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Re: [wccusdtalk] Towards a (temporarily) denser ECHS

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  • Tammera Campbell
    Yes, El Cerrito has been remiss in supporting the schools.  I do recall a $300K stoplight at Navelier and Moeser that this city made the school district pay
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 24, 2009
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      Yes, El Cerrito has been remiss in supporting the schools.  I do recall a $300K stoplight at Navelier and Moeser that this city made the school district pay for.  Just think if EC had ponied up the money maybe some bathrooms at Richmond High could have been rennovated.

      --- On Wed, 2/18/09, petr_loubal <ploubal@...> wrote:
      From: petr_loubal <ploubal@...>
      Subject: [wccusdtalk] Towards a (temporarily) denser ECHS
      To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 10:55 PM












      As expected, El Cerrito's Council and Staff is doing all it can to get

      the School District to modify its Portola relocation plans. Earlier

      today, it took Charles Ramsey an hour of relaxing in the Richmond Swim

      Center pool, to regain his original shape and composure. "You look

      beat, what goes?" I asked, and was told he just came from a meeting

      with (Councilman) Bill Jones and (City manager) Scott Hanin, unhappy

      with the decision.



      As far as I know, the pressure originates mainly with Mayor Sandi

      Potter, furious that her two girls at ECHS could lose out on the

      positive experience of a new and spacious High School. Actually,

      there's some divine justice here. For the last twenty years, Sandi

      has tied her political career to San Pablo densification. Wanting

      (others of course), to live on top of each other, in

      transit-oriented- infill housing along the Avenue. So can she accept

      the extra noise, clutter, exposure to traffic, etc., for her own

      family? I doubt it.



      I also doubt WCCUSD will budge on this. With Richmond, Pinole,

      Hercules and San Pablo offering financial help, a reasonable question

      to ask is "Why not El Cerrito?"



      A City which just spent $8 million to buy land with no development

      plans in any foreseeable future, or $7 million on a movie theater

      which cannot pay its rent, or close to $20 million (before all is paid

      off) for a fancy new City Hall, should be able to come up with extra

      money needed to implement the "Portola Lower Pad" option. Especially

      since the town is not losing a School (from the City's, not the

      parents, perspective) , and gets to keep its Middle School within the

      town boundary.



      But don't expect anything to happen for a while. We got into this

      mess by letting ourselves be led by believers in visions, and in the

      gullibility of taxpayers. They're running scared now, but still

      expect that Washington will somehow "solve it all". What it will

      take, is for "them" to be affected personally. We, on the lower

      rungs, should not expect much local change, unless things get much

      worse.

      Which, unfortunately, is quite likely.































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