Well, dear reader, I’ve been working on an enormous document entitled, "Newspaper headlines tell the story."
I’m not finished with it—whole chapters remain unrepresented—but I think you’ll find that this super-duper chronological collection of headlines (and blurbs) paints quite a picture already.
Here’s a RANDOM SAMPLE of what you’ll find:
• College District Won’t Allow Offensive Views at Meetings
LA Times, February 13, 1998
Education: New measures, including more security, come after anti-Semitic comments.
Under criticism from Jewish organizations, the South Orange County Community College District is taking steps to curb offensive and derogatory remarks by speakers at public meetings. … “Some people have said some hurtful things, and it’s gotten kind of ugly,” said board President John S. Williams.
“If people are going to start making comments like ‘The Holocaust didn’t occur,’ I’m going to stop them. I’m certainly not trying to restrict free speech, but certainly people have to understand that there is decorum.”….
• “Newspaper vicious toward college board”
letter, Irvine World News, August 28, 1997 (Ray Chandos)
Why does the Irvine World News, which serves a large area, concentrate its vicious attacks on South Orange County Community College district trustees and the interim president Raghu Mathur at Irvine Valley College, ignoring other news, governing bodies and institutions?...
• “Why don't we raise hell about Steven Frogue?”
OC Jewish Heritage, August 29, 1997
My professor friend doesn't know what is wrong with the Orange County Jewish community: "Why don't you raise hell about Frogue and his gang?" he asks me, his tired voice weighed by years of accumulated frustration.
He has a point.
Why don't we do anything about Steven Frogue? Picket board meetings? Launch a recall election?
• “Irvine Valley Spokeswoman quits”
OC Register, September 25, 1998
On the job a month, she says she was pressured to present a false view of the college….
• College District Opts for New Chancellor
LA Times, January 31, 2001
…[Chancellor] Sampson, who has been on sick leave for almost two months with anemia, said the move Monday night surprised him.
"I have to take some time to absorb this and find out from the board what the reasons for the action are," he said….
[Note: 21 months later, Sampson died of complications of leukemia.]
• “College district tosses aside procedure manual in choosing new Irvine Valley College president”
Irvine World News, August 14, 1997
Chancellor Robert A. Lombardi said Tuesday he has decided that community college trustees should choose the new president for Irvine Valley College directly from the pool of 20 to 30 candidates rather than letting a representative search committee eliminate candidates first.
He said he made the decision not to use the established hiring procedure after communicating with members of the board of trustees.
He said the South Orange County Community College District trustees will choose the new president based on their own interviews and the written comments on each candidate from each member of the 12-member search committee.
Under the established method of hiring administrators, a search committee of representatives from all segments of the college reviews applications for basic qualifications, interviews qualified applicants and ranks them in order of who they think is the best person for the job. The top three to five then go to the chancellor who makes a recommendation to the board for their approval. This hiring procedure was adopted by the board in 1988 and is similar to hiring procedures at other community colleges.
Lombardi acknowledged Tuesday afternoon that this [new] method is not the one specified in the district's Employment Procedures Manual. "It wouldn't be my choice, if another model would get the support of the board majority," he commented.
He stressed that he is trying to "be realistic" with this board and chose this method of selecting a president so that someone will be chosen to fill the position.
When asked if this is a way to make sure that Interim President Raghu Mathur is included as a finalist for the permanent position, Lombardi replied: "let's put it this way—this is to make sure he is not eliminated unfairly. That's what the board would say."….
• “Saddleback College cans newspaper adviser”
Saddleback College Lariat(?), June 5, 1997
Kathleen Dorantes received word May 20, without warning that she would no longer be the adviser to the Saddleback Valley College newspaper, The Lariat.
Some sources at the Mission Viejo college, governed by the same board as Irvine Valley College, say the move was politically motivated. The student paper has been critical of the majority of the college district's board of trustees since the election in the fall.
The faculty member appointed to take Dorantes' place as adviser, Lee Walker, is an outspoken supporter of the board majority. … Walker could not be reached for comment.
