students, experience food and housing insecurity. So I’ll defer that to
Dr. Munoz for information before we go into this as an action item. Thank you, Board
President, so what you have before you is a resolution in support of our students who experience
food and housing insecurity. This resolution essentially
has outlined many of the ways in which the college is
already currently supporting our students who are experiencing food and housing insecurity, as
well as additional measures that we plan on implementing
to address these concerns. You also have included, in
addition to the resolution, an update that provides you
with the most recent efforts in what we’re doing to
support our students, and this is a joint effort
with Vice President Drinkwine, as well as with Aaron Murphy. So I’ll take any questions
that you may have. Anybody have any questions for Dr. Munoz? I have one question, I’m hearing that there’s an event
happening at PCC on Friday, there’s a food donation event. Who is organizing that event, and is that a board scheduled event, or is that a staff scheduled event? I don’t know if anybody
else has been notified. Yes, Joshua Castianos, is he here? He is managing that event, and he is going to be inviting the whole board. I will wait to see if he comes back, and we will ask him where we are in that. Oh, he’s in the back, okay. Okay, so there’s, I just want to be clear, Dr. Romali, Joshua
Castianos initiated an event to have food donation at the PCC campus, or what’s happening? And then the board will be invited, and this is the day after tomorrow? Yes, and Josh did not initiate it, my understanding is that
the Carpenters would like to have another donations,
the Carpenters donated food, I believe about 80 boxes last year. They would again like to donate boxes, and Josh is coordinating that,
and if he is hearing this on the TV, maybe he can come on out and tell you his plans, but
apparently, maybe he isn’t. – [Vivian] Okay. We’ll get him for you
so that he can answer– No problem, and I’ll let him jump right in and respond to that, so you would like to have board presence
there on Friday, or? – [Reagan] If you would like
to, if you would like to, you’re absolutely more than welcome. We do, no invitations have gone out yet, but you will be the first to receive some. Okay, so I just want to,
because it is two days away, and I think as a courtesy
to everybody’s schedule, here comes Josh right now. Joshua, thank you so much,
you’re coordinating donations of food from Southwest
Carpenters this Friday, that’s awesome, we love our Carpenters. They’ve done so much for us in the past, and we know that there’s an
existing relationship there, so we’re very proud of that. I was just kind of thrown off guard because I keep hearing, the
PCC campus is in my area, and I keep hearing that there’s
something happening Friday, but then the board hadn’t been notified. You’re correct, and I had hoped that we could actually have an invitation for you on your dais today, but we were actually a little bit behind, we were trying to get the
Campus Community newsletter, we just had College Day,
a lot was happening. In fact, we just had to kind of reschedule till this
Friday, but it was on my to do. – [Vivian] Okay, all right,
what time is the event, and what time?
So it’ll be Friday at noon, and what they’re gonna be doing
is bringing about 150 boxes, and thanks to Trustee Zia, kind
of got the email from them, so we’re gonna kind of do
the same thing as last time, where they come, you bring it,
and we’ll be carting it in. But you’ll get more,
yeah, you’ll get the– What time is that gonna happen? – [Josh] At noon. Well, as board chair
and as a representative of that part of the district, I will be very happy to be
there to accept those boxes on behalf of the district. – [Josh] Absolutely, and– I’m sorry, go ahead, and has– – [Josh] We were talking about it, but this is all happening pretty quickly, as far as, like I said, there was a lot that was happening, College Day, the beginning of the
school year, and all that, and we’re gonna make it happen, though. Okay, and has the press been notified? – [Josh] No, they’re going to, we’re gonna put out a press release– Okay, so there’ll be a press release from the college letting everybody know. Just in the future, and I know, College Day was fantastic,
and everybody was working around the clock, so I get it, but just, we just need a
little bit more notice, and that, this is a huge event, and we want a lot of people to be there, and we want a lot of people
to support the Carpenters, and let them know how
much we appreciate it. So we just want a lot of notice. I agree, and in fact, while
we were at the board meeting, I’m approving the flier, kind
of text that’s gonna go out to the entire campus, but yeah. Awesome, thank you, Josh.
You’re welcome. Thank you very much.
