The governing board of the community college district shall establish
and appoint members to an independent citizens' oversight committee,
pursuant to California Ed. Code Section 15282, within 60 days of the
date that the governing board enters the election results on its
minutes, pursuant to Section 15274.
STATUTORY DUTIES OF THE COMMITTEE
The implementing legislation (Sections 15278 through 15282 of the Ed.
Code) states that the purpose of the Committee is “to inform the public
concerning the expenditure of bond revenues.” This is a general
statement, which does not dictate the specific functions of the
Committee. The specific mandatory functions of the Committee are set
forth in the Code, as follows:
- Actively review and report on the proper expenditure of
taxpayers’ money for school construction;
- Advise the public as to whether the District is in compliance
with Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3);
- Provide oversight for both of the following:
- Ensuring that bond revenues are expended only for the
purposes described in Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3), and
- Ensuring that no funds are used for any teacher,
administrative salaries, or other school operating expenses.
- Issue regular reports on the results of activities, at least
once a year.
The Santa Clarita Community College District Measure “M” Citizens’
Oversight Committee shall consist of at least seven members to serve a
term of two years without compensation. Individuals may serve for no
more than two consecutive terms. While consisting of a minimum of at
least seven members, the Committee shall be comprised and include one
member from each category as delineated:
- One member shall be active in a business organization
representing the business community located within the District;
- One member shall be active in a senior citizens' organization;
- One member shall be active in a bona fide taxpayers'
- One member shall be a student who is both currently enrolled in
the District and active in a community college group, such as
student government. The community college student member may, at the
discretion of the Board, serve up to six months after his or her
- One member shall be active in the support and organization of
the District, such as a member of the Foundation or an already
existing College advisory council.
Further, certain individuals are excluded from participating:
- No employee or official of the District shall be appointed to
the Santa Clarita Community College District Measure “M” Citizens’
- No vendor, contractor, or consultant of the District shall be
appointed to the Santa Clarita Community College District Measure
“M” Citizens’ Oversight Committee.
Members of the Santa Clarita Community College District Measure “M”
Citizens’ Oversight Committee shall, pursuant to Sections 35233 and
72533, abide by the prohibitions contained in Article 4 (commencing with
Section 1090) and Article 4.7 (commencing with Section 1125) of Division
4 of Title 1 of the Government Code.
MEETING PROCEDURES OF THE COMMITTEE
- Regular attendance by Committee members is essential to
effective operation of the Committee and timely implementation of
- If a Committee member is unable to attend regularly scheduled
meetings, the Board of Trustees may appoint a replacement for that
member on recommendation of the Superintendent.
- After a Committee member has had two consecutive absences
without reasonable excuses, the Committee shall recommend that the
Board of Trustees remove the member from the panel and seek a
- The replacement member shall represent the required Committee
membership (category and criteria).
Meeting Dates and Times
- Regular meeting dates, time, and place shall be established by
the Committee and published/posted in accordance with the Ralph M.
Brown Act and District Procedures.
- All Committee proceedings shall be open to the public and shall
be subject to the provisions of the Ralph M. Brown Act.
Conducting the Meetings
- The Committee shall operate under the latest edition of Roberts
Rules of Order.
- Committee actions and decisions shall be made and recorded as
individual votes, noting the Committee member’s name and response.
- Committee decisions shall be by majority vote of the members of
the Committee present, provided that there is a quorum.
- All documents received by the Committee and reports issued by
the Committee shall be a matter of public record.
- Community members and news media representatives shall be
encouraged to attend Committee meetings.
- Members of the audience shall have an opportunity to address the
Committee. Notice of Committee meetings and Committee actions shall
be reported at Board of Trustees meetings as well as submitted for
publication in the College’s student newspaper and local news media.
Reporting of the Committee’s Work
- Reports by the Committee shall be presented at Santa Clarita
Community College District Board of Trustees meetings.
- Reports and documents received by the Committee shall be placed
on the District’s web site.
DISTRICT SUPPORT OF THE COMMITTEE
The governing board, without any use of bond funds, shall provide the
- Any necessary technical assistance and administrative assistance
in the furtherance of the Committee’s purpose; and
- Sufficient resources to publicize the conclusions of the