Sims says she’s running for college board seat – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Vallejo resident Karen Sims has announced her candidacy for the Solano Community College Governing Board representing Area 1.

Sims is seeking election this November to the seat held by Trustee Pam Keith.

In an exclusive interview with the Times-Herald on Monday, Keith confirmed she would not be running for re-election after serving 24 years on the board.

Source: Sims says she’s running for college board seat

Keith announces she will not seek re-election to college board – The Reporter

By John Glidden

After 24 years on the Solano Community College Governing Board, Trustee Pam Keith will not be running for re-election in November, she announced Monday.

“After a quarter of a century, it’s time for someone new to be on the board,” Keith said in an interview with the Times-Herald.

The longtime Vallejoan said she worked with a great set of trustees during her time on the board.

“It was a team effort,” Keith, 71, explained when asked if she got everything done that she wanted while on the board. “Nobody gets anything done by themselves.”

Keith said she has watched as the college’s main campus in Fairfield, along with centers in Vallejo and Vacaville have grown over her two plus decades on the board.

Source: Keith announces she will not seek re-election to college board

Business pilot program up for discussion by SCC board – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Several updates — on the 2017-18 budget, a business program pilot and the Solano County Sheriff’s Department — are on the agenda when Solano Community College leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Robert V. Diamond, vice president of finance and administration, will update the governing board about the status of the Solano Community College District budget.

However, the agenda neither included any supporting documents about the 2017-18 budget nor any information about revenues, expenses and funding balances projected for the two outlying years. There was no explanation in the agenda documents.

Lucky Lofton, the school’s executive bonds manager, will update trustees about the Measure Q Small, Local, and Diverse Business Program, including the starting of a two-year pilot program. Its purpose is to establish equity, inclusion and outreach guidelines and promote diversity by offering contracts to small businesses and those owned by ethnic minorities, women and disabled veterans in Solano County and the city of Winters. (Measure Q was the $348 million bond passed by Solano County voters in 2012 to upgrade SCC campuses.)

Source: Business pilot program up for discussion by SCC board

Measure Q spending plan update goes before Solano College board – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Solano Community College’s board of directors will review an update of the Measure Q spending plan when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The public session will follow a 6:35 p.m. closed session, during which board members are scheduled to receive a labor negotiations update, discuss a matter of employee discipline and hear a matter of potential litigation, the agenda documents state.

The board meets in the Denis Honeychurch Board Room 626 in the Administrative Building at 4000 Suisun Valley Road, in rural Fairfield.

Source: Measure Q spending plan update goes before Solano College board

Contracts, change orders, bond oversight committee report on Solano Community College agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Several contracts amendments and project change orders, a contract with an American Indian tribe, and the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee’s annual report are on the agenda with Solano Community College leaders meet Wednesday in Fairfield.

Among the change orders is one for nearly $5,500 with Vaca Valley Excavating & Trucking Inc. for intersection improvements at the Vacaville Center on North Village Parkway, bringing the project’s total cost to $914,500.

The seven-member governing board will consider a contract amendment with CA Architects in the amount of nearly $4,500 for design and engineering services for the Vacaville classroom building annex renovation project.

Trustees are expected to approve both matters as well as a $9,000 contract with the Yoche Dehe Wintun Nation, an Indian tribe with main offices in Brooks, for cultural resources monitoring to satisfy requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act, aka CEQA, for various spring projects at the main Fairfield campus.

Source: Contracts, change orders, bond oversight committee report on Solano Community College agenda

Solano Community College trustees to consider $1.6M wage-and-benefit package – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A two-year wage-and-benefit agreement with instructors and a resolution declaring March as Women’s History Month are on the agenda when Solano Community College leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

The seven-member governing board likely will approve a $1.6 million agreement, retroactive to July 1 and in effect until June 30, 2019, with the faculty chapter represented by the Community College Association/California Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

According to agenda documents, it amounts to a 4 percent wage hike for full-time and adjunct instructors and counselors as part of a restructured salary schedule.

Additionally, the contract calls for “language” to address online classes and faculty in “coordinator positions” (the latter not defined); and the right of adjunct faculty to interview for a full-time position.

The agreement’s cost to the college does not include health and welfare benefits.

Source: Solano Community College trustees to consider $1.6M wage-and-benefit package

Labor contracts, library project go to Solano College board – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Solano Community College board will consider contracts with various labor unions and will conduct a public hearing on the Library/Learning Resource Center Project when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The public hearing is on whether to approve a mitigated negative declaration as the environmental review for the replacement of Building 100 for the library project. The 2016-17 financial audit report is also on the agenda.