When asked about reasons for the change or reasons that the college president, rather than an immediate supervisor, would make a decision about a faculty teaching assignment, Doffoney said, "I think this conversation has gone about as far as it can," and indicated he did not want to comment further.
• “Fortune named in flier flap"
Saddleback College Lariat, April 24, 1997
Librarian steps forward to identify trustee who tore down club's fliers
The unnamed trustee who was publicly accused of tearing down fliers posted by a student club is Dorothy Fortune, according to librarian Ana Maria Cobos. Rick Travis, president of Associated Student Government, made the accusation during the March 31 meeting of the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees. He did not name the trustee, however….
According to Jaime Placek, an ASG senator and member of Student Alliance for Awareness, there has been an ongoing problem with the club's posters being removed.
Some of [the fliers or posters] promote attendance at the April 28 board meeting. Others target certain trustees, with statements such as: "Hey Fortune, Frogue and Williams: Do you represent the students or the Faculty Association?"
Another flier reads: "Board members or any of your associates: Stop tearing down our fliers, we refuse to go away or keep quiet!....
• College Proposes Soaring Venture
LA Times, June 15, 2002
Building: Irvine Valley seeks investors in office, theater plan thought to be unprecedented in state.
Irvine Valley College officials are quietly trying to find investors for a private hotel, entertainment and office complex on campus that could cost as much as $800 million, officials confirmed this week.
As described in recent meetings among campus officials, the project would include a hotel, a multistory parking structure, two 2,000-seat theaters, office buildings, a sound stage and a lake, replacing orange groves and an athletic field at the southern end of campus.
The cost would be enough to build two community colleges, said Kirsten McIntyre, spokeswoman for the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, which was unaware of the proposal.
The plan is being developed by Howard Gensler, Irvine Valley's dean of humanities and library sciences, who declined to comment. Raghu P. Mather, chancellor of the South Orange County Community College District, said he had discussed the idea with the president of the board of trustees, but would offer no details about the project or how much revenue it would generate for the campus….
[Once we tipped off the press about the existence of this absurd project, the entire thing just collapsed. Its planning had involved the participation of Raghu Mathur and some trustees.]
• Vast Arts Complex at College Ruled Out
LA Times, June 25, 2002
… The proposal … called for construction on 25 to 35 acres of what are now orange groves and athletic fields at Jeffrey Road and Barranca Parkway. It would include a 2,000-seat theater; a 2,000-seat concert hall; a seven-story art gallery/planetarium; a four-story, 2,000-car garage; a seven-story hotel; a seven-story building of offices, shops and restaurants; a 13-acre movie production complex; a 5,000-seat baseball stadium; a 10,000-seat soccer and track stadium; a lake and botanical gardens.
The ambitious project would make the campus "one of the most important cultural centers in Southern California," Howard Gensler, IVC's dean of humanities and library sciences, wrote in a May 23 report to the college district chancellor, Raghu Mathur.
Faculty members said the project didn't appear to benefit instruction in any way.
What they really needed was a much smaller theater appropriate for college productions, they said. The college has plans for a 400-seat performing arts center, to be completed in 2006.
The complex was to be built by the Newport Financial Group of Newport Beach. One company figure is Charles Ross, 91, of Laguna Woods, who proposed a similar project at UC Riverside, without success, [trustee Dorothy] Fortune said….
[Gensler was another Mathur hire. A cursory examination of his employment history might suggest to more discerning individuals that Gensler was a flat stupid hire.]
• College District Ends Suit by Hiring Former Trustee: Teddi J. Lorch is given the South County job she sought before filing an age-discrimination case in 1999,
LA Times, March 09, 2001
The district's trustees discussed the matter in closed session Tuesday and agreed to the settlement by a 4-3 vote, with David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker and Donald P. Wagner voting against it.
The district's news release announcing Lorch's appointment to the $72,171-a-year position, effective Monday, did not mention that it was part of a deal to settle the complaint she filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Lorch, 53, filed the complaint in 1999, saying she was denied the position of human resources director and other district jobs because of her age. Lorch was one of three finalists for the human resources job.
[When Lorch resigned from the board, we reported that, according to many, she had done so in hopes of securing the district’s chief HR job.]