At First HUSD Forum Reynoso Discusses Affair While Other Candidates Remain Silent

ELECTION ’12//HAYWARD SCHOOL BOARD | Hayward Unified School District candidates gathered at the Skywest Golf Course last night for the first forum since board members, Jesus Armas and Maribel Heredia, didn’t file for re-election after a salacious affair was exposed between the two sitting members. The scandal has left community leaders, local media and candidates publicly silent about the affair opting to discuss the “bickering” instead of the affair.

Candidates on Wednesday night decided to stick to familiar ground treaded and discuss leadership, consensus building and “making sure everyone is on the same page,” as candidate Peter Bufete put it. “This is part of my background. I spend a lot of time building trust between people and between myself and other folks. I feel my endorsements reflect the trust I built in this community, from labor to business,” said Hayward Planning Commissioner Sara Lamnin who ran for city council two years ago. Others reiterated the common point from Cal State East Bay administrator, Annette Walker, school teacher John Taylor, former city council candidate, Peter Bufete, and Heather Reyes of the HUSD Fiscal Integrity & Transparency Advisory Group. Only incumbent Luis Reynoso, who is up for re-election this fall brought up the affair.

 “The problem isn’t the bickering, it’s about fraud and corruption and if you are so naïve to think that the board has to smile and rubber stamp everything then you shouldn’t be running for the school board,” said Reynoso to a few cheers in support of him in the crowd. “No one questions the affair, why is that? What is going on?” Reynoso mentioned two California school districts, Sweetwater and Calexico, as examples of boards that “rubber stamp” but now are in legal trouble, “They are all going to jail now,” said Reynoso.

 Some candidates were more open to discuss the affair after the forum. Lamnin said that she is looking for a way to approach the issue without “harming the students,” and discuss it in a “productive way.” Bufete has remained silent on the affair but believes that his connection to Armas because of his friendship with his son will not harm his run for the school board. Bufete admitted to The Citizen last month that Armas had suggested to him to run for the school board after the incumbent decided not to run for re-election.

Deficit and bullying were other topics asked about by the moderator, Hal Gin, from Asian Pacific American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) who hosted the event. Discussion of the $12 million reserve that was actively talked about at the last school board meeting was discussed about at some length. Walker said that she would look for a way to spend that money appropriately. Walker noted the deficit spending by the district but added that “We need to make sure that the limited dollars that we have go to teachers and students.”

 Reynoso stated soon after that the $12 million can not be touched because the district must maintain a 3 percent reserve at minimum. He further argued for fiscal realignment to maintain fiscal accountability in spending, “When we find money, we always find ways to spend it. It isn’t about the money, it is about realignment with the money that we have,” said Reynoso. Others expressed wariness of making cuts that could potentially hurt students and classrooms and advocated for smarter spending. Lamnin wanted greater transparency so that public knew where the money was going and how it was being spent.

 The issues concerning spending and fiscal accountability is a problem that candidates recognized will change at some length depending on the passage of Proposition 30 this November which seeks to raise taxes on those making $250,000 a year and raise statewide sales tax by a quarter cent. Bullying, or public safety, was an issue that Taylor said needed to be addressed with a two prong approach with campus police and security teams hired by the police. Walker emphasized making sure that parents are notified when a student doesn’t show up for class.

 Candidates exemplified stout talking points and confidence, notably Bufete who showed greater confidence in his knowledge and public speaking capabilities since he ran for Hayward city council last spring. Reyes on the other hand was short in answers, less specific and visibly nervous. She later admitted to this even on Facebook, “I was excited by the forum, but also extremely nervous!”

 Taylor recently was endorsed by the Alameda Democratic Party, which he said is because of his years of experience as a teacher. Taylor has been awarded in recent years with Teacher of the Year and Educator of the Year. Although he was rather silent about Armas during the forum he spoke more openly afterwards about his inability to garner the Hayward Chamber of Commerce endorsement, “Well look who is on the council!” said Taylor referring to Armas. Taylor said that he didn’t understand why a current sitting board member was part of an endorsement process for candidates that will be replacing him this fall. The candidates that were endorsed by the Chamber were Bufete, Walker and Lamnin. Wandra Williams, another candidate, was not present Wednesday night. The second forum will be hosted by the Hayward Demos Democratic Club and will be held at the Westminster Church in Hayward Sept. 21. 

 Shane Bond is a regular contributor to the East Bay Citizen.



