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L.A. Community College District trustees fire head of construction program

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The Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to terminate the contract of Larry Eisenberg, the head of its troubled bond-financed construction program, effective Saturday.

The unanimous, closed-door vote of the seven-member board came days after a series of Times articles exposed widespread waste in the $5.7-billion campus rebuilding program. Eisenberg, 59, the district’s executive director of facilities planning and development, has led the construction program since 2003.

The trustees appointed Eisenberg’s deputy, Thomas Hall, to take his place on a provisional basis, beginning Monday.

FULL COVERAGE:

<b>Times Investigation:</b> Billions to spend on L.A. community colleges Times Investigation: Billions to spend on L.A. community colleges

Waste throws wrench into Los Angeles community colleges' massive project Part 1: Waste throws wrench into Los Angeles community colleges' massive project

A new complex riddled with ills that are costly to cure Part 2: A new complex riddled with ills that are costly to cure

Markups by 'body shops' inflate the public's cost Part 3: Markups by 'body shops' inflate the public's cost

Sports facilities tripped up by one misstep after another Part 4: Sports facilities tripped up by one misstep after another

A family conflict of interest on a college campus Part 5: A family conflict of interest on a college campus

Grand dream loses sheen in glare of daylight Part 6: Grand dream loses sheen in glare of daylight

-- Michael Finnegan and Gale Holland

Photo: Larry Eisenberg in a staff meeting at the Los Angeles Community College District in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times

 
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we gotta get rid of -- replace-- the board of trustees too!!!

Now all these good for nothing, corrupt, idiots called "trustees" should be fired and investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by the United States Attorney.

Great stuff. Kudos LA Times. Now start investigating Santa Monica College. Especially the athetic department's track area. Money wasted on a new, world class track that can't even be used in its entirety because of shoddy construction. Three years later and its scheduled to all be done again costing more millions covered by the bonds.

Community College Chancellor should be fired next, or if he's smart he'll resign, to spend more time with family's always a good line to use when signing off.

General Counsel Camille Goulet and Director of Personnel Karen Martin need to follow Eisenberg out the door.

Finally someone stopped the insanity--the green revolution shouldn't be fought with taxpayer money, it should come from the coffers of the private sector; Eisenburg should be put on trial for the funds he has squandered; we have illiterate community college students and this guy wants to put a solars panel on a parking garage and sing folk songs. I love when he actually admitted in an LA Times article that he 'regretted nothing' about the way the projects were mismanaged; just wait, Villiagrosa will put him on the rolls to dole out green polo shirts to downtown youth to trick everyone into thinking that 'Green jobs' actually exists--they do, but only if you're talking about I-bankers (like me) on W street. When will you CA chumps ever learn, oh yeah Jerry-Bear is in charge! Better change the license plates to read: "The Foldin' State," suckers!

now he'll just have to live on a bloated government worker pension.

Seven years and $5 billion too late. How was he allowed to squander so much of our money for so long? I hope the LA Times follows up on this and weeds out many more inept bureaucrats that no doubt remain in governenment positions of power.

The board knew what was going, but did not care.Franklin Hall open an year and half ago at LA City, and is Still not finish. None of the buildings open are finish either.

So nice to see them act after the fact. It would be nicer if they oversaw their senior employees as they act. The Trustees will try and blame the guy they fired when in fact they have failed at their job. They should resign.

LA City was not receiving for the driving range while Mary Spangler was president. It was only after Doris Givens, became acting president the driving range starting paying.

That's a start. Can we fire whoever hired Larry, and then fire the person who hired that person?

Good job, trustees! Now you should all fall on your swords.

If Larry Eisenberg is no good for LACCD, why is James Sohn all right for LAUSD?

"The Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to terminate the contract of Larry Eisenberg, the head of its troubled bond-financed construction program, effective Saturday."

Should be plenty of time to destroy evidence of corruption.

It was about time to fire this clown. I mean who else would hire someone who has filed for PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY ! The average American would never get this treatment. They would not be hired.

The LACCD needs to focus on student success and bring value to the future workforce and provide our taxpayers with a world class low cost education.

Congrats to the Times, at least someone is looking out for the taxpayer.

The Van de Kamps Coalition published a detailed report with a stack of supporting documents on how Mr. Eisenberg ordered the use of $7.1 million of bond funds to destroy classroom designs and convert the historic Van de Kamps Bakery Building into executive office suites for SEIU, Archdiocesan Youth Employment, and Community Career Development bureaucrats. The LACCD's bond program does not exist to build Class A office space for non-community college bureaucrats.

The Coalition brought this and other wrongdoing to the attention of the Public Integrity Unit of the District Attorney's office and the office of the Attorney General. While both acknowledged potential abuses, the District Attorney claimed that the VDK Coalition would have to sue in civil court (which it did) and the Attorney General, supported with dirty SEIU money in the election, claimed there was no money to take enforcement action.

This is how scandals like Bell and LACCD fester for years before an absolute institutional collapse. The responsibility for some of lost and wasted funds at LACCD lies at the feet of the District Attorney and the Attorney General.

General Counsel Camille Goulet and Director of Personnel Karen Martin need to be the next ones out the door.

General Counsel Camille Goulet and Director of Personnel Karen Martin need to be the next ones out the door.

eisenbergshould be in jail!

The big question is one "deep throat" of Watergate fame has taught us to ask: Did the District pay Eisenberg upon his termination, as they have paid so many others? If they did, why did they pay him, given the revelations of his record? If they paid him, how much did they pay him? Was part of that payment an agreement about what he would and would not say and/or reveal? That he would not sue? Just what was the deal? We all know that Eisenberg and the District can cut plenty of deals.

If the Board of Bond Abuse offering up a staff member as scapegoat will solve things, they are wrong. Eisenberg was no prize, but the Van de Kamps Coalition watched for months as the Board voted fro "his" schemes while we painstakingly explained the absue and waste they involved. They voted for it at every turn, they praised and encouraged Eisenberg. He could have nothing without them, they are the final word. Alone he did not have authority to make any of this happen. They are responsible. The buck started with them and it has to stop with them.

And how quick does he get a new job from one of his construction cronies like the guy in Orange County?

Anybody looked at this guys finances? How much was he making, anyway?

Now its the voters turn to fire all the trustees.

If John Chaing would get in there, I bet the tally of wasted and lost bond funds will add up to over $100 million. Why isn't the Securities and Exchange Commission investigating whether LACCD has invalidated the tax-exemption for the bonds through excessive non-eligible spending?

How could the District's bond counsel remain quiet for 9 years without saying: "Um, you cannot spend bond money on expensive videos about Eisenberg's childhood dream to be a builder."

 
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