Special Commentary: Enterprise Editorial Paints An Overly Rosy Picture of Superintendent Murphy’s Legacy

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Sunday’s editorial by the Davis Enterprise, illustrates a fundamental problem with the reporting of the Enterprise–it fundamentally fails to hold public establishment officials accountable for their actions. The most concerning part of the positive editorial is that in fact, the editorial staff acknowledged the financial scandals in the schools and still wrote a very glowing piece on former Superintendent of Schools David Murphy. Do the residents of Davis who sent their kids to school and be educated in this school district deserve better than this whitewashing of what is now bordering on multiple incidents of what can only reasonably be described as sheer incompetence?

After all, we are talking in David Murphy about a person that the Davis Joint Unified School District is paying not to work, while they have hired another person to work. So why is his departure a big loss for the Davis community as the Davis Enterprise boldly states?

The Enterprise describes his strength on the academic side, “where he distinguished himself first as an innovative principal of Davis High School and then as a visionary superintendent who never lost sight of his goal: What’s best for the students of Davis?”

Oh did he now? There have been longstanding complaints against Murphy for the failure to appropriately deal with issues of harassment, bullying, and racism on campus. In fact, those complaints stem back to his days as Davis High School Principal and the killing of a student, Thong Hy Huynh.

But it is more than that. There has been an utter failure to meet the needs of minority students–particularly the African-American students. The most recent incident being the resignation of Courtenay Tessler who was the adviser to the students of the Black Students Union. This was a devastating blow to the students in this organization, who relied on Ms. Tessler help and advice to them. By all accounts this was a devoted person and resource to many students in the high school.

The larger problem has been the lack of minority hires in this district. This problem falls squarely on the shoulders of the leadership and the Superintendent’s office. The previous Superintendent was largely seen as a hindrance to the efforts of many to have a more diverse teaching staff in the district.

Perhaps the strangest part of the editorial however was the end where it talked about “rocky times… particularly with regard to facilities.” The closing reads: “Ultimately, those issues cast a shadow over his shining record, and led the Board of Education to lose faith in him. What a loss his retirement is for the Davis community. We’ll truly miss David Murphy.”

I simply do not understand this sentiment. What an insult that is to the elected school board. Cast a shadow? More like eclipse the sun. We are talking about numerous and severe financial and conflict of interest problems that have literally plagued the district for the last several years.

This has been a tumultuous year for the school district with a number of different financial scandals. In November of 2006, the board halted construction on a new King High School building. Allegations were made at that time by Board Member Jim Provenza that “shoddy practices in the business office have cost us” money on the project. He further said, “I’m happy we have a new chief budget officer (Colby) and (we’re) cleaning up the mess we’ve had in the past.

Earlier this month the project was re-approved with money from redevelopment funds. Board member Tim Taylor cast the lone, “no” vote and he too made allegations about irregularities in board money use. “For me, the issue is some financially funky stuff that’s gone on to get us to this point. It has absolutely nothing to do with King High.”

In addition there has been several recent financial irregularities particularly involving King High and also concerning the former deputy superintendent for business Tahir Ahad who founded an educational consulting firm while employed with the DJUSD. He in turn recruited many fellow district employees to join him at the firm all the while everyone of them continued their full time employment with the district. This “moonlighting” by senior and middle management district employees resulted in them not doing their district jobs full time yet they received full time pay.

Furthermore, the former deputy superintendent for business Tahir Ahad was allowed to do much of his district work from his home office where he actually focused most of his time on his start-up business resulting in shoddy work product for the district and causing it to lose grant monies in the millions of dollars. The new school board put an end to this and has pushed for a new and comprehensive conflict of interest code to prevent this type of conduct from ever occurring again.

It is clear that there were multiple problems in the school district many of which were the result of David Murphy, his hires, and his policies. The new school board should be the ones commended for having the fortitude and foresight to make the tough changes that will ultimately produce a better product.

