The district has already stated that it intends to seek pricey entitlements for high-density housing on the L Street property — although again the community has not been consulted.
In the December 9 surplus-land presentation, Calhoun told the trustees that Plan Nine Partners “wanted to get out from under the agreement” with the district.
Wait a minute.
According to Plan Nine Partners/California Trust CEO Marc Litchman, he sent an offer to Brand on December 6 for a long-term ground lease that would ultimately reimburse the district for its investment, create an ongoing revenue source for the district that could support classroom instruction, and that would enable the land to be used for a “state of the art academic programs and opportunities for Sweetwater students.” In a December 16 email, Calhoun acknowledged that he was aware of the offer when he made the presentation.
In a December 12 interview, Litchman said that he and other members of his board of directors are anxious to see the L Street property put to its “highest and best use.” Litchman says the most preferable choice would be to have the district go forward with the initial plan and put the district offices and corporate yard on the premises.
Litchman has also been gathering support from the community for a sports complex and charter school on the property. Regarding the charter school, he said his first step would be to work with the teachers’ union.
Problem Four: Is the committee legal? On the two agendas posted in the remote hinterlands of the chief facility executive’s website are the agendas for the slam-bam meetings on 11/21/13 and 12/5/13. Both meetings have 700 forms agendized. But the conflict-of-interest forms are not posted on the site.
On Tuesday, December 10, an email request for the 700 forms was sent to the board's clerk. On December 20 at 4:10 p.m., the Reader received this response: "The district is still in the process of collecting the Form 700's for the 7-11 committee members. We will provide the responsive documents once they have all been received. Please be advised that we will be closed the next two weeks for winter break, so we will have the documents to you in January."
(rev. 12/21, 8:25 p.m.)