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Open letter from nonprofit re: Heredia trip

This was left in the comment section by Tara Kini, figured I’d break it out in an new entry:

Dear Members of the Hayward USD School Community,

We are writing to commend HUSD Board Member Maribel Heredia for her passionate advocacy on behalf of all California public school students during the week of February 7-11th in Washington D.C. Since 2007—well before she was elected to the HUSD Board—Ms. Heredia has been a plaintiff in the Renee v. Duncan lawsuit, a suit to enforce the “highly qualified teacher” provisions of No Child Left Behind. She is represented in this suit, free of charge, by the nonprofit civil rights organization Public Advocates.

At the request of Public Advocates, Ms. Heredia joined Public Advocates Managing Attorney John Affeldt in over a dozen meetings over four days with members of Congress and/or their staff and the Obama Administration to discuss the effect of current federal education laws related to the definition of the term “highly qualified teacher,” the equitable distribution of such teachers, and the rights of parents to know the qualifications of their child’s teacher. In meetings with Congressional leaders—including Senator Tom Harkin, Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Congressman George Miller, Ranking Member of the House Education and Labor Committee, Ms. Heredia brought an invaluable perspective as a parent and school board member, contributing in a meaningful way to the national dialogue now taking place around ESEA reauthorization.

Through her advocacy, Ms. Heredia won the deep respect of members of a coalition of over 70 civil rights, disability, parent, student and education organizations who have come together to oppose an amendment passed in December watering down the definition of the term “highly qualified teacher” and to advocate for a fully-prepared and effective for all students as part of the ESEA reauthorization. This coalition includes the NAACP, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, LULAC, the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and a number of California-based grassroots parent and student groups. Members of this coalition joined Ms. Heredia and Mr. Affeldt for many of the meetings, and, in the process, learned of the successes and challenges faced by a mid-sized urban school district like Hayward in working to ensure all students are taught by fully-prepared and effective teachers. Throughout, Ms. Heredia represented HUSD in a positive and impressive manner.

We first met Ms. Heredia four years ago in her role as one of the leaders in a campaign to ensure that HUSD students had access to clean, safe, school facilities, sufficient instructional materials, and qualified teachers—rights they are entitled to under the Williams v. California settlement. Ms. Heredia’s advocacy in Washington D.C. this month was a continuation of her passionate leadership on behalf of the rights of all students—and especially the neediest students—to a quality education, as well as the need for all parents to get involved in the struggle to improve our public schools. We understand it was this type of leadership that won her the respect of many members of the HUSD school community and is among the reasons she was elected to the school board.

Thus, it came as a surprise to us that Ms. Heredia has been criticized by some for missing the most recent school board meeting due to her trip to Washington (a trip—to be clear— that was fully funded by Public Advocates; no HUSD funds were used.) While we invited her because she is a plaintiff in the Renee v. Duncan suit, Ms. Heredia was a tireless advocate for the rights of all students to be taught by a fully-prepared and effective teacher, and for the rights of all parents to have full disclosure when their child is being taught by a teacher who is not fully-credentialed. Her advocacy in Washington D.C. will benefit both the students of HUSD as well as students across California and the country.

Thank you, Ms. Heredia.

Eric Kurhi

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Kyle,
    Not that Ms. Blair needs defending…but you have once again missed what I believe to be the point. I believe she was addressing the Impermissible Fees issue that now faces HUSD. In addition to opining that she felt there were other areas and issues that HUSD has not been less than truthful and transparant about…

    You are a one trick pony Mr. Kyle, TRUANCY TRUANCY TRUANCY…PAROLEES PAROLEES PAROLEES…ARMAS THE SAVIOR ARMAS THE SAVIOR…MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY IS YOUR MANTRA.
    TOODLES, TTFN, SEE YA BYE MR. KYLE.

  • John W. Kyle

    Mrs Katherine Boot5g;

    I nolonger give a ‘tinkers’ damn what you think! Let Ms. Blair speak for herself you darn busybody!

  • Sherry Blair

    Kathi is right, I have been speaking in favor of our community uniting to support our children in free schools and against a system that discriminates against children and suppresses public debate on the issue.

    I am sorry people didn’t rise to your suggestions for a town hall meeting. I thought your idea was rather well worked out myself, it just didn’t make me feel very hopeful. You’ll have to ask the others why they didn’t jump on board.

