AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CHANCELLOR -
BSC, CA – Saturday there was a first ever 'neighborhood fun day' at a church named St. George's Episcopal, located within walking distance of where I reside on the East Side of town. It had been a long time since I set foot inside an orthodox church, but I didn't know much about the Episcopal sect of Christianity. If I was there, it must be for a reason. I just needed to access the situation and wait for that small voice to elucidate.
Riverside is an interesting town. While very large, over 300K, it still isn't overly progressive in that suburban way which reflects its Ag roots. Magic is also fairly spread out and the influence of different groups exists for different locations. This influence is felt at St. George's since this is the most popular saint who ever fought a dragon. Most things of this nature are serpents; dragons are found more in knight or fable stories, aka, magic tales. I wasn't looking for something magical this time, I was hoping to speak to a politician.
Rusty Bailey is the current mayor and seems to have his head on straight, being local and a vet. I was hoping to ask the mayor if he was aware of the STEM high school plans for UCR? Follow-up question: did he know that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is being expanded with Art, making STEAM the latest thing in education circles? Also is Rusty a dad with a teenage daughter?
Unfortunately Rusty was a no-show but he sent a stand-in, who stood in on the subject of the homeless.
|File picture, Riverside|
Magic sought seems to dissolve into something else so my questions about the dragon led to a labyrinth. The crowd was sparse but the booths were friendly and staffed by women, some of whom were knowledgeable about CBD, the non-reactive pain relief side of cannabis catching on in church circles of pain. Since my calling wasn't to spread the word of pot in the Bible, I looked around for another path, soon finding the Blessing of The Animals festival.
|Pastor in charge|
This Catholic festival based on Saint Francis of Assisi but observed by a Protestant church sect seems par for this section of town which is backed up against the tall foothills. You see, inside these foothills lies a group of donkeys, all related and that are descended from the originals that miners had around these parts were prospectors were prospecting.
We have these critters wondering around in search of some Shepherd and a church festival coming on October 4th. Is this a connection meant for the BSC to make? Stay tuned for updates on this story.
And now an Open Letter to UCR Chancellor, Kim Wilcox, via channels -
Please share this e-mail with Chancellor Wilcox, as it concerns him.
The June 6, noon to 1 pm meeting at the UCR Hub, Room 302, to discuss the STEM high school proposed to be built on the UCR campus, is obviously intentionally being held during finals and when the student government is otherwise occupied. That is undoubtedly because the UCR student body has clearly expressed its opposition to this project. And making empty and unenforceable promises that the soccer fields will be moved to the West Campus will not fool the now savvy students into welcoming this proposed project.
Furthermore, promising to move the soccer fields will not solve the primary problem with the proposed project: it is a completely illegal use of public funds and the government officials who persist in following this unlawful path when on notice of its illegality can be, and should be, "vigorously investigated and prosecuted" to use a phrase from the applicable state law about the misuse of school construction bond funds.
It is clear, without a doubt, that the use of Measure O funds to build this project is totally, completely, illegal under the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bond Act of 2000. That Act, which was how the Measure O bonds were passed, requires the measure on which people voted to provide voters with a list of the specific projects on which the bond money will be spent.
When RUSD put together Measure O, it made sure that the Measure gave voters such a list by incorporating, by reference, the RUSD 2016 Facilities Master Plan. That Facilities Master Plan does not have any reference to any new schools being constructed and certainly has no reference to a new STEM high school.
What that means is that Measure O funds cannot lawfully be used for any of these new projects that the RUSD Board now wants to build. That means that the proposed UCR STEM high school cannot lawfully be built using Measure O funds.
This is easy to understand. Anyone who can read -- including Chancellor Wilcox and the RUSD Board of Directors -- can read the applicable law, can read Measure O and its incorporation of the Facilities Master Plan of 2016, and can see that the UCR STEM high school is not listed. And once these people are put on notice that what they are doing violates the law, they have a fiduciary duty, as persons who control the expenditure of public funds, to look at the information and act on it.
So if UCR's Chancellor persists in trying to use Measure O funds for a STEM high school, he is aiding and abetting the intentional misuse of public funds by the RUSD Board. His attorneys should advise him to cease and desist from this unlawful plan.
Letitia E. Pepper, Esq.”
However it is this snippet from The Highlander that gives us the real skinny here in Riverdale.
“...means that the campus at large has no idea why he is acting the way he is, which is highly disturbing. In effect, not providing any semblance of transparency makes Wilcox’s decisions a total affront to the values of UCR as a community and to these figures in particular.
Furthermore, Wilcox has, by essentially firing these important administrators, called into question whether his vision is the best for UCR. Any long-term plan that involves ousting both the dean who made BCOE a national competitor and the dean who started the school of medicine had better have major payoffs. Thus, without the campus community knowing what changes Wilcox intends to implement, his vision for the campus can only appear misguided and notin the best interest of UCR.”
Stay tuned as this campus drama unfolds amid calls of someone not in their right mind [kra-kra].