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  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016


    Another OUSD Brown Act violation? Abuse case settlement

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    Will OUSD Trustee Ortega violate Brown Act on Thursday?
    Does a Homeland Security facility's entry gate security building meet the California Brown Act requirements for public access needed in teleconferencing of an OUSD public meeting?
    According to the October 13, 2016 Orange Unified School Board Agenda, OUSD Trustee John Ortega will be participating in the meeting by teleconferencing from a secure Homeland Security Center for Domestic Preparedness facility in Alabama.  The agenda lists the teleconference call will take place at the "Security Building at the Entry Gate".  

    The California Brown Act, which governs teleconferencing of public meetings in California  requires  teleconferencing meetings-like OUSD's October 13 meeting-to be held in a public place with public access and the ability for public to participate from the teleconference meeting place.  The Brown Act, in addition to specific requirements for teleconferencing meetings, also requires all other requirements of the Brown Act apply to the location of the teleconferencing call. In addition to open access, the Brown Act requirements include teleconferencing locations meet other requirements like the public's ability to freely recording  and video tape the proceedings, and requirements of ADA adherence.

    The picture below from Google Earth shows the security building at  61 Responder  Drive in Anniston, Alabama that is listed in the October 13, 2016 OUSD Agenda as the site OUSD Trustee John Ortega will be participating in the Board meeting by  teleconferencing.  (click on Center for Domestic Preparedness)

    Security building at entry gate building  listed in OUSD Oct 2016 Agenda for teleconfrence

    As seen in the above photograph, three sides of the security building are inside the security perimeter. The  one side outside the security fence has a door (presumably locked) that has a U.S. Government warning sign on it. 

    The Homeland Security Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama - run by the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency (FEMA)-sits behind the security fence. 

    Ariel view of Center for Domestic Preparedness with security building at entry gate in foreground

    The FEMA facility includes: the high security Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility (COBRATF), the  only program in the nation offering training exercises in a real toxic environment, using chemical agents and biological materials; the Noble Training facility for hospital emergency trainings; and the Advanced Responder Training Complex (ARTC)- a full-scale replica training area with simulated buildings that might be found in a real city.
    For more information Click on: FEMA CDP

    The  Homeland Security Center for Domestic Preparedness facility sits on the part of the former U.S. Fort McClellan that is now occupied by a  secure Alabama National Guard Base and the home of the Alabama National Guard Officer Candidate School.  To access the Alabama National Guard Base, one must enter through the secure Fort McClellan Gate (pictured below). Thus, to get to the Homeland Security Center for Domestic Preparedness, a visitor must first get access to the secure Alabama National Guard Base. (Click on Fort McClellan GATE)

    Fort McClellan Gate entry to secure Alabama National Guard Base-home of CDP

    The OUSD Closed Session begins at 5:30 pm PST- which is 7:30 pm CST in Alabama, with the Regular Session beginning at 7:00 pm PST -9:00 pm CST.  The offices of the Center for Domestic Preparedness close at 4:30 pm CST.

    OUSD has had numerous past problems with the Brown Act. In March of 2014 the OUSD Agenda announced that Trustee Kathy Moffat was suppose to teleconference from a private residence in Maryland.  After Brown Act watchdogs Californians Aware was notified, the teleconference never took place. In 2010, OUSD re-voted on items that were originally approved during teleconference meetings that did not vote be the Brown Act required roll-call votes.  In 2003 OUSD was under court order to record all of its Closed Session meetings for potential judicial review because of  Brown Act violations of Closed Sessions in 2001.  In another court case in 2006, OUSD prevailed in a Brown Act case brought by Californians Aware on behalf of then Trustee Steve Rocco over a censure resolution.

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    OUSD Trustee John Ortega is currently seeking reelection to the Orange Unified School Board in November.  His challenger is Daniel Correa.

    For more information CLICK ON:
    Daniel Correa

    Settlement notice filed with court on Sept 16, 2016

    OUSD Trustees to vote on approve of settlement deal in autistic student abuse case

    The OUSD Trustees will vote on October 13 to approve a settlement on a case involving the alleged physical abuse of an autistic OUSD student.

    The notice of a settlement was filed in the case with the Orange County Superior Court on September 16, 2016.

    The lawsuit Andrew Ashline v Orange Unified  is listed under Closed Session Agenda Item 4 B. The case centers around an alleged 2014 incident where an autistic student was physically restrained at Palmyra Elementary.

    The story was widely reported when a classroom aid reported the incident to the family. The student's Special Ed teacher Jayme Barks, plus various administrators and the district were all named in the civil suit. 

    For more information CLICK ON:

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    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING October 12, 2016
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 5:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm

    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

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    Sunday, September 18, 2016


    Another Pauly court loss

    Pauly appeal for change to Measure S ballot argument dismissed by court

    Pauly and "cut out' Trump
    Former Villa Park Councilwomen Deborah Pauly continued her losing streak in her recent court battles when her appeal against the O.C. Superior Court decision on the Measure S ballot statement was dismissed last week by a California appeals court.

