A: 101 Emeryville Citizens (None on the School Board)
|Regular citizens could have guessed.|
The authorities however couldn't have foreseen.
There is a school property in town, currently the site of Anna Yates Elementary on 41st Street, which has been used as a school site for over a century, since before Emeryville was incorporated as a city. Then there is another school property, the former Secondary School site--now the Emeryville Center of 'Community' Life site--on San Pablo Avenue, that, as anyone with any curiosity about or knowledge of Emeryville history could tell you, has been a site that housed a whole host of businesses engaged in producing nearly every kind of toxic industrial waste imaginable. When the Emery School Board obstinately decided, against the urging of 73 stakeholders, to consolidate all of Emeryville's children onto one site, WHO COULD HAVE POSSIBLY FORESEEN that there might be downsides to that decision, such as these toxins in the soil that we are now disturbing and have to handle at a cost of over $1.7 million? And when 28 residents asked for a full environmental impact report last summer, they were rebuffed by this School Board, who assured us that there would be no significant environmental impacts of the ECCL project.
It's really such an astounding train wreck, that there isn't any joy in saying, "We told you so."