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MDUSD logs documents related to teacher molestation arrest withheld from Bay Area News Group’s Public Records Act request

By Theresa Harrington
Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 10:56 am in Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school district’s attorney has responded to a court order to produce logs of documents being withheld from Bay Area News Group’s Public Records Act request seeking “Any and all writings pertaining to Mt. Diablo Unified School District teacher Joseph Andrew Martin, 45, relating to allegations of wrongdoing (including inappropriate behavior with students), complaints, investigations, findings, discipline meted out or other action taken against Mr. Martin during his tenure at the district…”

Martin was placed on administrative leave in April and was subsequently arrested and charged with 150 counts of molestation involving 14 former students while he taught at the Concord campus. His trial has been postponed until May.

The district provided Bay Area News Group, or BANG, with two notices related to the court order.

The first is a Notice of filing, which includes a short list of two documents the district is withholding from Bay Area News Group that are not protected by attorney-client privilege:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKceZ2I4OXZCS0Z4amc/edit?usp=sharing

It lists two e-mails from the district’s associate general counsel Deborah Cooksey to Concord Police Detective Tamara Roberts, which discussed criminal charges against Martin. The district claims several privileges that it argues entitle it to withhold the documents from the public, including official information, pending investigation, confidential information, attorney work product privilege and deliberative process privilege.

In its discussion of the documents, the district states that the e-mails contain information regarding an “unfinal personnel decision by the district’s legal counsel.”

“If the district is required to disclose this information, it will commit the district to premature personnel decision and expose the district’s legal counsel investigatory process,” the district argues.

“Said communication also evidences the legal counsel’s work product and impressions. Further, said document may potentially be excluded from the definition of a public record,” according to the district.

It concludes by arguing that the e-mails reveal the district and legal counsel’s “investigatory efforts both as to allegations of wrongdoing and on confidential personnel decisions,” which it argues are expressly excluded from disclosure.

The second item provided to BANG is a Notice of Lodging Privilege Log, which states that a confidential privilege log of documents protected from disclosure due to attorney-client or attorney-work product privilege has been lodged with the court: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKceWlhqcUdqVW1UUDQ/edit?usp=sharing. It does not include Exhibit A, which is the list of documents being withheld.

Interestingly, the district did not list the letter that was sent home to Woodside Elementary parents when Martin was placed on his leave of absence. It is difficult to imagine how that letter could be construed to be subject to attorney-client privilege or attorney-client work product.

Do you agree with the district’s decision to list only two e-mails as potentially responsive to BANG’s Public Records Act request and to keep the list of “confidential privilege” documents provided to the court secret?

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77 Responses to “MDUSD logs documents related to teacher molestation arrest withheld from Bay Area News Group’s Public Records Act request”

  1. Doctor J Says:

    MDUSD’s credibility is non-existent — in all those years, there are no emails or inside memos or notes about Martin ‘s conduct ? Just because Rolen may have been cc’d on an email or memo does not make it protected. I think the judge will review each document, maybe even let BANG’s lawyer see them under some type of secrecy agreement, and rule in favor of BANG on the majority of documents. The judge might even conduct an inquiry to make sure ALL documents have been disclosed.

  2. g. de la verdad Says:

    Maybe I don’t understand “boilerplate” very well, but they both appear “boilerplate” to me.

  3. Doctor J Says:

    The judge said no boilerplate and MDUSD gives him boilerplate. I don’t think he will be amused. I hope the judge asks for written testimony of the efforts to look for appropriate documents !

  4. g. de la verdad Says:

    I hope Judge Austin asks them to define the word “unfinal.”

  5. Doctor J Says:

    Hasn’t Martin since been terminated and therefore any such objection is now irrelevant ? Hasn’t Martin’s teaching credential been revoked ?

  6. g. de la verdad Says:

    Administrative Leave can mean many things. I don’t recall “terminated” ever being used. His certificate was “suspended” under Ed Code 44940 according to CTC, and ‘could’ be renewed at some future date. Friends in district high places may have agreed to put him under a mandatory suspension for “mental health” evaluation clause, and I believe that could mean he is still eligible for pay/benefits for up to two years.
    I’m not certain of this, so it would be nice to have the board clarify exactly what “leave status” he was given in April when put on Administrative Leave; what it became after his arrest in June; what his status is today with the district.

  7. tmharrington Says:

    I have asked Julie Braun-Martin this question and she says she can’t comment on the case.

