Friday, July 16, 2010

NEWS RELEASE -- Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee Announces New Members, Officers

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, July 16, 2010


SAN DIEGO ­ The Independent Citizens¹ Oversight Committee (ICOC), the
legally-required committee appointed by the Board of Education to actively
review the proper expenditure of Proposition S funds, recently welcomed two
new members, appointed a chair and named a new secretary/vice-chair.

New to the ICOC are Kevin Alvin and Ms. Pat Hom, both of whom will serve
two-year terms. Alvin was nominated by trustee Richard Barrera, while Hom
was nominated by trustee John De Beck. The ICOC also appointed Gil Johnson
as chair and Leonard Pinson as secretary/vice-chair.

The ICOC is comprised of 11 volunteers who monitor the Prop. S bond program
and verify that taxpayer dollars are being used solely for bond projects
outlined in the 2008 voter guide. Prop. S is the $2.1 billion general
obligation bond measure passed by more than 68 percent of San Diego voters
on Nov. 4, 2008. The bond program provides resources for San Diego Unified
to repair, renovate and revitalize more than 200 neighborhood schools.

Alvin, an Encanto resident who served in the Navy, has worked in the
electrical construction industry for more than 20 years and is experienced
with high-profile local building projects.

Hom is an outsource financial manager for small businesses and is co-founder
of the not-for-profit parent teacher organizations, Friends of Pacific Beach
Elementary and Friends of Pacific Beach Secondary Schools, benefiting both
Pacific Beach Middle School and Mission Bay High School.

Johnson is president of Procurement Concepts, Inc., a business management
and purchasing services firm. As ICOC chair, he presides over meetings and
guides the committee¹s actions. He also chairs the executive/governance

As secretary/vice-chair, Pinson will serve as chair in Johnson¹s absence.
He also chairs the construction sub-committee and is a member of the
executive/governance sub-committee. Pinson works as the job order
contracting coordinator for the County of San Diego.

Each member of the ICOC represents a specific interest group (such as senior
citizens) or business, serves as an ³At Large² member or is a parent of a
child in the district. Their diverse backgrounds and varying areas of
expertise offer unique and independent perspectives on Prop. S activities.

ICOC meetings and subcommittee meetings are open to the public and are held
on the third Thursday of the month, at 4 p.m., at the Eugene Brucker
Education Center auditorium, located at 4100 Normal Street, San Diego
(92103), unless otherwise noted.

For more information about the ICOC, please call (858) 637-3609 or email For Prop. S information, contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter,
communications supervisor,, (619) 725-5579; or
Jennifer Cornelius, facilities communication liaison at, (619) 725-7252.

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Jennifer Cornelius
Facilities Communications Liaison
Communications Office, San Diego Unified School District
4100 Normal Street, Room 2153
San Diego, CA 92103-2682
**Cell: (619) 301-1854**
Office: (619) 725-5562
Fax: (619) 725-7021
District website:

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