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Laney’s Tower of Terror

Tower elevators offline after alleged malfunctions with passengers inside
Leo Premnath-Ray, Investigations Reporter December 28, 2023
Three separate reports were made to The Citizen in November about a Laney Tower elevator malfunctioning with passengers inside. The college announced Dec. 4 that the Tower elevators would "remain offline until further notice."
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How $11.2 million in state funding led to a $6.2 million deficit for PCCD

A semester-long push and pull regarding cost-of-living raises culminated in budget cuts to address a $6.2 million deficit.
Sam O'Neil and Li Khan December 24, 2023
Faculty at the Peralta Community College District wanted to see the $11.2 million state Cost of Living Adjustment funds used towards employee cost-of-living raises, but district officials determined that granting cost-of-living raises of any amount would still require substantial cuts elsewhere in the budget.
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The Citizen Investigates: PCCD Vendor High Performance Learning Environments

The construction consulting firm has ties to two past controversies at school districts in Southern California surrounding allegations of bribery and fraud.
Lylah Schmedel-Permanna and Li Khan December 12, 2023
The board will vote tonight on two high-value contracts to a construction consulting firm that has ties to two past school district scandals that involved allegations of questionable bidding practices, bribery of public officials, and fraud.
An overview of the four finalists in the PCCD chancellor search

An overview of the four finalists in the PCCD chancellor search

The Citizen Staff October 26, 2023

Update as of 10/27/2023: The PCCD Board of Trustees will deliberate on the candidates in a closed session meeting on Monday, according to a PCCD email announcement sent out at 4:43 PM. The Peralta...

Emergency in the Laney parking lot? Don’t try the blue phones

Emergency in the Laney parking lot? Don’t try the blue phones

Leo Premnath-Ray, Investigations Reporter October 23, 2023

A broken conduit has left all four emergency blue phones in Laney College’s parking lot out of order for nearly three years. On Sep. 25, Peralta’s current Associate Director of Public Safety...

The Citizen Investigates: Outside Speaker Fees

The Citizen Investigates: Outside Speaker Fees

Payments range from $150 to $60,000 in the absence of a district-wide policy
David Rowe and Pamela Rudd June 22, 2023
Over the past three years, the four colleges of the Peralta Community College District have invited a number of outside speakers to conduct workshops for students, faculty, and staff without formal district-wide policies set in place to determine how much they should be paid. Records obtained by The Citizen show that fees paid to these speakers range widely, from as little as $150 to as much as $60,000. 
CA bill would alter brown act requirements for elected student representatives at California Community Colleges

CA bill would alter brown act requirements for elected student representatives at California Community Colleges

Lylah Schmedel-Permanna, Staff Writer May 1, 2023
A controversial bill recently passed through the California State Assembly Higher Education Committee that could change Brown Act teleconferencing requirements for student body organizations at community colleges. The bill will be heard next by the Assembly Local Government Committee on May 3. 
Low level of adoption for PCCDs AC Transit bus pass program

Low level of adoption for PCCD’s AC Transit bus pass program

Fewer than one-third of students paying for EasyPass actually claimed one
David Rowe, Associate Editor December 16, 2022

Despite support from the Peralta students who voted in an April 2022 election for reinstatement of the AC Transit EasyPass program, only 31% of students being charged for the pass actually claimed...

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