Paul Fairbrook had one suggestion for how the San Joaquin Delta College Board of Trustees could respond to a critical report by the San Joaquin County Grand Jury.
"I think you should apologize to the citizens of Stockton for allowing this to happen," he told the board during a board meeting Monday.
Trustees had gathered to discuss their response to the jury's report that lambasted them for wasting millions of taxpayer dollars and violating the Brown Act.
The allegations stem from the school's $250 million Measure L bonds. Numerous delays and cost overruns have plauged many of the bond projects, most notably at the Mountain House campus project where costs have grown past $55 million.
Fairbrook, who was Delta's interim food services director in 1997 and a former commissioner for the Port of Stockton, said he remembered controversy gripped the port commission in the '70s. He said those commissioners had to be thrown out of office then and the same should be applied to Delta's board today.
Trustees said drafting a response to the jury's report will take several days and they were not prepared to answer each claim made in the jury's report.
"I don't think we have had time to sit here and answer each one," Trustee Ted Simas said. "Many of the points they made are true. We know that. Some of them are not."
Matt Wetstein, Delta's interim dean of planning, research and regional education, said he was most troubled by the alleged violations of the Brown Act, the state's open meetings law.
He said the trustees need to improve how they list the topics they plan on discussing during meetings.
"For the credibility of the college you have to get better at how you agendize items," he said.
Delta college has 90 days to draft a response, which must address each point of the jury's report.