    My children are not your business, although I can say that they successfully left HUSD long ago and I am very proud of them all. I am still concerned about all the other children who might learn from our present system that it is all right to be separate and selfish, competing and not cooperating, caring only for themselves.

    I am not worried about the district’s losses of money due to truancy. Without the children they are irrelevant. I am worried about what happened to the children both before and after they became truants.

    My conscience is also none of your business, but I can assure you that I am guided by my conscience all the time. How about you?

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Kyle if you are going to refer to me by first and last name why don’t you try to get it right???Or should I change the spelling that has been with me for 60+years because your way is the only right way?

    My given name is and was Kathleen…would you like to contact my dead mother and tell her that you have decided that it is Katherine????

    It has been a long time since I took you on and now I am sorry that I did. you are a self-centered, self-righteous individual who sucks the air out of every spot you go.

    Once again others on this blog..forgive me for getting into the tit-for-tat. Sorry I fell off the ignore him wagon.

  • Sherry Blair

    I’ll bet that felt good, Kathi. You are a master of sarcasm! I’m so glad I’m your friend.

    But what is your motive? Is it just about you feeling good? Is it true that you are really sorry about it? Or is that more sarcasm? Is it about revenge? What does it accomplish? As a matter of fact in all the back and forth between you and John Kyle, what good has been accomplished?

    I admit it is difficult for me to converse with Mr. Kyle. But I believe he is as human as we are and should be treated with the same respect we expect from him.

    I don’t subscribe to the “ignore him” and he’ll go away method. I think that is the cruelest thing a group can do to a person, akin to shunning. It alienates and isolates and is dehumanizing. It certainly doesn’t make people go away.I for one think that is what happened to Joseph A. Stack, the guy who flew into the government building in Austin. It’s what the majority on the old board of education did to Luis fReynoso.

    When I first came to this group, I thought Mr. Kyle was so disruptive he should be removed from the group. If you remember, I encouraged Eric to do just that. The Daily Review encouraged Eric to do that too. Yet he has not. Then I tried leaving the group.

    Now, I see that I was wrong on both counts. John Kyle and I can communicate. We have been communicating. We have not reached agreement, but that isn’t necessary. I am even getting a feeling for him as a person with stories of his own experiences with reality. They aren’t the same as mine, but they are as valid. Furthermore, the more I listen, the more he calms down and the more clearly he expresses himself.(I’m sorry to talk about you, instead of to you, Mr.Kyle, but it’s the only way I know to do this.)

    In a way, I am getting over my fear of even beginning a relationship with him. When I first saw the way he treated you,Kathi, I thought I didn’t even want to be on his radar for fear I too would become a target. I am not so fearful now. I think I could hold my own in my own way. That is bringing me peace with this situation and self confidence in my ability to come to peace in similar situations that my come up in my life.

    I would be interested in what others think about this too. Do others see their part in this? Can we as a group find a resolution? And if we can do it here, can we not make peace throughout Hayward?

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Through with the b log for a while..nothing more to contribute.

  • Michael Moore

    Sherry, I applaud your fence mending and inclusiveness. That HayWord has not exercised its perogative is telling.

    I was tempted to respond in kind to the more venomous posts and have chosen not to. It is not of value to anyone.

    I wish that this blog was more inclusive of the things that happen in the community. I have posted on points but evinced no response. I believe that anyone should be able to post.

    I believe that HayWord should either retract its blog rules or enforce them. I will continue to read the blog.

  • Sherry Blair

    Thank you Michael. I realize that I don’t always pay attention to what interests other people on this blog. I do know it doesn’t feel good to be totally ignored. I’ll try to be a better “listener” in the future.

  • teachermama

    My apologies to AP Polk and others. The only Board Meeting video currently on the website is Feb. 9.

  • Eric Kurhi

    Thanks for the comment, Sherry! I appreciate your positive attitude. One thing: Where did you hear that the Daily Review was telling me to ban Kyle from the HayWord? Since I never heard that myself, I don’t believe it’s very accurate information.

    Michael: I’ve previously said that I’m not averse to posting reader submissions, if they are pertinent to the greater community. But as far as everyone being able to post, well, it’s still a company blog, and I don’t think that’s in the cards.

    There’s always another option. Click here to find out more, and I apologize in advance for the smart-assedness.

