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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1999
The Los Angeles Community College District announced Wednesday that, based on second-quarter data, it projects an $11.6-million surplus for the fiscal year that ends in June, in contrast to the $13-million deficit projected at this time last year. District officials credited the reversal to cuts in class offerings and services and a slight increase in enrollment at the district's nine campuses. All the campuses except Southwest College are now in the black.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1999 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Equalizing funding among community colleges statewide is the goal of a bill recently introduced by Assemblyman George Runner (R-Lancaster), who wants the state to allocate $35 million this year to close the gaps between rich and poor college districts. Like public schools, community colleges throughout the state have historically been funded at different levels per student, a constant source of pique among leaders of poorer districts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1999 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The person who replaces Pierce College's lame-duck president, E. Bing Inocencio, does so at his or her peril. When the presidential search committee comes together at the end of the month to sift through applicants, it will be the fourth time in 10 years such a panel has convened at Pierce. The new president will take over a campus beset with financial difficulties and a contentious debate over the future of the college's farmland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mission College President William E. Norlund apologized to area residents Saturday and accepted blame for the college's forfeiture of $4.7 million in state funds earmarked for expansion of the Sylmar campus. Norlund, speaking to more than 100 residents and activists at a forum in City Council chambers, said he should have solicited opinions regarding the proposed expansion early enough to meet a Dec. 30 deadline for using the funds. That deadline cannot be met now, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
A community organization will hold an informational forum Saturday to discuss Mission College's forfeiture of $4.7 million in state funds earmarked for new classroom buildings and parking spaces. The Los Angeles Mission College Collaborative has invited elected officials and college administrators to a two-hour session beginning 10 a.m. in the council chambers at San Fernando City Hall, 117 Macneil St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1998
Saying that financial losses at the Los Angeles Community College District "seem to have been reversed," California Community Colleges Chancellor Thomas J. Nussbaum held a joint news conference with district officials Wednesday to applaud projections of an $8.3-million surplus in the current year's budget. "We can't declare the district off the watch list. . . . But this is a very important beginning," Nussbaum said, speaking at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1998 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Community college trustees on Wednesday took the first step toward leasing out the Pierce College farm by asking for development proposals for the 240 acres. But the trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District made it clear that they were interested in all offers, not just the golf course, club house and new classroom building which already have been suggested for the Woodland Hills campus. The vote was 5 to 1, with one abstention from the Valley's only trustee, Georgia Mercer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1998 | SUE FOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For Pierce College, a once-thriving agricultural school crippled in recent years by budget deficits and dwindling enrollment, its acres and acres of green pastures and fallow cropland still hold the promise of plenty. The bounty envisioned by college officials today, however, is not a plentiful harvest, but a development deal--a plan to lease 240 acres for joint use as an agricultural education center, golf course and driving range.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1998 | TOM SCHULTZ
Administrators at Mission College continue to explore ways to expand the Eldridge Avenue campus to accommodate enrollment increases projected for the next seven years. In the community college's current proposal before the county, El Cariso Golf Course would relocate to an adjacent flood channel wash, allowing the college to occupy the links property, said Shari Borchetta, vice president for administration.
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