That essentially means it is no longer a joint-use (school and city) project. Accordingly, the design of ECCL needs to be revisited. Does it make sense for the School Board to revise this project and simply rebuild the high school? Could some of the bond money be used for the Anna Yates Elementary School? For those of you who think you can challenge the State on this issue, think again. They are the ones who make the laws and, if needed, they will change the law to be able to take the money. We are not just losing $25 million. We are losing 10 years of staff time, and lots of community expectations. I urge the Emeryville City Manager, Patrick O’Keefe, and the City Council to examine reality and ask the community to weigh in on this latest turn of events. I suggest creating a community forum on this issue and inviting people to raise their concerns.
Careful consideration should be given before using any existing funds for a legal challenge against the State.
Future shortfalls in the school budget are not likely to be covered by additional taxes from property owners.
Emeryville Property Owners Association
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