Open Letter on Buri Buri Elementary School’s August 11th Construction Community Meeting

South San Francisco, CA   August 13, 2016  by Michael Harris

Last night’s long meeting was not well organized, not well publicized, little new information, same old lies.

The people in charge of this fiasco have no idea what they are doing again / still.

Mister Bow Tie does not lie very well.

There is no straight answer on how much money has been spent / wasted.
It seems that between $16 million – $31 million has been spent.

Bill Savidge claims he has done Bond Management Construction Projects all over California.
He has never seen anything like Buri Buri.

The new woman assigned to manage the project supposedly had a contractor’s license when she applied for the job.
Her spell phone number was put on the white board. The District did not even have white board markers that worked.

I talked to John Baker about old problems with the site. The meeting improved when John took over the meeting.
I explained to John the school fence behind Alta Mesa houses did not contain the school property.
It should be moved to the property lines for management / weed abatement purposes.

These included the storm drainage pipes tied into the SSF Storm Drain System.

This drain was installed in the gully below me.
However, the pipe draining down from the campus to the city storm drain was never properly connected.
There was an offset when they started the pipe from each end, but it never met in the middle.
The shoddy installation was covered up with 8′ of dirt.

Next Tuesday the city’s Code Enforcement Officials will visit the site.
This will probably include Tom Carney, Luis DaSilva, Gerry Kohlmann.
Tom Carney’s last code violation reports totaled 56 pages.

There will be asbestos removal problems they assure us will be done properly. We do not believe them.

There will be major vibration problems when the old main classroom building foundation is demolished.
It was covered over with rubble.

Major questions arose again: Why were the solar panels installed before the new school was built?

Someone should ask Phil Weiss that question. The promised energy savings never materialized.
The CBOC would like to know why SSFUSD is paying 37 cents / KWH.

SSF CC hired the same contractor who was formerly Chevron for $50000 to tell them how to save money on energy.
Karyl voted against the scheme with: Why would we want to go down the same road the School District did.

I have addressed CC numerous times on Energy Savings.
Council cannot even get dead flood lights changed above their podium.
I think by the next CC meeting new ones will be installed.
I have questioned many times why Council has not changed the flood lights in Chambers with Costco FEIT LED flood lights.
Costco sold out the PGE rebated $20 4-Pack 11.5 watt 750 lumen bulbs for $6 + 9.5% sales tax on $20.

I bought 2 packs for my neighbor across the street. She installed 6, I kept the other 2.
At that time the price was $10 / 4 pack.

Instead of taking LED Light Bulb Junkets to Davis, maybe Council should look closer to home.
Pradeep Gupta should have been sent sans Brian McMinn & Dave Bockhaus.

This energy company has not appeared at CBOC Meetings when requested to do so.

Roberts Rules of Order (Parliamentary Procedure) were not followed.
I blame this on the several meeting Chair Persons, who all seem unaware of Parliamentary Procedure.

I had to intercede 3 times so Sam Langi could end the meeting with intelligent / relevant questions.
Sam laid out the scenarios of toxic waste from the site draining into SF Bay.
Sam presented a list of agencies with oversight over this fiasco.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District may be contacted at: 415 771 6000. Fax: 415 928 0338
Complaints may be filed at 800 334 ODOR. Their website is:

Air Quality Inspector’s Sharon Gee and Divinia Lee have visited me on asbestos complaints.

Several residents sitting in front of me could not stop interrupting when someone else had the floor.

Salom-i BULL-oni would have called the meeting uncivilized again.

We have yet to learn why Larry Scott & Salom were terminated.

There is still no site plan for a final school. The grading plan is kinda / sorta / maybe in place.

The whole project is a very ad hoc ‘catch as catch can’ fiasco.

The main goal is spin & spin control on the next boondoggle.

I called Mark Addigeo in February to update him on this mess.
Mark did not want to hear anything on this mess & slammed the phone down on me.

I had hoped SSF residents could get help from the ‘Powers that Be’ in SSF.

Reba Mitchell stated she has lived here 60 years. Reba is glad the traffic in front of her parents home is now on Del Monte.

The old school served ~ 650 children. The newer school is expected to serve 950 children.
The infrastructure is not there to accomplish this. Del Monte residents complain about parents blocking their driveways.
We need legal recourse so the residents can sue inconsiderate parents doing this.

My family has been here since June 20, 1959. Both sisters attended Buri Buri.

It will take a Class Action Suit against all parties involved to recover bond funds misspent.

This would include Swinerton, Cal Builders, current & former SSFUSD Board Members who foisted this Measure J fiasco / hoax on residents. It would include Larry Scott, Salom Samad. Salom had no California Architect’s license. He has managed projects all over the Mid East.

When the dust begins blowing again, it will blow toward 33 Arroyo down Indio Drive & Del Monte Drive.

The predominant wind direction through The Gap is 280 Magnetic.
If you live downwind on this Compass Bearing, you will get more dust.

The District claims work was starting at 0800. It starts at 0700. I hear heavy moving equipment moving as I type at 0718.

If you want your city cleaned up, Mike Futrell & Gerry Kohlmann are the people to contact. They can make it happen.
Don’t waste you time with phone calls, emails, faxes, letters to CC. Keep Kevin’s office in the loop.

We need District elections to hold our elected leaders accountable every 2 years.
We need District SSFUSD elections as well. The At Large-ss election system we have done failed.

Mike Harris
Temporary / Acting / Interim Chair Person
The Over Da Hill Gang

5 comments for “Open Letter on Buri Buri Elementary School’s August 11th Construction Community Meeting

  1. Lisa
    August 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I love it! Keep calling out the incompetent school board,school admin, and City Council members who will gladly point fingers back and forth between one another and never solve 1 problem.What they will do is hire more consultants and form some focus groups. Bravo!!

  2. C. Greene
    August 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Why wait? Get the Class Action Suit started, contact the media, get 7 on your Side Michael Finney and Stanley Roberts from kRON4. This matter needs to be pushed publicly to get pressure on them and also the Mayor. Shame on him for not getting involved. I thought he was better than that. My child attends Sunshine Gardens Elementary and those conditions are deplorable as well. I’m so sorry for all of you having to go through all this.

  3. your neighbor
    August 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    The community is on the hook for 40 years to pay off that bond. One school that was supposed to be rebuilt will only get remodeling (Martin School) and Los Cerritos won’t get much of anything –no money. It’s just as well, they’d mess that up, best leave well enough alone. The portables that replaced the previous ones are guaranteed for 30 years. Do the math. Plus 11 M is missing; a whole new team is at the school district spending what is left of the bond. The best thing they’ve done, to their credit is fire US Cal Builders. Maybe Habitat for Humanity can finish our schools and do a better job, hell I’d trust them before the district.

  4. October 13, 2016 at 7:52 am

    This School surely defaced the neighbor. That school is a Big Eye Sore and the Einstein Project Manager that thought up the School pick procedure, with most of the cars sticking out on to out coming traffic, should quit his job now!! Take Pictures and post them, that is the only way to get Justice, for this Buri Buri School has hurt the neighborhood, and home inflation.
    Follow the Money People…

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