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CUSD is asking taxpayers in the Cities of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Dana Point to support a $300 million dollar school facility bond in 2020.

CUSDWatch Comment 

The State of Caifornia has $337 billion dollars (with a "B") in local school facility bond debt. These Prop 39 Bonds have become a pay-to-play racket esigned to give local school districts new reveue streams without fully addressing facility needs, they are a way to create a slush fund for districts. We need to fix our schools, but data shows that the money is not being spent as promised, and there is no real oversight. 

See: California League of Bond Oversight Committees 

CUSD is playing games with the bond project list so that they can have access to a slush fund with millions of Taxpayers hard earned money, to fuel continued annual compensation increases for employees.

For the past five years CUSD has chosen to give employees 5 consecutive years of across the board compensation increases totaling over $150 million dollars, while choosing not to fix and maintain facilities at minimum health and safety standards.

California Local School Facility Bond Debt is $168 billion (re-payment $337 billion).

  • Orange County: $9 billion
  • LA County: $45 billion
  • San Diego County: $17 billion

See: CUSDWatch: Data: Local School Facility Bond Measures 

See: California's State and Local debt totals an estimated $1.3 trillion dollars 

 

Board Agenda page 1240

June 12, 2019 CUSD BOT Meeting Agenda Item #49 PRESENTATION UPDATE ON THE WESTERN SCHOOL FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT FACILITIES NEEDS (SFID School Facility bond for the Cities of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Dana Point).

Board Audio at 1:28:29

Board Audio at 1:30:43  POINT OF CLARIFICATION- Capo Beach is not part of the Western SFID- Palisades Elementary School will be included in the San Clemente SFID. 

CUSD Presentation:

Western Bond Region: Dana Point, Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo

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CUSDWatch Comment

CUSD failed to disclose the maturity date for these bonds

Tax Levi:

$34 per $100,000 of assessed value. 

If you own a million dollar home, your tax wil be $340 per year.

CUSD did not state a maturity date

  • 10 years you will pay $3,400
  • 20 years $6,800
  • 30 years $10,200
  • 40 years  $13,600

Bond Proceeds $300 million re-payment depends on maturity date

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CUSDWatch Comment

Notes at bottom of project list:

"1) Costs were prepared without a detailed facilities master plan."

"2) Costs were prepared based on preliminary scope and without defined environmental requirements and design concepts. Once projects commence, costs may be subject to change."

"3) Costs presented are estimates only and are based on average industry pricing"

The Capistrano Unified School District completed a Kitchell Facilities Assessment of every school in the District in November 2017 . This outlined the work that needed to be done to bring CUSD schools up to minimum health and safety standards. The bond project list that CUSD is currently proposing only address fixing Priority 1 of 5 of the Kitchell Report, and only for a limited number of schools.

From the Kitchel School Facilities Report: Definition of Priority 1 Repairs and Maintenance

"Conditions in this category require immediate action to: a) correct a cited safety hazard, b) stop accelerated deterioration, and/or c) return a facility to operation. The Escalation Factor in this category is 5%. Deficiencies in this category should be addressed in Year 1."

Year 1 was 2017. The Kitchell Reports outlined a 5-year plan to bring all facilities up to minimum health and safety standards. All projects Priorities 1-5 must be completed to ensure that facilities meet minimum health and safety standards. If CUSD cannot ensure that facilities meet minimum health and safety standards due to a lack of money, why has the District given employees five consecutive years of across the board compensation increases totaling over $150 million dollars?

CUSDWatch has reviewed all of the documentation and made a recommended Bond Project List that saves taxpayers millions of dollars, and brings all CUSD schools within the SFID area up to minimum health and safety standards by fixing all of the items listed in the Kitchell Facilities Assessment Priorities 1-5 for all schools.

If CUSD does not modify its bond project list to include the entire Kitchell Facilities Assessment, no taxpayer living within this SFID should support this Bond in 2020.

Board Audio at 1:34:30

CUSDWatch Comment

If you read the Kitchell Reports for all the schools it is obvious that most mechanical equipment is original to the schools; and that almost every mechanical system is past it's useful life, and must be replaced in order to bring facilities up to minimum health and safety standards.  


