By Shawn Kann, Special to Riptide
San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) and sustainability? Fascinating. Sustainability of what?
Sustainably trying to destroy the historic half-century-old garden for a parking lot?
Sustainably removing more than 200 old-growth trees from the ridgeline and slopes of the College of San Mateo?
Sustainably chopping down additional mature trees to make way for a parking lot and an amphitheater with panoramic views of the bay after the recent court ruling, which stated that "SMCCCD failed to comply with CEQA when it failed to conduct mandated environmental review over 200 mature trees"?
Sustainably spending thousands of taxpayer dollars to fight two California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)-backed lawsuits filed by concerned community members and students?
Sustainably spending millions of dollars in false
advertising about how much the district cares about the residents and doing the Right Thing?
The only thing SMCCCD seems to be sustaining is the never-ending, relentless level of spending public money on artificial turf and private athletic-club locker rooms built relatively recently.
SMCCCD's Sustainability Initiative is pure fiction.