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Bill to Restore Local Authority to Community College

For immediate release:

(Sacramento) –Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) introduced legislation intending to help reinstate local governing authority to the Compton Community College. Assembly Bill (AB) 986 will provide a potential legislative solution to the ongoing attempts to restore control of the college to the district.

“I made a promise to the members of my community that I would do whatever I can to put Compton Community College back in the hands of local authority,” states Gipson. “AB 986 is part of keeping that commitment to the citizens of my district.”

In 2004, Chancellor of the California Community College system issued an executive order to place governance of the Compton Community College in the hands of a special trustee as a result of fiscal insolvency. After losing accreditation the following year, the Legislature passed a bill to help resolve the financial issues. However, local governance has never been restored.

“A community is best served when they have authority over their local institutions. After more than 10 years, it is time we return governing authority to the Compton Community College Board of Trustees,” states Gipson. “In addition to AB 986, I will be hosting informational event in the district to discuss all the possible options for finally resolving this issue, and look forward to hearing from all stakeholders.”

Mike Gipson represents the 64th Assembly District. The district includes the cities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, South Los Angeles, Torrance, Watts/Willowbrook and Wilmington.