A good writing coach will teach you not to obscure the truth with opaque, inaccessible wording. When you’re in a position of power, however, you don’t always want the truth to be so obvious.
Looks like that was the case in the Poway superintendent’s office when a consultant delivered a scathing report on problems with the school district’s technology management. The district refused to release that report publicly until it was threatened with a lawsuit.
Now we’ve learned that Superintendent John Collins personally revised the consultant’s report to soften its sharper edges before making it public. For example, the consultant’s report originally described some decision-making as “extreme and even chaotic,” but in the revised version, the decision-making was just “problematic.” Instead of saying “wasted money,” the wording was changed to “inefficient use of resources.”
VOSD reporter Ashly McGlone put together a PDF that shows all the red ink applied to the report before it was released.
Culture in Carlsbad
This week’s Culture Report highlights a funky bookstore and alternative arts center that opened in an old graffiti-covered garage in the Carlsbad Village in January. City officials might use zoning laws to force it to close by the end of the month.
Supervisor Race Heats Up
The rumor’s been out for a few weeks, but now it’s official: Kristin Gaspar is running for county supervisor, City News Service reports.