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Tichenor out of COC race

After serving three terms, the college trustee endoreses businessman Michael Berger for board

Posted: August 5, 2009 9:30 p.m.
Updated: August 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons Trustee Ernie Tichenor will not seek a fourth term in the Nov. 3 election, instead endorsing local businessman Michael Berger in his race for the Santa Clarita Community College District board.

“I’m not going to run,” Tichenor said Wednesday. “I think that three terms is a good amount of time to be effective and get the things done that you want to get done without staying too long.”

Tichenor was elected to the Santa Clarita Community College District in 1997.

Along with Tichenor, Joan MacGregor, currently board president, is also up for re-election.

In July, Tichenor announced that he might not be seeking re-election in November because of a temporary job with the federal government in Washington, D.C.

That job is now permanent and Tichenor plans to move to Maryland or Virginia in December.

“I’m going to miss Santa Clarita,” he said.

Tichenor offers Berger his full support.

“I think he’s the perfect candidate,” Tichenor said. “His candidacy is an outgrowth of all of his involvements in the college. It’s natural that he would go and run.”

Berger, a Newhall resident, recently served three four-year terms on the Santa Clarita Planning Commission and has been involved with the College of the Canyons Foundation for more than 20 years.

He has served on school bond committees, including the Measure C and Measure M oversight committees.

He’s also past president of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club.

“When the opportunity came, I said to myself, ‘This is a perfect opportunity for me to give back,’” Berger said.

The senior vice president of wealth management at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney considers the state budget crisis and its impact on education a top issue for College of the Canyons in the coming years.

“I believe it will take someone with a financial background ... to deal with these types of issues,” he said.

Local attorney Brian Koegle is also a candidate for Tichenor’s seat, as is county administrator John Dortch.

“I am interested in serving on the Santa Clarita Community College (District) board because I would like to contribute to the great community we live in and I am now able to become involved because my children are older,” Dortch said in an e-mail statement.

“I believe the good communication and interpersonal skills I have developed from my educational and professional background will enable me to work effectively with the other board members to develop and implement good community college policies.”

Much like the other local school districts, budget reductions are a major concern at College of the Canyons.

“My single campaign platform is to mitigate the impact of the state budget reductions on the school and students as much as possible,” he said, adding that he will work with other members of the board and the College of the Canyons community to make the best decisions for the college.

Dortch has managed the Los Angeles County Assessor’s North County property assessment operations and public outreach efforts for 13 years, he said.

A 31-year resident of the Santa Clarita Valley, Dortch has two children who attended College of the Canyons.



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