Re: [wccusdtalk] Towards a (temporarily) denser ECHS
- 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
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
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
Which, unfortunately, is quite likely.
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