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Volume 60, Number 6

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Election Day November 8

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District trustee in second bid for City Council munity college district board, Grosch has participated in managing a multi-million dollar budget that includes an additional $685 million earmarked for new construction, bringing the overall budget to more than a billion dollars. The district has recently been ranked among the top five fiscally managed colleges in California, earning a bond rating of Aa by Moody’s, which is considered high quality by all standards. In describing his accomplishments, Grosch points out that the SDCCD board has forged a fiscally responsible, long-term labor agreement with nine employee groups called the Resource Allocation Formula. Grosch said that “after 17 years of fighting between the board and labor unions over wages and salaries, there is now labor peace which has existed for the last three years.” Among his suggestions for balancing San Diego’s budget, Grosch recommends an open and transparent budget process, very similar to what exists at the community college. “The council is going to have

By Manny Lopez City Times In the crowded race for the San Diego City Council District 2 seat left vacant by the resignation of Michael Zucchet following his conviction in the so-called “stripper-gate” federal corruption trial, San Diego Community College District Trustee Rich Grosch has returned for a second run after unsuccessfully challenging then incumbent Ron Roberts in 1991. Grosch is running on Rich Grosch a platform that emphasizes balancing the cities budget, repairing the pension fund fiasco and protecting jobs for San Diegans. A district board trustee since 2002, Grosch counts as his strongest assets experience, vision and skill. “None of the candidates running have the track record I do putting the community, the city or the district first before personal gain,” he said. As a trustee on the com-

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College police keep eye on high school students activity, but they also conduct truancy sweeps in conjunction with police departments for the San Diego Unified School District and the city of San Diego in efforts to control juvenile offenders and keep schools safe and crime free. According to Garza, collaboration among the three agencies is effective in reducing curfew and crime violations both on and off campuses, but authorities face difficulties distinguishing between college and high school students. “It is difficult, because certain college students and high school students look similar in age.” Garza says.

By Josie Salazar City Times With San Diego and Garfield high schools steps away from its doors, the Police Department at San Diego City College has its hands full providing a safe and enjoyable environment for students and staff. SDCC Police Officer Marcos Garza reports, on average, two to three contacts with juveniles in violation for truancy each week. Statistics provided by the department state that, during the last six months, curfew violations and possession of marijuana were the most common infractions among juveniles. Campus police are constantly on patrol. They look for criminal

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Singin’ at Smokey Joe’s Brian Scott Powers (left), Shawn Levy and Jennifer Woodard perform Oct. 29 in City College’s production of “Smokey Joe’s Café.” The musical runs through Nov. 13 at the Saville Theatre. Review, Page 4.

City Times wins 18 awards at 2 events in 1 week City Times won 10 awards from the San Diego Press Club, presented at the organization’s annual dinner Oct. 27 at the Shelter Pointe Hotel on Shelter Island. They were followed that weekend by eight awards, including one for General Excellence, from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ Southern California conference. The awards were in the mail-in entry competition and were announced Oct. 29.

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At the Press Club, City College’s student newspaper won five first-place awards, two second-place and three third-place in a variety of categories. Press Club winners: ■ College News: Hector Trujillo, second place, “Gym named for city legend” ■ College Feature: Jerry Webber, first place, “Return of the DJ”

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Trustee Continued from Page 1 to make hard decisions,” he said. “I think you’re going to have to go in there with a scalpel rather than with a weed whacker. The bottom line is you’ve got to balance the budget. “I remember when San Diego used to be the pinnacle of cities and now we’re one of the worst,” he continued. “I think it’s going to require people with experience and maturity to get in there with that budget process and clean it up.” Grosch also points out that San Diego is losing key veteran personnel in police and fire. “We’re not attracting new people to come in because of inferior wages and benefits,” he said. “We have to reverse that trend. That means we’re going to have to downsize. We’re going to have to identify our resources and look at certain positions and tone down our city government where we need to and come up with some other ideas to increase revenues. I think San Diegans will vote to raise revenues if they know what it’s going to be spent on.”

