Saturday, May 4, 2013

East County citizens sought for bond oversight committee

East County residents in the business or construction fields are being sought to apply for a seat on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, which will monitor spending on Proposition V, the college district’s $398 million bond measure passed by East County voters last November.
The 10-member committee is responsible for ensuring that revenues from the bond measure are spent solely as promised. The committee reviews and reports on district spending of taxpayer money for construction and provides a public accounting of the district’s compliance with legal requirements.
“This citizens committee plays an invaluable role in insuring that East County residents know how their dollars are being used to benefit the educational needs of our community,” Chancellor Cindy L. Miles said.
The committee, chaired by La Mesa attorney Ron Oberndorfer, is carrying on the work of the bond oversight committee that has been overseeing spending on Proposition R, the district’s $207 million bond measure approved in 2002. Auditors have continually given clean reports for the district’s spending on Prop. R projects, which resulted in 13 new or renovated buildings on the Grossmont and Cuyamaca college campuses.

The establishment of the bond oversight committee is required by law and was part of the ballot language for Proposition V. Members of the committee represent business, construction, a taxpayers association, finance, the college district’s foundation, senior citizens, and students at the two colleges.
A seat on the committee representing a business organization will be vacated June 30. A seat on the committee from a professional in a construction-related field such as architecture, construction management, or civil engineering is also vacant. A third seat, to be filled by a Cuyamaca College student, will also be vacant.
A link to the CBOC nomination form can be found on the district’s website at www.gcccd.edu. Go to “About Us,” then to “Proposition V Bond Measure.” Forms can be emailed to the committee at rosie.ibarra@gcccd.edu or by faxing it to (619) 644-7911. For more information, call the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee office at (619) 644-7762.