El Camino president says no to raise

El Camino president says no to raise

There are 28 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Mar 16, 2009, titled El Camino president says no to raise. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Dr. Thomas Fallo , President of El Camino College, reacts during a lighter moment at Monday's Board of Trustee's meeting where he acted to withdraw the action concerning his pay raise.

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gary vanderburg

Santa Monica, CA

#1 Mar 17, 2009
i respect the man now. he should be glad he has a job. be safe alll..
The Enforcer

Santa Ana, CA

#2 Mar 17, 2009
Of course he took his raise off the table because of public outcry. It was the right thing to do. It just shows that the public will only take so much greed. We're mad as hell and won't take it anymore. Maybe a few torchlite parades against greedy corporations (AIG) and corrupt politicians will produce similar results. The imbeciles in DC and Sacramento need to be sent a message.
El Co Alumni

United States

#3 Mar 17, 2009
Removing the raise issue was a strategic maneuver by Fallo. By doing so he hopes to accomplish two things.

First, he wants attention removed from the board of trustees. It is a well-known fact that the board is primarily comprised of lackeys who follow his lead and rubberstamp his agenda. In short, people see the puppet strings and he does not like it.

Second, removing the issues saves him from being defeated. Removing the issue and being defeated by a “no” vote are two entirely different things. Fallo is a dangerously shrewd player; he will simply get his raise at a later time or find a way to increase his compensation in some less visible way.

The Board is elected to their post. Why do they have full medical coverage from the school? Why is there no term limit?

Time for change?
Bud

Pasadena, CA

#4 Mar 17, 2009
I agree with El Co Alumni. This is one sneaky little so and so. He needed the public heat off. I think there needs to be MORE investigation as to what is going on over there. These sort of people have agendas that will not be denied. He will find another way to get this increase and probably other nasty things that have not been publicized.
If he really wanted to focus on education he could have given back a third of his paycheck.
Something stinks with this whole business.
Come on

Santa Barbara, CA

#5 Mar 17, 2009
El Co Alumni wrote:
Removing the raise issue was a strategic maneuver by Fallo. By doing so he hopes to accomplish two things.
First, he wants attention removed from the board of trustees. It is a well-known fact that the board is primarily comprised of lackeys who follow his lead and rubberstamp his agenda. In short, people see the puppet strings and he does not like it.
Second, removing the issues saves him from being defeated. Removing the issue and being defeated by a “no” vote are two entirely different things. Fallo is a dangerously shrewd player; he will simply get his raise at a later time or find a way to increase his compensation in some less visible way.
The Board is elected to their post. Why do they have full medical coverage from the school? Why is there no term limit?
Time for change?
How about cutting his pay by $100,000 a year. Since he is so concerned about the school and students. That would really show he's got the schools best interest in mind. Not taking his 36,000+ raise, is all mirrors and smoke.
ECC EMPLOYER

Hawthorne, CA

#6 Mar 17, 2009
While we are all pleased with this outcome, there exists a shared sentiment tnat Dr. Fallo's action is not sincere in the true picture of today's economic situation nor his proclaimed concern for the students' welfare and "the unfinished business at El Camino". He remains confident with the fact this salary increase will be his one day and any other additional niceties "bestowed" upon him by the "Board".
I Was There

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Mar 17, 2009
Given that the Daily Breeze was there AND a TV News Cameraman recording the events, President Fallo would have been a fool if he hadn't backed down. The public outcry would have been massive.
Wake Up Regarding ECC

Albany, GA

#8 Mar 17, 2009
The proposed raise for Fallo is an indication of the problems for this institution that go back many years. First, this should be clear evidence that the board needs increased scrutiny, higher turnover and greater independence. Second, the compensation paid to Fallo reflects poorly on ECC's managerial oversight. Fallo is greedy, without a doubt. Think AIG everyone!
i agree

Glendora, CA

#9 Mar 17, 2009
Wow someone said no to a raise? In this economy? take the raise and donate it, if you dont want it. Where does the money go now? To the parking structure fund? maybe they can add a few cameras and lights in there now.
ECC

South Pasadena, CA

#10 Mar 17, 2009
Why all the complaints about a raise? Fallo has a doctorate and obviously put in the time for his education to get where he is at. ECC is a well respected Community College and to take on a Compton CC is a huge task.
People like Fallo deserve whatever pay they can receive. This is only scrutinized because it has to be public information. Unlike the corp execs at AIG who we don't see all their raises.
If you are complaining that he is making too much, you are probably making less than $50k, but all of you had the opportunity to make more. The outrage is more jealousy than an injustice.
Clear Thinker

Norwalk, CT

#11 Mar 17, 2009
This is what newspapers do best for the public. The reporter got the whole story and presented the facts to the readers. And by shining a light on people in power, the public was served. This seemingly greedy President couldn't take the heat of public opinion and turned down his own raise.

