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District Seeks Additional Volunteers for Citizens’ Oversight Committees

25 October 2019

The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is seeking district residents to serve on its Measure G Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and the Measure E Citizens’ Parcel Tax Oversight Committee.

During the election of Nov. 2018, Northern Alameda County voters overwhelmingly approved Measure G, the District’s $800 million bond proposal to facilitate improvements to facilities and new construction. Voters also approved Measure E, extending the current $48 per parcel tax to supplement funding for core academic programs at the Peralta Colleges, which include Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland.

The District is indebted to the community for its support and grateful for continued confidence and trust in our mission to provide accessible, high-quality higher education, career training and work force development.

The Peralta Community College District is committed to responsible stewardship of all bond and parcel tax funds. Measures G and E adhere to all accountability standards governing the management of these programs. Two separate Citizens’ Oversight Committees, comprised of members of the community, will provide bond and parcel tax oversight, reviewing all expenditures to ensure alignment with the ballot text.

Open recruitment for the two new oversight committees took place earlier this year. That recruitment period resulted in the Board of Trustees selecting the first cohort of members to each committee at their September 22, 2019 meeting. But additional members are needed for each committee so the Trustees voted to re-open the application period.

Pursuant to state law and the Bond Measures Oversight Committee Bylaws, the Bond Committee shall have at least seven members.  The members of the Committee need to include one member who represents each of five categories as well as two at-large members. As of today, October 25, 2019, we have 7 total members (the minimum required) but are missing representation from one of the five categories: a Community College Supporter (Advisory Council or Foundation). So we need one (1) more member for this committee filling that Community College Supporter role.

The Parcel Tax Measures Oversight Committee Bylaws indicate that the Committee is to consist of at least seven members.  The Trustees appointed five (5) members at their September 22 meeting so we need two (2) more members for this committee.  These are all at large memberships with no specific representation required.  

If you know of any individuals that might be interested in serving on either committee, please encourage them to apply. The application for the Bond Measures Oversight Committee is available here.  The application for the Parcel Tax Measures Oversight Committee is available here. To apply, please fill out the application and email to Ms. Brenda Martinez, Assistant to the Chancellor and Board Clerk, at bmartinez@peralta.edu.

Candidates appointed to the independent, volunteer oversight committees review and report to the public on the District’s bond and parcel tax expenditures, respectively. Applicants must reside in the District’s service area, which includes the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont. Applicants may not be an employee, contractor, consultant or vendor of the District. Deadline for application submission is December 1, 2019.

Additional information and applications to serve on a committee may be found online at: https://web.peralta.edu/bond-reports/

With the passage of the bond issue, the District will address several priorities over the next five-to-seven years. Many new facilities will be built or refurbished, including a new library at Laney College and a new child development center at Merritt College.

About the Peralta Community College District

Founded in 1964, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is a collaborative community of colleges comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, Calif. The Peralta Colleges provide a dynamic multicultural learning environment offering accessible, high-quality educational programs and services, including two-year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs, to more than 30,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast ch. 27/28, AT&T ch. 99) and public radio KGPC 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu

 

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