Jason Troia Won't Stay Quiet

Long Beach City College's student rep declares war on the Board of Trustees over proposed program cuts

His campaign hasn't been immune to backlash. Recently, Troia was sent an unmarked package that contained an article written about him and business cards covered in a mysterious white powder. And he continues to receive notices from the board to turn over documentation. (As of press time, the board has not responded to an interview request.)

But he remains undeterred. Though transferring to a four-year university in the fall, Troia says his commitment remains with LBCC until the battle is over.

"I won't rest until all of these programs are off the chopping block," he says. "People are telling me to move on, but no matter where I go, I'm gonna see this through. I have a very low tolerance for shenanigans. I tend to stick my neck out too far sometimes. . . . Being cautious is a pretty low priority on my list."

The General Patton of LBCC
LP Hastings
The General Patton of LBCC

He credits his perseverance to his great-uncle, Sam Troia, who ran a small butcher shop in Jason's hometown of Monterey and frequently hired young, troubled youths in the hopes of giving them a tangible trade. In 1979, two employees tried to rob him. He scoffed at how ungrateful they were and walked away; they shot Sam in the back, killing him.

"My parents always told me, growing up, that if someone ever tries to rob you, just give them the money," he says, then pauses. "But I always respected Sam for his conviction. I would probably do the same thing."

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