AS vacancies filled; sights set on Prop. 30

Directors of the Associated Students voted Monday to fill three vacancies on the board, which have come amid efforts to register potential new voters and promote awareness of the November elections. Vacancies of the three board seats— AS secretary, director of activities, and director of sustainability—have stressed the board early in the new administration of AS President Parker Jean, he said.

The lack of an activities director has been a particular hindrance, as the AS pushes to register voters and raise awareness about Proposition 30, which is designed to raise sales and income taxes to fund public safety and education.

The board voted on Monday to appoint candidates to the vacant seats. Samantha Ross was appointed secretary, Angie Vo will fill the role of director of activities, and Steven Johnson was appointed director of sustainability. Johnson was the only candidate to receive a unanimous vote.

Newly appointed AS Secretary Ross spoke to The Corsair while educating students about Proposition 30 at the quad Tuesday.Ross,whoisbilingualinEnglish and Spanish, said that her abilities help her reach additional students.

Jean expressed a degree of relief at filling the empty positions. “Now that we’ve filled everybody’s positions, we can have more people doing more work,” he said. He added that with

current directors having to carry less of a workload, he expected the board to regain some energy and momentum going into the November elections.

Jean has organized what he described as a “state of education teach-in,” an event that will focus on public policy and its impact on public education. Assistant vice chancellor of UCLA Government & Community Relations is slated to speak at the event. There will also be an information session on Prop. 30, as well as a voter registration booth.

Representatives from both the Democratic and Republican parties, along with advocates for third parties, will be there to address their respective party’s views on education and the role that government should play in it. The second presidential debate will also be shown.

“Overall, we’ve had over 600 people register to vote,” said Jean. “I think that’s successful.”

“Around campus, I think people are really starting to get the point about Prop. 30,” he said.

Other proposals from the board, including bringing a Farmers Market to the campus, a retooling of the AS website, and an effort to increase outreach to students through e-mail and mobile devices, remain on the back-burner until the budget situation is resolved.

“After Nov. 6, I’ll be able to focus on some more tangible goals,” said Jean. Until then, all efforts will remain concentrated on the passage of Prop. 30.