RSCCD’s Raul Rodriguez: Educational Leadership at its Worst
One has to wonder the criteria used by “The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education” magazine to name the much maligned Rancho Santiago CCD Chancellor, Raul Rodriguez as one of 25 top education leaders.
Controversy follows Rodriguez like his shadow. A few months ago I reported on the following problems he left behind prior to arriving in the Rancho District six years ago:
- the faculty accused Rodriguez and his administration of not giving raises that had been negotiated; (1)
- Rodriguez disbursed $94,000 in public funds without board approval; (2)
- Under Rodriguez’ leadership open meeting laws (Brown Act) were violated (3)
- Under Rodriguez’ leadership bond money was wasted on public-private partnerships (4)
Rodriguez brought these similar controversies and then some to the Rancho District. He called out the Coast CCD trustees as passive aggressive racists (5) and then engaged the Rancho Foundation in a contract with a Saudi Arabian company that prohibited Rancho employees who were women, gay or Jewish from participating on-site. (6)
Rodriguez supported pay-for-play contracts as good networking (7) and thought nothing of downing 18 drinks together with a fellow District employee while discussing District business. (8)
The “Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education” magazine boasts that their honorees are role models in higher education. My only conclusion after witnessing Rodriguez’ behavior pattern is he is a role model for the very worst in educational leadership.
The current RSCCD Trustees continue to look the other way. Rodriguez can attach this magazine article to his resume and hope the trustees in another district will be as short-sighted as our incumbents were six years ago.
(1) Lodi News-Sentinel, March 20, 2008
(2) Lodi News.com, January 20, 2010
(3) Tracy Press, June 18, 2008
(4) Tracy Press, June 18, 2008
(5) OC Register, October 10, 2014
(6) OC Register, March 6, 2015
(7) Voice of OC, January 6, 2016
(8) Voice of OC, December 1, 2015
As a taxpayer advocate, I am running for trustee of the Rancho Santiago CCD to make certain your tax dollars are put to use in our community and not overseas. I am opposed to the District’s plan to operate colleges in Saudi Arabia and other business ventures in places like China and India. We must put tax dollars to work for our students. My number one goal as your trustee will be to demand accountability to our community from the administration and those who serve with me.
I am a lifelong Orange county resident with no political aspirations other than to make certain we stick to the mission of a community college.
I raised my family in Orange County and spent 38 years as a county engineer. I have served and chaired both the City of Orange’s Library Board and the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission. For my work I was honored with a proclamation from the City of Orange for community service. Additionally I received a governor’s appointment to the California Library Services Board. I respectfully request your vote so I can make certain we follow the district’s mission and effectively serve students and residents of our