Armas, Heredia Will Not Seek Re-Election

ELECTION ’12//HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD | The central figures in the tawdry affair erupting at the Hayward school board over the past two weeks, will not seek re-election in the fall.

The 5 p.m. deadline for candidates to complete filing for the Nov. 6 ballot came and went Friday without paper work from either Jesus Armas or Maribel Heredia. An alleged affair between the two school board members featuring salacious text messages has been the talk of the school district since the revelation was reported July 25 in The Citizen.

Since both incumbents failed to meet the requirement, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters has extended the deadline to Wednesday, Aug. 15, but not for Armas or Heredia.

Maribel Heredia, Jesus Armas

School board member Luis Reynoso, however, will appear on the ballot as one of six candidates vying for three open seats. Elections in Hayward are at-large contests with the top three vote-getters joining the five-member board at years end.

Other candidates to qualify for the ballot include former city council candidate Sara Lamnin, Heather Reyes, John Taylor, Annette Walker and Wandra Williams.

The decisions by Armas and Heredia not to seek re-election may allow the often polarized board a chance to regroup in the next year. Armas, a former Hayward city manager and school board member since his appointment in 2010, had pulled papers for his seat late last month, but failed to complete the filing. Heredia, a board member since 2008, was believed to be eyeing re-election before reports of an improper relationship between her and Armas, the board’s president, were published last month. Heredia, in fact, never pulled papers with the registrar’s office.

During last Wednesday’s shortened special meeting, Armas gave no sign he would be opting out of re-election. However, there were rumors throughout the day suggesting Heredia was poised to resign from the board. That did not happen, although the rumors were heightened when she arrived 15 minutes for the ultimately truncated 20-minute special meeting abruptly adjourned by members William McGee and Reynoso. Both objected to recommendations given to staff July 25 being omitted from the agenda packet during the past hearing. The notes made specific references to the Armas/Heredia affair.

Categories: affair, county registrar, Dennis Hayward, hayward school board, Jesus Armas, Luis Reynoso, Maribel Heredia, Sara Lamnin, William McGee

67 replies

  1. WOW!! the coward twit in 6:36..
    Yep always plenty of cowards around. That twit sounds like the one coming from a failed blog I know that one.

    I say Reynoso and McGee keep using what ever you need to do cause the corruption is too much and is the only way to be sure we know what is going on. Talk out of turn, cry from a tree, interrupt, yell ,scream, interrupt, whisper, sign language, just do not be quite cause we need to know to get the corruption out of our schools.

    We look up to your courage and don't pay attention to coward twits like 6:36.


  2. So I'm a coward and a twit because I don't agree with the way this soap opera is being played out. What a bunch of baffoons. Who writes your material, your elementary child? No wait, you must also have a HUSD education. Why don't you take your high school diploma and 2nd grade education and just go away. Come back when you folks have something significant to add to the conversation instead of just blabbing about corruption and “what you heard” . It's better to stay silent and have people think your stupid than opening your mouth and proving them right.
    Bring something to the table!!


  3. Hey 7:05 I am not a baffoon. Chill the only calling people names at the personal level is you. These people, me included think that Jesus Armas and Maribel Heredia are corrupt.

    If you need convincing then you need to go back to the failed blog from the daily rag. Many people here have done plenty of research before you came along. If you disagree just show up at board meetings and support them.

    No one is making fun of your style of writing or your education like you are.

    A bit m. moorish…yes..I know..more than what you think I
    Have you done any volunteer work hor HUSD or spoken at HUSD meetings…lol

    How are the signs coming comrades? My sign for the meeting will read in humor impeach Armas and Heredia.


  4. 6:36 and 7:05:

    Rather than attack those that post on this forum, contribute to the discussion by bringing some facts regarding the divisiveness on the school board and some reasoning behind what you think is causing Reynoso to initiate a “power play” (using your words). It's not enough to say he has an agenda. Everyone has an agenda otherwise why would they choose to participate. The question is how well do the agendas of the board members match those of the parents and students of Hayward that rely on the schools for their education and future. What is viewed as a petty power play by one may be seen as an example of courage and integrity in the fight to do what's right by others. Dig deeper – what do the parties gain with the status quo versus changing? Who is fighting for the status quo and who is fighting for changes? Demonstrate the type of spirited and civil discussion you've been hoping for and I'm sure others will join in. Just don't misunderstand frustration over many years of trying to change a corrupt system as mere mudslinging. And certainly don't use the very education system we're trying to change as a way to insult those who do post – you don't do yourself any favors when you throw out the baby with the bath water. Demonstrate how an intelligent, civil post should be done. The vast majority of those that are posting want to make change by merely pointing out the hypocrisy and corruption of some of the present board members. Add to that conversation, please.