Awards Continued from Page 1 ■ College Opinion/Commentary: Sandi Garcia, first place, “Adios mi amigo” ■ College Reviews: Lauren Ciallella, first place, “The whine of ‘Sideways’” ■ College Photography: Mike Sullivan, first place, “Celebrating culture,” and third place, “Built to win” ■ Non-daily Front Page Design: City Times Staff, first place, “Oh, the places you’ll go,” and Jermaine Davis, third place, “Officer on patrol” ■ Non-daily Feature Page Design: Jermaine Davis, second place, “Photographic

Grosch added that “the city council has way too many closed door sessions. It’s way too intimidating for a neighborhood person to go down and testify at City Hall. “At the community college we visit and have our board meetings at every campus,” Grosch noted. “We have an hour before every meeting where the public can come up and talk with us. If there is a problem with the way the district is doing things, citizens can come right up and let us know. Why can’t the City Council hold meetings in the evening when working people can come down and participate? It takes the desire to want to do that. The more inclusive you are the stronger you are.” Prior to his experience on the college district board, Grosch hadn’t held any elected offices. His extensive involvement in community development and enhancement work stretches back over 30 years. He was named Citizen of The Year in 1983 by the Ocean Beach Town Council. In 2004, the Ocean Beach Main Street Association named his hotel Business of The Year. Grosch has been a teacher at Sacred Heart Academy for the past 14 years. He is a father and has been married for 35 years. reflections,” and Mike Sullivan, third place, “A line in the sand” JACC winners: ■ General Excellence (one of five colleges in the tabloid-size division) ■ City Times Staff: second place in front page layout ■ Lauren Ciallella: honorable mention in critical review ■ Sandi Garcia: honorable mention in inside page layout ■ Mike Sullivan: honorable mentions in feature photo, news photo, photo story/ essay and sports action photo

CityCalendar Compiled by Cindy J. Wimer Send items to City Times, 1313 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101, e-mail citytimes@gmail.com, call (619) 388-3880, or fax (619) 388-3814 ■ OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 12 Theatre Production of “Smokey Joe’s Café” Saville Theatre $15 Adults and $10 Students/seniors/military ■ NOVEMBER 8 Mandrill legendary funk R&B sensation simulcast Live on KSDS Jazz Live & World Cultures Event at 8 pm ■ NOVEMBER 9 Business Opportunity Marketplace – SIFE 11 am to Noon in Gorton Quad

■ NOVEMBER 15 Men’s soccer vs. Imperial Valley Away game 3:00 pm Women’s soccer vs. MiraCosta Home game 1:00 pm ■ NOVEMBER 16 Women in Politics with special guests Senator Christine Kehoe and Dede Alpert Panel discussion moderated by Marti Emerald of Channel 10; Saville Theater 9:45 am

Men’s Soccer vs. Palomar Away game 3:00 pm

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Puente Project’s goal: expanding opportunities By Ivette Servin City Times The Puente Project is an official City College club and program offering transfer opportunities, meetings, field trips, and other activities to students. Founded at Chabot College in Hayward in 1981 with the intention of increasing the number of transfer students who enroll in four-year universities and earn their degrees, the Puente Project has expanded to 57 community colleges and 36 high schools throughout the state over the past 24 years. The project assists students in developing academic plans, seeking career options and identifying lifetime goals.

Puente offers leadership development, educational and cultural enrichment opportunities, and constant support from its mentors and counselors. Puente members make up 48 percent of community college students who transfer to a four-year university within three years, compared to 7 percent of non-members. Puente Counselor Gabriel Sanchez and Maria Figueroa, the English Puente instructor, help make the club successful. Advantages to being a Puente member include recognition as a leader and scholar among a state-wide network of mentors and professionals. Students who are a part of the program return to the community colleges as mentors after graduating from the universities they transfer to.

