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    Jorge RileyOct 19, 2013 at 11:13 am

    First of all I would like to thank those who have stood with me during these hard times. I know that not everyone knows the trials I have been put through since this has happened but now that I am catching up on all the work that was thrown at me in this unreasonable course of events I will address these issues.

    I ran last Spring to be the Director of Finance, a seemingly simple task for someone with my education and experience. I had two months before the end of the school year to ask for any policy I needed to review and any forms that I needed to do my job. During the summer President elect Tyrone Robinson failed to show up to a meeting we had that would close down issues about the unpaid bill for VoteNet (the required online voting system we use to have elections). During this meeting the incoming president failed to appear in which time I had expressed my unhappiness that this had happened.

    When Tyrone Robinson resigned I was not only not notified but left off the email. I imagine he did this prior to the meeting and no body bothered to tell me. I wasn’t told until 2 days before I was supposed to perform my duties by the Current’s Editor in Chief. All at once I had an unreasonable task thrown at me and was in a horrible position of cleaning up the prior administrations inability to pass a set of bylaws in a year. I was told I had to generate several lists of appointments, and that JBC was a newly created entity to deal with the money for our ASB but it needed new bylaws created as well.

    The Constitution, I had no part in writing this but I know that while I was reviewing the framework of the law I was to work within I found a place for special elections that was unreasonably in conflict. The Constitution clearly states:

    “ARTICLE XV SEC 2 PG 25:
    Special elections may be called as necessary. Special elections may be held only for
    (a) changes in the constitution; (b) the creation of a new elective office in the Associated Student Body; or (c) after an election, all elective offices of the Student Senate or Clubs and Events Board remain vacant.”

    This does not provide for the resignation of a Student Body President or any of the three required elected positions in the ASB:

    President, Vice-President, Director of Finance

    The problem of course has been worked out and I am pleased to announce that bylaws are in place with some needed changes but we have been able to start doing business and I have formed a committee for bylaw review to fix the many problems in the bylaws.


    This Constitution may be amended by concurrent resolutions passed by two thirds (2/3) of the members of the Senate and two thirds (2/3) of the members of the Clubs and Events Board and ratified by the students in a generally scheduled election.

    Any amendment requires the ratification of 2/3 of the students voting in a generally scheduled election in which 10% of the headcount enrollment of the college votes on the amendment ratification issue.

    This means that while we have provided for a special election that if we put the constitutional amendment on the ballot and candidates for election which include:

    Student Senate:
    8 Senators

    Commissioner of Finance

    And if the Constitution is not ratified by the 10% headcount of enrolled students in the American River College headcount which is about 3,650 students then not only will it void the election but then this problem could reoccur until it is fixed.

    Good news:
    Aside from all the problems I have kept my promise and have brought Summer Bus Passes back to the table for review of the Los Rios District and will be forming a committee to work on solving this problem. Also I would like to inform the students that Lobby day will be the 1st Tuesday of February (the 4th) 2014. I need to have statewide issues that students face for proposal to the district for legal ratification of the state law by November 13, 2013. Please send any suggestions to:
    [email protected]
    also packets for special election are now available.

    Thank you,
    Jorge Riley
    (Acting) Student Body President

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