December 20, 2008 (El Cajon) — La Mesa resident Ron
Asbury, a general contractor and active volunteer for East County schools,
is the newest appointee to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
Citizens Bond Oversight Committee.
The CBOC is charged with ensuring that revenues from Proposition R, the $207
million local bond measure passed in 2002, will be spent solely as promised
to voters. The committee's role is to review and report on district spending
of taxpayers' money for construction and to provide a public accounting of
the district's compliance with legal requirements.
Proposition R was approved by 60 percent of the East County electorate in
response to the overcrowding and widespread repair needs of Grossmont and Cuyamaca
colleges at a time of decreasing state support. One of the provisions of Proposition
R was the governing board's appointment of an independent CBOC.
As specified by the governing board, the committee includes East County residents
with expertise in construction, procurement and finance, as well as local representatives
of business and taxpayer organizations.
With 29 years of residential remodel and reconstruction experience, Asbury
was appointed to fill a committee seat as a qualified professional in construction.
"As a resident and homeowner in La Mesa for the past 33 years, I feel my work-related
qualifications and years of continuous volunteer work for the public schools
in the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District and Grossmont Union High School
District make me a suitable candidateâ," Asbury wrote in a letter submitted
to the governing board. "I am a hands-on contractor--with the ability to identify
code imperfections or substandard workmanship."
GCCCD Governing Board President Bill Garrett, himself a member of the CBOC
prior to becoming a trustee, said Asbury's experience and expertise will serve
the committee well.
"The committee serves a critical role as taxpayer watchdogs, so the willingness
of people like Ron to volunteer on the committee is of enormous benefit," he
said. The San Diego County Taxpayers Association has over the years singled
out the district as a finalist for its Golden Watchdog award, in part for the
exemplary work of the committee.
The 11-member committee, which meets quarterly, is led by Karen Lanning, a
certified public accountant, as chair, and Cliff Diamond, retired El Cajon
police chief, as vice chair.
Prop. R is a key funding source for the construction that's been under way
for the last five years, dramatically changing the faces of both Grossmont
and Cuyamaca colleges. Seven new buildings and two major building remodels
have been completed thus far, with a parking structure and health/physical
sciences complex currently under construction at Grossmont College, and a business/computer
and information science building at Cuyamaca College.
For more information about Prop. R construction, go to www.gcccd.edu and
click on "construction news."