Public Records Suggest Southwestern College Used Public Funds Frivolously

Susan, I can see you are a concerned citizen and I am with you about the spending of public monies. Since I don't know what document you claim have been released by SWC then your claiming you have sources means nothing. I could site some source that you would not be able to substantiate either. However, it is not my intent to debate sources. I have been concerned and have kept myself informed with the expenditure of the bond funds as well. I can tell you from personal experience that I am happy with the way Prop AA funds were used and the new Prop. R is making the Corner Lot possible which has been something that previous boards have not been able to do...this project has been on the drawing board for four decades! I am happy that this is moving forward. As far as how Southwestern Funds are spent...this would be the budget which is available to you. I have been to several board meetings where the budget was discussed and it seems to me all the board members were in agreement and voted to approve it. And BTW, as far as I know, the board has balanced the budget every year for the last four years which as a citizen I appreciate very much. Regarding the I mentioned earlier, this is an independent organization and as far as I know, their focus is to raise monies to give to students. But the reality is that they have a board and they determine how they will allocate their monies. I AM concerned (not consumed) by what is going on in the election. When you post an article which accuses SWC of spending funds "frivolously", you are painting a negative picture of the college and of course the present board...some of which are running for re-election. And you do this without really any proof except "claiming" that you have evidence. I don't believe that you do. Like I said earlier...prove me wrong and post the check. Otherwise the readers should take this for what I suspect that it really is...a veiled and weak attempt to make the current administration and board look bad for political purposes. Truth
— October 23, 2010 9:26 p.m.

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