News & Notes from Atwater, Echo Park, Glassell Park & Lincoln Heights

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  • College district prepares to hold grand opening for former Van de Kamps bakery in Glassell Park amid lawsuits.  L.A. Times & Previously on The Eastsider
  • Newly expanded Highland Park-Garvanza historic district foils developer’s demolition plans. Curbed L.A.
  • What you missed at the Culture Collide Festival in Echo Park. Neon Tommy
  • Residents finally begin to move into Lincoln Heights loft project. Curbed L.A.
  • 280-student charter schools seeks to open behind Atwater Village Costco. AV News
  • Happening Today: SAT Prep class begins today in Echo Park. Save the Date

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  1. Van de Kamps Coalition


    Stop the Bond Abuse and Conversion of Our Promised Community College Campus to What the Community College District itself Describes as a “tenant based commercial
    shell and core” project.

    Protest this at the “Grand Opening” of this stolen campus on October 13th at the Historic Van de Kamp’s Bakery –

    2930 Fletcher Drive -South East corner of Fletcher and San Fernando Road
    Date: October 13, 2010 • Time: • Meet and Greet Breakfast at 9:30am*
    Program and Tour at 10:15am
    *for free breakfast, RSVP at 213-486-6560 ext. 308

    Go to Van de Kamps Coalition web site for more information on how LA Community College District abused taxpayer bonds, misled the community and hijacked a College from our Northeast Community and Taxpayers

    website: http://www.vandekamps.org/ • email: vdkcoalition@gmail.com

    Tell the Mayor how you feel about this – he will be there – his pet projects have taken a College Campus away from Northeast college aged students. There will barely be one for-credit college course offered each night at a campus built to have up to 100 college classes.
    At the urging of the Mayor’s office, LACCD bureaucrats destroyed 8 planned classrooms and replaced them with executive office suites for the Mayor’s favored union-sponsored unemployment programs. This is not what voters approved Mr. Mayor!

    Meet Chancellor Daniel La Vista. Ask him if he has read the plan and studies that show LA City College could have opened Van de Kamps with 80% profit oriented classes and 20% community college academic classes – all despite the financial problems at City College main campus? Why is Vice Chancellor Adriana Berrera telling the LA Times that the state budget problem prevented LA City College from opening Van de Kamps as planned when studies established overwhelming demand for classes in the underserved Northeast?

    You can ask the questions. We’ve been asking these same questions and still have not gotten a straight answer. The Van de Kamps Coalition and taxpayers have filed two lawsuits to foreclose the illegal direction of the Board led by Trustees Mona Field and Sylvia Scott-Hayes. Now is the time for action to make them accountable.

    When you get home, if you are as alarmed as we are, call:

    State Controller John Chiang (213) 833-6010 to demand an audit of the Bond Program.
    State Attorney General Jerry Brown (800) 952-5225 to demand an investigation and prosecution.

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