In March 2004, voters in the Citrus Community College District approved Measure G, a $121 million general obligation bond measure, to prepare local students for four-year colleges, and to train local residents for high-skilled jobs by:
- upgrading campus safety and security;
- expanding academic facilities, vocational technology, emergency medical training, nursing/dental classrooms, and computer labs;
- repairing and rehabilitating aging facilities and infrastructure;
- and, constructing and equipping classroom buildings, science labs and student support facilities.
Facilities improvements to be funded by Measure G were identified following the
2011-2020 Educational and Facilities Master Plan. As of June 30, 2022, all Measure G funds were fully expended, resulting in the successful completion of 16 major projects and numerous campus-wide infrastructure and technological improvements.
On November 3, 2020 voters in the Citrus Community College District approved Measure Y, a $298 million general obligation bond measure aimed at retaining well-qualified teachers and improving the quality of education at Citrus College by:
- upgrading job training, science, technology classrooms and laboratories;
- meeting earthquake, fire, clean drinking water safety;
- providing resources for students/veterans preparing for university transfer/jobs;
- and, removing leaky roofs, mold and lead paint.
The facilities improvements to be funded by Measure Y were identified following an 18-month process where college stakeholders and facilities and administrative services staff, along with a team of external consultants, assessed the facilities needs of the college, resulting in a culmination of recommendations identified in the comprehensive
2020-2030 Educational and Facilities Master Plan.
Both the Measure G and Measure Y elections were conducted under Proposition 39, being chaptered as the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000, at Section 15264 et seq. of the Education Code of the State ("Prop. 39"). Pursuant with the passage of Measure G, the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees established a Citizens' Oversight Committee ("Committee"), in accordance with Section 15278 of the Education Code. Subsequently, upon the passage of Measure Y, the board of trustees reestablished the Committee to provide the oversight required under both bond Measures G and Y, and to set forth under the revised bylaws the duties and rights of the Committee in meeting its obligations under Prop. 39. The Committee has no legal capacity independent from the district.
Current agendas and minutes of the Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC), as well as past meetings agendas and minutes, may be accessed from this site.
Committee Meeting Agendas
Committee Meeting Minutes
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As required by law, the board of trustees for Citrus College adopted
resolution no. 2003-04-25 on May 4, 2004, establishing the Measure G Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC) and approving committee bylaws.
On February 2, 2021, the board of trustees adopted
resolution no. 2020-01-05, reestablishing the existing committee to perform the duties respective to Measure Y, as well.
Resolution 2020-01-05 (Measure Y)
Resolution of the board of trustees of the Citrus Community College District reestablishing the existing committee to perform the duties respective to Measure Y
Resolution 2020-21-04 (Measure Y)
Resolution of the board of trustees of the Citrus Community College District certifying to the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County all proceedings in the November 3, 2020 general obligation bond election
Resolution 2020-21-01 (Measure Y)
Resolution of the board of trustees of the Citrus Community College District ordering an election, establishing specifications of the election order, and requesting consolidation with other elections
Resolution 2003-04-13 (Measure G)
Resolution of the board of trustees of the Citrus Community College District ordering an election, and establishing specifications of the election order
Resolution 2003-04-24 (Measure G)
Resolution of the board of trustees of the Community College District certifying to the Board Supervisors of Los Angeles County all proceedings March 2, 2004 general obligation bond election
Resolution 2003-04-25 (Measure G)
Resolution of the board of trustees of the Citrus Community College District establishing a citizens' bond oversight committee, approving bylaws, therefore
Reimbursement Resolution (Measure G)
Resolution of the board of trustees of the Citrus Community College District regarding its intention to issue tax-exempt obligations
Mr. Brian Bowcock, a retired director of public works for La Verne, oversaw multiple departments – including water and sewer, street maintenance, and building maintenance – and had extensive experience in budgeting and construction of all types. Mr. Bowcock serves as a director on the Citrus College Foundation Board.
Mr. Bowcock is serving a two-year term as a representative of a college support organization on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.
updated September 01, 2023
Mr. Robert Helbing has been a resident of Monrovia for over thirty years and is currently the owner of a family-owned business, also located in Monrovia, for over fifty years. He has experience in public service, facilities, and construction, serving as the past president of the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries president, and as a Foothill Workforce Investment board member. He previously served on the Citrus College Career and Technical Education's HVAC Advisory Committee.
