Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees Meeting: June 12, 2018

August 22, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


MEREDITH BROWN:
Lateness in coming out of the closed session. Trustee Handy, can you lead us
in the Pledge of Allegiance? ALL: 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. SPEAKER 1: Madam President,
you have a quorum? MEREDITH BROWN: The first item
on our agenda is the roll call. SPEAKER 1: Trustee
Karen Weinstein, KAREN WEINSTEIN: Here. SPEAKER 1: Trustee Linda Handy, LINDA HANDY: Present. SPEAKER 1: Trustee Bill
Withrow is not present. Trustee Nicky Gonzalez Yuen? NICKY GONZALES YUEN: Here. SPEAKER 1: Trustee Julianna
Bonilla is not here. Trustee William Riley WILLIAM RILEY: Present. SPEAKER 1: Trustee
Meredith Brown. MEREDITH BROWN: Present. SPEAKER 1: Thank you. MEREDITH BROWN: The
next thing on our agenda is the report of action
taken in closed session. Trustee Handy, would
you provide that report? LINDA HANDY: Agenda
item 6.1, 6.2, 12.2 have been removed
from the agenda and will return to
a future meeting. That’s all we have. I don’t have anything. Madam President,
there is no readout from tonight’s closed session. This is [INAUDIBLE] MEREDITH BROWN: The
next item on the agenda is the approval of the agenda. It appears as though
we have two items that have been pulled from the
agenda, item 6.1 and item 6.2. Do we have a motion
to approve the agenda with those revisions? WILLIAM RILEY: I’ll move
that item [INAUDIBLE].. MEREDITH BROWN: It’s
been moved and seconded by Trustee Riley and Handy. All in favor? WILLIAM RILEY: Aye. MEREDITH BROWN: Any opposed? Any abstentions? Motion carries? Next item on the agenda is
approval of the minutes. Do we have a motion for
approval of the minutes? NICKY GONZALES YUEN: I approve. WILLIAM RILEY: I’ll second it. MEREDITH BROWN: It’s
Been moved and seconded. All in favor? ALL: Aye. MEREDITH BROWN: Any opposed? Any abstentions? Motion carries. The next item on the agenda– the next very happy
item on the agenda– is the swearing-in ceremony for
our incoming student trustees. Can our student trustees
please come up to the dais? [APPLAUSE] [SIDE CONVERSATION] And can all of our
trustees come down to the– I guess is this the mosh pit? Come up to the trustees’
family– those families? Congratulations. And I have to give my apologies. I just landed from a
trip to Washington DC and have not changed my clothes. So I’m going to
let Trustee Handy– Trustee Handy will
give the oath today. Write the names in for me. Wait a minute– I need names. There’s no names. Oh, are we all ready? Do you have anyone
standing with you? SPEAKER 2: No. MEREDITH BROWN: Do you need
to bring any friends with you [INAUDIBLE] OK. He said he doesn’t
have anyone there. So we’re raising your
right hand for the oath of office for student trustees. I– please say your name– do solemnly swear to carry
out my responsibilities as student trustees of the
Peralta Community College District. ALL: Do solemnly
swear to carry out my duties as the student trustee
Peralta Community College District. MEREDITH BROWN: OK, all right. I’m going to make
it sure this time. I do personally commit
myself to convey– AUDIENCE: I do personally
commit myself to convey– MEREDITH BROWN: The concerns
of the student body– ALL: The concerns
of the student body. MEREDITH BROWN: –to
the board of trustees– ALL: To the board of trustees. MEREDITH BROWN: And
to convey the concerns of the board of trustees– ALL: And to convey the concerns
of the board of trustees. — MEREDITH BROWN: –to
the student body– ALL: To the student body. MEREDITH BROWN: –to
the best of my ability. ALL: To the best of my ability. MEREDITH BROWN: Congratulations. [APPLAUSE] Congratulations. We’re going to do
the pictures first? [SIDE CONVERSATION] We have one more. [APPLAUSE] The next item on the agenda
is the associated student government reports. Do we have any associated
student government– ah, yes, we do. Welcome. DANJA YOSABA: Good evening,
board of trustees and members of the public. Let me start out by
introducing myself. I’m Danja Yosaba. I go by DAG. I’m the new SLC president for
the 2018-2019 academic year. [APPLAUSE] Thank you. So let me just start out by
explaining my history at Laney. I’ve been Laney for two years. I’m a political science major. Within that two years, I’ve
been an SLC senator and ICC president. I’ve also started the
[INAUDIBLE] Student Union at Laney College. And as for my report,
I don’t really have much to say since we
haven’t had any meetings yet. But we do intend on
having our first meeting between early July and mid-July. But other than that,
we’ve been working with Gary Albury and all the
associated student presidents and that our directors to hold
our district-wide training in the summertime. Other than that,
all I have to say is I look forward to
working with all the ASs and the trustees for
this upcoming year to support student initiative. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: The
next item on the agenda is the district
Classified Senate report. Do we have any other associated
student government reports? Then Peralta Classified
Senate report. Mr. Bryce is not here? So I don’t believe that we have
a Classified Senate report. Then we’ll have the district
Academic Senate report. SPEAKER 3: Good evening, Madam
President and our trustees and welcome to our
new student trustees. I’m looking forward
to seeing you up there and hearing your
voices and hoping that you will assert the
voices of our students who are the integral parts
of our Peralta community. So welcome to the board. And so in advance, I apologize
for this report being scattered and to be honest, incomplete. But in the hope of
reflecting the past moment, the present moment, I
have rewritten this report without a single bullet
that was included in the original outline that I
had at 5 o’clock this evening. As recently as
6:30 this evening. I’ve been in communication
with other Senate presidents about a response to a request
from many faculty on behalf of matters on which the Senate
presidents represent faculty. And we’ve been asked to
take a really strong stance to assert the 10 plus 1 to
make our grievances known. Nothing that our colleagues have
asked of me is unreasonable, and the information, the history
of the action and inaction, informing their request are
indisputable by anyone looking beyond their judgment
of any individual or group of individuals and
to the actual facts that strung together to tell
the story of how we’ve gotten where we are today. Unfortunate relationships
and behaviors that make working
extremely difficult are the Senate, the
colleges, the district, our community has constantly
been told that what is needed is around the corner. That we should orient
ourselves to working together. That we should move forward
and out of the past. That we should work collegially. These expressions suggest
that a path to resolutions is being offered. But we’re at a critical juncture
in which many who are involved have felt for some
time now, and others are beginning to feel that
those expressions are euphemisms for weight. It’s ugly because we
don’t want to look at it. We’d rather shoo or gavel or
condescend to any dissenting voices and run a campaign
of character assassination of individuals or a
group of individuals, should they speak the truth
that makes us uncomfortable, makes the district
look bad, we hear. We are airing our
dirty laundry, we hear, but it doesn’t have to be bad. It doesn’t have to
be the dirty laundry. We are not the
situation we are in. We are our collective
responses to the situation. The cut– and maybe this is
an inappropriate metaphor– that is ignored while
throwing blame at one another will leave a scar
that is unsightly. But the cut that is
tended to with urgency and intentional and deliberate
attention can be healed. And while the skin may not be
unblemished in the long run, neither will it be unsightly. It will stand as a proud scar,
much like that scar many of us have from falling from a tree
or a bike when we were younger, reminding us all of what we
went through, the gains we made, and how we elevated
one another and adhered to the integrity of our best
selves to care for not just the cut but the body
of our community that received the cut. At this point, let’s be frank. We are operating too
often and communicating in a cycle of waste, rather
than a cycle of value. I invite all of our
Peralta community to participate in the
Academy of College Excellence Training held each year at
BCC for a better experiential understanding of this concept. But to be brief,
in communicating in a cycle of
value means that we communicate through accuracy. And accuracy is
defined as the focus is on revealing facts and
comparing explanations for value. When you are being accurate, you
recognize that your perception is not reality. Asking fact-based questions
help recover the cortex and shift out of bioreaction
and into authenticity, where the focus is on clarifying
a central purpose and revealing
intersections for action. In authenticity, we demonstrate
genuine appreciation for various views and
factors, researching where they intersect and for
new insight and opportunity. Too often– and I will
stand before you and say, perhaps this is me included,
and this is not me pointing at anyone else– as they say, you point
one finger at someone. There are three others or four
others pointing at yourself. But too often, we are
asserting our individual truth, so as to ignore or belittle
the truths of others without a comprehensive
and honest assessment of our collective truth. Tonight, I pledge that the
DAS will work in good faith towards resolving
not just the issues with our current
tentative budget but also our issues in
working together collegially with our district and
college administrators, our faculty, our staff,
colleagues, as well as our students. So with that, like
I said before, this report is
incomplete because I was writing it to the very
moment that I was called. But I hope that despite
us being incomplete, I hope that I have
communicated clearly how we are committed
to working together to build the Peralta that
our students deserve. Thank you. MEREDITH BROWN: Thank
you very much, Mr. Smith. Before we go to
public communication, I’d just would like to
make a few comments. I know some of you
are here tonight to talk about cuts having to
do with our radio station. And I want to inform everyone
that neither I nor anyone from my administration
have made any plans to make any cut to the radio station. I have received e-mails– lots of e-mails– about
the radio station, and I have no idea where the rumor
started, who started it. I do have a meeting that’s
coming up with a representative from the radio station. So I look forward to
learning more about it. If we’ve had any discussion
about the radio station, it is that we want to make it
more integral to the curriculum that we offer Peralta,
not to get rid of it. Because on FM signal, if
you can have one of those, it’s a very precious
commodity that you have. I was part of Truckee
Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada
and we tried for almost 20, 30 years to get a signal. We couldn’t get. So I could not imagine that
we have a signal at Peralta that we would let it go. So I want to alleviate any
fear of our radio station going away so that you
all would know that. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: So Trustee
Handy, the next item is public communication. And would you please
call those speaker cards? Can you please
line up an order– Jamie Kimber, Brenda
Miles, Randy Lauderdale, and first name starts with
a Q. Last name is Scott. And Kai Yamamoto. You have two minutes each. JAMIE KIMBER: Greetings. Greetings, my name
is Jamie Kimber. I attend Orinda Academy. I’m also a student with Martin
Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center. I was coming up here today to
talk about the radio budgeting and how if we do the budgeting,
how it will affect people in the community. By the budget cutting, it causes
the inability to communicate and further causes
misunderstanding and misinterpretation,
which later leads into preventing certain
messages and to be conveyed, as well as integrating certain
cultures as well and languages. [APPLAUSE] BRENDA MILES: Hello, my
name is Brenda Miles, and I’m an intern with a
Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center. Thank you for your assurance of
support for the Peralta College Community Radio. And hopefully,
the Freedom Center will be implemented
and negotiating what curriculum for the
radio in the community looks like in the future. Thank you. RANDY LAUDERDALE: Good evening. My name is Randy Lauderdale. I attend Sojourner
Truth Independent Study, and I am also a student
of the Freedom Center. I would like to say thank
you as well for continuing to fund the radio station. It’s a very pivotal thing
for us, for the community. So we really greatly
appreciate it. Thank you. MEREDITH BROWN: Before
your start, young man, just one moment. Next, can I have David
Gaines please come forward? Yi Zhang, Baptist Irves,
Alden Halters and Char Poet. OK, it’s your turn. QADIR SCOTT: Good evening. My name is Qadir Scott. I attend Oakland
technical high school here in Oakland, California,
and I’m also a student of the MLK Freedom Center. I was also coming up
here to possibly speak on why the radio should be kept. The station should be
kept, and the budget should actually fund it. I’m actually really
happy to hear that it is, and that it’s here to stay. So thank you. [APPLAUSE] KEI YAMAMOTO: evening. My name is Kei Yamamoto. I am a staff member
at the Freedom Center, and we would like to thank
the board for its assurance of the safety and life
of the radio station, and we hope to work
with you closely on growing the
influence and the power for the community with
the radio station. Thank you. DAVID GAINES: evening. My name is David Gaines,
and I am also a student of the Freedom Center. And I also want
to mention that I am a recent graduate of
Alameda Science and Technology Institute. And I just so
happen to be wearing the shirt of the school
I would be attending. Yeah, thanks– on a scholarship
and thanks to the ASTI. Thanks to ASTI, I will
have junior standing when I attend American. So I just wanted to
mention that before. And I cannot stress to you
enough how important this radio station is to us because its
important that we have a voice for the people. And I just wanted
to thank all of you for alleviating our fears
and your continued support for the upkeep of
this radio station because as you all know,
LU Harris started it. And all LU Harris is
a wonderful person, and we want to keep
what he started alive. And just wanted to
thank you guys for that. Thank you. BAPTISTE HUGHES: Hello,
I’m Baptiste Hughes. I’m a student at Oakland
Technical High School, and I’m also a student at
the MLK Freedom Center. And I’d also like
to say thank you for keeping the
radio station alive. I think it’s a really important
voice in our community. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Good evening. My name is Char Potz. I go to the Alameda Science
and Technology Institute, and I’m a student at the
Freedom Center as well. And I’m currently enrolled
in the College of Alameda. So we would like to express
our thanks for being able to keep the
radio station up and how important it is as
an aspect of our community. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] SPEAKER 4: Hi, my
name is [INAUDIBLE].. I am student of the
Advanced Microscope Program student at the Mary College. I give you a little
bit of my background. I have been working in
science field in both academic and the biotech industry
for over 30 years. And a long time ago, I
already noticed the microscope is the key of the science. And I have been
looking for the place to learn it
systematically for years. Fortunately, I found that
Mary College offer this, and this is the only
community college offer this program in Northern
California as far as I know. I have seven more courses to
complete for a [INAUDIBLE] certificate. And this summer, the