I’d like to speak on– Trustee Zia? Josh, thank you for working
on such a great timeline. You guys have so much on your plate. This isn’t necessarily to
recognize any particular trustee, I happen to, based on my relationship, they happened to reach out
to me, and wanted to offer, because this has been a project that Trustee Baxter and I have led. So they just want to do their good deed, they didn’t even ask for press, so I don’t even know if there’ll
be, what their desire is, they just want to drop off
some boxes for our students and make it about our students,
and make it about the cause. So I understand, and I
really appreciate all that you guys are doing, and
hopefully we can keep the focus on what’s necessary and
needed for these students that are truly in need of support. And they’ve been the only source, from what I understand, that have been consistently giving this
large amount of donations. So they didn’t ask for any recognition, but certainly, if we
can give them some love, that would be fantastic. Absolutely, and I think any time someone does something great like
that, we want to recognize them and let other people know
that we do have students that are in need, and
there could be other folks that could help us out,
as well, or help us– Yeah, and it would be lovely if all the board members can join us, but if their time doesn’t allow, they just want to drop off
some boxes, so thank you. Josh, you’re a very
humble, and we thank you for all your hard work, but I do want to publicly acknowledge you
so that the board can brag, I want to brag on you a little bit so that the board can know
about your wonderful work. Many members of your
team pulled all nighters for two and three nights
straight leading up to College Day and the
beginning of school. I know because some other members of this dais were pulling all nighters, and some other members of
the audience were coming back at 2:30 in the morning from
the Rolling Stones concert to make it all happen, and I just, I know that the board
appreciates you very much, and I know that they
would like to be aware. You’re very humble, but
I don’t mind bragging on you any day of the week. I appreciate it, Dr. Romali, I feel lucky. I come here every day and I
think we have a great team, a great vision, your great staff. I couldn’t feel any more lucky, and there’s a lot going
on, and we try our best to make sure that everybody
knows what’s happening. But there’s so many good
things that are happening, and it’s not a bad thing, that’s the way– – [Reagan] These are all good
things, it’s gonna be fun. Awesome, thank you very much. I think Trustee Ntuk
wanted to say something. Yeah, not necessarily a
Josh, but thanks, Josh. Back to the agenda item of the resolution, I think this is really important that we take a policy position. It’s great to have
charity and talk about it and do fundraisers, but it’s
about institutional change, and it’s about progressive
institutional change, realigning our budgets,
realigning our polices so that we’re, as a function
of the government agency, we are better serving
that student population. And it is an estimate
that anywhere from five to 20% of students are
homeless, couch surfing, sleeping in their cars, at
different family members’ house, or even on the street,
that it’s a huge barrier to learning if you’re in that situation. And for many students, it’s one missed financial aid check away from that happening to them. And I remember my time as a
low-income college student, you become, you find creative ways to make ends meet, and
so I think it’s important that we talk about being
hungry and on campus, and they make sure that folks know about the resources that are available. But we gotta really do change, and not be reliant on charity because we, as an institution, have the ability, and I think it’s a state policy mandate, whether it’s opening showers for folks to, for clean hygiene, there’s more that we can do as an institution that’s officially within
our governance structure. So I think this is a first step, this is not the panacea solution, but in future contracts
and future discussions, why are we doing this? Because the board took
a declarative stance that this is the public
policy of the institution. And so I know I had a
really good conversation with Dr. Romali in bringing this forward, and thank everybody
for what they’re doing, but this is the beginning,
then we gotta do a lot more ’cause it’s a big, increasing problem. Not just for the college, but
in the community at large, with housing insecurity. – [Josh] Absolutely, we gotta go head on. Yeah, so thank you. Thank you very, very,
very much to everybody who’s involved, Trustee Jones,
Student Trustee Jones, sorry? No, it’s okay, just really quickly, echoing Ntuk’s remarks
regarding this resolution, and us moving forward with
providing for our students in need, as an aspiring
qualitative researcher, I really believe that understanding, or having real life situations to back up what we’re doing here is important. And to speak to this being really timely, this past Monday, we had a
student actually come over to our ASB office and specifically ask us if we had an office for basic needs, and if we had a basic needs coordinator who would be able to help them with being able to find a place to stay, find a source of food, and other resources to be able to help them
