Perhaps it’s a coincidence. Perhaps not. However the said monetary demand made by an sad development agency that’s suing the South San Francisco Unified Faculty District is nearly precisely the identical because the sum of money the district has listed as available money.
In accordance with the state Division of Schooling’s web site, the district’s 2017-18 price range incorporates a carryover money stability of simply over $20 million together with a reserve for contingencies of $5 million. That totals about $25 million. These numbers have been formally listed as the present fiscal yr started this previous summer time.
That occurs to be the identical million greenback quantity being sought by USS Cal Builders an organization that did work for the district some years in the past as a part of its Measure J development bond program. That effort has been suffering from quite a lot of fiscal points which, at one level, pressured district authorities to faucet into working reserves to finish sure wanted work.
Most of the key district (and non-district) figures concerned in these problematic circumstances are gone now. However the contentious aftermath stays — as does that lawsuit filed by USS Cal Builders. As you may think, there are different authorized actions concerned as nicely, together with one filed by the district itself.
So, is the district in any kind of practical financial jeopardy, contemplating that hefty $25 million (that quantity might truly go larger) matter? Might the district’s coffers by some means deal with a lack of that magnitude?
In response, the district issued the next assertion final week:
“The district is happy that the cross-grievance towards USS Cal Builders, Inc., will lastly be heard in San Francisco Superior Courtroom along with the dozen different lawsuits USS Cal Builders and its many subcontractors have filed towards one another.
“The district denies that USS Cal Builders is entitled to any additional funds from the district on the Measure J tasks. The district is looking for restoration of damages for faulty development, delays, incomplete work and improper change order requests.
“The district seems to be ahead to resolving this dispute on the proof introduced in courtroom.”
The united statesCal Builders lawsuit was initially filed Dec. 14, 2016. It’s been percolating ever since. It now has a venue for a full listening to. An eventual settlement, although seemingly elusive at this level, wouldn’t be out of the query, a minimum of in concept.
Not within the playing cards
It’s time to say goodbye to the Christmas card — OK, vacation card or winter solstice card or no matter is politically right lately.
The normal, mailed Christmas card has turn into one thing of an anachronism, a relic of a former period. There are many different methods to make the vacation level. E-playing cards, social media posts, common emails, you identify it. How a few easy telephone name? That may do the trick simply advantageous.
Slicing the bodily card twine shouldn’t be straightforward. There’s some guilt concerned. We used to mail out 50 or so. This yr, not so many. Not even shut. It will appear to be rejection for some.
The fly within the ointment is the propensity for people to proceed to mail out playing cards. In case you don’t reply in type, you give the impression you don’t care. Sorry about that.
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