Friday, August 29, 2014

CWC new location, same old tricks: money, connections and entitlement

I'm trying to end this blog and finish up the book, but people keep providing me with juicy tidbits of information that need to be shared before the book comes out.

So, as it turns out, there are many in the Stoner community who are connected to and attend St. Joan of Arc Parish Church. Yesterday, a few sources, who will remain anonymous, filled me in on how the new Citizens of the World Mar Vista location is working out and, not surprisingly, things are not starting off well.

    First off, St. Joan's was not interested in having CWC locate on their campus. Because of St. Joan Parish's connection to the Stoner community, St. Joan's was well aware of the problems that CWC had caused at Stoner and didn't want any part of it.

Donation bait and switch
    Fortunately for CWC, one of their students has an uncle who is a well known and well connected Los Angeles politician.The uncle coordinated a sizable donation to the church in order to help the deal go through.
    The donation offer worked, and St. Joan's agreed and created a strong contract to prevent any CWC shenanigans on the St. Joan's campus. St. Joan's was looking forward to using the donation for repairs on the church, rectory and convent. Specifically, there are windows that need repair and replacement.
    Once the deal was signed, a donation was given the church, but not to St. Joan of Arc Parish. The donation was given to the Los Angeles Archdiocese. So, St. Joan's did not get a single penny of the money. Talk about a bait and switch. The St. Joan's parish was not amused.

Cinderblock wall
   Now let's just assume for the time that the donation bait and switch was just on honest miscommunication. Well, these next two bits shows the school's entitled attitude continues.
   Part of the location contract states that CWC cannot make changes to the facilities. CWC completely ignored this and began constructing a cinder block wall on the campus. Needless to say, the church was not pleased with this transgression and forced CWC to remove their unathorized construction.

Gates left open
  One of our biggest complaints at Stoner was that CWC would leave its gates open (that's actually the reason I started this blog), and well, much to the dismay of the church, St. Joan is seeing the same behavior. Campus entrances are be left open and unlocked. Oh, when will these citizens learn.

So let's see, to sum up: CWC has money and powerful connections, and acts with a sense of entitlement that allows them to flout the laws of man and ignore their agreement with the church.

Yup, that sounds about right.


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