continue their education and move forward, but also
to live like a human being, and give just, you know, so I think this is really
great work, and really timely. And it’s really important
that we take a policy stance on this moving forward. Okay, I just want to point out, when is the basic needs
person going to start? So she started this past Monday. Okay, is she going to
perhaps, at my suggestion, interview Trustee Zia and
I, who have been working on this for a long time, and I’m having, we’re having a meeting Monday night, and I would love to have
some kind of coordination, so we’re not duplicating efforts, that we’re all working
together toward the same goal and the same model. And I’m not trying to boss
you around, Dr. Munoz, but I think it’s really, really important. For instance, Donnell, any
time any student comes to you, call me or Trustee Zia and the new coordinator. But if, and I’m not being mean, but if the person does, here’s a list, you go and you go find, because
what they’re gonna find out, ’cause I’ve done it myself, is
you call here, you call here, you call here, you call here,
and there isn’t anything. So that’s why, if we can
have a concerted effort and we can raise money to help, we’re willing to do it, so we just need that concerted effort. I appreciate the comments,
and let me assure you, great minds think alike ’cause
I, following board protocol, spoke with Dr. Romali,
and so my intent was to email you next week to set up a meeting to discuss how we could coordinate efforts so that there is an alignment. And so that is definitely in place, as well as, we will be, as we begin to develop these new relationships with some of the different resources, one of the big barriers
that we’re seeing right now with the food banks is
because the Foundation and the charter of the Foundation, it doesn’t specifically say, serving underserved communities, that we cannot receive
food from the food banks. And so many of the community colleges had to redo their articles of incorporation so that they could receive
food bank distributions. So it’s really complex (mumbles), I have a lot of different
things to update you on. But we will be able to work
in that concerted effort. And I’m sorry, I did not
mean to boss you around, I know I should have gone
through President Romali who can boss you around,
but we’re here together– She already bossed, she already told me, she gave me my marching orders, and she said I needed to reach out to the two of you, so that
was definitely set for Monday. You know, if I may? I want to invite all the trustees to join Trustee Baxter and I, and speaking of institutionalizing
this, to start off by, we donate a portion of our stipend to scholarships for the homeless students, and I invite other
trustees, if they truly, if they want to also help
with the scholarship fund, there’s certainly
opportunities to do that. Thank you, thank you, I
have been donating all of my stipend to the
journalism scholarships, so it’s a little biased because
I come from that department, so my monthly meeting
stipend has been donated to journalism students. So I really appreciate
Trustee Zia’s invitation, and it’s a very noble one,
and it’s something we hope to continue doing. Is there any other discussion on this item before we continue? All right, so we’re gonna
call for the question, this is an action item,
I do have the resolution in front of me, so
Madame Secretary, please? [Madame Secretary] You need a motion? We do, there was a
motion, there was a motion and a second.
I sure don’t have it. No, I don’t think there was– I’ll make the motion.
(Doug mumbles) Second. All right, we have a motion and a second on the floor to adopt this resolution. If that’s the case, then
we were all out of order because we were asking
questions and having discussion, I thought it was just
staff discussion, so– [Madame Secretary] I think I fell asleep. Mr. Lipton, we should
all be called on that. Okay, so we have a motion
and a second on the floor, there will be no more discussion ’cause we’ve already discussed it. So Madame Chair, please call for the vote. [Madame Secretary] Donnell Jones? – [Donnell] Aye. All those in favor? – [Board Members] Aye. Any opposed? All right, this wonderful motion carries. – [Virginia] I did not hear, Trustee Otto, did you make the motion,
’cause I heard Trustee Zia. – [Sunny] I made the motion. It was so long ago, I can’t
remember if I made it– Your voice was so deep, was it you, Sunny? (overlapping chattering) I’m sleepy and losing my mind too. All right, so now we’re
gonna move onto item 9.2, which is the student
transportation update. This is an information item only, and this is Vice President Dr. Munoz. Great, thank you, so again,
you have before you an update on our buss pass pilot program. Since the start of fall, we’ve expanded our bus
pilot program this semester to include up to 1,000
students who would be eligible for the transportation for the bus pass. And so there’s a brief update, as well as a Frequently Asked Questions that’s posted online for
students for your reference. And so I’ll gladly take any
questions that you may have. – [Virginia] Can I just say one thing? – [Vivian] Absolutely. I want to salute Trustee Ntuk because we have been
working on this for years, and I told him, when he brought it up and I didn’t believe it would happen, that I would be nice to him for 24 hours, so I’m almost done.
