Citizens' Oversight Committee Minutes
LOS ANGELES HARBOR COLLEGE
CITIZEN’S OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
March 8, 2010
President’s Conference Room
Attending: Co-chairs: Dr. L. Spink, Dr. L. Nelms
N. Carson, J. Naranjo
Absent: D. Ethington, J. Valle, J. Sturm, J. Schafer
Resources: T. Johns
Meeting called to order at 4:47pm by Dr. L. Nelms, Chair, with no quorum.
Agenda accepted by consensus.
I. Public Comment Time
II. Review of Minutes of 12/7/09
Minutes not approved due to lack of quorum.
III. Update on Construction
T. Johns distributed and discussed the Project Schedule & Cost Projection Report and Project Financial Report. He also distributed an aerial photo of Harbor College and did a slide presentation of the Construction.
1.SAILS (Student Union, Astronomy, Infrastructure, Landscaping, and Security).
L. Spink explained that the College has combined several projects together as SAILS because these construction projects are located in the center of campus and all affect each other. It was decided that it was ideal for one contractor to be in charge of this project. This will be a design-build project.
First Floor: Business Office, Bookstore, Food Court with two vendors: our students (who will provide food and baked goods) and an outside vendor. There will be a small coffee shop outside the bookstore operated by the bookstore. 200 seats inside and 100 seats outside for eating. Vendor can be open during the weekend for events such as softball or swap meet. Window will accommodate weekend customers.
Second Floor: ASO, Culinary Arts, Kitchen
Third Floor: Culinary Arts, Kitchen, Conference Room that holds 300 and is divisible into three 100 person rooms, but also can accommodate 500 seated.
The opening will take place on May 5, 2010 and that there will be a groundbreaking for science and the library. It had been intended that the PE/Wellness was would be used by the public however it is clear there will be restricted hours available for classes.
3. Parking Lot & Photovoltaic Array
An agreement between LACCD and DWP will hopefully presented to the Board shortly. Financing still has to be worked out.
At the opening of the CDC the children made 4x4" tiles with their handprints to be installed by the front door of the building. Attendees at the CDC Opening received a tile with a child’s handprint.
5. Science Complex
L. Spink commented that they plan to have a groundbreaking for the Science Building. Fencing will be put up shortly for the Science Complex.
6. Parking Structure
The Parking Structure is the first design- build project out of DSA in the District; it will hold 961 cars. T. Johns described the layout of the structure, including that there will be an electronic sign at the entrance to indicate where and how many spaces are available. L. Spink also commented that there will be no parking across the street after the West Parking Structure is completed.
7. Library and Learning Resource Center
The fencing will go up sometime in April or May. It still needs to be determined whether or not to do a ground breaking.
8. Campus Marquee
Will go to DSA next month. The zoning issue has been resolved.
9. Job Placement and Data Center (Old Administration Building)
This project is a design-build project. Three finalists have been selected and they will do presentations on April 13th to user groups for the renovation of the building.
10.Potential Land Swap
Different options will be presented to the Board of Trustees regarding any land opportunities on a location for a new building for the HTPA.
To accommodate DSPS and the Health Center, T. Johns remarked that part of the solution is the build another building while staying under budget. DSPS
and Health Center will be near the PE/Wellness building in their own building.
L. Nelms asked if the District has an approved list of trees. L. Spink answered
that the District does not but that the Campus Master Plan does. N. Carson stated that she would like a copy of the Landscape Master Plan for the next meeting. L. Nelms commented that it seems that everything is moving along.
IV. Budget/Financials Review
T. Johns reviewed the financials distributed. He observed from a financial standpoint, we are doing well but that from a scheduling standpoint, we are slightly behind, by perhaps several months. Discussion ensued about processes.
V. College Priorities Meeting
The College Priorities Meeting with CPC was held and priorities reaffirmed.
VI. District Oversight Committee Report
N. Carson commented that the DCOC was a frustrating meeting because the Vandekamp Group took over the meeting and had their speakers with the message that these buildings are here and you are giving them to other people. Sen. Polanco was present at the meeting and said that he wants a nursing program there. N. Carson stated that the bottom line is that they were unhappy because the buildings weren’t being used how they wanted. City College has given the buildings over to the District because they can’t afford to maintain them. They have five year leases out to LAUSD for a high school, One-Stop, and other things.
N. Carson mentioned that the Committee responded that that it is not the role of this committee to determine what goes into the buildings.
VII. Items From The Floor
L. Spink commented that she did a presentation at a high school for LAUSD. L. Spink mentioned that L. Del Cueto wanted to contribute money from Measure Q and that LAUSD wants to put up a permanent high school, similar to LA Southwest College. The site we are giving them is currently where the racquetball and tennis courts are located. The committee was reminded taht in the past LAUSD has been given the chance to build over the year, first at the site of the College's new PE/Wellness center and second at the current site. The College is in the process of working with Legal Counsel. L. Spink also mentioned that the College purchased the bathrooms from the site of the Classroom Village before having the temporary classrooms removed;
LAUSD has indicated interest in buying the bathrooms from us.
LA Times Article
L. Spink brought up the potential LA Times article. She commented that the Board of Trustees has hired an outside firm to investigate several aspects of the Bond management. The firm will present their findings to a Committee of the Whole.
The Board of Trustees is hiring an Inspector General and this person will oversee the Bond and report to the Board - not Build-LACCD. This person will serve as a watchdog for the Board. Funded through three Bond measures. Day to day oversight is the responsibility of the Chancellor.
The Chancellor will hire a third party firm to investigate any whistleblower complaints.
N. Carson suggested an edit to the Science Complex portion on the 12/7/09 minutes regarding the wind turbines. L. Spink mentioned that the minutes were not approved so they can be changed.
Meeting adjourned at 5:50pm.
The next Oversight Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday June 1, 2010 at 4:30pm in SSA 214.