Rancho Santiago Community College District runs out of construction money…could it be their PLA?

The OC Register is reporting that the Rancho Santiago Community College District has apparently run through their bond money, and now they are considering asking voters to approve yet another bond measure, in order to finish their construction projects. They are blaming high land and material costs for the funding shortfall, but there is of course no mention of the union-only project labor agreement (PLA) that they passed after the first bond measure was approved by unknowing voters. Not so this time.

Voters should demand a full explanation from the District’s Board of Trustees, and their administrators. Did the district end up overpaying for construction projects after passing the PLA? Did the PLA limit the number of bidders by essentially shutting out non-union bidders (who don’t want to hire from the union hall or don’t want to send their employees to the hall)? Has anyone audited the bond expenditures to determine the full extent of the PLA as a contributory measure to the shortfall?

Voters should say “no” to the district’s attempt to raid our wallets again. If there is to be another bond measure, the PLA on the first measure should first be either rescinded or put to the vote – let the voters decide if there should be a PLA in the first place. Moreover, if there is to be a second bond measure, we should demand a guarantee that there not be a PLA on that second measure.

Personally, I will vote against the second measure as it is the only way I can show my displeasure with the district for passing the PLA in the first place.

You can read more about the push for a new bond measure at http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/local/article_1123963.php. To learn more about the detrimental affects of union-only PLA’s, go to http://www.stoppla.com/.

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