school was supposed to offer these three courses. And suddenly, we heard
that the budget cut and under those
courses is cutted. We are so sad about
this decision. This program support
so many student to find a job in the academic,
in the biotech company, and also in the health
care in the hospital. And recently, two months ago, I
interviewed in several company in recent six months. And I lost it just
because of this skill. And I always talk to the
professors about this– how important it is. Two months ago, I interviewed
in Stanford Medical School. And they’re surprised. So I really impressed them. This program really
impressed them. And unfortunately, they want
me to finish this program. Then they can hire yet. So I wish the
district to continue to support this program. And we really
appreciate this district over the years to support
and the funding this program. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] ALDANE WALTERS: Good
evening, everyone. My name is Aldane Walters. Again, thanking the
chancellor for assuring us that the radio station survives. I go to Berkeley City College. And while giving thanks, I would
just like to impress upon you or just to share some of
the benefits of this radio station– at least as far as I saw. I hope I can pass these around. I recently started a show
called “Feel Alright.” Since I was 12 years old, I knew
I wanted to be in the media. I started with internships in
Jamaica in TV and in print– being employed at a major
TV station by age 19. One thing I didn’t have
was radio experience. And so when I came to BCC,
saw the ad, I’ll join KGPC. And then I met Katie,
and she’s like, oh, you can totally do
a radio station. I’ve learned so much about
developing this critical aspect of the media. Every month, my show
is first Fridays. Everybody can tune
in first Fridays since we still have a station. First Fridays, my
family in Jamaica and my community from work,
from school– everyone is tuning in and
having a community listening to something from
outside of our district. Paralta’s going to the world
to share positive vibes to hear positive messages. So it’s not just a
[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH],, as I would say in my Jamaican
term or a small thing for the district or to serve the
East Bay in Peralta Colleges. We are serving the world. I have people calling
me from everywhere because I have a call in show. So just to assure you,
this is an excellent place where not only media
students can learn things. I can put that on my resume and
all that I’m learning radio. But this is something
that is impacting people around the globe
since we have internet and all of these things
that we can supplement it. Thank you so much. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: Next,
we have Renyay Colvin. I believe it is. Emily Trisha Lopez, Aaron
Harbour, Florence Wiley– Fluorine. I’m sorry– and I
know Fluorine WIley– Fluorine Wiley and
Dr. Roy Wilson. Can you all please come forward? RENYAY COLVIN: Hi. MEREDITH BROWN: . Hi RENYAY COLVIN: My
name is Renyay Colvin. I am a former student
at Kenny College, and I am a DJ at KGPC– MEREDITH BROWN: A little closer. RENYAY COLVIN: I am
a DJ at KGPC Oakland. I came here today
with this speech prepared to humbly ask you guys
to preserve the radio station. And now that it is no
longer in question, I want to thank you
for your support and encourage you
to continue to push that support towards this gem of
an opportunity that really does benefit the students, staff, and
community members in Oakland. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] EMILY LOPEZ: Good evening. My name is Emily
[INAUDIBLE] Lopez. I’m a member of the community. Just wanted to come here and
support the radio station. Thank you. Tell the chancellors
here that are sharing that they’re
going to continue to support the station. I want to speak a
little bit around why I believe the radio
station should continue to be supported. I was actually interviewed
on the station with Katie with the Oakland
Bikes radio show. And for me, as a
young, queer Chicana, with a lens on indigeneity
and intersectional feminism, mainstream media
and corporate media won’t give me that platform. But your radio station
gave me the platform to talk about my
experiences and to bring other young, queer and
trans folks with me that also single,
single mothers, single-gender
non-conforming folks as well to speak on their
experience in the world. And we focused on recreational
equity and bicycles and how do we get more women
queer, trans folks of color on bikes? How do we get them picking
up a wrench as well? So I think it was very
inspiring and motivational to be able to share because I know I’m
not the only one out there that wants to continue to ride bikes. They use these tools as
healing, as empowering tools. So thank you to Peralta
College and thank you to the radio station
for that support. AARON HARBOUR: Good evening. My name’s Aaron Harbour. I’ve been working at the
Peralta College’s radio station for nearly a decade. I started long ago, when it
was Ninth Floor Radio, located at the Laney Tower
and the ninth floor like this windowless
kind of bunker above ground in the
tower over there. And I’ve listened to
college radio my whole life. It’s something I’m dedicated to. It was always a dream of the
station to get an FM license and working the entire
time and dreaming became an opportunity for us
to get a low-power FM license. The FCC is very
sparing with these. We managed to get
an FM station now. So now we’re at 96.9 FM KGPC
broadcasting over the FM radio right from across
the street here– 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM
and 24/7 online. When my contract, which I’ve
been getting a contract renewed every year for just
shy of a decade, was presented with the meeting
to become on the agenda to go to this meeting, the
person who presented it to get my contract here, to hopefully
get me paid as of July 1, was told that the
decision had been made to have no
more contractors, and that she was to cease and
desist for even presenting me having a contract– full stop. And that was the end
of the conversation. Since then, there have been
no conversations from anyone with our department. We had a manager, who’s
our former manager is here, of the department, and we’ve
had a kind of a power vacuum. Initially, there was
some effort to find out from our department, from
the marking department, which does lots of things
around the four campuses and here at the
district, what we needed as a community of
employers to do our job well. And that was great, but
nothing has come of it. The chancellor– I know you’re
in charge of the department, and you’re a very busy person. We’ve been operating in a
complete lack of communication. Couple that with
looking at the budget, and that’s where we saw
that all the money that pays the contractors that
run the station had been cut, or the majority had been cut. Not only that runs
the radio contract– I know I’m out of time– but also a gentleman
named Joe, who films things all around the
district– sometimes does these board meetings. Our jobs are late at
night most of the time because our radio station
runs over the air live 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM. So a lot of this work–
including the work from Joe– is contractor work. So yeah, that’s where the
feeling that the station is going away. All the money went away, and
my contract was just cut. So that’s my bit. Thank you [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN:
Did I turn it off? OK, can we have Karen Steyer
come up, Richard Thelwell, Jennifer Sinofsky, Isaac
Schlozman, and Claire Porter all come into the queue? Ms. Wiley? FLO WILEY: What if there was
this wonderful radio station channel that connected
with its listeners? What if nobody knew
such a resource existed? What if somebody needed this? Somebody who was ignored
by the mainstream media and needed to get the
word out about their art program, their music concert,
their art exhibition? What if you heard such a
thing existed, and it’s gone? What? I never even had a
chance to get to know it. What if you had
the power to change the ending of that story? My name is Flo Wiley. I grew up here in
Oakland, California. I’m a graduate of Cal State
Hayward, now Cal State East Bay. I am a seasoned
marketing professional, having produced successful
revenue generating campaigns for the Apollo Theater, the San
Francisco International Film Festival, Harlem Community
Radio, among many others. I’m a broadcast veteran, having
produced and hosted my own show for 13 years in New York– “Black Beat New York.” And for the last two
years, I’ve proudly broadcast throughout
the college’s community radio “Black Beat Bay Area.” I am here to support– thank you, Chancellor–
the continuing existence of Peralta’s Community Radio. Noncommercial radio
is a critical voice for diversity in this our
era of too much sameness. Instead of reducing our
budget so that we do less, I’m glad that you are
considering better connections with the colleges
in the district. Community information resource
for underserved communities, which is what the previous
speakers referred to. KGPC is a community
resource for the arts, for sports, for health,
for social justice. We have the opportunity to
be a resource partnering with recognized agencies
for emergency information. There are revenue opportunities. I encourage you to
preserve this resource to activate the partnerships
to realize our mutual goals, to treasure this broadcast
ownership opportunity. I want to work with you, and
I’d like for this station really and truly to continue
to be around. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] ROY WILSON: Madam President,
trustees, chancellor, my name is Roy Wilson. I’m the director of the Martin
Luther King Jr. Freedom Center and the executive producer
of the Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris lecture series. It’s been a joy and a
honor to relate to and be part of the Peralta
Community College District for over 10 years. We have an official relationship
at the Freedom Center and at that district. We have bought over 300
students in the last three years to one or more of our college
campuses from high schools and middle schools here in the
catchment basin of the Peralta district. We co-produce the Peralta
Community College District and the Martin Luther
King Freedom Center with the Barbara Lee and
Elihu lecture series. And I’m sure a lot of
us know about that. In doing that, something that
isn’t known so much is all 20 of our lectures so far have been
produced by us, by the Freedom Center, and turned over to the
Peralta Television Station. Thank you for that
[INAUDIBLE] And we’re just in the process of starting
up a relationship like that with the radio. Last summer, we were six
weeks in the Central Valley with Dolores Huerta and the
Dolores Huerta Foundation doing civic engagement, work voter
education, and registration. And we had a Peralta
tape recorder with us, and we’re doing podcasts
from the valley. We’re going to do
that as far as I know. This summer, we’re
going to start at Stanford University
in just about two weeks on another tour for
civic engagement. So it’s great news
Hallelujah and let’s keep the radio station being
progressive, community-based, and in the interest
of the people. Thank you. MEREDITH BROWN: Catherine? Are you Catherine? Excuse me, are you Catherine? CATHERINE STAR: My
name is Catherine Star. MEREDITH BROWN: Thank you. CATHERINE STAR: Good
evening, board of trustees and Chancellor Laguerre. My name is Katherine Steyer. My contract was
approved on April 24. I am the co-director of Perata
Community Radio KGPC LP 96.9 FM. We are a low-power FM, FCC
licensed educational station, and we broadcast at 100
watts from just right outside this door. We are licensed to the Peraza
Community College District, the Peralta board of
trustees are also our FCC registered board members. On behalf of KGPC LP, I ask
that you please restore funding and commit to your
restoration for contract labor to the Department of
Public Information, Media and Communications. If you choose not
to restore funding, our station will
go dark on July 1. We ask for 80 hours
per week to be able to meet with and help
students during the day and engineer evening
shows, including public board of trustees
meeting, which we are currently airing live right now. [APPLAUSE] KGPC LP is an incredible
community and student resource. We partnered with the
“San Francisco Chronicle” to create a feature for the
East Bay opinion column. We recently connected
with stations WNYC in New York City
and WBEZ in Chicago. And if we are able to
come to work on July 1, we will begin working with other
University of California radio stations on the California
College and University Newswire. I get it. Budgets are hard. The bigger you get,
the harder they become. As a wise man once said,
mo’ money, more problems. But please, I implore you– do not cut a direct
student service that provides learning opportunities
and wildly creative programming for Peralta and the East Bay. We are an educational
and media resource to the four colleges
in Alameda County. In our three years
as an FM station, we have been wildly
successful and our heard in 132 countries from
Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. But here at home, we provide an
essential and necessary service to students, faculty,
and residents. Please restore and commit
to restoring the contractor funding to our department. If you do not, we
will most likely lose our license, which
took 10 years to secure. If lost, it is almost
certain that it can never be acquired again ever. This station is
a special asset– MEREDITH BROWN:
You’re out of time. CATHERINE STAR: May I? May I? MEREDITH BROWN: Yes. CATHERINE STAR: This
station is a special asset that attracts students
and serves the surrounding community. We are aware that Siri
Brown, vice chancellor of academic affairs, has
said that all contracts will be approved and renewed
for myself, Catherine Raimondo, Aaron Harbour,
and Joe Sullivan. Radio will continue
uninterrupted, and we look forward to meeting
to be held in the next few days with Chancellor Laguerre. Thank you, everyone. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: Richard. Can you pronounce
your last name for me? ISAAC SCHLOZMAN: It’s Schlozman MEREDITH BROWN:
No, that’s not you. Hold on. ISAAC SCHLOZMAN: Oh [INAUDIBLE] MEREDITH BROWN:
Oh, you’re Isaac? ISAAC SCHLOZMAN: Yeah. MEREDITH BROWN: OK. Isaac. Go ahead. ISAAC SCHLOZMAN: Hi, my
name is Isaac Schlozman. I’m a DJ at KGPC. I have a monthly show, and
I’m glad to hear that you’re considering to continue to
fund the station and contract workers for it, who are
nothing short of incredible and do a great job reaching
out to the community and providing a really
amazing service. Thank you so much. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: Claire Porter. CLAIRE PORTER: Hi,
I’m Claire Porter. I’m a former Lenny
College student, and I’m relieved to hear
that the station will not be cut but not
nearly as relieved as Katie and Erin and
everyone who is a contractor and is paid as such to run the
station They do a great job. And I’m going to read
just a couple of comments that we’ve received at KGPC from
some listeners and supporters. Great station. Community radio has played
a very important part in expanding my horizons
over the last 50 years. In an age of consolidating media
outlets and local editorial opinions scripted from afar, the
voice of our local communities need support and
information– keep KGPC. Interesting convo about vinyl. Hi, [INAUDIBLE]. Nice to hear your voice, even
if through the airwaves only. Thank you, Flo, for
interviewing her. Fantastic show– please
tell us how can we support. Tony Mont and Isaac
Sherman listening from Palm Springs, Cali, baby. Love your show, Bob White
I love Lady G’s show. Hi, I love the station. We listen to almost every night. Are you going to make shirts
or stickers with the Monterey logo? Because I would