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Mentors are from the business and professional community. They are trained to provide helpful resources to the students, their families, colleges and the community. Students are teamed with a leader who shares academic and career experiences and offers real-life work experiences. “The club is cool and fun,” Diana Correa, a member of the program, said. “You get to meet other students and have many field trips. We talk about books written by Latino authors.” On Oct. 1, Puente students went to California State University at Northridge to meet with other Puente Clubs around

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City Council District 8 candidates campaign at forum By Tiffany Stecker City Times Seven of the eight candidates for the District 8 City Council seat spoke at the Oct. 12 Golden Hill Planning Committee meeting. The candidates are vying for the position left vacant due to Councilman Ralph Inzuza’s conviction on corruption charges. District 8 includes the communities of Golden Hill, Sherman Heights, Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Grant Hill, Memorial, Stockton, Nestor, Otay Mesa, San Ysidro, Southcrest and the Tijuana River Valley. Candidates were each given three minutes to state their positions and values to the members of the committee and the audience of community members who were present. The community had prepared ques-

tions for the candidates before the meeting regarding specific issues affecting the greater Golden Hill area: what would the candidates do to create and maintain affordable housing, how would the candidates resolve the dispute regarding the 32nd Street canyon, and how would the candidates preserve the area’s historical buildings in light of the recent push for smart growth. Most candidates focused responses on the affordable housing issue. Only a couple of them addressed the latter two areas. Luis Acle, the current president of the San Diego Board of Education, said he was “committed to the notion of keeping the area a vibrant community.” He remarked that the recent scandals surrounding the City Council had created a loss of San Diegans’ trust in local government. Acle is the only candidate currently holding a political position.

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Forum Continued from Page 3 nity diversity. Dan Coffey, an environmental lawyer and Golden Hill resident, highlighted his long and vocal opposition to the Brown Field expansion project. The victory saved the city millions of dollars and prevented serious environmental degradation, according to Coffey’s Web site. Coffey also served on the Park and Recreation Board. Tim Gomez likened his leadership style to refereeing a wres-

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City Times tling match. “You’re not here to pick sides,” he said. “You’re here to interpret the spirit of the ruling.” Gomez criticized the Centre City Development Corporation for driving homeowners out of the East Village. As council member, Gomez would seek to expand many of District 8 residents’ access to credit through credit unions. He later pointed out that there is only one bank in the Logan Heights/Sherman Heights/ Barrio Logan area, severely limiting the access to credit in those neighborhoods. Douglas Holbrook, an attorney and former professor of political science at San Diego

State University, called for more audits into campaign financing and for a more open government. “What they’re forgetting is, it’s not their government, it’s our government. It’s not their city, it’s our city,” he said. Ben Hueso, a local businessman, said he was “the only person with a strong business background” running for the council seat. Hueso has experience in creating affordable housing through his work with the Department of Community and Economic Development. He has also worked extensively with youth through Urban Corps, a program which provides job training for at-risk youth. Hueso

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said he would work toward preserving many of the district’s old and historic buildings and improve transit corridors. Matthew Moncayo, the last candidate to speak, resides in the Tijuana River Valley. Like Hueso, Moncayo highlighted the need to preserve the many historic homes in the region, noting that the architecture was “from a simpler time.” Moncayo said he would fight against the relocation of sex offenders into communities and make Megan’s Law, which provides an online database to locate offenders in cities, more accessible. Moncayo also applauded the Golden Hill community for

their efforts to conserve the 32nd Street canyon. Eighth candidate Lincoln Pickard did not attend the meeting. Planning Committee Chairwoman Patricia Shields was pleased with the forum and the community turnout. She was especially pleased that many candidates chose to stay and speak to the audience after the forum. “I think the most important stuff happened in the parking lot,” Shields said, noting that guiding questions revealed how candidates viewed and valued what mattered most to the Golden Hill community. “In a more formal context, that doesn’t always come out,” she said.

