Last week, I read an article describing Debbie Sandland as being “visibly perturbed” about being passed up for the nomination of school board president. Evidently, there’s an unwritten rule among trustees that the previous year’s clerk be nominated as the current year’s board president. Last year’s clerk was Sandland.
But protocol was broken last week when Eric Lundstrom, a first term trustee, received the majority vote. Uh oh! Protocol was broken? Yikes! And Sandland doesn’t like that at all according to last week’s article in the Acorn:
“I think it’s my turn,” she said. “It’s a natural progression.”
DiFatta agreed with her fellow board member.
“There shouldn’t be any debate,” DiFatta said. “The clerk of the board (Sandland) has done a great job, and unless she’s not interested in being president, we should move the clerk to president. I certainly hope this board doesn’t go toward the culture of previous boards that were divisive and mean-spirited.”
I love that! Breaking away from tradition gets this old timer to utter the words “divisive” and “mean-spirited!” Really Janice??
What really moved me was the response from former Simi Valley Mayor and former School Board Trustee Greg Stratton. I like Mr. Stratton for several reasons that I’m not afraid to admit. 1) I bought a condo from him about 10 years ago, 2) he used to work with my father, 3) he’s a well respected member of the community and 4) he was never afraid to openly voice his concerns about the school district and our board of trustees. He speaks openly in a letter to the Acorn this week:
Obviously their definition of “recent memory” does not go all the way back to 2004, when they broke protocol and denied me and Carla Kurachi our turns as board president and clerk. They taught Rob (Collins) well that the leadership decision is purely political. I’m sure he remembers back that far.
By the protocol, Eric (Lundstrom) should have been clerk last year. Apparently they forgot that part of it then, but now they conveniently remember the rules.
I don’t know how they each can make the statements they made without being afraid of being struck by lightning for twisting the truth.
Read his letter by clicking here.
Update: Brian Dennert discusses the issue here.