  8. g. de la verdad Says:

    Perhaps another PRA requesting proper Brown Act disclosure of Actions and votes of Item 4.5 of Closed session on 4/22/13.

    CLOSED MEETINGS

    Closed meetings are the exception and permitted only if they meet defined purposes and follow special requirements (�� 54954, 54954.2, 54954.5, 54957.7).

    EVEN AT CLOSED MEETINGS…

    Special public notice and agenda requirements apply (�� 54954, 54954.2, 54954.5, 54957.7).

    All actions taken and all votes in closed session must be publicly reported orally or in writing within 24 hours (� 54957.1(b)), and copies of any contracts or settlements approved must be made available promptly (� 54957.1(b),(c)).
    As I’ve said many times, merely stating “The Board gave instructions to legal counsel, etc, etc.” is not sufficient. Actions must be clarified.

  9. g. de la verdad Says:

    Does anyone else think it is strange that all videos of board meetings between 3/25/13 and 6/23/13 have been “Removed” from Livestream?

  10. tmharrington Says:

    Yes, coincidentally, those meetings were about the votes to terminate Superintendent Lawrence and Greg Rolen. In addition, those meetings took place around the same time the Joseph Martin investigation was going on.

  11. g. de la verdad Says:

    Exactly. Why delete all of those termination conversations.
    I ‘think’ 4/22 is the one for Martin though.

  12. 2busymom Says:

    Anyone else catch the agenda item 12.18 to increase outside legal fees by $460,000? http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=8327&mtgId=454

  13. Doctor J Says:

    Just as I predicted, DMA wants 5% increase but WAIT the BIG FOUR want increases by tradition — WTH ? their contracts expire June 30. NO documents attached !!! Very fishy.

  14. g. de la verdad Says:

    The board will be provided with a rubber stamp for each hand to get through Wed’s meeting before midnight.

  15. Doctor J Says:

    Julie B-M, Rose, Bryan, Kerri, and Larry all negotiated their own separate contracts, so why does TRADITION say they get an increase ? Their contract doesn’t say that ! In fact the law now prohibits it. let them negotiate new amounts starting July 1, if Dr. Nellie is going to keep them.

  16. Doctor J Says:

    since there are no attachments how is the Board getting information to justify a half million dollar increase ? Brown Act anyone ?

  17. g. de la verdad Says:

    Are we ferrying atty’s out of the area? Where is Case No. N14-0415 being held? Not CCCo. Or is that case # internal mdusd code?

  18. g. de la verdad Says:

    I agree. Especially considering the legal costs and contentious nature of the renewals last year for Julie, Rose and Bryan. There should be no Retro-active increases on those contracts!

    Changes to pay for Elected Board Members should stand alone — not be loaded on the back-end of salaried employee wage scale.

  19. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s info on a teacher dismissal bill that could make it easier for districts like MDUSD to fire teachers like Martin: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_25497549/agreement-reached-bill-streamline-california-teacher-dismissals

  20. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s the agenda for tomorrow night’s meeting: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_agendaview.aspx?mtgId=454

  21. tmharrington Says:

    I have confirmed with Julie Braun-Martin that council members refer to the superintendent’s council, not to board members. This includes: Julie Braun-Martin, Bryan Richards, Kerri Mills and Rose Lock. She wasn’t sure if Larry Schoenke would get the raise because he is on a post-retirement contract, so is not a permanent member of the council.
    It’s interesting that Braun-Martin and Richards are presenting this proposal, since they both would get pay raises if it is approved. Note that the language says: “As has always been the practice with pay increases for DMA, council members SHOULD also receive the same increase in compensation.” This is a staff recommendation, which the board could reject.
    Braun-Martin said she and Richards signed the docket item because it had to go through their departments, but the final approval came from the superintendent.

  22. Doctor J Says:

    Exactly why the public needs to see all writings concerning the extension of their contracts including but not limited to the notice each of them should have filed. I was hoping those documents had been requested and produced weeks ago.

  23. Doctor J Says:

    Note that Schoenke did not approve it — he knows it’s illegal to carry on negotiations with DMA as I have pointed out. I hope someone also requests all emails and writing about the raise to DMA since the Ed Code prohibits it. Note that this request is only through June 30, 2014 and then DMA plans to come back again after June 30 to request additional raises claiming it has a secret agreement of “me too” (illegal) to match the dollar amounts of MDEA’s MDV benefits and other raises — this is despite that that 5% now to DMA is HIGHER than MDEA’s current 2014 raises. This is so underhanded and so many communications with board members under the guise of MDEA negotiations when in fact they were about DMA, violating the Brown act. Where is the Howard Jarvis Association when you need them ??

