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Bock: Trustee appointment a ‘sham’ process

bock_aAudie Bock called the Review yesterday evening to report that she is working on a signature drive that would reject the vote by the school board and call for a special public election to elect an interim trustee for HUSD.

She said the process was a sham, that board members did not give any of the other qualified candidates a chance before appointing Jesus Armas to the post. Added that this isn’t anything personal against Armas, but rather a reaction to an unfair process that was “humiliating to all the other candidates.”

Here’s our story.

Eric Kurhi

  • John Kyle

    Audie Bock is in effect circulating a petition to recall Mr. Armas from his seat on Board of HUSD Trustees., an impulsive act which was not well thought out by the lady.

    First, she apparently fails recognition of the expense to HUSD if she succeeds in her quest to unseat Mr. Armas before the November election. I suggest that a recall and subject election, prior to the November elections, heightens the money problem in the School budget. At least to the extent that $75,000. ( + ), might intensify that problem..

    Second; Ms. Bock is very disappointed with the fact that she was not appointed by the board to fill the seat now occupied by Mr. Armas. That is insufficient motivation for a recall!

    Members of the Public attending the HUSD’s ‘open’ board meeting had opportunity to pick up and read the ‘candidate application’ submitted by each party who had applied; those applications were very interesting in and of themselves. The content of those applications supported the overwhelming evidence that Mr. Armas was the correct choice. The interviews which occurred during the selection process was open for all to hear and I found no culpability in their choice..

    Unfortunately, Ms. Bock was the last interviewee and had not the opportunity to listen to the oral part of the opportunity for candidates to support their desire for selection.

    I do not have a recording of Ms. Bock’s oral statements in support of her candidacy. I suspect that a recording was made by board secretary or the attending lawyer. If Ms. Bock intends a lawsuit, she ought be cognizant of that!

    In year 2008 Ms. Bock approached me to suggest that ‘we’ run together for the Board of Trustees. The motivation? I can only imagine that her work history, although extensive, was not sufficient for her to put aside sufficient monies to provide full retirement, nor find necessary funds for success at the polls. As for myself, my personal opinion is that none should run for their first elective office after achieving age 70. That is the point in time when mental faculties have not much else to do but enter a decline. It is the natural order of things and I passed on the opportunity to become a running mate.

    My earnest advice to Ms. Bock? Try running for the Board in the November 2010 elections. She ought also attempt to further explain the rather transitory work history revealed in her application for appointment as well as her oral interview on March 17th. I believe her application for appointment is a matter of public record at HUSD’s offices.

    We need folks on the Board of Trustees who have a demonstrated stability, ( in every sense of that word), as well as the necessary degrees, to be able to work long hard hours in their true desire for solution of HUSD’s problems. Mr Armas has well demonstrated his public speaking abilities as well as his leadership, well demonstrated, in the waltz through the assembly of myriad interests and financial factors demonstrated by the erection of the new Burbank school!

    The measly stipend of $750. per month certainly is too inadequate to be draw of itself; it probably equates to something well below minimum wage for trustees in their continuing effort at governance. Wish them well and be supportive rather than critical !

    An Example of ‘constructive’ comments? The need for a Town Hall meeting where well intended members of the voting public can offer constructive suggestions, as in the need for volunteers to work on the problem of ‘hooky’ which costs this district about $1,000,000 per year in lost ADA money!

    Annoyingly, the Review brings forward Bock’s complaint while ignoring repeated suggestions that they publish suggestions on the subject of a town hall meeting!

  • John Kyle

    CONCERNED CITIZEN EXPRESSES HERSELF WELL… DOES NOT DELVE TOO DEEPLY ON THE SUBJECT OF A PARCEL TAX…… aS I REFCALL MS. DURAN threw out a number like $200. dollars……. how will that fairly large sum fill the gap? Assume it pases… that raises about 1/2 the needed amount in year 2010- 2011 but then there is another problem…. Phase 2 of the School Bond measure will ‘kick in’ about the same time the voters feel the ‘shock’ of the parcel tax…… oops?

    Let us proceed to the TOwN Hall Meeting first?