Doubtless both the Trustee and Fallo with NEVER be buddies again. I'm pretty sure the various professors and staff at the school will view him differently as well. And as with the squeaky wheel, Fallo will be replaced as soon as they find someone who isn't quite so demanding.

So Breeze Publisher -- please do MORE stories like this one.
Pointing fingers

United States

#12 Mar 17, 2009
Now only if those executives at AIG can follow his lead.
Come on

Santa Barbara, CA

#13 Mar 17, 2009
ECC wrote:
Why all the complaints about a raise? Fallo has a doctorate and obviously put in the time for his education to get where he is at. ECC is a well respected Community College and to take on a Compton CC is a huge task.
People like Fallo deserve whatever pay they can receive. This is only scrutinized because it has to be public information. Unlike the corp execs at AIG who we don't see all their raises.
If you are complaining that he is making too much, you are probably making less than $50k, but all of you had the opportunity to make more. The outrage is more jealousy than an injustice.
Fallo did you write this??
Wake UP Needed at ECC

Torrance, CA

#14 Mar 17, 2009
ECC wrote:
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If you are complaining that he is making too much, you are probably making less than $50k, but all of you had the opportunity to make more. The outrage is more jealousy than an injustice.
You are so wrong - jealousy has nothing to do with anything. Come to campus, ask anyone who works there their opinion. If you can find five people with something good to say about his leadership you can have his $36,000. Things have been doing down hill with him at the helm for years. He keeps the board in the dark. The only thing he is good at is hoarding funds and giving sanctimonious semi-funny speeches at events where he leaves after the first half hour. I wish it was jealousy or any of the things you said but IT IS NOT.
Conflict of article

Torrance, CA

#15 Mar 17, 2009
In the article Mr. Fallo was quoted as saying the "warning focused primarily on continue difficulties with accreditation for Compton Community College." On flex day before the start of the current semester all full time instructors were told in general assembly meeting by VP Arce (Fallo wasn't even there to do the speech) that accreditation issue has nothing to do with Compton. So, what is the truth?
truth seeker

Camarillo, CA

#16 Mar 17, 2009
ECC wrote:
Why all the complaints about a raise? Fallo has a doctorate and obviously put in the time for his education to get where he is at.
It is well known at ECC that he did not receive his doctoral degree doing all the work by himself. A few deans and faculty were asked by him to do research and write his papers.
truth seeker

Camarillo, CA

#17 Mar 17, 2009
Come on wrote:
<quoted text>
Fallo did you write this??
No, it was written by his former VP.
Disgusted

Montebello, CA

#18 Mar 18, 2009
Fallo not only doesn't deserve a raise, he should be replaced completely. Then replace the board members. He has driven the good name of El Camino into the ground and the board has allowed it to happen. Why isn't the Daily Breeze investigating the questions about accreditation at both campuses? The hard work that presidents like Marsee and Schauerman put into building ECC to the great college it once was is heartbreaking for the staff and faculty who know what ECC was before fallo took over. And who loses? The students.
Wake Up Regarding ECC

Albany, GA

#19 Mar 18, 2009
Disgusted wrote:
Fallo not only doesn't deserve a raise, he should be replaced completely. Then replace the board members. He has driven the good name of El Camino into the ground and the board has allowed it to happen. Why isn't the Daily Breeze investigating the questions about accreditation at both campuses? The hard work that presidents like Marsee and Schauerman put into building ECC to the great college it once was is heartbreaking for the staff and faculty who know what ECC was before fallo took over. And who loses? The students.
Hold on there! Schauerman! You have got to be __________ me! Schauerman's major accomplishment was having a hand-picked committee put his name on the library! He was a very poor leader who spent as much time on the golf course, Torrance Chamber, Rotary, et cetera as anyone who has ever been a "leader" at ECC. Don't believe everything the PR machine at ECC distributes.
Francisco

Redondo Beach, CA

#20 Mar 18, 2009
Disgusted wrote:
He has driven the good name of El Camino into the ground and the board has allowed it to happen. And who loses? The students.
Too many people from outside of Torrance and its surroung cities (actually touch Torrance) are going to El Camino are driving the godd name of El Camino to the ground. If you sit at the bus stops outside of the school, you will see huge amount of students riding to the bus, where many are even transfering to the train. Its on thing busing students in, but now having students riding the train to get to school is crazy.

By the way, the students that live in Torrance and its touching cities have a higher success rate of graduating at El Camino than people from other cities.

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