Text Messages Reveal Another Illicit Romance Among Public Officials In Hayward

HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD | Two current members of the Hayward School Board are participating in an inappropriate relationship, according to text messages obtained by The Citizen. In addition, numerous sources, including the disgruntled ex-fiance who confronted one of the alleged participants last January, say School board members Jesus Armas and Maribel Heredia have been an item for, at least, one year, without revealing their relationship to fellow board members and school adminstrators.

Whether improper or not, Armas is married with two adult children, the secret relationship could run afoul of state sunshine laws and give critics of the city’s downtrodden school district additional fodder to seek change in its leadership. The district, ranked one of the worst in California, has laid in the shadow of a potential takeover by the state for several years due to overspending and general mismanagement. Armas did not responded to an email sent Tuesday. However, Heredia denied the affair and said no violation of the Brown Act have occured.

“Given the amount of mis-information out there and the personal attacks founded by absurd and vindictive people without values or ideals, I hesitate to comment at all,” wrote Heredia on Wednesday afternoon. “I, fortunately, have many trusted and valued friends. Some of which are valued and trusted members of our educational community, the extent of those friendships are not known to anyone. Anything else is supposition and rumor, designed to remove the focus from our success and work for the educational needs of our students and families.

“I am familiar with the Brown Act and those who understand the law, know there is no possibility of any violation ever occurring on my account. And
those who know me, know there is never an occasion to question trust in my character.”

Rumors of the illicit love affair had been heard around Hayward’s chatty community of politicos and business owners going back to late last year. Two sources, who asked that their names not be used because of their ties to the school district, said the couple’s arrival last June 5 at an election party for the passage of the city’s school parcel tax confirmed for them the two were having an affair. “If you didn’t know anything about them, you would surely guess they were together,” said the contact, who also noticed Armas carrying Heredia’s handbag upon arriving at the event.

Text messages from between June 13 to June 26 from Armas to Heredia also shed light on an love affair progressing more further along than playful flirting among consenting adults and describe numerous meetings during the short period of time. “So, what did you buy?” asked Armas in a text on June 16. “Crotchless panties,” said Heredia.

In another, Heredia describes having a headache and doubts she will attend the school board meeting that evening. “We have a lot on agenda. ¾ principals, budget, SPSA, music, ELD/ALD waivers and more. Will u b able attend? Maybe u can go home and rest beforehand,” texted Armas. “Can’t rest,” replied Heredia. “head feels better when you are holding me.” A minute later Armas offers, “How about after mtng.”

A day earlier on June 19, Heredia seems to reveal the deepening relationship, in her mind, between her and Armas when she complains he abruptly changed plans between them in order to attend an A’s game. “Don’t know why you are telling me at the last minute about the change in plans. I am upset,” Heredia texted. Apparently unaware of the reference, Armas says, “It’s not rushed. Let’s have lunch.”

“Not talking about lunch Jesus,” she replies in two messages. “I thought you were coming over tonight. You changed plans at the last minute or you had planned to go to game, and did not think about letting me know. very thoughtless of you.”

Joe Aldana, Heredia’s ex (the two were together 18 years, but never married and have two children together), says he confronted Armas about the affair in late January after reading other text messages and being aware of numerous phone calls between the two. A school board-sanctioned trip to Sacramento for an education conference attended by both Armas and Heredia fueled Aldana’s suspicions the two were having an affair. Armas never admitted the affair, recalls Aldana, but remained cagey during the questioning and attempted to console Aldana about his personal problems with Heredia and its effects on their children. However, Armas mentioned his wife had begun worrying about gossip in the community over numerous public appearances between himself and Heredia, said Aldana, who is seeking joint custody with Heredia of their two children, 16 and 10-years-old.

Apparently, being a member of elected office in Hayward is becoming a more successful route to romance than joining Match.com. As reported in The Citizen last month, Armas’ successor in the city manager’s office, Greg Jones, also entered into a secret relationship with then-Councilwoman Anna May. The Council and city attorney, in that case, pressed the two to reveal their budding romance, but neither would do so. The situation ultimately led to the council holding closed session meetings without May and, according to sources aware of the council’s thought process; they were setting the path to fire Jones. He eventually resigned in March 2010, but returned this month to the council after winning election last June. In the Jones/May affair there is one major difference: May was technically Jones’s boss. The council hires the city manager. In the case of Armas/Heredia, both are equals on the school board, however, there is reason to worry both discussed agenda items together and with other members of the board. Member-to-member discussion is permitted under the Brown Act, as long as the group does not exceed a majority of the board. Hayward’s school board consists of five members. The Citizen also obtained a transcript of deposition where Heredia described not reading agenda packets beforehand and admits to relying on another board member to explain some business-related items to her. (Details of the transcript will be reported in The Citizen in coming days.)