(overlapping chattering) But anyway, it’s fantastic, fantastic. (Doug mumbles) Thank you very much, Dr. Munoz, I know that this has been a long time
coming, and I know that you and other staff members have
worked really hard on this. Was there another comment on this side? Hey, you guys are gonna have to speak up, I need to know, Trustee Ntuk? Yes, no, thank you, I know
the city budget is yet to be adopted and there’s a proposal for about $350,000.00 in funding towards bus passes, collectively, Long Beach Unified,
Long Beach City College, and Long Beach State. Do we know yet how that will
be apportioned to us, or? So my understanding is that the mayor’s office
will be reconvening a work group meeting in the coming month, and so we’ll have more information when that becomes available. Okay, and then the other
thing, I didn’t notice that the Bus Pass Pilot
Program lacks its full name. – [Mike] That’s right. We did, as the maker of the
motion, and the board voted to call it the Strong Beach
Bus Pass Pilot Program, I was disappointed to see it
wasn’t referenced in our– – [Mike] I will make sure– I got about a dozen phone calls about, “When’s the bus passes coming out?” And I was hoping it would
be on there, but it wasn’t. I will make sure that we amend the FAQs, as well as when we do our
fliers, that we add that there. Maybe we can get Josh’s team to develop a logo, as well. – [Uduak-Joe] Great, thank you. (overlapping chattering) – [Vivian] Yes, Student Trustee? Just to kind of continue on, again, this is a great opportunity
for our students. Personally, this is a
great help to me, as well. I was actually just, I
received an email saying that I would be eligible to
receive one of these passes, due to being a member of the EOPS program. And so I’m really grateful that this program is taking
place and moving forward, and I’m hoping that this is
successful, and that we’re able to build upon and expand in the future. Thank you, again, Trustee Ntuk, for your leadership on this. Sure, thank you, thank you so much. But if I can, and I don’t
know if you mentioned it, and I think Dr. Romali shared, the demand was half of
what we thought, how did, did we have to issue more? So we are rapidly approaching
the end of our first week, and so we’ll have some
more concrete numbers. I don’t know exactly how many
to date we’ve issued (mumbles) ’cause I know the cashier’s
been tracking that. So, but what we can do is file this in a followup communications
through Dr. Romali that will kind of update where we’re at at the end of the first week. We have been dispersing
passes since August 19th, and so I expect that we should hit close to the target, but we’ll
have a better indication by the end of the first week. – [Virginia] Was it that we hit target and we were asking for more passes? I will say that our supply
depleted to the point where we called Transit
and we said we needed more. So they initially gave us 1,000 stickers. They were able to give us
an additional 100 stickers, and have promised us another big batch within a couple of weeks,
so we have not yet run out. We did indicate on our
communications to the students that there were a limited
amount immediately available, but we are prepared to
continually give them to all eligible students, as
long as there is the demand, which is part of the purpose of the pilot. It’s not just the sticker itself, but then it’s tracking
the actual ridership that will determine the
cost, but we are happy to continue to give them
to all eligible students. Thank you very much,
anything else on that item? So question on that,
it’s an information item, but will it return to the board? Is that an ongoing, fluid item? Will we ever need to
vote, take action on that? What we did is we had indicated that all of the major
projects would receive updates when we had them, ideally monthly, but if we didn’t have them, we would wait until we had an update. This one is considered concluded
in terms of its action, but we will bring regular reports back, perhaps semesterly, in terms
of how are things going, what kind of bragging numbers can we have, because it’s sound like
these are gonna be some real bragging numbers and bragging rights. And we’ll bring that to
you, probably, I think, on a semester basis might be a good idea. No problem, thank you, and there’s no need to vote on that. Okay, all right, so we’re gonna move onto our reports, we’re gonna start with our Academic Senate
President, item 10.1. Good evening, thank you, I was able to join fellow Academic
Senate presidents at the Statewide Academic Senate
California Community College’s Leadership Institute
in Sacramento recently. It was a wonderful opportunity to work with colleagues and
meet the representatives of area D, to which Long
Beach City College is a part of as a regional group. Many terrific workshops were held, and we even had a meeting with
the Chancellor and his staff, many who used to work at
Long Beach City College, so it was fun. As you’re aware, faculty
professional development falls under the purview of the Academic Senate. One of our most fun activities is the new faculty orientation, the college welcomed 14
new faculty this fall, and they were all able to participate in this summer’s orientation. On Wednesday, August
14th, we spent the day on the Liberal Arts
