Community College Officials Travel in Luxury at Taxpayers’ Expense

Officials with the Rancho Santiago Community College District have been spending tax dollars on high-end travel and accommodations, the Voice of OC reports. Recent spending included:

  • $2,036 for trustee Jose Solorio’s airfare, convention registration and two-night stay at the Aria Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, while attending the annual meeting of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials.

  • Spending on more than 200 trips, to 48 different cities in five countries, during the past five years.

  • $777 on rental cars, gasoline and parking for two cars rented by trustees attending a Dallas conference that was less than two miles from their hotels.

  • $201 for a Saturday night stay at a hotel in Washington, D.C., by a trustee who was attending a “leadership conference” that didn’t start until Monday. Another trustee charged $259 in a similar arrangement.

  • $120 for a trustee to take a private limousine ride from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore. 

  • A $121 liquor tab (later reimbursed) and $94 food and tip expense for two trustees to dine together while “debriefing” in the nation’s capital after last year’s U.S.-Mexico Binational Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research.

The Voice of OC also found that trustees routinely booked luxury seats on flights, rather than flying coach. (Source: Voice of OC, December 1.)

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