Patt Morrison for March 10, 2011

L.A. community colleges chancellor vows to recoup misspent monies

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Chancellor Daniel LaVista, Ph.D., addresses ELAC faculty, staff and students’ concerns at the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees meeting.

The man in charge of construction, facilities planning & development for Los Angeles Community Colleges is out. The LACCD Board of Trustees announced the decision to terminate Larry Eisenberg’s contract yesterday, a little over a week after the LA Times published an exhaustive, damning series about the waste, shoddy workmanship and shady financial dealings in taxpayer-financed construction projects for LA’s community colleges. That alleged wheeling and dealing was made possible by a series of voter-approved bond measures that sent $5.7 billion from tax payers to the Community College District. Yesterday, in a letter to faculty and staff, LACCD Chancellor Daniel LaVista admitted to some of the district’s failings and promised to recoup some of the lost money and revamp broken systems. How deep did the problems run, and how much of the total cost to taxpayers can be recouped? And was Eisenberg the root of the problem or just a scapegoat?

Guest:

Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times Reporter writing on this series

Daniel LaVista, Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District


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