First bit of news, was a MSJC (Mount San Jacinto College Wildomar Campus) update.
Dr. Roger Schultz, president/superintendent of MJSC, gave a 7 minute presentation to the council about the project's current standing. Local resident Gary Andre jumped up to be the ring card girl, holding the poster up for the council, and the audience, to more easily see it.
Here are the highlights from the presentation
• $44,000,000 of $295,000,000, in Measure AA Bonds, were earmarked for the Wildomar campus.
• Lawsuit filed in 2014 against MSJC.
• Judge ruled in favor of MSJC Dec 2015.
• An appeal of the court's decision has been made.
• Next step is the EIR process.
• To be built out over many decades.
• MSJC was named in the top 150 community colleges in the country out of 1100 in the nation.
• MSJC has been recognized as the fastest grown community college in the state.
• Women's basketball team is ranked first.
• Recently added an engineering program.
Let's talk about the highlighted portion in the above list.
I particularly enjoyed the final paragraph of the editorial:Such an unequivocal ruling by the trial judge ought to persuade Ms. Bridges and Mr. Burkett from taking their legal challenge against the county and the community college district any further. But we suspect that the plaintiffs cannot help but to continue their dubious litigation until the bitter end.
—PE Editorial Writer, December 17, 2015
Just as I had predicted three days earlier than the PE editorial:
Now let's hope that the message sinks in, and that she doesn't look to delay the building of the college again. However, if Las Vegas laid odds on such things, I'd be betting that she has already worded her appeal and typed it up in triplicate.
—Wildomar Rap, December 14, 2015
If you listen closely to the words of Dr. Roger Schlutz in the above video, you can hear that he still only speaks of Wildomar as a potential place for the new campus in this area.
His words, "This is all conceptual, if this is the potential site," found at the the 4:15 mark in the video are a bit disconcerting. Can this project actually be taken away from Wildomar because of the actions of one person?
Well, that's what has happened with the forced move to council districts... all because of the actions of one person. Whoever he or she was.
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We think of the hostage as someone who's being held at gunpoint by some desperate terrorist, or demented criminal. Yet, so many of us are held hostage by things that are deep inside ourselves. We are held hostage by fear, ignorance and hatred.— EG Marshall, CBSRMT 1979