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November 18, 1997
Bonita Unified School Board President Robert Olander II said he will honor a mandate from nearly 1,800 voters in San Dimas and La Verne and serve another term on the school board even though he withdrew from the race before election day. Olander, who quit the race last month, complaining that board members conducted business under a veil of secrecy, won Nov. 4 after his name remained on the ballots.
February 12, 2014 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
A former board member with a Newport Beach-based charter school nonprofit is being accused of stealing $750,000 that he promised to invest on behalf of the organization, according to charges filed by the Orange County district attorney's office. The alleged theft would be the largest from a California charter school outfit, the district attorney's office announced Tuesday. Jeremy Landau, 43, joined the board of California Virtual Education Partners in May, and in June he allegedly asked to invest taxpayer money for the organization, which operates five online charter schools, the Daily Pilot reported . He allegedly convinced enough board members to support his idea by promising a speedy $3-million return.
January 19, 1993 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
Three newly elected Somis school board members will be sworn into office Wednesday during a brief ceremony at Somis Elementary School. Newcomers Sue Klausner, Mark Smith and Jim Bushong defeated incumbents Alda Perry, Miguel Mejia and Debbie Carpenter in a special recall election Dec. 15. The new members will take the oath of office before Wednesday's regular board meeting beginning at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium at 5268 North St., officials said.
January 7, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Local politicians, community activists and others packed a special L.A. Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening to debate how to replace Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died in December. The board's choices, according to district staff, are to schedule a special election or to appoint a replacement until the next regular election in 2015. Before making a decision, the board's six remaining members first listened to public speakers, included elected officials. "I simply rise to make the point that democracy matters and it matters all day long,” said L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
February 27, 1997
An Inglewood Unified School District board member has filed a lawsuit against three other panel members, claiming that they have violated her 1st Amendment right of free speech. In her lawsuit, filed in Torrance Superior Court, Thomasina Reed alleges that board President Gloria Gray, Vice President Larry Aubry and former President Dexter Henderson have repeatedly stifled her speech at board meetings. She also claims that the board members were wrong for censuring her during a Jan.
August 7, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday there is sufficient evidence for a West Covina school board member to stand trial for allegedly lying on a candidate's declaration about where he lived. Judge H. Chester Horn Jr., however, dismissed three other charges against Peter Sabatino Jr., 48. Horn found there was insufficient evidence on two counts of perjury prosecutors filed against Sabatino and a count of filing a false candidate declaration in 1997.
February 6, 1997 | BILL BOYARSKY
A lot of press releases come across the desk, but there's rarely been one quite as upsetting as a recent handout from a member of the Compton school board. Michael L. Hopwood, believe it or not, objected to two of his colleagues awarding an honorary diploma to the late Corie Williams, 17, a graduation-bound senior who was mistakenly shot to death while riding home from school on an MTA bus. The killer, police say, is a kid with a bad aim who was trying to mow down a gang rival on the bus.
March 4, 1985 | BOBBIE RODRIGUEZ \f7
School board members have voted to increase their compensation for each twice-monthly meeting from $20 to $60. "One of the main reasons we felt board members should receive this compensation is that they have expenses like travel and baby sitting," said Pat Pebley, the school superintendent's secretary. In California, school board members may receive up to $240 a month in districts with up to 10,000 students.
December 11, 1986 | Juan Arancibia \f7
School board members who have been targeted for recall said the charges against them are false and unsubstantiated, according to rebuttal statements filed with the county registrar of voters. Representatives of Citizens United for Responsible Education on Nov. 25 announced their attempt to recall Charlene Ragatz, Carl E. Schwarz, Susan Mas and Janet S. Vickers.
August 8, 1987 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
Orange Unified School District lost two attempts on Friday to have the cooperative insurance pool it belongs to pay the legal costs for defending three school board members accused of "willful misconduct." The five other school units participating in the cooperative insurance coverage refused to support two requests made by Orange Unified representatives at a special meeting of the insurance cooperative in Costa Mesa.
