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JEFF MARSEE: Outta here

College of the Redwoods Prez Jeff Marsee will take a job at San Joaquin Delta College, according to a report from Stockton, and say goodbye to his contentious days in Humboldt County.

So where does this leave the CR’s interest in Jefferson School?  CR staff is scheduled to tour the former elementary school site on Thursday.

Westside residents in Eureka are not impressed with CR’s — and specifically Marsee’s — inconsistent message about whether it’s interested in buying Jefferson.  The residents have been clear that they don’t want CR in their neighborhood.  Below is an email sent anonymously to the Humboldt Herald this morning.

Nearly 1 year ago, Jeff Marsee President of College of the Redwoods said at a public meeting at Eureka city hall, “If the community doesn’t support us coming to Jefferson, we won’t come”.   Again, about 4 months ago at a CR board of Trustees meeting, Mr. Marsee  said he would stay out of the way and allow the Community to realize their vision. But obviously he was busy behind the scenes interfering with the process and lobbying the new council’s support for the CR proposal.

Just because the City Council did not support the Communities Proposal does not mean that vision is dead.  In fact, it is now even better, stronger and has nothing but unyielding positive support from an ever-growing majority of Eurekans.

Mr. Marsee needs a reminder.  We are the Community and We Do Not Support CR’s Proposed Intensified Use of this Neighborhood Facility!

There will be a public tour of Jefferson School Thursday at 1:30. Come see how well the community’s vision of a Multi-Use Community Center, Elementary Education, Literacy Services, Community Meeting rooms and a Commercial Kitchen fits the building and see the proposed area for the community gardens and visualize ” a Green PARK where CR’s Black PARKING LOT is proposed. Remember how well children’s and neighborhood resources fit in this site and how sorely they are missed.

Let’s share our vision with the CR facilities coordinating team, the visiting public and rally support for this Community Project. Thursday 2/24 1:30 Jefferson 1000 B Street.

[h/t eurekaTS]

  1. February 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Ha ha ha, “anonymous email.” That’s funny!

  2. Looking on
    February 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I feel sorry for Delta College.

  3. High Finance
    February 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    The “neighborhood” had better start thinking. Their choices may be between C/R and houses or even apartment buildings.

    Stop C/R and you may end up regretting it big time.

  4. Plain Jane
    February 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    The Stockton newspaper did their job and reported what a divisive and unpopular administrator he was so apparently that’s what they’re looking for.

  5. February 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    This is just the weirdest thing. Now, Kym, where are you? Is it fair for them to be attacking a guy who is LEAVING, for God’s sake? Attacking anonymously, remember…

  6. Anonymous
    February 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Please understand that CR’s facility committee was charged with evaluating their options for their current downtown site (6th and K). Before the facilities committee could come up with various options, the (former) President got impatient and began his now famous bullying and forced the issue with this tour. This means that many of the facilities committee people are not necessarily in favor of this tour or a Jefferson option. Most would have preferred a systematic deliberation of options available to CR, that would include many factors such as community interest and need for more space. Their current lease is for about $200,000 per year and it ends 2012. Perhaps you can help them out with some other options.

  7. February 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    One would have to be a hypersensitive exaggerator to read that as an attack.

  8. Anonymous
    February 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    see ya…

  9. Eric Kirk
    February 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I’d like to know where it leaves the Sohum expansion.

  10. Decline to State
    February 22, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    But obviously he was busy behind the scenes interfering with the process and lobbying the new council’s support for the CR proposal.

    I don’t see where this is “obvious” at all unless Anonymous has other information she/he is sharing with us. Seems quite a jump to me.

  11. Lil Miss Lady
    February 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    The Sohum site is still moving forward as far as I know. That building was purchased, and I know of friends that submitted bids for the remodel….

  12. humboldturtle
    February 22, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Oh boy, August in Stockton.

  13. Susan
    February 22, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    We don’t want the traffic CR will bring to this neighborhood. The parking and racing cars are not welcome!

  14. February 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Rose, for God’s sake, I haven’t seen any comparisons to the Ku Klux Klan here. People have a right to criticize someone and, yes, I’d rather they signed their name. But, I haven’t seen any violent imagery which was my concern with using the Ku Klux Klan photo.

  15. Huh?
    February 22, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Where is this “attacking” from Heraldo that you are referring to Rose?

  16. I'll Do Some Attacking
    February 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Good riddance!

  17. February 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    “Is it fair for them to be attacking a guy who is LEAVING, for God’s sake? Attacking anonymously, remember…”

    Isn’t Rose just fucking amazing?