  • John Kyle

    SO KURHI AND THE DailY Review put themselves in a position of magnifying the error! The blog was not enough, today we have a fullblown story WITH PHOTO AND CARRY-OVER FROM PSGE 3 TO PSGE FOUR. PERHAPS 500 WORDS GIVEN A HIGHLY FRAGILE ARGUMENT., ABOUT PERSONAL REJECTION?

    Audie Bock is well educated…. won a seat at the CALIF STATE Assembly on the Green Party Ticket. Surprised hell out of the Democrats if I remember the commentary in newsprint articles. Democrats Became lax in their dismaissal of the green party ticket and got a big surprise…… was it due largely to the fact that women tend largely, when unfamiliar with the candidates, to vote for women?

    Kurhi should have gone back to the Tribune / Daily Review archives for more on that subject.

    Bock wrote potential law… which of those passsed the test of assembly votes?

    If you read the extensive data provided the Board of Trustees by applicants prior to the interview process…. one easily gets the impression that Ms. Bock is a ‘job hopper’ an affliction which should have seen denial of the hire of Supt Vigil…. Hayward was his 9th job as a Supt. and according to him, he had only been fired once in all those hires. Once in all of those eight hires school districts in which he had been employed…. in four separate States of the US.

    Now another job hopper “wants to help?”

    At the time of preparation of the Application which she placed before the Board, Ms. Bock was a substitute teacher in San Lorenzo.

    Does a substitute teacher need to possess a teaching credential?

    I guess Kurhi failed to examine the applications submitted prior to the March 17th interview occurrence.

    Oh well, he is human and not Clark Kent!

  • Concerned Citizen

    In my humble opinion Audie Bock is expressing sour grapes over not being chosen, and should just try running in November. There is no way the district should be forced to pay for a special election at this time. That is not feasable.

    A town hall meeting is a great idea as we need all the good ideas we can gather at this time. As Maribel Heredia said: “We need to be creative with the money that we have” to ensure that our children get a quality education. There seem to be many complaints but not a lot of solutions being brought forth. We need solutions. There are many smart folks who love children out there. There are many civic minded, passionate folks in Hayward. Let’s put our heads together and try to make things better instead of taking “pot shots” at each other.

    Keep up the fight Mr. Kyle! It needs to happen!

  • observer

    Evidently nom de plume doesn’t matter if you agree with Mr. Kyle and speak very highly of Maribel. Sounds to me like someone is stacking the chips but what do I know….I’m probably a job hopping uneducated woman. Perhaps Ms Bock is not bitter but simply trying to emphasize and expose a serious flaw in the current way of doing business. After all it’s only the kids at stake.

  • John Kyle

    OBSERVER i HAVE NEVER SPOKEN HIGHLY OF ANYONE ON THE bOARD OF YTRUSTEES EXCEPT TO ADMIRE MR. rEYNOS IN HIS CAMPAIGN TO ELIMIN=IATE THE TETE A TETE PRACTICES OBSERVED WITH vIGIL’S USURPATION OF THE SEAT ON THE RIGHT OF TWO pRESIDENTS OF THE bOARD.

    YOUR OBSERVATION ON THE SUBJECT OF USING A NOM DE PLUME IS RELEVANT TO WHAT?

    THE SERIOUS FLaw of which you speak was declared bogus by the lawyer serving the board during the interview process.

    I guess you are not very observant if you were there and if not present during the interviews, why reveal the content of your VACUOUS mind? TYPICAL OF SNIPERS?

  • Eric Kurhi

    John –

    Audie Bock’s background is documented in the hotlink I included with the original blog post. Click on her name.

    As far as the Review “magnifying the error,” what I gather from that statement is you don’t think the matter should be reported on because you disagree with the action.

    That doesn’t mean it isn’t happening, and it doesn’t nullify Bock’s concerns about fair procedure. If she secures the 1,015 signatures needed for a special election, you’ll see more stories on the matter.

  • K Rocchio

    Mr. Kurhi contacted me regarding this issue earlier this week. I was not surprised to hear that some of the applicants may have been disappointed in the process. It appears, based on the Board Meeting held on March 24th, that Ms. Bock is not alone in her thoughts.

