Friday, July 16, 2010

Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee Appoints New Members, Officers

The Independent Citizens’ 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 committee’s actions. He also chairs the executive/governance subcommittee.

As secretary/vice-chair, Pinson will serve as chair in Johnson’s 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 “At Large” 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.