definitely buy some. Keep college radio alive. Thanks for this station. I’m currently a student
at Lenny College with the music department
and Japanese department. If I provided you with a
letter of recommendation from these
departments, would you consider me for some
sort of internship? I live in Alameda. I’m also finishing a
grad program in Hayward, and I’ll be here for a while. Thank you in advance, KGPC. I’ll read a couple more. Chess Fan is so good–
really, really good. I love him– genuine
music and feeling. Protect the students
show them education is the way by providing them
with access to education– be it career, technical
training, or transfer to a four-year college. These are services that a
community college addresses. And that’s it. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: Thank you. Can I have Sean McDougal,
Jeff Haymon, Jeff Sunseri, Mary Shaughnessy, and
Venus Sarah in the line-up? Jennifer, you’re on. Hi, Good evening. So I’m not going to talk
about the radio station, but I am happy that the
funding to the radio station has been restored. So thank you all for
making that decision. I’m going to talk about
the budget process, as I tend to discuss
when I’m standing here. A year ago, we were given
a budget when I first started as the PFT president. We were given a budget. And when questions were
raised about the actuals versus the budget
lines and concerns about how things sort
of weren’t aligned well, we were told that
over the coming year– that was last year– we would do a better job of
adhering to the processes that we already had in place
and using our shared governance structure to really dig
deep into the budget to use actuals to
do trend analysis and to really have a thorough
understanding of what the budget was, where
it was coming from, and collaboratively build it. The PBC, which is the
shared governance body that does planning and budgeting. That body never received a
tentative budget this year. We didn’t receive
the data on actuals. We didn’t receive
trend analyzes, and we did not receive
a tentative budget. Tonight, you all are supposed to
be adopting a tentative budget, which we don’t have, and
will be adopted presumably in two weeks. At which time,
again, we will not have spent the time and
energy to really dive into to understand
and to collaborate on. Instead of the BPBCPBC
getting a budget to review five days
after classes were over– after final exams were over– the college presidents
received notification that they were to cut
their discretionary budgets for next year by
10% and to freeze 50% of vacancies for
all faculty, staff, and administrators. That decision was made without
any shared governance input and without any collaboration
between any of the stakeholders at the colleges. These cuts are not fair. They’re not fair
when you consider that 55% of the College of
Alameda discretionary budget is actually spent on utilities. They’re not fair
when we’re talking about freezing counselors who
see students every single day, and full-time faculty
who help run the colleges and have the staying
power to be here year after year to invest in those
students and the colleges. MEREDITH BROWN: Is someone
giving their cards to you? I’m sorry. May I have the name, please? CLAIRE PORTER: Jeff. MEREDITH BROWN: Thank you. CLAIRE PORTER: OK but fairness
can wait for another day because I don’t want
this to necessarily be focused just on fairness. The point that I’d
like to make tonight is that the process
was not transparent. It wasn’t collegial, and
it was not collaborative. It’s an unacceptable process
that’s occurred this year. In a time that coming
together is really imperative, we understand the budget crisis. We understand the students– the enrollment is down, and
that that impacts our budget. But we are a realized
primarily district that should be
looking to the faculty leaders in this district to help
develop the processes to make it viable. The cuts that are
occurring are going to be felt by our
students, and we must have the faculty
and staff that are serving those
students directly every single day weighing in on
how and where they happen. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: Richard. Are you Richard? RICHARD THOLEY: Hi,
my name is Richard. Last name is pronounced Tholey. I’m classified staff. And I do want to touch base on
the radio station real quick. I just want to say I’d like to
propose that since the radio station is so important, that
Peralta consider converting those contractor
positions to maybe hourly or permanent positions. [APPLAUSE] Another question I have–
well, one question I have is I found it interesting too
that the item 6.1 was pulled regarding the
contract in the amount of $75,000 for Joseph. I met him a couple of
weeks ago or a week or two going through the Peralta
offices, meeting with staff, having a sit down with our
associate vice chancellor, sitting down with the
other contracted staff at the television station. So I’m just wondering why he was
introduced as a PR consultant when he hasn’t even been brought
for approval before this board? So that’s one
question that I have. Are the procedures and
processes being followed? So going off on
something else, I understand that there are
many reasons for the call to enact budget cuts
and a hiring freeze. I want to thank Trustee
Gonzalez Yuen for pointing out in the last meeting that
the three new administration positions from the
presentation with the BRJ could roughly cost at a at
a cheap $550,000 for three positions. I see one of the issues
as has been brought up before is district
administrative bloat. Administrators are hired
in mass– oftentimes, as interim, which I’ll speak
come on in future times. But these individuals
often leave before learning and
improving the functions of the district, which is
supposed to positively impact students. The current fiscal impact
has been expressed by the VC the Vice Chancellor
of finance and the PBC meeting as overspending,
living out of means, mismanagement of funds. Everything looked fine
for the last few years. It is structurally inadequate. And Trustee Winston was
there for that meeting, and so she could speak on that. But that’s how it was expressed. And so my question is, why would
classified faculty and students be affected when it’s I
see it as a mismanagement of administrative appointees and
the shared governance process not being followed? And so I just want to
pose another question is where is the accountability? Where is the accountability? Where is the– how
I want to call it– MEREDITH BROWN:
You’re out of time. Did someone else
see their time too? RICHARD THOLEY: No,
but I got five seconds pre-decisional
oversight as stated through the shared governance. But there is no
predecisional oversight. So my question to you is,
where is the oversight? Who is to be held
accountable for this? Thank you. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: Shawn McDougal. SHAWN MCDOUGAL: Hi, thank you. I’m going to open
up with a question. What is community? What builds community? What corrodes community? How do we, as Peralta
Community College District, grapple with these issues? What experiences and examples
do we provide for each other and for the students
that we work with? Our answer to these
questions is critical, not only for us as a district,
as a community college district, but for us regionally,
nationally, and globally. How we challenge ourselves
to answer these questions will shape what
kind of world we’re building for ourselves and
for future generations. One answer to these
questions is provided by the forces that currently
inhabit the White House, and the forces
that are currently in control of our government
at the federal level. And those forces feed off
of the fear, the isolation, the mistrust that grows when
there is no community, when people don’t fill
trust, when they don’t feel there’s a culture of
collaboration, when they don’t feel transparency,
when they don’t feel they can work together. And so I’m here to speak about
the budget, in particular not about a
particular budget item but about the process itself. The fact that decisions are made
in a way that doesn’t respect the shared governance
processes that we say we are committed to– that feeds a culture of
isolation and mistrust and doesn’t build
the kind of community we need if we’re
going to be leaders that we need to be to
save ourselves and save future generations. And so I’m here to advocate
on the petition that was put together
by United Peralta that shared governance
processes be respected and to the extent the cuts are
needed that the emphasis be on things that don’t
directly impact students– emphasis on district
cuts versus college cuts. That’s one small part. But in the long term,
we need to build a different kind of culture. And so I hope this
moment of reflection will lead to a different kind
of conversation in the future. I don’t want to be
back here next year. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: Jeff Heyman. I’m sorry? You’re on the top of my stack. You can ladies first–
go right ahead. Just someone come up. JEFF HEYMAN: Hey, everybody. Good to see you guys again. I told you I’d be back. I didn’t think it was going to
be under these circumstances, but here we are. And thank you guys
for turning out. And that’s how important the
radio station is to all of us. [APPLAUSE] I mean, I could more
or less throw away this 15-page speech I
wrote, and the 10 people that ceded their time to me. But let me say a
couple of things. This is good, I think,
teachable moment. I also want to thank the
chancellor for sharing us publicly that no contractors
will be cut at the radio or TV station, and that the station
will not be shut down. Thank you, chancellor. We appreciate it. And board members, I expect that
you will hold the chancellor to his word, and that
those contracts– those that haven’t been
approved– will be on the next board
agenda in two weeks time because the fiscal
year is running out. And if these things aren’t
approved, as you well know, by June 30, that
station goes dark. And you already heard what
would happen if that happens. Siri, I want to thank
you, Siri Brown vice chancellor for meeting with
us before this session. We met with Siri,
and she assured us that it was all a mistake,
that the contracts would indeed be renewed. That’s exactly what you
said, and we have witnesses. But thank you very much. And the chancellor said more or
less the same thing right here. So we thank everybody for that. Let me tell you
one other thing– since I have 42 seconds. There’s $11 million that can
be used to fund this station. That is the sprint
contract that I negotiated that you recognized me for
in a beautiful proclamation I have hanging on my wall
just two months ago. That money can be used
to fund the station. That’s what it was
designed to do. And in fact, there
is a full-time– a funded full-time
position that has not been filled for the last three
years, ever since [INAUDIBLE] took office for some reason. It makes no sense. There’s funding. It’s obviously a great
community thing for our students and for us. Keep it alive, please. So thank you very much. By the way, I also do a show. First Saturdays Outcasts
Revisited from a garage somewhere in Alameda. It comes out over KGPC 96.9,
and it’s Outcasts Revisited punk rock tune in. Thanks. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: Mary. MARY SHAUGHNESSY: Hi, my
name is Mary Shaughnessy. I don’t do a radio show. I’m a counselor. I’m a counselor at a
college of Alameda, and I will confess to you right
now that I spend a lot of time looking at transcripts
and encouraging students. And there’s a lot of things
I’m really, really good at. Budgets are not one of them. I don’t live my life in budgets. But I do live my life
encouraging students, helping them to see the
hope that they forgot. And I’m also exceptionally
good at hugs and love– love my students. I’m really good at UC
transfer, and I’m really good at building community. And I’m really good at building
community on our campus. I wanted to talk about
the effect that the email that we received from
our president that talked about the cuts that
we were all to expect. That I got that email
when I was at an Institute that we put together– a summer
Institute where we assembled 100 members of our community,
faculty, classified staff, students, administrators
to talk about the new world of guided pathways and to
really generate a lot of energy. That email had a
very chilling effect on our ability to
build our community and to think innovatively and
to gather the support that we’re going to need on our
campus to really transform our institution. There was a lot of
cynicism in the room that we were powerless, and that
we were getting information. That was the first time that we
were hearing this information. That as our PFT
president talked about, that shared governance
process hadn’t been followed. And there was an incredible
sense of cynicism in the room. My understanding is that
everyone across the campuses received that same
email of cuts, and that the district will
see those same cuts as well. But I want to share with you
that not all budgets are equal, and that I implore
you very respectfully. I ask that the district take
a larger share of the cuts than the campuses are
being asked to take. Our discretionary budgets
keep our lights on. 56% of our budget
is for utilities. One of the ways we’re
going to make a 10% cut is to turn our lights off. While we’re looking at
a budget on the district that is two times– MEREDITH BROWN: Your time is up. MARY SHAUGHNESSY: The
total of all the campuses. So I ask you very
respectfully, allow us to build the
community on our campus by giving us that positive
sense that the district is going to take a larger share. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: Our next speaker
is Vena Sarah then Arturo Davila, Fred Bargoin,
Mario Revas– are these people here? Can you please come forward? Lewis Quinlan and Tom Renbarg. So we all please be
aware of the time frame that you have so that everyone
have an opportunity to speak. Thank you. Vena– yeah, just come up. OK, Venus Satta. Vena’s not here. OK, that’s gone. All right, OK. Mario, go ahead. MARIO RIVAS: Buenos tardes,
[INAUDIBLE] Mario Rivas. I started my education at
Laney College Quick Background. And after being
raised in Oakland, California, by a mother,
single Spanish-speaking mother on welfare, and I did
my PhD at Minnesota. Since then, I’ve worked
here for 17 years. I’m now teaching
psychology at Merit, and I’m the Academic Senate
president for the last three years. I want to talk about
board attention to ensuring thoroughness
and success of processes and procedures of the district. I recently had a conversation
with vice Chancellor Kohl, where he shared that there
are three factors related to organizational
effectiveness– operational efficiency,
strategic innovation, and intimacy, connectedness with
each other, with our students. One, too often I have seen– and I want to say
this with strength– too often, I have
seen people, persons hired here, working here
who don’t affect competency to support the effectiveness
of this district. We have to change that. We need to do better strategic
planning at this district, for example, Early Alert. We’ve been working on it
probably for about 40 years. It’s kind of Late
Alert right now. But the board needs to sort
of oversee that we’re really doing strategic planning. Lastly, develop
faculty competence. I’ve really seen this
as Senate president that administrators come and go. We’ve heard that. The faculty need to
support it to become competent leaders to
effect positive change in this district. That’s the participatory
governance process. I want to thank Barry
Burns who is not here– I think for an emergency. I meet with her every week. I meet with the vice president
every week of instruction, and I talk about as
Senate president what the faculty is seeing
needs to be done on campus, and it works. We need to do a better job
having participatory governance on campus. As we’ve heard, we need to
listen to faculty because 17 years I’ve been here– MEREDITH BROWN:
