After 32 years, Dr. Jeanette Mann will be stepping down from her seat on the PCC Board of Trustees.
“I have other lives to live,” said Mann, quoting Henry David Thoreau.
Elections for board positions will be held on November 3 for areas 2, 4, and 6. As of July 15, Bill Thompson will be running unopposed for reelection in area 4 and John Martin will be running unopposed for reelection of area 6. They have served on the board for eight and 32 years, respectively.
Running for area 2, which covers mostly East Pasadena and Sierra Madre, will be Tom Selinske and Jim Osterling.
Osterling, who is endorsed by Trustee Ross Selvidge, owns Bridge Financial Advisors and is an adjunct professor at USC. He thinks very highly of PCC.
“I truly think that PCC is a very important institution in our community in terms of the number of students it serves, and the high quality, affordable education that they provide,” he said.
Osterling also expressed a sense of urgency and concern that PCC maintain full accreditation by removing itself from probation that it has been placed on by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges following their site visit in March.
Finally, Osterling stated that he would be an asset to the board by improving their financial decision making.
“I would apply my financial expertise to maintain good fiscal discipline by good oversight from the board,” he said.
Selinske served on the board of the Pasadena Unified School District from 2007-2015 and was board president from 2008-2010. He is currently an instructor in business management at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing in Los Angeles. He also ran a losing campaign for Mann’s area 2 seat back in 2011.
“We’re slowing our kids down through lack of access to key classes, which costs them time and money,” Selinske said in an interview with Pasadena Now.
The filing period for the November 3 election starts on July 12 and ends on August 7 (or August 12 if the incumbent does not file for reelection). There is no runoff election. The highest vote getter, no matter how many candidates, wins.
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