Outside the salaciousness of the situation involving Armas and Heredia, their secret romance presents the school district and city with a list of potential pitfalls surely heightened by the volatility nature of extramarital interpersonal relationships. For instance, earlier this month in Southern California, a male city councilman in San Fernando was forced to resign and admit his extramarital affair in public with another member of the council, coincidentally, also named Maribel. Both council members had recently gained temporary restraining orders against each other stating they must stay at least 100 feet from each other. The forced arrangement obviously made sitting together on the chamber’s dais impossible and .

In Hayward, it is widely accepted that Armas is the city’s most well-known insider and fixer. His expertise on a bevy of governmental issues is highly sought after not only in Hayward, but in surrounding cities. In 2009, Armas even consulted for Sutter Health in gaining approval from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to pass the hospital provider’s environmental impact review to begin rebuilding Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. If there is a person who knows how to get things done and, more importantly, how not to, it is Armas, according to numerous contacts in Hayward. After serving as city manager earlier this decade, he was appointed to the school board in 2010 and won re-election later that year. Armas recently pulled papers to again run for re-election this November.

Heredia is far less known. She won election to the school board in 2008 on the heels of opposition to the No Child Left Behind Act and participated in a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education that was critical of a section in the law defining unlicensed teachers as highly qualified. It is believed, through sources, she too will run for re-election this fall.

UPDATE-7/25/12, 3:40 p.m.: A statement from Heredia was included in this article.

Categories: affair, Anna May, Greg Jones, Hayward, hayward school board, Jesus Armas, Maribel Heredia

239 replies

  1. By the way this is not the first Armas has behaved inappropriately. he has had many affairs over the years. while he was working with the city of hayward as city manager and other times as well this is his track record and history. i feel sorry for his wife and kids – for the embarrassment he has brought upon them again.
    Jesus Armpits needs to resign


  2. When are both going to resign?


  3. Assistant Principal at HUSD,

    In any school district to get rid of corruption that in itself is polarizing.

    On one side you have nothing but corruption and on the other you have people working towards improving and making things better because of transparency and integrity.

    The fight for good is very polarizing since evil will be identified and eliminated.

    Dr. Reynoso and Mr. McGee please continue to be polarizing towards getting rid of corruption. Any more polarizing candidates coming up that want to get rid of evil will get my vote.

    To embrace evil is not good but to identify good and bad people is what polarizing requires. We need to get rid of nasty people like Jesus Armas, Maribel Heredia, and Lisa Brunner.

    I never realized how much of an ass and racist Lisa Bruner can be and how corrupt she is.

    Lisa has shown her true colors and besides being a racist, low intelligence, she has sided with Jesus Armas now. Yuk. Bad show Lisa. I saw you on Chanel 15 and am very dismayed.

    Recall time baby is right! Let us all polarize ourselves towards a district clean-up by recalling Lisa Brunner, making sure Jesus Armas and Maribel Heredia resign, and by electing candidates that want to polarize corruption.


  4. Please in expressing outrage, please do NOT forget to sign the petition demanding Heredia resign. The petition includes information about her relationship with Jesus and failure to perform due diligence as a board member Here is the link and full text is below:


    It is the responsibility and privilege of Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) Board of Trustees to promote the education of Hayward's children to the highest standard possible. We are demanding Maribel Heredia resign immediately due to her dereliction of duty and unbecoming behavior for an elected official.

    Maribel Heredia has failed to fulfill her duties in a manner that is transparent, forthright, and shows goodwill to students, parents, teachers, classified staff and administrators.

    Ms. Heredia has an ongoing problem with her commitment to attend meetings; she is frequently tardy and leaves early.

    According to a story published in ebcitizen.com on July 26, 2012, Ms. Heredia admitted under oath that she does not read board materials, but depends on the judgment of another, unnamed HUSD currently elected board member to make decisions on how to vote. This is collusion and creates a myriad of possible conflicts of interest.