OK, someone’s going to to have to cede
their time to you. ARTURO DAVILLA: Thank you. MEREDITH BROWN: OK, thank you. Arturo? Thank you for your comment. ARTURO DAVILLA: Hello. MEREDITH BROWN:
Please watch the clock ARTURO DAVILLA: My
name is Arturo Davilla. I’m the chair of the Department
of Mother Languages at Laney at the LatinX Cultural Center,
the coordinator and one of the members of PACLA. I just want to say that
we have a radio station. We faculty and we
have radio station in Spanish and
indigenous languages. We also use now we’re told
something that we’re defending. So I thank you because you’re
going to defend the radio station and keep it. In the radio station, we
bring people from DACA. We bring people
from the community, successful and not
successful people with papers and
without documents and without documents. So we’re really giving
a service on radio. So we hope to grow with you. But also about the cuts,
I think many years ago, we did a strong effort to
pass Prop 30 to tax the rich, and we received a lot of money. And that supposedly
helped us to change the faculty, the
hiring of faculty, hiring of part-timers, hiring
of counselors, et cetera. But what I want to tell you is
that every time that you hire a person that is over $1,000,
you’re getting rid of 20 part-time faculty and probably
100 or 200 working students– work students because
their salaries is like $3,000 to
$5,000 per class. And the students
get $13.65 per hour. So just consider that– every time you’re hiring
a person at the district, you are depriving at
least 20 part-timers from a class and maybe
100 students from a job. Thank you very much. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: Fred. Evening, everyone. My name is Lewis Quinlan. I’m department chair of machine
technology at Laney College. I’m here for three reasons. Number one, to back to
Peralta United petition. Two years ago– and last year– this district had more
money than it ever had in its history. And yet, we’re talking about
budget deficits this year. And I think the
main reason for that has been the tremendous growth
of the budget in this building and the administrative
positions– a number of administrative positions. I don’t know how we can
appoint interim people for a year and a half and two
years that decide we really don’t need that position. Where’s the planning? Where’s the execution when
we do things like that? The second thing I
would like to address is the bond issue and
the parcel tax issue. Our president wrote an email
questioning whether faculty would support it. Now there’s not a person here
believes we don’t need it. The question is, are they
going to be effective? If we do a new bond measure
the same way we did Measure A, it is not going to be effective. If we do the partial
tax extension, like we’ve done
this parcel tax, it is not going to be effective. And that’s what we’re
really questioning is the effectiveness and
execution of these efforts. That’s what we need to work on. We back all these measures. We want more money
for the students. We want better
buildings to teach in, but we do not want to stand by
and see hundreds and thousands and millions of dollars wasted. We had $390 million
in Measure A, and we had very
little to show for it, if you look around this
district in terms of buildings. We have buildings that
haven’t been completed. They aren’t finished. Basically, they’re shells. Things like the Best
Center was supposed to be part of the National
Science Foundation grant is a shell of what
it was supposed to be. Even the landmark building up
at Merritt is not completed. We cannot do this anymore. We have to be wise
in what we’re doing, and that’s what
we’re asking for is that we do these things
with some cooperation. We do them with some
planning, and we execute what we’re
trying to do, as opposed to spending a lot of
money on huge salaries. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: Is Fred
[INAUDIBLE] Are you Fred? Can you pronounce
your last name for me? FRED BURGOYNE: My
name is Fred Burgoyne. MEREDITH BROWN: Thank you. FRED BURGOYNE: Unless you
want to ask the chancellor how to pronounce it correctly. MEREDITH BROWN: I’m got
to take your word for it. FRED BURGOYNE: That’s OK. Good evening, trustees,
especially new trustees, Asia. Sorry, good evening, trustees,
new trustees, Asia, Nick. Welcome chancellor, vice
chancellors, presidents. I’m sorry, but I’m here
to talk about budgets. I know– unless your
name is Blake Johnson. That’s not fun. I understand that. Just to remind you of what
Jennifer said earlier– the budget cuts were
announced the week after finals, which means
that faculty are gone, which means that shared
governance is down to zero. That the colleges were
given three days initially to turn around
and give something to the office of finance
to come up with a plan. That was extended. But still, the point is shared
governance did not occur. Now I raised this at a
meeting of the BBC yesterday. It’s the Planning and Budgeting
Council, Planning and Budgeting Council, whose job is to inform
the development of the budget, not to be informed of
what the budget will be. And this is what happened
yesterday at a special meeting. So again, the fact that
we’re in the summer now means that there is no
shared governance here. Now we’re going to come back. There’s going to be a
PBIM summit on August 24. That’s when shared governance
starts again in the fall. You are going to vote on the
final budget 18 days later– 18 days. Take away two weeks
because that’s how long you need to see
the budget in advance. That leaves four days
for shared governance to review the budget
cuts, including a weekend. This means one meeting– one meeting. One meeting at the PBIM Summit
on Friday, August 24, sorry. That is our only chance. That is not enough. Now if we want to call
this shared governance, I don’t think that’s
exactly what it says in Title V.
That was definitely not the intention of title– MEREDITH BROWN: Your time is up. FRED BURGOYNE: Thank you. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: Tom. And can we have Wendy Beldan,
Christine Olson, Aaron Denny, Rodrigo Torres, Todd Stratman,
and I can barely see. It it’s Chi-something Wilson. That’s the last of our speakers. Please come forward. Your time has started. My name is Tom Renbarger. I am the co-chair of the
math and physical sciences department at Merritt College. And I’m a physics and
astronomy instructor. I’m going to speak sort of
more at the ground level, sort of my experience with what’s
happening with the budget here. So there is a
part-time technician who helps me with set up labs. And there is some uncertainty
as to whether he will actually be hired in time
or be hired at all. And then if he’s
not hired, then that will fall to me to prepare. And I already teach full-time. I teach at 1.06 load. I’m the chair of the
Professional Development Committee, and I’ve
just volunteered to be the chair of the Strategic
Enrollment Management Committee at Merritt College, which
is very important given the state of our budget and
the enrollment shortfall is one of the main reasons why
we’re in this budget crunch. If this technician is not hired,
his name is McKinley Bruney, then I cannot be the chair
of the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee and this
is a position that’s gone unstaffed for an entire year. The other thing I want to say is
that one of the committees that does meet over the summer is
the Professional Development Committee, as they
prepare the flex days, both for the district
and for the colleges. And so after this
email is received, there are three
full-time faculty on the professional development
committee– two of them are tenure-track faculty. And given sort of the
administrative Fiat nature of the announcement,
they were questioning, well, what’s going to happen when
we run out of money next year? Are we going to layoff recently
hired tenure-track faculty? This is the conversation
that’s going on at Merritt College, at least
but the committee that I’m working on. And it’s really bad for morale
when the shared governance procedure gets circumvented
in this matter. And I understand
that the timing– the timing is the timing,
but it has ripple effects that are quite unfortunate. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: Wendy Belguin. Wendy Beldon– not here. Christine Olson. CHRISTINE OLSON: Good evening. MEREDITH BROWN: Are you Erin? CHRISTINE OLSON:
I’m Christine Olson. MEREDITH BROWN: OK, good. Christine Olsen human
development chair Merritt College. So about in the past five
years, the goal of the district has been to grow enrollment
and to build programs. So from 13-14 to 15-16,
one of the strategies by the chancellor
to grow enrollment was to hire more consultants and
raise administrative salaries. In that year, this district
office grew by $12 million. Clearly, that strategy of
more administrative salaries and more consultants
has not worked. Here we are today
with this budget mess. [APPLAUSE] You build enrollment. You build programs by
hiring full-time faculty who write the curriculum,
who develop the programs, and invest in the colleges. The board says we
serve the students. We understand that. We on the front lines– whether it’s classified
or whether it’s faculty or counselors– we know what it means
to serve students. Now about three weeks ago,
I sat on the Paramount stage with about half of the board. As director and chair of the
Child Development Program, you saw that we had over
390 students who walked who got certificates and degrees. The reason that
we’re so successful was because we have
full-time contract people, like myself, who have spent a
lot of time working on grants to get those programs going. That’s how we build enrollment. Another example from our
program is Jennifer Briffa who headed up the pilot
program at the Fruitvale Center for bilingual classes and
for the no credit classes. That program is booming. There’s a whole new
demographic that’s coming in. And when those students
walked across that stage with those nine-unit
certificates, which count for completion,
they were proud. Those families were proud. That’s what builds programs– full-time faculty who
know what they’re doing and can build this up. So please keep the cuts
away from the colleges. You’ve tried it by loading
up the district office. Here we are today– MEREDITH BROWN: Your time is up. So do you want to summarize? CHRISTINE OLSON: No, that’s it. I think you know my point. MEREDITH BROWN: OK. Erin? [APPLAUSE] ERIN DENNY: Good evening. My name is Erin Denny. I just completed
my first semester at Lanney and Merrick campuses. At 41– actually,
today’s my birthday. I’m 42– I’m a
first-time student. I’ve also been disabled
for the last 10 years, and my education at Peralta is
my pathway out of disability and back into the workforce. Merritt offers histotech
and microscopy classes that no other campus– certainly, at a
community college level– is anywhere in the area,
maybe even in the state. When I discovered that
I could go to school, get financial aid, and
get back to the workforce, I can’t tell you how
much my life changed. For the first time in years,
my life has had purpose. When you’re disabled
for a decade, I can’t tell you what a
rare occurrence that is, and I’m ferociously
holding on to it. So I did everything
I was supposed to do. I listened to the teachers. I did the work. I met with counselors. I made an educational plan. I ended up getting a
4.0 this first semester. Now I’m coming to you because
two of the three units– my colleagues spoke to
you about this earlier. We are supposed to have three
units offered this summer, and two of the three-unit
classes are being canceled, specifically bioscience
14 and bioscience 15. I can’t tell you the
troubles that we’ve had signing up for these
causes in the first place. I know many people
who just gave up because it was so
difficult to register due to technical
issues with the system. For example, lecture
and lab times were overlapping,
so you couldn’t even register for the classes. It might seem like not a big
deal to cancel just two units, but it has repercussions
that affect real people in the real world. Without these
classes, many of us will be scrambling
to figure out how we’re going to get enough
units for financial aid and many of the other
classes are now full. First, financial aid
disbursements happen on Friday. Now I’m considered
only partial and not full-time without
these two credits. That’s money out of my pocket
that I was counting on. Now at a minimum,
yeah, maybe I can get into some other classes,
but it will be at least delayed because I’m on the waiting
list in some other classes that I need. That’s a hardship for
me since I’m already limited in my income
due to being disabled. Other people arrange their
entire work and childcare schedules around these classes
because they’re literally the only time that these classes
were offered to finish up their certification. Now they’re being told
that it might happen in the next semester,
but then those classes are going to be pushed back. So some people are going
to have to wait potentially a whole other year to start
their new careers because two credits are being canceled
out of the three that were being offered this summer. MEREDITH BROWN: Erin, I’m going
to need you to wrap that up ERIN DENNY: Oh, sorry. At our meeting last night,
many people were in tears. I think you understand
what I’m trying to ask you. Basically, we just want those
two credit classes restored, bioscience 14 and bioscience 15. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: Thank
you for your comments. Roderigo. RODRIGO TORRES: Hi,
I am Rodrigo Torres. I am reading this on behalf of
Katherine Raymondo, who is not able to attend this meeting. Hello, I am currently
a co-director of KGPC. I also regularly work with
multiple nationally broadcast radio programs on NPR. So feel that I can
speak with experience regarding the importance of
college and community radio. As stations similar to KGPC
are where I got my start. KGPC provides the foundation
for Peralta students to build technical and creative
skills that can launch them into a career in radio, as
well as a thriving and rapidly expanding podcast market. These skills are not
cheap to acquire. Studio time, access to
industry standard audio editing programs, recording
equipment, and mentorship are extremely valuable and
can be difficult to come by. KGPC provides all of
these things for free to essentially any
Peralta student or teacher that knocks on our door. We help them build a
quality portfolio of work and train them in
anything they wish, pro-tools mixing, live radio
production, podcast creation, editing, and sometimes
even music recording. We’re enthusiastic to help them
in anything they bring to us. The above work is what
I’m most proud of, but that’s just the tip of it. To have a low power FM license
is an extremely special privilege– one that KGPC
worked for 10 years to secure. The East Bay community at
large benefits from it. KGPC ideally needs 80
hours of contract labor per week in order
for the station to fully support the
Peralta community. Best, Catherine Raymondo. Thank you. MEREDITH BROWN: And Mr. Wilson? Are you Mr. Wilson? TODD STATMAN: No, I’m not. MEREDITH BROWN:
What is your name? TODD STATMAN: Huh? MEREDITH BROWN:
What is your name? TODD STATMAN: Todd Statman. MEREDITH BROWN: Todd? Did I call– I have it here. TODD STATMAN: Stratman. MEREDITH BROWN: Thank you. TODD STATMAN: That’s
how my old gym teacher used to pronounce it. Thanks very much
for the opportunity to speak to you tonight. My name is Todd Statman. For the last four
years, I’ve been the host of a show called
“Pop Offensive” on KGPC. I’ll describe “Pop
Offensive” as follows. KGPC has a lot of
progressive and challenging musical programming. You can turn it on pretty
much any time of the day and hear some very
challenging music– experimental,
industrial, indigenous, electronic, what have you. And then I come on, and I
play Abba and ruin everything. It’s my job. Anyway, we have the
chancellor’s reassurance that KGPC is not
