January 30, 2009

Political Notes:

Applicants Needed To Fill Vacancy of County Elected Office

New Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk will Replace Recent Retiree, Greg Smith

County Supervisors have begun the appointment process for a new Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, January 27.

Greg Smith retired from the job on December 31, 2008, after serving as Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk for 25 years. The Assistant Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk, Mr. David Butler, is currently in charge of the office.

The job is an elected post, but since Mr. Smith retired before his term would have ended in January 2011, the Board of Supervisors must follow a specific appointment process outlined in County Board policy.

The County will accept applications from Wednesday, January 28 at 8 a.m. through Wednesday, February 18 at 5 p.m.

All candidates must get the application and submit it in person at the office of the Clerk of the Board, which is located at the County Administration Building at 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 402. The attached Board of Supervisors agenda item and notice outline the specific requirements for the position.

It is anticipated that the Board will hear from and review the qualifications of all of the applicants at a hearing on February 24, and then select no more than five finalists. On March 3, the Board will hold another hearing to review the finalists and make their selection.

The Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk handles a variety of responsibilities, including the maintenance of property ownership, assessment and sales records, issuing birth and death certificates and performing civil marriage ceremonies.



The Board of Trustees (the “Board”) of the Southwestern Community College District is seeking qualified, interested individuals to serve on a committee of community leaders which will serve as the independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee (“COC”) for the implementation Proposition R Bond program.

Proposition 39 Bond Election

On November 4, 2008, voters residing within the Southwestern Community College District passed Proposition R. Proposition R is a $389 million bond measure that was approved on the November 4, 2008, ballot which authorizes funding for needed repairs, upgrades, and new construction projects at the District. Proposition 39 requires a 55% supermajority for approval; this bond was passed by 71.4%.

Establishment of a Citizens’ Oversight Committee

After a bond authorized under Proposition 39 is passed, state law requires that the Southwestern Community College District Board appoint a Citizens’ Oversight Committee to work with the District. The District has established the Citizens’ Oversight Committee and approved Bylaws therefore.

Committee Responsibilities

In accordance with Education Code Section 15278(b), the Citizens’ Oversight Committee shall:

· Inform the public concerning the District’s expenditure of Proposition R bond proceeds;

· Review expenditure reports produced by the District to ensure that Proposition R bond proceeds were expended only for the purposes set forth in Proposition R;

· Present to the Board, in public session, an annual written report outlining their activities and conclusions regarding the expenditure of Proposition R bond proceeds.

Appointment of Committee Members

The Superintendent/President from the applications submitted to the District will recommend a minimum of seven applicants for appointment by the Board.

Time Commitment and Term

Initial appointments will be staggered, such that some of the initial appointees will be appointed to serve one full two-year term. The other initial appointments will serve a one-year term, but will be eligible for reappointment by the Board for a second two-year term.

Would You be Interested in Serving?

If you wish to serve on this important committee, please review the committee bylaws for more information about the committee’s role and responsibilities and complete the required application. Completed applications should be sent or faxed to the Superintendent/President of the Southwestern Community College District by 4:30 PM on February 11, 2009. Bylaws and application can be obtained by e-mailing lhernandez@swccd.edu.

Southwestern Community College District
900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista,, CA 91910
Tel. (619) 482-6301, Fax (619) 421-0346

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