January 7, 2000
Thanks for printing my letter to Irvine Valley College president Raghu Mathur offering my services as Security Consultant (“Not-So-Secret Service”, Dec. 24). Mathur has yet to contact me regarding a job interview, presumably planning to spend his $2,400 annual stipend on a pit bull and a home alarm.
Please note that our illegally appointed community-college president not only manufactured unsubstantiated stories about “threats” to him (later contradicted in his free-speech-case deposition) but somehow also persuaded the South Orange County Community College District board of trustees to spend taxpayer dollars on this assertion. The board voted unanimously to write him a big check.
Readers may be further interested, or merely amused, to note that the same board recently elected as its president and vice president two candidates who in the most recent election received the endorsement of the Christian Coalition.
You can’t make this stuff up. Although, if you’re Mathur, you can make it up and get paid for it.
Instructor, Irvine Valley College
[Tonkovich is a close friend of Red Emma’s. The two are, so close in fact, that some speculate that they’re the same guy.
Tonkovich’s public criticisms were followed by a decision, by the dean of IVC’s School of Humanities and Languages, Howard Gensler, to dispense with T's services.
Later, when a full-time teaching job opened at Saddleback College, Tonkovich was, according to the contract, entitled to an interview, owing to his long-time service at IVC. Nevertheless, he was not invited for an interview. The error was acknowledged by the district, which, nevertheless, did nothing to correct the situation.]