Thursday, July 10, 2008

Attorney Mark Bresee leaves as a recall effort comes to a vote

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[Photo: SDUSD Superintendent Terry Grier]

Capistrano Unified School District in Orange County has experienced criminal indictments of administrators for using public funds to play politics, and soon it will hold a recall election for two board members.

We have bad behavior by school administrators and board members in San Diego county, too, but our District Attorney, Bonnie Dumanis, seems not to be interested, except in very bizarre circumstances.

Still, events are converging for a possible legal blow-up here.

Orange County Department of Education lawyer Mark Bresee has come back to San Diego. He'll be an in-house lawyer for SDUSD. A few years ago he helped out Chula Vista Elementary School District by submitting phony documents to the Office of Administrative Hearings. What will he do this time? I guess that depends on what SDUSD's new superintendent wants him to do.

What is Terry Grier thinking?

Grier has shown so much courage until now. But it seems that insurance companies, not the education code and the law of the land, control school district legal departments. Perhaps Terry Grier hasn't figured out how much damage these insurance companies and the Council of School Attorneys have done to education. I would advise him to hire a lawyer who has worked for students or employees. That kind of lawyer would give better advice and would be more likely to stay within the law.

I found this article on the KPCC (Public Radio in Southern California) website.
by Susan Valot
June 23, 2008

"Voters in South Orange County will head to the polls on Tuesday. They're deciding in a special election whether to recall two Capistrano Unified School District board members. KPCC's Susan Valot says it's a battle that's been building for a while.

"Susan Valot: Three years ago, a group of parents unhappy with the Capistrano Unified School District board tried to collect enough signatures to recall all seven board members. That effort failed when the number of verified signatures fell short.

"Last year, voters replaced three of the seven board members with candidates supported by the CUSD Recall Committee. Now, that group's trying to recall long-time board members Marlene Draper and Sheila Benecke. Rancho Santa Margarita City Councilman Tony Beall is part of the recall effort.

"Tony Beall: They have created a culture of corruption in our school district..."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Lets not forget that around March 2006, former superintendent Gerald Frederick Davis and Mary Agnes Rogers of the Manhattan Beach district, were criminally indicted for misappropriation of “public funds.” Two Former Manhattan Beach School Officials Face Charges.

Apparently Los Angeles truly has a “DISTRICT ATTORNEY” and a real “PUBLIC INTEGRETY DIVISION.” unlike our San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis who is an embarrassment and culpable at best in the criminal activity going on in San Diego. To the extent that she knows about it, she is friends with the criminals and does nothing about the white-collar crime.

When I read about the indictments and the possible prison time for former superintendent Gerald Frederick Davis and Mary Agnes Rogers. I wondered why school districts like Chula Vista, Poway Unified and Vista School District have literally gotten away with murder. I have to say that MISAPPROPRIATION and gift of PUBLIC FUNDS should define these school districts. With some school districts like Vista Unified who cannot even calculate the millions of dollars that are missing or where they have gone. With both the San Diego County Office of Education and the San Diego District pretending they don’t know what is going on it leaves us as citizens at awe.

It is not very hard to figure out that when Bonnie is friends and part of the entrenchment in the web of corruption not much hope is left for open government and accountability.

So who is the attorney for all of these school districts? SASH…………..double dipping and overcharging no problem everything goes with Bonnie DA on their side.
Attorney Mark Breese will be right at home in San Diego, who knows he may even start his own little charter school with no laws or accountable to any form of government.