The Facilities Committee of the Los Angeles Unified School District will meet to rubber stamp the Final Environmental Impact Report for South Region High School No. 15 on December 4.
That meeting may be your only chance to speak to 'officials' at a public meeting prior to the December 9 LAUSD Board meeting where the Proposed Project is expected to be approved.
The deck has been stacked against opponents of the project from being allowed to speak at the Board of Education meeting because as soon as new came out that the December 9 meeting was going to have the vote on the new campus, supporters learned from District representatives and called up to have their names placed on the limited number of speakers list.
David Kooper, the Chief Deputy to Dr. Vladovic claimed that he would try to get more speakers slots for opponents of the project, but I haven't read or heard one peep from him since I made inquiries.
The December 4 meeting is just a formality, but if you speak at that meeting, it will be recorded and it could become evidence in any lawsuits that may be filed in the future.
You must write comments to the LAUSD Board of Education members and have them sent in prior to the December 9 meeting. These comments will also become part of the permanent record that has been created for the project.
You, me and the rest of us know it is going to take court action to stop the campus from being built on the Upper Reservation of Fort MacArthur, but there is some chance that opponents to the Proposed Project can prevail.
It took two years of fighting to have the DEIR for the elementary school planned for Echo Park to be found inadequate and then thrown out by the Court. It may take that long to accomplish a similar task, here in the San Pedro area.
The upcoming meetings are all part of the processes we have to follow and even if the Board of Education votes 7-0 to approve the new campus, it does NOT necessarily mean the campus would get built on its Preferred Site.
Unfortunately, there have been a few folks considered 'leaders' in the area who have decided the fight is not worth it and have resigned themselves to the idea that the campus will be built.
Some of those folks actually began working with members of the Facilities Services Division to try and make sure their own personal property would not be so significantly affected by the new campus. Shame on them!
Until the first student enters any new high school campus on the Upper Reservation of Fort MacArthur, you should NOT consider the fight lost!
There is a long way to go. We are all dealing with the Los Angeles Unified School District and look at their history and their management abilities, or lack thereof.
The District just received a Seven Billion Dollar 'benefit' from voters and their response was to call for a 50% reduction in spending in each of the eight Local Districts.
Now the District claims the payroll problems that should have NEVER happened in the first place are all cleared up. Payroll is one thing that must never have problems and look how long it took the LAUSD to claim that the problems are over, after they started the problems in the first place!
It takes two people to do the job of one Superintendent, according the 'higher-ups' at LAUSD and both those folks make more money than a whole slew of some of the most valuable people in the District, the teachers who teach students!
I may come to pass in no time that the Local District Superintendents will find that if their boss gets a surrogate Superintendent, they will want one for themselves.
I wonder how many deputies, assistants, and aides Ray Cortines has.
So you have your marching instructions. Please do not feel too down about the project, there is still quite a bit to be done.
The District is still going ahead to seek approval of the Project even without an official statement/recommendation from the California Coastal Commission.
Isn't that putting the cart before the horse?
What am I thinking........I'm writing about the Los Angeles Unified School District! They already bought the cart long before they even started looking for the horse to pull it.