Earth Day goes from Central Coast to global

Posted on Apr 10, 2017

Published in the April 7, 2017 Santa Maria Times. In January 1969, a blowout took place on Union Oil’s Platform A, six miles off the Summerland coast, spewing between 80,000 and 100,000 barrels of crude oil into the Santa Barbara Channel. As horrified residents watched their beaches turn black and the news media showed the world the thousands of dead and dying birds and other marine life caused by the spill, a new consciousness about...

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PFA Garners 4 First Place Awards at CFT Convention

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

At the California Federation of Teachers convention on April 1, 2017, the Part-Time Faculty Association garnered 4 First Place awards (shown below): Best Bulletin Series—President’s Letter by Mark Miller, President Best Public Relations—Public Awareness Campaign by Mark Miller, President Best Website— by Dorran Nadeau, Webmaster Best Use of Social Media—Facebook Page by Dorran Nadeau,...

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A progressive force in North County

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

Published in the March 23, 2017 Santa Maria Times. Whether it is community organizing, a citizenship fair or advocating for the Farmworker Bill of Rights, chances are you will find the people of the North County Coalition in the midst of it. Since 2010 the North County Coalition has been at the forefront of progressive causes and activities in Santa Maria and the rest of North County, and according to its chairman, Abraham Melendrez, it has...

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Cellphone-free classroom a success

Posted on Feb 24, 2017

Published in the February 24, 2017 Santa Maria Times. “This classroom is a no cellphone zone,” I tell my students at the start of each semester. It rhymes so it’s easy to remember. Just to be sure no one misses the point, this is reinforced by a large picture projected onto a screen at the front of the room that shows a cellphone with a big red line drawn through it: “Notice — No cellphone Zone” it proclaims. This is also placed in...

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PFA Bargaining Team

Posted on Feb 14, 2017

  [Left to right] Standing: Wes Davis (incoming CFT representative); Rich Baker; Susan Case; Mark Miller. Seated: Danielle Blanchard; Mike Terman (outgoing CFT...

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Lots at stake as bargaining begins

Posted on Jan 29, 2017

Published in the January 26 Santa Maria Times. As bargaining begins between the Part-Time Faculty Association of Allan Hancock College and the representatives of college administration, a lot will be riding on what takes place at the negotiating table. The entire collective bargaining agreement is up for discussion. The bargaining agreement, or contract, is bargained in three-year cycles. In the years between, two articles, chosen by either...

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