Final decision affirms earlier ruling in favor of Signature Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Jul 26, 2008 at 9:27 am
In a final decision that could cost the Pleasanton school district several million dollars, Alameda County Superior Court Judge George C. Hernandez has ruled that it never had a binding agreement with two developers for funding and building Neal Elementary School in the Vineyard Corridor.
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Posted by fraud and deceit, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 26, 2008 at 9:27 am
I do not understand why the lawyers that represented PUSD in the negotiations for this agreement then stood before the City Council and sold the community on the "iron-clad" agreement are not liable for malpractice.
The foundation of this agreement was the turn-key process that has been successful in other communities like the middle and high schools in San Ramon. Why was it legal there....because the developers were not deceitful fraudulent developers or because the lawyers were not incompetent?
Posted by Fletch, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 27, 2008 at 1:58 pm
Wasn't Pat Kernan serving as a PUSD board trustee during and after the signing of the Neal School agreement? And isn't Mr. Kernan an attorney???
Didn't Mr. Kernan repeatedly vote to delay Neal School?
Recent articles have brought to light a residency question concerning Mr. Kernan. Some posts have defended him referring to his experience and the good things he has done for Pleasanton schools.
Looks to me like we should add this agreement to his list of "accomplishments." Mr. Kernan touted his personal legal expertise during public discussions about the agreement and during election times.
It is appalling to me that PUSD could pay one attorney to work on the agreement, have another "expert" trustee intimately involved and still get taken down the creek by this developer. Thanks for bringing your experience to the table on that deal, Pat!
Posted by Get a grip, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Jul 28, 2008 at 11:28 am
Why does it continue to get lost in all of the finger pointing details that Signature was ready to build this school when the agreement was made, and the fact that PUSD continually delayed, delayed and delayed is what caused this to be an issue at all? Try and blame Signature, Ghilmetti, McKeehan et all as much as you want, this is singularly the fault of PUSD and thier dragging of feet.
Posted by frank, a resident of the Pleasanton Heights neighborhood, on Jul 30, 2008 at 9:40 pm
Sam turned around and reversed roles. In another thread he defended against the superficial indictment of school teachers in the PUSD by many posters. He wrote detailed rebuttals.
Here he becomes a superficial indicter of all parties involved, and thereby safely takes no position with regard to any of the facts of the situation.
The above post may have been written a bit in haste with little proof-reading. The defending school teachers post was more carefully written in that I saw no grammatical errors. But "one deceitful developer who are smart enough..." does not pass muster. I make similar errors because I may not proof-read sometimes. But teachers are more severely judged.
My main point is that simply calling those on all sides of the situation incompetent does little. The judge objectively considered the facts and the law and ruled as he did. Paying attention to what he wrote in his ruling and the concepts of fair dealing and the law is far more helpful and educational to all involved in these affairs, now and in the future.
Posted by concerned taxpayer, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2008 at 7:28 pm
No one lost their job that I know of but I have not followed this as dilligently as we all should have. But lets not forget that Cindy McGovern was president of the School Board at the time. Someone mentioned in this blog or somewhere else you all then elected her to serve on the city council. Just amazing. I would suggest that it is now time for her to move on and find another hobby.
Posted by Donna, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Aug 4, 2008 at 10:28 pm
Concerned taxpayer, the lawyers for the district AND THE CITY said that this agreement was air-tight. It is not McGovern's fault, it is the lawyers who were paid the big bucks. If anybody on the board should take a fall that would be Kernan who is also a lawyer and agreed 100% with the paid lawyers but I would still feel that the paid professionals are at fault; not the school board members. As a board member you have to rely on your professional staff. If the district is using this lawyer FOR ANYTHING now, I would be upset. "Professionals" like this should be fired.
Posted by Concerned taxpayer, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 4, 2008 at 10:59 pm
As recently as May, PUSD was still using the same attorney! They asked him to give an 'opinion' whether Pat Kernan could still qualify to be a trustee even though his house is in Camino. Lozano Smith has done so well for this district do you think we should trust them on another matter?!