Here is another outrageous example of elected officials shirking their responsibility.
At 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, before many working parents of Beaumont school children got off work, the Beaumont Unified School District Board held a public "study session" to discuss the proposed Gateway Warehouse on Cherry Valley Road.
The BUSD Board has been asked to come out against the proposed 2.5 million square foot warehouse and the rezoning of the property to light industrial. Gateway would attract an estimated 400 to 1,000 18-wheel diesel truck trips a day to an area within four miles of four Beaumont schools: Beaumont High, Brookside Elementary, Mountain View Middle, and Tournament Hills Elementary on one of the main feeder roads to these schools.
The hundreds of diesel big rigs on Cherry Valley Boulevard daily would increase traffic congestion on this road and would cause potential safety problems for students, parents, teachers, and bus drivers who use the road to get to and from school. They would impact air quality and potentially cause or exacerbate lung disease such as asthma in children whose lungs are developing.
While the degree to which these things will happen can be subject to debate, no one can rationally argue that they will not happen.
Sadly, only Board member Janelle Poulter spoke in favor of having the Board take a position on Gateway. (Board member David Sanchez was absent.) The other three members--Margaret De Longchamp, Wayne Hackney and Susie Lara--all spoke against the Board taking a stand on Gateway. Ms. Lara was quoted as saying that the Board should not get involved because the mega-warehouse "doesn't directly impact the day-to-day operations of the school district."
Good to know that the operations of our school district do not include protecting the health and safety of our children.
Here is a link to the audio transcript of Tuesday's meeting. Listen for yourselves. The discussion of Gateway can be found beginning at about the 45:00 mark.