Student victim of hit-and-run, Police Chief answers questions regarding student safety
Mar04

Student victim of hit-and-run, Police Chief answers questions regarding student safety

Story by Summer Aguirre and Hayley Lawson  Palomar student Keita Fukumoto, 19, was the victim of a hit-and-run accident at the crosswalk of Borden Road on the evening of Feb. 5. Fukumoto was rushed to emergency care to undergo brain surgery. The driver fled the scene and remains unknown, however, they were reportedly driving a dark colored Toyota pickup truck. Fukumoto’s last known condition was stable, but he remained in the ICU....

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Classified Employees files grievance, union says custodians ‘spread too thin’
Mar04

Classified Employees files grievance, union says custodians ‘spread too thin’

Story by Ana Acosta The Council of Classified Employees filed a formal grievance over hiring issues for custodial and campus maintenance workers. With the recent influx of new buildings on campus, the Council of Classified Employees (CCE) is questioning why the District has not hired more custodial staff to maintain the newly finished buildings.  Anel Gonzalez, President of the CCE, mentioned these issues repeatedly at previous...

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Former interim dean files lawsuit against District
Feb04

Former interim dean files lawsuit against District

A complaint was filed against the Palomar Community College District by Dr. Kathryn Kailikole, a previous interim Dean of Mathematics at Palomar on Nov. 20 2018. Timeline: *Everything pertaining to this timeline has been derived from the court file complaint made against the Palomar Community College District. The situations described are current allegations made against the District on behalf of Dr. Kailikole.* 2009: Seven years...

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Palomar board debates hiring diversity, presidents’ contract
Dec13

Palomar board debates hiring diversity, presidents’ contract

Palomar’s Governing Board meeting on Dec. 11 featured discussions of future plans for the upcoming Spring semester and concerns regarding diversity amongst faculty. The Board elected positions, where Mark Evilsizer was selected to be President, John Halcon as the Vice President, and Nancy Ann Hensch as Secretary. Joi Lin Blake was also elected as Secretary to the Board. New Governing Board Member Norma Miyamoto, a former dean at...

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Faculty Federation files lawsuit against Governing Board

The Palomar Faculty Federation is suing the Governing Board for claimed violations of the Brown Act. During the July 2018 Governing Board meeting, the Board discussed and approved an amendment for the contract of Superintendent/President, Joi Lin Blake. The amendment raised her base salary by $62,027 from her starting salary two years ago. The Faculty Federation felt it was improper to do this in closed session and violated the Brown...

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New library delayed until Spring
Sep19

New library delayed until Spring

Story by Ana Acosta The new Library and Language Resource Center has been delayed for another six months, due to failing state safety inspections. The library was expected to open by the Fall 2018 semester but has been delayed until Spring 2019. Since construction began in summer 2015, the new library has been eagerly anticipated by the college community. Some in the Palomar community have speculated the delay is due to the...

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