Re “The community college races,” Endorsement, Feb. 19
Your editorial on the Los Angeles Community College District trustee races was too corrosively negative. You suggest that our elections lack “high-caliber candidates.” While someone like Thomas Jefferson or James Madison will not grace our political culture again, our Board of Trustees races attract people similar to others, no better or worse. Two former college presidents and a highly respected former state assemblyman are currently running.
Far from being “uninformed” about our colleges, hundreds of thousands of voters use our
colleges every year, and three times they have voted to tax themselves to help us rebuild our nine campuses. They understand our value to the community. We now have the highest-quality educational facilities in the state.
You advocate appointing trustees. Would this reform result in greater resources and better facilities? Our California State and University of California systems have appointed governing boards that have acquiesced to draconian fee increases.