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    E7s file with the Division of State Architect is closed without certificaton due to deficiencies dealing with unresolved safety issues.



    An internal document from the LACCD detailed consequences of closing projects without certification, including transfer of personal liability from the AOR to ELAC and members of the Board of Trustees.

    Documents showing inadequate pressure for a permanent water supply.


    E7 first opened its doors to students and faculty on August 30, 2004 although certain floors remained closed for further construction. At the time, the building was not certified.

    E7s file is once again closed by the DSA without certification. The cause is a temporary diesel-powered device in place in the basement of the building.



    Community colleges were given the option of choosing to design and construct under local building codes or under the Field Act through a clause in Assembly Bill 127.

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    E7 safety concerns remain

    Almaraz exhibit comes to a close

    FAME AND FORUTNEDan Guerrero, left, and Cheech Marin discuss one of the iconic artworks in the Carlos Almaraz exhibit at the Vincent Price Art Museum on Saturday.

    News Briefs

    District suspends vote on future construction projects

    The Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees suspended the vote to approve the DLR Group for architectural design at Los Angeles City College. No date has been set for the vote to take place.

    Associated Student Union to host scavenger hunt

    ASU will host In the Eyes on an Artist at the Vincent Price Art Museum tomorrow beginning at 1 p.m. The event is for students only. Food and refreshments will be provided.

    Campus News will not print during winter intersession

    Campus News will publish stories online at elaccampusnews.com. For updates Like Campus News on Facebook and follow @ELACCampusNews on Twitter and Instagram.

    Correction:In the pup edition, Proposition 30 was

    wrongly stated to project $7,592,097 to East Los Angeles College each semester in the infographic. This number is a projection for each year, not each semester. Ehecatl Negrete was not credited in ELAC seeks leader.



    Staff Writer

    O n l i n e ScOOp

    Surrounded by Mounties, Aaron Cheatum, right, prepares to pass the ball to Dushon Carter, who slammed a basket with 15:03 left. No. 13 ELAC lost a 71-63 non-conference game to rival and No. 4-ranked Mt. SAC.


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    The E7 Technology Center at East Los Angeles College remains occupied in spite of safety issues because of exceptions to Division of State Architect certification.

    The DSA certified buildings have historically proven safe and have lowered maintenance costs more than buildings that go without certification.

    The Tech Center hosts a total of nine departments and plays a vital role for thousands of students and faculty.

    E7 is equipped with a basement photo lab/studio, radio station, newsroom and Learning Assistance Center along with a faculty meeting room.

    Safety challenges have plagued the five-story building, as it has gone without certification by the DSA three times. E7 remains without certification.

    In 2006, community colleges were given the option of choosing

    to design and construct under local building codes or under the Field Act through a clause in Assembly Bill 127.

    This quake clause in AB 127 contradicts recommendations the California Seismic Safety Commission offered the state regard ing publ ic educa t ion buildings.

    C o m p o s e d o f members from state and local government, this group opposes any legislative actions that remove public school buildings from DSA certification.

    They recommend no publ ic school building in California should be exempt.

    The commission has also stated that schoo l bu i ld ings constructed under the Field Act have performed extremely well in earthquakes since 1940, and no DSA certified buildings have collapsed.

    E7 first opened its doors to students and faculty on August 30, 2004

    although certain floors remained closed for further construction.

    At the time, the building was not certified. This was 11 years after the planning of E7 began.

    It was closed without certification in May of 2008 due to deficiencies dealing with unresolved safety issues.

    In January of 2010, the file of E7 at the DSA was once again closed without certification.

    A temporary device powered by a diesel engine is what is in place in the basement of the Technology Center, preventing the project from complete certification.

    D o c u m e n t s required for project c e r t i f i c a t i o n , a s l i s t e d u n d e r t h e DSA website deal with the provision of permanent water supply with adequate

    pressure.This has yet to be resolved since

    2007 and is still in construction per Diran Depanian, Architect of

    Record and TDM Architects Inc. senior partner, who declined to comment on the specifics.

    LACCD required, without exception, that all projects close with certification.

    A n y d ev i a t i o n f r o m th i s contractual obligation would suspend any AOR future eligibility to work for the District.

    In March of this year, an internal document from the LACCD detailed consequences of closing projects without certification.

    One of the consequences is the transfer of personal liability from the AOR to ELAC and members of the Board of Trustees.

    The LACCD contracted TDM Architects Inc. for the 105,000 square-foot E7 building costing $22.4 million of which $5 million was funded through bond funds such as Measure K.

    Enacted in 1933, the Field Act came into effect after the 6.3 magnitude Long Beach earthquake that affected more than 230 school buildings that were either destroyed, suffered major damage or were deemed unsafe to occupy.

    The 1933 Long Beach earthquake happened at 5:55 p.m. on a Friday.

    Schools would have been full only a few hours earlier.

    As a result of the Field Act, the DSA was founded.

