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Re: “Shiny Buildings, Shady Dealings

when the upgrades to the entertainment center were proposed, i asked where the money was coming from--the original bond measures had been for "safety" upgrades. the engineering officer said, "don't worry, there will always be plenty of money." they requested an additional $6 million and oops, turned out to be $22 million.

the upgrades to the fields and football stadium are driven by "now we have the money, let's spend it" explicitly stated at planning meetings.

we are going to have a Taj Cerrito (as the locals call it) worth more than a quarter of a BILLION dollars--and students at echs still have the lowest scores in the east bay. maybe grand facilities aren't what accomplishes education?

and how about the way the berkeley opera can use the entertainment center--but NOT the students. dance & theatre students are not allowed to practice there nor to perform there (murals on the building notwithstanding). many students at the school have never been in the entertainment center.

consultants, architects, builders, are all getting rich, and the student outcomes are getting poorer.

the empty temporary campus remained in place for more than a year (read "more than $1.2 million" in rent for empty portables). when the fields construction finally got under way, workers spent weeks pushing the same dirt back and forth without any progress. now overtime pay! to finish before school starts, as they violate el cerrito ordinances for hours of noise--but they are above the laws that govern the rest of us.

good for the no-powers (cowan et al) to speak up about these financial abuses.

Posted by bestbookkeeperberkeley on 07/10/2011 at 11:23 AM

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