    On Thursday September 15, 2016 the California 4th Appellate District, Division 3 Associate Justices Ellen C. Moore, Richard D. Fybel and Raymond K. Ikola summarily denied the petition from Pauly for immediate relief with a writ of mandate to overturn the decision by Orange County Superior Court Judge Andrew Banks. (For more information click on PAULY DENIED).

    The Case Disposition for the case states "Petition summarily denied by order "   (click on Disposition ) while the Case Docket states: 
     "Petitioner's request for judicial notice is DENIED. Real party in interest Neal Kelley's motion to strike petitioner's supplemental declaration is DENIED. The petition for writ of mandate is DENIED." 
    (For more information click on Docket)

    Pauly's attorney, well-known Election Law Attorney Chad D. Morgan, filed the case named Pauly v. The Superior Court of Orange County et al. on September 2, 2016 after Pauly's loss in the O.C. Superior Court. In her original case Pauly tried to replace the ballot argument against OUSD's Measure S Facilities Bond on the November ballot. (for more information click on Parties). I

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    Wednesday, September 07, 2016


    Measure S: All Star committee

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    All Star community members selected for Measure S Independent Citizen's Committee
    The Orange Unified School Board Trustees at their Thursday September 8, 2016 Regular Board Meeting will vote to appoint what amounts to an all-star committee representing all communities of  Greater Orange to the Measure S Independent Citizen's Oversight Committee.

    The Recommendation from the staff of Orange Unified included in  Agenda Item 12 A ( page 8) reads:
    To promote transparency with respect to the expenditure of bond proceeds and provide assurance to taxpayers as to the membership of the Measure S Independent Citizen's  Oversight Committee, prior to the election, it is recommended that the Board of Education approve the attached slate of representatives.

    The seven member board recommendations include-

    Three Anaheim residents:

    Two members are from Orange:

    Two members from Villa Park:

    Long-time OUSD watchers report that the seven Measure S committee members meet all the background requirements of the California Education Code for a bond oversight committee as well as far exceed the depth, experience, community diversity and community connections of any previously selected local oversight committee.

    INSIDE the September 8 Board Meeting
    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING September 8, 2016
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 6:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm

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    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

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    Monday, September 05, 2016


    Newest OC political couple: Pauly and Rocco

    The merging politics of Steve Rocco and Deborah Pauly
    The Measure S opposition campaign- a merging of  the O.C. Alternate Right and Alternate Reality
    The opposition to Measure S, the 2016 Facilities Bond in Orange Unified School District, consists of the merging of two radical Orange County political brands- the so called Alt Right and  a true Alternate  Reality.  

    Rambeling Rocco
    Like a sibling rivalry, the poster children for each of these infamous Orange County "political" brands-former Villa Park Councilwomen Deborah Pauly of the local "Alt Right" movement and former OUSD Trustee Steve Rocco- a self-proclaimed crusader against a personal delusional conspiracy called the Partnership (and alleged Andy Kaufman self-incarnate) are now vying for the privilege of not only  being the official opposition to Measure S- but also the title of  Top Orange County Fringe Politician.  

    The outcast pair are no stranger to political controversy-controversy that is often seen as politically self-serving for the Alternative Right and Alternative Reality.

    Pauly and cut-out Trump
    While politics has long been known to make "strange bedfellows"- the two fringe Measure S opponents are indeed a strange pair- each with their own demons. Rocco who lives in a rambling Alternative Reality of local conspiracy theories puncuated by shop-lifting run-ins with the law, and Pauly who lives in the Alt Right conspiracy theories against the likes of Muslims* punctuated by alcohol fueled run-ins with the law.
    * Click on BreitBart News  and Media Matters

    So far in the Measure S ballot battle, the stars of faith have aligned with Rocco writing the official ballot opposition statement after both he and Pauly both submitted statements. While  randomly selected, Rocco's statement was upheld last week in the first round of court battles- courtesy of the county lawyers backing the ballot process of Neal Kelley, Orange County Registrar of Voters and representing the interests of the O.C. Board of Supervisors.  With only a small set back of a couple of sentences removed from the Rocco statement by a judge ruling for the Board of Supervisors attorneys, Rocco's opposition ballot statement for now stays on the ballot even as Pauly appeals the Rocco statement's 1st Amendment based win.

    Nothing worst than a Constitutional loss to the Alt Right from a conservative judge. 

    The most immediate result of the Rocco statement's win in court is now Rocco gets a "two-fer".  Yes in addition to having the official opposition ballot statement, Rocco gets to "rebut" the  pro-Measure S  ballot statement. For that we need to stay tuned. 
    Click on: Rocco Argument and Rebuttal to Rocco 

    Local press, blogs and political insiders have a long history with Orange County's most famous fringe actors- who destiny has now brought together as a star-crossed political couple.

