Town Square

Post a New Topic

Las Positas College invites community to open house and building dedication

Original post made on Oct 10, 2010

Las Positas College will hold an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday to show the public projects made possible through the Measure B general obligation facilities bond which voters passed in 2004.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, October 10, 2010, 4:54 PM

Comments (6)

Posted by Milan Moravec, a resident of Danville
on Oct 11, 2010 at 6:26 am

Here's sad tale of a University wasting California $. UC Berkeley's recent elimination of popular sports programs highlighted endemic problems in the university's management. Chancellor Robert Birgeneau's eight-year fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians in Sacramento, since they stopped giving him every dollar he has asked for, and the state legislators do share some responsibility for the financial crisis. But not in the sense he means.

A competent chancellor would have been on top of identifying inefficiencies in the system and then crafting a plan to fix them. Compentent oversight by the Board of Regents and the legislature would have required him to provide data on problems and on what steps he was taking to solve them. Instead, every year Birgeneau would request a budget increase, the regents would agree to it, and the legislature would provide. The hard questions were avoided by all concerned, and the problems just piled upů.until there was no money left.

It's not that Birgeneau was unaware that there were, in fact, waste and inefficiencies in the system. Faculty and staff have raised issues with senior management, but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau engaged some expensive ($3 million) consultants, Bain & Company, to tell him what he should have been able to find out from the bright, engaged people in his own organization.

From time to time, a whistleblower would bring some glaring problem to light, but the chancellor's response was to dig in and defend rather than listen and act. Since UC has been exempted from most whistleblower lawsuits, there are ultimately no negative consequences for maintaining inefficiencies.

In short, there is plenty of blame to go around. But you never want a serious crisis to go to waste. An opportunity now exists for the UC president, Board of Regents, and California legislators to jolt UC Berkeley back to life, applying some simple check-and-balance management principles. Increasing the budget is not enough; transforming senior management is necessary. The faculty, students, staff, academic senate, Cal. alumni, and taxpayers await the transformation.


Posted by Christina, a resident of Las Positas
on Oct 12, 2010 at 4:31 am

Here's an idea: How about spending some of that money on classrooms and teachers so the school can accommodate more students? Right now Las Positas caps the classes at 50 students, many can't get the classes they need, and some of us can't even graduate on time. But, we have a new theater...


Posted by Don, a resident of Ironwood
on Oct 12, 2010 at 9:36 am

I am a defender of the Arts in many ways. I think that the new Theater complex at the college is great. I certainly believe that people that are artistic have to have a place to perform and develop their art. Over the years for some reason it is always the arts that takes a back seat and funding is reduced or cut off. Remember that during bad times, it has always been the entertainment industry that has kept us all in better spirits. Also keep in mind that way back in the days of a young Shirley Temple, that it was her smile and movies that saved Fox Studios from Bankruptcy. I remember the days when Chabot College & the City Of Pleasanton Recreation Dept. teamed together to do a summer musical. Dr. Mertes was very involved in that at that time. Please support the Arts in every way you can.


Posted by Plastic Surgeons Scottsdale, a resident of Golden Eagle
on Apr 14, 2013 at 11:32 pm

just wanted to point out that the comments on here are awful. You might want to clean these up at some point so casual browsers like me can actually have a conversation.updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.


Posted by Limo Service Toronto, a resident of Amador Estates
on Apr 16, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Hi there to all, the contents present at this site are in fact awesome for people knowledge.


Posted by www.torontolimoservice.com, a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 23, 2013 at 4:55 am

Most of the time I don't make comments on blogs, but I want to mention that this post really forced me to do so. Really nice post! It is extremely helpful for me.


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Jim Kohnen Post Office Signed into Law
By Roz Rogoff | 5 comments | 1,078 views

Never Say Never -- the Perry Indictment
By Tom Cushing | 7 comments | 789 views

CPRA: Balancing privacy, public's right to know
By Gina Channell-Allen | 3 comments | 660 views

Patience and very deep pockets can pay off
By Tim Hunt | 0 comments | 553 views