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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2008 10:00 pm

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.

Contact City Editor Andrew Adams at andrewa@lodinews.com.

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  • posted at 11:24 am on Wed, Jul 16, 2008.


    Well you must love ineffeciency t&C. (Is that another blog name?) You have had a group that has investigated for six to twelve months, leveled charges and then leaves. How long is it going to take the new Grand Jury to get up to speed? It seems like a complete waste of time and taxpayer money.

  • posted at 3:41 pm on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    Observer, they don't want the gob's and WASP's to know ahead of time who to "entice". Who knows what funny little events could take place during that interim time? No wonder you don't get it.

  • posted at 11:37 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    One thing I never quite understood. The Grand Jury issues their year-end report and then disbands and a new Grand Jury is appointed. Any response required by a Grand Jury report goes to the newly appointed Grand Jury who has no little or no background. Doesn't make any sense to me. The response should go to the Grand Jury that did the investigation.

  • posted at 4:24 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    Book em, Dano! ROFLMAO 90 days and counting down.



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