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LCUSD amends contract for use of field

April 20, 2011

The La Cañada Unified School District entered into an amended contract with the Los Angeles Fútbol Club Foundation for use of the La Cañada High football/soccer field at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

The agreement was approved on a vote of 3-0. School board member Cindy Wilcox abstained from voting and Joel Peterson wasn’t in attendance.

The Los Angeles Fútbol Club will pay $121,500 by Dec. 31, 2017 into a district account and reduce its usage of the field, according to the new agreement. The La Cañada High School Boosters Club will be released from the contract after paying $25,000 to the district toward replacing the field.

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The Fútbol Club had previously not been making its scheduled payments into a Boosters account, but the new agreement gives the district authority to ensure payments are made on time. If they aren’t, the district has the right to terminate the contract, a new stipulation in the amended agreement.

The board was unable to entertain other offers for use of the field because of the existing contract with LAFC. The original agreement, set to expire in 2018, didn’t have “appropriate checks and balances” if terms of the agreement weren’t being met, school board member Scott Tracy said.

“Our hands were tied,” said Governing Board President Susan Boyd, referring to the district’s inability to pursue an offer from the F.C. Golden State soccer club in Pasadena for more money ($216,000) and less time on the field than proposed by the Los Angeles Fútbol Club.

District awaits DSA inspections

Mike Leininger, La Cañada Unified’s assistant superintendent of facilities and operations, discussed why district buildings appeared on the Division of the State Architect’s AB 300 list and a recent California Watch investigative report on seismic safety at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

Leininger said all school buildings constructed with a non-wood frame and before 1978 were put on the AB 300 list. Seven district buildings (four at Palm Crest, two at LCHS and one at Paradise Canyon) made the list because they were built before 1978 and because they use concrete, pre-cast concrete or reinforced masonry bearing walls, which doesn’t necessarily mean they’re unsafe, he said.

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