  18. ChristmasInFebruary
    February 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I’m on cloud-nine that someone else wants him. It will be so much easier to meet the accredidation standards without him around. We are required to make informed decisions through our integrated planning model. This did not come out of the Facilities Planning Committee. This is all Marsee. I’m sure the Facilities Planning Committee and the staff and faculty at CR would appreciate the support of the community. Pleae do come.

  19. NewBaku
    February 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Rose, honey, you don’t get out much, do you. You run along now, there’s an episode of “Murder She Wrote” with your name on it.

  20. Owltotem
    February 22, 2011 at 9:52 pm


  21. Anonymous
    February 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Attacking a departing college exec. is about all you can do.

    There’s no accountability, they’re appointed by partisan appointees, play musical chairs, often gaining 2 or 3 retirement checks from their work in different states.

    They earn their $250,000/yr. by keeping things just as they are.

    Spend that bond money or lose it…who cares if you have to eliminate janitors, teachers and departments?

  22. treesnstuff
    February 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    maybe we’ll get doubly lucky and rollin will leave for csu stanislaus.

  23. Anonymous
    February 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    It’s a tough job. You must be willing to subvert others rights without hesitation…kind of like bureaucratic water boarding.

  24. Anonymous
    February 22, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    It is truly a joyful day. This self-serving, incompetent Jack Ass will be leaving our campus forever!

  25. Walt
    February 23, 2011 at 5:39 am

    So what would stop CR from moving in to that derelict church on Wabash? The neighbors there wouldn’t complain and it’s closer to downtown.

  26. Plain Jane
    February 23, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Walt, Jefferson is at Clark and B which is about 8 blocks closer to downtown than Wabash, not that proximity to downtown is vital.

  27. 06em
    February 23, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Is there any way to get CR to scale back the salary and benefits package they offer to the next president? Obviously, throwing money at the position didn’t work. I’m looking at you, CR board.

  28. Mitch
    February 23, 2011 at 7:04 am


    This is the best suggestion I’ve heard in a long time.

    Citizens need to start addressing the idiotic salaries paid by default to those who secure these positions; what better time to do that than when a president has voluntarily left and the entire community is in the midst of a depression?

  29. Sylvia Scott
    February 23, 2011 at 7:54 am

    OK Rose, I hope this makes you happy. There is nothing “anonymous” about this post!
    Marsee is a bully and has flat out lied to our neighborhood on more than one occasion. He has gone behind our backs and lobbied with at least 2 City Council members & Eureka City Schools for CR taking over the Jefferson school site. I will add that the meetings with Council members were at the city’s Chamber of Commerce mixers, that my taxes support!

    This school site, one way or another, will impact my neighborhood & my way of life. We tried to be fair, honest & up front with every step of this journey. But that does not mean that we are going to be door mats for CR, The City of Eureka, or Eureka City Schools.

    The most important thing to this neighborhood is, a safe playground & park for our children. At this point, I can’t tell you that this going to happen. But it’s not over until it’s over & we’re not done yet! This neighborhood wants to preserve this old building. We want the music of children to fill this space long after we are gone. So if you believe in this project, we could use your support on Thursday at 1:30. Most of the people around here have to work, so they are going to try to take late lunch breaks to join in. CR wasn’t a good fit 2 years ago and NOTHING HAS CHANGED!

    AS far as Marsee leaving – if it will help hurry things along, I’ll pack his bags! Delta College is in one of worse crime areas in California. It beats out, Oakland, San Francisco,& LA. I think it’s the perfect place for him. His strong arm tactics might even be welcomed.
    Thank you for your support,
    Sylvia Scott

  30. February 23, 2011 at 8:27 am

    So, for those who may be wondering about Rose’s loony comment to Kym, you may have to hold your noses and venture into Rose’s blog.

  31. skippy
    February 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Thank you, Sylvia.

    CR President Marsee is expected to start new job in May: “After much public speculation, the San Joaquin Delta College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to select current College of the Redwoods President Jeff Marsee as its new president.”

    Today’s Times-Standard article by both the mighty Thadeus Greenson and diligent Donna Tam can be found here.

  32. Plain Jane
    February 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Like all people afflicted with black / white / circular logic, Rose lacks perspective. This deficiency could be a major cause of right wing derangement syndrome.

  33. Anonymous #147
    February 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Let me get this straight: the college board made this unanimous decision after taking his history at CR into consideration, and without speaking to anyone here (faculty, staff, students), who might have given some insight into why he’s so controversial? They just took him at his word that he’s “made unpopular decisions for the good of the college”? It didn’t occur to them that increased enrollment doesn’t help any when you don’t have increased funding to serve those students? Sounds like they wanted a bad cop. Goodbye and good riddance, but I feel for the students in Stockton. Heaven knows the Central Valley has suffered enough in the last few years.