Campus, and on Thursday, August 15th, we spent the day
on the Pacific Coast Campus. Workshops were held,
campus tours were given, and lots of helpful
information was disseminated. It’s a wonderful group of folks, and they are excited to be
at Long Beach City College, and they are anxious
to champion the success of our students. You will have an opportunity to meet all of them at the September
11th board meeting. Many individuals to
thank, but in particular, Dr. Cathy Scott and Dr. Mike Munoz, for helping us kick off the
first morning of orientation. Dr. Romali joined us the next day on the Pacific Coast Campus, the Newport cohort is still talking about how they can’t believe
they had you all to themselves for a morning, it was
the highlight for them. So I thank you for the
generosity of your time. The Management Association,
under the leadership of Aaron Murphy hosted the
lunch at the LAC campus, and the Faculty Association
under the leadership of Diana Okimachi, hosted the lunch on the Pacific Coast Campus. A very special thank you to our
own senior office assistant, Catherine Conchata, who we lovingly refer to as Catherine the Great, for all of her work behind
the scenes for the two days, and it flowed so smoothly,
it was wonderful. As mentioned earlier, on Tuesday evening, excuse me, October, I’m
already wishful thinking, August 20th, Dr. Scott
hosted an orientation for the adjunct faculty. I attended on behalf of the Senate, and shared the particulars of their individual contractual
obligations reflects. The highlight of the evening,
as Karen mentioned earlier, was the presentation by
adjunct faculty to their peers on best teaching practices. Congratulations, Dr. Scott and her team, it was a very successful event. This year’s College Day
was special in many ways. For those of us who call the
Pacific Coast Campus home, it was a treat to welcome everyone to PCC. Much has changed on campus since the last
time PCC hosted College Day, buildings have been remodeled,
the landscaping is beautiful, classrooms have the latest technology, and the trades areas are ready to open their doors once again. While there is much to
celebrate as a campus, listening to the updates
from management made it clear that there is much to
celebrate as a college. Classified staff, adjunct
faculty, tendered faculty, and administration have
worked incredibly hard this last year to address budget
deficits, dropping enrollment, diversity and equity issues,
lagging success rates in completion ratios in curriculum
implications due to 8705. It was evident by the presentations, certainly by Dr. Scott and by Dr. Munoz, that we have met these challenges head on, and we’ve made amazing
progress as a college team. All of us should be proud for the work, for a job well done, and going forward, we should let those
accomplishments inspire us to continue the great work
that was begun last year, as we go into this
academic year, thank you. That was an excellent report, Jeri, thank you very much. Item 10.2, Classified Senate President. Hello. Tonight, rather than
delivering a regular report, even though that was fabulous, I wanted to talk about
some of the conversations that we’ve been having lately, and I’m gonna be a little self indulgent. In my 26 years as an LBCC colleague, I’ve never seen such
enthusiasm, sense of purpose, and sheer devotion to our
constant state of improvement. There’s a new focus on who
are students really are, and we now have the tools to discover where they came from, what they need, and how to serve them. And on College Day, during the Vice President’s
reports especially, I looked around and I saw
administrators, faculty, and classified professionals
excited and fired up by this onslaught of positive change. Many colleagues, including
myself, are participating in changes we have
dreamed about for years, whether it’s a Chancellor’s
Office initiative, new technology, or the influence of the many new, incredible colleagues that have joined us in the
last few years, we embrace it. The Classified Senate will
continue to work on ensuring that our classified
professionals are well informed, engaged, and remembered as equal partners during this exciting time. But what we’re really thinking about is what really matters is creating
a collegial atmosphere, where all members of the college community
are treated with respect. We also have better opportunities for relationships with
our statewide colleagues and colleges in the local area, something my own department
has done in the last few years, and something, was one of the
things I always dreamed about, visiting our counterparts
at local colleges. And our department,
being directly involved in a state-wide initiative, has been an incredible experience. It’s an exciting time to be a colleague in the California Community Colleges, and to paraphrase something
Dr. Romali once told us, what we do in the largest
institution of higher learning in the world can change
the world, thank you. C.C., that was beautiful,
thank you very much. I appreciate that, those are great words. All right, item 10.3, the
Board of Trustees reports. Trustee Otto, do you have a
report you’d like to share? (Doug mumbles) Say welcome back, everybody, it’s the beginning of a school year, which is always a very exciting time, and you can sense it on campus. I want to compliment Dr.
