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School architect who lost license defends past

Original post made on Apr 12, 2008

An architect under contract with Palo Alto's school district lost his license in 1999 for designing an elementary school later deemed unsafe and demolished. But Palo Alto schools are safe, district Co-Chief Business Official Bob Golton said this week.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 12, 2008 at 2:28 pm

When I have done work on any of my homes I have carefully checked that I am hiring a licensed contractor in good standing with the CA state license board, who has insurance etc - don't school districts need to do this, too?

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Posted by Albert
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 12, 2008 at 5:11 pm

> Golton said he has no doubt schools are safe because
> they were built by licensed contractors

This guy Jackson was a licensed contractor at the time he was involved in what can only be described as "negligent practice". Just because someone has a "license" doesn't mean that he is competent and his work is always "safe". Every pilot who is involved in a crash subsequently described as "human error" had a "license to fly".

School bureaucrats should probably stick to pushing paper and not get involved in making claims about building safety that they can't back up.