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the state. There, the students enjoyed a motivation conference, free food and a mariachi band. To obtain a successful transfer, Puente students must commit to participate fully in a three-phase program, which includes taking courses in English 51, 101 and Personal Growth. Members must

“Smokey Joe’s Café” opened with a bang Oct. 28 at City College’s Saville Theatre. Directed by the theatre department’s June Richards, the musical rocked to ’50s classics such as “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand By Me,” “Love Potion No. 9” and “Yakety Yak.” Filled with song and dance, the performers did a very good job at making you feel like you really were in the 1950s. The familiar songs and fun atmosphere, still loved by the audience, proves that these classics will never be forgotten no matter how old they get. “It was hard learning to

Police Continued from Page 1 He does say, however, that police are quickly able to determine a student’s status by asking for identification. Garza also says that truant

Mike Sullivan / City Times Shawn Leavy (left), Leviticus and Diego San Miguel perform Oct. 29 in “Smokey Joe’s Café” at City College’s Saville Theatre. dance and sing at first,” commented cast member Thomas Meston, “but the cast is so incredibly talented and it was so fun getting into that ’50s state of mind that you improved your skills and just had fun doing it.”

high school students can be found anywhere, from parking structures to stairs, but that they prefer certain locations. Some are discovered congregating in the cafeteria during bad weather. He says, too, that most are found around the perimeter of a campus, not amid its interior. If campus police suspect a

“Smokey Joe’s Café” is a rock ‘n’ rolling good time that will have you singing the songs all the way back home. It runs Nov. 11 and 12 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and military.

high school student is guilty of daytime loitering or in curfew violation, an officer usually conducts what is called a “cite and release.” The student is presented with a citation and remanded to the school’s administration. If a student provides proof of legitimate business requiring his or her presence on the college campus, which may include

Students interested in Puente membership must attend club meetings, held every Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. in room D-105. For more information, contact Sanchez at (619) 388-3668 or the City College Counseling Department.

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In honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the Cosmetology Department will offer free haircuts to all active-duty military and veterans. The event will take place on Nov. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cosmetology Center.

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high school classes held there, or irregular scheduling, police honor the proof and immediately release the student. Conversely, if a juvenile student is found to be engaged in criminal activity, such as the sale or possession of narcotics, campus police take the individual into custody. Depending on the nature and severity of the violation, police then either release the student to high school authorities or transport the offender to Juvenile Hall. “We also contact the parents to let them know when a student is detained or arrested by the police,” Garza says. If there is a problem with City College students on San Diego or Garfield high school campuses, Garza said that he has not heard or seen any information regarding such activity. Officer Richard Ferrell, also with City College, says that sometimes students from SDCC work on special projects, which

require access to high school properties. To carry out their work, these students must receive guest passes from the administration offices. Curfew violations and narcotics activity are the main problems the college Police Department experiences in dealing specifically with high school students. Garza also says that there have been some incidents of possible theft by high school students “casing” vehicles, but that he does not recall any actual break-ins. Garza has been an officer at City College for six years, transferring to the college from the National City Police Department. He is one of many officers working hard to keep SDCC and the surrounding area crime free. “I enjoy the campus atmosphere and the environment,” Garza says. “Sometimes we have to deal with very negative situations. Our main purpose here is the safety of the students and staff.”

Campus police revamp Web site By Adrian Santa Cruz City Times Sgt. Gemma Styles of City College Campus Police has been working for the past two to three weeks to make improvements in the Web site for campus police at City, Mesa and Miramar colleges. Styles has put together a site that features all the rules and regulations for all campuses in this district, from parking rules to a free-speech map showing where it’s OK to speak your mind. This Web site has not

been updated in more than three years. Why the changes? “To provide comprehensive information for the services we provide,” Styles said. Other changes to the site: The dark background is gone, replaced with brighter colors and a more appealing look. The site is primary built using the Microsoft FrontPage program and Macromedia’s Studio MX. The new Web site should be up and running soon. To visit the site, go to http://police.sdccd. edu.

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