  24. g. de la verdad Says:

    Time to break with “tradition.” They should NOT have last year’s extensions increased retro-actively. The four on superintendent’s council are up for new contracts in less than 90 days. Let them cut their deals individually and/or walk if they don’t like the new offer.

  25. tmharrington Says:

    Also, trustees expect to approve layoffs for more than 27 classified employees at the same time they are approving nearly $1.2 million in administrative raises and increasing their budget for outside lawyers by $460,000.
    Interesting that the board docket for the layoffs doesn’t total the FTE amount and it’s slipped in on the consent agenda.

  26. Doctor J Says:

    CST workers get the shaft again –raises to the Big Four, raises to already overpaid Dent and site administrators and millions to outside lawyers to keep The Martin smoking guns hidden to protect administrators who didn’t do their jobs causing 13 children to be molested and CST can’t get its hours restored !! Something stinks in Denmark.

  27. Doctor J Says:

    $460,000 in outside legal fees from April 10 to June 30 ??? OMG, that is just 2 1/2 months. Has the Board gone nuts in covering up the Martin SNAFU just to protect a few administrators that should have their credentials revoked ?? Oh, I forgot, one is the daughter of our interim supt, and the others are “friends”. Why is the district more worried about keeping the enablers secret rather than helping the children victims with their trauma ??

  28. Mary Smith Says:

    Dr. J, I don’t think what is going on is unusual in terms of the nature of the litigation. The board probably doesn’t know yet the details of who did and did not act, and what defenses are available to employees. All of this is going to be fleshed out in the discovery process, and yes, that is going to be very costly, particularly where there are 3 civil suits pending. Let me tell you this: it is not only what these administrators and legal counsel did not do as part of their job to protect the children; it is also the facts of what they were doing instead of monitoring Mr. Martin that will be the most damaging to the district, if these attorneys are good enough advocates to bring out the real facts.

  29. Doctor J Says:

    @MarySmith, since you know what past and present administrators were doing instead of monitoring Martin, please put us on the right investigative trail. Even bloodhounds need the scent to track the perps.

  30. Mary Smith Says:

    You know of many of these facts yourself due to research and have posted about such activities on the blog. Was Lawrence focused at all on Martin when he was courting Chevron? What about when Eberhardt and Strange were driving out McHenry and he was fighting to keep his job-certainly McHenry was distracted. We have read Teresa’s article on no-bid contracts secured for friends which you have posted about as well; that must have taken work time and energy.

  31. Doctor J Says:

    Yes Mary, and let’s not forget an alleged philanderer reputedly involved with a voluptuous principal. If true, that certainly would be a distraction for both.

  32. Mary Smith Says:

    Dr. J, are you suggesting there were affairs during the workday? That is a powerful allegation, but, if true, would certainly be a very scandalous situation indeed. Can you imagine, how these parents of the victims would feel knowing that some of the very (well-paid) administrators and high level employees entrusted to keep their children safe, were instead engaged in affairs during the workday instead of doing their jobs?

  33. g. de la verdad Says:

    This is the tip of the iceberg. While they are set to discuss the mysterious Fisher/Taylor/mdusd case, and 12 other cases tonight, the district is also embroiled in no fewer than at least five other cases that are not on this agenda. They range from cases that will certainly go to expensive jury trials right down to Ron Hansen’s small claims case for $90.75 — with mdusd paying some attorney $200 bucks an hour to decide how to handle that one!!!!!!

  34. Doctor J Says:

    It wouldn’t be the first time. I would imagine it could have happened at different times. It’s not that unusual for an administrator to have off campus meetings at Dent or other places. Who keeps track of where they are and when they are supposed to return ? Remember when Theresa busted Lori Amenta for working on Rolen’s divorce at Dent ? There weren’t any repercussions for her.

  35. tmharrington Says:

    FYI, according to our salary PRA, here is what the council members earned last year:

    Julie Braun-Martin: $143,500.01 plus $14,694.13 in other income: $158,194.13
    Rose Lock: $148,400.01 plus $7,943.86 in other income: $156,343.87
    Kerri Mills: $147,648.98 plus $2,959.92 in other income: $150,608.90
    Bryan Richards: $144,200.01 plus $960 in other income: $145,160.01

  36. Doctor J Says:

    Perhaps Board members should read for themselves Government Code 3543.4 which prohibits the district from MEETING and negotiating with DMA. there were many meetings with Cindy Matteoni, DMA president, and it was even on the agenda of Principal’s meetings conducted by Dr. Nellie and Rose Lock. STOP the RUBBER STAMP, and ask questions about how many meetings, and why the DMA raise is being piecemealed .