going to go dark, and I’m very happy to hear that. But we’ve been given
this opportunity to talk about the
importance of the station. So I’m going to take this
opportunity to do that. I’m glad that KGPC
is not going dark, and I hope that it will be
allowed to thrive and grow as the years go on because
I think if it had shut down, Peralta would risk
forfeiting an opportunity to be at the cultural center
of what is rapidly becoming the most artistically
vibrant city in the Bay Area, and this is why. I have a dear friend
who is an artist, and he lives in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Back in the ’90s,
as part of an effort to raise Pittsburgh’s profile
on the national stage, the city began pouring money
into the local arts community in the form of a
new loft gallery and performance spaces,
street fairs, et cetera. Why the city’s leaders did this
is because they knew that what gives the city its unique
character, what makes it a destination spot and
an exciting place to live is its artists. Take San Francisco– what gives
San Francisco its character? What is its soul? It’s not Google. It’s not Twitter. It’s not Salesforce. It’s the creative types– the artists,
bohemians, and weirdos, who have traditionally made
their homes and neighborhoods, like North Beach, the
mission and the hate and eventually,
Oakland, of course. I think Oakland, with its
burgeoning arts, theater, and literary
communities, is the same. And one component
that I think is crucial to a thriving
local art scene– MEREDITH BROWN: I’m going to
need you to wrap it up, sir. Your time is long passed. I’m going to need
you to wrap it up. TODD STATMAN: Oh, OK. MEREDITH BROWN: OK, thank you. RODRIGO TORRES: Thank you. MEREDITH BROWN: Finish– I mean, just give us your– TODD STATMAN: Oh, OK. MEREDITH BROWN: Yeah,
I didn’t say stop. TODD STATMAN: Oh, OK. So I’m saying that I think that
a progressive station like KGPC is crucial to a thriving
local art scene. And I think that’s especially
true in the case of KGPC because it so accurately mirrors
the diversity of the city. And of course, my interest
in KGPC’s survival is also personal. Jeff cajoled me into
starting the show. And at that time, I was going
through some pretty rough stuff. Suffice it to say that I
wouldn’t have imagined myself four years later doing
much of anything, much less hosting
a monthly radio program with a small
but loyal following. I had never wanted to be
a DJ, but I love music. And I found that being
given the opportunity to share music in this way is a
real gift because sharing music is like sharing your soul. KGPC has the potential
to be at the very soul of this community, this
city, if we let it. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] MEREDITH BROWN: The
next item on the agenda is the chancellor’s report. JOWEL LAGUERRE: I was already
committed to the radio and now that I know
that you play Abba, I definitely will be
listening– a big fan. This is our first board
meeting following commencement, and I want to say how
impressed we were all with all of the commencement
ceremonies and want to congratulate the president,
as well as the faculty, staff, and administrators and students
for the great experience that we all had. Even though at one point,
we had two in a row, it looks like we could
have done a third one because it was so exciting. So it really shows
why we do what we do and the results of what we do. So I want to again congratulate
the colleges for the great work that they did. At the commencement
at Merritt College, a student came to me
who had graduated, and she said that I
came to her church, and I told them that
going to college doesn’t mean that you
have to go full time. Even if she’d take one class
every semester, at the end, you’re going to be
able to do well. So she came in and
shared that with me. She said she was graduating
from Mary College that night, but she had already been
attending UC Berkeley. Before I spoke to
the congregation, she had stopped going. And so I’ve used that as
a way almost every time I run into a group or
group of folks or people who should get their
education, I encourage them. Even if you do one class
this semester, at the end, you’re going to be better off
than if you don’t do it at all. So really excited about
commencement and wish our students, our faculty,
staff, and our president the best for the summer
that’s my report. MEREDITH BROWN: Thank you very
much, Chancellor LaGuerre. The next item on our
agenda is presentations on the potential bond
and parcel tax measures, and the presenter
is Vincent McCarley. VINCENT MCCARLEY: Good evening,
Madam President, trustees, chancellor. My name again is Vincent
McCarley with Backstron, McCarley, Berry, and we
are financial advisor to the district, along with
Dave Olson who is with Public Financial Management. And we’ll try to
be brief and giving maybe back a little bit of your
time from your long evening. Yes, sir? AUDIENCE: Do we have
the presentation online? I have a few hard copies. MEREDITH BROWN: It’s
in the board packet. VINCENT MCCARLEY: OK, I’ll
go ahead and move forward on it in a matter of time. As you know, we’ve had
considerable discussion over time, or you
have in regards to potential bond measure,
potential parcel tax measure. And we’re moving
forward on that, and this is another
part in that process before we actually bring
an action item to you. And what you’ll be understanding
is that there are basically two items that are involved. One being the parcel tax. One being a general
obligation bond measure. With the parcel tax, it will
set a tax rate, which you’re very familiar with from your
2012 parcel tax measure, and that will have
a specific duration. We’ll spell out any
particular exemptions and also allow for the
tax collection process. The other item in terms of
the general obligation bond will actually spell out the
estimated cost of repayment. We’ll talk about the
use of the proceeds, including the project list, and
what that would mean relative to the taxpayers. As you’re familiar with
from your last parcel tax measure, which was in 2012,
that was approved at a 72% voter approval rate and set a parcel
tax for an eight-year duration basically at $42 and raises
about $8 million per year. Your previous bond measures have
totaled roughly about a little over 600 million, with
the last being in 2006. And of those
measures, each of them have received in excess of 68%
in terms of voter approval, with a high of 79%. So again, showing very
strong voter approval support for the district
candidates and its parcel tax measure, as well as
its bond measure. For the parcel tax measure, it
requires a 2/3 voter approval rating. For the general
obligation bond measure, under the proposition that
we would be utilizing, it requires a 55%
voter approval level. What we’re contemplating is
putting forward on the parcel tax side is an extension
or a new parcel tax at the same level
that you currently have from the 2012
measure, which again, will be expiring in 2020. And so again, that will
continue at the same level. It’s not asking for an increase. At the same level
and again, would generate roughly about
$8 million a year for an additional
eight-year period. For the general
obligation measure, we’re looking at an $800
million bond measure and looking at an
expenditure or an issuance over a full 10-year
period that would be used for projects over that time. And so that will keep basically
your facilities program going over that period of time
versus having stops and starts over your construction needs. DAVE OLSON: Thank you, Vince. So Vince provided
a little background on the two measures, the parcel
tax and the bond measure. And I’m going to
talk a little bit about how we came to the
recommendation of an $800 million bond sizing. First of all, the
district has some history of issuing bonds, holding bond
elections, doing bond projects. The district’s
taxpayers have a history of paying for those
bond projects. So since ’92, four measures
have all been successful, all very strong support in
the community, as Vince said. That’s been about $600 million
worth of authorization, 535 million have been issued. Recently, the district
has been spending money at about $30 or $40
million per year, and the local
taxpayers have paid in 2017-18 are paying $31 per
100,000 of assessed value. So this bond will represent an
increase to that of about $25. So the tax moving from 31 to 56. Second thing to say is
that not surprisingly. The district continues
to have facility needs, and that’s going
to go on forever. This bond measure is going
to cover some renovations to existing facilities
that are getting older and some construction
of new facilities to meet current
educational standards. And as you work
through this program, over the next 10 or
12 years, facilities will continue to wear down. And there will be new thoughts
and new educational standards. So this is a continuous program. So what we want to do
with this bond measure is to make sure that it’s
sustainable over time. And so these 10 or
12 years, this phase, doesn’t crowd out
from next phase. So being a responsible
borrowers are part of the job that
Vince and I are doing. So and we recommend
this $800 million bond, we think the district’s
particular situation, the size of your tax base,
its prospects for growth, which are good. The $25 tax limit that prop
39 puts on you– your existing debt structure,
recommends an $800 million bond authorization. Now, that’s relatively larger. Needs are relatively large. But this bond measure
is relatively large. So in order to implement it
in a way that is prudent, we’re going to be
doing that over time. So we remain flexible to changes
in the tax base and changes in interest rates
and other factors. That’s why we’re looking
at a program that’s likely to be implemented
over 10 or 12 years. There’s a schedule
in your packet that talks about
potential issuance dates. That’s really a
pro forma schedule that we model out for tax
rate setting purposes, and the size of
those issues will be determined based
on construction needs and based on various
other factors. So that’s going to be
a work in progress. But it is going
to be implemented over a long period of time. We’re talking about a lot
of needs in this district, and we’re also talking about
a physical plant that’s going to need attention on an
ongoing and consistent basis. So kind of our big theme here is
that this part of one component of a broad and long-term
financing strategy. And I said it a
lot here tonight– we want to invest
in the facilities on an ongoing and
consistent basis. So we want to pace
our program that we do that in a responsible way. We want to continue to pursue
additional sources of revenues so that all the
costs of this program won’t be on the taxpayers’ back. And we recognize that the
program will be implemented over time, and
things will change over the next 5, 10, 15 years. Costs will change on projects. Priorities will
change on projects. So the master facilities
plan that’s been put together reflects current
priorities, and that’s a solid document that is a basis
of our thinking at this point. But things are going to
be implemented over time. So the program that
we’re talking about will repay bonds over 30
years will cost taxpayers an additional $25
on what they’re paying now per $100,000. And that will be reflected in
the bond documents that come before the board in two weeks. So with that, I’m open to
answering any questions. And Vince, I’m sure as well. VINCENT MCCARLEY: And
I think we’ve also put in here a timeline
of some of the steps that have already have occurred,
and the steps yet to come. And that we’re
looking at bringing this back on the
26th for your board meeting for consideration. For the 26th, for
your consideration. And the deadline for
submitting a resolution to the out to the
county is August 9, if we want to be on
the November ballot. MEREDITH BROWN: Thank you very
much for the presentation. I had a question, and I’m
sure the rest of our trustees will also have questions. I had a question regarding
going from 31 to 56. That amount with regard
to the additional tax rate payers, our taxpayers,
in terms of the, I guess, the canvassing that’s
been done to find out what that type of figure looks like. And then I also had a question
regarding the recent credit upgrade that we got, and
if a competitive sale out of our bonds with
this recent upgrade will likely lead to
a lower interest rate that the district
will have to pay back with regard to those bonds. VINCENT MCCARLEY:
Good questions. In regards to the affordability
question and the like and the receptiveness
of the taxpayers, it was one of the items
specifically tested by the polling consultants
in their survey. And that’s one of the reasons
or one of the underlying support features too are recommending
the $800 million. That was an item that was
specifically put in there. To an average size say a
home of roughly about a million dollars of value,
that would mean roughly about $170 per year roughly,
in terms of an increase– just to put that
maybe in perspective. And again, that’s going to vary
from household to household. So again, those items
have been tested. In regards to the
rating upgrade, the rating upgrade was in
relation to the OPEC bonds, not the general
obligation bonds. And so these will be
general obligation bonds. But one of the items that
Dave and I will be working at is trying to see how we can
best position the district from a rating perspective. And one of those is
obviously to the extent we have success with the
extension of the parcel tax that would be one of
the considerations that the rating
analysts will take into effect in consideration
of their analysis. And that they look
at what other sources outside of the governmentally
defined revenue base does the district have to work with? And so that is considered to be
a credit strength, in addition to the robust economy that
we’re currently experiencing. MEREDITH BROWN: Thank you. Do we have questions
from other trustees? Nicky’s nodding. That’s a yes. Thank you for the presentation. I’m aware also that we
have, at this point, pretty high public approval. Our polling was good. And I’m wondering when are
we going to actually see the language of this thing? I personally don’t
want to get it four days before I
have to vote on it, in particular,
because probably– I don’t know– notwithstanding
whatever good things are happening in this district
over the last six months, probably 90% of
the people who’ve come in front of this
board have bitterly complained about the
functioning in the district. And I was reading the president
of the Peralta Federation of Teachers communication
today basically saying, we don’t trust the
district on parcel. We don’t trust the
district on bond. If they come this way with no
engagement, with no discussion, this thing is dead on arrival. We will oppose it. I’ve heard the chair of the
parcel tax oversight committee say that he personally
will write the ballot argument against a renewal. And so I think, like
everybody in this room, we’re very concerned about
funding in this district. And so parcel and
bond are critical. But I’m quite concerned
that here we are two weeks before you’re asking
us to consider this. This board has not
seen the language. This board is a political body. This is inherently
a political thing. When are we going
to see language of these very complicated
massive items that have profound implications for
the budget of this district and the accountability
of our budget? VINCENT MCCARLEY: Understood. There’s some specific
language that has to be within
the ballot measure. We’re actually in the process– or I shouldn’t say
I. But bond council was in the process of
drafting the language that will come before you. And I can’t speak
to the actual date that you will get
the document, but I will defer to the chancellor
in terms of the ability to put that into your hands
at a longer lead time. And I’m quite confident
that we can accomplish that. DAVE OLSON: Through
the chair, may I address the chancellor
that question? JOWEL LAGUERRE: Mr.
