• $25K FOR G.O.P.'s GREER. We've reported the curious fact that Chancellor Raghu Mathur got some seriously pricey representation when he negotiated the terms of his exit from the district. Pricey—and unethical. I'm talking about defense attorney to the corrupt and incompetent OC GOP politicians (Street, Williams, et al.), Phil Greer.
He was paid $25,000 of taxpayer money for his work.
Gosh. That's seems like an awful lot.
The payment is reflected in item 5.10, "payment of bills." Check it out:
• POERTNER RETIRING. Among "Academic Personnel actions" (6.7) are some resignations:
That's right. Gary Poertner is set to retire. Rumors have been flying that Gary has been, or will be, asked to serve as interim Chancellor should things go badly with the current Chancellor search. Maybe. In any case, it does appear that he's planning for retirement.
• UNION PROPOSAL. 6.9 is the faculty union's proposal re the contract. Tomorrow night, the public will have an opportunity to comment on the FA's proposed changes (see exhibit A below):
• CRONY BOY SEEKS NEPOTISCULAR SIN. Trustee Tom Fuentes is nothing if not contemptuous of public education and its employees. Naturally, therefore, much of what he does and says amounts to tossing red meat to his clueless Neanderthalic constituency, who readily believe charges of instructular corruption of youth, 15-hour work weeks, and devil worship.
Recently, Fuentes requested a report on "nepotism." Item 7.1 is that report. Here is its summary:
If you'd like to peruse the report's lists of alleged heinous SOCCCD nepotizers, go to pages 237-243 of the agenda, which can be downloaded at the district website. (At the home page, look for the blue box at right. See "click here for current agenda.")
Well, I will mention one interesting name that I came across. Evidently, IVC Prez Glenn Roquemore's father-in-law works for IVC as a "certified test proctor." I did not know that.
• RICH RETIREES. Another report requested by Trustee Fuentes is a list of SOCCCD retirees who receive at least $100,000 annually. (Pensions for public employees has become a major Republican sore point in recent months.) Here it is:
Almost all of these people were administrators. There are some faculty names here too. At least two of them were in the gang of secretive and ruthless creeps who controlled the faculty union in the mid-to-late 90s and who brought us a dozen years of "conservative board majority" dominance.
Raghu Mathur was an important member of that group. Steve Frogue was his pal. That's how he got the IVC Presidency gig, despite having zero experience as a full-time administrator and a history of unprofessional and unethical conduct.
Among this gang's achievements: making sure that senior faculty were well taken care of at retirement. How about new hires? --No so much.
• BASIC AID DWINDLING. Item 7.5 is the "Basic Aid Report." Until recently, the district received about $50 million a year in Basic Aid money. Here's the projection for the future: