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L.A. City College leases bakery site to charter high school

Trustees for the Los Angeles Community College District say the school can't afford to turn the historic property into a satellite campus. The charter's lease will last five years.

July 16, 2009|Gale Holland

Los Angeles Community College District trustees agreed Wednesday to lease part of the historic Van de Kamp's Bakery property to a charter high school, amid protests that officials broke a promise by dropping plans for a satellite campus at the site.

The Glassell Park property, the subject of a ferocious preservationist fight a decade ago, underwent a $50-million to $60-million rehabilitation that saved the bakery's landmark 16th century Dutch town house facade in preparation for a campus.

But district officials said Los Angeles City College, now facing a $1-million budget deficit, could not afford to operate the satellite. They emphasized that some college courses and job training would be offered at the site, and said the satellite could be opened later. The Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools' lease is for five years.

"It's a community education resource for all ages," said Adriana Barrera, the district's acting chancellor.

Activists said they might sue the district for reneging.

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gale.holland@latimes.com

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