[INAUDIBLE],, would you share where we are
with the draft? There are some
developments that we have been expecting in the
legislature that will be more favorable to bond language. I think we’re pretty close. So we have some strategies
on how to do that. But we were fairly
close to getting you something Mr. [INAUDIBLE] MEREDITH BROWN: Can I ask
a point of clarification before you answer that? Are we talking
about the resolution that’s supposed to be
coming in two weeks, which has specific statutory language
that has to do with the rate, whether or not it’s
compounding interest? Are we talking about
the actual bond language, which we have to see? That it’s not the
resolution that’s coming. Or could you speak to the
difference between those two things? Because I think it might
add some clarification. VINCENT MCCARLEY:
And Madam President, if I can clarify my question. Thank you for that
clarification. We’re going to put a ballot
measure in front of the voters. This board will be
voting on that language. What I’m asking
for is when will we see the language that is
in front of the voters that will be
statutorily binding– that will bind the district
to do a certain thing for each of these measures? That’s what I’m interested in. MEREDITH BROWN: And
the resolution– OK, the resolution in two weeks. And Nicki says when will
we see the actual language of the bond? What is going to be funded? So those are two
separate things. VINCENT MCCARLEY: Both
parcel and bond [INAUDIBLE] JOHN PALMER: Good
evening, trustees. My name is John Palmer. I’m with the law firm Orrick,
Harington, and Sutcliffe, and we act as your bond counsel. So maybe a little
bit of background. We started preparing the
75-word ballot question and the full text of the measure
that will appear in the voter information pamphlet. Back in December, when we were
thinking about going forward toward the June ballot, we’ve
circulated a draft of that internally. As the chancellor said, the
last piece we’re waiting on is to see what
happens to AB195 which was a bill that became effective
at the beginning of this year that requires a bunch of
additional information to be put into the 75 words. It looks like the
legislature is going to suspend AB195 for two years
because it doesn’t really work for bond measures. And if that happens,
we’ll be able to revert to the type of
question that we used before AB195, which tends
to be much more politically palatable. And so we’re hoping
that we’re going to get word on that in
this budget process– the state budget process
hopefully sooner, rather than later. The resolution that will
come forth on the 26th will contain the
75-word ballot label and will contain the full
text of the measure that appears in the voter
information pamphlet. There’s a lot of paper,
but the two elements that are very important
for you to focus on are that ballot
label because that’s voters see when they go
into the voting booth. And then the full
text of the measure, which contains the bond
project list, which limits what you can spend money on. And we developed that straight
from the facilities master plan that was produced. And so trying to build in a
little bit more flexibility for the district to address
unforeseen events as they’ll occur over the 10 years that
you’re implementing the bonds. The projects and
the project list are the projects
that were identified in the facility master plan. And so, hopefully, that’s
answered your questions, except exactly when you’re
going to see the language that’s going on the ballot. And I would defer
to the chancellor to tell you when you’re
going to see that, but it will be
soon, in any case. NICKY GONZALES YUEN:
So I understand there’s some variation in what
you’re considering, depending on what the legislature
does, et cetera, et cetera. But isn’t it possible to present
us with, all right, here’s the vanilla version
of this thing? If everything stays
the same, this is what we’re talking about. And then present us
with an alternative. And I think the sort
of the more public and the sooner that that comes. I mean, frankly, two
weeks is a lot of time. Some of this stuff– I’ll just say I’m concerned. And up so we’re two weeks out
over almost a billion dollars of expenditure that we’re
committing ourselves to as a district. That concerns me that this
board isn’t seeing it. And that the shared
governance groups have had zero input
on that language. I mean, we’ve had the facilities
master planning project, but that the faculty
that the rest of the administrative
staff, the classified staff, and the students have
had zero input on that. That concerns me quite
a bit as a trustee. Thank you. VINCENT MCCARLEY:
Any other questions? MEREDITH BROWN:
Yeah, I just want to make sure I understand
what your answer was. What you’re telling you is
that the facilities master plan is where we derive
the project list. And the remainder
of the body language are the statutory
requirements that are coming? They won’t include the
recent legislative proposal? VINCENT MCCARLEY:
So it may or may not include AB195, depending on
what the state legislature does, this budget sees. And the bill to repeal
or to suspend AB195 is a budget trailer bill. So it will get acted
on by the governor, as part of the budget package. And we don’t know exactly
when that’s going to happen, but it will be in
the next month or so. And yeah, the
resolution that will come before you on
the 26th will say, here’s the 75 words that people
will see in the voting booth, and then here is the
bond project list, which is your covenant
with your voters about what you’re going
to spend money on. And by approving the
resolution on the 26th, you will have
approved that language and instructed the staff to take
the necessary steps in order to make sure that that appears
on the ballot in November. MEREDITH BROWN: And
that project this is the thing that specifies how
we’re going to spend the money. And the project
list is the one that went through the process of
all the colleges and the shared governance process. Is that right, chancellor? JOWEL LAGUERRE: That is correct. MEREDITH BROWN: OK VINCENT MCCARLEY: I wasn’t
on those facilities master planning committee. But to address Trustee
Yuen’s statement, typically, the facilities
master planning process involves a number of interviews
with all of the stakeholders, including students and
faculty and others. MEREDITH BROWN: That
was my understanding. I just wanted to make sure
I was not incorrect in what I had understood. The facilities master plan
and the project was to be– Karen has a question. KAREN WEINSTEIN: Thank you and
thank you for the presentation. I appreciate it. I have less concern
about the bond than I do about the parcel tax. You can look at
the buildings that have been recommended by the
colleges or other facilities plan. But where is the information
coming for the parcel tax? That’s number one. And number two, you’re
increasing the tax rate, correct? And are we doing that us
because it’s a better economy? Or why are we doing it? Because it is a lot. VINCENT MCCARLEY:
For the parcel tax, we are not suggesting
or recommending to increase the tax rate. KAREN WEINSTEIN: It’s the bond? VINCENT MCCARLEY:
OK, it’s the bond. So that would go up. and we’re talking
about a maximum of $25 per 100,000 of
assessed valuation. And the combination of your
four outstanding on measures that you do have is a total
of $31 per 100 thousand of assessed valuation. So that’s how you
get to it aggregate another $56 per 100,000. KAREN WEINSTEIN: I see. OK. OK And so the parcel? VINCENT MCCARLEY:
And the parcel– again, we’re only
recommending that you keep at the same level you
are currently, which is $42. And it’s scheduled to
expire in year 2020. Because when it was approved, it
was for an eight-year duration, and we’re recommending an
additional eight-year add-on to that rate, as a part
of this new venture. KAREN WEINSTEIN: So the
wording for the parcel tax– is that also coming
from interviews? Where is that coming from? VINCENT MCCARLEY: The
research behind it was a part of the
polling that was also related to the bond measure. So those were done simultaneous
and was indicating, again, a very strong level
of support for both measures. And so that’s the
reason why we’re wanting to move forward on both
of them at this point in time. KAREN WEINSTEIN: Because
the polling was good? VINCENT MCCARLEY: Correct. KAREN WEINSTEIN:
OK, so I just hope that we will get the wordings
for the parcel tax, which I think has had a little bit
more difficulty this past year in terms of how it has
been operationalized. So how it gets spelled out to
the taxpayer is very important. JOWEL LAGUERRE: And
we are certainly working on that with
the chair of the COC. Something that would provide
more assurance to the voters. And in addition to that, we are
also proposing an internal– in addition to
the external team, we are proposing
an internal team that would serve as an advisory
for the spending that’s going to happen for actually
both the bond and the parcel tax because we certainly
want to improve what we do. And having both an internal
and external verification team to work on both, I
think, will strengthen our implementation
of both measures. KAREN WEINSTEIN: Thank you MEREDITH BROWN: Thank you very
much for your presentation. Do you have any additional
questions from the board? Thank you very much for your
presentation and for your work. VINCENT MCCARLEY: Thank you MEREDITH BROWN: The
next item on the agenda is the Engie presentation
on energy conservation and sustainability cost savings
for energy-related projects district-wide. KELLE LYNCH MCMAHON:
Good evening. Thank you so much
for having us come. Excuse me. I’m Kelle Lynch McMahon, interim
director of Capital Projects and Facilities. And so we have Engie
here this evening to do a presentation for you
to summarize the work that they’ve been doing with the
district over the last two years and studying some energy
efficiency cost measure savings that we are hoping to implement
and capture in rebate dollars, as well as grant
dollars through energy efficiency over the
next four to five years. So their program that
they are presenting is helping us to self-fund
some of our energy measures and cost-saving measures
for us to implement in parallel with a lot
of the other programs that we’re going to be doing
under the new bond program, as well as under our current
scheduled maintenance and infrastructure programs. So we have been working with
them for the last two years. They have canvassed all four
campuses and the district office, and they have
developed clear reports. And we will have
that ready for you all by the end of
this month to look at all of the
different cost measures through light retrofits,
HVAC upgrades, and looking at overall behavioral
modifications in terms of energy usage within spaces. So we have dimmers and sensors. The lights will go off. So they are going to be
presenting to you today their goals and
programs that we’re going to be implementing with
us over the next few years. And this is Mr. Greg Cox. He’s our Regional
Sales Manager for NG, and we started with Engie
as Aptera two years ago. And they will explain who
they are and what they do. GREG COX: Good evening, Madam
President, board members, the chancellor,
and constituents. My name is Greg Cox, and I am
the regional sales director for Engie Services. And this evening,
we’re going to try to give you a brief overview,
a very high-level overview, of the research
and the survey work we’ve been doing for
the last 16 months. So today’s agenda–
and as I said we’re going to do this
within 10 minutes, hopefully. First, we’re going to tell
you a little bit about Engie. We’re going to talk about the
program goals, the development approach, the findings, the
actual facilities assessment. And then we’re going to talk
about the proposed measures that we are recommending
to be implemented. And then finally, we’ll talk
about the most important part– how is it going to get paid for? And without going into
your general fund. So with that, I’ll just tell
you that we were originally commissioned about 18
months ago by the board to prepare the first phase
of a comprehensive program. And at that point, we were
Aptera Energy Services. We were actually owned
by Engie at that time. Engie has now changed our
name to Engie Services North America. Engie is actually a very large– in fact, the largest
energy services firm– in the world. We are actually operating
in 70 countries and 120,000 employees. Engie’s 2017 revenue is
in excess of $36 billion. We personally, in
California, have worked on 32 community college
campuses and well over 100k K through 12 campuses. And actually, let me
back up for a second. Engie North American national
headquarters is actually located here in Oakland. And we’re really excited
about this opportunity because we are also working
with Oakland Unified, and we think there are
some real synergies that we can bring to the district by
putting both programs together. As I mentioned, we’ve
been here about 14 months. We presented our
original findings to all of the stakeholders
on the left-hand side. We’ve had a lot of input from
a number of stakeholders. Most of the equipment
that we looked at– you’re going to find that
that equipment is well beyond its useful life. And fortunately,
they have good staff, and the equipment is
actually still running. But for this program, we
have three specific goals. One was facility modernization. And when I say my
modernization, I really mean that how do we
take equipment that’s old and beyond its
useful life and replace that with efficient
equipment that’s ready for the
21st-century classroom? And then the second goal
was educational outcomes. A big part of our programs is
to tie the educational program from the things that we
do to your classrooms. And so career pathways– we’re an engineering company. And so we hire engineers in
all the other trades that are associated with construction. And then finally,
fiscal stewardship. We’re going to
see what we can do to improve the status
of your general fund. So nothing we’re
going to propose today would have any negative
impact on your general fund. Now what we have
done, at this point, is we’ve developed a
$30 million project that will replace equipment,
replace lighting, some solar, some storage, and we’ll
talk a little bit more about what the technologies are. But this is all
paid for, as I said, with no impact on
your general fund. It’s from energy savings,
from incentives, from prop 39, and from other state
and federal grants. So our approach–
so Engie is actually a design-build engineering firm. We do all of our development
and design in-house. We become the
general contractor, and we bid out all of the
actual individual trades. So what that means
to the district is that this project has
the potential of being 100% local and small
business, and we think that’s really important. Now we’ve looked at
two phases, and this was done in conjunction
with your master plan. What we’re going to
talk about here tonight are the critical
elements that we think need to be addressed
as soon as possible. And for instance, you have
central plants at Laney that is well beyond its life,
and some of that equipment has actually failed
at this point. So everything that we’re
going to talk about are critical needs. The mid-term
modernization needs relate to the energy systems that would
be addressed under your bond program. Energy value systems–
we provide those, but you’re not obligated
to have us do that. But we looked at it. And so anything
that we’re proposing is consistent with your master
plan and your sustainability plan. Now this should come to
no surprise to any of you, but this is what we found. And I guess the bottom line
is that most of your equipment is somewhere between
30 and 50 years old. The useful life
of an HVAC system is somewhere between
15 or 20 years. So as you can tell, everything
needs to be replaced. Now what are the impacts
from some of these things? The equipment is antiquated,
inefficient, corroded, and just not operating adequately. But the impact to that is lower
enrollment, rising operation and maintenance costs,
poor indoor air quality, and elevated temperatures
in your classroom. So everything that
we actually do– and I should mention that we do
have some colleagues here that actually went into classrooms. We did air measurements,
air sampling, and we did water sampling. Now here are the phase 1
critical infrastructure needs that we’re proposing to address. And you’ll see in