If David Murphy has led the district to better academics–in a community as well-educated as Davis–I would suggest that a replacement can do so as well without the financial fiascos, without the hiring problems, without the harassment problems, without so many other problems that the public really is not aware of because unfortunately the process is veiled behind a wall of confidentiality that protects personnel from public disclosure.

I would suggest that the Davis Enterprise view this as is akin to an iceberg. We can see the tip of the problems but we cannot view their full damage. We do not know what lies beneath the surface, but we do know it was bad enough that the district was willing to swallow over $13,000 per month on an individual who is no longer employed by the school district. That alone should tell the public what they need to know and that we should not be honoring and defending this man’s record.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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44 thoughts on “Special Commentary: Enterprise Editorial Paints An Overly Rosy Picture of Superintendent Murphy’s Legacy”

  1. Davisite

    Small town newspaper writing a social “obit”, easing the public discomfort of our neighbor and departing(fired?) school superintenent. The facts are well-known and the Enterprise’s divergence from reality is recognized by all who have had the interest to follow this story. I cannot recall if Debbie Davis and the Enterprise staff exhibited a similar ” sensitivity ” when they wrote about the “fired” Human Relations Commission. Anyone remember?

  2. Davisite

    Small town newspaper writing a social “obit”, easing the public discomfort of our neighbor and departing(fired?) school superintenent. The facts are well-known and the Enterprise’s divergence from reality is recognized by all who have had the interest to follow this story. I cannot recall if Debbie Davis and the Enterprise staff exhibited a similar ” sensitivity ” when they wrote about the “fired” Human Relations Commission. Anyone remember?

  3. Davisite

    Small town newspaper writing a social “obit”, easing the public discomfort of our neighbor and departing(fired?) school superintenent. The facts are well-known and the Enterprise’s divergence from reality is recognized by all who have had the interest to follow this story. I cannot recall if Debbie Davis and the Enterprise staff exhibited a similar ” sensitivity ” when they wrote about the “fired” Human Relations Commission. Anyone remember?

  4. Davisite

    Small town newspaper writing a social “obit”, easing the public discomfort of our neighbor and departing(fired?) school superintenent. The facts are well-known and the Enterprise’s divergence from reality is recognized by all who have had the interest to follow this story. I cannot recall if Debbie Davis and the Enterprise staff exhibited a similar ” sensitivity ” when they wrote about the “fired” Human Relations Commission. Anyone remember?

  5. Rich Rifkin

    “… shoddy work product for the district and causing it to lose grant monies in the millions of dollars. The new school board put an end to this and has pushed for a new and comprehensive conflict of interest code to prevent this type of conduct from ever occurring again.”

    I have likely erased over my taped interview I did with Gina Daleiden before she was elected to the School Board. But in that interview, Gina told me that her first priority would be to clean up the business practices of the District. She explicityly said at that time that the arrangement that the School Board had with Tahir Ahad was “unethical” and causing real problems for the district. She asked me not to quote her on those things — and I did not — but since so much time has passed I think it should be revealed publicly that Gina Daleiden has really been the leader in changing the way the business practices of the District have been conducted.

    You seem to have a strong tie to Jim Provenza and want to give him credit on this issue. I don’t know how much leadership Provenza has really shown, as he and Keltie Jones were a part of the group that helped create this problem. It was the influx of Daleiden, Tim Taylor and Sheila Allen that ultimately changed the rules.

    (Note of disclosure: I publicly endorsed Sheila Allen for that election. I did not make any other endorsements, though I met with all of the candidates.)

    “It is clear that there were multiple problems in the school district many of which were the result of David Murphy, his hires, and his policies.”

    Not all Murphy’s policies. If the new school board was able to put an end to this, while Murphy was in place, then shouldn’t you be casting some blame on the erstwhile Board? And maybe on the two holdover members from that Board in particular?

