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Year Two Summary

MY TRUSTEE SUMMARY (Year Two): As a member of the PCC Board of Directors, my 2nd year is now finished. In the interest of transparency, those who elected me from Zone 3 (with 103,000 registered voters in 2015) and the public as a whole deserve a summary of what my public time has been devoted to, including a few accomplishments worthy of highlighting.

A review of my 7/1/2016 to 7/1/2017 calendar indicates that an average of about 23 hours per week have been devoted to what could be considered TRUSTEE ACTIVITIES: This includes attending all 16 PCC dates associated with Board Planning, Dinners, Executive Sessions, and Business Meetings; traveling to one ACCT (Association of Community College Trustees) Conference in New Orleans and two OCCA (Oregon Community College Association) events in Bend; participating in 76 events (within the Portland Community College District) for which Board members received explicit invitations – including many networking opportunities (as at Portland Business Alliance & City Club gatherings); being involved in 97 public meetings & events that helped maintain active contact with constituents — including many IMIrJ (Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice) & Black Lives Matter demonstrations; while engaging in at least 45 sharing sessions with individuals and small groups.

NOTE: Not counted among these 23 hours is an average of 9 additional hours per week devoted to commitments associated with Ascension Church & the Daybreak (Homeless) Shelter Network (for which I volunteered 14 years), the Montavilla Neighborhood Association Board (on which I served 3 years), and the Measure 97 Campaign (which failed at the ballot box) to assure that large corporations contribute a more fair share of revenues to Oregon’s tax base.  So it was, during my second year of “retirement”, that I was engaged in an average of 23+9 = 32 hours per week of unpaid activities!  Most of the decrease to 32 hours from 40 hours in the previous year can be attributed to my spending less time with the Montavilla Neighborhood Association Board (where I served as Chair in 2015-16 and only as Vice Chair in 2016-17).

6 MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS achieved via collaboration among all seven PCC Board members — to which I contributed — would be: 1) supporting the new PCC District President, Mark Mitsui, and his focal commitment to “Opportunity & Equitable Student Success”;  2) providing support to PCC’s first Student (nonvoting) Trustee, District Student Council (DSC) Chair Molly Walker; 2) playing a key role

in developing and declaring “sanctuary” institutional status for PCC district-wide, supporting & serving all students regardless of their immigration status; 3) helping with the selection & election two new PCC Trustees who add greatly to the diversity of the PCC Board, including Mohamed Alyajouri (the first Muslim & naturalized U.S. citizen to so serve) and Valdez Bravo (the first Latino and former part-time PCC Instructor to so serve); 4) successfully lobbying the state legislature to produce several modest improvements relating to LGBYQ rights, healthcare of minors, foster children, and education funding     5) adopting a 2-year PCC balanced budget which, unfortunately will require “shared pain” due to a mathematically necessary substantial increase in student tuition; and 6) gaining agreement on international (no-resident) PCC student tuition that increased it $4 less per credit hour (than would otherwise have been the case), with the understanding that tuition for all PCC students may be reduced $1-2 per credit hour (revenue permitting) in the second year of the budget cycle (beginning in Fall Term, 2018).

      *My greatest disappointment by far was being compelled to increase resident tuition from $97/credit hour to $104/credit hour (effective Fall Term, 2017) – largely due to the defeat of Ballot Measure 97 in November of 2016 (impacted by $26 million in corporate contributions to the NO campaign, breaking all Oregon State records for spending) and the failure of the 2017 legislative session to significantly raise new revenue streams adequate to cover state educational needs.