LACCD terminates Mission College project manager

By Brian Villalba Accusations of billing fraud and violations of California Law led to the termination of Los Angeles Mission College Project Manager Nick Quintanilla. More than $600,000, in one instance, was awarded to fictitious businesses owned by Quintanilla. Los Angeles Community College District took steps to mitigate the loss of taxpayer bond funds that included voiding of contracts, termination of Quintanilla and the suggestion of submit evidence to the…

February 13, 2013

Winter registration begins early for Elans

By Juan Lepe   Students of East Los Angeles College stood in line outside the main admission office last Wednesday to register for the upcoming winter session 2013. The students’ enthusiasm quickly turned to frustration, when they found out that their first and second choices were already full and closed by 12:30 pm. Students received an email with a registration appointment date and time, from Nov. 14 to 16. Students…

November 26, 2012

East Los Angeles College’s E1, G1 buildings left uncertified

District to vote to approve further projects despite concerns   By Brian Villalba The LACCD Board of Trustees will vote today to approve the DLR Group for architectural design despite the fact that DLR Group has produced two buildings at ELAC that the California Division of State Architect did not certify as safe, E1 and G1. The Administration and Student Services buildings at East Los Angeles College are potentially unsafe…

November 7, 2012

ELAC plans to cap winter, summer units

By Jair Fuentes Recent changes at East Los Angeles College have been affecting students, and now a unit limitation requirement may affect winter and summer sessions. With budget cuts already eliminating programs and cutting classes, students’ schedules have not been exactly what they expected. A pending revision to the Los Angeles Community College District Board Rule 8603 states that students are allowed to register district-wide for up to nine units in…

October 3, 2012

Additional enrollment limitations to hit California’s community colleges

By Megan Perry The Board of Governors approved new Title 5 regulations, which will establish another restriction for students’ enrollment priority at California’s community colleges. Students will now face another limitation on enrollment priorities, along with the budget cuts and the three-attempt rule. The Board of Governors said they adopted the new regulations as a means to improve student success. One component of the Board of Governors’ adopted  regulations is that continuing…

September 27, 2012

ELAC’s interim president faces large budget deficit

By Brian Villalba   New interim president, Farley Herzek, was selected from a number of candidates to take on East Los Angeles College during a financial crisis. Herzek was among the candidates considered for the permanent ELAC president position.  “Being the interim president gives the board of trustees the ability to see how I perform,” Herzek said. Herzek begins his term as interim president with 32 years of experience in…

September 14, 2012

Don’t protest if you don’t vote

By Brian Villalba If you don’t vote you are telling the government you don’t care because everything is going perfectly.  Clearly things are far from perfect, but some of us seem to not care.  If you consider yourself a political activist and you are not registered to vote, then can you really still consider yourself a political activist? To vote is to participate in government. That is one way that…

May 2, 2012

Decision to debar contractor for five years from LACCD projects overruled

By Freddy Monares The decision to debar FTR International from performing work on any of the schools in the Los Angeles Community College District for five years was overruled by the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles on Mar. 3. Honorable Judge Jane Johnson ruled that the board did not have proper evidence to support their claims against FTR and did not allow due process when debarring FTR. Due…

March 28, 2012

Unit limitation gives students wake up call

By Edgar Lopez There were nearly 70 students in a biology class with the majority  trying to add. How many precious spots were open for the instructor to add? Five. It’s the same old story. Students need classes, students get rejected, teachers feel bad. Well, there’s a new page-turning twist and a good one. Although the LACCD will not be enforcing this new rule until the summer, students can still lose their…

February 29, 2012

East L.A. College stands to lose $4 million

By Vivian Ramirez The state Executive Committee of the District Budget Committee (ECDBC) is currently drafting a new allocation formula for the distribution of funds to the Los Angeles Community College District that would cost ELAC an estimated $4 million. The District Budget Committee (DBC) oversees the development of the district’s budgets, makes recommendations to the budget and monitors college debt and attempts to reduce it.  Currently, the allocation model…

February 29, 2012