  5. 8:00AM. Finally!, someone with something to offer. Good. So you think calling me a twit and a coward is not personal? I would beg to differ. But if what I wrote got your attention and we can discuss in a civilized manner, then I'll take the hit. For the record,
    I have read about the injustice to Dr. Reynoso and he was indeed treated unfairly.
    But this does not excuse him from his behavior at the meetings ( yes I've been there).
    This is what I meant by his ideas are good but his methods have a lot to be desired.
    I applaud the investigation into the affair and it's effect on board decisions.
    If any substantiated criminal or ethical violations have occurred, then that information needs to be turned over to the proper authorities and the parties prosecuted and held accountable for their actions. But name calling (chewy armpits,etc.), sexual innuendos, rumors and heresay just cheapens this whole forum. I read people talking the talk but they don't want to walk the walk. If you want to recall someone, don't just offer to sign the petition, go the registrars office, pick up the forms and stand out there to have them signed. If the forms are already out there, then be the one out there asking others to sign. Be a part of the solution.

    Oh, and by the way, yes I have many years of volunteer work. I have set on boards and committees. I have spent thousands of hours volunteering for the benefit of our children so I've been there


  6. Yep 1:26 is a coward twit I agree too. No solutions only complaining about our complaining. With a baffoon agenda.


  7. 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.


  8. 12:47 Nice response. I will try to heed my own advise. Now, to try and clarify my comments. On the Power Play remark; Dr. Reynoso and Mr. Armas onstantly butt heads and it shows. I also know its a two way street regarding the sniping and name calling.Is it time to change the status qou? Maybe, but what is Dr. Reynoso's agenda?
    Is it to make changes where the students benefit, or just a different version of the SOS.
    I have been around politics long enough to have witnessed the former but delivery of the latter several times over, even from people I thought were sincere and trustworthy.
    I am encouraged by the good Dr., I'm just not quite ready to annoint him for for saint-hood just yet like most everyone else in this forum seems to have done (levity, not sarcasim)
    I spent the bulk of my formative years in the Hayward School System so I know how good it can be. But as a tax payer, when a bond measure or tax increase comes up,
    I want to know if it's really going to help the kids or am I just throwing good money after bad. All I read in this forum are rants and calls for Armas and Heridia immediate resignations. Who would you replace them with? How about endorsements for any of the current candidates? People should be using this forum to discuss who would best serve the students but I see none of that, only more shots. This frustrates me as well because without any game plan, there's a good chance these same rants will show up next year. Only the names will have changed. So please enlighten me, I would love to hear the history and reasoning for your positions, llicit love affair aside.


  9. Brainless coward twit of 10:25 if only you see butting heads then you do not know anything of what is going on in Hayward. Do you know why they butt heads? Do you ever read the agenda or really listen to the meeting.

    You are too caught up on the board smiling and taking pretty picture while rubber stamping.

    We need to get rid of notions like yours and that is why education is failing. I do not want anymore rubber stampers. If Dr. Reynoso needs to call Armas on his illegalities to do it then he is the only one because people cowardly twits like you are like a disease in this area that never help against corruption.

    Do not worry you are in good company cowardly twit with most people that want the smiley goody boards.
    You sound like you are part of the corruption. You must be related to Armas or Heredia.


  10. 10:25 I do not understand your rants. You speak with out saying anything.


  11. After reading the responses of 12:47 and 8:00, doing some additional research, then re-reading the other comments in this forum, I have come to the realization that I have been the one who has been out of line. What I perceived as rants were actually intellegent people venting years of built up anger and frustration over a failed education system. The only idiot ranting was me. To those I offended and insulted, I appologize. I am not a coward, but maybe being called a twit might have been appropiate after all. So, with tail tucked between my legs I will slink over to the sidelines and just keep my trap shut until such a time I can bring something constructive to this forum. Earlier I wrote it's better to be quiet and have people think you're stupid instead of opening your mouth and proving them right. Maybe I should have looked in the mirror as I wrote that and I could have avoided this embarrassment. In the mean time, keep up the good fight.

    The twit


  12. 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?


  13. 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


  14. 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 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 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 ***


  15. 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.


  16. 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.


  17. The community ran Armas and Heredia out of HUSD. Brunner, you're next!


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