Episode 1: Voter Guides and Local Elections

Share: On the first episode back from winter break, host David is joined by News Editor Seamus to discuss civic engagement, local elections and a project that The Courier worked on with local newspaper LAist to inform local voters about who’s running in the election on March 5. Races covered include Pasadena Mayor, Pasadena City Council and Pasadena City College Board of Trustees. See the voter guides here, on the LAist website: https://laist.com/news/politics/voter-game-plan Audio used with permission of LAist / 89.3 FM Audio: Follow:

Second trustee retires, reflects on ‘wonderful’ time at PCC as election looms

Share: PCC Board of Trustee member Jim Osterling said, reflecting on his time at PCC that he was proud of his small contributions in the wider fabric of Pasadena City College, from his financial knowledge to his even keeled nature.   “Even before I thought about running for PCC trustee back in 2015 my wife Scarlett and I both felt PCC was the most important institution in Pasadena and the West San Gabriel Valley,” Osterling said. “You have CalTech, you have Art Center, you have the …

PCC purchases $13.2 million in property for new Rosemead satellite campus

Share: At a special meeting in late November 2023 the Pasadena City College Board of Trustees voted to approve the purchase of three adjacent properties in El Monte for a total of $13.2 million, which they plan to use for a new Rosemead satellite campus following the end of their lease at a nearby facility in June 2023.  PCC was only given a couple months’ warning that the El Monte Union High School District was planning to end the lease with the college which had …

What’s on the ballot: Pasadena City College Board of Trustees

Share: This voter guide covers both the Pasadena area and Pasadena City College Board of Trustee elections in partnership with The PCC Courier and LAist. For coverage of L.A. County, California, and federal races that might be on your ballot, head to LAist’s Voter Game Plan. To find out what will be on your ballot, head to the L.A. County interactive sample ballot website.  In the March 2024 primaries several local leaders and new candidates are campaigning and spreading the word about what they bring …

What’s on the ballot: Pasadena City Council.

Share: This voter guide covers both the Pasadena area and Pasadena City College Board of Trustee elections in partnership with The PCC Courier and LAist. For coverage of L.A. County, California, and federal races that might be on your ballot, head to LAist’s Voter Game Plan. To find out what will be on your ballot, head to the L.A. County interactive sample ballot website.  In the March 2024 primaries several local leaders and new candidates are campaigning and spreading the word about what they bring …

What’s on the ballot: Pasadena Mayor

Share: This voter guide covers both the Pasadena area and Pasadena City College Board of Trustee elections in partnership with The PCC Courier and LAist. For coverage of L.A. County, California, and federal races that might be on your ballot, head to LAist’s Voter Game Plan. To find out what will be on your ballot, head to the L.A. County interactive sample ballot website.  In the March 2024 primaries several local leaders and new candidates are campaigning and spreading the word about what they bring …

New PCC foster youth housing program begins in early 2024

Share: At the November Board of Trustees meeting, the trustees approved a five-year contract to rent out a six-unit housing complex near PCC’s Foothill campus, a first of its kind for the college to support its foster youth who face significant challenges obtaining secure and clean housing while in school.  Because foster youth face some of the highest rates of housing insecurity and homelessness at PCC, their needs were prioritized for PCC’s first ever housing project that directly provided free housing to those in need …

Three PCC trustee seats up for grabs in March election

Share: Three members of Pasadena City College’s Board of Trustees (BOT) are up for reelection on the March 2024 ballot, where voters in areas two, four, and six from Altadena to Rosemead will have the opportunity to elect their trustee.  Prior to Board Member John Martin from district six announcing his decision to not run for another term after serving as a PCC Trustee for over 40 years, he was facing off against PCC alum Ryan Liu. In area six, after Martin dropped out, Liu …

Trustees approve PCC Presidential search timeline and committee appointments

Share: At the November Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting the board publicized and approved the PCC presidential search timeline, committee appointments and a document outlining what PCC’s constituency groups, shared governance and on-campus community is looking for in their next permanent Superintendent-President.  The preliminary preparations and creation of the search profile have been going on since late September when the Board hired AGB Search to facilitate the process.  As a part of the undertaking since their hiring, AGB Search has hosted several listening sessions with …

Mental health on campus: Professors need help too

Share: As the United States grapples with a continuing mental health crisis, especially among college aged adults and teens, many professors are feeling the brunt of having to console and act as mental health providers to their students as mental health has worsened and outside care has become more expensive and harder to access. Fear and isolation caused by the pandemic, along with the surfacing of social issues and economic instability, are said to have exacerbated a national struggle with mental health and substance abuse …