    Ms. Heredia, is a subject of an ebcitizen.com article, published July 25, 2012, that exposed a scandalous illicit affair with fellow HUSD board member, Jesus Armas. Both have families. This behavior demonstrates poor ethical judgment.

    We believe that Ms. Heredia was obligated to disclose her new relationship (that may have started over a year ago) with fellow board member, Jesus Armas to the community at large. Since that time, Ms. Heredia has voted on hundreds of agenda items that greatly affect and influence the quality of education in our community and working conditions of HUSD employees.

    The community believes that Ms. Heredia has failed in her duties as an elected Trustee for HUSD. Therefore, we demand her immediate resignation.


  5. You need at least 3 votes for board to start an investigation of any kind. Remember Lisa Brunner does snot want to investigate and is supporting the sexual indiscretions of Jesus Armas and Maribel Heredia. WE need to recall Lisa Brunner.

    I am sure that Dr. Reynoso in the past has complained to the grandjury because I attended one of his workshops 2 years ago where he was teaching people on how to complain to the grandjury.

    I am certain that people are saying here we are on our own. WE have too many very spineless politicians in Hayward city council to not help us to get rid of corruption in school board.

    Dr. Reynoso and Mr. McGee are on their own.


  6. where does lisa dummer get off telling us to learn about labor day and what it really means and not just have it for a day for family and bbq? seriously? the dumbest person in hayward telling us what to do? hey lisa dummer. how about you go learn what college is about and how to get a college degree? then come back and tell me how to spend the holiday with my family and little ones! take katherine benson with you! and while youre at it. take heredia and armas too. maybe you all can start a new school district. complete ignorance.

    i will be at the next meeting protresting brunner. resign armas. and now i find out heredia was on vacation. what gives? armas wrap your hamburger up and get her off the board!


  7. Cat is out of the bag now Maribel Heredia. What excuse are you going to come up with now that we know you did not have a family emergency, but a hooky or hooker emergency. You are bad for HUSD. I hope your boyfriend Armas buys you a life because he ruined this one for you. Get out of here. Do not even come to anymore board meetings. Do one thing good for the community, although you never listened to us before, listen to us now, RESIGN, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY! Take your cheating snake of a boyfriend who is married with kids with you. And take the idiotic Brunner with you.


  8. GO away Jesus Armas and Maribel Heredia. It is time to call it quits and think of your families.

    Your secret sexual relationship activities while on the school board sicken all of the community. How many times did both of you contaminate the vote?

    Both of you HUSD board trustees have betrayed your spouses and your kids and the students, parents, teachers, and staff of HUSD, GO FAR FAR FAR AWAY and take LISA BRUNNER with you


  9. People at the next HUSD Board meeting need to parade up to the podium and keep demanding Heredia's resignation and a full explanation from Dr Evans on whether he was covering fior Heredia or just passing on her reason and if the latter, ask what they will be doing about her lying. Bring the heat!


  10. People at the next HUSD Board meeting need to parade up to the podium and keep demanding Heredia's resignation and a full explanation from Dr Evans on whether he was covering fior Heredia or just passing on her reason and if the latter, ask what they will be doing about her lying. Bring the heat!


  11. Now that it is clear Heredia was not absent due to a “medical emergency”, Dr. Evans needs to be accountable for his remark at the end of the meeting saying that was the reason behind her absence. If Heredia was a student in the District, she would be a truant given all her absences and tardiness. At which point, what does the District do but suspend and/or expel that student. Why? Usually not because of academics but economics since each student costs a certain amount of money the District doesn't receive because they weren't present. Well, Heredia definitely costs the District money every time she isn't present!


  12. That Jesus Armas has no shame for himself or his family that means that his wife must be just as sleazy too for allowing him to behave that way all those years with all the hos.

    Armas showed up at the million father event and I wish he had not. He tainted that whole even at my school. All the teachers talked about was Armas as soon as he left.


  13. Maribel Heredia and Jesus Armas a cockroach couple made in hell. The two sleaze bags that betrayed the public trust. They still keep on voting and the Hayward leadership see no problem with that??


  14. The ever famous Latina Bully, Maribel Heredia, showed her ugly face at Faith Ringgold today. She decided that she had the right to tell the staff how to teach, how to manage their classrooms, how to be educators. Now if you read the BOE Code of Conduct, she was in direct violation. Individual board members are banned from appearing at a school site and doing a critique of and to the staff.

