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SRJC trustees move closer to putting bond on ballot

Buoyed by strong voter survey results, Santa Rosa Junior College officials are pressing forward with plans to put a $410 million general obligation bond on the November ballot.

Santa Rosa Junior College picks Kathleen Doyle for trustee spot

Kathleen Doyle, a former Santa Rosa Junior College trustee who resigned the post in 2005 before moving out of state, was chosen Tuesday to fill the seat on the board vacated by Onita Pelligrini in January.

Applicants vying for seat on SRJC board named

The Board of Trustees will interview all six applicants at a special Feb. 20 board meeting.

SRJC finances improve, but school faces aging staff and buildings

Santa Rosa Junior College faces a series of long term challenges, but the improving economic climate and a growing base of private funding support has poised the institution for continued growth, President Frank Chong told members of the SRJC Foundation during his annual address on the state of the college.

SRJC to add 500 academic classes

Santa Rosa Junior College announced Friday plans to restore up to 500 classes eliminated by persistent budget cuts, enabling students to earn academic degrees and technical education certificates more quickly.

Sonoma County college leaders hail Prop. 30′s passage

Patrick Maloney, a junior at Sonoma State University, woke up Wednesday morning to a pleasant surprise.
California voters had approved Proposition 30, the statewide tax measure backed by Gov. Jerry Brown to raise about $6 billion a year for education.
For thousands of state university students, it meant money in the bank: specifically a $249 refund of a tuition fee increase they paid this fall.
For Maloney, a 20-year-old political science major from Sacramento, it also was a payoff for a successful campaign to register more than 1,000 SSU students to vote in Tuesday’s election.

SRJC board rejects parcel tax

Santa Rosa Junior College trustees decided Tuesday against putting a parcel tax before voters in November after board members expressed unease with the pace of the discussion. The seven-member board voted unanimously to study the issue further but set aside a proposal to pay for a consultant and a voter poll that would have opened the way to placing the issue on the presidential race ballot in the fall.

SRJC to consider parcel tax

The Santa Rosa Junior College board of trustees on Monday will consider taking a key step toward putting a parcel tax before Sonoma County’s voters to offset steep cuts from Sacramento. The seven member board called the special meeting to decide whether to hire a consultant and conduct a poll, said Board President Terry Lindley. He estimated the cost of a consultant could range from $25,000 to $40,000.

GUEST OPINION: Let the courts review terms of Doyle Trust

During a four-day period last month, 845 Santa Rosa Junior College students signed a petition requesting that the Sonoma County Superior Court review the Doyle Trust. We want to ensure it is being properly administered to protect our interests as SRJC students. We are, after all, the main beneficiaries of the trust.

Politician and educator reunite at SRJC

Eight years after last leaving office, and 50 miles north of his home base, Willie Brown’s star still shines bright. More than 450 people packed Santa Rosa Junior College’s Bertolini Center on Wednesday to hear the former mayor of San Francisco and longest-serving Assembly speaker in state history speak as part of SRJC’s celebration of Black History Month.

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