  34. Anonymous
    February 23, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Let me get this straight: the college board made this unanimous decision after taking his history at CR into consideration, and without speaking to anyone here

    You got it crooked, not straight. What you just wrote was made up by your creative mind. You are not privy to the communications of a hiring committee. You have no idea who was talked to and who was not.

  35. Anon
    February 23, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I’m pretty sure it’s not a public meeting to tour Jefferson. It’s a facilities planning commission tour, that invited other faculty, not the public.

  36. Anonymous
    February 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Oh, they checked his background alright. Just like Rollin Richmond, who was found to be “capricious and arbitrary” in his firing of two professors in Idaho. Subverting the rights of others is a cultural theme that few challenge…”and then they came for me….”.

    Zoe Barnum, with its huge property and human feces would be perfect for CR. Alice Birney can move into the other closed schools and CR’s main campus can become obsolete just in time for the inevitable fuel prices that will make the commute too expensive for most community college beneficiaries.

  37. SurveyMonkey
    February 23, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Is it really clear what the residents want? Are we actually hearing from the majority of the community? Or are we hearing from the squeaky wheels? Gotta hand it to the neighborhood for organizing and making it appear that the majority wants the Westside vision. Is it a true reflection, however? How can we know what the majority of the residents really wants? Saying it often enough and loud enough does not necessarily make it true.

  38. AJ
    February 23, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Democracy belongs to those who show up.

  39. February 23, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Mr. Monkey must have a lot of time on his hands if he really thinks that “hearing from the majority of the community” is a good idea.

  40. SurveyMonkey
    February 23, 2011 at 11:27 am

    That’s Ms. Monkey to you sir. And, to which small cross-section of society do you suggest I listen?

  41. SurveyMonkey
    February 23, 2011 at 11:27 am

    AJ, what if I can’t afford the ticket?

  42. AJ
    February 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Good news Monkey, admission is free. You have many options for how to make your opinion heard.

  43. SurveyMonkey
    February 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

    If I have money can I speak for more than myself?

  44. AJ
    February 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Alrighty, I’ll end your trolling session early.

  45. Anonymous
    February 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

    If full-participation were required in Eureka’s elections, the Jefferson project would be underway.

  46. Anonymous
    February 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

    It’s a bitch when a public entity holds a meeting on public property, contested by a neighborhood community that isn’t invited.

    Maybe they can call the public police to keep the public away.

  47. SurveyMonkey
    February 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    How ’bout I just give (willingly or not) my money to my union to speak for me? AJ?

  48. February 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Anon 11am- I’m sure the neighbors of AB and Zoe don’t want the excessive traffic and cars speeding around their neighborhood just like Kym. I’m sure there are numerous neighborhoods that CR is ‘not welcome’ in

  49. High Finance
    February 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Yes, NIMBY’s are everywhere.

  50. Anonymous
    February 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    If you are looking for a “Public Venue” for expressing your opinion about CR selecting Jefferson as a educational site, you might try the public comment period of the Board of Trustees meeting this coming Tuesday (March 1) at 1pm.

    See the 3rd page of the Agenda at the link below.
    Item 2.3: Conference with Real Property Negotiators. Property: Jefferson School

    You might mentioned that CR’s facilities committee NEVER assessed the current and future need and cost for additional space or classrooms. Or, that the Board has said they will not purchase this site without community support.


  51. February 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Rose has really taken a deep dive into the shallow end of the pool.

  52. February 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    The desperate cry for attention just got louder.

  53. tra
    February 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Yeah, that’s pretty sick. Not only is Rose smearing Heraldo with her ridiculous comparison between the Herald and the KKK, but in so doing she’s also making light of the whole phenomonon of the KKK — despite its all-too-serious agenda of violent white supremacy, and the long history of murders, lynchings and terrorizing of African-Americans (and others) associated with that group.

    Rose has really gone off the deep end if she thinks this is either funny or an apt analogy, or both.

  54. Largo
    February 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    She forgot to throw a couple of Nazi references in there.

  55. February 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Someone should tell Rose that “flaming” is a figure of speech.