  • Sherry Blair

    I didn’t mean to imply that John Kyle had been mentioned by name. What I remember is that you sought advice on the subject of uncivil discourse and were told that you could restrict people who didn’t want to follow your rules. Maybe you could look up your post on that. I think others thought the same thing because the language improved for awhile and people joked about it.

    I do appreciate the opportunity your blog offers us. Personally, I do have a blog but it has not attracted much interest. I also created a Facebook page for the People of Hayward, but that didn’t attract interest either.

  • Michael Moore

    All: I have a blog as well and it has not generated much response. I have been actively blogging since 2006 and have yet to derive much of a following, about 50.

    Eric: It is good for you to post how to do it. That is not the hard part. Getting readers is part of the issue. Please post on how many HayWord has.

    We talked at City Hall the other night. It was good, and I mentioned ClayCord as an example of a blog. You indicated then that you thought that ClayCord was about crime. It is not. What it is is a three to five topic a day blog about their community. Obviously HayWord is not that. It is a shame. HayWord could be famous. Look at the San Leandro and San Lorenzo Patch for an example of activity.

    I think tolerating the crazies is ok. Deleting access is not.

  • qodrn

    Is city hall still trying to hit up us citizens with energy saving expenses? Good idea, but wrong time. Wait a little; the equipment will improve and the cost may be less.

    Did you know the Chevy Volt retails for $50,000? And you still need gas. Sometimes I think we should just go back to stick shifts.

  • teachermama

    Qodrn, you have to see “Who Killed the Electric Car?” Great film!

  • Eric Kurhi

    Sherry, Michael — Re: blogs. Give us some addresses so we can see whatcha got!

    Re: Restricting people. Back during all that hubbub some months ago, I met with the online folk to discuss HayWord comments. Was decided that behavior didn’t warrant a user block. Remember, online folk deal with a lot of discourse on a lot of blogs, and apparently the HayWord comments don’t compare with the vitriolic and mindless spewings of certain rabid sports fans.

    So that’s why I more recently decided to approach it on more of a individual comment level. With the caveat that I’m not going to review comments as they are posted, or even guarantee I’ll get to reading them all every day — don’t always have time for that. I did delete one comment last Friday because it didn’t have any value but to provoke a rise and I thought I might be nipping something in the bud. But the comments blew up over the weekend anyway.

  • Sherry Blair

    In response to Qodrn, Greg Jones sent a letter that pretty much says what I think. It can be found along with the agenda for the sustainability meeting tonight.

  • John W. Kyle

    All;
    In today’s issue of the Daily Review find my contribution to the ‘Opinion Page’ under “My Word”. This is the third contribution by myself, involving HUSD, to appear in the last 15 months.

    I am not boastful but confident of correctness in mind and spirit when I invite comparison of my effort with the vacuous submission which I now refer to as the ‘infamous # 13’ ! ( See it under Mr. Kurhi’s topic entitled….”Open letter from non-profit” etc… )

    From about 1987, or about three years prior to voluntary retirement in February 1991, I have been involved, rather deeply, with a number exceeding 25 such ad hoc and/or task force related groups, associated with those two separate administrative entities which use the name Hayward in their descriptive names.

    I began after disassociating myself from over 25 years of active parental involvement at parochial schools, at which my children attended. Prior to retirement, personal interest in the problem of noise and persistent low level of arrival and departure flights over Longwood school soon found me involved with the City’s Hayward Airport Noise ordinance committee involved with revisions to the then existent but ineffective noise ordinance. It soon became evident that a certain neighbor was abusive in his opinions and demands to the point that the young assistant to the Airport Manager was obviously distressed by the abusive tones of speech thrown his way by a retired HUSD Teacher

    I complained to the Airport Manager as well as the then Chairperson of City Council’s airport committee. She in her turn, saw to it that Airport director with the concurrence of those attending as appointed members of the group, held an election for purposes of selecting a chair for the duration of the group’s appointed purposes. Thus did I begin involvement with a list of task force and / or ad hoc groups which now number over 25 opportunities, which saw my involvement in service to Hayward, over the next 10 to 12 years. Task force or ad hoc groups served the City as well as the schools. At one point, after my involvement with the City’s Longwood/Winton Grove Task force, I began a volunteer effort at maintaining the Longwood School grounds. 20 hours per week for a period of about 18 months until a kidney stone problem knocked me off my feet for awhile. During that absence the soccer league failed to hold up it’s end of our agreement. I had HUSD evict them when I discovered, subsequent to their failure, that it was a semi-pro league and that some participants were being paid as much as $150. per game.

