Board of Trustees Election Information The Santa Clarita Community College District, which operates College of the Canyons, is changing the method by which members of the Board of Trustees are elected. Beginning with the November 2016 election, trustees will be elected to represent specific areas. The District is in the process of setting boundaries for the trustee areas, and is seeking public input in determining the boundaries. For more information click here... PROPOSED TRUSTEE AREA MAPS Draft Plan A PDF Packet | GIS Map Draft Plan B PDF Packet | GIS Map Draft Plan C PDF Packet | [...]
COCFA President's Address to the Board of Trustees: Good Evening, My name is Wendy Brill-Wynkoop and I am President of the College of the Canyons Faculty Association. On behalf of the COC faculty, and as a service to our community, I want to comment on the two resolutions placed on the tonight’s agenda calling for the District to change its Board of Trustees electoral process to elections by “trustee districts”. The membership of COCFA supports the switch to trustee districts. COCFA has always favored this system as a resolution to the Voting Rights Act lawsuit. However, we feel compelled to [...]
The Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees adopted two resolutions Wednesday to initiate the process of a “by-area” election system as well as the criteria of how these areas will be determined. A by-area election system is where a district is divided into trustee areas and one governing board member is elected by eligible voters of that particular area. Previously, the Santa Clarita Community College District employed an “at-large” election system in which voters of the entire jurisdiction elect all members to the governing board. According to the resolution adopted by the Board of Trustees, the SCCCD will [...]
The Santa Clarita Community College District has joined the growing ranks of Santa Clarita Valley school districts to move to voting-area elections after board members voted Wednesday to approve the switch. Once in place, the new election system will split the district — which oversees College of the Canyons — into five different voting areas, each tied to a seat on the district’s Board of Trustees. Click here to read more...
Population, geography and — possibly — where current incumbents live are all factors that can be looked at as the Santa Clarita Community College District ponders how to split itself into voting areas. Each of those is listed among criteria that can come into play as the district, which oversees College of the Canyons, splits itself into five different voting areas tied to seats on the district’s board. One topic of discussion at Wednesday’s board meeting — when board members approved the shift to a voting-area election system, in which voters within a specific area will elect a board member [...]
Judge Terry A. Green ruled in July 2014 that cumulative voting could be used by the city of Santa Clarita. Plaintiffs Jim Soliz and Rosemaire Sanchez-Fraser sued the city of Santa Clarita, the Santa Clarita Community College District and the Sulphur Springs School District in June 2013 for an alleged California Voting Rights Act violation. The lawsuits claim Hispanic voters’ rights are being violated by at-large elections, which result in racially polarized voting and deny Hispanic voters the opportunity to select their candidate of choice. Click here to read more...
Last night 2 BOT resolutions were passed, with no nays or abstentions, to move from at-large districts to trustee area districts which means voting districts will need to be drawn and decided. With over 35 faculty in attendance, district lawyers presented a resolution to the Board of Tustees to draw “ by area” voting districts for board trustee elections as well as the criteria for how these districts will be determined and drawn. Only Trustee MacGregor asked questions and expressed concerns about the compressed timeline for public input. COCFA president Wendy Brill Wynkoop addressed the Board of Trustees with two concerns [...]
Santa Clarita Community College District board members are set to vote on whether to change the district’s election system for the second time in as many years — this time to voting areas. Board members for the district that oversees College of the Canyons will take up the proposed change to a voting-area system — in which residents within a specific voting area would elect a board member to represent that area — during their meeting Wednesday evening. Click here to read more...
Cumulative voting — a system of balloting that lets voters cast multiple votes for a single candidate — can’t be adopted in Santa Clarita’s city election, a judge ruled this month. Reversing an earlier decision he made last year, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry A. Green ruled Sept. 14 that cumulative voting cannot be used as part of a settlement for the California Voting Rights Act lawsuit filed against the city of Santa Clarita in 2013, according to Santa Clarita City Attorney Joe Montes. Click here to read more
Prof. Communications What turns the shyest kid in the class into an award-winning public speaker and coach? For COC Professor and Speech Team Coach Michael Leach it was a Moorpark Community College professor. During his first year at Moorpark College, Leach’s speech professor had the college’s speech team perform for the class. That one presentation began the shift that is now the focus of his career. “I thought I wanted to be an attorney,” Leach reflected. That was until he discovered his passion for public speaking and teaching others how to be an effective presenter. While washing windows [...]