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I know it's been a while since I've checked in with a unique post here, but I just wanted to say that we have been doing a ton of work at El Camino and in Inglewood with the best yet to come.  Over at El Camino, we had one of the largest commencement classes in El Camino history in May and the ceremony even beat back the weather!

Over in Inglewood, ECC has continued to partner with not only the Inglewood Unified School District, but with the Inglewood City Council as well.  IUSD will continue to allow El Camino to offer college-level course work on one or more of its campuses for the 2015-16 school year.  We typically see these clases at Inglewood City Honors, but I am hopeful that we can see some college-level course work - taught by ECC Faculty - at Inglewood High School or Morningside H.S.  I know many of the campus administrators share this desire so I am very hopeful we can do this for the Fall.

The other big ECC news is that the campus is actively looking for a new CEO/Superintendent.  For the past 20 years Tom Fallo has been at the helm of ECC but announced in February that he will be retiring at the end of the year.  The Board of Trustees have already formed a search committee - that includes members of the public including one resident of Inglewood. We expect to seat a new CEO around October/November. 

Lastly, I wanted to let you all know that we are launching a NEW website to coincide with the kick-off of our re-election campaign.  Watch this space as I plan to keep the community updated with all the things the ECC Board is doing as well as let readers know about news and activities around our neighborhood. 

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!


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To everyone in and out of the El Camino College District: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!!  It has been a pleasure serving as your Area 1 (Inglewood & Ladera Heights) representative on the El Camino College District Board of Trustees.  My family thanks you for all of your support!!!

Peace & Love

Be Careful What You Ask For



So I’ve complained to many people about the lack of media coverage of our Board of Trustees meetings and how this lack of coverage leads to misconceptions on how the District is run.

A couple of weeks ago there was a fantastic event on the campus of El Camino College.  It was the annual Historically Black College and University Transfer Fair where many HBCU representatives set up tables to inform to  engage ECC students who were interested in transferring to 4-year institutions.  The turnout was quite large and when I arrived, I saw students, faculty, and even news media.

I was introduced to the KPCC reporters and asked them if I had any questions for me – a Board Member and an HBCU graduate.  They told me that they really just wanted to talk to students who were there and get their reactions.

Fair enough, I thought. Sounded good at the time. My mistake.

Today, I saw this article: From 'boom town' to bust at the community colleges”

After the first sentence, did the author actually address the successes of the various articulation agreements the the college has?  By the way, El Camino College has more than 10 agreements with HBCUs as well as another slew of agreements with 'majority' schools across the country.  Where were the quotes from the students that they interviewed that day - including the ones who were accepted to HBCUs and ready to transfer?  Did the author even talk to any of the Counselors or Faculty who work with students to get them successfully transferred to 4-year institutions? And why wouldn't you interview or at least get a comment from a Board of Trustee member (who is a HBCU graduate!) that is standing right there?!?

When I read this, it is clear that the author has an agenda and slant she is trying to push (that has nothing to do with transfers to 4-year colleges) and I have to commend Professor Donnell for seeing and articulating the larger picture - these times are hard and 'gimmick' tricks like blindly taking away money from administrators isn't going to help the State provide revenue to fund K-14.

Instead of following Faculty Union 'talking points' and being a complete parrot, Ms. Abdollah should have taken 3 minutes out to address some of the causes of the current crisis at California Community Colleges like ECC OR maybe cover what ECC is doing to help the students who are there - like the HBCU Transfer Fair and creating relationships all across the country so that students who want to transfer to a quality 4-year institutions can.

Looking at Ms. Abdollah history of championing issues that she has no understanding of, we have to make sure we get the facts out there and hope that ‘reporters’ do their job. This is partially why this website is up but I would really like reporters to actually report news and facts.  Look we can argue over issues and how to implement policy, but there is only one set of facts and I think people who like to gin up news like Ms. Abdollah forget that and just want to get clicks on their articles or twitter followers.  I guess if that is your motivation, so be it….Just let the rest of us know that’s what you are doing so we can ignore you.  Meanwhile, I’ll be looking for someone to report all the facts, not just the convenient ones that trend.

As always, if you have a question or a comment, please feel free to e-mail me directly or visit my Facebook page or even follow me on Twitter.

Happy Thanksgiving 2012!!


Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

I wanted to drop a really quick note to say thanks to all those who have been very patient with me and my "blogging".  I'm trying to do a better job of updating the site as the year ends.  You will always have a chance to reach me directly via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail, though.

Thanks to all those who went out and voted in support of El Camino College's Bond Measure E.  It past with a tremendous amount of support from the Inglewood and Ladera Heights community.  87% of voters from this community voted in support!!!  I'm tremendously proud and humbled by the show of support.  From the Mayor, to the Inglewood City Council, to local churches, and block clubs, people really understood the need for the Bond and how it will directly help students from this community. 

It was especially nice to pass the measure on the same night that the country re-elected President Barack Obama.  I'll be doing a victory dance until at least the new year.

In sad news, El Camino College President Tom Fallo has announced his retirement.  I will post more details here in the next few weeks.  President Fallo has been an extraordinary leader for the College District for many years and while I'm extremely not happy he will be leaving the District, I am certainly happy for him and his family on the decision he has made.  For more of my thoughts, please follow me on Twitter or catch me on Facebook. 

I leave you with a picture of one of the many signs that popped up around the District during the run up to the election in November. This one was taken on Crenshaw Blvd. in Inglewood....Pretty cool!!!  :)



Absences and Announcements



First off, let me apologize for being lax on updating the blog part of this website.  Things have been very hectic in the past month.  I did want to get on and at least announce that El Camino College's next Board of Trustee Meeting will be held April 16, 2012 in the Campus Bookstore Building, East Dining Room at 4pm.

I am quite certain that we will not have any pepper-spray incidents either!  

The last few Board Meetings have been important and just a bit exciting (I'm looking at you Occupy ECC! :) ).  I haven't seen the agenda for next week's meeting yet, but I urge anyone reading this come out and see how El Camino governance is performed and get involved.

If you haven't visited our Facebook Page, please take time out and go. It is easy for me to post information and links and videos there that students/faculty/staff/administration/public should be aware of. The image above has my Twitter account listed as well.

I promise to do better in posting information here.  If you see anything that you think should be brought to my attention, please feel free to e-mail it to me!

See you next week at the Board Meeting!!

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