Whoo! It's been a busy few days, and I'm glad to finally finish this one up. It's hard work keeping up with the election shenanigans of Yolanda Salcido, Terri Valladolid, and Jorge Dominguez.
But, hey! It's what I do. If you find out about any others, make sure you let me know - and I'll do my part to make everyone know.
Now, let's finish what we started in Part One.
(Oh, hey! Did you see our video response to the administration's claim that anyone who opposed them was extremists? You haven't? Well, go here and let's solve that problem!)
TERRI VALLADOLID AND JORGE DOMINGUEZ ARE BOTH BLASTED FOR ELECTION IMPROPRIETIES
The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) cited Terri Valladolid, Friends of Terri Valladolid, Evita Valladolid, and Elena L. Pascual – the board member, her controlled committee, and the committee’s treasurers, for failing to file six semi-annual campaign statements. The size of the fine - $1200.
Do you want to see it for yourself? Visit the FPPC site here. It’s a non-standard web address, but I’ve used it several times with no trouble.
Do you want to know Terri's campaign donations, debts, the totals in the war chest, and how much gravy those out-of-town contractors have ladled onto her plate? Terri’s election information here.
Jorge, on the other hand, has only been late filing – as opposed to failing to file. But he was late filing his FPPC ID number – and was nine or ten days late with his required 460 pre-election statement of October 1 through October 16. This is all basic election work due of all candidates spending a minimum of $1000, and should be part of So You Wanna Get Elected 101.
Jorge’s election information is here.
And isn’t it really weird that, according to information that she filed, Yolanda Salcido loaned $3000 to Pearl Quinones for 79th State Assembly 2010 – without any explanation required by the FPPC? I’m not certain if floating “loans” from one candidate to another is legal in California – but it sure is odd, particularly with the incomplete information she filed about it. Even more because a loan at this time of year would mean that she was helping Ms. Quinones pay off a previous campaign debt.
So is it any wonder that Pearl Quinones is one of the few people that will endorse Yolanda?
And keeping with the theme…
YOLANDA SALCIDO CROSSES THE 100K MARK IN CONTRACTOR PAY-TO-PLAY FUNDS – AND CONTINUES TO SEND YOUR TAX DOLLARS TO PASADENA
It was reported this week that the contractors and builders of Big Construction have now put over $100,000 in Yolanda’s war chest. And, lest ye forget, these are the same contractors who line up in front of these very board incumbents to hold out their hands for fat, fat contracts.
It would be a little less worse if all that taxpayer bond money was staying in South County. But lots and lots and lots of that money gets sent to contractors in places which are not in the SWC district.
Design Acquisition Corporation is out of Fremont. Consulting & Inspection Services, LLC is from Valley Center. Seville Construction Services, Inc. – the “point” company in the whole corner-lot construction project – is from Pasadena.
Yes, Yolanda Salcido has managed to outsource both jobs and tax dollars – to folks who are helping pay for her huge “can I buy that seat?” campaign.
Yolanda’s election information is here.
RAJ CHOPRA STARTS FUNDRAISING FOR JORGE DOMINGUEZ
Following in the deep footsteps of his duplicitous underling, Nick Alioto, Raj Chopra decided to use his office to directly help raise funds for Jorge Dominguez. It’s clear to everyone that these two men will literally do anything to try to keep their jobs.
Peddling influence and face time to fundraisers is a time-tested method of doing so. It’s just a shame that these creeps wanted to look back so far to this unique form of “inspiration.”
Here's what appears to be an internal memo passed around that proves Chopra's involvement in active fundraising.
AND FOR THOSE WHO CARE ABOUT THINGS LIKE QUALITY AND HIGH STANDARDS, THE SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE SUN WINS… YES, MORE AWARDS
On October 22, SCEA President Andy MacNeill circulated this bombshell release:
For the sixth consecutive year Southwestern College’s student newspaper, The Sun, was named America’s best community college newspaper by the National Newspaper Association at is annual convention in Omaha, Nebraska. The Sun was ranked #2 in America for all university and college newspapers, finishing just behind the University of Utah. SWC was ranked #1 for all college and university newspapers last year and three out of the last five years by the NNA.
Student journalists from SWC followed up that announcement by winning 39 awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges conference in Fullerton, one shy of the conference record held by Southwestern. SWC won the top awards for both its print newspaper and on-line publication. Three days later the San Diego Press Club presented The Sun and 26 of its staff members a total of 67 awards at its annual Excellence in Journalism banquet at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. The Press Club awards – a record total – were presented in collegiate and professional categories.
Earlier this fall the Society of Professional Journalists presented eight national awards to Southwestern journalism students in Washington, D.C. and 21 regional commendations. The Sun was also named America’s top community college newspaper by the America Scholastic Press Association and received top honors from the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association, California College Media Association and the Associated Collegiate Press this year.
“The South Bay can be very proud of its students for representing this community and Southwestern College is such a positive way to America,” said Diana Inocencio, the editor-in-chief of the Sun. “I have never seen a harder-working, more devoted team of students. We are very proud to represent our hometowns of Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, Coronado, San Ysidro, Bonita and South San Diego across the United States.”
(Oddly enough, today La Prensa San Diego newspaper published the same story – the exact same story. And they claim to have written it, without an acknowledgement that it was either a press release or a piece written by someone else. Yet I – and many others – received that email one week ago.
Yes, that does mean that La Prensa San Diego has committed plagiarism. I wonder who they endorsed.)
Okay really, does anyone need more proof that the Southwestern College Sun is really the best community college newspaper in the United States – and one of the best on any campus?
But let’s not forget: this Governing Board stands foursquare against the Sun. So who should you trust – the students and staff of one of America’s great newspapers, or our lying, cheating, outsourcing, corrupt, for-hire incumbents?
Stand up for honesty, integrity, truthfulness, quality, intelligence, and character. Elect Norma Hernandez, Tim Nader, and Jesseca Saenz-Gonzalez on November 2nd.