Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tomorrow's board meeting, part 3: Saddleback College to be rated "PG"

More on tomorrow's meeting of the SOCCCD Board of Trustees.

Captain Kangaroo College. Item 6.1 is a recommendation to broadcast (on Saddleback's Channel 39) only PG programming.

I’m guessing this has something to do with trustee Nancy Padberg’s request a few months ago for reports on the “Communication Arts and Film Program.” Here are the details:

Gosh, isn't PG the kind of rating you stick on, say, Captain Kangaroo? (Well, actually, PG is "Parental Guidance Suggested — Some material may not be suitable for children")

USING YOUR EARS TO SPEAK. Item 5.11 is approval for honoraria for invited Saddleback College speakers. All of 'em seem to be part of the "Distinguished Emeritus Guest Lecture Series." Check 'em out:

If I have some time later, I'll check out these speakers. "Using Your Ears to Think." "Free Wheel Chair Mission." Gosh.

UPDATE: So far, this crew checks out to be pretty impressive. It turns out that Dr. Olivieri is in the UCI drama department. I'm impressed. Dr. Priya Ranjan is an Associate Professor, Department of Economics, UC Irvine. His research concerns International Trade and Economic Development. Dr. Harrington, however, teaches at Patten University, in Oakland. That place looks a bit hinky, but that doesn't mean Harrington isn't good. Dr. Ian G. Harris is currently an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of California Irvine. Dr. Don Schoendorfer seems to have received significant recognition for his efforts at producing a cheap wheelchair. I've run out of time, but I've gotta say: so far, this appears to be an impressive list of speakers. I guess I should have more faith in people.

MYSTERY LEASE. Evidently, the district wants to scrape up some dough by leasing some of its property at or near Saddleback College. Item 5.13 concerns recent bidding and negotiations to get the lease. There's a highest bidder. The Chancellor recommends accepting that bid and leaving the details to him.

Yeah, but what are they leasing? Normally, we'd read "See exhibit A." This time, the agenda says "EXHIBIT A to be hand carried."

Don't you just love "open" government?

BECAUSE THEY'RE DEFIANT. Item 5.16 is an agreement for legal services with "Jones Day." It's for the "prayer" lawsuit. The hourly rate is $425. (Then there's "costs and expenses.") The district has already hired JD tentatively. This will make it official.


Anonymous said...

How about some competitive bidding on the legal representation? $425 an hour is absurd.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Channel 39 will be allowed to broadcast anything that mentions tea bags.

Anonymous said...

Channel 39 is a "cable channel" and therefore NOT subject to FCC regulations. So we have to impose our own?! And who is going to be the "rater" of the programming? Will they have to give Nancy a separate showing of everything that will air beforehand?

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