    When Hayword Blog was first introduced, I was personally offended by demonstrated poor understanding of contributors who knew nothing of the efforts made by those selected to serve us, through free exercise of the vote privilege.

    One wonders why those folks who, having been reticent to serve at anything without pay, as evidenced by failed recognition achieved by reference to specific areas of service, when casting vituperative remarks, fail in the logic which might have been gained by insight at volunteer service opportunities.

    Hayward blog has provided nothing towards solution of local educational or civic problems. It ought be abandoned so to provide Mr. Kurhi greater opportunity to do a bit of in depth investigative reporting if he is to succeed at his chosen career. Using the ‘police blotter’ to enable squibs of negativity to Review readers, does nothing for those who use the name of Hayward in their daily endeavors.

    Incidentally, I find nothing in the phone book or on real property ownership records, as those appear on the City’s web site, which suggest that Mr. Michael Moore lives or makes contributions of time or his living in Hayward. Does anyone know of his volunteer effort contributions in this locale?

  • John W. Kyle

    Mr. Kurhi;

    abot 30 hours have passed since my latest contribution to the blog.

    Are you blocking any real response? #6 hours without a Contribution ….from amyone?/

    Fold it up and spend your time a bit more usefully!

  • qodrn

    I am guessing Mr. K. took some time off since someone else covered the robbery of TacoBell/KFC and the person who holed himself up in the appartments. I could be wrong though.

    Interesting comments on truancy. Go John!

  • John W. Kyle

    Q0drn’;

    Mr. Kothi seems streched with his apparent assignment yoo ‘cover’ Castro Valoley, San Leandro and Hayward… so stretched that he does Hayward, sopecifically Hayward and in advertent but great diservice, most probablt with aithout recognition of the fact.
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    Those constant supplied, short ‘squibs’ seen in the Review which alert all readers to trhe fact that robberies, druig busts, physical assauklts, ateempted mitders… all; with less than 100 words are a constant indicationb that Hayward is not a fit plaxce to live and raise chuildren.

    I recently suggested to the man that he spend a half hour with me for the purpose of touring an area of Hayward which would provide him with some interesting reporting material from which he could fashion a highly helpful, proactivestory. No response……..too bad!

    So, it looks as though he is so busy with the other stuff to the extent that he is unabkle to find time for a story that might aid his career.

  • Eric Kurhi

    You know what? You guys are just being jerks right about now and not even telling the truth. I covered the Taco Bell-KFC robbery and the minor thing about the hole-up guy, Qodrn! Why do you say someone else did?

    John, if I read your post correctly, you accuse me of only writing police briefs. I do write police briefs. I write other stories, too. Do you only read the briefs? They’re important. If you were beaten up or shot or stabbed and no one wrote about it, how would you feel? You will also find other stories about Hayward that I have written if you look for them.

    Frustrating end to the night. I had a really nice day, plan on having another really nice day tomorrow. Thanks for reading, and take care.

    -E.

  • John W. Kyle

    Eric;

    I did not accyuse you of ONLT writing stuff from the police blotter.

    However, the freequwncy of those ‘squibs’ of informATION IS PRETTY CONSTANT. a CASUAL READER SUCH AS A HIOUSE HUNTING COUPLE, WOULD BE ASSUMED TO NOTICE AND POSSIBLY TURNED AWAY FROM A HOUSE HUNTING SEARCH IHN hAYWARD. tHER ARE DAYS WHEN YOU PUBKLISH AS MANY AS THREE IN THE SAME ISSUE……

    nO, I WOUL;D NOT CARE TO HAVE SUCH A STORY PUBLISHED IF i WERE MUGGED ON THE STREET…. LOFEW IN AN INNER cITY CAN BE SOMEWAHT PERILOUS AND AND STREET WISE FOLK AVOID PROVIDING OR BECOMING AN EWASY ‘MARK’.