  37. tmharrington Says:

    It is interesting that the agenda item says: “DMA WILL receive….At this time, the agreement is for 2013/2014…”

    Yet, there is no written agreement attached to the agenda. Where is the agreement?

  38. Doctor J Says:

    Theresa, print it ! An agreement is evidence of an illegal negotiation whether it be written or verbal. This also is clear evidence there is a secret agreement to piecemeal the raises –“at this time . . . For 2013/14.” How stupid does Julie B-M think the public is ?

  39. Doctor J Says:

    GREEDY: BIG FOUR= $610,306.91 plus benefits. They need a raise when CST members are on Food Stamps ? Shame on you Julie, Rose, Kerri, and Bryan.

  40. tmharrington Says:

    At today’s Assembly Education Committee meeting, Concord Police Chief Guy Swanger and MDSUD Teacher Anita Johnson spoke in favor of Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla’s bill to require teachers to sign something verifying that they are aware their mandated reporting duties require them to report suspected abuse to Child Protective Services or police when they renew their credentials. Both cited failure to report in MDUSD as a reason for the bill, saying sometimes failure to report is worst when the perpetrator works for the district.

  41. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s my news brief on Bonilla’s bills and the committee meeting: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_25540391/legislation-strengthen-mandating-reporting-by-teachers-makes-gains

  42. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s a new blog post with more details about the testimony of the Concord Police Chief and MDUSD teacher Anita Johnson in support of Bonilla’s mandated reporting bill earlier this week: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2014/04/12/concord-police-chief-and-mdusd-teacher-express-support-for-mandated-reporting-bill/

  43. Mary Smith Says:

    On Joseph Martin, has anyone looked back at the MDEA collective bargaining agreement from 2006? It may have had a progressive discipline clause, and if Martin had no history of discipline, maybe an improvement plan was the only action that could be taken at that time under the agreement without MDEA filing for grievance. That would not excuse the failure to report the suspicion of abuse or to follow Martin, but thought it was worth mentioning.

  44. tmharrington Says:

    Would the improvement plan be in writing?

  45. Mary Smith Says:

    Yes, it would be included in Martin’s teacher evaluation(s). It would be interesting to find out what the evaluation cycle was at the time, during what years Martin was evaluated, and what the evaluations show.

  46. Doctor J Says:

    BANG files objections today. Theresa can you please post them ? They will give insight into what is being withheld by MDUSD. which administrators are being protected by the coverup ??

  47. tmharrington Says:

    Here are BANG’s objections: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKceeDNBaTV5UUZvck0/edit?usp=sharing

  48. Doctor J Says:

    WOW, Duffy blasts the District cover-up and potential hiding of records. Duffy nailed Crooksey’s inadvertent disclosure of a record that has not been produced or objected to. What concerns me is that there has never been any definitive evidence of what the search process was to uncover records such as emails, the corrective action plans detailed today on the blog, and any documents uncovered during the other investigations. Perhaps one reason is that if BANG gets the withheld records, there will be other records disclosed that MDUSD has kept hidden and secret. thanks Theresa — it was worth the read and worthy of an article. Ironically, the hearing is on the 30th, the same day as the Board meeting. if the records are unveiled that day, certain people with MDUSD may be exposed in time for public comment.

  49. tmharrington Says:

    This just in: DA won’t charge Sachs: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKceUUpsUU5IWEtqUHc/edit?usp=sharing

  50. tmharrington Says:

    Here’s our story: http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_25594859/concord-principal-will-not-face-charges-teacher-molestation

  51. Doctor J Says:

    A press release from the DA is a little short of a perp walk on the nightly news, but I think you will see the pretty face of Jennifer Bernard Sachs on the nightly news and tomorrow’s front page.

  52. tmharrington Says:

    It looks like it’s scheduled for page 1 of the Local Section, but I don’t think we have a photo of Sachs.

