College of the Desert Is Wasting Your Money.

  • It takes COD students four years to earn a two-year degree.
  • For too many years, COD leadership has promised solutions, but the solutions never come.
  • In both 2004 and 2016, Desert Community College District voters approved $947 million in bonds to build and improve COD campuses in the Coachella Valley.
  • COD leaders promised a new Palm Springs campus would open in 2022.  This project has been abandoned.
  • COD leaders promised the new Roadrunner Auto Tech School in Cathedral City.  This project has been cancelled.
  • Needed Mecca campus improvements have been abandoned.
  • COD’s focus and our resources to new plans for a Coachella campus – with no public input!

Who is to blame?

  • New COD President Martha Garcia and the new leadership of the COD Board of Trustees have broken the promises made to Coachella Valley voters, taxpayers and students.
  • COD leaders have thrown away up to $60 Million on these cancelled projects – with NO accountability.
  • Coachella Valley students have lost essential education assets and opportunities.
  • Community College District taxpayers continue paying to support these misused COD bonds.

What is the solution?

  • Stop the COD Trustees and President Garcia from using COD as their political hostage.
  • Demand accountability of our COD leaders.
  • Make COD leaders reveal what they have done with the millions they have wasted and the millions they are shifting to pet projects to buy political power.
  • Replace the COD Trustees and President Garcia with leaders who respect the needs of our students and the trust taxpayers have placed in COD.
  • Restore COD as an essential educational asset in the Coachella Valley and our local economy.

Let your voice be heard!

Join Promises Made – Promises Broken, a coalition of Coachella Valley students and taxpayers fed up with the failures of COD leadership.

In the News

  • Desert Sun 9/16 – COD Board receives in-depth update on Palm Springs campus; opening slated for 2026
    College of the Desert administrators, consultants, architects and planners provided a robust report on the planned Palm Springs campus to the college’s Board of Trustees on Thursday in a marathon session stretching six hours and including dozens of public comments.  The college estimates that schematic designs for the new plans will be completed in January 2023 and construction will be completed in August 2026. Read full article here
  • Palm Springs Post 9/16 – Leading off: Marathon meeting more informative than combative
    The news: Roughly 30 taxpayers, civic leaders, and representatives of the tourism and hospitality industries spoke in person or via Zoom during a regular meeting of the COD Board of Trustees, sticking tight to recent demands that college officials approve building a version of the college that was touted as far back as 2004. Read full article here

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