Thousand Oaks, – The decision by Cal Lutheran President Lori Varlotta to remove an exact replica of Congressman Elton Gallegly’s office at Cal Lutheran while litigation on this very issue is pending in court is unacceptable. This move is yet the latest violation of the 2013 agreement between Cal Lutheran and the Congressman to establish the Gallegly Center at the University that included an exact working replica of his D.C. Congressional Office and the digital archiving of his congressional records.
Cal Lutheran has refused to digitize the archives after approval by the University to sign the contract with Heritage Werks to digitally archive 26 years of his congressional records and make them available on the internet in accordance with the agreement.
This latest offensive move by President Varlotta to unilaterally dismantle the replica office that was designated the “HUB” of the Gallegly Center by the former President is certainly not in keeping with the morals and character of this faith-based University.
Editor’s Note: On November 15, former Congressman Gallegly filed a 66-page lawsuit in Ventura County Superior Court for breach of contract for Cal Lutheran failing to fully establish the Elton and Janice Gallegly Center For Public Service and Civic Engagement. The former Congressman and his wife raised more than $1 million for the center. Congressman Gallegly represented parts of Ventura County in the House of Representatives from 1987 through 2012.
A before and after photo of the dismantled office is attached.
Contact: Eric W. Rose (805) 624-0572 or [email protected]