Role Reversal: One Bassett Unified school board winner goes from employee to boss

Art Sandoval had a wild night.

In the race for a seat on the Bassett Unified School District, his election day started with the superintendent of schools Jim Ballard – also his boss as Sandoval teaches in the district – calling the police to have him removed from a polling place for intimidating voters.

Sandoval was later vindicated as candidates are allowed to visit polls to check voter turnout.

Then, as the first results came in, Sandoval was behind.

But as the official results came in, Sandoval ended up winning a seat on the school board along with challenger Victoria Medina who ran on the same slate. Incumbent Paul Solano retained his seat, but incumbent Robert Fuentes was ousted.

“I am excited I was elected,” Sandoval said. “The community believes in me and is confident I will deliver.”

The stress of dealing with the issues on election day, the campaign itself, victory, and his school work studying for a master’s in education at Azusa Pacific University has weighed on Sandoval. He went home sick from work Wednesday and said his body needs to reenergize.

Once it does, Sandoval has a lot of work ahead. He will be forced to resign his job as a seventh grade language arts and social studies teacher for Bassett Unified as he can’t teach in the district and be a school board member.

He also has to start to build a working relationship with the superintendent, the person who supported the incumbents, called the police on Sandoval on election day, and is still his boss. Now Sandoval is Ballard’s boss.

“I don’t have ill thoughts toward anybody,” Sandoval said. “I don’t believe in vendettas. I am on a peace mission. I love my community too much.”

Glendora school board incumbents build on their lead

Glendora Unified School District school board incumbents have built a lead with eight precincts reporting in Tuesday’s election.

Chuck Gomer remains on top with 1,854 votes, while Mike Gautreau is the second leading vote getter with 1,515. Denice Delgado is just behind him with 1,502. Challenger Linda Boyd lost some ground has more precincts reported. She is now about 400 votes behind Delgado with 1,107.

The overall percentage breakdown shows Boyd nearly 7 percent behind Delgado and she will need a big push if she wants to overtake the incumbent.

Percentage breakdowns are:

Gomer – 31.01
Gautreau – 25.34
Delgado – 25.13
Boyd – 18.52

Incumbents retain early lead in tight West Covina school board race

One more precinct has been counted in West Covina, but the standings remain the same. Incumbents Jessica Shewmaker and George Fuller remain in the lead to retain their spots for the West Covina Unified School District school board.

But Eileen Jimenez closed the gap between her and Fuller, a difference of about 2-percent. Mindy Miracle is another 2-percent behind Jimenez and Michael Flowers is 2-percent behind Miracle.

Here is the breakdown with 5 precincts reporting.

Shewmaker – 23.04 percent of the votes.
Fuller – 22.55 percent
Jimenez – 20.41 percent
Miracle – 18 percent
Flowers – 16 percent

First results are in for Glendora and West Covina school board elections

With absentee votes counted for the Glendora Unified School Board election, all three incumbents lead.

Linda Boyd trails by about 300 votes based on the very early totals to Denice Delgado, Mike Gautreau and Chuck Gomer.

Gomer, based on the absentee totals, leads all candidates.

In West Covina, the race is close but both incumbents – Jessica Shewmaker and George Fuller – both lead out of the gate with 4 precincts reporting.

These are the totals thus far:

Jessica Shewmaker leads with 744 votes and Fuller follows with 714. Eileen Jimenez has 626, Michael Flowers has 534, and Mindy Miracle has 533.

Turnout looks low, but candidates make last phone calls in Glendora school board election

Candidates are expecting a low voter turnout in Glendora in the waning hours of the school board election.

The Glendora Unified School Board Election is the only thing on the ballot in Glendora. Four candidates – including three incumbents – are vying for three seats on the board.

“I was talking to the women running my polling place and I asked them and they said it hasn’t been a high turnout, but a steady stream,” incumbent Denice Delgado said. “I would be surprised if there was a big turnout.”

All the candidates said they were taking final steps to try and get voters to the polls.

