A chronicle of CCCCD Board Dysfunction - starring Greg Enholm, Vicki Gordon, and John Marquez
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Contra Costa community College District trustees
The files above
The findings from the investigation by an independent law firm, the self-evaluation completed by a consulting firm showing total 4CD Board dysfunction, and a letter by trustee Enholm illustrating his mindset, PERB and ethical violations and then Gordon's lies and libel as she attempts to refute the findings against her with her "re_allegations letter"- you know, the so-called lies that she signed-off on with a letter agreeing to the findings against her.
Here's an assignment: Grade Gordon's "paper" for logical fallacies, lies, misdirection, straw man arguments, and libel. Using a red pen, the findings from the investigation, and critical thinking skills, I suspect you will be able to spot it all! But why stop there? Hop over to Enholm's letter to spot the Board and PERB violations, unethical actions, weird comments, quid-pro-quo negotiation, and retaliation!
While there are additional files, claims, and ethical and legal issues to discuss, this information above is enough to establish their unethical behavior.
Their actions show
A history of Brown Act violations, ethical violations, Board Policy violations, retaliation, self-interest, and a violation of the public trust.
Curiously, Gordon, Enholm, and Marquez seek to remove the CFO and AVC of HR. In light of the files above, ask the question "Why?" When they were asked at a public Board Meeting, Gordon and Enholm refused to answer why they are not renewing the contracts of the CFO and Associate VC of HR. These employees do not report to the Board and received excellent reviews throughout their employment - and were also witnesses to the investigation from which the findings above came from.
Governing Board Retreat and Self-evaluation
Under Gordon, Enholm, and Marquez - the CCCCD Board has had 3 years of total dysfunction. With the evaluation completed by an outside consulting firm, Collaborative Brain Trust (which is headed by former Chancellor of the California Community College system), one can review the presentation file above to understand the history of dysfunction, infighting, and childish behavior. Those three provide fertile ground for unethical, self-serving actions, and violations of PERB, Brown Act, and the Gift of Public Funds.
Upcoming accreditation of CCCCD
Gordon, Enholm, and Marquez have risked accreditation sanctions because of their actions. Their self-serving actions have impacted the institution's focus on its goal to serve students.
A visiting ACCJC team will arrive in the first week of October for site visits. If an interested party would like to comment on these unfolding issues, the ACCJC third-party comment card is available: https://accjc.org/forms/third-party-comments/
Viewing dysfunction: recorded Zoom meeting
4CD Governing Board Meeting8/26/2020
The meeting starts at 1:28 minutes and shows how those in attendance have lost confidence in Enholm, Gordon, and Marquez as publicly-elected officials. With between 120-140 people in attendance, those making public comment made inquiries and demanded accountability and an explanation. No explanations were given.
Pattern of self-serving actions - a gift of public funds violation
While past Board policy allowed for cash-in lieu as an option for trustees. That was found to be in conflict with educational code and was brought to the attention of former chancellor Helen Benjamin and then Board President Gordon. According to current CCCCD Board Policy 4000, trustees are not allowed to claim cash in-lieu for medical benefits. Trustee Marquez claimed cash in-lieu for almost 6 years and upon detection, this information was brought before the Board. Then Gov. Board President Gordon ignored the education code about the gift of public funds, giving trustee Marquez a pass - no required restitution! This is outrageous! There was no transparency, only deception.
Trustee Gordon, as the Board President, attempted to undermine a contract negotiation between management and the employees as the new medical benefits plan would impact her - by $200 a month.
There is a pattern of unethical behavior and self-serving actions demonstrated by trustees Gordon, Enholm, and Marquez. We must see these trustees held accountable.
Gifts of Public Funds:
Understanding the Basics of Public Service Ethics: https://www.ca-ilg.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/basics_perkissues.pdf