The public session follows a closed session at 6:30 p.m.

Source: Labor contracts, library project go to Solano College board

Solano College eyes pact with Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation for cultural monitoring – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation will monitor the Rockville campus entry sidewalk project – after trenching work discovered a potential cultural resource – if Solano Community College District trustees meeting Wednesday approve a proposed agreement.

“Because of the potential for undiscovered cultural resources within the project area, monitoring of ground-disturbing construction activities by a tribal cultural monitor is required,” a college district staff report said.

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation can trace its historical ties to land in the project and is considered the most likely descendant tribe, the report said. The contract allows up to 40 hours of monitoring and is an amount not to exceed $5,000.

Source: Solano College eyes pact with Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation for cultural monitoring

Measure Q spending plan, contracts, change orders on SCC agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A revision to the Measure Q spending plan, and several large change orders and contracts are on the agenda when Solano Community College leaders gather tonight in Fairfield for their last meeting of the year.

Trustees are expected to approve the Measure Q revision, taking $305,000 from one account (net interest earned and unallocated) to another (energy), to boost the budget for the Fairfield substations No. 1 and 2.

Lucky Lofton, the school’s executive bonds manager, will make the request, the eighth revision since the measure, a $348 million bond passed by county voters 2012.

Likewise, the seven-member governing board is expected to award a $2.4 million contract to McCuen Construction, a Loomis-based firm, for the renovation of classrooms in the Vacaville Annex at the college’s Vacaville Center on North Village Parkway.

Source: Measure Q spending plan, contracts, change orders on SCC agenda

SCC agenda considers partnership with Delta Airlines – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

An educational partnership with Delta Airlines, a large change order for Autotechnology Project at the Vallejo campus, and a quarterly update on Measure Q expenses are on the agenda when the Solano Community College meet tonight in Fairfield.

Trustees are expected to sign off on an agreement with Delta Airlines for the school’s Airframe and Powerplant Maintenance Technician program at the Vacaville Center on North Village Parkway.

The partnership, according to agenda documents, includes an initial two-year term that will automatically renew for successive one-year periods until either party asks for the agreement to end. The partnership with Delta will give SCC students, after successfully completing the program, the chance to meet with airlines employees and provide the college with scrap aircraft or avionics parts.

Source: SCC agenda considers partnership with Delta Airlines

Solano College trustees support DACA, diverse student body – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A resolution supporting a diverse, educated population – including students in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – won support from Solano Community College trustees.

Trustees meeting Wednesday approved the resolution that also notes that the California Community College Chancellor’s Office condemned DACA’s end as “a heartless and senseless decision that goes against American ideals and basic human decency.”

“Solano Community College is committed to educating every member of our community through the provision of an educational environment that supports and protects students from any disruption that may impair their right to an education,” the resolution read in part.

Source: Solano College trustees support DACA, diverse student body

Budget on SCC agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A public hearing and the adoption of the 2017-18 budget, a change order and completion date for the new Biotechnology and Science Building project at the Vacaville Center, and an appointment to the Measure Q Citizens Oversight Committee are on the agenda tonight when the Solano Community College District governing board meets in Vallejo.

The seven-member board is expected to approve the $153.3 million in expenses, well in excess of $110 million in revenues, according to agenda documents. The general fund, at $65.2 million, accounts for most of the budget, followed by capital outlay, at $49.4 million, debt service of $25.3 million, child development at $823,000, and trust expenditures of $11.6 million.

Trustees are expected to approve the budget.

The change order stipulates the completion date for the new $26.3 million Biotechnology and Science Building project at the Vacaville Center, on North Village Parkway, will be Oct. 18, instead of Sept. 17, to allow for completion of some final work.

Source: Budget on SCC agenda

SCC leaders to condemn hate and violence, consider new library – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A resolution condemning hate and violence, several Measure Q-related items, and the proposed 2017-18 budgets are on the agenda when Solano Community College leaders meet tonight in Vacaville.

Trustees are expected to approve a resolution that condemns the Aug. 12 violence in Charlottesville, Va., which resulted in injury and the death of anti-hate demonstrator Heather Heyer, but, at the same time, go on record that the school is a place where free speech is respected, encouraged and shared but opposes racist and “intolerable views that impede a safe environment where teaching and learning can occur for all,” according to the resolution’s wording.

The governing board also is expected to approve more than $42 million in Measure Q and state funding to begin building a Library/Learning Resource Center at the main Fairfield campus, at 4000 Suisun Valley Road. Measure Q was the $348 million bond approved by county voters in 2012.

