Academic Senate files complaint after administration reserves eight spots for KSDS

Olivia Holt

With approximately 1,090 faculty and staff members having just 327 available parking spots on campus, parking has become a valuable commodity.

Recently, City College administration granted KSDS radio station a request to have eight parking spots reserved at the Learning Resource Center (LRC) lot. Campus Academic Senate filed a complaint stating unfairness, days later both groups came resolution.

During a board meeting on Sept. 9, president of the Academic Senate Executive Committee, David Fierro voiced concern on the KSDS Department on having the eight reserved parking spots in the LRC.

He said it was agreement between City College administration and KSDS and thought it was “unfair because both faculty and staff need parking as well.”

By the beginning of semester, parking lot C had been closed due to construction; leaving KSDS faculty and volunteers to park their vehicles in the LRC parking lot.

Vice President of Administrative Services, Jerry Davis said the parking spots were reserved for KSDS after Lot C closed down, stating they had to find away to accommodate volunteers.

“Because the volunteers for the most part run things and volunteer their time; we wanted there to be a kept courtesy,” Davis said. “As far as we could tell they were just using (reserved parking spots) for interns and radio personal, who were only there, maybe a couple hours during the day.”

Fierro did not agree with Davis’ reasoning for agreeing to reserve the parking spots for KSDS

“Why set aside (parking) spots for one group, (while) other groups such as staff, come in at different hours (of the day to teach) …they don’t get to park?”

Classified Senate President Awana Payne said not all reserved parking spots were being used; hence several faculty and staff members parked there when spots were empty.

“Some people were parking there during the beginning of school because they needed spots, faculty needed to get to their classes to teach,” Payne said.

On Sept. 13, Fierro delivered a letter to Davis on behalf if the Academic Senate Committee expressing their concern on the reserved parking issue. A day later, Davis came to a resolution, two reserved parking spots for volunteers at KSDS and a loading zone.

“The Academic Senate is satisfied with the outcome,” Feirro said, ” KSDS is a valid member of campus and we want to respect that and help out with what we can. We think that the Administrative Services came to a good rational.”