  6. Rich Rifkin

    “… shoddy work product for the district and causing it to lose grant monies in the millions of dollars. The new school board put an end to this and has pushed for a new and comprehensive conflict of interest code to prevent this type of conduct from ever occurring again.”

    I have likely erased over my taped interview I did with Gina Daleiden before she was elected to the School Board. But in that interview, Gina told me that her first priority would be to clean up the business practices of the District. She explicityly said at that time that the arrangement that the School Board had with Tahir Ahad was “unethical” and causing real problems for the district. She asked me not to quote her on those things — and I did not — but since so much time has passed I think it should be revealed publicly that Gina Daleiden has really been the leader in changing the way the business practices of the District have been conducted.

    You seem to have a strong tie to Jim Provenza and want to give him credit on this issue. I don’t know how much leadership Provenza has really shown, as he and Keltie Jones were a part of the group that helped create this problem. It was the influx of Daleiden, Tim Taylor and Sheila Allen that ultimately changed the rules.

    (Note of disclosure: I publicly endorsed Sheila Allen for that election. I did not make any other endorsements, though I met with all of the candidates.)

    “It is clear that there were multiple problems in the school district many of which were the result of David Murphy, his hires, and his policies.”

    Not all Murphy’s policies. If the new school board was able to put an end to this, while Murphy was in place, then shouldn’t you be casting some blame on the erstwhile Board? And maybe on the two holdover members from that Board in particular?

  7. Rich Rifkin

    “… shoddy work product for the district and causing it to lose grant monies in the millions of dollars. The new school board put an end to this and has pushed for a new and comprehensive conflict of interest code to prevent this type of conduct from ever occurring again.”

    I have likely erased over my taped interview I did with Gina Daleiden before she was elected to the School Board. But in that interview, Gina told me that her first priority would be to clean up the business practices of the District. She explicityly said at that time that the arrangement that the School Board had with Tahir Ahad was “unethical” and causing real problems for the district. She asked me not to quote her on those things — and I did not — but since so much time has passed I think it should be revealed publicly that Gina Daleiden has really been the leader in changing the way the business practices of the District have been conducted.

    You seem to have a strong tie to Jim Provenza and want to give him credit on this issue. I don’t know how much leadership Provenza has really shown, as he and Keltie Jones were a part of the group that helped create this problem. It was the influx of Daleiden, Tim Taylor and Sheila Allen that ultimately changed the rules.

    (Note of disclosure: I publicly endorsed Sheila Allen for that election. I did not make any other endorsements, though I met with all of the candidates.)

    “It is clear that there were multiple problems in the school district many of which were the result of David Murphy, his hires, and his policies.”

    Not all Murphy’s policies. If the new school board was able to put an end to this, while Murphy was in place, then shouldn’t you be casting some blame on the erstwhile Board? And maybe on the two holdover members from that Board in particular?

  8. Rich Rifkin

    “… shoddy work product for the district and causing it to lose grant monies in the millions of dollars. The new school board put an end to this and has pushed for a new and comprehensive conflict of interest code to prevent this type of conduct from ever occurring again.”

    I have likely erased over my taped interview I did with Gina Daleiden before she was elected to the School Board. But in that interview, Gina told me that her first priority would be to clean up the business practices of the District. She explicityly said at that time that the arrangement that the School Board had with Tahir Ahad was “unethical” and causing real problems for the district. She asked me not to quote her on those things — and I did not — but since so much time has passed I think it should be revealed publicly that Gina Daleiden has really been the leader in changing the way the business practices of the District have been conducted.

    You seem to have a strong tie to Jim Provenza and want to give him credit on this issue. I don’t know how much leadership Provenza has really shown, as he and Keltie Jones were a part of the group that helped create this problem. It was the influx of Daleiden, Tim Taylor and Sheila Allen that ultimately changed the rules.

    (Note of disclosure: I publicly endorsed Sheila Allen for that election. I did not make any other endorsements, though I met with all of the candidates.)