    Deliberation is meant to be a process where care and thought are put into discussion and decision, with no rush to movement. There were 10 applicants, all bringing different strengths and skills before the Board of Trustees. Can you tell me that any of these applicants were thoughtfully considered on March 17th? If the appointment was to be based solely on the written application, that should have been made clear to the community.

    That being said, I believe it is now in the best interest of our District to move forward. There will be a public election in November and the community will have an opportunity to review qualifications and hear from candidates for themselves. I do believe it is unfortunate that the community will be short one vote on all matters relating to certificated personnel. I believe the conflict not only lies in the direct position of the spouse, but also in any personnel immediately managed by that spouse.

    I believe the “flaw” being called out by both Ms. Bock and Observer might refer to more than just this appointment. Perhaps it is the whole modus operandi where our Trustees seem to be willing to make decisions before careful consideration and discussion of all information.

    As a community we need to find a way to respect others with differing opinions. Those who disagree or exhibit different qualifications than those you hold in high regard are no less valuable to our community.

  • John Kyle

    Mr. Kurhi and Ms. Rochio

    I read Ms. Bock’s background as documented in the hotlink of Mr. Kurhi’s original blog post occurring with her reaction to appointment of Mr. Armas to HUSD Board of Directors.. The hotlink information only affirms my estimation of Ms. Bock’s motivations. The lady is desperate for attention.

    Her election to the Assembly was a fluke! Rather than use space in this instance, I recommend all use the ’link’ opportunity you provided to see and read for themselves, the ‘fluke‘, by which she was elected to the Assembly.
    in 1999. The odd year ‘special’ election, was necessitated by Perata’s move, up to the Senate. Bock lost in the election of 2000, thus serving less than a full term.

    She lost to Barbara Lee in the primary elections of 2002. Then, inspired by desire for recognition, she ran for Governor in the 2003 recall election… received a statewide total of 3,358 votes. She lost her year 2008 attempt to dis-lodge Paul Hodges from his seat on Hayward Area Recreation District’s board of directors.

    On the occasion of the March 24th meeting of the HUSD board of Directors, there was a ’stack’ of resumes available for a read by those members of the public choosing to sit through the process. Candidates were required to assemble in another room until after completion of their interview. Ms. Bock was number 10 on the list of those to be interviewed. She did not have opportunity to hear the others recite their pleas to be selected.
    Mr. Kurhi ought trot over to HUSD Offices and obtain a personal copy of all ten submissions to the board by applicants.

    Those seeking to be appointed were required to complete an application in which Trustees sought answers to no less than 13 questions.. Most followed the format to the best of their ability!

    Audie Bock chose not to follow the format, she omitted answers to question 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 11, 12, 13; but followed that up with a ‘resume’ on her background as a student, or author of legislation. She failed to recite which of her works had passed the assembly vote. Ms. Bock apparently was ‘Vice-Chair’ of a select Committee on low performing schools in the short period of time serving as a member of the Assembly. Too short a period to come up to speed and be a serious contributor to success of the group.

    Ms. Bock failed to answer eight of the 13 questions, the answers to which were intended to be responsive to the needs of HUSD Trustees as they combed through 10 applicants, in possession of widely varying degrees of ability to understand the thrust of the question. I completely fail to understand the lady‘s charge of unfairness in the selection process and again suggest that it would have been unfair to point out the shortcomings of six or seven of the other applicant’s when she denied any answer at all to a majority of the original questions in the application process.! Bock failed to answer eight out of 13 questions which provides a trustee nothing more than negativity in thoughts about that applicant. They were legitimate questions!

    I remain convinced that it would have been less than a charitable act, to ask all to hear the rationale used in making statements within the applications. ‘Charity‘ one of the virtues taught by many religions, includes the admirable idea that you do not need to castigate mental aptitudes in just some those who, in all 10 instances were possessed by honest aspirations to be of service to the general good of the community. All of the nine of the unsuccessful applicants are seen by me to possess the spirit of ‘community’ which is so lacking in many of our voters within the School District.

    The deadline for submitting applications for the appointment allowed a full week for review by the trustees. The process was fair in all aspects of the conduct by Trustees. Mr. Reynoso had ample time prior to the meeting to seek answer to his question about conflict of interest.

