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Re: “Song of the Day: 'The Jones' by John D. Loudermilk

"called it quits"? The man died -- it's not like he just decided to put down the songwriting pen and take up canasta instead.

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Posted by Firsttimecaller on 09/24/2016 at 5:54 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

As a neutral observer in this fight, could someone explain to me why the pro foster/cam posts are from actual identified people....and the other side posts by (simplistic/reductive/dishonest) screen names? (save for the perpetually aggrieved janitor)

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Posted by D.a. Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 5:44 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

It's a lost cause, David - both salvaging your own reputation as someone able to provide worthwhile information to the public and salvaging the campaigns of Foster and Juarez.

You and your friends (Ann-Eve Pedersen, et al.) took a gamble that the public would be too stupid to notice what was going on. They have noticed, and they understand what Board members receiving donations from an executive in a company to which labor has been outsourced means. It means the kind of filthy politics that are known to surround poor urban school districts where the population served is, by-in-large, too vulnerable to defend itself from leadership in their schools engaging in behaviors like this.

So is the Democratic party going to continue standing behind this, donating to and hosting parties to recruit donations for these soiled politicians? At the recent candidate forum at Temple Emanuel Kristel Foster ticked off a list of Democratic party insider endorsements. These people are still standing behind this board majority? If so, they are trashing their own reputations, not enhancing the reputations of Foster and Juarez.

You might want to call a pow-wow and have a frank conversation about at what point keeping a Superintendent in place becomes less important that salvaging the reputation of an increasingly tarnished political party that is supposed to stand up for the rights of labor and protect the poor and disadvantaged from abuse.

30 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Supporting Public Ed Means Supporting Local Reform on 09/24/2016 at 4:45 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

Three Sonorans, you're correct that I donated to Kristel Foster's campaign and would have donated to Cam Juarez's campaign as well except that his website wasn't working properly. I didn't put that information in the post because it is a fact-based post rather than one that expresses an opinion on the TUSD race. However, I probably should have disclosed my support of the two candidates anyway.

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Posted by David Safier on 09/24/2016 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Get In The Mood For Pride With Your New Favorite Coming Out Song

Young? Student? Got debt? Student loans?

Call UA President Hart. She is getting her full salary while not working. She is pulling in 500K per year if you count her side gig with a discredited diploma mill. I am sure she will be glad to help.

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Posted by Gandalf on 09/24/2016 at 2:18 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

UA President Hart should send some of her 400K salary to fund KidsFirst. After all, she will be paid for not working. I guess she needs the money.

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Posted by Gandalf on 09/24/2016 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Song of the Day: 'The Jones' by John D. Loudermilk

While you check out the song of the day.....consider that UA President Hart, in addition to her side gig with a for profit diploma mill, will receive her FULL salary from UA despite the fact she will not be working. Student debt never looked better. Shame.

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Posted by Gandalf the outraged on 09/24/2016 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Casa Video Top 10

Whilst you check out the top ten rentals......, in other news it appears UA President Hart will be paid her full salary until 2018. Even tho she is not working. $475, 000 per year or there abouts. How about THAT for student debt.

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Posted by Gandalf the outraged on 09/24/2016 at 2:01 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

This article is not surprising, given all the articles written by David Safier, who seems to be a total puppet for all his cronies in TUSD. Why not disclose that you have a conflict of interest when you write about TUSD? Donating to a school board member like Kristel Foster and not disclosing it is disingenuous journalism at its best. Of course, Foster and Jaurez returned the money, after they were caught. And the company that TUSD paid the 21 million for is not working out at all. I know, because I'm a teacher for TUSD and most days, we have no subs, so counselors and other teachers have to sub. By the way, TUSD KIDS FIRST has nothing to do with some of these candidates, including Betts Putnam Hidalgo, who has taken nothing from them. The Weekly should be ashamed of having Safier's column continuing with all this misinformation and lack of objectivity. It's tragic and shameful that ambitious and selfish people like Foster and cronies continue to cast blame elsewhere and trumpet "transparency". All of us in the trenches know what's really going on!

