Trustee Robert Epple has filed a lawsuit against Cerritos College to force the school administration, which canceled the sale of lottery tickets at the student bookstore Oct. 15, to reverse the decision. A hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 26 by Judge Ralph Biggerstaff in Norwalk Superior Court.
Epple, a lawyer, said he believes the administration's action was illegal because it was done a day after the Board of Education split 3-3 on a vote to continue lottery ticket sales.
Epple said the state Education Code requires that no action be taken without the support of a majority of board members. The board is without a seventh member because Richard Goul resigned last summer and his unexpired term will not be filled until Tuesday's election. Epple and board member Ada Steenhoek are seeking reelection.
The position of the college is that the administration, which had approved lottery ticket sales on campus, could also halt the sales until trustees reach some agreement, said Patrick Sisneros, the school's attorney.