Former Trustee John Casabianca changes his testimony and joins Marlene Draper in dishing out district doublespeak
Jul 08, 2007
Seema Mehta, The Los Angeles Times "Former Trustee John Casabianca initially testified that the timing of the [contractor] settlement, which occurred as district critics were gathering recall signatures, also played a role. But after consulting his attorney, Casabianca said the board kept the settlement confidential on the advice of its lawyer, and not because of the recall attempt."
So, first, Casabianca swears the timing of the settlement was about the recall and, then, he swears it wasn't. Plausible? Hardly. But OK under the advice of CUSD's attorneys! Guess that's why we taxpayers pay those legal beagles the big bucks.
Aug 22, 2003
John Casabianca, Rancho Santa Margarita News “As a parent I was angry classrooms were set up in the library ... Despite this, at the end of the school year, I could honestly say my children got an excellent education.''
At the August 18, 2003 board meeting, Trustee Casabianca joined his colleagues in a 7-0 vote, giving final approval for the expansion of Arroyo Vista School from a K-5 to a K-8 school. During Trustee comments, Casabianca remembered dealing with overcrowding at Arroyo Vista -- there were 1,349 kids on campus in 1996 and 1997 -- when his children went to school there. What he refused to address, was that CUSD had created such overcrowding by systemmatically violating the exemption process under Title 14 of the California Environmental Quality Act. Between 1993 and 1999, the district illegally expanded Arroyo Vista School by nearly 100% of its original student capacity without preparing any environmental impact study or report whatsoever -- three times the 25% limit they were restricted to under Title 14. Casabianca and his colleagues were advised of this before he voted to approve the project.
Casabianca acknowledges severity of community division caused by district's Arroyo Vista School expansion plans
Aug 22, 2003
John Casabianca, Rancho Santa Margarita News "I've never seen an issue divide a community as much as this has."
Comment made by Trustee Casabianca at the August 18, 2003 board meeting, during which the Trustees, over the objections of numerous residents, approved the construction of the Arroyo Vista K-8 expansion without first completing an environmental report as required by the California Environmental Quality Act.