    Guess ahe just doesn't believe rules apply to her. Too bad the staff is so terrified of retalliation, they allowed her to do her bully job on them. HOW MANY OF YOU OUT THERE IN HUSD EVEN CARE THAT THIS IDIOT HAS BEGUN HER CAMPAIGN OF FEAR AGAIN?


  15. Maribel Hardon you have no shame for your family. Please stay away from ALL the schools and just stick to having sex with your cockroach buddy Jesus Armpits.
    A love story made in a toilett.
    Jesus Armas loves Maribel Heredia. Both of you leave our schools.


  16. Is that her son's school? Someone tell her what you are supposed to do to be a good mother. Last time I checked it didn't include having an illicit affair and bringing shame to your child. Maribel Heredia, you keep telling yourself that you haven't done anything wrong, because you are the only crazy to believe it.
    Jesus used her and she used him to try to get more control on the board, she got power hungry. Heredia- all you'll end up with in the end is your sad lonely self, your crotchless panties and STD's!!!


  17. We must have Jesus Armas and Maribel Heredia get tested for any signs of STDs before then cast any vote son the school board. These two cannot be allowed to have access to kids at any school. The no-shame love couple made is a urinal. What kind of parent example and spouse example are these two giving the community.


  18. Let me get this straight. Armas, Brunner, And Heredia get to vote to expell students? The three that are in collusion and buddies withs the most corrupt principals and Chien WU-Fernandez? People wonder why kids are disgruntled? Adults lying against and cheating on students. Latinos and Blacks don't stand a chance! Disgusting!


  19. The sleaze couple has been spotted in romantic walks at Fairview elementary.
    Maribel Heredia and Jesus Armas were walking TOGETHER through Fairview elementary room by room. Their physical distance to each other was very telling. I just don't know why they don't just announce to the district that they are in love. All the parents and teachers were talking of how weird that these two sleazy people show up to a school dedication. Thank you Lisa Brunner for not supporting the investigation. I hope you are recalled soon Lisa Brunner. I say recall Jesus Armas, Maribel Heredia, and Lisa Brunner.


  20. Someone should post information about this sleazy couple on Spanish language tv, scandalous stuff! The hispanic community that elected them should know what kind of trash is making decisions for their children and walking among the Hayward school hallways.


  21. Armas, Heredia, and Brunner, remember those names and be relentless in keeping this news alive until they go away, just because people don't sign the petition asking for you to resign doesn't mean we don't forget. Heredia, you are a crook to take money from the board and Hayward children without deserving it!


  22. To Aug 4, 8:48,

    The downtown beautification and murals project was actually Zermeno's idea that Jones took credit for.

    The gang injunction idea was Henson's that Jones kidnapped.

    Political plagarism. Boo!


  23. Although he definitely should get custody, the courts aren't always fair. Hopefully, Heredia will dig herself into her own hole and jump in. If Arms is used to having affairs, he won't keep her for very long because she's not okay and then she'll realize that she left what she had and hurt her children for a stupid fling.


  24. If it is true that Heredia did not even visit, but then disrespected the dead by lying about it, she should be kicked off the board NOW. She gave a sob story last night that was beyond an awarding winning performance. I agree, she should not have custody of her children. She is teaching them by example. Missing the first days of school, telling tales about why you are gone, accepting payment for not doing a job. The list could go on. Wow, what a piece of work.


  25. I want everyone to know that My beloved grandmother died and was burried last week in Glendora, California. She was very much respected, a gentle, honest and dignified woman who would have been 98 years old at the end of this month. Maribel Heredia did not go visit, talk, or offer any support directly or indirectly to my grandmother or family. We are still grieving, if it is in fact what she said at last night's board meeting, then it is a complete lie and I want everyone to know. It goes to show how dishonest she is. I feel that it is completely sick and disgusting that a human being would take advantage of someone's loss for her own gain. Shame on her! A.Garrido, Newark California


  26. In case people are not familiar where Glendora, California is and where San Diego California is.
    They are 130 miles apart!!

    So this woman Maribel Heredia is very mentally sick and kept her children from school for a week from school just to cover her lie of going to the kids great-grandmother funeral. Someone at the HUSD need to check if the GCR attorneys did not pay for her trip in San Diego. Did Jesus Armas go there too did he pay for any of it. Is Jesus Armas paying for her apartment behind safeway. Where is Lisa Bruner in all this why is she protecting them.