    “It is clear that there were multiple problems in the school district many of which were the result of David Murphy, his hires, and his policies.”

    Not all Murphy’s policies. If the new school board was able to put an end to this, while Murphy was in place, then shouldn’t you be casting some blame on the erstwhile Board? And maybe on the two holdover members from that Board in particular?

  9. Doug Paul Davis

    Rich:

    “I don’t know how much leadership Provenza has really shown, as he and Keltie Jones were a part of the group that helped create this problem.”

    Provenza on the board, he was not on a part of the group as he was often on the short-end of 4-1 votes. And yes, I give tremendous credit to the new board members for pushing this.

  10. Doug Paul Davis

    Rich:

    “I don’t know how much leadership Provenza has really shown, as he and Keltie Jones were a part of the group that helped create this problem.”

    Provenza on the board, he was not on a part of the group as he was often on the short-end of 4-1 votes. And yes, I give tremendous credit to the new board members for pushing this.

  11. Doug Paul Davis

    Rich:

    “I don’t know how much leadership Provenza has really shown, as he and Keltie Jones were a part of the group that helped create this problem.”

    Provenza on the board, he was not on a part of the group as he was often on the short-end of 4-1 votes. And yes, I give tremendous credit to the new board members for pushing this.

  12. Doug Paul Davis

    Rich:

    “I don’t know how much leadership Provenza has really shown, as he and Keltie Jones were a part of the group that helped create this problem.”

    Provenza on the board, he was not on a part of the group as he was often on the short-end of 4-1 votes. And yes, I give tremendous credit to the new board members for pushing this.

  13. Anonymous

    It should be noted that the previous school board prior to the swearing in of Sheila Allen, Gina Daleiden and Tim Taylor voted to extend David Murphy’s contract for another three years until July 2008. As we now know, this was done despite the school board’s knowledge of the questionable ethical and financial decisions of David Murphy and his administration.

    Outgoing trustees Marty West, Joan Sallee and BJ Kline along with Keltie Jones voted for Murphy’s contract extention. Jim Provenza voted no.

  14. Anonymous

    It should be noted that the previous school board prior to the swearing in of Sheila Allen, Gina Daleiden and Tim Taylor voted to extend David Murphy’s contract for another three years until July 2008. As we now know, this was done despite the school board’s knowledge of the questionable ethical and financial decisions of David Murphy and his administration.

    Outgoing trustees Marty West, Joan Sallee and BJ Kline along with Keltie Jones voted for Murphy’s contract extention. Jim Provenza voted no.

  15. Anonymous

    It should be noted that the previous school board prior to the swearing in of Sheila Allen, Gina Daleiden and Tim Taylor voted to extend David Murphy’s contract for another three years until July 2008. As we now know, this was done despite the school board’s knowledge of the questionable ethical and financial decisions of David Murphy and his administration.

    Outgoing trustees Marty West, Joan Sallee and BJ Kline along with Keltie Jones voted for Murphy’s contract extention. Jim Provenza voted no.

  16. Anonymous

    It should be noted that the previous school board prior to the swearing in of Sheila Allen, Gina Daleiden and Tim Taylor voted to extend David Murphy’s contract for another three years until July 2008. As we now know, this was done despite the school board’s knowledge of the questionable ethical and financial decisions of David Murphy and his administration.

    Outgoing trustees Marty West, Joan Sallee and BJ Kline along with Keltie Jones voted for Murphy’s contract extention. Jim Provenza voted no.

  17. Davisite

    Gina Daleiden’s connection to councilman Saylor(wasn’t she his campaign manager when he ran for city council?)casts an unfortunate cloud over the separation of school issues and the politics of growth.

  18. Davisite

    Gina Daleiden’s connection to councilman Saylor(wasn’t she his campaign manager when he ran for city council?)casts an unfortunate cloud over the separation of school issues and the politics of growth.