    wHEN i WAS SUPERVISI9NG YOUNG FEMALE APPRAUISERS, IT WAS OFTEN NECESSARY TO MAKE ASSIGNMENTS IN AREAS WHERE CAUTION WAS NECSEESARY…… IN ONE INSTANCE A YOUNG HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE WOMAN INSISTED THAT i PROVIDE ASSIGNBMENTS IN AREAS WHICH i KNEW TO BE RISKY…. i NEVER LET HER KEEP AN APPOINYT,MENT FOR A HOPME AQPPRAISERE IN AFTERNOONS OR EARLY EVENINGS… MUCH TO HER ANNOYANCE… THOSE WERE CATEGORIZED AS APPOINTMENTS TO APPREAISE A HGOME LATER THAN 10:00 AM… IF THAT WAS INCONVENIENT TO THE CLIENT… THE ASSIGNMENT WENT TO A MALE or, SHE HAD To HAVE ONE OF THE FELLAS ACCOMPANY HER UBTIK THE ‘FIELD WORK’ Was done. No id ands or buts !

    I gtrew up in Oakland and prior to being transfereed intio the Bank’s appraisal Dept., I was opften ‘sent’ as a substitute into Araes experiencing high crijme rates (to assure full staffuig at a Branch such as West Oakland at corner of 7th and Union (before redeveklopment)… You know what, folks of all color and race etc woukld be held uop shortly after leaving the Branch at conclusion of their business…. one elderly lADY, DETERMINED TO BUY NMEW TIRES INSIDTED ON TAKING CASK TO THE STORE… RETURNED WITHIN AN HOUR AFTER JHER FIRST DEPARTUREE TO WITH DRAW THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR THE SAME PURPOSE… STOICLY, THAT LITTE,OLD AFRO-ANERICAN GRANDMOTHER STATED…,… ‘IT AINT SAFE FOR US EITHER, HONEY!’

    tHERE IS NOTHING WORSE THAN LIVING IN A GHETTO AND YOUR ‘SQUIBS’ SEEM TO DEMONSTRATE THAT hAYWARD IS BECOMING A GHETTO!

    had you acceptted my invitation for a quick 30 minute tour, you might have found something nor constructive, which possibly would reduce the number of your squibs taken from ythe police boltters.

    Tou can write well and constructively….

    My recent “My word piece” came on too harsh due to the lead written by tyhe editor of that page. Thedre was substance in the parrt I wrote, the lewqad caught everyone’s eye but SB 1317 is like a wet noodle in the war on truancy since the tools for correct use are not yet in place.

    You di a piece on the truancy problem which was excellaent in the fact that the $4m500 daily loss at a single HS due to truancy was $4,500 PER DAY; one hell of a ‘wake’ up call that John Q. Public has missed.

    That sort of detail is sorely needed! The press is the single greatest tool available to tyhe sdchool district especially since, in my view, the budget problen is unslovable until the City ansd School District wake up to the pact that low ttest scires are not the resuly of a money problem but should be seenas apolitical problem not as a money problem!

    City as well as school district ought combine their efforts to assure a better way to distribute the available ADA money.

    Listen to my ‘public comment at the last scgeduled ‘regular’ meeting of HUSD and hear of my experiece while attending graduation of a grandchild from a Pleasanton High School event then combine that with the story aqppearing IN sAN fRANCISCO cHRONICLE ON DATE OF mARCH 17, 2010 WHEN THE jUDGE IN sAN fRANCISCO DECIDED AGAINST pLEWSANTON AND REBUKED THEN FOR DENIAL OF ANY CONSTRUCTION OF LOW INCOME HOUSING WITHIN THAT cITY.

    YOU MIGHT FOR STARTERS, REQUEST An interview with Lisa Brunner and hear her explanation of the rationale which prevents bringing suit against parents of a constant Truant.

    Good luck… nothing personal intended in criticsm of those ‘squibs’; I apperciate the fact that a newspaper needs ‘space fillers’ but ther are other bits and pieces laying about for that purpose… Like… how is that young Afro American male doing at Harvard… you know,. the kid who went with his class to magic Mountain rather than appear at HUSD Trustee meetrings to receive the ” well Done Plaque or what ever it was in the way fo recognition for yhis 4. + grade poiny average and an acceptance by about a dozen Universities…. recall that he chose Harvard and the all expenses paid support offered by that University….Heez agrade point average in excess of 4.0 in a study ‘track’ that included ,astery of Calculu!… Time for a folow up to that Haywqard High School success story?

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Eric,
    I believe that you are doing your level best to try to cover the happenings in Hayward…There is no way that you can satisfy all the wants of various readers, nor can you dictate what your superiors want to put into print.

