6018Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: What did they do to the board packet?
- Aug 3, 2005Mike,
Karen's, is the same attitude that was around 20 years ago and will be
around in 20 years. As long as the public continues to feed the bureaucratic
money pit and demand no accountability where the checks go then there is no
need to stop the status quo.
There will be another $400,000,000 dollar bond in September that will allow
the sucking of money from this community out to other parts of the county
and state even though our Board has demanded local hiring and purchasing.
Tonight's meeting is once again guaranteeing through the Project Labor
Agreement that the money continues to flow to those same people who are
pulling our local tax dollars out of our district and this Board does
nothing to stop it. But worse the community does nothing to stop our Board
from doing it.
Tonight the MRAD is once again being misused and Kilmartin knows it and the
Board allows it to continue. The Board has no clue and chooses to ignore
those of us that have history and two minutes in front of the Board is no
challenge to the Staff's ability to whitewash the situation or cover up the
illegalities that go on.
I just shake my head every time I go by, the palaces the district is
building across the district and think how much further the bond money could
have gone if Gary Freschi had been in charge of how the money was spent.
Gary knew the district inside and out and had a very conservative view on
how to build the schools but then again the current friends of the Board
would not have had a key to the lock of the Bond Gold Mine.
So, "just let it go Mike." I have, for the most part, because for some
reason this community does not mind ignorant graduates and giving away their
money to a bureaucratic morass.
>From: Michael McDonald <mrmcdonald23@...>
>Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: What did they do to the board packet?
>Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2005 08:57:58 -0700 (PDT)
>I assume that you keep up with the discussions in this group, at least the
>discussions which you weigh in on. If this is the case, you would know that
>Sarah, Alicia and other people have had trouble downloading the board
>packet and that this is the reason that Glen agreed to start sending it by
>regular mail again.
>The "just let it go" attitude is an unfortunate one for an elected official
>to have. It appears that the whole board wishes the public would "just let
>go" of the Michael O'Neil issue. Several people, including Alicia and
>Scottie, have repeatedly asked for his salary and job description, which
>should be a matter of public record. Board members have repeatedly ignored
>these requests. Claims by the board that it is doing all that it can to be
>transparent ring hallow when basic requests by the public it serves are
>For us to let this go, means we are willing to misrepresent the many people
>that count on us to voice their concerns. Also, it means that we are a
>part of the problem and contributing to the district's lack of respect for
>the overwhelming majority of people in this Urban School District that does
>not have access to a computer. You may not be aware that the majority of
>Blacks and Latinos are not yet a part of the ditial communication network.
>Therefore, in a district like WCCUSD it is important to have available
>Board agendas and packets for those that may wish to participate and do not
>now what is going on. I need not reinerate Sarah's brillant concerns, but
>to say, put it to rest, means to forget the rights of the public and spend
>the time and money, copying materials for Mike O'Neil and other consultants
>that we paid big bucks.
>I will ask you as I and others have Glen, for the complete compensation
>package that the district is paying Mike O'Neil as a matter of public
>information. If you or he can not get this information, I would like to
>know, therefore, I can seek it at the State level.
> Scottie Smith
>-------------- Original message ----------------------
> > Hi Karen, and All,
> > Karen,
> > I am a person, who wants to stay involved
> > and informed, and I can't download the
> > Board Agenda. I was disappointed to
> > read your suggestion to "let this one go".
> > How are we supposed to stay in the conversation
> > when we don't know what's being discussed?
> > I sent an email, along with others,
> > I think around 2 months ago,
> > saying I could not download the
> > School Board meeting agendas.
> > Now it seems you ask me to forget about it.
> > That's not good enough. I suggest instead
> > that the Board post the full agenda,
> > (not packet), on Paul Ehara's Apple Bite.
> > That way those of us who do have
> > computer access, and many people
> > don't, can see an agenda.
> > The link you have now still doesn't work
> > on my computer.
> > Finally, either you want community input or you don't.
> > Some people wanted paper copies of School Board agendas/packets,
> > (parent involvement, this is a good thing right?)
> > and we were given a procedure to follow (contact Wendy),
> > which then doesn't work, then your response is "let it go?
> > Is the number of people requesting Board Packets so great?
> > Do you need volunteers? What is the hold up?
> > You used to do it. Why can't you do it now?
> > It seems to me if you really want community
> > involvement you will help people who want
> > to be included in the process.
> > LOVE,
> > Sarah
> > PS. I regularly download Agendas for
> > Hercules City Government meetings.
> > Maybe they can help you fix this download glitch.
> > Karen wrote:
> > Dear Alicia and others in the Board packet discussion,
> > Since all of you are obviously computer literate and
> > have access to computers I wonder why you want the
> > district to send you board packets?
> > I had thought that this discussion was about those
> > people who want to read the packets before the meeting
> > and couldn't down load them. I wonder how many people
> > are in this category?
> > I hear your many worries about transparency and
> > misappropriation of general fund dollars. Still, a
> > printed packet is not more transparent that a digital
> > one and does cost more....
> > We have so many really big fish to fry, I wonder if
> > you couldn't just let this one go.
> > Thank you,
> > Karen Pfeifer
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