each campus, we’re looking at the four sites. We did not address this
facility because at the time, there was some concern about
whether this facility should be part of this program or not. But so we have not
addressed this facility. But what we have at
the other four sites is we have LED lighting
at all campuses– Berkeley Campus,
Berkeley House currently has that LED lighting. Central– a new central
plant for Laney. Our discussions with the
master plan and the master plan originally proposed
two new central plants. We were able to
determine that we could serve the campus
with one central plant that $15 to $20 million can
go toward some other project. Then there’s energy management
systems at each campus. There’s electrical
vehicle charging stations at all campuses, with
the exception of Berkeley. There’s energy storage. And you have solar
at Laney and Merritt, and we would now
tie-in energy storage for both of those systems. We have water efficiency
transformers, peak shaving, which is directly connected
to the energy storage system, and then there’s the
educational opportunities. And those educational
opportunities would be at all sites. Our educational
manager is currently working with Dr. Johnson
to develop a program that would fit for your campus. Now the aviation center, the
commissioning district-wide, and the theater
lighting were projects that we have recently looked at. There were projects
that were in the queue, and we’ve been asked now
include them into our program. So this can be addressed
comprehensively. But currently, under that,
the cost of those projects are not included in the cost
that we’re showing you tonight. We are proposing to add
some solar PV at Merritt. There was an opportunity
to add solar at Laney. At this point, we are
not proposing that. So the investment, as you can
see, is roughly $28 million. About $3 million of
that would be grants and then there’s
additional money prop 39. So here’s our
educational component that would be developed. So we don’t have a custom
program for each campus. We develop a specific program
based on the offerings. And what’s unique
about your campus is that you actually have some
programs, some classes that are directly tied to our business. You have some controls
classes that we frankly don’t find at any other
community college in the state. Now how do we pay for this? So we’ve got $29
million project. The first year, that project
will generate $1.6 million in energy savings. The key is that our organization
will guarantee the college throughout the district that you
will achieve that $1.6 million. And if there is a
shortfall, then we write a check for
the difference. And so that is your
contractual obligation. That is very important to how
we protect the general fund. So there is no exposure
to your general fund. Now this is generally
financed by a third party. We provide financing, but the
way we normally do this is we would go to the market. We’ll bid out the financing,
and the financing will then come back to the district. But as I said, in this
case, the projection is that all of your
costs this includes costs for maintaining the systems,
with regard to the solar. But all of your costs
are in that $1.3 million. At the end of the day,
what we’re projecting is that you will
have roughly $300,000 of that will go back
into your general fund or its discretionary. It can be used for maintenance. Because one of the things
that happens with all the bond programs is that we put
in a lot of new equipment, but we have no funding
to take care of it. So one of the
things that we might be able to do through this
program, to some extent, is to provide these savings,
these excess savings, to help maintain your new
systems that you put in. The other part of this is that
we are working with your staff. We have projected to
include $5 million from previous bond
measures to buy down some of the mechanical systems. So just to break this
down, lighting controls save a lot of energy. Solar can save a lot of energy. HVAC systems, the
mechanical systems that are really critical
to your classrooms, save very little
energy, and what we do is we bundle these systems to
try to help pay for everything out of our energy savings. So the financing,
as we’re proposing, it would be 18
years of financing. That financing
period could change. And there are a number of
ways that the financing could be structured. But the point is that we will
have energy savings to pay for your program. So what are our next steps? So at this point, we
have completed our study, and the study has been
reviewed by your staff. We have met with each
campus, and the facilities team on each campus, as
well as the executive staff for each campus. So at this point,
our next step is to go out to the
market to determine what would be potential
financial options and bring that
back to the staff. At some point, we will
come back to this board and ask for approval for
an implementation contract. And if we are
successful with that, then we would actually
start work this summer. Your prop 39– and the
reason that this is important is because we have about close
to $4 million is at risk. And that work for that
money has to be implemented by March 2019, and that money
actually came from prop 39 through the chancellor’s office. So as I said, we would come
back and ask for approval for an implementation contract. Personally, I know that this
is a complicated financial arrangement. So we spend a lot of
time with the district, but we certainly would
be available to answer any questions that you may have. So at this point, I think
I did it in 10 minutes. And if I could
answer any questions, certainly, I’m available. MEREDITH BROWN: It looks
like what the financing is structured is sort of like the
certificates of participation where you sell the
interest in the payments to different investors. GREG COX: You do– yes. MEREDITH BROWN:
It and our savings is the reduction in the
amount that we generally pay for energy. GREG COX: Precisely. This money that you’re
paying to PG&E or to Alameda. MEREDITH BROWN: So my question
is, at the end of the 25 years, our baseline then
becomes whatever the technology was that brought
us to that energy savings. It’s at the baseline. The needle moves then. It moves towards
sustainability– GREG COX: Yeah, the needle–
excuse me– because well, the needle moves in
a couple of ways. The first is your baseline. From our perspective,
it’s what you used in the last three years. So this is what you used. Now we’re going to
show you where we’re going to get you if you save. So that baseline stays the same. Now at the end of 25 years, then
all the savings belong to you. I said 25 years. At the end of 18 years–
whatever the finance period. MEREDITH BROWN: What
I was looking for was the sustainability progress. So I know that right now we
have antiquated equipment. The HVAC is old. We have this two central plants. The technology is such
that we could go to one, but the needle has to
move in order for us to be moving toward
sustainability. If we get the new
equipment, then the amount that we pay in energy has to
drop at the end of the 25 years so that the baseline
then becomes the baseline set by a new
technology and the lower energy use? GREG COX: Right. So if I can go back,
then just to simplify, at the end of the 18
years, your baseline then becomes $2.7 million
lower than where you were. That’s your baseline. So we were just using
that 2.7 to pay for it. So if you had money to
pay for it right now, then that money would go
into your general fund. MEREDITH BROWN:
The next question is, do we get any
windfalls or possibly benefit from improved
technology, as we go? So say, for instance, there’s a
better life than the LED light? Or say, for instance,
there’s better technology than the HVAC systems
that we’re putting in now. GREG COX: Right. MEREDITH BROWN: Would we
be able to integrate that into the system that we are
installing with the schedule of construction? GREG COX: So yes and no. I say that because once you
put in new equipment, then you’re not going to want to take
that out before you pay for it. MEREDITH BROWN: Not replace it
though but you had a slide here that had construction– all the projects
don’t happen at once. GREG COX: No. But they all happen
over 18 months. Yeah, and so just to
address your issue about the LED lighting. LED lighting came after
50 years and no progress. So LED lighting is totally
different than everything we’ve used up to this point. So I don’t think
we’re going to see the kind of technology changes
because it’s a good question. But we really don’t
project that we’re going to see that kind
of technology change in the next 10, 15 years. Now solar may change with
regard to how efficient it is, and the panels may
get more efficient. But the savings and the
costs that we project are based on keeping that
equipment, regardless of the technology change. Then the other reason that the
needle moves is utility rates go up every year. OK, so we projected
3%, but the reality is over the last
20 years, utilities have gone up well over 5%. But then we took a fairly
conservative approach. MEREDITH BROWN: Thank you. Do we have any other questions? Everybody’s looking–
we have two questions. Question? AISHA JORDAN: Hi, I
wanted to ask a question on the slideshow,
it showed that there would be services
provided for students to work with the
curriculum for each campus. And you’re saying that
it would take 18 months. They would receive a
certificate within that 18 months or some type of a paid
stipend from your company? GREG COX: Yes, two
answers to your question. One is we don’t
forget curriculum. And I probably need
to be clear on that. What we do is we
augment curriculum. So we support you. We provide our information
so that your faculty can use that information
i with real-world data. So we don’t create
new curriculum. I mean, I need to
be clear on that because you can only do that
through the chancellor’s office. MEREDITH BROWN: I think the
chancellor can speak to that, but we have a relationship
with the building trades, where they’re already
supposed to be doing our own maintenance. But the chancellor
can speak to that. GREG COX: And then I think
your other question with regard to paid internships, we do. And thank you for the question
because we are actually in the process of hiring
one of your students from Laney College. AISHA JORDAN: Thank you. GREG COX: Our office is
right there on 12th Street. AISHA JORDAN: OK, thank you. NICKY GONZALES YUEN: Thank
you for the presentation. I was surprised that
Charles Neil wasn’t here, but I haven’t heard
from him a little bit. And so I’m not sure where
our sustainability director is in the district. The model that you’re
laying out basically says that you’re going
to figure out a financing structure to develop
sort of a stronger sustainable infrastructure. And the issue is can you
come up with financing to put in the energy savings? We had a presentation
tonight where we’re talking about
going to the voters and asking for $800
million of funding. Some of the funding that
we’ve been looking at in terms of the facilities
master plan actually has to do with
these very projects. And so what I’m
trying to understand is if you’re going
to go to investors and you’re going to say, here,
investors put money into this. You’ll make money
over the long term. Then there’s money
to be made here. If we just took our own
money, our own bond money, and we invested in
that, why would we go with you to do that? And why would we
then just capture 100% of that energy
savings that the voters would have then supported? GREG COX: Sure. And from our perspective, we
don’t finance the project. So it’s not a profit
center for us. So you’re right. If you have money you pay
for it, that’s perfect. You get all the savings back. But the reality is when we
talked to your master planning group, they told us
that, well, we have needs of a billion dollars. And we’re only asking
for 800 million. So the option is that we can
finance this and not impact– sort of stretch
your bond dollars. But to answer your
question, yes, we do know we can finance it. So we’re not looking
for people to do that. Institutions finance
these type of projects. NICKY GONZALES YUEN: And
the only question then is we’re going to get
some energy savings here. We’ve been doing
this for as long as I’ve been in the district,
investing in new infrastructure and then taking the savings and
then putting that right back into our general fund. So I don’t think
this is brand new. I think this is actually
we’ve been doing this. Why wouldn’t we
just continue to do that if we anticipate that
we’re going to go to the voters, get a big bond issue? Why wouldn’t we do
that and then capture all of that savings on our own? GREG COX: And you could. But so what we tried to
identify the projects that are critical to
get done pretty quickly. And so if you wait until
you actually have a bond, and we could actually do that. There’s no reason we couldn’t
do that on the bond dollars. But you have some critical
needs that probably don’t need to wait to November. NICKY GONZALES
YUEN: And would you be willing to share
your business model. So we can understand
the profit– where the profits are,
how much are they? GREG COX: Sure,
everything that we do. And as a parent, we have what
we call a pricing model where we can show how we make money. NICKY GONZALES YUEN:
That’d be great. I will share my
information with you. I don’t know if the
rest of the board is interested in this at all. I focused on this for as long
as I’ve been on the board. So I’m particularly interested. Thank you. GREG COX: And one thing I will
say and I’ll stop talking. But we do have an ongoing
relationship with the Building Trade Council. We’ve signed our
own PLA with them. So to be able to use
local businesses. One of the things they
have done is give us a little slack because of
these pretty stringent K through 12 stringent
requirements for open small business. So anyway, I’ll stop with that. MEREDITH BROWN: Might I ask
that, if there’s information that’s sent, it’s
sent to the clerk or through the chancellor? Some of us have varying
degrees of familiarity with the certificates
of participation model that you use, or that you have
on your slide number eight. And those who would like
to study that more closely would have an opportunity to
if they would like a greater sense of familiarity with that. GREG COX: Sure and we
actually have a report. We have a deliverable that we
prepare with all the results. I just gave you some very
high-level look at what we did. MEREDITH BROWN: Yeah,
it’s not uncommon. municipial finance
structure And we appreciate. Thank you very much. GREG COX: Thank you. MEREDITH BROWN: The next item on
the agenda is a public hearing. We have a public hearing sun
shining of contract reopeners for negotiations
from the district to the International Union
of Operating Engineers Local 39 for regular employees. And the presenter is
Vice Chancellor Largent. I’ll gavel in the
public hearing. Vice Chancellor [INAUDIBLE]
Vice Chancellor Largent. So the public hearing
is a requirement under the government code
before the district can begin negotiations at Local 39
So this evening, public hearing and then we begin
negotiations next week. Thank you and the items
that are being sunshined are listed in the board packet? Vice chancellor
Largent, do you want to read those items that
are being sunshined? TRUDY LARGENT: OK, so article
6.1 management rights, article 7 definitions, article
10.3B career ladder job groups, article 10.4B filling
of permanent promotional vacancies, article 10:8
filling of vacancies, article 12.1 hours of work,
article 12.2 annual shift alignment, article 19.1
performance evaluations, article 21.2
temporary transfers, article 21.3
involuntary transfers, and article 24 health benefits. MEREDITH BROWN: Thank you,
Vice Chancellor Largent. I do think Article 12.7 was the
annual shift alignment, yeah? Am I right? OK, correct. That will conclude the
public hearing sunshining the items that are
being negotiated with the International
Union with Local 39. The next item that
we have on the agenda is our consent agenda. We have a motion from
Trustee Gonzalez Yuen. WILLIAM RILEY: I’ll second it. MEREDITH BROWN: And
we have a second. All in favor? WILLIAM RILEY: Aye. MEREDITH BROWN: Any opposed? Any abstentions? OK, that motion passes. The next item on the agenda
or item passes, I should say. Let’s get all the way down
to the action calendar. Got to turn a lot of
