Residents have filed a taxpayer lawsuit against the Los Angeles Community College district for leasing out space at the former Van de Kamp’s bakery property in Glassell Park instead of opening a satellite college. Members of the Van de Kamps Coalition were angered last year when the college district said it could not afford to open a satellite campus on the property – which consists of the renovated bakery and new classrooms – as originally planned. Instead, the LACCD decided to lease the property to a charter school and other agencies. Now, activists claim the switch constitutes a misuse of public funds and have asked the courts to invalidate the college trustees’ approval of the lease on the 13,900-square-foot complex. An official with the coalition said the district has 30 day to respond to the lawsuit, which was filed July 26.
* Update: The LACCD’s response to the lawsuit:
Los Angeles City College has been offering business development and community services classes this summer at the site, and will be offering both college credit and non-credit classes at the site in the fall and spring. The lessees of the additional space are using it to offer a child care center, high school and workforce placement and educational opportunities, all consistent with the mission of California community colleges. The District will not comment on the litigation.
A colorful sign of the past once again shines above Glassell Park. The Eastsider