  19. Davisite

    Gina Daleiden’s connection to councilman Saylor(wasn’t she his campaign manager when he ran for city council?)casts an unfortunate cloud over the separation of school issues and the politics of growth.

  20. Davisite

    Gina Daleiden’s connection to councilman Saylor(wasn’t she his campaign manager when he ran for city council?)casts an unfortunate cloud over the separation of school issues and the politics of growth.

  21. Richard

    the problem with the Enterprise is really quite obvious

    Debbie Davis has been running the paper for far too long, resulting in the type of cozy relations at the local level that get the paper into trouble

    hence: Davis tips off the police department about an effort by Californians Aware about measuring the responsiveness of local government entities to Public Records Act requests

    hence: these embarrassing editorials celebrating Murphy, supporting Pheng Ly and praising the performance of an ethically impaired prosecutor like Pattie Fong

    it is one thing to take these positions, and quite another to publish them in a rhetorical, Chamber of Commerce style, reminiscent of Sinclair Lewis’ Main Street, in a style so maudlin that they probably have an effect opposite to the one intended

    hence: the Enterprise buys its way into a lawsuit by posting the Social Security number of a juvenile on the Internet

    this is what happens when the editor of your local newspaper decides that it primarily serves the role of the promotion of the community as perceived by its dominant business and political interests

    now, the Sacramento Bee went through a similar experience in the 1990s, when it served as a megaphone for the interests of the city and county’s major developers, like Tsakapolis, who concidentally, happened to be a friend of the publisher, Gregory Favre, but the Bee, recognizing that its brand identity and journalistic reputation was being impaired, perhaps fatally, by the relationship, removed Favre, and moved in a very different direction, as today’s editorial condemning Tsakapolis’ proposal for leap frog development in the east county shows

    such insight appears far beyond the capabilities of the current owner and management of the Enterprise

    –Richard Estes

  22. Richard

    the problem with the Enterprise is really quite obvious

    Debbie Davis has been running the paper for far too long, resulting in the type of cozy relations at the local level that get the paper into trouble

    hence: Davis tips off the police department about an effort by Californians Aware about measuring the responsiveness of local government entities to Public Records Act requests

    hence: these embarrassing editorials celebrating Murphy, supporting Pheng Ly and praising the performance of an ethically impaired prosecutor like Pattie Fong

    it is one thing to take these positions, and quite another to publish them in a rhetorical, Chamber of Commerce style, reminiscent of Sinclair Lewis’ Main Street, in a style so maudlin that they probably have an effect opposite to the one intended

    hence: the Enterprise buys its way into a lawsuit by posting the Social Security number of a juvenile on the Internet

    this is what happens when the editor of your local newspaper decides that it primarily serves the role of the promotion of the community as perceived by its dominant business and political interests

    now, the Sacramento Bee went through a similar experience in the 1990s, when it served as a megaphone for the interests of the city and county’s major developers, like Tsakapolis, who concidentally, happened to be a friend of the publisher, Gregory Favre, but the Bee, recognizing that its brand identity and journalistic reputation was being impaired, perhaps fatally, by the relationship, removed Favre, and moved in a very different direction, as today’s editorial condemning Tsakapolis’ proposal for leap frog development in the east county shows

    such insight appears far beyond the capabilities of the current owner and management of the Enterprise