Board Audio at 1:42:30 Trustee Discussion Total Western SFID

Trustee Bullockus: HVAC and Air Conditioning

Board Audio at 1:44:38

Trustee McNicholas: 50 Meter Pool with Support Structures. [error?]

Board Audio at 1:45:08 

Trustee Reardon Dana Hills Theater Renovation

Board Audio at 1:45:44

Trustee Reardon what about Foxborough and Crown Valley? They are not receiving any bond projects.

Board Audio at 1:46:08 

Trustee Amy Hanacek Aliso program needs

Board Audio at 1:46:57

Trustee McNicholas Theater at Dana Hills High School

Board Audio at 1:49:39

Trustee Patricia Holloway Schools not included in SFID? Charter Schools [Foxborough and Crown Valley] not included.

Board Audio at 1:50:24

Trustee Gary Pritchard: CUSD is not required to follow City Height restrictions correct? No. That is through the Division of State Architects.

Board Audio at 1:50:58 

Superintendent Kristen Vital - June 26, 2019 CUSD Board Workshop. Add back the Charter Sites. Dana Hills High School needs a lot more than all the other schools. Other schools may not get all Priority I needs. One Charter is all portables [Foxborough]. Community engagement and education outreach. Do we need more community outreach.

Board Audio at 1:52:44 

Communications Officer Ryan Burris regarding Community Outreach and tracking poll.

Board Audio at 1:54:00

Trustee Amy Hanacek: Proceeds from the sale of Dana Point Bus Yard would go to Dana Point Schools. The City of Dana Point is lacking a Community pool and Community Center. Joint use projects?

Board Audio at 1:55:09

Superintendent Kristen Vital re: Timeline and milestones. $300,000 will be going into Dana Point from the Dana Point Bus Yard surplus property sale.

Board Audio at 1:56:38

Clark Hampton/ Susan Holidayz: Community Engagement up-date. Feedback from Communities.

Board Audio at 1:57:30

John Forney recieved feedback from school sites and Communities.

Board Audio at 1:58:41

Trustee Patricia Holloway pleased at the work staff is doing.

Board Audio at 1:59:18

Trustee McNicholas Matching Funds and the Map.

Board Audio at 2:01:35

Trustee Jim Reardon Laguna Woods. Community engagement City of Laguna Niguel.

Board Audio at 2:03:41

Trustee Amy Hanacek Niguel Hills Middle School music program.

Board Audio at 2:03:55

Trustee Jim Reardon Niguel Hills Middle School. Must give the Community more than just access to Community shared sports fields by walking through old portable buildings.

 

Bond Project List City of Dana Point

COMPARISON CUSD BOND PROJECT LIST vs CUSDWatch BOND PROJECT LIST

Author Dawn Urbanek | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | If you find this research valuable, please consider a donation to The Equity Project

CUSD Bond Project List: 

$138,046,308

New Construction

  • Dana Hills HS Theater
  • Dana Hills HS 2nd Gym
  • Dana Hills HS 50 meter pool
  • Dana Hills HS New Building to Replace Portables.

Total $76,570,730

Renovations

Priority 1 projects of Kitchell Reports at some schools 

AC in Dana Hills HS Gym

Total $61,475,578

Kitchell Priority 1 for some schools.

No school will meet minimum health and safety standards because Priorities 2-5 of the Kitchell Facilities Report will not be included in CUSD's bond project list. 

Kitchell Report Priority 1-5 for all Dana Point Schools is 

CUSDWatch Bond Project List:

$118,136,930

 

New Construction

  • Dana Hills HS Theater
  • Dana Hills HS New Gym + Second Gym
  • Dana Hills HS remodel existing 25 meter pool
  • Dana Hills HS New Building to Replace Portables.

Total $36,763,000

Classroom Renovations

All projects of Kitchell Reports Priority #1-#5 at all schools 

Includes Palisades Elementary School

Total $81,373,930

Kitchell Prioirty 1-5 for ALL schools. 

ALL schools will meet minimum health and safety standards, 

CUSD has successfully built three new 26 classroom buildings at Tesoro High School, San Juan Hills High School and San Clemente High School for $15 million each within the last two years.

