Armas Interviewed School Board Candidates Vying For Chamber’s Endorsement

ELECTION ‘12//HAYWARD |
By STEVEN TAVARES & SHANE BOND, The Citizen
Less than five days after bowing out of the race for the Hayward school board, Jesus Armas may be in search of a successor.

Armas, who, after two years, is not seeking re-election to the school board following reports of a illicit affair with another member, interviewed prospective candidates Wednesday afternoon vying for the valuable endorsement of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. Armas is also a member of the chamber’s board and reportedly led the interview process Wednesday, including a spate of harsh queries for his fellow board member and frequent critic, Luis Reynoso.

“I questioned Jesus why he thinks he can do this,” Reynoso told The Citizen, “and he said, ‘I’m not running anymore.’” According to Reynoso, the group conducting the interview process also included, the head of the chamber, Kim Huggett, a representative from Pacheco Brothers, a landscaping business with strong ties to the district and City Hall and three other people. Huggett would not respond to questions over what occurred at the meeting and said they were confidential, but added former St. Rose CEO Michael Mahoney was also present.

However, it was Armas who did much of the talking, according to Reynoso. “He started it all and just kept firing and the rest just sat there.” Reynoso said Armas chastised him on the issues of building consensus, whether he ever supported a state takeover of the district along with his behavior during board meeting. Since protesting Armas’ appointment to the board in early 2010 while his wife also headed the district’s human resources department, he as been a favorite target of Reynoso’s. When asked about Armas grilling Reynoso, Huggett laughed and added he is beholden to confidentiality.

Many of Armas’ critics, including Reynoso, have repeatedly questioned the lame-duck school board members ties to numerous groups in the city. Armas is widely known to be one of Hayward’s most influential fixers and proverbial sherpa to business outsiders interested in travailing the city’s levels of power. However, since reports in The Citizen last July 25 detailed an on-going romance with board member Maribel Heredia which showed suggestive text message between the two, many in Hayward have begun questioning his ties to land developers as he juggles dual roles as a sought-after consultant and school board president.

Earlier this week, it was reported former Hayward City Council candidate Peter Bufete was urged by Armas to run for one of three open seats on the five-member school board. Bufete, 22, finished fifth in the council race last June while running on a platform, in some ways, more suitable for the school board, while impressing many for his poise and likability.



Categories: affair, Hayward, Hayward Chamber of Commerce, hayward school board, Kim Huggett, Luis Reynoso, Maribel Heredia, Michael Mahoney, November election, Peter Bufete, St. Rose

71 replies

  1. Where is Dr. Phil when you need him?
    I think Jesus Armas and Maribel Heredia are in “love”. Perhaps they will get married and show all of us what good parenting is like when you cheat on your spouses and represent the school district on morals for all students to follow. Maribel will be the poster girl for Hayward Chamber of Commerce crotchless panties. Those make me ill. They need to go now.
    Cancel your Hayward Chamber Membership

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  2. HCC = Hayward's Corrupt Cronies

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  3. Steve,
    How about a piece digging into the Hayward Chamber of Commerce more intently. Sounds like there might be some shifty dealing going on over there and perhaps collusion with the present City Manager on which businesses get to come into the city based upon their personal bias and not the public or small businesses interests.

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  4. There is also “Fatman and the Boy Blunder” who like to think they know everything, and hide their lack of knowledge by changing the subject after giving some excuse to move on to another subject which they feel is more important. What ever happened to a “Round Table” discussion, where nobody sits in a power seat and issues are discussed in an intelligent fashion?

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  5. I just found out that the school board meeting tomorrow night may not be televised due to “technical difficulties” with audio. This is very convenient for Jesus. Tomorrow, the board will vote on whether to censure Jesus with a vote of NO CONFIDENCE.

    If the meeting is not televised, it makes it all the more important that many people show up and bring their cameras to post the excitement on you-tube, tweet, update facebook, etc. I could be wrong, but sudden, unexpected “technical difficulties” sounds like another sleazy Jesus trick, much like he did at the last meeting by deleting the meeting records that discussed his affair with Maribel. Either way, be prepared.

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  6. Maybe he presented some gratuities to the boy blunder.

