Linda Ruiz-Lozito [lozito@sbcglobal.net] 
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Re: “Identical Dems in Assembly Race

Tony Thurmond sat on the West Contra Costa Unified School "WCCUSD" Board for 4 years, from Dec. 2008- Dec. 2012. Consistently one of the lowest academically performing school districts in California for students of color & low income students.*
WCCUSD has the highest per student construction bond indebtedness. Currently the WCCUSD is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC" and has been subpoenaed for documents going back to 2009 regarding the construction bond program.** After his campaign for school board Mr. Thurmond took contributions from vendors doing business with the WCCUSD including $2,500 from the Seville Group Inc. "SGI" - the bond management company. ***

2012: 148 of 148 -school districts for Students of color & low income
2011: 145 of 147 -school districts for Students of color & low income
2010: 145 of 146 -school districts for Students of color & low income
* http://reportcards.edtrustwest.org/
(EdTrust West pulled data from California Department of Education http://cde.ca.gov/)

Additionally there are schools in WCCUSD that have been in Program Improvement "PI" (AKA: Focus schools) for many years. Kennedy HS for about 14 years and Nystrom Elementary since 1998. Nystrom Elementary School in Richmond (100% socioeconomically disadvantaged): https://www.aclusocal.org/wp-content/uploa…

**http://www.contracostatimes.com/richmond/c…
http://www.contracostatimes.com/richmond/c…
http://contracostatimes.com/richmond/ci_25…

***Contra Costa Campaign Docs: http://64.166.146.18/CFD_Web_Images/2009%5…
SGI President Rene Flores made a plea deal in the South County San Diego corruption case for their dealings in the Sweetwater UHSD:
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/apr/26…

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Posted by Linda Ruiz-Lozito on 10/04/2014 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Shiny Buildings, Shady Dealings

It seems there are some strange accusations being throw about. I can only speak for myself, however I am not or have I ever been a member of a "Gang". If it is fun, then I'm in! We can call it "THE CHANGE GANG". I'm flattered that someone might think I wrote Ellen Cushing's excellent "Shiny Buildings, Shady Dealings" article. Love the title. She has marvelous writing and research skills. However, I did not write this, nor was I told what the article said, nor do I work for the East Bay Express. (Isn't "East Bay" is Pig-Latin for "Beast"!?!)

My goals are basically pretty simple (perhaps a bit idealistic):
I want school board members (elected officials) that put the students needs ahead of their own self-interests.

Of course I want safe schools for all students. In 2007 I collected an abundance of structural documentation and was alarmed that some of the most collapsible schools identified in the 1990s were NOT the first fixed with the Bond program. I wrote letters to the WCCUSD and School Board with no avail. Then I filed two Williams Complaints for 3-story concrete non-ductile collapsible schools with the help of the ACLU. I put pressure on the WCCUSD School Board because I wanted safe facilities for the students and staff in these deathtraps -- it's a "mom" thing.

Don Gosney President, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 342*
Friends Of Studdiford for School Board 2008, Endorsements: http://robertstuddiford.org/index.php/News…
(Mr. Studdiford is the current Chair of the CBOC, Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee)

Campaign Contributions for WCCUSD School Board by Local 342:
• Charles Ramsey 2010 -- U.A. Local 342 P.A.C. Fund -- $2,500
• Charles Ramsey 2006 -- Don Gosney (Steamfitters Local 342) -- Richmond, CA -- $250
• Madeline Kronenberg 2010 -- U.A. Local 342 P.A.C. Fund -- $2,500
• Madeline Kronenberg 2006 -- Don Gosney (Steamfitters Local 342) -- Richmond, CA -- $250
• Karen Pfeifer 2008 -- U.A. Local 342 P.A.C. Fund -- $2,500
• Karen Pfeifer 2004 -- U.A. Local 342 PAC Fund -- $750
• George Harris 2004 -- UA Local 342 PAC Fund, Concord, CA -- $750

Posted by Linda Ruiz-Lozito on 06/27/2011 at 10:59 PM

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