    S e i s m i c s a f e t y i n Californias early public education building sites increased for all public educat ion const ruct ion p r o j e c t s g r a d e s K - 1 2 i n c l u d i n g c o m m u n i t y colleges.

    Approval is required through the Architect of Record upon completion of any project.

    There are two exceptions to a closed project without certification. One involves missing documents and/or reported deviations in construction.

    In this case, deficiencies have caused such delay.

    Regardless of the fact that certain safety issues are in question, TDM Architects Inc. received the American School and University-Outstanding Design Award in 2004 and the Community College Facilities Coalition Award of Excellence in 2005.

    Safety challenges h a v e p l a g u e d t h e f i v e - s t o r y building, as i t has gone without certification by the DSA three times. E7 remains without



    Staff Writer

    After three months and six successful events, the Carlos Almaraz: A Life Recalled exhibit will be on display for the last time this Saturday.

    On display are not only well known paintings of Carlos Almaraz, the late Los Angeles artist, whose work was popular during the Chicano art scene that developed during the 1970s, but some that had never before been seen.

    The exhibit has brought Elans, friends of the artist and members of the community to the museum.

    Vincent Prices daughter Victoria went to the opening reception in September.

    Price voiced her delight to be able to exhibit such beautiful artwork at the Vincent Price Art Museum.

    She stated that events like this would help to make the VPAM the center of this community like her father always envisioned it to be.

    A long w i th t he a r twork , photographs, postcards and journals, the exhibit had two hit performances

    of the national one-man comedy Gaytino!

    A panel The Artist as a Friend, brought ELAC alumnus Dan Eddie Guerrero back to moderate a panel of artists who were friends and colleagues of Almaraz.

    The panel consisted of Frank Romero, who knew Almaraz from college, Barbara Carrasco who met Almaraz after college, John Valadez who met Almaraz during the United Farm Workers Chicano movement and Richard Duardo who met Almaraz in the 70s.

    All shared their personal stories about Almaraz with the audience.

    The stories ranged from the first time they met Almaraz to how they felt when he died.

    Almarazs widow Elsa Almaraz and daughter Maya Almaraz guided a special tour last Saturday through the exhibit.

    Elsa told stories, gave a brief history and explained some of the symbolism in the artwork of her late-husband.

    Another panel The Artist in Context followed the tour.

    Howard Fox modera ted a


    see ALMARAZ, page 3

    The Importance of Being Earnest hits the stage.

    See page 5

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    Food should be handled in clean work space

    Construction raises safety concernsBy JERRY CASAREZ

    Staff Writer

    Public safety should be a high priority concern for everyone at East Los Angeles College.

    Students and faculty should feel safe on campus at all times of day, but because of the construction taking place on campus, the safety of all has been compromised.

    With ongoing construction taking place, many walkways and routes students use to get to and from class have changed.

    Some of these temporary routes are dark and lonely depending on how late in the day they are used.

    It can get confusing as the walkways seem to change from day to day.

    Students who attend class twice a week will notice what was there yesterday is gone tomorrow.

    While this may seem like nothing to be alarmed about, it is something that happens without students being made aware about the changes.

    The more important issue is that these areas must be patrolled or monitored by cadets or sheriffs on campus to assure that all is well.

    Due to construction, security attention has been divided between the new parking structure and other buildings.

    So now that there is more area to patrol and less visibility in others, what is being done to keep Elans safe on campus?

    Patrols should use every measure to assure that no student gets robbed.

    The incident that happened a few weeks back when someone attempted to rob a student near

    the F7 building should raise safety awareness-issues.

    According to the ELAC website, a bulletin on the main page indicated that this was the second attempt of this type near that area of campus.

    While the alert on the website does help spread the message, more should be done to prevent this from happening again.

    Just last week a fence was placed alongside the E7 building blocking the view to the bookstore.

    This should be a concern because students who leave the E7 building late or walk alongside the fence cant be seen.

    Another area of concern is the walkway from the library toward the S2 building alongside the old auditorium.

    The area is now less populated because of fencing, and is not visible as the day goes on.

    These areas require more attention to make people feel safe as they walk through campus.

    By no means should sheriffs on campus be blamed. It is the district officials who are entrusted with students safety.

    The question must be asked what student groups such as ASU are doing to spread the word and prevention during this period.

    I think students can benefit from ASU taking a more active role in crime prevention by spreading the message of this matter to all.

    The message here is to all parties to take an active role and learn from what occurred to prevent it from happening again.

    Students at ELAC should continue to feel safe no matter what time of the day they attend class.

    Good instructors in high demand among students

    With the end of fall semester and finals approaching, registration period for spring 2013 begins.

    Counselors tell students what classes are required to continue taking the next step to achieving educational goals.

    Students should not only consider the classes they take, but also who the professor or instructor will be.

    The professor does in fact matter because their teaching skills will determine what a student learns.

    Yes, students are expected to do their part in making sure they stay current with a class and maintain a grade.

    But when are teachers held accountable for lacking teaching skills?

    Previous experiences of other students go a long way to...