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  7. People like myself are fed up with the people in the Chamber. Not so much of what chambers can do but more so of the quality of people the chamber currently has. So I say lets get rid of The people in there and keep the chamber. Jesus Armas and his compadres are all in the same den.

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  8. 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?

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  9. By MW:

    Will he “interview” the female candidates the way they did in Hollywood in the old days, in other words by using a casting couch!!!

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  10. The chamber puts on some great Thursday night street parties! Woo hoo…I love them!

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  11. Standing room only.

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  12. IF the chamber is for parties only then cancel my membership.

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  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:
    http://www.change.org/petitions/hayward-unified-school-district-trustee-maribel-heredia-immediate-resignation-of-maribel-heredia-husd-board-member?share_id=wdgvQOeDsI&utm_campaign=petition_creator_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

    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

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  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 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.

    —————-

    Sincerely,

    Parent ***

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  15. I tried the link to go and sign but I can't get it to work. Anyone have any ideas how I can go to link where resignation is called for Heredia?

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  16. Anon 11:13 here again.

    So apparently “things” auto corrected to “thugs” on my phone. I would think that perhaps the readers of this blog may have been able to figure that out…

    I find it really hilarious that people really want to sit behind an anon identity and call someone brainless. I do appreciate the insight from people who keep up with the complexities of the school board. I'm barely wrapping my head around how things work in this district.

    I am very aware that school board is a non-partisan race. However, someone who aligns themselves to a party and promotes themselves as being aligned to that party and winning (On Reynoso's website for Assembly, he clearly stated and touted there that he was a Republican who won in a highly democratic area) so, someone remind Reynoso of that fact before calling me brainless.

    Also, I guess I should never say never about voting Republican. Perhaps more fiscal conservatism is what the School Board and HUSD needs since there are those at the district buying iPads for people when there are students who could use that money for basic educational needs.

    I'm definitely not going to defend what Armas has done or the way he conducts meetings. That any of you think that was my intention is laughable. This isn't an either or situation. I could just as easily say I'm not with Armas or Reynoso. I don't have to pick to be on either of their teams. So, for all this “brainless” thought process going on with me, I had enough sense to figure that out.

    I really do appreciate some of the feedback from comments “integrity” and “intent” are two of the points that stick out to me. Something that I think all but 1 (maybe 2) members from the board are missing right now. (and no, that 1 or 2 members is neither Reynoso, Armas, or Herdia).

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  17. If you could not make the meeting tonight, please at least sign the Maribel Heredia resignation demand petition.

    Log onto change.org (just type in “Hayward” or “Maribel Heredia” in the box that says “browse petitions” at the top of the page). If you cannot sign it because you work for the District, please circulate as much as you can to friends, family and neighbors.

    If you want to hide your signature from the public, just deselect the box that is labelled, “display my signature publicly.” It is right underneath the big, red SIGN button.That means your name will be signed on the petition, but not available to see on the computer for the general public.

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  18. 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.

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  19. The next school board race will be ugly. My prediction is Armas contributes big bucks to help Buffete who will come out with an expensive mail campaign to target Reynoso. Right now, he may not have the money to fight fire with fire. We have to be prepared for this and may need a strategy to counter this. Here it is:

    Vote for REYNOSO ONLY. Do not dilute your vote by voting for more than one candidate.

    We will have three open seats. IMHO, the other school board candidates will not fight the HUSD crooks like Reynoso.

    Eliminate Peter Bufette for being an Armas stooge and John Taylor for supporting defiant staff who are obstructing Reynoso and McGee's attempt to investigate Armas/Heredia and to censure Jesus with a vote of no confidence. The others are dead silent. Do any of them really deserve your vote anyway?

    Remember, vote for REYNOSO ONLY.

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  20. 9:59 Dilute vote is right and lack of competent candidates. I will not vote for any of the other candidates because they are really weak and they were endorsed by CoC. Time to slam dunk the Hayward chamber of Armas for the corruption too.

    I admit when Dr. Reynoso first came on I was very critical and was not listening to what he was saying.

    The man has been right on everything-I will vote for Dr. Reynoso only.

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  21. Please, while 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:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/hayward-unified-school-board-trustee-maribel-heredia

    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.

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