By Denise Jones / Opinion Editor
Twitter: @DeniseJonesLBCC

LBCC Trustee Irma Archuleta will face journalism teacher Vivian Malauulu and perhaps others in an election April 12 for the area 2 seat that includes west and south Long Beach.

Archuleta, who retired from her position as vice president of Student Affairs of Evergreen College in San Jose on Friday Oct. 2. She was appointed to the Board in September 2014 and Malauulu was the runner-up.

Gisela Saldana, an LBCC student volunteering at a fundraiser in support of Malauulu, said, “Vivian is an amazing teacher, she always inspires us to do more. She knows what students need to be successful.”

Area 4 Trustee Doug Otto’s seat is also up for election April 12.

It is the Board of Trustees job to set policy, approve the budget and to review and approve hiring. Trustees also oversee and negotiate with the three bargaining units who represent the full-time and part-time teachers and full-time support staff.

Area 2 stretches south to Pacific Coast Highway and Anaheim Street.

Malauulu is a part-time teacher on the LAC, teaching Global Media Communications and Social Media in Journalism, a journalist and Longshoreman.

LBCC serves the communities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill and Avalon. It is 128.6 square miles and divided into five different geographic areas, each area with its own elected trustee.

Residents of the area may visit or pick up a paper voter registration application at their county elections office, library, Department of Motor Vehicles offices or U.S. post office. Voting is done by two methods, at a polling place on election day or by mail, which must be mailed no later than April 5.

Karen Roberts, president of the Certified Hourly Instructors LBCC chapter, said, “Vivian understands the faculty and students. She will be great on the Board.”

Archuleta said, “I just returned from San Jose, having officially retired from Evergreen last Friday, I’m ready to kick-start my campaign as soon as possible.”

Malauulu said, “I will be a breath of fresh air on the Board, offering new perspectives from someone who has been in the classroom recently interacting with LBCC students and working with the LBCC faculty and staff, which nobody else on the Board can say they have done in recent years.”

Tonia Uranga, an area 2 constituent and Archuleta supporter, said, “This is a rigorous process. After a year on the job, Trustee Archuleta has proven more than capable. I’m hoping she is elected.”