Dana Hills High School existing Gym may need major structural repairs and may need to be replaced. Jonathan McKim who did the Kitchell Facility Assessments contacted me to express concerns about the Dana Hills High School Gym. CUSD told Kitchell and Kitchell has fired him and is suing him. I wrote a letter to all electeds to ask that the building be inspected and made safe. As a result I received a Cease and Desist letter from Kitchell's attorney. I still cannot confirm the safety of the existing gym at Dana Hills High School.

See: Letter from Jonathan McKim (Kitchell Facilities Inspector) regarding potential structural defects at Dan Hills High School

See: Letter to Elected Officials Re: REQUEST FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION: Dana Hills High School Structural Defects.

See: Cease & Desist Letter from Attorny Snell & Wilmer

All correspondence and Enginerring reports can be found at CUSDWatch: Letter to Bill Brough et al re: Structural Defects Dana Hills High School

It appears this matter is still ongoing. 

See: January 24, 2019 E-mail from Jonathan Kim re: CUSD/Kitchell Law Suit

CUSD potential Slush Fund

$19,909,378  (minimum slush fund)

 

+ $12,774,000 Palisades ES

+ $12,180,000 Replace old Gym 

Total $44,863,378  (maximum slush fund)

#No CUSD Bond in 2020 unless the Bond Project list includes every project listed in the Kitchell School Facilities Assessment for all schools including Crown Valley Elementary School. 

 

Capistrano Unified Bond Project List for Schools within the City of Dana Point

NEW CONSTRUCTION

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RENOVATIONS

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School  New Construction  Renovations  Kitchell Report Priority #1 at some schools 
Dana Hills Exceptional Needs Facility (1975) $325,680
Dana Hills High School (1973)  $76,570,730 $76,570,730 -0-
R.H.Dana Elementary School (1969) $3,539,500
Total $76,570,730 $61,475,578 $3,865,180
Grand Total $141.911,486

 

 

 

CUSDWatch Recommended Bond Project List for City of Dana Point

Author Dawn Urbanek | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | If you find this research valuable, please consider a donation to The Equity Project  
Renovations 

Dana Hills Exceptional Needs Facilities (Built in 1975)

Kitchell Report
Priority 1   CUSD Priority 1 CUSDWatch Prioirty 1 - 5 
$271,400   $325,680  $1,314,000
 $1,314,000

Dana Hills High School (Built in 1973)

Kitchell Report
Priority 1   CUSD Priority 1 CUSDWatch Prioirty 1 - 5 
 $2,932,500 -0-  $15,596,000 

 

If CUSD builds a new building to replace portables then the cost to renovate portables contained in the Kitchell Report need to be backed out. $2,580,000

$15,596,000

R.H. Dana Elementary School (Built in 1969)

Kitchell Report
Priority 1   CUSD Priority 1 CUSDWatch Prioirty 1 - 5 
$5,157,900   $3,539,500  $7,079,000
 $7,079,000
Subtotal  $23,989,000
Adding Palisades Elementery to City of Dana Point Project List
Capo Beach (Is currently in SFID with San Clemente paying for Palisades Elementary)
Palisades Elementary School (Built in 1964) $12,774,000
Total  $36,763,000
New Construction
Theater   $20,470,230
The original Gym needs to be replaced
$12,180,000
2nd Gym? $12,180,000
New 50 meter Pool $13,775,000
It costs well over $1 million per year to maintain this type of facility. CUSD should skip the 50 meter pool and fix their existing pool. The $7 million is a generous over estimate of repairing the existing pool. ($7,000,000)
Pool Repairs Contained in Kitchell Report need to be backed out. ($231,300)
New Buiding to Replace Portables $76,570,730
CUSD has built three twenty four classroom buildings at San Clemente High, San Juan Hills High and Tesoro High School for $15 million each. CUSD is allocating five times that to build the same building at Dana Hills. Dana Hills has 32 classrooms. Even if CUSD built two new classroom buildings that would be $30 million. SLUSH FUND $46,570,730 ($46,570,730)
Total  $81,373,930
Grand Total $118,136,930

 

 

