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LWV League of Women Voters of California
Los Angeles County, CA April 9, 2002 Election
 Smart Voter Darwin R. Thorpe

Candidate for
Member, Board of Trustees; Long Beach Community College District; Trustee Area 1

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Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Incumbent, Member, LBCC Board; Author/ Education Consultant
  • BA Degree, with triple major in Biological Science, Chemistry, and Physics, Fresno State University; MS Degree in Entomology, Ohio State University.
  • Certificates in Education and Radiation Biology, Fresno State U. and Cornell U.
  • College Professor of Biology, 38 years; former President of the Faculty Assoc. of the Calif. Community Colleges
  • Former Chair of the LBCC Personnnel Commission; former member of the State Board of Directors of the Calif. State Personnel Commissioners Assoc.;
  • Author of books and articles in science, ethics, college curriculum and budgeting; service on numerous State-wide and local education committees.
  • Lifetime Membership in Calif. PTA; Scholarships to three Universities, Outstanding Professor and Golden Apple Award from students and colleagues
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Curb runaway inflation of costs of education and training at Long Beach City College
  • Replace student satisfaction surveys with genuine accountability for academic standards and practices
  • Guarantee that student and community instructional needs drive planning for expenditures of recently authorized bond monies
Key Endorsements
  • Teachers, professors, and support staff Assocs. of LBCC and LBUSD
  • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Position Papers
Curbing Education and Training Cost Inflation at Long Beach City College
My three-point plan for curbing inflation of education and training costs at Long Beach City College include a change in incentives for student progress, decentralizing college services, and working for equity in staff remuneration.
Management Instability at Long Beach City College
In the last three years, management instability has grown sufficiently to virtually stop planning on campus, and throw college budgeting practices into turmoil.
A New Education Coalition
Out of a community effort to educate the public on the recent Proposition 39 bond authorization Measure E arose a new Greater Long Beach Area Alliance for Education Excellence. This should serve as one instrument for focusing the larger community's desire for educational accountability and fiscal restraint.
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