  53. g. de la verdad Says:

    Thinking of the Grisham novel, “A Time to Kill.” The attorney tells a horrifying story of a little girl, and closes his argument saying; “Now imagine that little girl is…white.”
    Then ask Sachs if she would have acted differently if multiple teachers reported that a teacher was behaving strangely toward ‘her’ son, or daughter.
    That question would be good for Mark Peterson to answer too.

  54. Doctor J Says:

    Funny how Peterson waited a whole year from when Martin was arrested.

  55. tmharrington Says:

    Yesterday, we received a report that an elementary school in WCCUSD saw signs of possible abuse and immediately notified police. This was not related to an employee, however. Still, I was glad to see the school didn’t waste time doing it’s own investigation or try to second-guess what might have happened. Administrators rightly called police and let them investigate.
    Regarding Woodside, it’s also interesting that the DA never even mentioned any investigation into the Woodside teachers who failed to report their suspicions to police or CPS. It seems lack of training from the district gives them a “pass.”

  56. tmharrington Says:

    As a clarification, Martin was placed on leave in April, but wasn’t arrested until June.

  57. g. de la verdad Says:

    And apparently the DA’s office waited 10 months to pull everyone’s statements regarding 2006, AND whatever files and memos were left unpurged, on which to base their assumptions of no wrongdoing. Plenty of time….

  58. SeekingJustice Says:

    Here’s the input that I can add. I had a 30 min+ phone call w/ Nancy Georgiou yesterday. She’s the Deputy DA and the one that oversees child abuse cases in our county. She was the one that made the decision regarding not to file charges. During these 30 minutes – we went back and forth – and finally concluded that we would meet this coming week to continue our conversation. I’m not accepting her position on this, nor will I walk away quietly.
    Her position, as the Times reported – is that her decision to not file charges has everything to do w/ the “one year” statute of limitations on mandated reporting laws (she is using Penal Code 11166 as her backdrop for said decision). The fact that Nina Pate (the teacher who witnessed the initial incident) and Jennifer Sachs – didn’t actually witness “molestation” – so that changes things to a one year statute of limitations. She was quiet when I asked her how someone walking in on a teacher….alone with a male student, behind a closet door, in bare feet – did not constitute a sexually inappropriate situation. Her response was that if ACTUAL molestation has been witnessed, then the statute of limitations would be from the time of the police investigating the incident (which would have been April, 2013).
    Here’s the thing – I’m tired and haven’t been able (yet) to call all my contacts and resources and prepare for my meeting yet. However – this is what I know: Yes, there is still the criminal trial for Martin. Yes, there are still the various civil claims. But letting people walk away who CLEARLY made criminal mistakes will never be ok in my book and I won’t stop with this until full accountability is given – in some means – by all players. Why? Because if this happened to any of us “common folk” – you can certainly guarantee that we would have the book thrown at us with every possible charge. This is an example of one political entity trying to cover the other’s butt.
    Georgiou tried to assure me that she is a mom and understands my frustrations. Really?? Let her walk in the shoes of a mom that had TWO of her sons victimized in this manner. Not by just Martin but by others that didn’t do the right thing.
    She also tried to assure me that the DA has met with Mt. Diablo School District and PROPER Child Abuse Training will now be occurring. That’s wonderful and hopefully that will help prevent this travesty from ever happening to other family again (NOT just being sexually victimized by a teacher – but having others in positions of TRUST fail to report).
    But what about the 14 (known, and I promise there are more) victims of Joseph Martin? Where is the justice for those children, Ms. Georgiou and Mr. Peterson?? I’ll let you tell me that – in person – next week.
    Never underestimate the power of a mother. A mother who’s children have been hurt at the hands – and lack of actions – of others.

  59. g. de la verdad Says:

    As to proper training: Mandatory reporting has been on the job descriptions of no less than 6 certificated job descriptions since at least 2002. The form to file when one has reason to “suspect” child abuse was first published, in its current form in 2002. Where, except in taxpayer supported government jobs can a person flat out ignore both the union requirement and tenets of their Job Description?

  60. Annie CSEA Says:

    Mandated Reporting is not in a Union contract it is the LAW. It is in District Policy. The CSEA Union did want proper training and finally got it.

  61. Annie CSEA Says:

    Ask Theresa how long I have been talking about Mandated Reporting.

  62. tmharrington Says:

    Yes, Annie has been asking for comprehensive training and reminding her members about their responsibility to report — along with the fact that they DON’T need to notify administrators at all.
    And as g points out, perhaps if MDEA had the same level of tenacity as Annie in drumming this message into its members’ heads, the Woodside teachers wouldn’t have sat silently all these years, pointing their fingers at Sachs for failing to report. They SHOULD HAVE reported their suspicions directly to police or CPS themselves.

