Bay Area News Group Editorial Slams Mt. Diablo USD

The East Bay’s Bay Area News Group papers published a stinging editorial against Steven Lawrence, the superintendent of the Mount Diablo Unified School District, for his cozy relationship with Chevron and his attempt to award it a no-bid $70 million solar power installation contract. It’s chock-full of fun moral outrage and a few details we hadn’t noticed before, such as Lawrence’s failure to tell the voters that the $348 million bond measure, from which the solar contract hails, would actually cost $1.87 billion once the financing is taken into account. So we have secret financial details withheld from the public, and Chevron paying for quiet luxury dinners and golf junkets for Lawrence and his friends. Good stuff all around. But it takes two to tango, and unfortunately, the editorial saves all his anger for Lawrence, while giving Chevron a pass. Why is it that only public officials are held to account for ethical breaches such as these? Why doesn’t Chevron deserve the same treatment?

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