Should CUSD use taxpayer money to "sponsor" South Orange County Economic Coalition who has a Political Pac that Supports the Toll Road?

CUSD is spending thousands of dollars to "Sponsor" this organization which engages in Political Advocacy that takes positions that are not in the best interest of students and taxpayers. 

The South Orange County Economic Coalition's Econ Pac is actively advocating for the 241 Toll Road extension through South Orange County. The current alignment is resulting in a Toll Road that is less than 100' from Tesoro High School without any protective barrier. This is Not In The Best Interest of Students. 

It is a mis-use of taxpayer money for a school district to use student funding to advocate for political positions.

The children's school money should be used in the class room, to reduce class sizes, restore programs and to fix and maintain facilities.

 

THIS REPRESENTS EVERYTHING THAT IS MAKING CALIFORNIA UNLIVABLE!

Look Who Sits on their Board:

About Us

South Orange County Economic Coalition (SOCEC)

SOCEC is the premier voice of business in the south county region and your opportunity to make a difference. Working hard to promote a strong economic climate, we provide current updates on issues discussed at the state, county and local levels. With this knowledge, you can make informed decisions to strengthen your business.

The South Orange County Economic Coalition is the premier advocacy and business development organization in the region. Member businesses include key stakeholder companies (corporations and sole proprietorships) committed to building a strong local business climate both regionally and within our constituent local communities.

Until recently, there has not been an organization whose primary mission is to advocate and represent the local and South County Regional businesses. Our focus IS REGIONAL…We are committed to consistently build and support a strong local economy, promote job creation and retention by facilitating regional awareness and cooperation.

The South Orange County Economic Coalition has served the region’s businesses since 1969.

Our leadership consists of a 20 member Corporate Board of Directors who are influential community and business leaders within the region. 

Chairman’s Circle Investors 

ELITE LEVEL
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center

PLATINUM LEVEL
Cox Communications
San Diego Gas & Electric 

GOLD LEVEL
Communications LAB
Saddleback College
Southern California Edison
Transportation Corridor Agencies

SILVER LEVEL
Cadiz, Inc.
Care Ambulance Service
Moulton Niguel Water District
Orange County Association of REALTORS® 
Santa Margarita Water District
The Gas Company

BRONZE LEVEL
Apartment Association of Orange County
Adventures in Advertising | The Stanley Group
Building Industry Association OC Chapter
California Apartment Association
Capistrano Unified School District
CR&R Environmental Services
Irvine Ranch Water District
Poseidon Water
Rancho Mission Viejo
University of California, Irvine

CUSD has paid this organization thousands of dollars and this is just one of many organizations with Political Pacs that CUSD's pays. 

Every school district does this which is why millions of our taxpayer dollars are used to advocate for Union Positions and big development... aka the Toll Roads, Prop 51 School Facility Bonds, Prop 39 Energy Grants.

AND

RUMOR HAS IT... NOW CONFIRMED (took 2 months) Superintendent Vital is the newest member of this Board!

 

A 14 day extension? Really?

 

 

CUSD is NOT a "Corporate Board of Directors" it is an PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION that is trying to be in the Property Development Business.

CUSD's Engagement in Land Deals has not worked out for Taxpayers or students

Esencia K-8 - CUSD gifted the Ranch $13 million in taxpayer dollars.

 

Asset Management Planning - Pacifica San Juan

CUSD tried to change the zoning on a property it does not even own so that it could get a windfall profit from Pacifica San Juan Mello Roos taxpayers and leave them with low income, 3-story High-Density Ocean View housing in a single family neighborhood. 

At the September 19, 2017 San Juan City Council Meeting, the San Juan Capistrano City Council rejected CUSD's request for a zoning change on a parcel of land in Pacifica San Juan that is currently zoned as "Open Space" or "school site". 

The conduct of CUSD in trying to re-zone land they do not currently own, so that they could take million dollars in profit from the Pacifica San Juan Mello Roos taxpayers is unconscionable. The fact that CUSD was changing the zoning for the purpose of building low-income, high density housing (18 homes per acre) in a single family detached home neighborhood, so that CUSD could gain a new revenue stream and provide inexpensive, ocean view housing to district employees is worse.     

This money ($133,100 paid to Government Financial Strategies to change the zoning) should be refunded to Pacifica San Juan Mello Roos Taxpayers. 

