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President Gould's response via email:
I also want to put this to rest. However, I suggest we discuss this face-to-face.
There is a section of the Education Code that provides officials of schools and
colleges with the power of arrest if someone is on campus uninvited and disrupting
the workflow and business of the campus. I asked you to leave when the Academic
Senate Meeting was over for two reasons: 1) The issue you were discussing was not
in the legislative authority of the body you were addressing, and 2) The meeting
had ended and you were an uninvited guest to the campus. You may now say you have
the Freedom of Speech, which is true, but we have a designated free speech area
that is available for that purpose thus addressing the requirements of the law.
That area is in our amphitheater and not in the board room. I determined your
request for a business card and the summons from my responsibilities as a
president to attend a meeting where I was not on the agenda interrupted the
normal flow of work on the campus. Therefore, I exercised my right and responsibility
to ask you to leave the campus.
We will likely continue to disagree over this matter. However, we are not in
disagreement over the issue of the need for training facilities for law enforcement
in the Imperial Valley. I am open to that discussion at a time scheduled for that
purpose and not to question our relationship with Wind Zero. The determination of
their relationship to Blackwater, and problems that might create for any community,
and whether they conform to the requirements of CEQA is not in the jurisdiction of
the Imperial Valley Community College District. Therefore I request that our
discussion, should it occur be focused solely on the alternative possibility of
another means to provide public safety training.
Please contact my office at the number below if you are interested in making an
Ed Gould, Ed.D.
Imperial Community College District