    If as and when the needed Town Hall meeting does occur, as it must eventually, all the applicants would be welcome to attend and play a role, thus to assure tangible results in aid to education and governance of the educational process. Success is achieved through the vote, as well as attendance, to achieve the needed effort which would bring that Town Hall meeting to fruition. A majority vote of the Five Trustees is all that is required to bring that event into successful existence. Frankly, their own appearance at the Town Hall meeting should be limited to the role of observers.

    My own personal goal is to see the Trustees of HUSD create, (as a consequence of the town hall meeting,) and encourage permanent ‘ad hoc’ groups each with separate purpose in which folks will find opportunity to contribute ‘service’ to a specific goal. Each ad hoc group would adopt a goal unlike that of any other goal. In that fashion does raw talent seek out that group in which it would serve best. An assembly of like minded folks, segmented only by topic, brings greater achievement to the whole!

    My own thing? A ‘sports and promotion’ ad hoc group where volunteers use their own entrepreneurial talent to raise funds through a permanently established “Sports and Promotions” activity. Purpose: supplant the diminishing supply of money to HUSD’s athletic programs!

    Or, wrap your mind around this…. An ad hoc group formed to. stop the bleeding of ADA monies, lost to the district through misguided, undisciplined students who think HOOKY is fun. We need services of an unpaid ‘ad hoc’ group who, under certain rules to be established, would search out the parents of such students; perhaps aid them in solution of failed parental skills? Or bring parental neglect and /or housing conditions to attention of interested authority?

    HUSD’s loss of ADA money due to “hooky” is well in excess of $1,000,000 annually!

    I expect that other good ideas would emanate from a well attended Town Hall Meeting!

    Perhaps the Review would care to interview some folks on that subject?

  • John Kyle

    A portion of my critique, dealing with Ms. Bock’s failure to answer 8 of 13 questions put to aspiring appointees to the vacant Trustee’s seat, was in error.

    Mea maxima culpa, is recited for not having sufficent acuteness to check for clerical error on part of clerk’s at HUSD. Two pages of Bock’s application were to be ‘double sided’ as a means of conserving paper supply.

    Unfortunately the double sideing effort went awry when that which was intended for issuance to the public saw failure in the double sideing of page one with page 2 and that of page 4 on rverse of page 3 also blew by the clerks involved in the ptocess of providing copies to the public.

    For my part I failed to maken timely enquiry and apologize for the error involving the missing response to eight of the 13 pages.

    Howevr, I well understand the Trustees probable annoyance at being bombarded with superflous statements and a copy of the ‘resuume’ by Ms. Block

    The material found on the link as provided by Mr. Kurhi is sufficient in my mind to deny Ms. Bock’s appointment and/or election.

    Woe unto those who advocate for a dollar expensive recall election made unnecessary by a 6 or 7 month distance between the present and the date of next regular election affecting Board of Trustees.

    Good luck Ms. Bock in your efforts as a substitute teacher, above which level you will not succeed without a Teacher’s CERTIFICATION DOCUMENT.

  • observer

    Mr Kyle – you are just a mean, narrow minded, single sighted man. Believe it or not your opinion is not the only one that is right and if Ms Bock wants to follow the democratic processes established in this country and this state and Alameda County to object to something that she found wrong, then that is her right whether you agree with it or not. And how dare you belittle her as a substitute teacher. Where did you get your PhD Mr. Kyle since you seem to always point out how uneducated everyone else is.

    And I brought up the nom de plume because any time someone who chooses not to use their given name posts here to disagree with something you say then you act as if their opinion should be disregarded. You have some good ideas about the direction the school board may consider taking but because you attack people, it make others want to work against you. Try to lighten up a little and perhaps open you mind a bit.

    Some of us have 40+ hours/week jobs and are not able to attend board meetings held in the middle of the day but frankly I must tell you if I took 1/2 day vacation to sit and listen to candidates present themselves for consideration only to have it become SO OBVIOUS that a decision was already made based on the written applications I would not have been a happy person. I’m sure, being a superior intellect, you must know that the definition of deliberate is not to motion, second, ask one question of an attorney and vote (by the way just because something is legal doesn’t mean it’s ethical but that’s just my humble opinion).