Romali on College Day, which I think was a great home run in many, many different ways, over the top and understated at the same time. So it was great, and given the lateness of the hour, and all
we did, I’m gonna stop. – [Vivian] Very good,
thank you, Trustee Ntuk? – [Uduak-Joe] No report. Trustee Baxter? Oh, of course I have a report. First of all, I do want to
congratulate President Romali and all the hard working staff for a fantastic College
Day, I was not there, but I was there in spirit, and I was sending all my very good wishes. And one of the things I
wanted to point out is that if you looked at the video, which our wonderful
Communications Department put out, two of the things that the people said when they were interviewed,
that we have a friendly campus and a clean campus, and
that both has to do with, I believe, the Classified
staff, number one, because if they’re not
there, doing their work, we don’t have a beautiful
campus, and I think lots of times they don’t get
enough credit for that. And then number two, friendliness, I think that means everybody,
and it’s so important when somebody walks in the door, especially if they’ve never
been to college before, that we all are friendly, and I truly believe we
are the friendliest place, and a lot of that has to do
with the Welcome Centers, and the fact that there’s a
sign out that says Welcome, and signs that say Ask Me. So I really want to salute
you in your leadership for doing that, now I need
to go into my sales pitch. Okay, the Art Department is having the fifth biannual art
exhibit from September 12th to the October 12th, opening
night is, I better take off my glasses so I can read,
September 14th, from five to nine. Now, while you’re there on September 14th, you can go, no, it isn’t September 14th, it’s September 19th, you
can go to El Pollo Loco and help benefit the Library
Learning Resources Associates. This El Pollo Loco is in Lakewood, but it’s not the one on Paramount, it’s the one going that way, and I don’t remember ever seeing it, so I’m gonna go check it out myself. But the Library Learning
Resources Associates raised money obviously for the library,
the learning centers, and they do a super job. So please go out and support them. Also, I thought it was really good that there were signage up, if you qualify for a free bus pass, go
to the Welcome Center. Now, it said LAC, is it only at LAC? So both campuses, okay, so
go to the Welcome Center if you want to sign up for a bus pass, to all the public that’s listening. Then, I can’t believe
this, there are openings at the Pacific Coast Campus
Child Development Center, which is a fabulous, fabulous program, and if you have young
children between the ages of three and five, send
your children there, and learn parent education. Then on September 13th,
Friday, September 13th, there will be a celebration
of life for Joan Zuckerman. During the summer, I announced this, it’s from 11:30 to two in D104, and Joan was a life
science department head and longtime faculty member there. And then, President Malauulu,
I would like to ask, and Jeri Florence will,
may be surprised by this, that we close the meeting in
memory of Sterling Clayton. Sterling Clayton, well, Doug,
you would know Sterling, right, yeah, Sterling
Clayton was a remarkable man. He happened to be a
personal friend of mine. He went to Long Beach
City College in 1946, received an Ebell Club
scholarship for $50.00, and he said that changed his life. He went on to Stanford,
graduate from Stanford, I don’t know where he went to law school, but he said the teachers at Long Beach City
College changed his life, and now I’m gonna cry. Anyway, he went on to become
a very successful attorney. He was president of the Foundation, he’s in our Hall of Fame,
and may he rest in peace. Thank you very much, Dr.
Baxter, we are honored to adjourn in his memory, Trustee Zia, do you have a report? Okay, I have a couple of brief
items I’d like to report. First of all, welcome,
everybody, to this academic year, hopefully you had a great, restful summer. There are two events that I’d like to just wholeheartedly commend staff on, fantastic, incredible
work all across the board. On August 6th, our campus
hosted a United States Senator, as many of you know, with Senator
Bernie Sanders that chose, his campaign chose our
campus to host a rally. We hosted, I believe
it was 5,400 students, that’s a rough estimate.