    –Richard Estes

  23. Richard

    the problem with the Enterprise is really quite obvious

    Debbie Davis has been running the paper for far too long, resulting in the type of cozy relations at the local level that get the paper into trouble

    hence: Davis tips off the police department about an effort by Californians Aware about measuring the responsiveness of local government entities to Public Records Act requests

    hence: these embarrassing editorials celebrating Murphy, supporting Pheng Ly and praising the performance of an ethically impaired prosecutor like Pattie Fong

    it is one thing to take these positions, and quite another to publish them in a rhetorical, Chamber of Commerce style, reminiscent of Sinclair Lewis’ Main Street, in a style so maudlin that they probably have an effect opposite to the one intended

    hence: the Enterprise buys its way into a lawsuit by posting the Social Security number of a juvenile on the Internet

    this is what happens when the editor of your local newspaper decides that it primarily serves the role of the promotion of the community as perceived by its dominant business and political interests

    now, the Sacramento Bee went through a similar experience in the 1990s, when it served as a megaphone for the interests of the city and county’s major developers, like Tsakapolis, who concidentally, happened to be a friend of the publisher, Gregory Favre, but the Bee, recognizing that its brand identity and journalistic reputation was being impaired, perhaps fatally, by the relationship, removed Favre, and moved in a very different direction, as today’s editorial condemning Tsakapolis’ proposal for leap frog development in the east county shows

    such insight appears far beyond the capabilities of the current owner and management of the Enterprise

    –Richard Estes

  24. Richard

    the problem with the Enterprise is really quite obvious

    Debbie Davis has been running the paper for far too long, resulting in the type of cozy relations at the local level that get the paper into trouble

    hence: Davis tips off the police department about an effort by Californians Aware about measuring the responsiveness of local government entities to Public Records Act requests

    hence: these embarrassing editorials celebrating Murphy, supporting Pheng Ly and praising the performance of an ethically impaired prosecutor like Pattie Fong

    it is one thing to take these positions, and quite another to publish them in a rhetorical, Chamber of Commerce style, reminiscent of Sinclair Lewis’ Main Street, in a style so maudlin that they probably have an effect opposite to the one intended

    hence: the Enterprise buys its way into a lawsuit by posting the Social Security number of a juvenile on the Internet

    this is what happens when the editor of your local newspaper decides that it primarily serves the role of the promotion of the community as perceived by its dominant business and political interests

    now, the Sacramento Bee went through a similar experience in the 1990s, when it served as a megaphone for the interests of the city and county’s major developers, like Tsakapolis, who concidentally, happened to be a friend of the publisher, Gregory Favre, but the Bee, recognizing that its brand identity and journalistic reputation was being impaired, perhaps fatally, by the relationship, removed Favre, and moved in a very different direction, as today’s editorial condemning Tsakapolis’ proposal for leap frog development in the east county shows

    such insight appears far beyond the capabilities of the current owner and management of the Enterprise

    –Richard Estes

  25. Anonymous

    Have you never watched a school board meeting? Gina is not a leader on the board. It is clearly Provenza who has the leadership along with Shiela Allen.

    It is no surprise that under Provenza’s leadership as President of the school board that Murphy has finally received his long pink slip.

    Thank you Jim and Shiela, with some help from Tim and Gina, for cleaning up the school district.

    Now please, keep Valley Oak open and let’s get back to business. The kids are waiting.

  26. Anonymous

    Have you never watched a school board meeting? Gina is not a leader on the board. It is clearly Provenza who has the leadership along with Shiela Allen.

    It is no surprise that under Provenza’s leadership as President of the school board that Murphy has finally received his long pink slip.

    Thank you Jim and Shiela, with some help from Tim and Gina, for cleaning up the school district.

    Now please, keep Valley Oak open and let’s get back to business. The kids are waiting.

  27. Anonymous

    Have you never watched a school board meeting? Gina is not a leader on the board. It is clearly Provenza who has the leadership along with Shiela Allen.

    It is no surprise that under Provenza’s leadership as President of the school board that Murphy has finally received his long pink slip.

    Thank you Jim and Shiela, with some help from Tim and Gina, for cleaning up the school district.

    Now please, keep Valley Oak open and let’s get back to business. The kids are waiting.

  28. Anonymous

    Have you never watched a school board meeting? Gina is not a leader on the board. It is clearly Provenza who has the leadership along with Shiela Allen.

    It is no surprise that under Provenza’s leadership as President of the school board that Murphy has finally received his long pink slip.