    Happy Easter Mr. Kyle!
    Sincerely,
    An uneducated vacuous working non-catholic woman
    (BTW employee of Stanford University)

  • John Kyle

    Dear observer,

    Feel better?

  • John Kyle

    There will be brief HIATUS IN MY CONTRIBUTIONS TO hayword BLOG AS I CONTINUE MY EFFORT TO BRING A “town hall meeting” to the hayward Unified School District as well as City of Hayward.

    I had the misfortune to pick up the Daily Review this Morning where the Article on Page 11 caught my eye.

    It should catch the eye of all folks concernbed with image of those governing bodies using the name of Hayward; the school district patrticularly.

    WHAT? YOU DO NOT READ THE REVIEW? BRACE YOURSELF FOR THE ARRIVAL OF CONVICTED FELONS BEING RELEASED AS A MEANS OF AIDING REDUCTION IN HEALTH PROBLEMS IN OUR OVER LOADED PRISONS.

    EVEN THE REPORTER IS CONFUSED…. PRISONERS ARE NO LONGER RELEASED TO THE CITY IN WHICH THEY COMMITTED THEIR CRIME… THEY ARE RELAESED TO THE COUNTY AND WHAT IS NOT REVEALED IN THE ARTICLE IS THE DISPARITY IN NUMBERS PUBLISHED BY THE STATE IN IT’S DEC 3, 2009 STATUS REPORT AND THAT SHOWN IN THE ARTICLE.

    SOME FOLKS ARE APPARENTLY CONCEALING THE COUNT SO AS TO AVOID ALARMING THE HAYWARD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AS TO THE REAL CAUSE OF THE api TSST SCORE PROBLEM!

    Notice that in the ‘graph’ DISPLAYING THE LOCATIONS IN WHICH PAROLLEES ARE LOCATED, THERE SEEMS NO INDICATION OF THOSE CURRENTLY ON RELEASE IN FREMONT AND NEWARK NOR ARE DUBLIN, PLEASANTON AND LIVERMORE LISTED AS BEING AREAS ION WHICH PAROLLEES ARE LIVING!

    YOU DON’T SUPPOSE THAT SINCE (PLEASANTON PARTICULARLY)
    HAVE REFUSED TO MEET abag’S GOALS FOR LOW INCOME HOUSING, THAT HAYWARD AND CITIES NORTH ARE THE STUCKEES……. ? Need a clue? Look to the loss of ada money and the parents of those playing hooky to the tune of something more than $1,000.000 in damages to HUSD BUDGET

    Am gone on this tangent until about sometime after April 7th.

  • qodrn

    Wow.

  • Hank Ruelas

    I agree! It smells of a secret deal that should be investigated. Too bad newspapers are strapped for cash and don’t have an investigative staff to keep government honest.
    Hank R

  • teachermama

    Observer’s post made ME feel a little better. Also, the hiatus should help bring my blood pressure down when reading the blog.

  • John Kyle

    I’ve dropped in for a moment to read those submitted since my last.

    I suggest that my critics see the ‘resume’ of Ms. Bock on Wikipedia. Just click on her name which appears on Bold print at the top right corner of the lady’s picture.

    Note how she ran for the seat (In a six month + process) to replace Don Perata and in the group that ran, she received only 9% of the vote but since no one had gained the required 50% there had to be a runoff… others dropped out becauase of the expense of campaighning and the guy who had garnered 49% in the original…. screwed up badly!!!! So Ms. Bock changed political party …. (how many times during the 18 months or so that she was in the Assembly…?) but became Democrat in her run for Governor’s office. ( She gained a bit over 3,000 votes in that conflict. Then tried to win over Paul Hodges, (at most recent HARD election), a man long and deeply involved in youth soccer leagues here in Hayward for how many years? The lady really wants to be elected to something, just something, no matter what!

    Has she explained that the ‘the svholardhip support for horse riding experience for youngsters occurs at her own establishmemnt?

    I’ll give MS. Bock an ‘A” for her entreprenurial life style! The kady is no loafer!