  • Michael Moore

    Eric, stand fast. You are truly appreciated. Keep up the work. The diversity of your posts and writing are wonderful.

  • Lucy’s Mom

    Eric,
    One thing I must say about the Daily Review; I appreciate the fact that has young reporters as yourself, and in the past Kris Noceda, that grew up in the area and have an opportunity to serve our community. Thank you for all you do.

  • John W. Kyle

    Mrs. Booth and Mr. Moore

    Am much surprised that you both failed to take a swing at # 67… particularly last poriuon about Mr. Moore’s abode and civic activity.

  • John W. Kyle

    Mrs. Booth;

    With tomorrow’s post I( will mail yopu a single leafe of paper produced by the Urban StARTEGY cOUMNCIL WHICH DISPLAYS THE LOCATION OF TWO GROUPS OF OFFEBDERS;

    iST gROUP IS THAT OF ‘pTOBATIONERS’

    2ND GER4OUP IS THAT OF THE PAROLEES: iT LISTS THE SEPARATE COUNTS BY ZIP CODE. IT MIGHT PROVE INTERESTING TO COMAPARE THAT WITH THE MOST RECENT cENSUS bUREAU8 DATA TO GAGE WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS A TREND, ASSUMING WE HAVE A COPY OF THE CENSUS DATA ON FILE AT CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AND OR tHE COUNTY OFFICESC

    PLEASE RESPOND BY BLOG BEFORE 2:00 PM ON MONDAY THE 7TH OF MATCH? YOUR ANSWER MIGHT MEAN SAVING OR EXPENDING COST OF A POSTAGE STANP.

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Mr. Kyle,
    Once again I am reaffirming my request DO NOT SEND ME ANYTHING VIA THE MAIL OR DELIVER ANYTHING TO MY HOUSE. Ihope this is the last time I will have to tell you this.

  • John W. Kyle

    Mrs. Booth;

    T Ithought you might be interested in the numbers of ‘Probationers’ as well as parolees’ libving in zip coed area 904541 and then weigh that with the truancy rate test scores of Longwood School etc.

    But since you mind is closed to everything but the opportunity for licentious remarks on the blog…. I get the message; So. poor lady. return once again to trivia, as is your demonstrated wont!

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Regarding Wednesday’s BOE meeting: The agenda is filled with many items concerning “pink slip” notices for employees. One in particular deals with the administrative staff at the district office. It is my hope that Mr. Armas will recuse himself from discussion, deliberation and voting on this item since it directly affects a position held by his spouse. To not do so is constitutes a conflict of interest.

    Mr. Armas tread a very fine line at the last meeting when he participated in a discussion of furlough days for district administrators..While his discussion and ultimate suggestion was very well thought out and made a good deal of sense, it could never the less be seen as a conflict of interest, since his spouse’s position was one that would be affected by board action.

    Hopefully, Mr. Armas will do the right thing and allow his colleagues to determine the vote without him.

  • John W. Kyle

    Ms. Booth;

    It is my hop-e that you will reach into your interior self, then grope around to find the courage to present your self at public comments at the appropiate moment in the discussion on ‘pink slips’ ND RAISE YOUR CONCERN IN mR. aREMAS PRESENCE.

    oF cORSE THAT ASSUMES THAT YOU ABANDON THE PRACTICE OF ‘SNIP0ING’ THROUGH THE BL;G OPPORTUNITY.

    iT’S A QUESTIO0N OF COURAGE ON YOUR PARET!

  • John W. Kyle

    bOOTH… SORRY FOR THE MIS=SPEWLLINGS BUT TIRED 80M YEAR OLD EYES ARE A FACTOR!

  • Sherry Blair

    I agree with all of Eric’s supporters. Keep up the good work, Eric.

    I also believe that Kathi has brought up an interesting question about Mr. Armas. Without having done any researcch myself, it does have the appearance of a conflict of interest to me. Further, whether or not it is a legal conflict doesn’t really matter once the people have lost faith in their representatives.

  • Michael Moore

    Sherry and Kathi, how can you think that just because a husband a wife benefit from the decisions of the husband, and the family is dependent on both salaries, that there could be even a whiff of controversy. Sorry for the sarcasm. You and Kathi are correct, Mr Armas should recuse himself from the complete discussion and vote and refrain from even being present. But my guess is that he will not and the BOE will swing back to what it was last summer and fall: combative, ineffective, opaque, ineffective and the standing joke of the East Bay.

