The Desert Sun 2/15 – COD investigation finds Trustee Rubén Pérez violated ethics rules; board issues warning

Outside attorney found Pérez campaigned during classroom appearance, made divisive comments at board meeting A divided College of the Desert Board of Trustees voted Thursday to issue a warning to Trustee Rubén Pérez, finding that he inappropriately used a classroom appearance to campaign for his own re-election and, on another occasion, made disrespectful comments about…

UKEN REPORT 2/15 – COD TRUSTEE AREA 1 RUBÉN ARÍAZTLÁN PÉREZ FORMALLY WARNED ABOUT ACTIONS

PALM DESERT — Following a third-party investigation, College of the Desert Board of Trustees voted 4-2 to formally warn Area 1 Trustee Rubén AríAztlán Pérez about his past actions and words. Moreover, the entire board was put on notice about treating colleagues with respect. “As board chair, I will be asking President Hope to schedule…

KESQ 1/26 – City Council gets a look at new progress on College of the Desert Palm Springs campus

The Palm Springs City Council received an update Thursday night on the status of the long-awaited College of the Desert campus in Palm Springs. Interim Superintendent/President Laura Hope and Director of Education Center – West Valley Dr. Scott Adkins led a presentation, which featured the most updated construction renderings of the campus that is set to…

The Desert Sun 1/26 – College of the Desert president ‘very’ confident Palm Springs campus will open in 2027

When College of The Desert’s president was asked by Palm Springs’ mayor Thursday how confident she was the long-delayed Palm Springs campus will open in 2027 as scheduled, she replied with one word. “Very,” said Laura Hope, the interim president and superintendent, who started at the school last year. Hope provided that timeline near the…

College of the Desert Trustee Bea Gonzalez consistently votes against funding for the West Valley Campus. Students are now speaking out, asking why she is blocking their education.

West Valley students, which includes Desert Hot Springs. Palm Springs, Cathedral City and the surrounding areas were promised a COD campus nearly 20 years ago. What they have today are a couple of trailers, which occasionally offer a class or two. Students without their own transportation often spend over 1.5 hours commuting by bus to the…

UKEN REPORT 12/4 – ROADRUNNER MOTORS PROGRAM ADVANCES IN CC

COLLEGE OF THE DESERT ROADRUNNER MOTORS PROGRAM EXPECTS TO SERVE 8,379 FULL, PART-TIME LOW-INCOME STUDENTS OVER 7-YEAR PERIOD CATHEDRAL CITY — What former College of the Desert President Martha Garcia attempted to do in October 2021 with a single news release has failed miserably.  Garcia attempted to move the Roadrunner Motors program, which consists of…

10/2 – Special to the Desert Sun – Ron Oden: ‘Our dreams will be realized with COD’s West Valley plans’ (subscribers only)

To summarize, Ron Oden has pledged to be a watch dog as a COD trustee and a member of our shared desert community, for our upcoming West Valley campus projects. Excerted from Ron Oden: If you take away a young person’s education, you take away an important asset that will shape their future – an…

Palm Springs Post – New leadership brings renewed optimism to College of the Desert West Valley projects

New members of the College of the Desert (COD) administration brought renewed optimism to a community event held here Wednesday evening. In May, Oden was sworn into the role to fill the vacancy left by Fred Jandt, who resigned earlier this year due to health concerns. Another new face joined him: Laura Hope, serving as…

TRUSTEE BEA GONZALEZ HAS PROVED AGAIN THAT SHE HAS NO INTENTION OF WORKING FOR THE STUDENTS OR FOR THE BETTERMENT OF COD

Just when we thought replacing two members of the COD Board of Trustee’s with two qualified and professional members (Trustee Joel Kinnamon and Trustee Ron Oden) would help the majority of the Board eliminate the questionable and in some cases unethical behavior – we were again proven wrong. Trustee Bea Gonzalez, unable to accept the…