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Posted by Maggie on 09/24/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

Kristel Foster - if you and your buddy Cam Juarez did not IMMEDIATELY pick up the phone and call a Phoenix area donor who gave $5,000 to your Southern Arizona school board campaigns to find out who the donor was -- and if your campaign treasurer did not record both names on the check, then you are unfit for public office.

Do you think anyone BELIEVES that you and Juarez didn't know there was a connection between those donations and ESI? You have lied to the public repeatedly in defense of yourself and your overpaid, underperforming BFF HT Sanchez. Didn't you have the normal preschool education that included the story about the little boy who cried wolf? When you lie repeatedly, no one believes you any more. Your credibility is destroyed.

In my humble opinion, you should do what is right and drop out of the campaign now. You have done enough damage to TUSD and to the credibility of the Democratic Party.

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Posted by Please resign, Kristel Foster. on 09/24/2016 at 12:51 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

David donated to Kristel Foster's campaign? What a surprise.

Thanks, Morales. Keep up the good work looking into who is donating what to whom.

Such important research to do. Right, David? Important to dig up the dirt on your political opponents. Equally important, apparently, to remain silent about the many egregious abuses of public office your fine friends are guilty of.

Your commentary is worthless, from an information standpoint, and could be translated this, with no loss of its underlying meaning: "Vote for my friends! Vote for my friends! Vote for my friends!"

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Posted by Safier's blog is worthless. on 09/24/2016 at 12:22 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

KRISTEL FOSTER RETURNS CAMPAIGN DONATION

Sept. 13, 2016 --- TUSD Board Member Kristel Ann Foster is returning a campaign contribution from a donor after learning that the donor is married to an employee of a company that contracts with TUSD.

“When I received this contribution, I was not aware that the donor is married to an individual who works for a company that does business with TUSD. Now that this issue has been brought to my attention, I am returning this individual’s donation.”

“It is the right thing to do,” Foster said. “As a public servant who volunteers my time as a TUSD board member serving children and improving education in our community, I am grateful that this issue has been brought to my attention so I can address it appropriately. Openness, transparency and honesty are values that I hold dear.”

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Posted by Kristel Foster on 09/24/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

Shouldn't there be a disclosure from Mr. Safier, at least at the bottom of these types of articles, that he is a donor to Kristel Foster... Since the Tucson Weekly is all about financial disclosures.

Still waiting for the TW to cover the $10K Kristel and Cam got from the VP of ESI who just got a $21 million a few weeks before thanks to Kristel & Cam...

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Posted by Three Sonorans on 09/24/2016 at 11:48 AM

Re: “CM Punk and the UFC: Dishonorable and Disrespectful

What's going on with the grammar here? Is this a professional publication? I'm genuinely confused.

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Posted by Chubhench on 09/24/2016 at 11:45 AM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

South Tucson Primero you are absolutely correct about Hicks and Stegeman. They make a lot of noise but essentially do nothing to turn TUSD around. They are, infact, a a part of the majority Board ; albeit the "Silent Majority!!! Stegeman should be voted off the Board; Hicks recalled!! TUSD needs to reconstitute the ENTIRE!!! Membership of the Board!!

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 09/24/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

I am not interested in participating in politics, other than voting for whom I consider to be the best candidates for our community. However, I and other people in the City of South Tucson were involved in keeping Pasadera Behavioral Health from putting a 70-person drug and mental residential facility across the street from Mission View School. We believe that kids in our community have enough obstacles to overcome as it is, without putting one more across the street from their school.
At this time, we found out that Paul Diaz, then Mayor of our City of South Tucson, and Luis Gonzales, then our City Manager had been having talks with Pasadera and, illegally, gave a green light to Pasadera’s project. We were forced to recall the Mayor and the City Manager left on his own alleging health concerns (both are currently running for PCC Board positions).
We asked both Mr. Stegeman and Mr. Hicks for help in keeping Pasadera away from Mission View. Both agreed that this drug rehab across the street from a school was bad for the kids and promised to get back to us. That was two years ago, we have not heard from them yet.
Stegeman alleges he a pro student safety. When he had a chance to show that he was in fact for student safety, he ignored our community. Is it that our community is poverty stricken with the median household income of around $20,000 (twenty thousand dollars) and that over 90% of us are of Hispanic descent? That would be discrimination, maybe he does not care for anybody.
Stegeman is currently asking for votes in our community, but most of us are giving him the gesture (obscene) that Little Red Riding Hood made when picking up her basket.
We believe that TUSD can provide a way for our community to better itself. We need to work on the fact that over 40% of our young people, between 18 and 28, do not have high school diplomas. By the time our kids get to high school, they feel like they are put in a track racing against kids from other parts of Tucson, other schools, and they suddenly realize the other runners are one or two laps ahead of them, so they quit.
We want persons who will help instead of ignore our needy communities and our group does not believe Stegeman or Hicks are the persons to do this. Do not vote for Stegeman.

