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The press release, forwarded to me by Dennis O’Sullivan:

CR trustees to discuss Southern Humboldt site Tuesday

The College of the Redwoods Board of Trustees will discuss the future of the college’s Southern Humboldt Instructional Site at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

CR Interim President Utpal Goswami will recommend a rejection of the latest renovation construction bids for the former Garberville School on Sprowel Creek Road. CR bought the building from the Southern Humboldt Unified School District in January 2010.

However, Goswami said that CR is “not abandoning its educational commitment to Southern Humboldt residents or the site itself.”

Goswami said the CR Trustees will consider his recommendation and possible alternatives for the CR Southern Humboldt Instructional Site.

The public session of the CR Board of Trustees meeting begins at 1 p.m. It is located on the second floor of the Administration Building on the main Eureka campus.

For more information, call CR Director of Communications and Marketing Paul DeMark at 476-4561.

Dennis informs me that it is too late for written comment, but maybe some Sohum presence at the meeting tomorrow, or direct contact with the trustees prior to the meeting, could have some effect.

Linking to the Humboldt Mirror, with some caution that the Mirror makes an abundance of satirical posts.  But this one isn’t reading like satire, and it references a closed-session BOS agenda item for tomorrow.   For those of you coming out of a long coma, Kirk Girard currently heads up the County Community Development Services Department, which includes the Building and Planning Department and the Mirror reports that he will no longer run the latter.

If this is true, it’s huge.

Anybody with any information?

Addendum:  I just had a telephone conversation with someone who reminded me of certain aspects of process which undermine the Mirror’s conclusion (or that of it’s inside sources).  First and foremost, no decision can have been made at this point without a violation of the Brown Act.   I suppose the Mirror could have heard from an “insider” who has independently spoken to three Supervisors who are likely to vote as reported, but in the absence of any Board discussion so far, such a prediction is extremely premature.

Secondly, what is described in Mirror post is not merely a personnel issue, but primarily a restructuring issue – which would not be appropriate for closed session.  If such a proposal is to materialize, it would be in open session.  Tomorrow’s agenda item is strictly a personnel review and not where an employment decision is made.

I will give the Mirror the benefit of the doubt that they/he/she heard something from somebody – possibly someone who would like to see the particular outcome and is confident that it will take place.  But it is hard to imagine how anybody can be such an “insider” as to know what three of the Board members are thinking even before there is discussion or even input to serve as the basis for such a discussion.

The more I think about it, the more I’m wondering if something hasn’t been seriously jumbled in the translation.  While many of you may not agree with the Mirror’s politics, I haven’t seen them post outright falsehoods.  But objectively speaking, the story is just not plausible.

From Mark Lovelace:

Hi Hank, Eric and Heraldo.
There seems to be a persistent rumor out there that our Board will be having a discussion of MMJ policy at tomorrow’s meeting, and I’m told there has been a big push to get a lot of people to drive up from SoHum to be there.  In fact, we have nothing at all related to this subject on our agenda.  Can you help get the word out to people that we will not be discussing marijuana policy tomorrow?  While people are always welcome to address us on any subject during public comment (at 1:30), I’d hate to have people driving all the way up here expecting a discussion only to find out that it’s not on the agenda.
Thanks for your help!

-Mark Lovelace


Redheaded Blackbelt has a post up.

And Heraldo.

Both have links to the article.


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