Grand jury to examine Crafton Hills College waste allegations
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#1 Aug 16, 2009
I would like to repsond to some comments made in this stroy.
1. My wife Precy and I had lunch with Jess Vizcaino last week. I documented to him waste in district spending, such as $5000 for Evil Twin Booking Agency,$743,552 budgeted for travel to Hawaii and Myrtle Beach,$4,394,059 for outside consultants, including one who writes for magazines nobody ever heard about. Jess, who joined me in the 08 campaign TV debate to fight waste, now considers these documented cases of throwing away taxpayer money "subjective." The "objective" facts prove that student fees are being raised while ten classes are shut down at Crafton Hills College.
2. Dr. Vela sent copies of our report www.teachersforachange.com to all members of the Board of Governors, I do not know why she did not send it to Crafton Hills College President Gloria Harrison. I will deliver her a copy next week and seek her response to the nine violations of state law listed in the report.
3. Mark Snowhite, a professor who just retired on a golden parachute said "as far students are concerned, there are no problems." I suggest Professor Snowhite visit the campus and talk with students, who tell me they can not get into classes, can't afford the fee raises and now know their college may lose accreditation.
4. Auditor's Report found massive waste and outright fraud, such and illegally transferring $25,000 meant for Cal Works child development in violation of state chancellor's rules and gave it to somebody else, maybe "Evil Twin" or to go on vacation in Hawaii. This is a felony.
5. Both Snowhite and Harrison are lying when they say there is nothing to worry about in the accreditation report, because apparently they never read that it said the college does not listen to faculty or students about their grave concerns.
Snowhite and Harrison, if piloting the Titantic, would also say there is nothing to worry about, especially icebergs.
The Grand Jury apparently thinks there is enough to worry about to investigate the fraud, waste, discrimination in hiring and hiring of unqualified cronies. The article above should be posted at Crafton Hills College and let the students decide if there is anything to worry about. In fact we will ask President Harrison to do just that and respond in writing to each point in the 34-page report to the Grand Jury.
#2 Aug 16, 2009
Mr. Boyle certainly has the right to point out waste and fraud where he believes he sees it. In fact, this is one of the things that makes ours such a great nation. However, I would encourage him to research his concerns thoroughly and to keep things in their proper perspective. With regard to the use of college monies to send personnel to conferences, and I have no personal knowledge of these trips, this is a normal practice among professionals in both the private and public sectors. It is one of the ways one improves his or her job performance, stays on top of the current best practices in a given industry, and establishes partnerships and networks which ultimately benefit the entire organization. Whether these trips constitute a "waste" of money as Mr. Boyle claims is subjective at best and, more likely, simply wrong. But in this country, sir, you are free to be wrong.
#3 Aug 16, 2009
To Mr. Walker: You made excellent points and as a former professor at USC and Stanford I agree educational conferences are worthwhile. However when we are shutting down classes and letting go great teachers, like the deaf sign language instructor supported by all his student, we must ask tough questions. Can the district spend $743,059 to send administrators to Hawaii or Myrtle Beach while hiking student fees and slashing classes? Jess Vizcaino is a good friend of ours and in a TV debate during the election we joined together to argue against waste such as the $743,552 travel budget,or $426,313 for dues and membership fees, while denying working mothers needed infant care. Our report, despite what my good friend Jess may call "subjective" evidence, is being looked at by the Grand Jury. It is up to them to decide if it is indeed "objective" or subjective. As you said, this kind of debate makes "ours such a great nation."
#4 Aug 22, 2009
Dr. Noelia Vela, Chancellor of the SBCCD, confirmed on Thursday that she DID send the Teachers for a Change Report to Gloria Harrison, President of Crafton Hills College. Apparently Harrison lied to reporter Jesse Gill when she said she had no idea of what he (Boyle) was talking about.
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