pages to get there. All right, I got it. The next item on the agenda
is the action calendar, which is on page 44 of
this very long agenda. The action item we have is 12.1. Consider approval of the
2018-2019 Peralta Community College District
holiday schedule. And we have a motion to approve
from Trustee Gonzalez Yuen. WILLIAM RILEY: There’s a second. MEREDITH BROWN: And
we have a second. Do we have any
discussion on that item? Hearing none? I’ll call the question. All in favor? ALL: Aye. MEREDITH BROWN: Any abstentions? Motion carries. WILLIAM RILEY: You should
probably do roll call. MEREDITH BROWN: Oh,
roll call– sorry. Action item roll
call– we are going to behave ourselves tonight. SPEAKER 1: Trustee Weinstein. KAREN WEINSTEIN: Yes. SPEAKER 1: Trustee Handy. LINDA HANDY: Yes. SPEAKER 1: Trustee
Gonzales Yuen. NICKY GONZALES YUEN: Yes. SPEAKER 1: Trustee Riley. WILLIAM RILEY: Yes. SPEAKER 1: And Trustee Brown. MEREDITH BROWN: Yes. SPEAKER 1: Thank you. Motion passes. MEREDITH BROWN: Now we
have two more items. Board council, are we
ready to do these today? Are you ready to do it? OK. So the two additional
items on the agenda item are item 12.2, consider
approval of resolution 17.18.44, notice of governing
board member election specification of the election
order for November 6, 2018. And do we have a motion? WILLIAM RILEY: So moved. MEREDITH BROWN: Do
we have a second? Moved in second? Any discussion? NICKY GONZALES YUEN: Thank you. MEREDITH BROWN: Then we’ll
have to do roll call. Any discussion? I’ll call the question
hearing no discussion. All in favor– sorry, roll call. SPEAKER 1: Trustee Weinstein. KAREN WEINSTEIN: Yes. SPEAKER 1: Trustee Handy LINDA HANDY: Yes SPEAKER 1: Trustee
Gonzalez Yuen. NICKY GONZALES YUEN: Yeah. SPEAKER 1: Trustee Riley WILLIAM RILEY: Yes. SPEAKER 1: And Trustee Brown. MEREDITH BROWN: Yes SPEAKER 1: Thank you. Motion passes unanimously. MEREDITH BROWN: The next
item on the action calendar is item 12.3 consider approval
of resolution 17.18.45, tie vote and governing board
election with runoff election. Do we have a motion to
adopt this resolution? It’s to move by Trustee Handy. WILLIAM RILEY: I’ll second. MEREDITH BROWN: Second
by Trustee Riley. Do we have any discussion? NICKY GONZALES YUEN: Yes MEREDITH BROWN:
Trustee Gonzales Yuen. NICKY GONZALES YUEN:
When we have an election, the district incurs some costs,
and this would also be true if we had a runoff election. And so I’m wondering, look,
when has there ever been a tie in the trustee election? But should there happen to be
a tie in a trustee election, this binds us to actually
spending a huge sum of money to do a runoff election. And frankly, I just
don’t see any value in that versus flipping a
coin and just letting it fall. Now look, it’s not
going to happen. But why would we
commit the district to spending another whatever
it costs, and it’s not nothing. It’s probably a few
hundred thousand dollars to run a special election. Why would we do that? What is the value in that? MEREDITH BROWN: I believe it’s a
statutory requirement– a board council or through
the chancellor where you could do it either way? NETASHA SAWHNEY: We
could look at it. I don’t know. I’d have to research it. This is the standard
language that comes from the county every
year that the board considers– every election. NICKY GONZALES YUEN: Well,
I’m just reading the language. It’s the whereas, and it says
whereas if there’s a tie. It’s either determined either by
law or by calling for a runoff election. We’re choosing to call
for a runoff election, and that just doesn’t
make any sense to me. Like why wouldn’t
we do it by law if we could save a few
hundred thousand dollars, and it’s pretty
arbitrary at that point. Now I fully realize that this
is never going to happen. But as a matter of policy,
is there any logic to saying, yeah, let them
duke it out again. Because it seems to
me like what we’ve learned in this state
with the top two– you get two Democrats
run against each other in the primary. Two Democrats run against
each other in the general. You’ve wasted a lot of money. So this isn’t a partisan thing. I don’t know who’s
going to not win. It just doesn’t make
any sense to me. MEREDITH BROWN:
So board council, it’s my understanding that the
ed code specifies the election process. Do we do we have time to
get clarification on this? Or I should ask, do we
have a motion on the floor? Do we have a motion
on the floor? WILLIAM RILEY: I
call the question. SPEAKER 1: I believe we can
move this until June 26. WILLIAM RILEY: I
call the question. MEREDITH BROWN: And so we’ve had
a request to call the question. SPEAKER 1: But if I
can add, I usually submit these resolutions during
this board meeting every year. So it’s something
that I would have to confirm with Alameda County. But I assume that
we are early, and I assume that we can
move it until the 26. WILLIAM RILEY: I call the
question, Madam Chair. Madam Chair, call the question. MEREDITH BROWN:
All right, there’s been a request for a vote. So we’ll go for a vote, and
that’ll be a roll call vote. SPEAKER 1: Trustee Weinstein. KAREN WEINSTEIN: So are
we voting for as-is– the resolution as-is? SPEAKER 1: Yes. Trustee Handy. LINDA HANDY: Yes. SPEAKER 1: Trustee
Gonzales Yuen? NICKY GONZALES YUEN: No, SPEAKER 1: Trustee Riley. WILLIAM RILEY: Yes SPEAKER 1: And Trustee Brown? MEREDITH BROWN: Yes. One other question, we did
not include those trustees in the roll call. Could we do that, please? SPEAKER 1: That wouldn’t be
effective until the June 26 meeting as it is. MEREDITH BROWN:
Oh, that’s right. It was the first reading,
not the second reading of the resolution. SPEAKER 1: Right. MEREDITH BROWN: My apologies. KAREN WEINSTEIN: No, it
is the second reading, but it’s to be implemented
at the next board meeting. MEREDITH BROWN: I forgot that
language in the resolution. SPEAKER 1: The trustees
will have both the ability to make motions and seconds
starting at the next week meeting. MEREDITH BROWN: OK, sorry. Sorry, sorry, I just forgot. All right. SPEAKER 1: OK and thank
you motion passes. MEREDITH BROWN: OK, the
next item on the agenda is the consider approval of
resolution 17/18.46 candidate statement of qualifications. Do we have a motion to approve? Do we have a second? OK, I’m sorry. It was 12.4 consider approval
of resolution 17.18.46 candidate statement of qualifications. WILLIAM RILEY: We have a motion. MEREDITH BROWN: We have a motion
from Trustee Gonzales Yuen. WILLIAM RILEY: I think
that’s a second [INAUDIBLE] finger certainly. MEREDITH BROWN:
Is that a second? OK, we have a
definite second now. OK, so we’ve got a
motion and second. Do we have any discussion? WILLIAM RILEY: Question. MEREDITH BROWN: There
being no discussion, I call the question
and Madam Clark, can you take us
through the roll call? SPEAKER 1: Trustee Weinstein. KAREN WEINSTEIN: Yes. SPEAKER 1: Trustee Handy. LINDA HANDY: Yes. SPEAKER 1: Trustee
Gonzalez Yuen. Trustee Riley. WILLIAM RILEY: Yes SPEAKER 1: And Trustee Brown. MEREDITH BROWN: Yes. SPEAKER 1: Thank you. Motion passes unanimously. MEREDITH BROWN: The
next item on the agenda is the board of
trustees reports. And we will begin
with Trustee Weinstein KAREN WEINSTEIN: Boy,
the end of the night– different than the beginning. So first of all, it’s
fantastic to have gone to the graduations. It is with much
pride that we see the students who have graduated,
the faculty members who’ve worked hard, and the presidents
who’ve worked really hard. And we thank them for
the work that you’re doing to help these students. So I’m always amazed
at the graduations. And so I really appreciate
it, and it reminds me why we’re here. So that’s one. Two, I want to say that a few
of us worked on a fundraiser for the dreamers and
scholarships in both BCC, as well as Peralta. And we’ve just hit
over the $10,000 mark. So that’s with the big thing,
and I’m excited about that. And then I will say
that I was at the– oh, I hope I have this right. Well, I very much
appreciate the people who came tonight to talk
about the radio station and how much they want it
and what it means to them. And I’m glad that
we’re doing it, and it was really very
inspiring to hear that. So that made me feel good. And also, I did go to
the PBC as an observer. And I will say I was
there as an observer. Everybody is passionate
about the budget, and I know how so many
people maybe feel heartbroken because they didn’t have
a say in the budget cuts. And I hope that that will
change for the future. And I hope we can work
on recommendations that will be given to us
from the different groups, and that we be able to
weather this storm together. Thank you. MEREDITH BROWN: And may we
have our newest trustee speak? NICHOLAS GALAN: Hello,
I have no report, but I’m grateful to
be here and serve my students in my
district and my community. And I look forward to working
with you all and having a productive year, Thank you. MEREDITH BROWN: Trustee Handy? LINDA HANDY: Hi, everyone. It was an extremely busy time. We had five
graduations in one week and managed to
get to all of them before taking off
to New Orleans where I attended NCORE, the
National Conference on Race and Ethnicity. Small group– 3,800
people from colleges all across the US and
some international. And many from our
local colleges as well where all of the issues about
race, facilitation skills. People like Tim Wise that you
all know of Dr. Joy DeGruy was there for pre-conference. And people just kept
begging her not to stop. She’s the one who wrote
“Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome.” So it was an incredible very,
very intense conferences, as I was explaining to someone. It’s one thing to be there,
and you’re excited to be there. And you’re sitting
in your sessions. But when you day
after day of seeing data that supports what
you have experienced all your life as a
person of color, it gets to be very
difficult in the end. And the last session
that I attended on that Saturday was the one that
about how trauma is in your DNA and how it takes generations
for that to heal. And at that point, I
decided OK, enough. I just couldn’t do
any more that day. But I highly recommend it. There were also other
people from Peralta that I didn’t see until
on the airplane ride home. But I’ve asked that we find
them all so that we could maybe come back and just give you some
snippets of the materials that are out there, the information
that was out there, and the data that is out there. So looking forward
to doing that. And another thing is this
weekend at the Oakland Museum, I’m going to be attending
Royal Trust event– the Healing Justice virtual reality. It’s an interactive experience
related to the prison pipeline, justice, and healing. Truly interactive
viewings beginning at 3:00 PM and run every 20 minutes. There will also be
facilitated dialogue, and they will also be
showing their film again, which also premiered
at NCORE, which is called “Healing Justice,
on the Restorative Justice Process.” And the film–
actually, our children speak through this film
about their experiences and how this the system
sometimes fails them and how they end
up in the system and how it just
continues and spirals on. So if any of you are available
to attend that event, I think its life-changing. They have proven that minutes
in a virtual reality situation can change a person’s
complete biases in racism. So I’m looking forward to having
this opportunity to engage in that. And if you have more questions,
you can ask me about it later. But anyway, thank you. Oh, and one more thing. One of our students, Adriana
Bhuiyan who has graduated, and Brianna Rogers also
graduated from Cal. Ariana was one of
our student trustees, but he also want to just
give a shout out to Ms. Tony Cook who I understand
gave her retirement party herself today,
trying to slip out the door because we keep pulling
her back into the fold. if Tony is actually
gone, she will be missed. But they’re just
not enough words to express her
contribution to Peralta. And just shout out Ms. Cookie. We love you. Thank you. Trustee Riley. WILLIAM RILEY: Thank
you, Madam Chair. Just briefly, I want to
thank all the colleges for the outstanding
graduation activities. The speakers, both locally and
nationally were just fantastic. The crowds were
fabulous, and I want to thank those
valedictorians that got the opportunity to speak– just very moving. When we sit up here
in our club and try to do the business
of our community, It really just makes it
worthwhile at the end of the day when we can show
up and see those who come by and tell stories that
they dropped out of school and continued their life story. And now they’re
getting a full ride in mathematical engineering
to some of the finest schools in this country. So I thank you. And I know this is tough work,
but I appreciate your service. Thank you very much. MEREDITH BROWN: And
Trustee Gonzales Yuen and student trustees? Shea? NETASHA SAWHNEY: I
don’t have a report. Tonight, I do want to say
thank you to all the students that voted for me to
be student trustee, and I do not take this lightly. And I’m going to do
my absolute best. And I look forward to
working with everyone here. And I know that I’m going
to learn a lot/ So thank you for this opportunity. MEREDITH BROWN: Thank
you and I would also like to congratulate the
graduates and the support that they had from
their administrators and their faculty. And the staff was amazing. And their family and
friends– five graduations. That’s the happiest
part of the year. It’s really fulfilling
to see that. I also had an opportunity to
look at the beginning part, to go to one of
the Super Saturdays and see the students
helping each other. And see the people
working together. It appeared to be run
almost entirely by students. It was a really beautiful thing
to see the students helping each other, and it was calm. And nobody was
freaking out like I used to when I was trying
to register for classes. So I thought it was a very, very
positive and supportive thing to see and Trustee Handy and
I also had an opportunity to attend the Unionist
of the Year dinner, and that was also great to
see the community working for to support working families. So a lot of positive things. LINDA HANDY: I am remiss. I forgot to mention College
of Alameda’s fashion show– just off the charts. We ran from the
African-American graduation. I was running to Alameda. Dr. Burns was
running to Merritt. Dr. Cariss was
running over there. I’m telling you, folks,
it’s like “Project Runway.” Every year, it just
gets better and better. And I do believe
they were filming. If you have an opportunity to
see the incredible garments and lines. And some of the lines
were so fabulous, and people from Levis and
other manufacturers were there. And I remember
one line came out. It was so incredible that
the lady could even set up. She got up and went
backstage because she was going to grab that
student before anyone else had an opportunity. So to OJ and Derek,
they have just done an incredible job
of keeping that program and building that program. Even when we went through
cuts, they anticipated it, and they took on all
of the work themselves. And they just
worked very cleanly. But the students
never really realized how draconian the cuts were. And to see what they have
been able to accomplish now. And I’m hoping that we
can continue in the future to support them and do reach
outs to different organizations so that we can make sure
that these students get their internships and the
connections that they need. Because actually, the
garment that I’m wearing is from one of our
students Della Keracasi who graduated from the
College of Alameda program. And then there was
one other graduate from that program, Linda Handy. Thank you. WILLIAM RILEY:
Madam Chair, I just want to share with our
community that I received this from Dr. Herb Kitchen, a
longtime Peralta [INAUDIBLE] member literally passed away. His funeral service
will be held on this coming Thursday, June 14,
11:00 AM at Fouche Hudson’s funeral home. So I just want to keep our
prayers with his family. Thank you. MEREDITH BROWN: Do we
have any announcements? LINDA HANDY: I’m sorry. The June 26 board
retreat has been changed to our regular board meeting. Madam President, that
concludes the announcements for this evening. MEREDITH BROWN: Congratulations
again to our graduates and our new student trustees LINDA HANDY: And
for our graduates who graduated two years ago
who just graduated from Cal– [INTERPOSING VOICES] MEREDITH BROWN: And thank
you to our college presidents for having such
wonderful graduations.