Hayward School Board Meeting Ends Abruptly; Vote Of No-Confidence Broached

HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD SCANDAL | After just 20 minutes, the Hayward school board moved to adjourn the special meeting Wednesday evening after two members objected to the omission of recommendations offered last July 25 regarding changes to its bylaws laden with overtones relating to a secret romantic liaison among its members.

The requests made by school board members Luis Reynoso and William McGee asked for additions to the first reading of the bylaws offered during its last meeting in July referencing fallout from the growing scandal involving an alleged affair between members Jesus Armas and Maribel Heredia. Included in the request was possible language allowing the board to pursue a vote of no-confidence against its president and guidelines for dealing with interpersonal relationships among its members.

Before the board was able to move forward, McGee questioned why materials contained in the agenda packet were nearly identical to the previous version of the bylaws, Superintendent Dr. Donald Evans said more time was needed to pour over potential revisions to the over 20-year-old document.

“Do you have the notes that we gave at the last meeting?” McGee then asked. “Those were not included,” responded Evans. But Armas interjected, “We have a special meeting. We have a quorum. We’re going to proceed. I understand the limitation and the frustration you are expressing, but we’re going to go through these policies.”

Reynoso then interrupted and moved for the board to adjourn the meeting, later seconded by McGee. Afterwards, Armas said the board had not given staff any direction July 25 pertaining to the bylaws. “What you just stated is incorrect,” said McGee, who along with Reynoso threatened to leave the meeting. Reynoso later raised the possibility of agendizing a vote of no-confidence against Armas. “This is a dog and pony show,” added Reynoso. “Where are the notes?” The motion to adjourn passed with Armas voting no, however, it was not clear who–among board members Lisa Brunner and Heredia–cast the third vote.

Afterwards, Evans said the plan was to bring back the policies and discussed them “line-by-line,” while adding the questions contained in the notes required additional legal advice. However, Evans said there was no definitive board action given to staff last month regarding Reynoso and McGee’s request other than to bring back the reading of the bylaws for a meeting in the future. “I try to do what the board has acted on for me to do as a collective board.”

Reynoso said he believes Armas was attempting to sidestep questions dealing with the specifics of his alleged affair. “His goal is to avoid embarrassment as much as possible and what I brought up for direction last time would have put to light what on going on between these two board members.”

When McGee was asked his assessment of Wednesday’s brief meeting, he said, “I really don’t know what is going on here. I honestly don’t know.” McGee added he would be supportive of Reynoso’s threat of a vote of no-confidence against Armas. “I think it’s something the board needs to talk about because right now the district’s business is not being handled.”

For more, click here for the Hayward School Board Scandal page on EBCitizen.

Categories: affair, hayward school board, hayward school district, Lisa Brunner, Luis Reynoso, Maribel Heredia, William McGee

44 replies

  1. Damn! Who is this law firm protecting the district? It has to be part of the OJ Simpson Dream Team! I need to retain them for my district. Does anyone know? Tell me please.


  2. Ask Armas. He works for them, right?


  3. I heard Jesus and Maribel are going to get married, have bunches of kids and live happily ever after in a house made of gum drops and cotton candy.


  4. 50$ says Armas and Heredia will not complete the filing of papers for re-election. If I win please donate it to the campaign of Luis Renoso.


  5. Thank you Mr. Tavares for keeping the heat on Armas. Please, if one or both of them do not run for re-election, do not give up investigating to uncover all that Armas and Heredia have done to compromise HUSD.


  6. As of tonight, of the seven who have pulled paper, only Annette Walker and Wandra Williams have qualified for the ballot. Deadline is Friday.


  7. Dwight Schrute
    Question: I wonder what the kids would look like if Jesus Armas and Maribel Heredia decided to procreate?

    Answer: My experiences from working at the Geneva gene research lab tells me that the childrens' appearance as a product of combining the gene pools of Maribel Heredia and Jesus Armas would resemble a pack of rejected miniature Oompa-Loompas from Charlie's chocolate factory.


  8. Evans is a joke, no balls!


  9. Measure I Schools Upcoming Dedication Ceremonies
    Fairview Elementary School – September 8, 2012

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  10. Monica Ruiz
    I just posted that message for the dedication of schools here on ebcitizen and on hayword.

    Yes ok I agree with all of you Maribel Heredia and Jesus Armas need to resign think of the embarrasment to there familys and all the wrong doing they keep doing in the votes of the school board.


