UKEN REPORT 8/16 – WHO WILL REPLACE FORMER TRUSTEE FRED JANDT ON CENSURE PANEL?

An effort to censure Area 1 Trustee Rubén Pérez ignited in January and quickly fizzled out when former Trustee Fred Jandt resigned for health reasons. But a few embers remained, and trustees are poised to stir them when trustees meet in regular session Friday. In response to written complaints against Pérez, alleging violations of Code…

Desert Sun 7/23 – Palm Springs is an oasis for tourists, but not for the area’s majority low-income students

By providing access to higher education across the valley, primarily in Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs and Rancho Mirage, that focus on our local industries, we can provide better-paying jobs, services and taxes to our cities.. Part of the problem is a lack of exposure to higher education. Although Cal State San Bernardino…

The Desert Sun 7/21 – COD trustee files complaint with DA alleging use of school resources to influence election

An attorney for College of the Desert Trustee Joel Kinnamon has filed a complaint asking the Riverside County District Attorney to prosecute the college’s former president and the trustee who Kinnamon unseated in last year’s election over what the attorney says were illegal efforts to support the trustee’s campaign and harm Kinnamon’s. Full article here

KESQ 7/20 – COD trustee calls for criminal investigation into illegal use of college resources to impact election

College of the Desert (COD) Trustee Dr. Joel Kinnamon is pursuing a criminal investigation against his former opponent, the college’s former president, and its former attorney – alleging illegal use of college resources to negatively impact his campaign during last fall’s trustee election. After defeating Aurora Wilson in the Area 4 trustee election, Kinnamon said…

Bea Gonzalez blocks building the West Valley COD Campus.  Why?

Bea Gonzalez says, “It’s good for me.” Shame on her! The victims are students who desperately need educational opportunities. Shame on you Bea Gonzalez for failing to represent the needs of your constituents.  Join other taxpayers and college students and voice your concerns by contacting Bea Gonzalez’s office at 760-773-2500 or email her at bgonzalez@collegeofthedesert.edu. https://youtu.be/nw86hXTbt8U

The Desert Sun 6/15 – College of the Desert names new interim leader from Inland Empire’s Chaffey College

The College of the Desert Board of Trustees has named Laura Hope of Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga as COD’s interim superintendent/president effective July 1, pending an employment agreement. Hope was selected from four candidates that interviewed with the COD board at a meeting behind closed doors earlier in June, Board Chair Bonnie Stefan announced Thursday….

Palm Springs Post 6/14 – COD Palm Springs campus inches forward after review of revised plans aimed at addressing public concerns

Some of the biggest changes reflect concerns city residents had raised about traffic at the main entrance off Farrell Drive. A slightly revised final version of the schematic designs for the College of the Desert’s Palm Springs campus was presented to the project management team in Palm Desert Wednesday morning, helping push forward a project…

KESQ 6/14 – College of the Desert to move into design development phase for Palm Springs campus

College of the Desert reached a new milestone in its long-awaited Palm Springs campus. On Wednesday, the College wrapped up its schematic design phase. It was the fourth public meeting of the project management team charged with expediting the completion of the schematic design plans for the campus.  The plans reflect the College’s vision and direction. The plans have been…

The Desert Sun 6/13 – COD could name an interim president as soon as Thursday. Here’s what we know

College of the Desert Superintendent/President Martha Garcia will resign from office at the end of the month to become the next president of Mt. San Antonio College, and the COD Board of Trustees will likely appoint her interim successor on Thursday. The meeting kicks off at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Palm Desert campus, and…