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Labor Splits Over WCCSD Sale Of Adams School to Beller Caliber Charter School-Board Vote No On Sale

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Published on Sep 8, 2016

A struggle against the sale of the WCCSD Richmond Adams Middle School to Ron Beller who owns the Caliber Charter Schools led to a contentious meeting at the 9/7/16 school board meeting. After Ron Beller signed a letter of intent to hire union carpenters the UBC local 152 dropped their opposition to the sale and mobilized their members to support the sale to the non-union charter operator bringing their Carpenters in Action CIA to the meeting and with a banner outside of the meeting supporting the sale. Teachers, IFPTE Local 21 and other school staff workers and the community spoke out against the sale including Richmond Vice Mayor Edwardo Martinez. The WCCSD Board voted in executive session to stop the sale of the Adams Middle School To Beller and his Caliber charter school chain.
Ron Beller also attended the meeting. The WCCSD at their executive meeting voted to halt further negotiations for the 8 acre site which Ron Beller wanted for $60,000. He also had planned to build a new high school on the property.
Ron Beller and his wife Jennifer Moses had previously worked for Goldman Sachs and set up the Peloton hedge fund which was the first hedge fund to bankrupt on the last day of the first quarter in 2008. The fund which speculated in subprime mortgages lost $17 billion and helped kick off the economic collapse on 2008 and the loss of millions of homes for working people in the United States.
For further media
http://www.upwa.info/documents/Beller...
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http://files.ctctcdn.com/c5bd42c6001/...
https://www.aclusocal.org/unequal-acc...
http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/08/01/6...
http://newsone.com/3497545/naacp-call...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cayre...
https://youtu.be/0XymPX9wOqI
https://youtu.be/FUER2mOFzEU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrmgFg...
http://www.cvobserver.com/education/f...
http://citylimits.org/2009/06/01/the-...
http://www.forbes.com/2009/06/30/gold...
http://www.cnbc.com/id/100569798
http://www.caliberschools.org/who-we-...
http://www.nysun.com/opinion/for-whom...
http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/c...
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/14/boo...
http://richmondconfidential.org/2014/...
http://abc7news.com/education/richmon...
Production of Labor Video Project
www.laborvideo.org

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