“We are trying to spread the word,” incumbent Mike Gautreau said. “Making sure they don’t just sit back and think we are happy with the schools and happy with the school board, so we don’t need to vote.”

Linda Boyd, the challenger in the race, has been making phone calls to remind voters to go to the polls. She also said it looked like a low turnout when she went to vote, but that she wasn’t concerned about the number of voters.

“I think what is going to have the most impact is did I get my message out,” Boyd said. “And what is the temperament of voters. Is the mood of keeping the incumbents or a mood … of getting someone who is more of a fiscally conservative.”

West Covina school board candidates vote, wait for polls to close

WEST COVINA – While challengers are making the
final push before polls close this evening, incumbents defending their
West Covina Unified School Board seats are in wait and see mode,
candidates said Tuesday.

“I am at work, trying my best to keep
my mind off of what is going on at this point,” Incumbent Jessica
Shewmaker said. “There is nothing that is going to happen until after 8
(p.m.) tonight.”

Shewmaker, finishing her first term on the
board, is defending her seat along with George Fuller, a 12-year
veteran of the school board.

Fuller said he is planning on
voting once he gets off work and is anxious to see what voter turnout
numbers look like. When Fuller checked recently, absentee ballots were
higher than expected, he said.

“Turnout looks to be higher than anticipated,” Fuller said. “It is an indication people support the district.”

challenger Michael Flowers, who voted this morning and visited several
polling places, said turnout at the polls has been slow.

“There are sheets and sheets of pages and nobody has voted yet,” Flowers said.

The slow turnout today was not a happy sign, Flowers said.

does concern me,” Flowers said. “I thought with the measures on the
ballot, the city council and the school board, I thought more people
would be involved right now. I still have hope.”

Candidate Eileen Jimenez is still pressing to get the vote out. She will have a rally this afternoon, but she said she isn’t concerned if the voters have been slow to the polls.

Jimenez hadn’t visited any polls yet, but planned to vote once her children got home from school.

“We are waiting to make it a family affair,” Jimenez said.

Challenger Mindy Miracle is also running for the school board, but did not immediately return phone calls Tuesday afternoon.

In their words: Prop 8

Our story on Prop 8 for tomorrow’s paper couldn’t possibly include all the quotes from people concerning the issue of Prop 8 and it’s victory Tuesday. Here are some of those quotes:

The following quotes are from Alhambra resident Julie Tinney who recently wed her lesbian partner:

“My marriage is legal. My civil marriage
is legal. It was performed in good faith and I am ready for a fight.”

“I would never try to take away anyone
else’s civil marriage. Nor would I tell them who they could marry in
their church.”

“If there is anything that did come out
of this, there were a lot of people who were forced to deal with
their own homophobia. On a personal note, last night I went down to a
neighbors house. I didn’t know them very well and I brought them
cookies. I said, ‘I just wanted you to have cookies because when you
put that No on 8 sign in your yard, it felt like a hug.’ He opened
his arms and gave me a huge hug and said ‘I hope we will win.’ That
was before the results had been announced.”

“The reality of all this is that gay
marriage has been legal for five months and I would ask, how has
their marriage been changed, how has their family been changed in the
last five months? The socially acceptable term for people to have
committed to one another is civil marriage. It is not a domestic
partnership, not a civil union. It is a civil marriage. Society gets

The following quotes are from Los Angeles area spokeswoman for “Yes on prop 8″ Meg Waters:

“We have to reach out to gay and lesbian
couples and help them realize we are all in the same family and this
does not diminish their relationship or take anything away from them.”

“We have always upheld the right to have civil
unions, the right to adopt and equal legal protections under the law. The
issue of education for us about teaching very young children, I would
think gay and lesbian parents would think the same way. I would feel
that way whether I was a straight couple or gay couple – I would. Parents have
the right to instruct there own children on matters of sexuality.”

