LATTC COMMUNITY CITIZENS’ COMMITTEE
I. Membership – Appointment, Qualifications and Term
Membership in the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee
There will be at least seven members of the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee, as follows:
Each College will have a Community Citizens’ Committee (CCC).
Each Community Citizens’ Committee will consist of at least seven but no more than fifteen members nominated by the constituent organization(s), recommended by the College President and appointed by the College.
At least one member of the committee will be active in a business organization representing the business community in the college’s service area; at least one member will be active in a bona fide taxpayers’ organization; at least one member will be a student who is enrolled at the college and active in a college group, such as the college associated students’ organization; and at least one member will be an active member of a college advisory committee or the college’s foundation; one member representing the labor community in Los Angeles, and two members at large.
One representative from the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee will serve on the District Citizen’s Oversight Committee’s (DCOC). This representative will be recommended by the College President and confirmed by the Board.
Employees and Employee Representatives - No employee of the District may be appointed as a member of the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee. If requested by the College President, the College may also confirm non-voting employee representatives to the Community Citizens’ Committee.
Any employee representative to the committee may participate in the committee’s deliberations but may not cast a vote as a committee member or otherwise participate in any similar form of formal decision-making.
Interested vendors - No vendor, contractor, or consultant of the District shall be appointed to the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee.
No dual membership - A member of the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committeewho is not the District Citizen’s Oversight Committee’s (DCOC) designated representative for the DCOC may not be a member of the DCOC or another Community Citizens’ Committee (CCC).
Elected Officials - Elected officials are not eligible to be members of the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committeeor a DCOC.
Members of the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee shall serve for a term of two years and for no more than two consecutive terms.
The community college student member may, at the discretion of the College, serve up to six months after his or her graduation.
Removal from membership - Members of the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee serve at the pleasure of the College and may be removed at any time within the College’s sole discretion.
Process for replacement - If mid-term vacancies occur, the process for replacement shall ideally follow the same process as for regular appointments. The President may adjust the processes as may be reasonably necessary for the particular circumstances.
Authority and relationship of committee
CCC - The role of each Community Citizens’ Committee is to advise the District Citizens’ Oversight Committee regarding the District’s expenditure of bond revenues on the specific projects listed in the bond proposition that are planned for the college at which the committee is organized, and to recommend a member of the committee to serve on the District Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The CCC will prepare an annual report for the District.
Legal capacity of committees
The DCOC is the citizens’ advisory committee.
The CCCs are advisory to the DCOC.
Neither the DCOC nor the CCCs have an independent legal capacity from the Los Angeles Community College District.
Information provided to committee members
Information provided by staff to one member of the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee shall be provided to all members of the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee, in accordance with the directions of the College President.
Authority of individual committee members
The Chair of the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee shall have the authority to direct staff as necessary to comply with public meeting laws.
Except as expressly provided in these bylaws or by a majority vote of the applicable committee, individual committee members shall not have the authority to direct staff unless the applicable.
Each individual committee member retains the right to address the College Board of Trustees, either on behalf of his or her respective committee, or as an individual.
Selection of Chair
The chair for the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee will be selected annually by the College President at the first meeting held on or after July 1, or as vacancies may occur. The chair shall serve at the pleasure of the applicable committee.
College Staffing to Committee
Reasonable staffing shall be provided to the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee without charge to bond funds.
The management-level staff person for the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee will report to the College President.
Staffing levels are within the discretion of the College President for the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee, but the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee may make recommendations regarding their respective staffing needs.
The College President should seek input from individual committee members regarding the evaluation of staff members.
The Chair of the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee may seek legal counsel as necessary from the Office of General Counsel, which will provide advice directly or through the use of additional counsel as may be necessary. Since the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee does not have a separate legal capacity from the District, the committees may not obtain other legal counsel without permission from the General Counsel.
Defense and indemnity
The District has a duty to defend and indemnify volunteers acting within the course and scope of their volunteer duties. In the event of litigation naming the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee, or the individual members, the College Board of Trustees shall provide counsel for the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee, and shall promptly determine whether to provide counsel for individual members.
Bylaws for each group – LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee may adopt its own bylaws, not inconsistent with the bylaws of the DCOC, and subject to the approval of the President.
Amendments – Amendments to these bylaws must be approved by the President.
V. Conduct of meetings
A quorum of the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee shall consist of a majority of members of the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee.
The LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee is subject to the Ralph M. Brown Act. In light of this requirement, each group will adopt schedules of meetings for at least six-month periods.
Notices and agendas regarding the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee shall be posted in the same location as the location where notices and agendas regarding the College Academic Senate and LACCD Board of Trustees meetings.
Each member of the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee will be given a current copy of the Ralph M. Brown Act by the Office of General Counsel. The Office of General Counsel shall have the responsibility to provide a briefing regarding the Brown Act at a regular meeting of each committee annually.
Minutes of the proceedings of the LATTC Community Citizens’ Committee and all documents received and reports issued shall be a matter of public record and be made available on an Internet website maintained by the College.
Except as otherwise provided by these bylaws or applicable law, meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.
When calling for a vote, the Chair may take the entire vote of the group verbally by asking first for those in favor, then for those opposed, then for abstentions. In the absence of a member articulating his or her opposition or abstention, the vote of the individual members present will be deemed to have been cast in favor of the motion.
Approved: December 1, 2009
Updated: October 20, 2011
Updated: December 13, 2011
Darryl Holter, Committee Chair
Dr. Roland “Chip” Chapdelaine, President
Dr. Daniel J. LaVista, Chancellor