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March 7, 2017 — Local Elections
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Los Angeles Community College DistrictCandidate for Member, Board of Trustees, Seat 6

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Nancy Pearlman

Community College Trustee
160,993 votes (39.63%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Maintain the Los Angeles Community College District’s commitment to sustainability in its multi-billion dollar building projects.
  • Ensure the continued accreditation of the nine colleges within the LACCD in order to continue to provide a quality education to the 250,000 full- and part-time students currently enrolled.
  • Fight for fiscal accountability to stop wasteful spending of taxpayer money

Experience

Experience

Profession:I am an environmentalist, anthropologist, documentarian, college instructor, and Trustee for the LACCD
Trustee, Board of Trustees — Elected position (2001–current)
Anthropology and Communications Instructor, Los Angeles Community College District (1989–2000)

Education

USC and UCLA Extension Secondary Teaching Credential, Adult Education Credential (1980)
Antioch University MA, Urban Studies and Planning, Environmental Studies Specialty (1979)
UCLA BA, Anthropolgy (1971)
Los Angeles City College Lower Division Coursework (1969)
Chapman University Honors at Entrance, Semester at Sea Program (1968)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Sierra Club, Angeles Chapter
  • National Womens Political Caucus
  • American Federation of Teachers, Local 1521A

Organizations (22)

  • Gardena Valley Democratic Club
  • Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley
  • Los Angeles County Young Democrats
  • West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • The Democracy Project
  • Evolve
  • National Womens Political Caucus, Los Angeles County (NWPC)
  • Team Earth Conservation
  • Union Members for the Preservation of Wildlife
  • Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Classified Managers Association
  • LACCD Administrators Association represented by Teamsters #911
  • Sprinkler Fitters # 709
  • East Area Los Angeles Progressive Democrats
  • International Union of Operating Engineers Local #12
  • Plumbers Local Union #78
  • SEIU #99
  • Americans for Democratic Action, Southern California
  • Sierra Club Angeles Chapter
  • American Federation of Teachers, College Staff Guild, Los Angeles, Local 1521A, AFL-CIO
  • North Valley Democratic Club

Elected Officials (18)

  • Candidate Lisa Alva for Los Angeles Unified School District Board, District 2; High School Teacher
  • Candidate Carl J. Petersen for Los Angeles Unified School District Board, District 2
  • Candidate Gregory Martayan for Los Angeles Unified School District Board, District 4
  • Candidate Caney Arnold, Los Angeles City Council, District 15; Harbor City Neighborhood Council Boardmember
  • Candidate Karo Torossian for Los Angeles City Council, District 7
  • Candidate Dallas Fowler, Seat 4, Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees
  • Los Angeles City Councilperson Paul Koretz
  • Hon. Mike Feinstein, California Green Party Representative and former Mayor of the City of Santa Monica
  • Los Angeles City Councilperson Bob Blumenfield
  • LACCD Trustee Sydney Kamlager-Dove
  • LACCD Trustee Andra Hoffman
  • Los Angeles City Councilperson Nury Martinez
  • Los Angeles City Councilperson Mike Bonin
  • California State Controller John Chiang
  • California Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
  • Congressman Brad Sherman
  • Hon. Robert Hertzberg, Former State Senator
  • Hon. Kevin Mckeown, Santa Monica City Councilman and Former Mayor of the City of Santa Monica, Chair

Individuals (8)

  • Former LACCD Trustee Mona Field
  • Former LACCD Trustee and Former California Assemblyman Warren Furutani
  • Former LAACD Student Trustee, LaMont G. Jackson
  • Patricia Siever, Former Vice-President of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors; Professor of History
  • Joan Pelico, Chief of Staff, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz
  • Victor Castellano, Labor Compliance Investigator, University of La Verne
  • Jan B. Tucker, Co-President, San Fernando Valley/Northeast Los Angeles Chapter, National NAACP
  • Jan B. Tucker, Chairman, Board of Directors, California Association of Licensed Investigators

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a lifelong environmentalist, feminist, and education advocate, I believe strongly in the rights of all people to a quality education. 

