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45 minutes: The time it might take for squad car to respond to new Galt high school

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Posted: Thursday, August 6, 2009 10:00 pm

If there is a shooting at Liberty Ranch High School, it could take 30 minutes or more for a squad car to arrive on scene.

The campus, located on the farthest eastern edge of Galt, is not within city limits, so the Galt Police Department will not routinely respond in case of an emergency unless requested.

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  • posted at 2:01 am on Wed, Aug 12, 2009.


    From the moment we, as a community, broke ground on LRHS, I started my mantra: "We should apply for annexation." I was ignored then, while I was a member, by the Oversight Committee and now by this Board majority. They get 100% credit for all of the safety problems at LRHS. Terry Parker Owning & Art Oelsner were on the OC then; Dennis Richardson was on the Board, too. Nobody listened to me......we, as a community, may have to suffer for the short-sightedness of the leaders who refused to listen to reason.....

  • posted at 3:36 am on Tue, Aug 11, 2009.


    We don't need extra paid security. Any administrator with half a brain can be trained to handle a pistol. He or she will probably never use it. If the bad guys know they are armed, that's enough.

  • posted at 1:17 pm on Mon, Aug 10, 2009.


    Gus: You were done a long time ago. I re-read your posts...not one answer...very good.

  • posted at 12:01 pm on Mon, Aug 10, 2009.


    You can keep trying to paint me as evil to EHS but its not gonna work no matter how many times you say it........"getting old" are the words you understand I think?BTW-The budget cuts come from the state......picking your priority from there is a tough biz. You might want to check the paper,,,, the economy is in a little bit of a rub right now. When I was on the board after you quit, my goal was to be in the paper as LITTLE as possible.Obviously, you were on the opposite end of the spectrum there with respect to seeing your name in print.Additionally, we passes the Coalition of Character Pledge, and worked through our differences in a professional fashion. Humm, I wonder if KAMOS knows about any of that? She seems to revel in getting her name in print and behaving like a spoiled teenager at the meetings. One would think an attorney could represent themselves with more patience and professionalism wouldn't you? Dang, this is some negative stuff......needs said, but enough getting sucked into this crapola!I'm done with this thread.

  • posted at 10:42 am on Mon, Aug 10, 2009.


    As far as the bronze board...I don't believe anyone's name should be attached to a piece of property that taxpayers paid for...if it is, you were there for the wrong reason. I did not ask for nor want my name to be there...it just is.

  • posted at 10:38 am on Mon, Aug 10, 2009.


    We had campus security then...until you guys cut the budget. There was also an agreement with the previous PD (before their budget cuts) that they would respond if necessary but would not do so routinely. Once again Gus you hint that these kids are somehow more dangerous and sinister than the other students. Not so. Answer some of the other questions Gus...this one is getting old.

  • posted at 9:33 am on Mon, Aug 10, 2009.


    Hey Pat,Your name's on the Bronze board out at EHS right? That was before you quit if I remember correctly.How come you let that place open without police protection back then but now you question doing it for LRHS. I thought you cared about those kids??????Oh ya, its been a couple days and I forgot, the argument/articel is BS! Just something good to make noise about. Got it! Goooooooooo DRAMA!!!

  • posted at 3:19 pm on Sun, Aug 9, 2009.


    I can guarantee if there were trained armed professionals on campus, no one would worry about emergency response time.

  • posted at 11:16 am on Sun, Aug 9, 2009.


    Hmmmmm...ya think?

  • posted at 3:36 am on Sun, Aug 9, 2009.


    No problem. Just arm the administrators. More guns less crime. What part of this don't liberals understand?

  • posted at 5:56 am on Sat, Aug 8, 2009.


    Gussie: You keep slamming the kids and staff at EHS like Oelsner did...he accused the kids of being criminals and that the school would be filled with a bunch of "Mexicans" if we built it in his backyard. Not so.EHS is a well handled and very discipline oriented school, the kids are well behaved and without the peer pressure. Most have jobs AFTER school and that should be commended. They, like all of the other kids in the Galt District are tremendous assests to this community...please speak of them as such.Just remember...once the issue has been raised about the safety of the students the Board members can be liable for any damage caused due to their negligence and can be sued as individuals. Along with the school...who has the DEEP pockets.

