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This is an excellent report. The San Diego community colleges are not the only local community colleges to suffer from mismanagement and scandals. Here in No County both of ours (Mira Costa and Palomar) have had their share of scandals and firings in recent years. The situation with Mira Costa is really hard to fathom in that it is the richest such college in the county. Then there was Southwestern which was part of the So County scandals, prosecutions, jail sentences, etc. about five years ago. So, this sort of thing seems to be the norm nowadays in the community colleges.

If you think that auditors, the people who sell themselves to the world as a bulwark against fraud and mismanagement, really dig deep enough to find the evidence of crooks at work, think again. The Enron mess of a couple decades ago was enabled by one of the "most respected" audit firms in the world, Arthur Anderson. Who knows how much worse the picture really is?

Today these community college district boards are filled with well-meaning folks who are unfortunately in over their heads. And I mean really over their heads on the day they arrive and still over their heads the day they depart. The usual approach is to hire a dictatorial career administrator to run things, and let her/him run amok until the abuses just get too blatant to ignore. They they "fire" (with a fat severance package) the supe and hire another one of the same kind.

What Joe describes here borders or crosses the line into fraud. And where is our DA in all this? Well, yesterday she had a showy gathering in E County to announce another step to be taken to prevent and detect sex and other human trafficking. That crime cluster seems to be her cause du jour every day. Does she ever mention rooting out local corruption and fraud by office holders? Not that I ever recall. Does that mean there is none? uh, no it means no such thing. The crooks are busily at work ripping off the county, the cities, and other districts with no real fear of detection, let alone prosecution.

Jan. 30, 2020

According to Transparent California Community College Chancellor Constance Carrol earned pay and benefits totaling $417,208.42 in 2018, the latest records available on the website. That’s nearly $35,000 a month, more than $1500 for the 22 working days each month.
City College President Ricky Shabazz earned nearly $280,000 in pay and benefits for the same year. In facts if you examine the BLOATED LAYERS of management, none of which actually teach any students, then see their individual pay and benefits totals you will be shocked. Take a look at the 2018 salary records here: https://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2018/san-diego-community-college-district/

Yet, as Swell points out, the solution to the districts financial problems is to CRUSH the staff having the biggest positive impact on the student.

I’m just wondering what’s wrong with these so called educators?

Jan. 30, 2020

It is always about cheap labor. Cheap labor is an investment in future poverty.

Jan. 30, 2020

Seems like everyone will have to make sacrifices. Except management, of course.

Jan. 29, 2020

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