ASGCC Facilitates Voter Registration

Chantal Bevard, Staff Writer

As the November presidential election nears, the Associated Students of Glendale Community College are pushing to register and educate students.

Tzoler Oukayan, student activities coordinator, and Arman Marukyan, Associated Students President, urged the rest of the ASGCC to help register students to vote during their first three meetings of the fall semester.

In addition to helping register students to vote, the Associated Students are also helping educate students on issues appearing on the Nov. 6 ballot by organizing a rally Oct. 11 in Plaza Vaquero.

John Queen, political science professor, attended the Associated Students meeting Sept. 18 and spoke about Propositions 30, 32 and 38.

Proposition 30 is a measure that would temporarily increase the sales tax by a quarter of a cent and increase the income tax on those who make over $250,000 per year. The money raised from these tax increases would go to K-12 schools, community colleges, state universities and local public programs.

Proposition 32 is a measure that bans corporations and unions from directly contributing to state and local candidates.

Proposition 38 is a measure that increases income tax on those who make over $7,316 per year. The money raised from this tax increase would only fund K-12 education.

Proposition 30 and 38 are clashing measures, if both measures pass, the measure with the most votes would go into effect.

According to the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, 54 percent of voters said they support Proposition 30, while 34 percent of voters oppose Proposition 38.

“I recommend to vote yes on 30, no on 38 and no on 32,” said Queen. “Proposition 32 looks good on the surface, but it’s a stealth initiative. The major backers of proposition 32 are rich corporations that want unions to have less influence.”

At the Sept. 25 meeting, the student government started to think of new ideas about how to better monitor the parking structure, since putting in a camera system is put on hold.

The camera system needed to adequately monitor the parking structure costs $30,000, which isn’t viable with the current budget crisis.

At a Safety Committee meeting, the police department suggested the students form a neighborhood watch type program to monitor the parking structure, but many of the Associated Students had concerns with this type of program.

“The reason why we’ve been pushing for the cameras is we have a lot of things that go on during the weekend, at night, or during class time. I don’t think we’re going to control it as much as it needs to be. I don’t think it’s going to be very effective,” said Marukyan.

The Safety Committee and ASGCC continue to think of how to better monitor the parking structure, since the Glendale Community College Police Department lacks the manpower.

Other items discussed at Sept. 25’s meeting included the importance of ASGCC representatives attending governance meetings, the cancellation of Tuesdays pep rally and information booth days have been moved to Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The next ASGCC legislative meeting is Tuesday at 7 a.m. in the Student Center.