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  • Dec. 12, 2017

What You Need to Know About Salinas Union High School District Opening a New School a Year Late


Tonight (December 12, 2017) the union-controlled board of trustees of the Salinas Union High School District will get some bad news from their superintendent. The new high school scheduled to open in fall 2018 will now have to open in fall 2019.

Here's what you need to know about the delay in opening the new school:

  1. The union Project Labor Agreement that the school board mandated on this project in 2015 never has and never will be responsible in any way for the delay on this project (or any project, ever). There are union workers waiting every morning for the call to go to the job site and there always will be. Any reports about a shortage of workers are lies generated by the elite at little parties.
  2. The Salinas Union High School District board never has and never will be responsible in any way for the delay. Their job is to name schools, not build them. Any accusations about board responsibility are lies, most likely generated by the elite at little parties.
  3. While the school board is very knowledgable about construction when it comes to voting on obscure provisions in lengthy labor contracts for trade union monopolies, they aren't knowledgable enough to track the progress of construction as it falls behind schedule over many months.
  4. Unions aren't responsible for the delay in any way. Although the first recital of the Project Labor Agreement states that "the timely and successful completion of the Project is of the utmost importance to the District to meet the needs of the District and to avoid increased costs resulting from delays in construction," this does not apply in practice. It's just something for the school board to use for political cover and legal defense.
  5. There's no proof that the elite didn't devise a sinister plot at little parties to sabotage the school construction schedule. It seems to be more than a coincidence that after five years of drought, it rained a lot in the winter when the school was under construction.

Voters should rest assured that the school district is in good hands under the direction of knowledgable union officials and their hand-picked board members. Don't pay attention to the fake news of the business elite that is broadcasted through their news media. Vote YES for the union-endorsed incumbent school board members in 2018 and forever. Also, vote for them when they run on their successful school board record for higher offices, such as the Salinas City Council and the California state legislature.

Parents? Students? What are you talking about?


To see the December 12, 2017 staff report to the school board about the delay, go to this link: 

Salinas Union High School District - Rancho San Juan High School Update (December 12, 2017)

Here is the audio excerpt from the November 14, 2017 Salinas Union High School District board meeting discussing the delay in construction of the new high school:

November 14, 2017 Salinas Union High School District board - high school construction delay (total time 1:09:51)

Some highlights:

• Phillip Tabera is going to boycott KSBW and telling everyone to do the the same. (42:07) 

• Kathryn Ramirez has a dramatic diatribe starting at 58:00 ending 1:06:35, including some comments about KSBW General Manager Joseph W. Heston. Some samples:

  • About the high school: “It’s not really late” because the bond measure didn’t indicate when the high school would be completed. (58:23)
  • "a lot of fluff and fake news out there, someone dropped his pacifier out of his mouth, maybe somebody put it back in…" (58:58)
  • "The community has the opportunity to elect people that look like them and are like them. I’m not elected to build a school." (1:00:14)
  • "People who don’t look like me” say bad things about us. (1:00:32)
  • "Heston...an uncultured boorish oafish blundering blubbling (sic) man to..no really, seriously."  (1:02:31) “That’s right” Tabera says, "That's correct."
  • “It wasn’t even our fault.” (1:03:08)
  • Heston is “blundering bumbling oafish person…[unintelligible]...mouth like him.” (1:03:13)

Here is the audio excerpt from the October 24, 2017 Salinas Union High School District board meeting discussing the delay in construction of the new high school:

October 24, 2017 Salinas Union High School District board - high school construction delay (total time: 49:25)

Some highlights:

• "Folks were not invited tonight because it’s just an update" - explaining why architect and contractors were not there to defend themselves against school board's criticism. (2:33)

• Project was targeted for "political sabotage" by Project Labor Agreement opponents - board member Kathryn Ramirez (15:28 and 36:15).

• A Project Labor Agreement opponent who goes to Rotary lunches with "friends" and goes to "their little parties...on Highway 68" sabotaged the project - board member Kathryn Ramirez (43:13).

• "I’m not gonna to talk to somebody on the street if I see him about this, and I would urge us all not to do the same, because it…it may end up Somewhere that, you know - may end up Somewhere.” - board member Phillip Tabera (47:35).

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