October 4, 2012
The politicians who oversee the Los Angeles community colleges just won a large measure of protection from voters and other inconveniences of democracy thanks to a bad bill that on Saturday became a bad law. Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2572, a bill deceptively modest in its language but astonishing in its audacity. It's a kind of incumbent protection plan for entrenched members of L.A.'s Community College District Board of Trustees, and it comes to their rescue in the wake of last year's revelations of massive waste and corruption in district construction programs - and just as voters may be ready to focus on the ineptitude of the elected trustees who oversaw it. Under the new law, runoff elections are swept away, supposedly to save money, and an incumbent can now keep his or her seat (and yes, a challenger can now get elected)
July 16, 2012 |
Following a week in which John Baldessari, Catherine Opie and Barbara Kruger all resigned from the board of trustees at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, Ed Ruscha has also resigned, leaving no artists remaining on the museum's board. The artist's wife, Danna Ruscha, posted the following comment on the Facebook page of L.A. Times art critic Christopher Knight, beneath a piece he wrote on the pivotal role of artists in shaping MOCA historically and the warning sent by the current exodus: "Christopher Knight, Ed has resigned.
June 30, 2012 |
The leaders of the Museum of Contemporary Art's board of trustees said Friday that chief curator Paul Schimmel resigned and was not fired, as The Times and other news outlets had reported. Board co-chairs Maria Bell and David Johnson said that Schimmel announced his resignation to both of them Monday. "Paul wanted to resign, we reported that to the board, and the official resignation came through today," Bell said. "This is something that has been a general discussion for some time," said Johnson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2012 |
Once again addressing the controversial issue of executive pay, a panel of the California State University Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to freeze state-funded pay for new campus presidents but allow individual college foundations to raise funds to boost those salaries. The nonprofit campus foundations would be able to augment taxpayer-funded pay for new executives up to 10% above that of their predecessor. The policy would be reviewed in 2014. Four members of the Special Committee on Presidential Selection and Compensation meeting in Long Beach voted for the change, with one member absent.
November 9, 2011 |
Joe Paterno's 46-year run as one of college football's most respected and successful coaches ended abruptly and ingloriously Wednesday night when Penn State's Board of Trustees, in an executive session, fired Paterno and school President Graham Spanier in the wake of a child-abuse sex scandal that has rocked the campus and the nation. John P. Surma, vice chairman of the board, said the decision was unanimous. "It was necessary for us to make a change in leadership and set a course for a new direction," Surma said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2011
The Los Angeles Community College District is overseen by seven elected trustees. The part-time positions pay $24,000 a year plus health benefits. Sylvia Scott-Hayes 58, Highland Park Former Cal State L.A. administrator and executive recruiter for colleges Background: Long active in Eastside politics Trustee since: 1990 Tina Park 28, Koreatown Former New York Stock Exchange auditor Background: The only trustee who has not collected campaign contributions from contractors working on the bond program Trustee since: May 2009 Nancy Pearlman 62, Pico-Robertson Environmental activist, producer and host of educational programming for TV and radio Background: Former Green Party activist Trustee since: 2001 Mona Field 57, Eagle Rock Retired political science professor, Glendale Community College Background: A strong supporter of faculty unions Trustee since: 1999 Miguel Santiago 37, Canoga Park Political consultant Background: Managed the successful 2009 congressional campaign of Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park)