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9 Nov, 2016

Alonso unseats Fortine for COC board post

By | 2017-04-04T18:17:12+00:00 November 9th, 2016|BOT Watch, News|0 Comments

Edel Alonso, after a night of celebrating and monitoring the election results throughout the night, found herself still awake when the sun came up “refreshing and refreshing” the election results website. “I kept refreshing and refreshing the LAVote website,” she said, noting it was a tight race competing against longtime College of the Canyons trustee Bruce Fortine. “I was behind Bruce at the beginning of the night but once I edged ahead, the margin kept getting a little wider each time,” she said. It was Wednesday morning when she learned she had emerged the winner in the Santa Clarita Community [...]

21 Oct, 2016

David C. Andrus: A time for change

By | 2017-04-04T18:17:12+00:00 October 21st, 2016|BOT Watch, News|0 Comments

Rarely does a new candidate for public office emerge that possesses the experience, expertise and overall aptitude to step in and capably serve the community right out of the gate. Dr. Edel Alonso is such a person. As her former colleague at College of the Canyons (COC), I urge those in her district to cast their vote for Edel and elect her to the Santa Clarita Community College District Governing Board of Trustees. Edel has dedicated her professional life not only to teaching, but to understanding and shaping education at all institutional levels. She possesses a doctorate in educational and [...]

20 Sep, 2016

College of the Canyons Faculty Association Announces Board Endorsements

By | 2017-04-04T18:17:12+00:00 September 20th, 2016|BOT Watch, News|0 Comments

The College of the Canyons Faculty Association (COCFA) announces its endorsement of Edel Alonso, Jerry Danielsen and Steven Zimmer for the Santa Clarita Community College District (SCCCD) Board of Trustees. Three of the five board seats are up for re-election on Nov. 8. While Zimmer currently sits on the board, Alonso and Danielsen are challenging long-time board members Bruce Fortine and Michelle Jenkins, respectively. In 2015 the SCCCD agreed to change its elections to a by-district rather than at-large system in accordance with the California Voting Rights Act. The 2016 election will be the first time that voters can only [...]

20 Sep, 2016

Time for a Change Commentary by Joan MacGregor

By | 2017-04-04T18:17:12+00:00 September 20th, 2016|BOT Watch, News|0 Comments

It is with complete confidence and great personal enthusiasm that I endorse Dr. Edel Alonso for the COC Board of Trustees Area 2 seat in the Nov. 8 election. As a current member of the board, I speak with confidence in Edel’s demonstrated leadership skills and knowledge of the college. I had the pleasure of knowing Edel when she was a counselor and professor at COC for 16 years and served as the elected president of the faculty Academic Senate. Edel demonstrated her ability to lead as she guided the faculty in its legislated duty to advise the board on [...]

19 Sep, 2016

KHTS – Election Glance: College Of The Canyons Governing Board, District 2

By | 2017-04-04T18:17:12+00:00 September 19th, 2016|BOT Watch, News|0 Comments

College of the Canyons officials are readying for their first November election in a three-person battle for the the second district seat held by board member Bruce Fortine. Fortine, the incumbent and a founding board member for the 47-year-old community college. Fortine is running against challengers Edel Alonso and Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy. The Santa Clarita Community College District encompasses most of the Santa Clarita Valley and parts immediately south, and governs both College of the Canyons campuses. There were initially three seats scheduled to be up for election; however, no one filed to run against Steve Zimmer, who represents District No. [...]

5 Nov, 2015

Santa Clarita Community College District Approves Trustee Area Map

By | 2017-04-04T18:17:12+00:00 November 5th, 2015|BOT Watch, News|0 Comments

The Santa Clarita Community College District held its third public meeting at Newhall Elementary School on Wednesday to approve one of six maps for dividing the district into five trustee areas. The maps were proposed by the National Demographics Corporation and were presented by NDC President, Douglas Johnson, at the board’s first public meeting on Oct. 13 at College of the Canyons. Under the new “by-trustee area” voting system, members of the board are elected by the voters of the trustee area in which they reside. Click here to read more...  

4 Nov, 2015

College of the Canyons Board of Trustees approve Trustee district maps

By | 2017-04-04T18:17:12+00:00 November 4th, 2015|BOT Watch, News|0 Comments

The College of the Canyons Board of Trustees have approved the map that will be adopted in dividing the Santa Clarita Community College District from an at large voting district to trustee area districts for elections. The Board of Trustees decided on Map A from a selection of six maps presented by the National Demographics Corporation. The approved map will split the the Santa Clarita Community College District, or SCCCD, into five separate trustee area districts. Each district will have only one representative elected to sit on the Board of Trustees. Click here to read more...

3 Nov, 2015

Saugus district, COC elections will be added to county ballot

By | 2017-04-04T18:17:12+00:00 November 3rd, 2015|BOT Watch, News|0 Comments

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to add school board races for College of the Canyons and the Saugus Union School District to the statewide general election ballot, starting in November 2016. The decision means three Santa Clarita Valley races will be on the statewide general election ballot in 2016. Members of the county Board of Supervisors voted earlier this year to add the Santa Clarita City Council election to that ballot. Click here to read more...

21 Oct, 2015

BOT Watch Wednesday, October 21, 2015

By | 2017-04-04T18:17:12+00:00 October 21st, 2015|BOT Watch, News|0 Comments

Second Public Hearing on COC Trustee Area Districts At the second Public Hearing on COC Trustee Area Districts, several community members addressed the Board of Trustees with questions and comments on the proposed Trustee Area District maps. Copies of the proposed maps are available at http://www.canyons.edu/Offices/BOT/Pages/elections.aspx) Dilek Sanver-Wang, SCV community member and COC professor, read a statement that summarized many of the community’s concerns. Click here to read more...  

16 Oct, 2015

COC’s proposed voting-area maps open for review

By | 2017-04-04T18:17:12+00:00 October 16th, 2015|BOT Watch, News|0 Comments

First public hearing on voting areas draws 20-25 people What’s the best way to carve up the Santa Clarita Valley’s sprawling canyons, winding roads, suburban communities and wide-spread population? That’s the challenge facing the Santa Clarita Community College District, which has released three possible plans to divide its borders into five different voting areas as part of the district’s move to a new election system. Until now, voters have had a say in electing all of the five board members who oversee the community college district, which covers both campuses of College of the Canyons. Click here to read more...