    Now with political fate bringing us the Rocco-Pauly political merger , below are links to  the Rocco and Pauly greatest hits.

    "Steve Rocco is a retired educator. The Partnership wants him dead. Rocco likes Johnny Cash records. That ketchup bottle was unrefrigerated. Rocco is Kaufman wearing a beanie."
     For Source click on Rocco for OC SUPERVISOR

    "During that arrest, James Pauly tried to slip off his handcuffs, and Deborah Pauly asked to drive the Porsche home, according to the Weekly. 

    But police refused the request because she appeared to be drunk, the Weekly said.

    When reached for comment, Pauly said she didn't want to discuss the circumstances of her accident this month because her DUI case is still pending.

    However, she did acknowledge making comments during the police encounter that could have been construed as anti-Muslim.

    For Source click on Pauly

    For other events at the Covenant Presbyterian Church of Orange CLICK ON: CHURCH

    2011 Villa Park Protests over Pauly's anti-Muslim remarks

    Steve Rocco as OUSD Trustee

    For more information on the Deborah Pauly controversies 
    LA TIMES 2
    California News
    Bad Eagle Blog
    OC Tea Party BLOG
    Anaheim Blog

    For more information on the Steve Rocco controversies 
    LA TIMES 2
    LA TIMES 3
    OC Register 1
    OC Register 2
    OC Register 3
    OC Weekly 1
    OC Weekly 2

    Friday, September 02, 2016


    Abused turkey dead, guilty Chapman U students get 1 day in jail

    Image result for chapman universityOrange H.S. abused turkey euthanized two days before Chapman U students plead guilty 
    Orange High School Panther News is reporting that the abused Orange High School Farm turkey named Tim, after undergoing months of treatment, was euthanized do to his injuries from being abused by two Chapman University lacrosse students earlier this year.

    The Panther News reports that Chapman senior Richard Brent Malby and former Chapman student Steven Koressel pled guilty at their September 1 arraignment to "entering an animal enclosure without consent".

    The complete story is covered by Chapman University students Rebeecah Glaser and Sabrina Santoro ( with the original story by Jackie Cohen) and includes statements from Chapman University officials about the incident and reports on the students suspension, then reinstatement to the Chapman Lacrosse team can be found at these two links:

    For the OC Register's story on the April arrest of the pair click on: OC REGISTER

    Wednesday, August 31, 2016


    UPDATED: Judge denies Pauly Measure S petition

    Judge denies Deborah Pauly petition against Measure S and rules on OC Supervisors request on Rocco statement

    Post updated based on more correct information on 9/2/16

    Sources report that in a Wednesday September 31st  court hearing, Orange County Superior Court Judge Andrew Banks denied the petition from Deborah Pauly against Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelly over the opposition ballot statement for OUSD's Measure S Facilities Bond.

    After loosing a drawing held by the Orange County Registrar of Voters to be the official anti-OUSD Measure S statement to appear on the ballot, Deborah Pauly went to court today to have her ballot statement replace former OUSD Trustee Steve Rocco's ballot statement.  Both Pauly and Rocco had submitted opposition ballot statements.

    Pauly had sought a ruling based on the content of the Rocco Ballot Statement. Lawyers for the Registrar of Voters argued that the Registrar of Voters could not make a content based determination of which argument should get priority. Judge Banks ruled that a content based determination for the ballot was unauthorized by statue and not appropriate in light of the First Amendment.

    Pauly, a Republican Central Committee Member and head of the Stop the Rip-off! No on Measure S campaign, filed the case last week against the Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley attempting to remove Rooco's statement and replace it with her own.  Pauly's case  asserted that Rocco's Committee Against the Orange Unified School District Bond  is not a true committee and the content of the Rocco statement will harm the election process. 

    While county lawyers defended Kelley in court, other county lawyers were also in court representing the Board of Supervisors. Those lawyers were sucessful in having two sentences in the Rocco argument concerning  Public Adimistrator Peggi Buff and former Orange County D.A. Tony Rackaukus removed.

    Rocco's Measure S ballot statement has numerous references to county and local officials weaved into a classic Rocco personal conspiracy writing that long-time Greater Orange residents are more than familiar.

    As the opposition to Measure S fights, the well-organized broad-based  pro-Measure S forces led by a community coalition called the Yes on Measure S Campaign 2016 has previewed their new logo for its campaign:

    The ballot argument in favor of Measure S is signed by former Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell, Orange Mayor Tita Smith, Villa Park City Councilwomen Diana Fascenelli, City of Anaheim City Councilwomen Kris Murray and OUSD Board President Rick Ledesma. Click on  MEASURE S BALLOT

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