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Posted by South Tucson Primero on 09/24/2016 at 10:43 AM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

I would really appreciate seeing a factual and comprehensive graphic listing ALL of the district's moves, decisions, actions, successes and failures since the current board and superintendent took office. It should be compiled by an objective party with solid facts to back each action listed. The board reelection issue demands clarity and objectivity, something voters are unable to discern with currently published information. Please advise when this becomes available.

27 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Amy Ijams on 09/24/2016 at 9:53 AM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

The Board does need to change. Diversity of ideas is a good thing. HT, Cam, Kristel, and Adelita only seem to have one collective idea among them, and somehow it always seems to benefit HT.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 09/24/2016 at 7:22 AM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

You should be ashamed David. TKF is a good organization, trying to fix the disastrous board majority. Teachers supporting Foster and Juarez better rethink what they are doing. ESI started out taking over 200 substitute teachers, now there are more than 1400 ESI employees all voted for by Foster and Juarez. Wise up teachers your jobs are on the line. Foster and Juarez should be removed from the ballot for their illegal activities in this campaign. I hope that the complaints filed against them lands them in jail. I have evidence against TUSD that involves this board majority and the criminal activity committed against all current and former employees and taxpayers. TUSD is in big trouble , and if Sanchez, Juarez, Foster and Grijalva are smart they would cut and run.

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Posted by Brian Sauber on 09/23/2016 at 11:48 PM

Re: “'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

Andrea Rickard's post reminds me of TUSD teacher and TEA president Jason Freed crying as he pitched for 123 in one of the meetings held locally in the months before the vote on the proposition occurred. Unfortunately for Foster and Juarez, tug-at-the-heartstrings-messages-from-teachers and "5 computers on wheels" and a collection of "rich multicultural books" do not cancel out $3 million in desegregation funds given back to taxpayers in a starved and still inequitable school district. They do not cancel out $10K bonuses given to numerous central administrators. They do not cancel out an almost-$500K self-created compensation package for a young, bungling superintendent, who is too stupid not to get caught:
--charging the district for $500-per-night hotel suites when he travels to ASBA conferences
--awarding contracts to consulting firms co-owned by someone who wrote one of his job recommendations for the TUSD superintendency
--saying he had not met Adelita Grijalva's mother-in-law before the Board voted to give her a principalship without disclosing the relationship (he had met her)
--coming up with ridiculous excuses for not using all the 123 monies for teacher salary improvements
--hoarding 301 monies instead of awarding them in teacher bonuses
--outsourcing subs and undermining their ability to qualify for benefits

Etc., etc., ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

Why do the signs say, "change the board"? Teachers' opinions vary, and I'd venture to guess that more TUSD teachers disagree with the opinions expressed by Ms. Rickard than agree. Huge numbers of teachers have let the district under this board majority -- the teacher attrition rates during the last three years are unprecedented. When I got my teaching credentials a number of years ago, all the full time teaching positions in TUSD filled well before the school year started. Almost two months into this school year, last I heard there were 150 unfilled full-time teacher positions in the district, and most of the teachers I know wouldn't touch them with a ten-foot pole.

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Posted by Teachers' opinions vary. on 09/23/2016 at 8:53 PM

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