Source: SCC leaders to condemn hate and violence, consider new library

Measure Q contracts, DoD grant are on SCC board agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Several contract change orders related to Measure Q, a Department of Defense grant, an agreement with the Bay Area Clean Water Agencies for classroom instruction are on the agenda when Solano Community College leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Trustees will review and likely approve some half-dozen small Measure Q contracts before considering a significantly larger one with Pacific Gas & Electric for electric service facilities for intersection improvements at the Vacaville Center on North Village Parkway. The contract is nearly $68,000 to relocate a junction vault out of a classroom building driveway. It does not include related trenching work, according to agenda documents. (Measure Q was the $348 million bond passed by Solano County voters in 2012 to improve and modernize college facilities.)

Source: Measure Q contracts, DoD grant are on SCC board agenda

Science, veterans’ center at heart of Solano College ceremony – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

Administrators and trustees at Solano Community College might want to keep a hard hat and shovel nearby at all times.

The college, which has broken ground and finished construction on a small city’s worth of buildings recently, added another Wednesday, breaking ground on a new $37.6 million science and engineering building, which will also include the school’s new veterans’ center.

“This is a very exciting time for Solano College and the communities we serve,” said Superintendent/President Celia Esposito-Noy. “We are working to keep pace with the demands of our students and the workplace.”

Source: Science, veterans’ center at heart of Solano College ceremony

LGBTQ Pride Month, union contracts on SCC agenda tonight – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A resolution declaring June as LGBTQ Pride Month, a public hearing about the initial proposal from Local 39 of the Operating Engineers union, and a contract amendment for the ongoing theater renovation are on the agenda when Solano Community College leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

The governing board is expected to approve a resolution declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning Pride month “to acknowledge that all Americans are affected as long as the promise of equality for all remains unfilled,” to urge everyone at the campus and across the nation to work together to advance and promote equal rights for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, according to agenda document wording.

The public hearing about the initial proposal from Local 39 of the Operating Engineers union will cover such workplace concerns as hours and overtime, pay and allowances, transfers and promotions.

 

Source: LGBTQ Pride Month, union contracts on SCC agenda tonight

“Sunshining” bargaining proposals, Measure Q contracts on SCC agenda – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Sunshining of bargaining proposals between the Solano Community College trustees and Local 39 of the Operating Engineers union, several major construction contracts, and the educational agreement between Mariani Nut Company of Winters and the SCC District are on the agenda when college leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Local 39 has presented its initial bargaining proposals to the district board for the purpose of sunshining, as required by law. To sunshine bargaining proposals is to inform the public what will be discussed during labor negotiations. The topics include — no surprise — pay and allowances, working conditions, hours and overtime and leaves of absence.

Public comment on the proposals will be received at the next governing board meeting, June 7.

The eight-member governing board will consider a $78,000 contract with Consolidated Engineering Laboratories for project special inspection and testing services for the new science building project at the main Fairfield campus.

 

Voyce to take seat as Solano College trustee – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Quinten Voyce, the winner in a three-candidate race for the 5th Trustee Area of the Solano Community College District’s governing board, will be sworn in at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Voyce, 30, of Fairfield, is a science teacher who works in the Early College High School Program at the community college. It is a program in which students can earn associate degrees while earning their high school diploma. He works through Rodriguez High School.

He received 44.54 percent of the vote. The next closest candidate had 30.07 percent. He replaces Monica Brown, who did not seek re-election to the college board and was elected to the county Board of Supervisors.

Source: Voyce to take seat as Solano College trustee

Smith, Gaut, Silva lead Fairfield-Suisun School District races – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Bethany Smith was leading in the Fairfield-Suisun School District Trustee Area 1 race as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday with 1,676 votes compared to 1,279 for Spencer Marks and 1,075 votes for Mike Wright.

Smith was optimistic about the results but remained guarded until the final count comes in later.

“I am feeling very good about where things are at,” Smith said, “but don’t want to count it done yet.”

Joan K. Gaut was clearly the winner for the Area 2 seat with 3,356 votes. Melvin L. Cockhren II had 1,037 votes.

Source: Smith, Gaut, Silva lead Fairfield-Suisun School District races

2 more seek Solano College board seat – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Chris Fickes and Alvina Sheeley are running for the Solano Community College District board of trustees seat that Monica Brown has represented.

Brown is running for the Solano County Board of Supervisors and the two candidates – along with Quinten Voyce, who had already announced his candidacy – seek election Nov. 8.

Fickes was born and raised in Fairfield and graduated from the University of California, Davis.

Source: 2 more seek Solano College board seat