    How is the blood pressure… Teachermama….? Well, will it rise when Ms. Bock gains her recall and the expense to HUSD reaches $100,000 taken from what…. teacher salaries???…. Reach for the blood pressure pills… darlin’ ?

  • watchdog

    Noticed that Dr. Schimmel’s position is open on H.U.S.D. Job info. Now what? More ???????????????

  • Annie Wilkes

    This town needs to be cleaned up. The school board is corrupt. I agree with Audie!
    Everyone, please check out their site:

    http://www.betterhayward.com

    Please help the special election!

    Finally someone has a spine to stand up against fraud and corruption. We need change in this town.

  • John Kyle

    BOTH ANNIE WILKES AND AUDIE BOCK ARE BALMY !

    THEY HAVE CHOSEN LAWRENCE FITZPATRICK TO BE THE FRONT MAN ON THE RECALL PETITION WHICH IS SOLICITED ON THE INTERNET ADDRESS SHOWN ABOVE. ( at item 19 above))

    MR. FITZPATRICK IS A WELL INTENDED GENTLEMEN, HONESTLY CONCERNED ABOUT HUSD AS WAS OBESERVED WHEN HE RAN FOR THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES IN YEAR 2008 ELECTION.

    HE LOST! BECAUSE WHEN HE PRESNTED HIMSELF AT THE VARIOUS ‘CANDIDATE FORUMS ‘, HE HAD EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THE ISSUES CONFRONTING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. HE SEEMED TO HAVE A SINGLE TOPIC! A SERIOUS MAN BUT INARTICULATE AND POSSESSED OF INSUFFICENT EDUCATION TO FULLY GRASP THE NEED FOR BROAD EDUCATION AS WELL AS EXPERIENCE IN AFFAIRS OF BUSINESS AND/OR EDUCATION.

    THE ABOVE CRITICISM IS ALSO APPLICABLE TO A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF OUR CITIZENRY WHO ARE CONCERNED OVER THE FACT THAT ‘SOMETHING IS WRONG’ WITH HUSD BUT ARE UNABLE TO DO MUCH BUT POINT FINGERS WHILE EXPRESSING NEGATIVITY, WHILE FAILING TO UNDERSTAND THE BASIC ISSUES CONFRONTING OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM.

    MR. FITZPATRICK WAS ONE OF THE TEN INDIVIDUALS WHO PRESENTED AN APPLICATION AND SUBMITTED TO AN INTERVIEW BY THE FOUR REMAINING TRUSTEES. HERE AGAIN, BOTH HIS APPLICATION AND HIS INTERVIEW, AT WHICH HE WAS GIVEN AMPLE OPPORTUNITY FOR ORAL EXPRESSION BUT WAS FOUND WANTING……AS TO HIS QUALIFICATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS, WHETER IT BE ORAL OR IN WRITING.

    MR. FITZPATRICK IS AN HONEST, WELL INTENDED MAN OF A TYPE WHICH HAYWARD, ( CITY AND SCHOOLS ) COULD USE ADDITIONAL SUPPLY. WE AS INDIVIDUALS ARE NOT ALL SUFFICIENTLY GIFTED TO HANDLE THE PROBLEM PRESENTLY FACING OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT.

    I SUGGEST THAT MS. BOCK HAS USED MR. FITZGERALD, FOR HER OWN PURPOSES. THOSE PURPOSES DO NOT JUST FAIL STUDENTS IN THE USE OF NEEDED MONIES.AT LEAST SUBLIMINALLY, THOSE FUNDS EXIST FOR PURPOSES OF SERVING HER PERSOANL AMBITIONS SEEN IN THE PURSUIT OF A RECALL ELECTION! I SEE HER COMPLETELY IGNORING THE FACT THAT THE RECALL WOULD OCCUR LESS THAN SIX MONHS FROM PRESENT TO THE DAY OR OCCASION AT WHICH A MORE HONEST, OPEN CANDIDACY WOULD OCCUR AT THE SCHEDULED, EARLY November school board election.

    That lady’s emotional condition is running wild with personal desires to be elected to office, any office, as long as she wins an election! Have you opened opportunity to review the personal and political history which Kurhi ‘posted’ Simply click on her name at upper right corner of the ( ABOVE) photo she provided with the article on the blog appearing almost immediately after Trustees chose Mr. Armas to fill the vacant seat..