  56. A-Nony-Mouse
    February 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    CR should pull in its satellites in Eureka, McKinleyville, and Arcata to concentrate on the main campus. None of those satellites can offer any complete programs, anyway. The school could then offer something like what HSU does with its JackPass, a free bus pass to get to and from campus.
    CR could then spend its bond money on fixing the main campus as it was supposed to. The main campus is NOT very far away. That’s why it was built where it was. $200,000 a year rent just for the Eureka satellite buys an awful lot of bus rides!

  57. Owltotem
    February 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    See you tomorrow afternoon Hi Fi eh? Owl

  58. Owltotem
    February 23, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    The reminder is, 1:30 1000 B street with love in our hearts and a vision to share. Remember, we are all citizens and we will all be affected by the future use of this facility.

  59. Owltotem
    February 24, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Hope to see you at 1:30, Jefferson, communicate the vision with love and the greatest degree of respect please. Even you Hi-Fi :)

  60. High Finance
    February 24, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Sorry, I have to cause a bank to fail at that time.

  61. Anonymous
    February 24, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Any news about what happened today at Jefferson?

  62. Mitch
    February 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Which bank, HiFi? I’d like to invest in it during the window between its failure and its government rescue.

    If only there were a fund indexed to Goldman Sachs bonuses.

  63. High Finance
    February 24, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Sorry Mitch, that information is for the exclusive use of my Ingomar friends.

  64. Owltotem
    February 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    A few Facilities Sub Committee members and maintenence workers met with John Ash and a few Trustees, there were a couple dozen neighbors and committed citizens. They all toured the facility. It is beautiful I could hear children playing, visualize children’s theater after school music programs, basket ball, gardens, literacy, I could hear clanging pots, and canning kettles, what a wonderful opportunity to restore common ground to this community. OWL

  65. Mitch
    February 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Curses. Kicked off the damned escalator once again!

  66. skippy
    February 24, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    “While the College of the Redwoods Board of Trustees won’t be meeting on College of the Redwoods President Jeff Marsee’s resignation until next week, the board has already begun discussions of its next steps…”

    Diligent Donna Tam has been busy as evidenced by her additional article today for the Times-Standard, “College of the Redwoods to Meet on Marsee’s Resignation Next Week” that can be found here for interested readers.

    And our own reporter The Observant Owl offered his observation on the Jefferson School Acquisition Tour
    two notches above or found here for either convenience or the lost. Thanks Owl!

  67. skippy
    February 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Owl’s observation can be more easily found here! Thank you for your patience, Owl and readers.

  68. Anonymous
    February 24, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    visualize children’s theater, after school music programs

    Hot damn. I’m in an affluent neighborhood and my school doesn’t even have those amenities. What’s the po-folks’ funding secret?

  69. Goldie
    February 24, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    What’s the secret? It could simply be a community that cares.

  70. Anonymous
    February 24, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Fantastical delusion sounds more apt. Things don’t pay for themselves, especially in a poor neighborhood with a tiny school.

  71. Anonymous
    February 25, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Anon 1009 that’s it, kick’em down a notch, who do these “havenots” think they are any way, music, theater, huh.

  72. skippy
    February 25, 2011 at 8:25 am

    On a related note, the stalwart Allison White of the Times-Standard reported on the “CR Committee Tours Vacant Halls of Jefferson Elementary School” today.

    Allison writes: “The facility committee is scheduled to discuss the tour at its Monday meeting, and CR’s board of trustees will discuss the Jefferson School site in closed session on Tuesday, under the agenda item of a conference with real property negotiators. Outgoing CR President Jeff Marsee is listed as the college’s negotiator.”

    More of Allison’s article
    for interested readers can be found here.

  73. Anonymous
    February 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    “Things don’t pay for themselves”.

    Unless you’re handed the keys to the U.S. Treasury to bail yourself out, or if you’re allowed to build a rural community beyond infrastructure capacity without having to worry about affordability for the local folks that subsidized that infrastructure!

    Funny how this nation’s and community’s biggest welfare cheats never make the news.

    No wonder people are so ignorant.

  74. skippy
    March 2, 2011 at 12:49 am

    “With Marsee out, the CR Board needed a place holder. They acted fast.”

    The North Coast Journal’s Bob Doran reports ‘CR Trustees Appoint Dr. Utpal Goswami Acting President’ here.

  75. skippy
    March 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

    The College of the Redwoods Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to accept CR President Jeff Marsee’s resignation and appoint an interim president.

    CR’s Vice President of Instruction Utpal K. Goswami begins his term as interim president today, according to CR spokesman Paul DeMark. The board reported the decision out of closed session.

    More of the diligent Donna Tam’s Times-Standard
    article today can be found here.

  76. GrammarGirl
    March 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    If my grammar was that bad, I would send it anonymously too.

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