    Lisa Bruner, Jesus Armas, Marible Heredia need to be kicked out.


  27. It just goes to show that some people will step on whomever or say whatever to get what they need and one of those people is Mari Heredia
    all credibility is lost


  28. Chuey Armpits take you chonchiless Mari Hardon and get lost.
    Marinel Heredia is an embarrassment to her family and so is Jesus Armas. Those two sick sexual weirdos need to go away from our kids and take Lisa Bruner with you.


  29. “A Moreau Catholic High School education facilitates the formation of qualities such as integrity, justice, stewardship, love, compassion, and hope. We educate students to become people of values as well as scholars.
    As a community of faith, we believe a Holy Cross education is centered in Christian values and adheres to high standards and expectations for individual achievement and social responsibility.Moreau Catholic is part of a 160 year legacy of Catholic education, tradition and values. The board of trustees is charged with the responsibility to assure that the school is governed and administered within the heritage and expectations of Holy Cross educational standards.”

    STILL A MEMBER OF Board of Trustees:
    Mr. Jesus Armas


  30. Maribel Heredia: “And
    those who know me, know there is never an occasion to question trust in my character.”

    This is a bunch of B S. I know her character, you need to question everything! She is now a mistress, how can you live with that and sit on the board and live with that?


  31. I think every town has stupid people like Armas+Heredia+Lisa. But in most places you would find that once the scandal is discovered or uncovered, the powers above put pressure for resignations to restore the town's credibility. However, in Hayward, you have this perfect storm of immigrants, corrupt politicians filling their pockets with the money coming in to help those in need, and then the poor working working class who are stuck.

    Amazing that nothing has been done by the higher ups on this issue. I have no respect for anyone who has power in Hayward, for the Hayward superintendant and now even Alameda officials for letting this slip by. Those people that Maribel Hardadia mention early on that supported her cause, where are you? Would you stand beside her now, knowing that she is a mistress and couldn't keep her legs closed to finish the business at hand? And for her to have the audacity to come before the community she represents and blatantly lie about where she was when her children were not in school? Hold your head up high Maribel, doesn't matter that you know what your thinking everytime you sit down behind that placard that says BOARD OF TRUSTEES. You too Senor Armas, or should we now call you captain “underpants”, cause you couldn't keep them on!

    We shouldn't have to wait until their term is over, they have disgraced this community and their families, we need them to resign NOW! Please keep the pressure on and even after they are replaced, share the information so that they can see that our Hayward community has power too.


  32. As an out of town visitor (also in education) it is a SAD day when two grown adults (Armas and Heredia) whose job it is to work for public education, have nothing better to do with their time (or their families for that matter) than to drop their pants and get it on. Isn't there something else you are getting paid to do? I don't know, maybe make policies and changes so that our future voters will make better choices than to elect you two sickos into public office. Just a thought…. Next time, don't mix business and pleasure, at the expense of the students in Hayward. Jesus Armas and MAribel Heredia where ever you do business I will not go there or shop there. The trust of scum.


  33. Out of town visitor is correct. I don't want u to leave, but when you do please take brunner heredia armas and all the new candidates with you.

    brunner is outright stupid and just plain dumb. heredia doesn't read her packets or contribute to conversations. her deposition proved that. armas is just repulsive and wants to be in control. he is dumb like lisa.

    you have stupid people like this in your town visitor?


  34. Armas & Heredia get of town. I never want to see your faces again. You don't deserve to live in Hayward. You have both proven to be the biggest loosers and embarrassment to the citizens of Hayward. You should never never be allowed around children and youth. Good bye. Good riddens.


  35. Chuy Jesus Armas and Mari Heredia the most disgusting love couple in Hayward. I wonder what their families and kids think about them. An ugly looking stupid ms piggy with an ugly looking stupid grose mr midget rat.
    Your family here posting anonymously freak sick people that you are.


  36. I've read this story a few times yet am not moved by all their information aired. Its unfortunate when people use their company equipment to conduct extracurricular activities especially on company money…trust I know.


  37. I've read this story a few times yet am not moved by all their information aired. Its unfortunate when people use their company equipment to conduct extracurricular activities especially on company money…trust I know.


  38. chonchiless Mari Hardon and get lost



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