Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Board of Trustees Meeting May 2016

The CSU Board of Trustees meets today and tomorrow in open sessions, estimated to begin at 10 a.m. today. You can watch the Trustees meetings online.

The meeting began yesterday in closed session for executive personnel matters, and today's closed sessions include more time for executive personnel matters, as well as litigation and collective bargaining.

Among the agenda items for the open sessions are:

  • Ratification of the faculty contract
  • Adoption of an initial bargaining proposal for Unit 11 (Academic Student Employees, represented by United Auto Workers)
  • Increase the chancellor's authority to approve capital outlay projects, including:
    • Capital outlay budget and scope of projects with a value of $5 million or less
    • Schematic design of new buildings or additions with a value of $5 million or less
    • Schematic design of all remodel and utilitarian projects, regardless of cost, unless the design is architecturally significant or includes significant unavoidable environmental impacts
  • Construction of a financial trading center in an existing building at Fullerton ($1,044,000)
  • A deal for Channel Islands to sell 386 apartments and some retail space for $81,000,000, with a lease-back provision for some apartments
  • CSU 2016-2017 budget

Unit 9 Council Chair Rich McGee, and Vice Chair Ricardo Uc, are both scheduled to address the Committee on Collective Bargaining today and the Plenary session tomorrow.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Last Day to Register (or Update Your Registration) for California Presidential Primary

Today is the last day to register (or re-register) to vote in California's June 7 presidential primary. You can do this online.

Requirements for Voting in a Party Primary:

  • To vote in the Democratic primary, you must be registered either as a Democrat or "no party preference" (NPP), formerly known as "decline-to-state".
  • To vote in the Republican primary, you must be registered as a Republican.
  • You can update your political party preference using the online voter registration form.

A Few More Things to Know:

  • Some Californians registered for a political party with "Independant" in the name, when they meant to register as "no party preference". If that's you, you can change your party preference using the online voter registration form.
  • Online voter registration is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.
  • Students can register using their home or school address.
  • If you prefer a paper voter registration application, check your local library, county elections office, DMV, or post office. Paper applications must be postmarked today, or hand-delivered to your county elections office, in order to meet the deadline for voting in the June 7 primary.
  • Three parties (the Democratic Party, the Libertarian Party, and the American Independent Party) allow NPP voters to vote in their California presidential primaries. NPP voters must specifically request a ballot for one of these parties; by default, they receive a non-partisan ballot without presidential candidates.