Letters by College President and Athletic Director in Support of the Phillips 66 Rail Project

These letters were written quite some time ago by two employees of Cuesta, yet they were written on stationery with the Cuesta College logo attached.  Official stationery should only be used for official business, i.e., in this case, a district-supported position.  Did the Board of Trustees officially support this project?  If the BOT did not vote to support the project, why are these letters written on Cuesta letterhead, making it appear as if they state an official district position?  If the BOT did vote in support, was there transparency and discussion on this important issue?

Was I the only one who missed this?

Someone will be speaking to this matter at today’s BOT meeting.

Video  —  Posted: June 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

SLO Tribune story this evening:

“Stork told the board that he erred in using official letterhead but did not intend to retract the letter unless directed by the board to do so.”


WWL urges faculty to add their voices in opposition to district support for this project.  Send a letter to the Board at board@cuesta.edu.  In the words of Arroyo Grande resident, Al Brill, in a letter to Board president, Pat Mullen, “A community college should be supportive of the welfare of the entire community, not just a corporation that makes donations.”

Required? No way

Posted: May 19, 2015 in Uncategorized


We all received an email from management today telling us that DE faculty are now required to “include all the components of the DE syllabus template within their DE syllabus, effective Fall 2015.”  This template, created by the DE committee, was endorsed by the Academic Senate Council on May 15.

This looks like an ambitious template.  But, per statute, faculty aren’t even required to have a written syllabus, much less one that is standardized.  And, Article 3 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), “Academic Freedom and Intellectual Property,” further enforces the rights of faculty to teach as they see fit within the parameters of this article.

While the Senate may encourage faculty to use a particular template, it has no authority over what faculty do and cannot require this action; neither can the district for that matter. Further, the CBA, by law, trumps Senate decisions and Board Policy.

Our rights as faculty have been seriously eroding over the last few years.  Please do not think you are bound by this directive.  You are not.  Feel free to contact WWL with any questions. Stay strong.

(Update: you might want to check out additional information on this in the comments section)

Happy Summer.





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Top 15 Community Colleges in California.

In case you missed it

Posted: April 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

The former CCFT Treasurer hopes her reply to the current union treasurer’s unfounded claims will put an end to this ridiculous matter. Marsha kept impeccable records, and I believe in her.  WWL supports her candor (and, humor).

From: Marsha Robinson
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 5:22 PM
To: Mark Tomes
Cc: June Beck; PT-Faculty; FT-Faculty
Subject: RE: Re-joining CCFT

Hello Mark and any others who may be interested in or participating in this “Housewives of Cuesta College” drama.  There is no way this debate can be resolved.  I turned over all the Union treasury paperwork to Mark five years ago.  I have no idea how much of that paperwork was given to the auditor.  I do know that the new board at that time paid thousands of dollars to conduct a witchhunt which turned up a possible – alleged – inadvertent – $180. error. I will be sending my check for $180.00 to the union since I am the Treasurer who may or may not have been responsible.  Can we please stop beating this dead horse and get on with the business of education. Sincerely, Marsha Robinson