  • posted at 4:12 am on Sat, Aug 8, 2009.


    Pat, Pat, Pat, not about student behavior at EHS.The process is in place at EHS and it is working, do the the same at LRHS!Your so quick to overreact........as was someone else who um......wrote article!Much ado about NOTHING. Talk about creating DRAMA.So the chief spent time dealing with this DRAMA bs instead of something real or maybe even positive for the community. See how the DRAMA and unpreparedness takes the community down? Maybe Kamos will learn something from another's mistake here......

  • posted at 2:07 am on Sat, Aug 8, 2009.


    One question that I raised during the last Board meeting was the Bonding Capacity of the District (how much can they borrow). That figure, based on land appraisals from two years ago was $31.4M...the District has alread borrowed $29.2M...they want to borrow an additional $2M...the interest (3%/30yrs) debt would add an additional $1.8M for a total indebtedness of $33M.The $31.4M number is based on the total property values of the entire district multiplied by 1.25% and is stipulated by law...no wonder they fired the Superintendent...they should also fire themselves.

  • posted at 2:48 pm on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    Thank you Gus...I might remind you though that many of the kids do go there by choice...as did one of my sons and one of Dennis's. They have an amazing food service program (including chefs)that helps those who come from the socio-economically disadvantaged sector of the school get jobs while in school. Many of the kids come from broken homes as well and don't want the drama that goes on in regular HS. The law requires that each student be educated until the age of 18. After that they can go to adult school. Look at the ADA and grad rates for EHS it is equal to GHS, because the kids WANT to be there and don't want to get kicked out of there. Having Tony Lara as their principal is another huge reason the police are not needed.

  • posted at 12:00 pm on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    Those ARE the Chief's words. Thus the quotation marks, notation signature at the end......no SPIN.Not sure what your talking about with respect to slamming EHS kids? Point is EHS has been up and serviced for two years without an emergency call requiring Galt PD. Why would LRHS need something different? THERE RIGHT NEXT DOOR REMEMBER! This article is BS!!!Pat, just so you know, those kids don't get into EHS on MERIT! They have issues with repeatedly BAD DECISIONS. NOT BAD kids, but they are there for consequences of actions which by definition are not positive. Bless their hearts for at least being there. Many with the same challenges don't even go to EHS and have an even tougher time as you well know. Many don't even see how hard they make things on themselves and need the added attention. However, they are there for a REASON not chance. Sorry if that doesn't fit your same for all regardless of actions plan. By your argument they should still be at GHS or LRHS I assume.I'll try to keep the analogies and posts a little simpler so its easier to follow in the future.

  • posted at 11:23 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    Gus: Let the officer speak for himself. His written statement not your spin.Again you slam the kids at EHS as though they are criminals...the fact that the police have not been there disproves your accusations. You are as bad as Art Oelsner was when the District tried to build on the Sousa Property..."my kids are good...your kids are bad" That's crap. Here's a clue...they are trying to annex the ENTIRE school...which should have been done 2 years ago. Where did the money for the LAFCO study go?? Guess. Ms Bonnett did a great job in exposing the lies by reporting on a story that should have closed long ago. You were on the Board then...what happened?

  • posted at 11:05 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    Very irresponsible article. I am disappointed at the writer and the News Sentinel for printing it.

  • posted at 9:43 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    Last part "The article spoke in terms of school shootings as if they were common place events. I continue to enjoy the partnership Galt Police has with the School District as we all work towards the safety of our most precious assets, our children. Loren Cattolico, Chief of Police, City of Galt.

  • posted at 9:42 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    Continued Post "When I read it, it gave me the impression that I was insinuating that my officers would stop at the City limits and refuse to drive across the street to LRHS if an emergency had been reported. We would never respond in that manner. It is our duty to protect the lives and property of our citizens and that includes everyone within our jurisdictional sphere. We do so now, and we will continue to do so. As I said before, we will not provide LRHS with routine police services as they are in the Sheriff’s jurisdiction. I hope this clarifies my position on this issue as I don’t feel the article was particularly well balanced.

