Finalists named for Rio Hondo post

first_imgOn Friday, the board sent out a statement saying it would interview the two finalists chosen by the committee – and up to another three of its choosing from among the other applicants. “Now, we feel excluded,” said Jim Newman, president of the Rio Hondo College Faculty Association, who was part of the screening committee. “Here’s the thing: If the board felt the candidate pool we sent to them was insufficient, then why not suspend the process and \ to bring in more candidates?” Newman asked. “Why dip down into the pool of candidates that were passed over by a significant representation of the community and the college?” Board President Maria Elena Martinez said Friday she has yet to hear of complaints from the committee about the decision. But ultimately, “We didn’t violate any procedures. We accepted \ recommendations, but we also did go back and pull some more applicants,” Martinez said. “We have a potential president in that pool – maybe it’s one of their finalists, maybe it’s one we’ve asked to come up,” she added. “But we’ve done everything possible to search for the best candidate. And we are going to proceed.” The college also released the list of finalists Friday. They are: Daniel Castro, who most recently served as Riverside City College president; Della Condon, assistant superintendent/vice president of instruction at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton; Ted Martinez Jr., former president of Grossmont Community College in El Cajon; Monte Perez, vice president of student services at Golden West College in Huntington Beach; and Rajen Vurdien, vice president for instruction at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – With just about a month to go before the semester ends, Rio Hondo College trustees say they are set to interview a handful of top candidates who are vying for the campus’ top leadership post. But the search process itself has now come under fire by Rio Hondo employees, who say they feel slighted in the way the board has chosen the final pool of candidates, who will be interviewed during a closed-session meeting Thursday. Trustees had initially asked its screening committee – a large group of faculty, staff, administrators, students and community members – to choose between three and five finalists for the president/superintendent position, which was vacated in December by Rose Marie Joyce. But the screening committee said only two candidates met their standards, and only passed those two names on to the board for interviews. last_img read more

BC sending Forest Firefighters to help in Alberta

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – The Province of B.C. will send 267 wildfire personnel to Alberta to help with firefighting efforts.Firefighters and support staff will start arriving on Wednesday and Thursday and will be deployed as needed in the Province.Of the people being sent, the majority will be firefighters which include the following:two hundred and thirty firefighters (consisting of 10 initial attack crews and 10 unit crews)three agency representativesa 19-person incident management teamfourteen supervisors- Advertisement -The request for assistance was made through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, which co-ordinates the mutual sharing of firefighting resources between B.C. and other jurisdictions. All associated costs are covered by the jurisdiction that requested the resources.Considering the current and forecasted fire situation in British Columbia, sufficient personnel and resources remain in the province to respond appropriately to any fire activity here. Crews can be deployed out-of-province for up to 19 days, but can be recalled at any time.The BC Wildfire Service recognizes the importance of sharing firefighting resources given the invaluable assistance Alberta has provided to B.C. during the last two wildfire seasons, which were the worst in the province’s history.Advertisementlast_img read more

Light-rail project funds approved

first_imgThe commission also approved funding for a project to improve safety at railway grade crossings along the Metrolink system at Van Nuys Boulevard and Buena Vista/Vanowen streets. The overall project cost is about $14 million, most of which has already been funded from several state, local and federal sources; Wednesday’s commission action provided about $600,000 toward that overall funding. The CTC allocated nearly half of the $640 million for the first phase of the Exposition Line, 8.5 miles from the existing Metro Rail station at Seventh Street/Metro Center. The line will head south toward the University of Southern California, then along Exposition Boulevard and end at Washington/National in Culver City. Construction on the first phase started last year and is scheduled for completion in 2010. The second phase, still in the planning stages, will connect Culver City to the beach in Santa Monica. SACRAMENTO – Los Angeles commuters got some long-sought relief Wednesday as the California Transportation Commission greenlighted a costly light-rail project to aid Westside commuters but provided only slight aid to the San Fernando Valley. The funding comes after months of being stalled amid a legislative budget deadlock but now means that several projects can move forward, including $315 million for the Exposition light-rail line project. “(This) ensures continued progress without interruption in building the Expo light-rail line to Culver City and ultimately to Santa Monica,” said the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors chairman, Zev Yaroslavsky, in a written statement. “It hastens the day we can finish the project and bring mass rapid transit and a measure of genuine traffic relief to the people of West Los Angeles.” While there had been concern that cuts in transportation funds by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would jeopardize some of the projects, the commission determined that funds were available and approved the money unanimously with no debate. “It’s a very important day for Los Angeles,” said Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-West Hollywood, who chairs the budget subcommittee on transportation. “This is absolutely fundamental to the future of not only this line, but public transit in Los Angeles. The Exposition Line is a foundation for what can be, to alleviate congestion throughout our region.” Metro had already begun construction on the first phase, so failing to win approval for the last state funding piece would have sent agency officials scrambling for other sources. “I think Metro would have moved to delay other projects, because this project is under construction,” said David Yale, deputy executive officer with Metro. He said the Metro board has a list of projects it wants to pursue but has not allocated funding because it was waiting for state action on the Expo Line. Other Los Angeles projects approved by the commission included widening the off-ramp from the 105 Freeway onto Sepulveda Boulevard near Los Angeles International Airport. Officials say traffic on that off-ramp often backs up onto the freeway during busy times, causing crashes and additional freeway congestion. The project costs $7.6 million. harrison.sheppard (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more