MCCCD – The Year of Living Dangerously | Under New Management
Here a new article on the history of the MCCCD security breach, the cost of the failure to respond and the current state of affairs.
Today, 4/29/2014, Earl Monsour is being deposed at the Gallagher and Kennedy Office in Phoenix, Az. A deposition that may last a couple of days if not longer. This is just the beginning, one of hundreds of individuals who will have to be deposed. Lawyers and more lawyers (9-10 today only) are involved at an hourly rate of approximately $300+/hr. A bill MCCCD will end up paying with taxpayer dollars if they lose these cases in court.
MCCCD lawyers are working around the clock trying to hide the truth from the public hoping that a judge will support the complete lack of transparency of a publicly funded institution. A few days ago, the Governing Board approved a $3 tuition increase to generate millions of dollars of new revenue. Students who already registered and paid for their Fall semester will receive a new bill and hopefully not be dropped from classes when MCCCD runs their dreaded ‘purge’. New students will need to pay a bit more if they want to attend. All of this, while MCCCD sits on top of a large sum of cash totaling nearly $500 million (see The Bulging Cash Hoard at MCCCD). It begs the questions, who is the MCCCD Governing Board serving? What is the mission of the institution? Why are you asking for more money when you have so much? Are you trying to keep that infamous bond rating at the expense of the community?
The MCCCD Administration’s failure to admit responsibility, take corrective actions, provide public records and be transparent has led to what could become the most expensive series of lawsuits in the history of MCCCD. This is just the beginning of a long legal battle that may ultimately bankrupt MCCCD and cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Is the MCCCD Governing Board willing and able to stop this madness? Are they ready to waste $300-$400 million+ to protect an Administration that was clearly at fault and is using taxpayer dollars to protect themselves?
Here is a recent new article on this topic:
It is a catch-22. If you are a former student, you may like the fact that if class action lawsuits prevail, you could have a right to a hefty paycheck in the mail (~ $2500/person who received a letter from the MCCCD). If you are a current student, you may be upset to see tuition and property taxes skyrocketing. If you are a member of the community, you should be contacting the Governing Board and let them hear your opinion. While the final settlement may be much less than currently shown in the lawsuits, you do the math for $2500 x 2.5 million students who were recently notified.
It has been the year of living dangerously for MCCCD. The years to come will greatly change MCCCD and education in the state. It is time for the MCCCD Governing Board to lead MCCCD out of this nightmare and refocus the organization on its mission. The people you represent stand to lose the most in this battle of law firms. The Administration that led the organization into this nightmare may not be your best bet as you rebuild.
Like the saying goes : Out with the old, in with the new! Under New Management.