  11. Is this Michael Moore?


  12. Voters in HUSD: You get who you vote for. Pay attention to who is running. Actively support those you believe are the best candidates and STRONGLY encourage those who have good character, integrity and courage to stand up for the children to run so there are better choices. Changes in a democracy require the voters to be active and not passive. We may need to draft future candidates who feel the system is rigged and won't even try to run to ensure we have the best Board for the students.

    It's time to stop the apathy!


  13. “Chuey” Armpits!


  14. In the past, board members would discuss language and then staff would make the appropriate changes/additions . In this case, I was at the July BOE meeting and clearly heard Reynoso and McGee make recommendations to the board bylaws. Mr. Tavares, please keep the heat on HUSD. There have been too many unanswered questions from the community. There is a systemic illness in Hayward politics. Please help us make improvements for the children and students of our community. Thank you.


  15. Lisa Brunner was off line with her questions she was asking at the special board meeting. I was looking at her face while she was trying to figure out what was going on. I don't thinkbshe ever got it. she accuemsed renoso and mcgee of not reading their Friday agenda or something. doesn't brunner know heredia is the only one that doesn't read the agenda. I got it, why couldn't she get it? The meeting was a waste of time.


  16. The Daily Review (of lies) Finally published a piece on the Hayward Board chaos. True to Hayward's history of coruption the article put heredia armas and brunner in a positive light and made reynoso and mcgee the villains. Way to go daily rag! Continue to help crooked politicians rob the students of Hayward


  17. I just read the Daily Review article written by Rebecca Parr, posted online. OMG; Ms Parr, who has been assigned to the education beat has been on the job for less than 2 months seems to think she knows all that has been happening in HUSD since Armas was appointed.

    What a “crock of ….”. We now know who has the power at this paper…Armas and his suck up buddies. Talk about a slanted piece of reporting. I called her and suggested that she speak to people who have been following the district since Armas was appointed and get the real story.

    Jesus Armas's quotes are self serving and so are Heredia's. They are shameful slugs.


  18. Let me get this straight the daily review has been silent through all of this and the one board meeting not televised is the one the daily review reports on and Jesus is quoted in the article berating reynoso? How stupid does Jesus think the citizens of Hayward are? Where are the labor unions?


  19. lost all respect for the daily review. they should be ashamed of themselves.




  21. that is good news. no we should really be able to focus on the kids!!!


  22. Sounds like Armas and Heredia missed the filing deadline. Did Reynoso make it?


  23. The daily rag is true to form now I remember why I cancelled my superscription 2 years ago.

    Good Job Tavares this is the place to go to get the truth.

    Good riddens Armas and Heredia.


  24. Reynoso made it, I believe. I am looking forward to seeing him continue his work. Great day for Hayward students. Btw, does anyone if there really is a recall petition for Brunner. Would love to sign it.


  25. My post goes here too.

    According to eastbay citizen tweets Tavares asks:

    Which excuse will Armas use for not seeking re-election? (A) spend more time with his family. (B) health reasons. (C) joining seminary.

    How about (D)Reynoso kicked his ass.

    Hell of funny in the daily review article Armas is crying for his mommy to help him because Reynoso is relentless and determined on stopping corruption at the school board.

    Finally the crook Armas is getting his. I need to send him reports of the crap Jesus Armas and his developer buddies have been doing to ripoff this community.

    Hooray! I saw in today's candidate website that Reynoso is running. About time we get a damn good politician that is not afraid even of the daily rag. Go get them Reynoso. You need to update your website so we can pay-pal you.

    btw 10:46 I agree, I dump that daily rag years ago. You might want to try the Ny times they are ok and just get the local politics from the ebcitizen.


  26. Please post a link to the candidates page.


  27. Reports for General election – 11/06/2012
    Candidate Filed Log



  28. Heridia and Aarmas remind me of Edwards and his bimbo, and Bill & Monica! Happy to see them go. Hayward school board needs a change so that Will and Luis can continue to fight for the children.


  29. It is difficult to put into words the sense of relief that I am experiencing now that Mr. Armas will not seek election, now would be an excellent time for him to remove himself from the board. Give whatever excuse you need to help you sleep at night sir, but get out of the way. (Based on my experience of Mr. Armas, I don't think he is losing much sleep though. A-holes like him seem to land on their feet).