Kitchell Report Dana Hills High School

Portable Repair Expenditures

page 17 Portable 809 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$9,800
page 16 Portable 816 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$26,600
page 17 Portable 817 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$26,600
page 16 Portable 818 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$26,600
page 16 Portable 819 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$26,600
page 15 Portable 881 Roofing. Standing Seam Metal roof is approaching the end of
its useful life.
$43,600
page 16 Portable 882 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$26,600
page 16 Portable 883 Roofing. Standing Seam Metal roof is approaching the end of
its useful life.
$45,800
page 17 Portable 884 Roofing. Standing Seam Metal roof is approaching the end of
its useful life.
$41,600
page 15 Portable 885 Roofing. Standing Seam Metal roof is approaching the end of
its useful life.
$45,800
page 17 Portable 886 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$9,800
page 16 Portable 887 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$9,800
page 15 Portable 888 Roofing. Modified Bitumen roof is approaching the end of its
useful life. Replace existing roof with similar roof.
$10,300
page 15 Portable 889 Roofing. Modified Bitumen roof is approaching the end of its
useful life. Replace existing roof with similar roof.
$10,300
page 17 Portable 890 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$26,600
page 15 Portable 891 Roofing. Standing Seam Metal roof is approaching the end of
its useful life.
$45,800
page 17 Portable 899 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$26,600
page 17 Portable 905 Roofing. Modified Bitumen roof is approaching the end of its
useful life. Replace existing roof with similar roof.
$47,200
page 17 Portable 907-908 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$66,200
page 17 Portable 909-910 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$53,000
page 17 Portable 911-912 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$53,000
page 17 Portable 913 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$26,600
page 17 Portable 914 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$26,600
page 16 Portable 915-916 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$53,000
page 16 Portable 917-918 Roofing. Single Ply roof is approaching the end of its
useful life.
$53,000
page 15 Portable 919 Roofing. Standing Seam Metal roof is approaching the end of
its useful life.
$45,800
page 17 Portable 920 Roofing. Standing Seam Metal roof is approaching the end of
its useful life.
$41,600
page 15 Portable 921 Roofing. Standing Seam Metal roof is approaching the end of
its useful life.
$45,800
page 15 Portable 922 Roofing. Standing Seam Metal roof is approaching the end of
its useful life.
$43,600
page 16 Portable 923 Roofing. Standing Seam Metal roof is approaching the end of
its useful life.
$45,800
page 15 Portable 924 Roofing. Standing Seam Metal roof is approaching the end ofits useful life. $45,800
page 15 Portable 925 Roofing. Standing Seam Metal roof is approaching the end of
its useful life.
$45,800
page 17 Portable Restrooms Roofing. Standing Seam Metal roof is approaching the end ofits useful life. $6,400
page 23 Portables Cooling Systems. Wall mounted heat pump unit is at or approaching the end of its useful life. 14 @ $21,000 $294,000
page 24 Portables Cooling Systems. Wall mounted heat pump unit is at or approaching the end of its useful life. 19 @ $21,000 $399,000
page 25 Portables Cooling Systems. Wall mounted heat pump unit is at or approaching the end of its useful life. 18 @ $21,000 $378,000
page 26 Portables Cooling Systems. Wall mounted heat pump unit is at or approaching the end of its useful life. 13 @ $21,000 $273,000
page 28 Portables Cooling Systems. Wall mounted heat pump unit is at or approaching the end of its useful life. 3 @ $25,000 $75,000
page 33 Portables Lighting. The exterior wallpack is damaged or approaching the end of its useful life and should be replaced. Replace the existing or damaged exterior wallpack with a new wallpack. $3,800
 Total  $2,580,000

  