(Uduak-Joe mumbles) Excuse me, not students, attendees, and with no incident, it
was a very well-organized, well-orchestrated event,
the campus was beautiful, it was clean, it was,
everything flowed smoothly. I’d like to commend
the Communications Team for the branding that was very visible, LBCC everywhere, T-shirts,
students behind the Senator. Regardless of what your
political views are, we are a public institution,
and we welcome the opinions of varying political sides, and I know that we have hosted presidential
candidates in the past, and we hope to do so again in the future for whatever other campaign
or platform is out there. We just want to expose
our students to that. Dr. Romali, you and your
team, the administration, facilities, wow, I mean, it was just incredible,
just, that August 6th event, and we were dealing with
a lot of external factors, because we weren’t actually
hosting it, so to speak, but we had to coordinate with the campaign and the campaign staff and security. So it was a multi-prong
event, and it was fantastic. I would also like to commend our Long Beach Police Department
for the tremendous work that they did in keeping
our campus secure. It was said that night that
this was the safest place to be in the LBC, and we
got an incredible tour of the Command Center, and
I know that we were going to have a guest today, special
guest, I won’t blow that one, I kind of spilled the
beans early yesterday. But we were gonna have
a special guest tonight, but unfortunately, there
was a schedule conflict, so that special guest will be here at a future board meeting. But just incredible,
incredible, fantastic, I was very proud of every single person. I can’t say it enough. Last Friday was College Day, and C.C., everything you just said,
I want to just reiterate. There is a renaissance happening
on this college campus, there is an awakening of enthusiasm and energy, I see it, I feel it. It’s not just with the faculty and staff and the administration, but the students. There just seems to be,
when you walk the campus, I was actually on campus yesterday, and I was on campus today,
and I could feel it. I could feel the
enthusiasm and the energy. Perhaps it’s that new school year, maybe in a couple of weeks,
it won’t be as palpable, but it was certainly very
palpable the last couple of days, right, everybody’s got on their
back to school new clothes. But it’s just amazing
to see all of the things that are happening, I’ve never seen morale on this campus higher, and I understand that there are issues
that we’re working with in different departments,
and we’re working through, and that’s okay because
everybody is still having a say, and they have a seat at the table, and they’re able to
air out those concerns, and we’re able to work together, ’cause really, what we want is we want to make sure that this college
continues moving forward. I loved everything about College Day, by the way, it was fantastic,
but my favorite part was that I’ve never seen a College
Day have a theme before, and I loved the theme of explore. Whoever’s brain child that
was, I’m gonna guess it’s Josh because Josh always has these great ideas, but maybe it was somebody else. (overlapping chattering) Was it Jeff, okay, so Jeff is like, “Wait a minute, I have
good ideas, too.” (laughs) So College Day happening at PCC campus, that’s in my area that I represent, and I loved the theme of Explore PCC because sometimes, we feel
like that wicked stepchild, right, we feel like the
redheaded stepchild, where we don’t get the
love on the PCC campus. So the fact that we had College Day there, the theme of Explore,
everybody was in costume. We all had a different
Explore theme happening with what we were wearing,
it was just fantastic. My favorite was Vice President Scott, she was Dora, Dora, Dora the Explorer. And it was just great,
costume backpack, everything, she had the little,
what’s the monkey’s name? (overlapping chattering) Boots, she had Boots the
monkey, she had the map. My kids grew up on watching Dora, so I was like, “I know you’re Dora “’cause you got the whole shebang.” (Dr. Scott mumbles) Yes, and the movie, so just, to everybody who is a part
of this college family, from the administration, all
constituent groups, faculty, staff, just everybody,
every department, wow. What a great start, just amazing. So have a great year, everybody, and with that, we’re gonna move onto item, oh, and by the way, I
usually post a picture in my report, but I’m not posting pictures because the picture I would have posted is in this Campus Community Bulletin, and it’s the picture
of the Explore at PCC. That’s the only picture
I would have shared, and of course the Bernie Sanders picture. But thank you, everybody. All right, we’re going onto 10.4, do we have any item to
discuss with board travel? – [Uduak-Joe] I do. Trustee Ntuk? Yeah, I had a question for Jack Lipton on our policy and
administrative regulations. And I don’t know if you
have them available, but I was reading policy 2017
and administrative reg 2017 on board education, where it says, “The participation and ongoing education “in professional development,”
is in that board policy. And then administrative reg
says that it’s designated, it’s a Superintendent
President’s responsibility for administration, I know
we have conferences coming up this year, I’m trying
to figure out trainings. What is your interpretation
of that regulation as it applies to education,
professional development, and travel for conferences? I’m sorry, Trustee Ntuk, I don’t have the language in front of me. I can’t really comment– I don’t have the language in front of me. Historically, for the
last two and a half years, the board approves where they
want to travel, CCLC, ACCT, and then I approve all of
their expenditures afterward, but I don’t have it in front of me. That’s been past practice. We can get it up for you, though, it might jog your memory
a little bit while we’re. (quiet overlapping chattering) Yeah, I just bring that up
(overlapping chattering) because I was unaware
that the board would vote on who would go to travel,