  30. I'm working on stories today about the races and what they mean, including the Hayward school board.

    Thanks for the shout out. I would read the NY Times for national and world, San Francisco Chronicle for the Bay Area and the EBCitizen for politics. Throw in TMZ for entertainment and I think you have just created a damn fine newspaper for yourself.


  31. I understand there was an investigation that was done by the California Department of Education on Hayward Unified's misappropriation of district money. Does anyone know how to get a hold of the public report?


  32. just found out that heather reyes candidate for school board was greg jones treasurer for his campaign. shucks!


  33. 9:40, Damn..ubiquitous corruption. No clean new candidates. Maybe john Taylor??


  34. wow! I had hoped to find a spirited and civilized discussion regarding the shannigins of the school board. Instead I find a bunch of mud slinging and name calling. It's a disgrace to the citizens and students of Hayward. Evidently the system has been fractured for a long time and it appears the majority of the people responding on this blog must be a product of this education (or lack there of). Seems everyone wants to throw crap but don't want to address the true issue, THIS IS A POWER PLAY and Mr. Reynoso and Mr. Mcgee are tired of being on the short end of a 3-2 vote.
    Mr. Reynoso wants to be the big fish in the pond and will stoop to any level to acheive that goal. He has his own agenda. He may be have some good ideas but his methods have alot to be desired There is a reason why he was froced to resign (or be fired) and now wants control of the school board. Review the qualifications and goals of all the people seeking positions on the board, and when you vote in November, elect the ones who will take this district forward.


  35. HUSD Board of Education Meeting
    Wednesday, August 22, 2012
    Open Session 6:30pm
    Meeting at Hayward City Hall
    777 B Street
    Hayward 94541
    Council Chamber Room – 2nd Floor

    It's not enough to write in these blogs. We must take a stand and attend school board meetings. It's not necessary to speak. Your presence will speak for itself. Be there or be square!


  36. Go Dr. Reynoso we are behind you and Mr. McGee now maybe we can get rid of all corruption at HUSD


  37. HUSD has long been a culture of CORRUPTION, from the corrupt, incompetent school board (currently Armas, Heredia, and Brunner). . .

    . . . to the corrupt (previous Duran-Becnel-Armas (wife) regime), incompetent (current Superintendent) Administration . . .

    . . . to the corrupt, powerful HEA, which goes out of its way to keep incompetent/useless teachers employed while allowing newer, competent, energized teachers to be let out the door due to outmoded seniority rules.

    The District's low test scores, shoddy education, and dismal school site faciities are the collective result of this long-standing culture of corruption in HUSD.

    Reynoso and McGee are trying to shine the light on this corruption, and yet get mocked by posters in this forum.

    Our children deserve better than we are currently giving them.

    We need a sea change here, a disinfection!!

    Out with the ingrained purveyors of this culture of corruption, esp. Armas, Heredia, and Brunner.

    They should all resign immediately, and if Brunner doesn't, then I hope that she is successfully recalled.


  38. 10:00pm well put and very eloquent, I agree.


  39. Okay, Folks. Here’s the latest regarding tomorrow night’s HUSD Board of Education meeting. The audio system is, miraculously, not working properly at City Hall so the board meeting may not be televised. How convenient! This does not happen when the Hayward City Council has their meetings, but it does for HUSD board meetings? This is too convenient for me to accept without question. Is it possible that once again Armas is using his connections at City Hall to hide the Vote of No-Confidence discussion from the rest of us? I think we will all need to attend the meeting tomorrow night to hear the discussion for ourselves. I’m going! What about you?


  40. Friends,

    The following petition has been created: Hayward Unified School District Trustee, Maribel Heredia: Immediate Resignation of Maribel Heredia, HUSD Board Member, because I care deeply about this very important issue.

    We are trying to collect 250 signatures, and we could really use your help.

    To read more about what we're trying to do and to sign our petition, click here:

    It'll just take a minute!

    Once you're done, please ask your friends to sign the petition as well. Grassroots movements succeed because people like you are willing to spread the word!

    Concerned Parents of Hayward Schools


  41. Greetings,

    I just signed the following petition addressed to: Hayward Unified School District Trustee, Maribel Heredia.

    Immediate Resignation of Maribel Heredia, HUSD Board Member

    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 is widely thought to have started over a year ago) with fellow board member, Jesus Armas to the community at large. In 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.



    Parent ***


  42. 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.


  43. Chuey Armpits Armas needs to leave Hayward forever. Take Mari Hardon Heredia with you.


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