The actions of the District must be investigated. This is as an abuse of the Pacifica San Juan taxpayers. Clark Hampton is not an attorney, or a licensed real estate broker. Staff intended to hide this from the Public and these expenditures are a mis-use of taxpayer money. 

See my September 19,2017 letter to the San Juan City Council  

CFO 98-1A bonds 

$54,050 for professional fees plus $1,000 for expenses, payable at completion

[Funding Source Pacifica San Juan Mello Roos]

 CFO 98-1 B bonds

$54,050 for professional fees plus $1,000 for expenses, payable at completion

[Funding Source Pacifica San Juan Mello Roos] 

Trustees never voted to approved $133,100.00 ($25,000 + $54,050 + $54,050 = $133,100.00) to change the Zoning on Pacifica San Juan.

 

Asset Management Planning - Laguna Niguel

CUSD was leasing the land to a car dealership for around $33,000.00 a year. They renegotiated the lease to $131,000.00 per year and then proceeded to put the land up for sale. When asked if the car dealer knew the land was being sold- they all laughed when Clark said if they don't know yet... they will know soon.

I have already filed a complaint with the District Attorney regrding this parcel.

See: September 3, 2017 Complaint

Property: Paseo de Colinas property. 2.47 acre property located on Paseo de Colinas adjacent to Niguel Hills Middle School

Negotiating Party: One or more potential buyers for the Property who may purchase the Property through a surplus property ground lease bid auction or waiver process, or a joint occupancy process

January 18, 2017 Asset Management Workshop: CUSD discussed options for this property and gave direction to staff.

February 22, 2017 CUSD BOT Meeting Agenda Item #9 page 250

Resolution 1617-50: 

"Dana Point - South Transportation and Groundskeeping Facility

The District will preserve space on the south bus yard site for use by the Grounds and Transportation Departments for surplus storage and vehicle parking. Remaining space on the site will be made available for leasing of RV/boat storage. The District will make improvements to the site for the purpose of leasing space for storage. The District will also explore options for the long-term repurposing of the site. District staff will involve City staff in the course of moving forward with plans for this site."

August 23, 2017 CUSD BOT Meeting Closed Session report out: Trustees gave direction to Staff

CUSD did re-negotiate the price from $33,000 per year to $131,000 per year.

Note: A Public Records Request to the City of Laguna Niguel states that Staff has not engaged the City in this matter.

Asset Management Planning - Dana Point

Property: South Transportation and Groundskeeping Facility. (NOT SURPLUS PROPERTY) 5.51 acre property located at 26126 Victoria Blvd, Dana Point, CA 92624

Negotiating Party: One or more potential buyers or lessees for the Property who may purchase or lease the Property through a surplus property bid auction process

Dana Point - South Transportation and Groundskeeping Facility

At the January 18, 2017 CUSD Asset Management Workshop concluded with Staff receiving direction on improving and leasing this site for RV/boat storage.

February 22, 2017 CUSD BOT Meeting Agenda Item #9 page 250

Resolution 1617-50: 

"Dana Point - South Transportation and Groundskeeping Facility

The District will preserve space on the south bus yard site for use by the Grounds and Transportation Departments for surplus storage and vehicle parking. Remaining space on the site will be made available for leasing of RV/boat storage. The District will make improvements to the site for the purpose of leasing space for storage. The District will also explore options for the long-term repurposing of the site. District staff will involve City staff in the course of moving forward with plans for this site."

August 23, 2017 CUSD BOT Meeting Closed Session report out: Trustees gave direction to Staff

September 9, 2017 CUSD BOT Meeting PUBLIC HEARING Agenda Item #1 and Resolution #1718-17 Agenda Item #31 Ratifying the 2006 Declaration of Surplus Property, Declaring the intent to offer the property for ground lease, and authorizing a request for the waiver of competitive bidding procedures. 

The Public concern is that the District is already in negotiations with a particular party to develop this property. Staff has gone from a January recommendation to improve the site for RV and Boat storage, to having selected a particular developer to develop the site for residential property.

A public records request has been done to see if Staff actually engaged the City of Dana Point. Staff lied about engaging the City of Laguna Niguel in the sale of Paseo de Colinas.

 

There is no where for Taxpayers to go - the corruption is so great!