Former PCC General Counsel Gail Cooper officially retired effective Aug. 17 after a five-year tenure which saw the school entangled in numerous legal scandals her hire was meant to prevent.
Candidates wage battle at the forum
Questions about the direction and leadership of the college dominated the conversation inside the Westerbeck Recital Hall during an open forum Wednesday night.
Rocha retains severance with new settlement
After a Los Angeles Superior court judge nullified former Superintendent President Dr. Mark Rocha’s severance package last April, ruling that Rocha and the Board of Trustees violated the Brown Act by not listing his severance package negotiations in closed sessions, the district signed a new settlement agreement with Rocha allowing him to keep the $403,826, along with the $16,000 in legal expenses negotiated in his original severance package agreement.
Rocha’s $400,000 severance package nullified by court
Former president Mark Rocha’s $400,000 severance package was nullified by a Los Angeles County Superior court judge on Wednesday when she ruled that the Board of Trustees broke open meeting laws in the negotiation process.
Board, Rocha deny violating open-meeting law
The Board of Trustees and former president Mark Rocha deny violating open-meeting laws and are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a nonprofit group seeking a reversal of Rocha’s $400,000 severance package.
Evaluation Highlights Disconnect Between Faculty and President
An evaluation circulated among full-time faculty earlier this semester has found that a vast majority of faculty believe PCC President Mark Rocha’s job performance is severely lacking in many areas. The survey found that 82 percent of faculty polled gave President Rocha the lowest rating possible when it came to promoting participation by all groups in planning and shared governance structures. Eighty-one percent gave Rocha the lowest rating possible when it comes to fostering an environment conductive to productive collective bargaining negotiations, while 79 percent …
Senate finally returns to CAPM meetings
For the first time this academic year, the Council on Academic and Professional Matters (CAPM) met after an ongoing dispute between President Mark Rocha and the Academic Senate about whether the meeting was subject to the Brown Act and thus open to the public.
Colleges move towards more online classes
Three grants, all under the student success initiative and California statewide initiatives of distance education, are going to be put into place over the next three years and were discussed during a presentation at the College Council meeting last week by Interim Director of Distance Education, Leslie Tirapelle.
District opposes two-tier tuition bill
The Pasadena Area Community College District will not implement a two-tier tuition system which would force students wanting high demand classes to pay more per unit, according to a statement released Sept. 13.
Board rejects second chance for winter intersession
The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve a calendar without a winter intersession, despite being met with strong opposition from protestors sporting winter attire who were kept locked out of the meeting by campus police. Protestors said police refused to let them in saying the room was filled to capacity. However, the board meeting which was held in the Creveling Lounge, had seats available throughout the evening.