    DO IT ! CLICK ON HER NAME IN BOLD TYPE AT UPPER RIGHT CORNER OF THE PHOTO ABOVE!

  • Justwatching

    Wow. I really don’t see anything different here than Anna May leaving her elected position on the Hayward City council after only 2 years to peruse a School Board Position. Ridiculous, complete one term of office first before jumping all over town.

  • John Kyle

    Just warching

    Ms. May did complete her term. She won a two year term after departure of previous person to occupy that chair.

    Sincerely desireous to aid HUSD, she walks away from opportunity to hold on to a seat which comes with a stipend of about $26,000 per year in order to run for a seat on Board of Trustees, which paays a measely stipend of $9,000 per year.

    She is a graduate of Mt. Eden HS a campus which needs help! ( as do all others ), the lady is sincerely desirous of aiding students. She ia worthy of voter’s consideration in the November election.

    Cerainly more than Audie Bock ! That individual ( Bock ) does not give a damn about the cost of a recall election….. read the the ‘Wikepedia’ link as indicated at # 20 above…LEARN THAT AUDIE BOCK’S NEED EXCEEDS THE NEED TO CONSERVE THE CASH PAID OUT BY HUSD IN A SPECIAL ELECTION.

    IF SHE IS SO DAMN UPSET, LET HER RUN IN NOVEMBER!

  • Justwatching

    I stand corrected, she completed a 2 year term.

  • John Kyle

    iT WAS NOT EVEN A FULL TWO YEAR TERM…. IF YOYU READ THE wIKEPEDIA HISTORY, THERE WHER MANY SPECIAL ELECTIONS REQUIRED BY DECISION OF PERATA TO MOVE FOWRAD. tHE SPECIAL ELECTION COVERIN THE SEAST IN THE AASSWENBLY FAILED BECAUSE NO CANDIDATE RECEIVED A NUIMBER OF VOTES ECCEEDING 505 OF THE TOTAL…. THUS MY OWN ESTIMATE OF THE DURATION OF THE TERM WAS 15 TO 18 MONTHS!

    gO AHEAD LOOK IT UP AS SUGGESTED PERVIOUSLY BY ME!

  • K Rocchio

    In reference to a conversation currently taking place under LWV Forum regarding HUSD and the special election petition …

    When first approached about a petition for a special election, I was concerned about the cost as well as the disruption. I must tell you, as an applicant, there were several inconsistencies in how the interview process was communicated to the various applicants regarding reference letters, public comments, etc. This conversation was taking place in the room where applicants were sequestered, prior to the appointment. I do feel the deliberation was rushed and the move to appoint was done swiftly, as if to indicate the decision had already been made. The process being followed is completely above-board and I am disappointed in the tone taken on this blog relating to the character of those involved in the petition. The cost of a special election is $388,488 and clearly communicated on the petition. This money is significant, however many believe that the cost is negligible compared to what a few reckless decisions could cost our District. This process is no different than allowing the community to express their thoughts on the District through “ad-hoc” meetings. If enough signatures show that the community wants an election, why discount that voice? A quote from Winston Churchill represents both sides of this discussion: “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Let’s all show some respect and understanding for those who are willing to stand up for what they believe to be right.

  • John W. Kyle

    Kelley R.

    See lwv #2 story

    Some of the blog comments made by an Oakland Resident, (O’Bama.newage were libelous!)

    I read the petition as posted on the internet…. I saw no mention of the cost advice to those sought for signatures.

    The issue is dead since the folks seeking the recall have lost ….. the signatures they gathered and turned in were disaterous in the count …..

    You speculate on ability of trustees when you imply that they might make a budget mistake exceeding the amount of the recall expense. One mistake does not generally follow another at that level! You ought think about that a bit more.

  • John W. Kyle

    Kelley R.

    See lwv #2 story

    The issue is dead since the folks seeking the recall have lost ….. the signatures they gathered and turned in were disaterous in the count …..

    You speculate on ability of trustees when you imply that they might make a budget mistake exceeding the amount of the recall expense. One mistake does not generally follow another at that level! You ought think about that a bit more.