Categories: affair, Annette Walker, budget, Chamber of Commerce, corruption, fraud, Hayward, Heather Reyes, HUSD, Jesus Armas, John Taylor, Luis Reynoso, Maribel Heredia, Peter Bufete, Sara Lamin, school board

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  1. At the remarks for the offensive posting at 11:59

    “hailed as a pariah” I think that it could be any of Jesus Armas, Lisa Bruner or Maribel Heredia all three practice very poor vocabulary rules. Did any of them get a college degree?

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  2. ranking the stupidity.

    lisa brunner is the dumbest of them all. followed by a tie between heredia and armas. armas is a slight bit dumber than heredia.

    hope the school district can turn around.

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  3. Armas is not dumb nor is he stupid. He is very bright but his addiction to power and desire for control leaves him believeing he is beyond accountability. He cannot handle any critical debate because he cannot consider that anyone could be as right as he is. He is successful in getting things done but unsuccessful in handling relationships. This takes place when one is morally corrupt. 'nough said.

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  4. 9:50am
    Absolutely couldn't have put it any better. Thank you for your words of wisdom.

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  5. Debate Jesus Armas…he is quite stupid.
    Dumb is as dumb does … my moma use to say..

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  6. As an out of town visitor (also in education) it is a said day when two grown adults (Armas and Heridia) 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.

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  7. Heredia took her son, her daughter, and her daughter's boyfriend to LA? Did the miss any school? And if the daughter's boyfriend went, where are his parents? Maybe Heredia's daughteris following in her footsteps.

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  8. 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.

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  9. Go back home… out of town visitor.

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  10. “Go back home… out of town visitor.”

    Nice, come back. Don't hate me 'cause you know I'm right.

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  11. 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?

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  12. 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.

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  13. “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

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  14. Can you imagine paying to send your kid to a school that has Armas on the board? At least HUSD is free.

    BTW, going back to 11:59, it is definitely Maribel. She and other board members would be the only one who can watch him google. audience cannot see what he is doing on his computer. Maribel has a gift for frequent and high impact self humiliation and disgrace. I feel sorry for the kids of HUSD and Reynoso and McGee who have to put up with her.

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  15. What a bunch of cry babies.

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  16. Jesus Armas, Maribel Heredia and Lisa bruner are the biggest cry babies and the dumbest I have ever seen in a school board. They cannot understand how wrong they are and how little they know of education. This community needs to get them out. I am so happy I do not send my kids to hayward schools.

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  17. 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.

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  18. What is heredias phone number?

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  19. 11;59 is not heredia

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  20. everything luis says is not always spot on! I know you are frustrated with HUSD but terrasas and drake

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  21. 10:53:
    If you think you can do a better job of exposing the corruption in HUSD then go for it. If you think that things are all rosey in the district you are one ignorant fool. I bellieve that Ms. Terrasas was pointing out that HUSD is one of few districts that have an antiquated system that is called a pre 1965 commission. As such there is much room for commissioners remaining in their positions for decades. No system benefits from having the same ole same ole for years and years. There was a time when HUSD's commissioners had been there for 20+ years or more. Just as we seem to think that the board of education needs new blood and new ideas so does the personnel commission. In the city of Hayward personnel commissioners may not sere more than 2 terms. Perhaps that is what should be done for HUSD's personnel commission. Educate yoursel 10:53 before you snipe at others!!!!!

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  22. these are the commissioners that gave katherine benson an elevated job title that also came with an elevated pay raise. i was at the meeting when the one personnel commissioner said “if anyone has a problem with it, they need to come talk to me.” these personnel commissioners are as crooked and corrupt as armas heredia and brunner.

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  23. If the last two comments are true, what is the job of the District Superintendent then and why do we pay them so much?

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  24. Excellent question 12:33pm!

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  25. I heard that Lisa Glover Garder had a favor for her child done through some deal with the powers that be, and she is now another pupppet with the holy powers. Just another flake in the political cesspool to screw the classified people who have earned their positions and been demoted or lost ther jobs. Thank you kiss-ass

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  26. Lisa Glover of the personnel commission is a kiss ass for return favors. Corruption is right.

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  27. I heard Kathy the Personnel director is under The Commission and not the Board that is bull crap. She is a classified employee just like any other employee except no permanent status contracted only !
    The Commission may appoint her from the eligibility list which has to be approved by the board like all other hires, classified or not !
    see Education code 45264, towards the bottom.

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  28. 8:31

    LOOK AT THE VIDEO..IT'S CLEAR THAT ANN HAS NO CLUE WHAT SHES TALKING ABOUT….

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  29. Thank you Mrs Terrasas for your personal strength and longtime commitment to improve Hayward schools for the students. Keep fighting for us. We are afraid to come forward for fear for retaliation and reprisals.

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