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Chaparral 2016-2017: 25.1 PIO Report

PIO Report (September 2016)

PIO Report: Ballots, Ballots, Ballots

by Troy Davis

Glendale College Guild (PIO)

Glendale College Guild
 

Measure GC is the $325 million dollar Facilities Bond Measure that needs 55% of the vote to pass on the November 2016 ballot. This bond measure will allow funding to be spent upgrading deteriorated buildings and classrooms at both Verdugo and Garfield campuses. The Glendale College Board unanimously voted to support having this bond measure on the November 2016 voter ballot and it will be up to the Glendale resident voters to approve it. What is the likelihood this bond measure will past one may ask. In February of 2016, bond measure consultants randomly selected 600 Glendale residents and 65% of that random selection indicated they will support the measure with a vote of YES on the November ballot.

Glendale College President, Dr. David Viar has been quoted in the Glendale News Press as stating that "the bond measure will be utilized to upgrade facilities built in the 1930's, 40's, and 50's." It is the hope that these upgraded facilities will aid in attracting new students to GCC as well that will help with campus growth. According to Guild President Zohara Kaye, "on September 24th, the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) endorsed a YES VOTE for Measure GC." Glendale faculty have been asked to contribute to this campaign by assisting with phone banking and community canvassing (door-to-door).

In more PIO news, It seems like yesterday that we were talking Proposition 30. Now, Proposition 55 will become its extension. A YES VOTE on Prop 55 will continue to tax the most wealthy of Californians and will have funding available for our K-12 and community colleges. A YES Vote on Prop 55 is being supported by our California Federation of Teachers (CFT) as well. Other CFT endorsees are Hillary Clinton for U.S President, Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate, Ardy Kassakhian for State Assembly District 43, and Anthony Portantino for State Senate. For CFT voter guide information, please visit http://cft.org/get-involved/be-political/endorsements.html

Finally, later to come will be the Board of Trustee elections in the month of April 2017. This will be historical, as this will be the first ever "by-Area-election process." The areas up for elections are district 2, 3, and 4. Districts 2 and 3 may have current incumbents to run again, but in district 4, there are no current incumbents. The Professors for Quality of Education (PQE) team has began meeting over the summer 2016 and has been in discussion of this new process. The committee is energized with conducting its process of interviewing of potential candidates.

Chaparral Out,

Dr. Troy J. Davis (Guild Public Information Officer)

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