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Contra Costa: Six file to run for county education board

Two challengers will face off against longtime incumbent Pamela Mirabella in the Nov. 8 election to represent Area 1 on the Contra Costa County Board of Education.   The challengers include Fatima Alleyne, an outspoken West Contra Costa school district critic and education advocate who served as a member of that district's Budget Advisory Committee and has raised questions about how the school district is spending its Measure G parcel tax money.  Also competing for the seat which covers El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Kensington, San Pablo, and parts of Pinole and Richmond, is former West Contra Costa board trustee Elaine Merriweather, who ran unsuccessfully for re-election two years ago.  ...


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WCCUSD: Whistleblower files retaliation complaint

A whistleblower who alleged financial mismanagement in West Contra Costa County Unified's $1.6 billion school construction bond program, has filed a retaliation complaint against the district with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

     In his complaint, Dennis Clay, a program analyst for the district's school bond program, said he was given an "unsatisfactory" job evaluation by his supervisor for the first time in his 12 years of employment with the district. ...   "They want to paint me a disgruntled employee, and they want to make it seem that my stuff (statement and financial reports on the bond program) isn't accurate, and that the district needs to be protected from me," Clay said by phone on Monday. ...

West Contra Costa schools: Familiar, fresh faces compete in November race

Seven candidates will be competing for two open seats on the West Contra Costa school board on the Nov. 8 ballot. ...

Antonio Medrano, a former school board trustee who served from 2008 to 2012 before losing his re-election bid. He is a retired community college and high school teacher who remains active in the district.

Don Gosney heads the Ivy League Connection and is an ally of former board President Charles Ramsey. He has been an outspoken critic of spending $1 million for a forensic audit of the district's $1.6 billion school construction bond program.

Tom Panas, chairman of the district's Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. He has advocated for the forensic audit, as well as increased transparency and accountability for the district.

Mister Phillips, a labor attorney who also represents West County on the Democratic Central Committee. He ran unsuccessfully for the board two years ago.

Ayana Kirkland Young, an attorney and district parent who hopes to bring more outreach to diverse neighborhoods. She also ran unsuccessfully two years ago. ...
Carlos Taboada, a retired teacher, counselor and district parent who has served as co-chair of the Multilingual District Advisory Committee for the past five years.

Stephanie Sequeira, an education advocate and district parent. eastbaytimes.com/breaking-news/ci_30260169/west-contra-costa-schools-new-faces-compete-crowded

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