  • John W. Kyle

    All: Oh my !

    The contributors of the last two items above sem to overlook the fact that some unknon cause of antagonism exists between Mr. Armas and Ms. Booth. The lady has been highly critical of Mr Amas from the day when she first started contributing items to the nlog in early August of 2010, about four full months after Arnmas was selected as replace,ment for the departed Sarah Gonzalez.

    Perhaps some comflicts occurred between the two when He was City Manager and she a member of City personnel commission. Who knaows, I only speculate for ythe l;ack of any suggestion which would explaine the antagonism by those opposed to Mr. Armas.

    I personnaly know the man by his actions such as the masterpiece of political knowledge and personal administrative skills used in aiding of HUSD with the Burbank School redevelopment… a fact which I have discussed earlier in this blog.…. As well as the unsolicited assistance he provided to a project which became the ‘Site Resident’ program at Longwood School which saw majpt suucces in elimination of %50,000 pet year at Longwood alone, mow abandoned by now departed ‘ewcomers to administration’. That which was offered to Longwood School, as repalcemet for the site resident, after gaining posession of the cottage, has been unsuccessful….. and a major pain to my own sense of justice often expressed which involves the area in which Ms. Booth lives.

    Armas is tuned into the community…. I unabashedly admire him for his alertness, and willingness to dig in and contribute untold hours for a pittance even at the now abandoned previous prevailing rate of remuneration now about halved, due to complaits from she who wanted revovery of untold sums…from all previous Trustes that we were to nbe able to locate……util reminded that her husband, a single term member of the HUSD Board of Trustees would also have to give back 48 months of overpaid stipend amounting to someting near $15,000.

    From that point on we saw nothing more to read about the refund but the antagonism towards the Appointment of Mr Armas, begun in August of 2010 continues…. But now finding support from those whose contributions of well being expressed in deeds, remain refused to City and School District. They seem to remain limited to future ’carping’ about what should be done, or removed from action lists.

  • Sherry Blair

    Mr. Kyle, I do not think Mrs. Booth’s personal relationship with Mr. Armas is a matter for this blog.
    None of us is in a position to make those judgments.

    I can see that you are an Armas supporter. I do not take issue with that either. I believe we should support the people we elect to serve.

    Your enthusiasm goes too far when you feel you must go beyond your feelings and begin to vilify those who don’t agree. Furthermore, it is for Mr. Armas’s own good to get these underlying issues out in the open where they can be settled rather than kept undercover where they fester and undermine the good he would do. I encourage him to raise the issue himself and clear the air for all of us.

  • John W. Kyle

    mS.;

    SO OME WOULD THINK ! tHE PROBLEM IS ONE OF bOOTH’S OWN MAKING FOR IT IS SHE WHO ALMOST FROM THE GIT GO WAS CRITICAL OF MR. ARMAS. IT WAS BOOTH WHO WAS MOST WHO SUPPORTED A VICIOUS ‘NOM DE PLUME’ TYPE USING THE NAME OBAMA NEW AGE WHO ATTACKED armas and who went on to accuse me…. of stralking her daughter and it was booth who suggested to obama new age that she take that complaint to hpd.

    ut is booth who ‘dismisses’ Armas for his effort in bringing about the new burbank school and it is booth who raises the ‘slight’ by suggesting that Armas ought be ‘watched’ for possible refusal ti recuse himself from an issue on Wwednseday night’s agenda at husd.

    Is it possible that while Booth waS ON CITY’S PERSONNEL; cOMMISSION, THAT SHE TANGLES WITH ARMAS?

    HER COMMENTS SEETH WITH INUENDO AHEN THEW NAME ARMNAS IS INTRODUCED.

    bE CAREFUL THAT IN YOUR DEFENSE OF BOOTH THAT YOU ARE NOT PAINTED WITH THE SAME TARBRUSH!

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Kyle,
    Rather than speculate why don’t you ask Mr. Armas all of those questions. I am sure he will be more than willing to give you honest answers.

  • John W. Kyle

    H;

    BETTER YET, DO NOT CEITICIZE OR SPECULATE ON IMAGIBED OFFENSES UNTIL AFTER THE OFFENSE !