and what conferences. We did have a lot of discussion last year about travel, but in my reading of it, it’s up to the Superintendent President to administrator 2017. I know we did the policy, I don’t know how much the administrative
reg changed recently, but– – [Jack] Trustee Ntuk, your question’s on the administrative regulation? Well, so to me, I see
them as two peas in a pod, pairing together, usually there’s a policy and a joining administrative regulation. So when I read policy
2017 on board education, it says, “Every board member’s
supposed to participate “in ongoing education and
professional development.” It doesn’t say about a board vote, or an allocation, or what constitutes, I mean, there it goes
in detail about policy and board governance and so forth as in the second half of the policy, but in the administrative
reg, the first part of it, 2017.1, it says, “This
is administered by the,” or, “the Superintendent
President is responsible “for the administration,”
so I was just trying to get clarity. I don’t recall voting for approving people to go to conferences in the past, but– I don’t think it’s appropriate
for the superintendent to pick and choose who
goes to conferences, and what conferences, they’re my bosses, and I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to say whether they can or
cannot go to a conference. When I read, Trustee Ntuk, 2017.1 of administrative regulation,
my presumption would be that the administration that the Superintendent
President does is purely, I wouldn’t say clerical,
but processing the travel that the trustees had taken, in terms of processing, reimbursements, making sure their travel
arrangements are made, et cetera. Those are not things
that trustees would need to do themselves, but when
I read they’re responsible for administering the regulations, I don’t see that as a
decision making authority, if that’s what the question is. I see that, and I think
I’ve pointed out before that the regulations in the 2000 series, in my view, are within the
jurisdiction of the board itself, as opposed to other
administrative regulations. So I guess it would probably be good to agendize a future
item to kind of delineate who’s gonna go to what this year. I know there’s, I think there’s something in San Francisco for the national ACCT, it’s coming up–
We do, we have an ACCT coming up, we have
CCLC typically November and January, (mumbles)
not too far behind that. There’s a couple, yeah. Well, it would be up to the board itself to determine budgetary
issues and allocations of funds to trustees,
that would be, obviously, a board function.
Okay, ’cause I went to all the
new trustee stuff last year, but I was supposed to, or the policy says that a new trustee goes
to new trustee training, which I did, but I didn’t
know how it got approved, or I don’t recall it
being approved before. It’s Jackie Hahn, the Board Secretary, provides a calendar of the events that are sort of preapproved,
and that’s on there, all the CCLC trainings
are already on there, and perhaps you can speak
to the other trainings that are already on there
that are approved in a batch. And you also got recently notified from the League on upcoming in Riverside (mumbles) Virginia Baxter,
Dr. Baxter is attending. She let me know that, but I
haven’t heard from anyone else. Is that in November?
(overlapping chattering) November, in Riverside.
(overlapping chattering) Yeah. – [Reagan] Yeah, so she, Jackie– So I’ll send you an updated list tomorrow, or the current list, or
just to remind you again. I might have missed it on my emails, but yeah, that’d be great,
if you could send it. Yeah, she sends out every year a list of all the different ones that
are automatically approved that you guys go to every year, the CCLC– [Madame Secretary] It’s the standard one. The standard one, there’s
ACCT, if there’s any, and you guys approved–
That would be different. Yeah, if there’s anything extra, you guys decide what you
want to do, like (mumbles) or whatever you want to do.
(overlapping chattering) Okay, all right, thank
you for the clarification. – [Reagan] Sure. Anything else on item 10.4, board travel? All right, item 10.5, do we have any trustee committee reports? The only thing that I would like to do under trustee committees is I would like to direct the Facilities
Subcommittee meeting to meet some time before September 11th. This was a request that I had back in June that still hasn’t happened,
and we’re at the end of August, so we’re gonna–
(Reagan mumbles) Before September 11th, yeah, so we’re gonna have a Facility
Subcommittee report come out and meet about the student
workforce agreement. All right, anything else
under trustee committees? All right, so do we
have any public comments on non-agenda items? Seeing none, at this
time, we do have to go into a second closed session, however, I’m going to adjourn the public component of this meeting, just to
let all of you off the hook, and the staff, I will not come back out and report on any action. In fact, Madame Secretary,
can I defer reporting of any action to the next meeting, is that allowable? Okay. Does that get us off the hook, in case there is action,
would I be able to defer that to a future meeting,
the future meeting? If it’s not action? Trustee Malauulu, if there is action that the board takes in closed session, that’s reportable under the Brown Act, then it needs to be reported
right after the board meeting. But not every action that
the board takes is reportable under the Brown Act.
Okay, got it, okay. So we are going to
adjourn the public section of the meeting and go into closed session. I will not come back out, so
you guys are all off the hook, but just so you guys know, it is 9:44, and I’m adjourning this meeting. The next, sorry, my bad, procedure. The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on September 11th, 2019, right here, closed session at 4:30,
open session at 5:30, and we adjourn tonight in
memory of Mr. Sterling Clayton. Thank you all.
(gavel bangs)

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