City Council To Form Joint Use Committee With LBUSD Board

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

The Long Beach City Council voted recently to establish a joint use committee with the Long Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education members to pool resources and search for ways to save money.

“We’ve worked at having a formal relationship with members of the city council in the past, and we didn’t quite get there,” said Felton Williams, LBUSD board president, at the July 12 city council meeting. “But we can recognize the importance of having that kind of relationship, particularly in this day and time.”

The cash-strapped entities are to have representatives meet in a public forum, subject to the Brown Act, to review opportunities for joint use of land, environmental concerns, public safety concerns and other opportunities to accomplish their core missions with fewer funds. The item, presented to the council by 7th District Councilmember James Johnson, must be approved with a vote of the school board at a future meeting before the committee is formed.

“The reality is we all have less,” Johnson said. “The school district has less money to work on their mission. The city has less money to work toward our mission.”

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CSU Tuition Hike Vote Raises Rates By 12 Percent

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

In response to the state budget cut of at least $650 million for the coming school year, the California State University system wasted no time to vote on a 12 percent tuition rate increase.

The tuition hike was approved at the July 12 meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees and takes effect this fall, bumping tuition costs at all 23 campuses to $5,472 for full-time undergraduate in-state tuition – an increase of $294 per semester on top of the added $222 per semester approved last November.

In addition, credential program participants will see an increase in tuition by $339 per semester, and graduate student tuition by $360 per semester, according to the CSU. One-third of the revenues generated from the 12 percent tuition increase are to be allocated for financial aid.

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News In Brief

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

• The Long Beach-based SCAN Foundation released a state budget fact sheet with information on how the May revision of the 2011-2012 California budget affects older adults and persons with disabilities. Items discussed include adult day healthcare, in-home support services, the multipurpose senior services program and MediCal. The document is available online at http://www.thescanfoundation.org.

• In an effort to raise funds for the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC), the Hyatt Regency Long Beach has partnered with the Long Beach-based headquarters for SOSC to allow an expected 150 thrill-seekers the opportunity to rappel off of the 16-floor hotel on October 29. Each participant in the “Over the Edge” challenge must raise $1,000 to rappel. For more information, visit http://www.sosc.org/overtheedge.

People In The News

• California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has named Raymond Torres-Santos as the new dean of the College of the Arts, effective August 1. He comes from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, where he has been dean of the College of the Arts and Communications. Torres-Santos replaces former dean Don Para, who now serves as CSULB’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

• Martin S. Chin and Brent N. Phillips have joined City National Bank to head up the bank’s capital finance unit. The unit provides asset-based loans to commercial borrowers. Chin is serving as senior vice president and capital finance unit team manager, and Phillips is to report to Chin as vice president and capital finance unit relationship manager. The two have combined experience of more than 30 years in syndicated transactions and secured financing.

• The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has elected Terrie S. Norris as president and chief elected officer. Norris is a risk control manager at Bickmore Risk Services in Long Beach and a recognized leader in risk management and loss control with 21 years of experience in the field. She is to be sworn in on June 12 at the ASSE House of Delegates meeting during the ASSE Professional Development Conference and Exposition in Chicago. She officially steps into her new role on July 1.

News In Brief

by Sean Belk, Staff Writer

• The Center for International Trade & Transportation (CITT) of California State University, Long Beach is presenting a webinar series as a follow up to a Point/Counterpoint forum on the Panama Canal expansion presented last year. The next webinars include: “Is Southern California Competitive,” on June 3 with speaker Fram Inman, of Majestic Realty Co. and the California Transportation Commission; and “Challenges Ahead” on June 17 with speakers John McLaurin, president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, and Richard Steinke, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. To register for free, visit www.livestream.com/cittnet.

• Fitch Ratings has affirmed a “AA” rating with outlook “stable” for the Port of Long Beach, which has approximately $735 million in outstanding harbor revenue bonds and harbor revenue refunding bonds issued by the City of Long Beach. The rating was based on resilience of throughput and shipping related revenues during changing economic periods.

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School District Cuts Nearly 10 Percent Of Workforce

Fewer Teachers, Larger Classes Planned For New School Year

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

In response to the lack of a finalized state budget, the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Board of Education approved final layoff notices for 789 certificated employees – about 10 percent of the district’s workforce – on May 10.

The job cuts, which mostly affect teachers without seniority, were approved in an effort to deal with California’s ongoing cuts for public school funding. In the past three years, LBUSD cut more than $200 million from its budget. These latest layoff notices were approved in order to meet the state-mandated deadline of May 15.

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