Mr. Helbing desires to serve on this committee to "ensure that bond money is spent appropriately and for the best interests of the students of Citrus College, faculty, and staff."
As a representative of a taxpayer organization on the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee, Mr. Helbing is serving a two-year term.
updated May 24, 2023
Mrs. Susan Keith has been a resident of the city of Claremont for more than fifty years. She has served the public throughout her life as a professional in the nonprofit sector and as an elected official.
Serving on the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2020, four times as president of the board, Mrs. Keith's years of experience as an elected college trustee gave her an understanding and familiarity with budgets, facilities, and the completion of a significant bond construction program.
Prior to joining Citrus College, Mrs. Keith began public service on the Claremont Unified School District Board and Baldy View ROP Board of Education Commission. As a former development and public relations executive, she has experience in educational public relations and fund development for community-based nonprofit organizations.
Mrs. Keith takes her role as a public representative seriously, ensuring responsible and dedicated representation. She is honored to be a part of the group that provides oversight in the public interest of the next major construction program that Citrus College will undergo.
updated May 24, 2023
Mr. Wesley A. Menard is a resident of the city of Glendora. Mr. Menard is retired from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he was the mechanical systems engineering and research division manager. At JPL, he managed million-dollar budgets, provided technical and leadership guidance, and oversaw the construction of new facilities. Mr. Menard has also published and presented his research at conferences, universities, and various literary journals. He started, and still manages, a residential and commercial development company outside of JPL. Mr. Menard has volunteered for numerous organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Glendora, St. Dorothy's Church, the Pomona Fairplex, and Boy Scouts of America.
Serving his second two-year term as a member at-large on the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee, Mr. Menard "is always happy to serve his community and feels the skills and experience he brings from his career would directly apply to the committee's charter."
updated May 24, 2023
Mr. Jess M. Swick is a long-time resident of Claremont. He has worked in the financial business industry for over fifty years, is a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual Life, and owns Swick Financial and Insurance Services. He has earned many professional designations throughout his career, which include: CLU®, ChFC®, AEP®, CASL®, and CLTC®. Mr. Swick has also served on numerous boards and non-profit organizations, and is currently on the board for Pilgrim Place, a continuing care retirement community in Claremont.
As a representative of a senior citizen organization on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, Mr. Swick is serving a two-year term.
updated May 24, 2023
Ms. Brenda J. Trainor, a resident of Monrovia for over twenty years, worked in the public sector for several decades, serving local, state, and federal government agencies in Washington, D.C.; Texas; California; and Nevada. After leaving public service, Ms. Trainor began Frontier Trail Strategies, a communications and technology policy consulting practice. She was also a founding executive of the first competitive telecom provider in Los Angeles County. Ms. Trainor is a columnist for Business Life Magazine. She and her husband are small business owners operating a family-run dog daycare and boarding facility, Wonder Dog Ranch, located in Monrovia.
Committed to community service, Ms. Trainor is active with several Chambers of Commerce, the Monrovia Community Emergency Response Team, and BizFed. She serves on the board of MADIA Tech Launch, is an advisory board member for the K-12 Foothill Consortium, and is chairperson of the Measure K Citizens' Advisory Committee in Monrovia.
Ms. Trainor feels her efforts to serve on this committee are essential to engage the community in the college's activities and help assure transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds.
As a business organization representative on the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee, Ms. Trainor is serving a two-year term.
updated May 24, 2023
Mr. Charles Zhu is attending Citrus College and studying computer science while serving one the Associated Students of Citrus College (ASCC) Executive Board as vice president. Appointed to the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee in August 2023, Mr. Zhu will serve a one-year term, fulfilling the requirement of the student representative.
Mr. Zhu serves on the Citrus College Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility+ (DEIA+) Committee and the College Information Technology Committee (CITC). His community service includes being an Eagle Scout for more than six years and the lead on approximately 20 service events, co-founder of the Compassion for Communities Club, and a Red Cross club officer. He looks forward to representing the Citrus College student body as the COC student representative and making positive contributions that will shape the future of education.
Updated September 01, 2023