    Thank you Jim and Shiela, with some help from Tim and Gina, for cleaning up the school district.

    Now please, keep Valley Oak open and let’s get back to business. The kids are waiting.

  29. Rich Rifkin

    “Have you never watched a school board meeting?”

    No. I have watched school board meetings.

    “Gina is not a leader on the board. It is clearly Provenza who has the leadership along with Shiela Allen.”

    Just as the case with the Murphy “retirement,” there are things that go on with the School Board that are not to be seen at the public meetings.

    Nonetheless, my point was not a general one about Board leadership, but a specific one about reversing the direction of the business practices approved by the previous Board. That, I happen to know, was led by Gina Daleiden.

  30. Rich Rifkin

    “Have you never watched a school board meeting?”

    No. I have watched school board meetings.

    “Gina is not a leader on the board. It is clearly Provenza who has the leadership along with Shiela Allen.”

    Just as the case with the Murphy “retirement,” there are things that go on with the School Board that are not to be seen at the public meetings.

    Nonetheless, my point was not a general one about Board leadership, but a specific one about reversing the direction of the business practices approved by the previous Board. That, I happen to know, was led by Gina Daleiden.

  31. Rich Rifkin

    “Have you never watched a school board meeting?”

    No. I have watched school board meetings.

    “Gina is not a leader on the board. It is clearly Provenza who has the leadership along with Shiela Allen.”

    Just as the case with the Murphy “retirement,” there are things that go on with the School Board that are not to be seen at the public meetings.

    Nonetheless, my point was not a general one about Board leadership, but a specific one about reversing the direction of the business practices approved by the previous Board. That, I happen to know, was led by Gina Daleiden.

  32. Rich Rifkin

    “Have you never watched a school board meeting?”

    No. I have watched school board meetings.

    “Gina is not a leader on the board. It is clearly Provenza who has the leadership along with Shiela Allen.”

    Just as the case with the Murphy “retirement,” there are things that go on with the School Board that are not to be seen at the public meetings.

    Nonetheless, my point was not a general one about Board leadership, but a specific one about reversing the direction of the business practices approved by the previous Board. That, I happen to know, was led by Gina Daleiden.

  33. Anonymous

    The failure of the Enterprise to report the mini-scandal in the Davis select “under-12” baseball team last year (i.e. playing someone who was too old for the team, and thus having to give back their trophy) was another example of their being unwilling to tell the whole story if it was going to embarrass someone.

  34. Anonymous

    The failure of the Enterprise to report the mini-scandal in the Davis select “under-12” baseball team last year (i.e. playing someone who was too old for the team, and thus having to give back their trophy) was another example of their being unwilling to tell the whole story if it was going to embarrass someone.

  35. Anonymous

    The failure of the Enterprise to report the mini-scandal in the Davis select “under-12” baseball team last year (i.e. playing someone who was too old for the team, and thus having to give back their trophy) was another example of their being unwilling to tell the whole story if it was going to embarrass someone.

  36. Anonymous

    The failure of the Enterprise to report the mini-scandal in the Davis select “under-12” baseball team last year (i.e. playing someone who was too old for the team, and thus having to give back their trophy) was another example of their being unwilling to tell the whole story if it was going to embarrass someone.

  37. Vincente

    “Nonetheless, my point was not a general one about Board leadership, but a specific one about reversing the direction of the business practices approved by the previous Board. That, I happen to know, was led by Gina Daleiden.”

    Gina has been better than I thought, but it seems really hard for me to believe that she is leading anything. Do you have evidence of this other than your interview?

  38. Vincente

    “Nonetheless, my point was not a general one about Board leadership, but a specific one about reversing the direction of the business practices approved by the previous Board. That, I happen to know, was led by Gina Daleiden.”

    Gina has been better than I thought, but it seems really hard for me to believe that she is leading anything. Do you have evidence of this other than your interview?