December 19, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
Montebello school board member Hector Chacon said he was at his parents' home sorting through some paperwork this year when he noticed a letter addressed to him. It was from a drug and alcohol rehab center and confirmed his enrollment in a program for first-time DUI offenders. Chacon said he was puzzled because he didn't have a DUI and began investigating. He discovered he was the victim of an elaborate identity theft: Someone had used his name and birth date when the person was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
December 16, 2013 | By David Tokofsky and Jackie Goldberg
There has been great consternation in recent days over the best way to select an interim school board member to complete the term of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died this month. The two of us, both former school board members, believe that LaMotte's former constituents would be best served if the board appointed a replacement for the remaining 18 months of her term rather than holding a special election. One reason is the substantial length of time that LaMotte's district would be without representation while waiting for an election to take place.
December 13, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Three of six Los Angeles school board members said they favor a special election to replace Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died last week. The Board of Education is scheduled to decide Tuesday how they will fill a vacancy created by the passing of LaMotte, 80, who was found unresponsive in her hotel room while representing the school system at a conference in San Diego. The board has two choices, according to the L.A. city charter, under which the school system operates. It can appoint a replacement or call a special election.
December 5, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte was for the last several years on the losing side of the Los Angeles Unified school board. Her strong alliance with United Teachers Los Angeles and her dislike of most charter schools and of various reform efforts were at odds with where the board was headed under the heavy influence of then-Mayor Antonia Villaraigosa. It took just one turnover of a board seat - from reform-oriented Nury Martinez, now a councilwoman, to more independent-thinking Monica Ratliff, a lawyer-turned-L.A.
November 16, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
A Compton school board member was arrested this week on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to law enforcement documents. Skyy D. Fisher, 30, was arrested shortly after midnight Tuesday and posted $5,000 bail at 8:55 a.m., according to an online database of arrests maintained by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. [Updated at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 18: Long Beach Police said Fisher was released on his own recognizance and did not post bail.] That evening, Fisher attended a school board meeting in which the panel discussed and took action on more than a dozen different items, including contracts, nominations and implementation of the Common Core curriculum.  Fisher made headlines last year after he used a homophobic slur to refer to Trayvon Martin in a podcast.
November 6, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
Hacienda La Puente school board member Joseph Chang was reelected Tuesday despite allegations that he used his influence to benefit a private company that recruits students from China . In a field of six candidates competing for three seats, former school principal Penny Fraumeni was the top finisher with 2,658 votes, or 23%. Chang, a math professor who has served on the school board for 20 years, got 2,379 votes. Anthony Duarte, another incumbent, held onto his seat with 2,280 votes.
March 2, 1996
Board members of the Whittier City School District have given themselves a pay increase that has raised hackles among some residents. School district trustees, who have been receiving $50 per meeting, or $100 in most months, voted to raise their stipend to equal what board members in neighboring districts of similar size receive. The increase to $240 a month represents a 140% pay raise that will cost the district about $7,000 a year.
October 11, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Rialto schools chief Harold Cebrun denied Friday that he had an "intimate relationship" with a district accountant accused of embezzling $1.8 million after photos emerged that he says show the pair hugging and him giving her a brief kiss. Nutritional services accountant Judith Oakes, 48, was arrested in August after being seen on video stuffing cash in her bra. She pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 16 felonies and was being held in lieu of $1.8-million bail in what authorities have called the largest white-collar crime in city history.
October 9, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A former Rialto school district accountant accused of embezzling $1.8 million in schools' lunch money after being seen on video stuffing cash in her bra pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 16 felonies. After entering the not guilty pleas, Judith Oakes, 48, was held in lieu of $1.8-million bail by a San Bernardino County Superior Court judge Oakes could serve up to 11 years in prison if convicted of all the charges in what Rialto police say is the largest white-collar crime case they have ever handled.
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