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 choose candidates from within their own geographic districts. A map of the districts is available at https://www.canyons.edu/Offices/BOT/Pages/elections.aspx.
Endorsed candidates were selected after a detailed process established in the COCFA bylaws and carried out a committee of COCFA members. The selection process included interviews of each of the six candidates and hours of deliberation among the committee members. The committee presented their recommendations to an COCFA’s Representative Council, an elected group of faculty leaders, who voted unanimously to endorse the three candidates.
“We believe that extremely long tenure of board members can be counter-productive as it can lead to complacency and unquestioning acceptance of administrative proposals, and as such are seeking candidates who will hold the institution accountable,” noted COCFA Wendy Brill-Wynkoop. “The lack of meaningful discussion at board meetings around such important issues as district voting, the American Disabilities Act and the Measure E bond are disconcerting. With new board members in place, we are hoping to improve transparency, which helps ensure that the college district is accountable and all parties are remaining focused on efforts designed to best serve our students.”