Citizens' Oversight Committee Minutes
LOS ANGELES HARBOR COLLEGE
CITIZEN’S OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
December 7, 2009
President’s Conference Room
Attending: Co-chairs: Dr. L. Spink, Dr. L. Nelms
J. Valle, N. Carson, J. Sturm, J. Schafer, J. Naranjo
Absent: D. Ethington
Resources: M. Bishop, T. Johns
Meeting called to order at 4:37pm by Dr. L. Nelms, Chair
Agenda accepted by consensus with additions made by L. Spink.
I. Public Comment Time
L. Spink introduced T. Johns. M. Bishop made good bye remarks. L. Nelms remarked that he is proud of what we’ve accomplished, the transparency, and he takes pride of what’s been done.
II. Review of Minutes of 9/21/09
Approved by consensus with correction: J. Strum did attend on 9/21/09.
III. Update on Construction
M. Bishop distributed and discussed the Project Schedule and Project Financial Report.
1.Northeast Academic Hall
M. Bishop discussed the NEAH Enhancement project designed to improve access for the disabled to the building. Plans Review Board wants it submitted as a package. DSA approved items are small.
2.Technology Building Enhancement Project. An agreement with the design consultant was reached to move forward on non DSA approval items. Same as NEA Enhancement project.
3.Child Development Center
Ribbon cutting is Dec. 17th, 2009.
M. Bishop presented Bond Activity Report. Bishop stated that the CDC is nearing completion: there are mats under the play equipment and furniture is starting to be placed.
On Figueroa Place, concrete for parking lot has been poured since 12/1/09 for the Fire Dept’s heavy vehicles -- not asphalt
Gym striping has been done for basketball, volleyball, and badminton.
L. Spink expressed regret that the second gym was cut due to budget.
J. Sturm mentioned that the gym floor will be polished. M. Bishop commented that the showers are ceramic tile. N. Carson commented that the old gym is being demolished. LAUSD asked if they could buy the old gym but they were turned down.
M. Bishop mentioned that 2 ¼ megawatts of power will be generated. The 1st megawatt system is ready to turn on but is awaiting DWP approval. 2nd megawatt still doing wiring on it but should be able to operate by mid-January if DWP finishes the expansion. L. Spink explained that DWP must expand their substation first. M. Bishop said that only one megawatt is able to be accepted now and that the system must be able to accept two. L. Nelms asked who is responsible for maintenance. L. Spink explained that maintenance is in the Chevron contract. L. Nelms was concerned about graffiti. L. Spink mentioned that the graffiti gets painted over. Regarding the panels, M. Bishop added that at the FMO warehouse, they have a palette of extra panels for replacement purposes that can take impact. L. Spink mentioned that impact was important due to the driving range and softballs. M. Bishop added that these are high-efficiency panels. L. Spink commented that it was hoped to flip the switch in February.
M. Bishop mentioned that the solar panels on the building are louvers and shading devices and there are exterior shade devices along the building as well.
L. Spink: there are three standalone parts to building with solar panels and wind generators on the roof.
The final fly through was shown to the Board of Trustees on 11/4/09.
There are four Lecture halls and two changeable halls with 125 seats.
HGA (architect) and Pinner Construction are partnering in this Design-Build project. The total budget is $62 Million with the construction budget at $48 million.
L. Spink commented that this is the first three story building on campus and it is the largest building.
There is a solar lab on the rooftop for the students to learn about solar energy. There are also three wind turbines which were selected because these kinds of turbines do not harm the birds.
J. Schafer mentioned that maintenance is an issue.
M. Bishop commented that this project has completed of schematic design and is now into design development phase. The budget is $34 million with $24 million as the construction cost.
M. Bishop mentioned that the exterior of the building has the same color pallet as the other new buildings.
L. Spink commented that it has a periodical reading room which is a bright sunny room to read in and overlooks the entire campus.
There is a solar array on building with louvers to filter light.
M. Bishop mentioned that it is ready to go to bid now that the fire alarm has been
permitted by DSA.
The West Parking Structure will have a solar array on top of the roof and will accommodate 961 cars. Harbor College will be able to accommodate over 2000 cars on campus when it is finished.
M. Bishop mentioned that this design build project has been in DSA for two months now. He also commented that the Memorandum of Understanding will take 11 weeks to review.
L. Spink is hoping to break ground in mid- spring.
J. Schafer inquired on how to pay for parking. M. Bishop answered that one would park and then get ticket and not pay at gate or have a student pass.
M. Bishop explained that the Marquee Sign is being renovated. It will have metal panels and a digital sign for the walking public.
L. Spink commented that T. Johns and M. Bishop are beginning to focus on the project and that they are looking at completing the east end of campus.
11.Potential Land Swap
L. Spink commented that nothing has changed regarding the potential land swap. L. Spink believes that the College has the budget now and that the contract with Recs & Park will likely take two years.
12.City of Los Angeles WorkSource/One-Stop Center
The One-Stop Center is housed in a temporary trailer by the bungalows and will move in mid- January.
T. Johns: The Student Union project is the biggest challenge ahead and will require 5-6 contractors. The Student Union package will be a design build project and will be coordinated by one firm. This $80 million project will likely bring in bigger contractors with more resources. The goal is to have this under contract by July. L. Spink is worried that the budget for the Student Union would get reduced too much if we wait too long and wants it under contract before she leaves.
14.Master Plan Video
L. Nelms mentioned that he would like a master plan graphic with what was there, what is, what will be.
M. Bishop commented that there are only 7 old buildings left and 10 new ones.
J. Schaffer mentioned that Trade Tech produced a video that shows history of buildings with the old building fading into the new building. The video also includes testimonials.
L. Spink suggested that MWW likely did this project.
IV. Budget/Financials Review
Bishop distributed project financial report (2 pages)
Bishop likely need to add $ for student union. Over two years, ideas change
V. College Priorities Meeting
L. Spink: It was suggested that the Student Union have three 100 person conference rooms that can turn into one 300 person conference room usable by the community.
J. Schaffer commented that if you have it on campus, make sure campus resources are used. L. Spink mentioned that Culinary Arts would provide food services.
It was mentioned that L. Del Cueto stated that parents are starting to protest and demand a new building. L. Spink replied that over the past nine years Harbor College had made several offers but nothing was settled upon. Harbor College had offered the tennis courts (but now Arcadis is there), the space next to the nursing building (but now One-Stop is there) and asked then to build the PE/Wellness gym together.
L. Nelms commented that Measure Q passed.
L. Spink said that only logical place left for them is the request the construction as joint use.
Modernization of Old Administration Building
M. Bishop: Will release it as a Design Build project soon.
M. Bishop suggested that some of the land west of FMO could be used to build the high school there next to parking lot and play fields. It was stated this would isolate the High School too much from the College.
T. Johns: D. Hart is doing the criteria and should have it ready by February. T. Johns would like the selection by April, and have Board approval by June.
L. Spink would like it locked in place before she leaves.
VI. District Oversight Committee Report
N. Carson reported that the District Oversight Committee won’t meet until the following week.
VII. Items From The Floor
J. Schafer asked about the LA Times story and L. Spink responded that the LA Times story hasn’t been published yet and that some are beginning to wonder if it will be published.
Meeting adjourned at 6:30pm.
The next Oversight Committee meeting will take place Monday March 8, 2010 at 4:30pm in SSA 214.