As for the election, one sign of its outcome may be the financial contributions raised by both sides. By September 30, the Friends and Neighbors of Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges PAC had raised $37,377. However, in an ironic twist, the PAC endorsing the challengers, Citizens for Educational Responsibility, has raised $43,673, most of it from Grossmont College professors. And that does not include $16,000 that United Faculty, the faculty union, has recently voted to give the challengers' PAC. Most Cuyamaca faculty resented their union dues going against their interests. "United Faculty," says my Cuyamaca source, "does not unite; it is dividing the two campuses."
On Monday, Deanna Weeks finally spoke up, e-mailing Grossmont's and Cuyamaca's faculty and staff. "I am appalled by the actions taken by Chancellor Suarez concerning his contract. I want a full and immediate investigation. The investigation needs to be by an independent entity with no involvement or participation by the chancellor. He can direct Vice Chancellor [Jim] Austin to see that it gets done.... I want the results of the investigation placed on the November [after the election] governing board agenda, closed session, as required by law, and the board will take appropriate action at that time."