As Chancellor Gary Poertner so helpfully reminded us today, there's a "Board Meeting and Audience Sleep Study" Monday night (the 5th; 6:00 p.m.) and the agenda is available here (click on "current agenda").
That means that some of you need to bring your CPAPs. The rest of you need to get some NoDoz.
It's December, and so it's time for the board's yearly "organizational meeting":
Nancy Padberg has served as board President during the past year. Maybe she wants another year? Dunno. Who would want such a job?
These days, the board seems in no mood to pursue crazy, "red meat," right-wing initiatives, and that's great. On the other hand, last meeting, Tom "red meat" Fuentes showed up to suggest, with his penultimate breaths—to "those wonderful people out there in the dark"—that he's still on the job—but (he added) things have taken a turn for the worse in recent months, district-wise and precipice-wise, and so the SOCCCD is headed for a fall to the bottom of Shit Canyon.
Maybe Fuentes sees himself as Puff the Right-Wing Dragon, slippin' sadly into his cave, oh. (Not sure who "Little Jackie Paper" is supposed to be. Sanity, maybe.)
I think Tom was sending evil vibes Gary's way when he said all that. When the noisy Mr. Wagner left (a year ago!) and Fuentes became a mere board pen pal (since March), a shift occurred, but I'm not sure exactly how to characterize it, not in any particular way. Maybe it's just the board decision to pursue ATEP, that infinite black hole? Not sure. Or maybe it's the board's failure to cancel the Humanities and to turn the colleges into trade schools and leased pumpkin paper patches.
So, on the board, things are lots better than they used to be, owing to the absence of coherent right-wing leadership. But I'm not saying this board is particularly "with clue." For instance, I don't suppose any of 'em have heard our endless fricking caterwauling about IVC VPI Craig Justice.
"Who's that?" they'll say.
Good Lord. They show up once a month, in a daze, recognizing the flags and velvet of the Ronnie Reagan room but oblivious to all else. Then they make those $half-billion-per-year decisions.
Moving on: the board's "discussion item" concerns ATEP:
Here's a peculiar general action item that also concerns ATEP:
I suppose there'll be presentations regarding items 7.1 and 7.2: the SLO fiasco. Good Lord.