Position Papers

Nancy Pearlman's Campaign Positions and Background for March 7, 2017 Re-election

Summary

On March 7, 2017, Nancy Pearlman will be running for her fifth term as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). As an environmentalist, anthropologist, educator, womens and social rights activist, humanitarian, and broadcaster, Nancy has dedicated her life to public service.

 

As the longest serving Trustee, Nancy has the most experience and history of any current trustee and is dedicated to the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). She has been with the LACCD first as a student in the 1960s, then as an instructor in the 1980s and 1990s, and since 2001, as a Trustee. She has won her election over four times with 61%, 62%, 63%, and 62% of the vote.

Her educational background includes from 1966-1969, Chapman University and its Semester at Sea program and Los Angeles City College. In 1971 she received a BA from UCLA in Anthropology and in 1979 a MA from Antioch University in Urban Studies and Planning with an Environmental Studies speciality. She has three teaching credentials: Secondary (middle and high school), adult education, and community college. Nancy has taught social studies, government, anthropology, and communications in the LACCD at Harbor, West, Valley, Trade, and Southwest Colleges as well as in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Universities, and private institutions.

As a trustee Nancy will continue her work to:
* Improve Student Success by providing strong academic support with mentoring and tutoring * Maintain fiscal accountability and reduce wasteful spending
* Continue the green and modern building/facilities programs
* Make campuses that are safe, ecological and sustainable in maintenance and operation
* Keep colleges accredited

When first elected in 2001, Nancy led the campaign to have the nation’s largest green public building program as the nine colleges renovated and built facilities to meet the educational master plans for the 21st century. A LEED certified and silver standard was adopted for over 250 building projects under a six billion (now nine billion) dollar bond program. She continues to make sure that the buildings will be ecological and functional for students, faculty, and staff.

Other concerns Nancy is focused on includes:
* making campuses secure and safe with strong security
* reducing and eliminating student fees (“tuition”) and reducing student loans
* ensuring that all colleges have full accreditation
* having special programs to assist veterans, disabled, low-performing, and first-time students * getting student passes for buses and the metro
* improving the scholarship offerings of the district and colleges foundations

Her educational experience in the District ensures that she is a strong spokesperson for student issues, for the needs of staff and faculty. She brings a special knowledge of Board programs and policies because she has served with many different trustees. With over 25 years being involved with the LACCD, she believes LACCD is the best in the nation. She is supportive of programs to get students to pass the necessary English and Math requirements to succeed at the college level. She supports four-year guaranteed transfer programs. She supports workforce development training certificate programs, especially in the culinary arts, auto repair, pre-vet, and construction courses. She is an advocate of the arts and is proud of the accomplishments of the theater and music academies. She voted for the BA program for dental technicians and nursing. And she wants to make sure that every academic department has the resources to provide a superb education.

Nancy has been active in the conservation/ecological/green movement for over 47 years and is the strongest environmentalist on the Board of Trustees. Nancy is focused on making the general operations and maintenance activities green and sustainable. She consistently advocates and leads the effort for a Board Sustainability Committee. In addition, she tries to increase the environmental studies curriculum in the academic program. Specifically, Nancy is:
* improving water and and energy conservation especially by increasing the number of solar

panels
* trying to eliminate all toxic cleaners and pesticides and other dangerous chemicals from

campuses
* removing non-native grasses and plantings and planting native vegetation * having effective recycling programs at all colleges
* purchasing recycled products such as paper and restroom supplies

Nancy is the only trustee on the Board that has visited the LACCD’s Gold Creek Ecological Field Station in Little Tujunga in the San Fernando Valley and advocates for funding for a full- time faculty coordinator and to improve the site with compost toilets, solar panels (for nighttime classes), and exotic weed removal. This gem of a natural area, over 240 acres, is unique and needs to be protected and preserved. She was also instrumental in having the LACCD joining the Southern California Marine Institute.

Encouraging diversity in both the faculty, staff, adminstration, and student bodies is important. As someone with a mixed heritage, she understands the needs of those with different ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds. Having created over 2,000 radio and 600 television documentaries in 35 countries and having traveled to over 90 countries, she is understanding of various cultures.

Nancy is an asset to the LACCD and wishes to continue her many successes and to support the enriching educational resource of the community colleges for the over 34 cities served. 

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