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

I have only ever posted here regarding the ideas and people I support. The welfare and education of our students drives me, as I'm sure is true of many who follow and get involved in local politics, including the TUSD Governing Board. I really wish we could have a civil conversation about how to continue to make things better for our kids. They need us to be examples of civil discourse, not mudslinging. Please and thank you.

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Posted by Andrea Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 6:55 PM

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

D.a. Rickard: your comments are inappropriate and disrespectful. Getting fired or forced out if you don't play on the home team -- which has happened to many people in this district since Sanchez became Superintendent -- is not an unreasonable motivating factor for posting anonymously.

People who support those currently in power in the district, like Andrea Rickard, have no reason not to post under their own names, and may in fact be earning brownie points with leadership for doing so. This is power politics 101 (actually, remedial power politics -- any grade schooler who chooses not to "dis" his teacher to her face gets it). So why is this hard for you to understand?

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Posted by Another Anonymous Reply to D.a. Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 6:44 PM

Re: “James T. Harris's Followers Have An Unsettling Obsession With Racism

James T Harris is hilarious! Obviously you never listen to him. And he has an obsession with racism. I've lived long enough to know that it's the stingy person who sees stingy people everywhere. It's the unkind person who sees unkindness everywhere. Its the racist who sees racism everywhere. Remember the old adage. When you point a finger at someone, you have three fingers pointing back at you. It's truer than you think.

Posted by Cora Lee on 09/24/2016 at 6:36 PM

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

Maggie, you fascinate me strangely. You're a "teacher" at TUSD. Yet there is an "ominous cloud" that hangs over you because you fear "retribution." I trust that your "students" are not adversely affected by your fear of Sanchez's black helicopters crashing through your "classroom."

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Posted by D.a. Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 6:32 PM

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

Gee, let's see, D.A. Rickard (related to Andrea Rickard, by any chance?) it might be because Foster and Juarez are backed by the entire Democratic party establishment, including powerful elected officials in several different areas of state and local government. Though many know that the emperor Foster-Juarez has no clothes, is it that hard to understand why not many ordinary citizens living in Tucson are willing to say so under their own names?

(Welcome to Tucson, a city where an increasingly irresponsible branch of the "Democratic" party refuses to acknowledge its responsibility for implementing even the most basic tenets of political progressivism, and has a death grip on political power.)

Three Sonorans is D.A. Morales, the activist who writes the Three Sonorans blog:
https://threesonorans.com/

If you're interested in finding out more about him, you can watch the videos where he speaks (or tries to speak) in the Call to the Audience at TUSD Board meetings, and the video of the Board meeting where Adelita Grijalva (daughter of US Congressman Raul Grijalva, in case you weren't aware) has him removed from the Board room.

You might want to check out his blog some time. It has much better coverage of TUSD than you will ever find in Tucson Weekly.

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Posted by Reply to D.a. Rickard on 09/24/2016 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Final Sweat

Yeah, it was a typo. "Sold" is correct.

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Posted by tazag on 09/24/2016 at 6:22 PM

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

David Safier, your defense that your blogs are fact based, and that is why you don't disclose your personal affiliations is ridiculous and insulting to your readers. All journalists, if you consider yourself one, should always adhere to full disclosure, period. It is a matter of ethics.

D.a, Rickard, the reason that many people, including teachers like myself, do not post our full names, is, the fear of retribution. This ominous cloud hangs over us in TUSD. HT Sanchez and his followers intimidate principals, teachers, and community members who dare to oppose them. Bravo to DA Morales, who posts under Three Sonorans, and actually questions this corrupt board and superintendent. That's why they either leave the dais when he speaks at call to the audience, or eject him.

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Posted by Maggie on 09/24/2016 at 6:14 PM

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

Here's the reality. CM Punk is a huge draw for the UFC, and they would be stupid to let him go and lose boatloads of money in the process. The half million the UFC paid him was probably only a fraction of the profit he made for the UFC for fighting for 2 minutes. Only a handful of people knew who Mickey Gall was before facing CM Punk, but everybody knows who CM Punk was and they will come in droves to see him fight, win or lose.

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Posted by Belao Lo on 09/24/2016 at 6:02 PM

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.

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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.

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.

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

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