  63. SeekingJustice Says:

    We (Victims’ Families) will be having a Press Conference, on the sidewalk, in front of Woodside – this Wednesday, April 23rd at 11am. I already have confirmed media that will be there. We will be having a couple of speakers to discuss the ludicrous decision to not file criminal charges against Mandated Reporters. You will have an opportunity to see the photographs of those that failed to report…. as well as hear that our DA is soon up for reelection. PLEASE plan on attending if at all possible. There is power in numbers.

  64. g. de la verdad Says:

    And when those teachers went to Sachs she should have known to direct them to the proper authorities. Rolen and the entire legal team should have known to direct them to the proper authorities. The board members and personnel department should have known…AND all of the complaints should NOT have ended up in a sealed file…waiting for a very short year to pass on the statute of limitations to signal the “Whew, we’re all in the clear. They can’t catch us now!” “Give Martin the go-ahead to ‘carry on’ with the little boys — as long as his class gets high scores!”

  65. Doctor J Says:

    Theresa, please toot my horn too. :-) Who informed you of the statute requiring that district file a report with the State Board Education if they did not train all of the mandated reporters ? Didn’t that lead you to do a PRA request to Coach Torlaksen and he disclosed that no district had ever complied with that law ? That was one of the factual basis that led to your great article and survey that exposed the great hypocrisy of districts throughout California ignoring the mandated reporter training law, for which I think you and Matthias deserve a Pulitzer . Hats off to you Theresa for following up on a good tip.

  66. Mary Smith Says:

    They knew what to do, they just didn’t do it.

  67. Doctor J Says:

    Remember that every mandated reporter can be held individually liable for damages that could have been prevented had a report of misconduct been made. As Schoenke said last meeting, every claim filed results in MDUSD paying the first $250,000 — thats why the Martin case is costing MDUSD millions to defend. 13 victims. Multiple MDUSD employees have the blood of molestation prevention on their hands. Yet, do any of them feel guilt ? They all rationalize their behavior in failing to do their legal duty to report.

  68. Doctor J Says:

    Jennifer Bernard Sachs’ photo is prominently displayed on the Pittsburg USD website under Educational Services Department. looks like it is public domain.

  69. tmharrington Says:

    Dr. J: I don’t recall that tip coming from you, but if it did, thanks. I recall that reporter Matthias Gafni became aware of that requirement when he was investigating the Moraga cases of failure to report. He called the state and found out that no one had ever contacted the CDE to opt out of the training.
    Thanks for your kind note about our report. While we haven’t won any awards outside our company for that story, I am happy to let you know that I have won two John Swett Awards for Education Journalism – one for beat coverage and one for the story I did about Rolen’s failure to disclose his potential conflict of interest by steering contracts to his girlfriend.

  70. Doctor J Says:

    MDUSD filed supplemental opposition on April 23. Theresa, can you please post ? The Day of Reckoning is coming soon.

  71. Doctor J Says:

    Theresa, with the hearing coming up in two days, can you please post the April 23 Supplemental Opposition ? What happened at the press conference by the Victim’s Families on April 23 ??

  72. tmharrington Says:

    Yes. The press conference was postponed.

  73. Doctor J Says:

    Why was the case continued 3 weeks ? @TH, I know that you have been busy, just a friendly reminder to post the April 23 MDUSD supplemental opposition filed with the court. Thanks.

  74. tmharrington Says:

    I don’t know the reason, but was told the court continued the hearing to May 21 at 9 a.m.

  75. g. de la verdad Says:

    Stall and strategic planning tactic. The various J. Doe cases and the BANG case were assigned to two different courts. They have set a new hearing 5/21 to try to bring all Joseph Martin related cases to one judge.
    The district may have good reason to prefer Judge Austin over Judge Spanos. They’ve presented to Spanos before, and he never forgets a prevaricator.

  76. tmharrington Says:

    Here is a new blog post with tonight’s agenda: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2014/04/30/mdusd-board-to-hear-proposal-to-create-a-northgate-district/

    Unfortunately, I am unable to attend, but will watch the livestream.

  77. Mary Smith Says:

    I tried to tell you this before Dr. J, the wheels of justice turn slowly. You thought this would be done in March. The system does not work that way. Some of us might die before the Martin cases resolve.

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