Recalls, Corruption, Bribes, Drugs, a Grand Jury, and Arlie Ricasa

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Quite an interesting headline for a blog post, right? Well, as I was blog trolling this morning, I found a new post over on the Recall Ricasa blog regarding the recall of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez, but also some interesting tidbits on Sweetwater Union High School District’s superintendent Jesus Gandara and his family’s involvement in crooked politics in Texas. According …

Funny Business in Sweetwater

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I was alerted to a story by the U-T regarding scores of change orders being made to construction contracts at the Sweetwater Union High School District. In the article, several residents raise concerns about the oversight (or lack thereof) regarding the district’s spending of Proposition O funds. Within the last few months however, there has been a Recall Ricasa blog …

San Ysidro School Board Member Claims GOP

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Here’s a fun question for ya: how many Republican elected officials do we have in the South Bay, anyway? From our count… not many, and from our knowledge there are no Republicans who sit on the San Ysidro School Board. Perhaps that needs to be rectified in 2012. We digress. One of the non-reported stories that came out of the …

Valencia Beaten to a Pulp

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I THINK I am breaking this story… At approximately 1:30AM this morning Andrew Valencia, candidate for Sweetwater Union High School Board, was assaulted while delivering signs near Imperial Beach. Valencia, who was accompanied by volunteers for most of the night, was momentarily alone in a local fast-food restaurant taking a quick break from dropping off candidate signs when two males …

Breaking: Sweetwater Schools using public funds to promote Ricasa during re-election?

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In the midst of a re-election challenge, Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) President Arlie Ricasa is receiving significant positive name recognition from a taxpayer-funded public relations effort, paid by Sweetwater schools. Ironically, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) confirmed yesterday it would investigate a complaint filed on September 20, 2010, against Ricasa for alleged improprieties associated with using funds …