Kitchell Report Dana Hills High School

Pool Repair Expenditures

page 16 Pool House Roofing. Modified Bitumen roof is approaching the end of its
useful life. Replace existing roof with similar roof.
$24,100
page 16 Boys Locker
Room Lower
Roofing. Modified Bitumen roof is approaching the end of its
useful life. Replace existing roof with similar roof.
$4,000
page 18 Girls Locker
Room Lower
Roofing. Modified Bitumen roof is approaching the end of its
useful life. Replace existing roof with similar roof.
$3,400
page 20 Girls Locker Domestic Water Distribution. Large domestic hot water storage tank is at or approaching the end of its useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation. $11,000
page 20 Boys Locker Domestic Water Distribution. Large domestic hot water storage tank is at or approaching the end of its useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation. $11,000
page 20 Pool Domestic Water Distribution. Large domestic hot water storage tank is at or approaching the end of its useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation. $2,500
page 21 Boys Locker Domestic Water Distribution. Electric water heater is at or approaching the end of its useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation. $7,800
page 21 Pool Domestic Water Distribution. Medium circulation pump is
at or approaching the end of its useful life. Provide equipment
replacement and installation.
$10,500
page 22 Girls Locker Heating System. Gas-fired furnace is at or approaching the end of its useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation. $21,000
page 22 Boy's Locker Heating System. Gas-fired furnace is at or approaching the end of its useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation. $21,000
page 23 Girls Locker Heating System. Gas-fired furnace is at or approaching the end of its useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation. $21,000
page 23 Boy's Locker Heating System. Gas-fired furnace is at or approaching the end of its useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation. $21,000
page 27 Boy's Locker Cooling Systems. Remove outdoor condensing unit. Remove equipment. $2,600
page 29  Girls Locker Ventilation. Roof ventilator is at or approaching the end of its useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation.  $8,400
page 30 Boy's Locker  Ventilation. Roof ventilator is at or approaching the end of its useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation. $4,200
page 34 Pool Special Facility Components. Sand filter tank for pool is
approaching the end of its expected useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation.
$12,500
page 34 Pool Special Facility Components. Sand filter tank for pool is
approaching the end of its expected useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation.
$12,500
page 34 Pool Special Facility Components. Sand filter tank for pool is
approaching the end of its expected useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation.
$12,500
page 34 Pool Special Facility Components. Sand filter tank for pool is
approaching the end of its expected useful life. Provide equipment replacement and installation.
$12,500
page 34 Pool Special Facility Components. Pool chemical monitoring
system is at or approaching the end of its expected useful service life. Provide equipment replacement and installation.
$7,800
 Total  $231,300

  

 

Kitchell Report Dana Hills High School

Pool Repair Expenditures

page 13 Media and Theater Standard Foundation. Structural cracks were
observed in the wall at the time of the assessment. FIll the Structural Cracks. 
$4,500
 Total  $4,500

 

  

October 1, 2018

State Representative Bill Brough
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Director School Facilities and Transportation Services Division California Department of Education, Juan Mireless,   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees 
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Dana Hills High School Principal
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Supporting Documentation

October 1, 2018

Re: REQUEST FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION: Dana Hills High School Structural Defects

It has been brought to the Publics attention that there are structural issues at Dana Hills High School that could pose a significant threat to the health and safety of staff and students. 

Statements made by DSA Licensed Architect/Kitchell employee Jonathan McKim; working on Kitchell's facility assessments, indicated that he was concerned about the structural integrity of "cracked and crumbling" concrete beams at Dana Hills High School. These beams support the roof over the gymnasium, cafeteria and auditorium (all high volume occupancy spaces). Statements by Mr. McKim indicated that the concrete crumbled in his hand which made him concerned about the actual mix of the concrete that was used to form the beams which support the roof.

Recent documents received from the District validate Mr.McKims concerns:

1) The District hired Josh Randall with KNA Structural Engineers to perform a "Limited Structural Assessment".  These inspections included only the low roof adjacent to the gymnasium. The inspection did not cover the upper roofs where according to Mr. McKim, "the damage is more extensive and occurs at the connection point between column and concrete T-beams shown in the pictures provided".

2) Findings in KNA Structural Engineers report concluded the following:

"Upon walking the low roof adjacent to the gymnasium, we noted prevalent spalling of the concrete at the ends of the roof tee beams. We noted two different mixes of concrete; a sand aggregate mortar and a 3/8" lightweight aggregate mix. We also noted the presence of corrosion on the reinforcing and tendons. Also visible was a formed surface where the joint between the lightweight concrete for the tee beam had a pocket to allow stressing of the steel tendons. The sand aggregate mortar made up the cast in place end cap as noted in detail 12 of sheet St-4 of the original drawing."