“Marriage has been something that is
understood by every culture, every religion, every government, every
socially connected group of people since the dawn of time. The
fundamental nature of a family is between a man and a woman. It
doesn’t make sense now in the 21st century to undue a concept that
has existed for over 10,000 years. We are talking about a really
small number of people who are gay and have adopted. I know some who
have become parents and have a lovely home. But the foundation of a
family, what we have biologically known is between a man and a woman
and they create a family. And because there are a handful of people
who have a different family structure, doesn’t mean you change all of
society to redefine marriage to accommodate a few people. You don’t
upset the whole apple cart for just one or two exceptions.”

The following quotes are from Senior Pastor of My Friends House Assembly of God Church Jim Ortiz:

“Marriage in its most basic and
understood fashion is a relationship of committed individuals working
to have a children. Naturally have children. On that very basic
point, same sex marriage can never be equal to heterosexual marriage.”

“People’s choices of lifestyle are there
own. People choose to live that way. I don’t have the right to
discriminate on a personal level. But when it comes to imposing on a
basic historical institution, then it becomes something I have to
fight against.”

“It is unfortunate that those of us in
the religious community have often been portrayed as bigoted and
hateful toward those in the gay community. My point of view is how
people live is up to them. It is my fundamental understanding that sexual
relationships are human choice and human behaviors are always
discriminated against.
We always discriminate against certain
kinds of behavior. Unfortunately, that has always been portrayed as a
hate issue, but it is not. We want what is most beneficial for
society as a whole, for our families and children.”

The following quotes are from Bruce Gray, Rector of St. Matthias in Whittier.

“I think gay marriage is good for society because it gives a good moral standard for society. It promotes lifelong monogamy in sexual relationships.”

“I am disappointed with the result, but
I was aware going in that this was probably one step of many. We will
probably have to work on this issue for years and years to come.”

“The church still very much embraces
them as god embraces them and we can take inspiration from the
presidential election that it may take decades, but the moral right
will prevail.”

Legal battle begins over Proposition 8

Opponents of Proposition 8 have already submitted a complaint over the recently victorious proposition to ban same-sex marriage to the California Supreme Court.

Filed by Gloria Allred and her firm of Allred, Maroko and Goldberg versus the State of California, the complaint asserts that Proposition 8 would revise a section in the state constitution, rather than amend it. If it is an amendment, it only needs a majority of citizens to approve it.

But Proposition 8 is a “substantial revision” to the Equal Protection Clause of the constitution and instead can only be ratified by a constitutional convention and popular ratification or by legislative submission, according to the complaint. Two thirds of each house of the legislature would be needed to pass those items.

The complaint argues the Equal Protection Clause protects marriage between same sex couples as a fundamental right just as it does for opposite sex couples.

“Thus, under Equal Protection analysis, either both forms of couples should be permitted to marry, or neither form of couple should be permitted to marry and all couples, regardless of composition, should be limited to registered domestic partnership,” according to the complaint.

More to come later today.

Proposition 8 proponents celebrate, while opponents wait

Most major news outlets are calling the battle over Proposition 8 a “yes” victory, but opponents to the measure are still awaiting some three to four million absentee votes to be counted before accepting a decision.

“This was a real grassroots effort and I
think once people really starting seeing what was at stake, they
realized we needed to preserve traditional marriage,” said Los Angeles area spokeswoman for “Yes on Prop 8″ Meg Waters. “This is huge.”

After two California votes against gay marriage, followed by Arizona and Florida both voting to ban gay marriage, Waters believes that public sentiment is clear.

But opponents to the Proposition are still playing the waiting game. With a close race at about 52% to 48% in favor of the proposition – a separation of about 400,000 votes – “No on Prop 8″ supporters still have hopes.

“Given that fundamental rights are at stake, we must wait to hear from the Secretary of State tomorrow about how many votes are yet to be counted as well as where they are from,” said Geoff Kors and Kate Kendell of the “No on Prop 8″ executive committee in a prepared statement. “Because Prop 8 involves the sensitive matter of individual rights, we believe it is important to wait until we receive further information about the outcome.”

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