The morning after: PCC Board and lawyer can’t get their story straight
- Pasadena Weekly: Way too much, Aug 21, 2014
- Pasadena Weekly: The Beginning of the Beginning, Aug. 14, 2014
- LA Times: PCC’s retiring chief gets $400,000 documents show. Aug. 14, 2014
- Courier: Rocha receives more than $400,000 in severance pay, Aug. 18, 2014
Internal memo from Mark Rocha to “the people on his bus” – April 17, 2014
What Mark Rocha thinks about shared governance, all the administrators that he's fired, PCC as a business and faculty standing in the way of his legacy of 'reforms': Confidential Rocha Memo (April 17, 2014)
- Pasadena Weekly “Beginning of the End…..Leaked Memo…” May 15, 2014
- Pasadena Weekly “Big Apple Bound? PCC President a Finalist for NY Community College”, June 19, 2014
PCC President Mark Rocha gets an “F” from faculty – April 2014
In Spring 2014, full-time faculty anonymously evaluated President Mark Rocha using the same evaluation as his bosses, the Board of Trustees. Professors rated him as having “very low effectiveness” in 7 categories, including fairness/respect, long-range planning and shared governance , providing accurate and complete information to the Board of Trustees and promoting harmonious employee relations, but was rated effective in only 1 category: technology.
Read the complete documentation here:
114 out of the 169 who submitted the anonymous evaluations to the Academic Senate answered the open ended questions on the evaluation. The most common response was:
“What’s working?” – Nothing!
“What’s not working?” – Everything!
“What are your suggestions for positive change?” – Remove Mark Rocha.
PCC Board of Trustees and Administration Ruining PCC’s Reputation – April 2014
“We’ll be on the radio and on the television. We just don’t want to give PCC a bad name.” - PCC Board President Anthony Fellow about surreptitiously uninviting Oscar-award winning screen writer and PCC alumn Dustin Lance Black from speaking at Spring 2014 commencement.
Bad Press on Commencement Scandal:
- LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-ra-a-commencement-speech-for-troubled-times-20140502,0,6801609.story?page=1#axzz30oUDtgTM
- LA Times: “PCC’s Commencement Speaker Fiasco Reignites” http://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-ra-pasadena-college-commencement-speaker-fiasco-20140429,0,12111.story#axzz30LBGepFs
Out.com: “College that Dropped Dustin Lance Black Embroiled in Fresh Scandal” http://www.out.com/news-opinion/2014/04/29/college-dropped-dustin-lance-black-embroiled-fresh-scandal
- LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-ra-pasadena-college-unwisely-rescinds-invitation-to-dustin-lance-black-20140421,0,3031842,full.story#axzz2zaIjYSwx
- LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-ra-questions-plague-pasadena-college-over-dustin-lance-black-debacle-20140425,0,1383280,full.story#axzz2zx0V9KMD
- Pasadena Star-News http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/social-affairs/20140418/gay-rights-activist-dustin-lance-black-claims-pasadena-city-college-dumped-him-as-commencement-speaker
- PCC Courier: http://www.pcccourier.com/2014/04/16/commencement/#comment-3072
- PCC Courier: http://www.pcccourier.com/2014/04/19/frasercommencement/
- PCC Courier: http://www.pcccourier.com/2014/04/21/p/
- Letter written to Board of Trustees by UCLA Dean Emeritus and Professor of Film, TV and Digital Media, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
- Letter template – From Faculty to the Community, to copy and paste and share with community
PCC Board of Trustees Violates Brown Act
August 29, 2012: the Board of Trustees accepted non-agenda public comment on an agenda item. They were to discuss the contentious winter intersession’s cancellation. Faculty and students were outraged and one student was arrested. (Watch how it went down and on this video of Item G Winter 2013 Cancellation.) Read more…
March 13, 2013: the Board of Trustees denied public access to a public meeting. Community members and students tried to enter the Creveling Lounge for the Board meeting, but the outside doors on the first floor were locked. This was to be a contentious meeting because two of the President’s Votes of No Confidence were to be presented. Read more…
April 15, 2013: Board Trustee President Martin interrupted a public speaker during public comment, warning her not to speak to any ‘personal’ items involving President Rocha. (Watch the public comment section here.)
July 17, 2013: the Board of Trustees denied public access to a public meeting and did not offer larger facilities. Professors and students, among others, could not enter the Board meeting in the Creveling. This was to be a contentious meeting as for the second year in a row, the academic calendar without Winter was on the agenda. The Board set up fewer seats in the room than normal. (A note about maximum occupancy in the Creveling.) Read more..
All meetings, Regular or otherwise, shall be held within the District in facilities large enough to accommodate anticipated attendance by the public. If facilities prove to be inadequate, other facilities will be sought. Certain exceptions as to meeting within the District are specifically provided by the Brown Act, such as to comply with a law or court order, inspect property, participate in multi-agency meetings, attend a conference on collective bargaining, and to interview applicants.
- Board Policy#1200 / Ed Code 70902
November 7, 2013: the Board of Trustees denied public access to a public meeting. 24 hours before the scheduled meeting, the Board changed location for its meeting from the Creveling, which was empty, to the smaller Circadian, where they limit public seating to 72. At no time was every seat occupied in the room, according to a witness who was there from 6:45 until the meeting adjourned before 9pm. At about 7:15pm, a professor was not allowed in and was turned away.
PCC Board of Trustees – Vote of No Confidence?
PCC President Mark Rocha
- February 2013 – Rocha (and PCC General Counsel) – Retaliation; Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
- February 2013 – Vote of No Confidence and Censure from Associated Students
- March 2013 – Vote of No Confidence – Ad Hoc Committee for Faculty at Large
- April 2013 – Vote of No Confidence – Academic Senate