EDITORIAL : 3 FOR COLLEGE BOARD.THE Los Angeles Community College District The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is the community college district serving Los Angeles, California and some of its neighboring cities. In addition to typical college aged students, the LACCD also serves adults of all ages. generally has low-profile elections for its board of trustees board of trustees Politics The posse of thugs who oversee an institution's administration. See Board of directors. , but they deserve more attention - especially after last year's benefit assessment tax debacle.
Three of the seven seats on the board of trustees will be on the April 8 ballot. All three will be selected at large, which means voters in every area of the college district may vote for all three seats.
The Daily News Editorial Board makes the following endorsements:
Office No. 2: Elizabeth Garfield.
Garfield, who is seeking a second term, has been a capable trustee and deserves to be re-elected. She has represented students and taxpayers well.
Garfield opposed the district's ill-advised attempt to raise property taxes without going to voters. A labor lawyer, she understands the importance of following a process that respects the voters and taxpayers. At the same time, she is aware of the educational needs of the district and also conversant CONVERSANT. One who is in the habit of being in a particular place, is said to be conversant there. Barnes, 162. with the financial constraints it faces.
She has two challengers: Charles Bergson, a civil engineer, and Andrew Kim, a lawyer.
Bergson wants to reverse the district's declining enrollment by opening admissions to undocumented immigrants. No doubt he is committed to making the district better, but his focus is limited.
Kim is dedicated to restoring a quality education but is short of specifics.
In this election, we think Garfield's experience is worth retaining.
Office No. 4: Marilyn Grunwald.
Grunwald, a small-business woman in the east San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. , offers clear thinking and a strong, independent voice for community colleges. She attended Valley College and has a proven record of community involvement, including homeowners organizations, business and education activities.
We believe Grunwald would be an effective trustee with a commitment to listening more closely to the community and taxpayers, and making decisions based on what's best to meet the needs of students and their future employers. She also would insist on more businesslike busi·ness·like
1. Showing or having characteristics advantageous to or of use in business; methodical and systematic.
2. Purposeful; earnest.
3. budgeting and spending by the district.
Another excellent candidate is Patrick K. Prinster, a lawyer, professor of business law and businessman. Prinster has the polish, the background and the political savvy to work effectively as a force for change among a clique (mathematics) clique - A maximal totally connected subgraph. Given a graph with nodes N, a clique C is a subset of N where every node in C is directly connected to every other node in C (i.e. C is totally connected), and C contains all such nodes (C is maximal). of insiders. But our nod goes to Grunwald for her grasp of issues based on her record of community accomplishments.
In terms of endorsements from political insiders, the front-runner in this race is Kelly Candaele, a community college teacher and union organizer A union organizer (sometimes spelled "organiser") is a specific type of trade union member (often elected) or an appointed union official. A majority of unions appoint rather than elect their organizers. . Although he is an articulate voice for community colleges, he is too much of an insider to be a forceful voice for real change.
Two other candidates in this race are Ross Moen, a police lieutenant currently working on a high-profile homicide case, and Richard Yanez, a children's social worker. Neither accepted our invitations to present their ideas about improving the district.
Office No. 6: Nancy Pearlman.
Pearlman, a community college teacher, is one of three challengers seeking to unseat incumbent Althea Baker, who is running for re-election.
Baker, who has been on the board for eight years, displayed an arrogant and imprudent im·pru·dent
Unwise or indiscreet; not prudent.
im·prudent·ly adv. attitude toward taxpayers and voters last year as one of the four trustees who pushed for the assessment district without a public vote.
Pearlman has the drive and determination to raise academic standards and lead the district to reduce administrative costs administrative costs,
n.pl the overhead expenses incurred in the operation of a dental benefits program, excluding costs of dental services provided. . She offers refreshing energy for change, and seems to have the ability to get things done - which she did as a highly ranked distance runner distance runner
A runner who competes in distance races. , and in her enterprising en·ter·pris·ing
Showing initiative and willingness to undertake new projects: The enterprising children opened a lemonade stand. efforts to start and operate an information center about the environment.
An outstanding alternate choice is Woodland Hills businessman Stephen C. Brecht, an estate planner Estate Planner, a professional that creates an estate plan. This professional works with an estate owner to maximize their goals. This is a legal and tax specialty for an attorney or an accountant. and author who formerly was a university administrator and a businessman.
Brecht is intelligent, and he shares our strong distaste for the property assessment fiasco and the district's poor stewardship of public resources. But we fear that his effectiveness on the board of trustees could be muted by his being too much of a hard-nosed critic, possibly hindering a positive orientation for change that Pearlman has in abundance.
The final candidate, Eli Green, did not present evidence of a serious campaign for trustee.