Friday, December 12, 2008

Pondering Another Victory for L.A.U.S.D.

In pondering how opponents of South Region High School No. 15 (SRHS 15) will continue to fight against having the annex to San Pedro High School built on the Upper Reservation of Fort MacArthur, a new disturbing development also surfaced this week.

The Rite Site Coalition which had been conducting a years long fight against having an elementary school built on an acknowledged poor site in the Echo Park are of L.A. has not run out of money to continue their fight.

L.A.U.S.D. has teams of lawyers, now gobs and gobs of construction dollars approved recently by voters and they use bulldozer tactics to simply crush all opposition.

The site of the proposed school is often referred as "9A" and contained about 50 residential units that L.A.U.S.D. used its right of eminent domain to condemn and force out residents, several years ago.

A court order stopped the demolition of the units and determined that the Draft Environmental Impact Report for that project was deficient enough to cause it to be thrown out.

Now that the Rite Site Coalition will not continue to oppose construction of 9A, some curious developments have also come up.

L.A.U.S.D. now has the right and opportunity to demolish and cart away the remaining dwellings on the site.

However, there is still no word yet that L.A.U.S.D. will still go ahead and build the new campus on the site it has fought for, for years.

L.A.U.S.D displaced lower income families from that site on a scale not seen since Chavez Ravine was given to the owners of The Dodgers.

If L.A.U.S.D. abandons plans to eventually build a new campus on that site, they might look at condemning other residential and business properties to build the school somewhere else.

Having hands on Seven Billion Dollars now makes it seem that L.A.U.S.D. doesn't need to bother with the public, residents, and what is best for communities. The voters approved the recent bond that seems to have told L.A.U.S.D. to "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead" in any and all directions they want.

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