During the O J Simpson trial Johnny Cochran gave an impassioned speech to the jury and coined a phrase that has since become a part of the American lexicon, "Rush to Judgment." We need a similar orator to speak before the Hesperia School Board about their "rush to purchase."


At the early July board meeting, Kirk, Lee Rogers, and Hardy Black voted to purchase fifteen acres of land from a local developer. Despite the fact that another suitable and cheaper parcel was available nearby, the three voted for it over the objections of Bruce Minton, who wished to delay the purchase until the land was checked out.


Well, Mr. Minton checked on the property since then and exhibited pictures of what he found to the board and the audience. Despite claims made by the developer, the property was littered with old debris from cars and the like. In addition, a wash that the developer claimed was minor appears to be rather large, making part of the land unusable. So why didn't Kirk, Rogers, and Black wait to check on the land? Why did they rush to buy property that wasn't going to be used until 2014? And why did they purchase from this developer when another was far cheaper? This board seems to make a habit of trying to work with developers and construction firms that cost more than anyone else. I suspect that, at least with the current purchase, campaign contributions make a significant impact on the board's decisions. And isn't that a conflict of interest that should be investigated by the district attorney?


Can the school district get out of this contract, given that the claims made by the developer were not true? Perhaps the district can use their very expensive lawyer to see if they can get out of this deal. If not, then maybe they should look into hiring a public relations firm to help their image.