3) If the concrete mix for Dana Hills High School was the cause of the failure of the lower roof end caps- then the entire beam is probably failing in the same manner.

4) In a September 29, 2018 e-mail Mr. McKim state the following:

"Anyway, something else that has been on my mind since last night.  You should ask if beach sand was found in the concrete mix test samples at Dana Hills, which may be determined by higher than acceptable levels of sodium chloride and the grain shape.  I've suspected this ever since I stood on DHHS's roof and ground to dust small chunks of concrete with my fingers, and after seeing that it was the sand in the mix that they claimed is causing the failure, then I would be willing to bet money on beach sand as being used in the mix design.  Now days engineers recommend that no more than 0.2% of beach sand be used in concrete mix designs, and some engineers recommend no beach sand be used.  If this is the case, that more than 0.2% beach sand was used which resulted in high levels of sodium chloride, then my fear would be that the entire beam may be in question, not just the ends as claimed by the District's engineers."

To ensure the health and safety of staff and students, Dana Hills High School needs a full structural inspection by an objective third party.

Trustees are elected by the People to represent taxpayers and students in all matters before this board. Trustees have a fiduciary duty to protect the health and safety of students. District staff does not have that same duty. As such, it is the Board of Trustees that must step forward and ensure that the structural issues at Dana Hills High School Have been properly addressed.

Likewise it is the Department of the State Architects responsibility to ensure that K-12 school building are structurally safe.

Please conduct and independent structural assessment of Dana Hills High School.

Dawn Urbanek

Taxpayer and Student Advocate

 

 

October 3, 2018

Snell & Wilmer, LLP
One America Center
400 E. Van Bruen, Suite 1900
Phoenix, Arizona 85004-2202
602.382.6000
602.382.6070 (Fax)
www.swlaw.com

Craig J. O’Loughlin 
(602) 382-6192 
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VIA EMAIL

Re: KITCHELL CAPITAL EXPENDITURES MANAGEMENT, Inc, v Jonathan McKim

Dear Mr. O'Loughlin:

Thank you for your letter. I am currently in the process of redacting and removing Mr. McKim's allegedly false statements from CUSDWatch posts, both on the web site and on facebook.

It was never my intention to harm the reputation of Kitchell. It was my intention to protect the staff and students at Dana Hills High School by ensuring that the roof structure is safe for occupancy. The only way to be sure, it to have a full structural engineering review of Dana Hills High School. 

I wish to direct you to CUSDs' website: Dana Hills High School Facilities Repairs

The outstanding issue for the public is that the structural review done by KNA Structural Engineer was a "Limited Structural Assessment". According to the reports provided by the District, KNA only inspected the lower roof area and did not inspect the upper roofs where it has been alleged that the damage was substantial. In addition, the KNA report did acknowledge that the concrete mix for the structure may have been bad as alleged by Mr. McKim. 

see CUSD Website:

Irrespective of the truth of Mr. McKims statements, the public needs assurance that this building is safe to occupy. CUSD has not done enough to make that assurance. 

It may take me a day or to redact and remove all references to Mr. Kim, but it is my intention to fully comply with your request.

Thank you,

Dawn Urbanek

Taxpayer and Student Advocate Capistrano Unified School District. I am going to CC: all of the entities that were copied on my original letter to Assemblyman Bill Brough in order to close this loop. 

CC:

State Representative Bill Brough
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Director School Facilities and Transportation Services Division California Department of Education, Juan Mireless,   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Division of the State Architect
     Regional Manager Craig Rush, SE This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     Structural Safety Supervisor (South), Ron LaPlante This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     Structural Safety Supervisor (North), Eric Wu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     Field Team Supervisor, Nathan Larson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     District Structural Engineer, Jay Kinhal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees 
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Dana Hills High School Principal
     Principal Josh Porter, ED.D. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Copied to:

Jonathan McKim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Orange County District Attorney Ray Armstrong  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

City of Dana Point
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     Council Member Paul N Wyatt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     City Manager Mark Denny (only accessible by form e-mail)
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