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July 14, 2002 | MARGARET TALEV and AMANDA COVARRUBIAS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Since Philip Westin became chancellor six years ago, the Ventura County Community College District has shouldered a more-than-tenfold increase in legal fees, a rise that reflects a standoff between a disgruntled faculty union and an administration under fire. Records show the district's annual bills for legal advice climbed from $69,432 during Westin's first year in 1996, to $527,078 the following year.
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July 14, 2002 | AMANDA COVARRUBIAS and MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When the five elected trustees of the Ventura County Community College District meet Tuesday to decide the fate of embattled Chancellor Philip Westin, they may also be setting the course for their own political futures. With a majority of board members facing reelection in November and one targeted for recall, their closed-door evaluation of Westin's performance as head of the 31,000-student district is sure to be politically charged, experts say.
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July 11, 2002 | MARGARET TALEV and AMANDA COVARRUBIAS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Despite controversy swirling around Chancellor Philip Westin's spending practices, the Ventura County Community College District received a strong credit rating Wednesday on a voter-approved $365-million bond that will be used for improvements at the district's three campuses.
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July 10, 2002 | AMANDA COVARRUBIAS and MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Trustees for the Ventura County Community College District will hold a closed-door meeting Tuesday to discuss the future of Chancellor Philip Westin, who has come under fire for his spending on car repairs, computer equipment and high-priced meals. Westin's critics said the meeting will provide trustees with an opportunity to reassert their authority over an administrator who, they contend, has operated without appropriate oversight.
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July 4, 2002 | MARGARET TALEV and AMANDA COVARRUBIAS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Responding to public outrage, Ventura Community College District trustee Art Hernandez wants the board to reconsider a newly approved four-year contract for embattled Chancellor Philip Westin, who has come under fire over accusations of excessive spending. Hernandez said Wednesday he was under pressure and acted hastily when he voted to renew Westin's contract in May despite concerns over the chancellor's spending habits and management style.
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June 25, 2002 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Barraged by protests over excessive spending by Ventura County Community College Chancellor Philip Westin, the president of the college board on Monday ordered a 90-day freeze on all travel expenses and a study of other college districts' spending policies.
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December 28, 1998 | JENNIFER HAMM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Almost since the day he moved into his office three years ago, community college Chancellor Philip Westin has been under attack. Teachers, especially, have made an issue of Westin's salary. It was a constant theme during recent contract negotiations. Westin is overpaid, teachers' union officials argued, while they are just trying to get their fair share.
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January 3, 1996 | KELLY DAVID, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Half an hour into his tenure as the new chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District, Philip Westin caught his colleagues by surprise Tuesday. In an office tour that included the workers who keep the district's computer and telecommunications system running, the self-proclaimed computer nerd wowed the program analysts with his knowledge of telecommunications connectors, transmitters and bytes.
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November 12, 1995 | KELLY DAVID, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Ventura County Community College District officials chose Thomas Lakin as their leader four years ago, his charge was to regain fiscal control of a district wracked by financial crisis and personal scandal. His replacement, Golden West College President Philip Westin, is inheriting a system in far better financial shape.
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November 8, 1995 | MARTIN MILLER
After two years as president of Golden West College, Philip Westin) is leaving to become chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District early next year. Westin, 50, will assume leadership of the Ventura college district, which has more than double the number of students Golden West has, on Jan. 2. "This is the fruition of all that I have worked for," Westin said Tuesday.
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