  • posted at 9:40 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    Per Loren "I have had some questions since this article ran in the Lodi paper this morning. Let me try to make sure there is no ambiguity in my position as it relates to the safety of the children who attend LRHS. If LRHS has an emergency situation and needs an immediate police response, Galt PD will respond. We will respond regardless of whether the Sheriff asks for assistance or if the school calls us directly. Where the need is non-emergency, the Sheriff’s Office will continue to handle those calls as they currently do. Galt PD and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department have a strong relationship and we help each other regularly at a number of County locations that are right at the edge of our city limits. We would expect to provide the same cooperation in regards to LRHS. I must say that I feel the article tried to sensationalize this issue." Continued

  • posted at 9:08 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    that is just another reason my children will not attend liberty ranch just because the school is new, don't mean it is better. my children will stay where they mother, father, and aunts and uncles went. family tradition. once a Warrior always a Warrior

  • Jennifer Bonnett posted at 9:03 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.

    Jennifer Bonnett Posts: 4 Staff

    As an addendum, the police chief did tell me that his department has not been asked by the sheriff's department to respond to Estrellita High School which, too, is outside of city limits. Due to space, that portion of the story was cut.

  • posted at 8:45 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    Maybe the police could respond the same as they do for oh let's see.....EHS!Its been there for two years, remember? Nobody said no to responding, just need to set up the protocols.Nice try, trying to blame the non annexation on a non existent Ag building. How did nothing take 10 mil again Pat, or 5.6 mil Kathleen?Ag doesn't even have to be present to get thrown under the bus.

  • posted at 5:26 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    Cog: That was tight!! The annexation of the property into the city limits was THE priority while I was on the Board. This problem lands squarely on TPO, A-O, NP and GP. These doofuses decided to rob all of the funding they could to build their Taj Mahal (and are still trying to borrow $2M)and neglected to do their jobs. At the July 27th meeting Parker stated that the GPD would have to come...Amos argued not so...Amos wins. Like I said before, they fired all of the witnesses and now are saying anything they want without support. It is a crime in progress.No lights or signs on Hwy 104, the sewage system is overloaded, no w/s sidewalks, over budget, not completed and not a safe place.

  • posted at 4:56 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    Only in Galt.... in a town known for no cooperation would the disfunctional School Board opt to build a big beautiful school outside of the City limits. Uh, have you ever heard of annexation you morons? But again, the squabblers on the CC would probably want something ridiculous in return.Cog, please post your address just in case some cooperation materializes.Slightly off topic: Why doesn't the City & County of Sac merge into one and save millions (billions?). As urban sprawl continues in Sac County it is now an idea that really has more merit.

  • posted at 4:30 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    Cogito, I'll look forward to it. LOL

  • posted at 4:27 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    o.O I'm not one to usually comment on a Galt story but this, this is just too rich of a story not to comment on.Why oh why didn't the Galt school district address this concern BEFORE building the new high school? These are the issues that are supposed to be worked out BEFORE something is built. In the words of Anne Robinson from Weakest Link: Who here is the monkey's uncle?

  • posted at 4:22 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    Weezer, and when that happens, jump in your car and drive immediately to my house. Because you wouldn't want to miss the spectacular phenomenon of monkeys flying out of my butt.

  • posted at 4:17 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    Ok Pat, glad you've got your priorities in place.Cogito, all it takes is for GPD and Sac Co Sheriff to sit down and have a "plan."

  • posted at 4:07 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    Weeze: Health...5-way bypass and stress. With the kids I was fine...with morons like these...

  • posted at 3:59 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    Wow. At the same time, the Sac County Sheriff's office is cutting over a hundred jobs. This doesn't bode well for the new high school.

  • posted at 3:33 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    The only obvious answer to the problem would be hiring qualified, and armed, full time campus security. With the millions in cost overruns in this ill conceived project, what's a couple of hundred thousand more a year. Especially in the light of student safety.

  • posted at 3:28 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    T&C, Galt has a lot of them wannabes.

  • posted at 3:27 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    Actually Pat, I wonder why you quit.

  • posted at 3:26 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    This is Great News for gang bangers "Packing guns"! Stay tuned for an update!

  • posted at 2:21 am on Fri, Aug 7, 2009.


    And people wonder why I get so mad. Why I am still involved. The circus continues. I feel sorry for Dennis Richardson and Kathleen Amos...

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