Re: [EchoElysianNCForum] Van De Kamps coalition Notice
- If you copied the vdk coalition email address, they will correct and
On 6/23/13 5:00 PM, Carol Cetrone wrote:
> hi Christine,
> thanks for getting the word out about this.
> The "BerrerAD@... <mailto:BerrerAD@...>"
> bounced back to me,
> is there any other address for this person?
> On Jun 22, 2013, at 11:14 AM, Christine Peters wrote:
>> *EIR Comments due today:*
>> >From the Van De Kamps Coaltion:
>> Los Angeles Friends and Neighbors:
>> Those of us who voted for the three Los Angeles Community College
>> District bond issues to improve and expand adult community college
>> services and who now pay an average $100-$200 per year in taxes for
>> it, now have a brief opportunity to change the ill-conceived 2009
>> decision of the LACCD Board of Trustees to "temporarily" lease
>> our $91 million Van de Kamps Campus to a politically-connected
>> charter high school. An official Environmental Impact Report comment
>> period for the public is open between now andSaturday, June 22,
>> 2013 for YOUR VOICE to be heard.
>> The Van de Kamps campus at Fletcher Drive and San Fernando Road was
>> built with community college bond funds. The $91 million was spent to
>> build it based upon an innovative plan to offer a wide variety of
>> fee-based community service courses that by themselves would generate
>> enough income to operate the Van de Kamps campus without the need for
>> state operating funds. A 2004 detailed study of the economic
>> feasibility of this plan validated it would work and that was the
>> basis for the LACCD Board to proceed to spend all those millions of
>> dollars building the Van de Kamps campus. Then in 2009, as the campus
>> neared completion, dirty politics intervened.
>> LACCD Board Trustees Mona Field, Sylvia Scott-Hayes and
>> administrators came to meetings and told us that due to the state
>> budget problems, LACCD did not have operating funds to open Van de
>> Kamps with community college training. This was a bold-faced lie. Van
>> de Kamps was intended to open using revenues generated under its 2003
>> operating plan. Ignoring all objections, trustees like Mona Field
>> voted to lease away the Van de Kamps campus to a charter high school
>> run by Richard Riordan/Eli Broad.
>> The Van de Kamps Coalition, a group of Northeast LA organizations and
>> individuals, sued LACCD for changing the VDK Campus uses without new
>> environmental review. The VDK Coalition won and the court ordered the
>> LACCD to invalidate the charter school lease and prepare a proper
>> environmental review before considering approving any further changed
>> uses different from the community college use in original plans.
>> The dirty politics continues. LACCD is defying the court's order by
>> refusing to set aside the charter school lease. And it has prepared
>> an Environmental Report that it can use to either continue to lease
>> to the politically-connected charter school, or to go in a direction
>> of community college/university courses needed by young adults in our
>> If LACCD Board is persuaded that the community demands its community
>> college back, there will be time for the current charter school to
>> make an orderly transition to a new and more appropriate location in
>> the community. This not about closing the charter school as some say.
>> Attached is a form letter you can fill out on your computer or sign
>> and mail in. Every single letter sent in from the community is
>> required to be published by LACCD in the Environmental Impact Report
>> and responded to. Are you curious to see whether Mona Field and her
>> cronies will choose to listen to you or Richard Riordan/Eli Broad?
>> Would you like to see if we together can collectively raise enough
>> protest to scare the LACCD Board into doing the right thing?
>> Then make a vow to demand that the LACCD Board stop considering
>> further abuse of our tax dollars and DO THE RIGHT THING by opening
>> the satellite community college campus promised to voters when they
>> voted for the LACCD Bond Measures.
>> Take our form letter below and make it your own.
>> Thank you,
>> Van de Kamps Coalition
>> Send your email to:
>> BerrerAD@... <mailto:BerrerAD%40email.laccd.edu>,
>> JustinCL@... <mailto:JustinCL%40email.laccd.edu>,
>> thayes@... <mailto:thayes%40webtaha.com>
>> and cc: vdkcoalition@... <mailto:vdkcoalition%40gmail.com> so
>> it can be verified that LACCD actually puts your letter in the Final
>> EIR analysis.
>> Board of Trustees
>> Los Angeles Community College District
>> 770 Wilshire Blvd.
>> Los Angeles, CA 90017
>> June, 2013
>> RE: Comments on the “Interim Use” Project at Van de Kamps Campus - EIR
>> Dear Board of Trustees:
>> I am writing to join my fellow neighbors and voters in Northeast Los
>> Angeles in our demand that you end the illegal use of the $91 million
>> Van de Kamps Community College Satellite Buildings for a charter high
>> school and start offering community service courses, art, and other
>> courses for adult educational purposes as outlined in the 2003 Van de
>> Kamps operating plan. After all, this original economic feasibility
>> plan was your justification for spending my tax dollars to build the
>> Van de Kamps campus.
>> Myself and my neighbors, who are charged between $100-$200 per year
>> on our tax bills for community college services, expect this Board to
>> deliver the services promised to give young adults in our communities
>> hope to improve themselves. The area around Van de Kamps has numerous
>> high schools and no community college campus. My community college
>> taxes should not be paying for a politically-favored charter high
>> school. Does the LACCD Board of Trustees listen to its
>> taxpayer/constitutents, or Richard Riordian/Eli Broad who are
>> represented on the current charter school’s board of directors?
>> The improving state budget picture shows $3 billion more will be
>> received this year than projected by the Governor. The expectation is
>> that a great deal of the surplus will be invested in education – as
>> it should. With signs of dramatic improvement of the state’s budget,
>> which was your stated reason for failing to open Van de Kamps, why
>> would you now consider continuing a 10-year “temporary” charter high
>> school lease? We need you to do your job.
>> The recent auto accident at San Fernando/Fletcher, where a charter
>> high school student on a bike was severely injured illustrates this
>> Board’s reckless behavior in putting a charter school at this
>> location without conducting environmental studies for safety. As this
>> student lies in a hospital bed recovering from his injuries, I wonder
>> if this had to happen if you had conducted proper environmental
>> review in 2009 when you hastily gave away our college campus.
>> I leave it to others expert in environmental matters to comment on
>> EIR technical issues. Put me on the list of people to receive all
>> notices of hearing on this project.
>> Name _____________________________________ Signature
>> Address __________________________________________________________
>> Email Address ____________________________________________________
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