  39. Vincente

    “Nonetheless, my point was not a general one about Board leadership, but a specific one about reversing the direction of the business practices approved by the previous Board. That, I happen to know, was led by Gina Daleiden.”

    Gina has been better than I thought, but it seems really hard for me to believe that she is leading anything. Do you have evidence of this other than your interview?

  40. Vincente

    “Nonetheless, my point was not a general one about Board leadership, but a specific one about reversing the direction of the business practices approved by the previous Board. That, I happen to know, was led by Gina Daleiden.”

    Gina has been better than I thought, but it seems really hard for me to believe that she is leading anything. Do you have evidence of this other than your interview?

  41. Rich Rifkin

    “Do you have evidence of this other than your interview?”

    No. But I think, considering that she spelled this out for me explicitly — what she believed was going on with Tahir Ahad and crew, that she believed that the then-Board was being negligent, that there were going to be bad consequences from that practice, and that her priority was to reverse this practice — and then everything she mentioned came to pass and the changes she eyed followed, suggest to me that she had a lead role in making these amends.

    Looking back on it, I was negligent. Gina essentially handed me this story, and I didn’t see it as such a big deal. I had dealt with Ahad and with his chief lieutenant — I think her name was Nancy Walker, but I could be confusing her with Rhoda’s mother — and didn’t realize that there were problems. They seemed like decent, hardworking and competent people to me. I assumed that because the Board was saving money on Ahad’s salary — he was not paid to work full-time — that the DJUSD was getting a bargain out of the process.

  42. Rich Rifkin

    “Do you have evidence of this other than your interview?”

    No. But I think, considering that she spelled this out for me explicitly — what she believed was going on with Tahir Ahad and crew, that she believed that the then-Board was being negligent, that there were going to be bad consequences from that practice, and that her priority was to reverse this practice — and then everything she mentioned came to pass and the changes she eyed followed, suggest to me that she had a lead role in making these amends.

    Looking back on it, I was negligent. Gina essentially handed me this story, and I didn’t see it as such a big deal. I had dealt with Ahad and with his chief lieutenant — I think her name was Nancy Walker, but I could be confusing her with Rhoda’s mother — and didn’t realize that there were problems. They seemed like decent, hardworking and competent people to me. I assumed that because the Board was saving money on Ahad’s salary — he was not paid to work full-time — that the DJUSD was getting a bargain out of the process.

  43. Rich Rifkin

    “Do you have evidence of this other than your interview?”

    No. But I think, considering that she spelled this out for me explicitly — what she believed was going on with Tahir Ahad and crew, that she believed that the then-Board was being negligent, that there were going to be bad consequences from that practice, and that her priority was to reverse this practice — and then everything she mentioned came to pass and the changes she eyed followed, suggest to me that she had a lead role in making these amends.

    Looking back on it, I was negligent. Gina essentially handed me this story, and I didn’t see it as such a big deal. I had dealt with Ahad and with his chief lieutenant — I think her name was Nancy Walker, but I could be confusing her with Rhoda’s mother — and didn’t realize that there were problems. They seemed like decent, hardworking and competent people to me. I assumed that because the Board was saving money on Ahad’s salary — he was not paid to work full-time — that the DJUSD was getting a bargain out of the process.

  44. Rich Rifkin

    “Do you have evidence of this other than your interview?”

    No. But I think, considering that she spelled this out for me explicitly — what she believed was going on with Tahir Ahad and crew, that she believed that the then-Board was being negligent, that there were going to be bad consequences from that practice, and that her priority was to reverse this practice — and then everything she mentioned came to pass and the changes she eyed followed, suggest to me that she had a lead role in making these amends.

    Looking back on it, I was negligent. Gina essentially handed me this story, and I didn’t see it as such a big deal. I had dealt with Ahad and with his chief lieutenant — I think her name was Nancy Walker, but I could be confusing her with Rhoda’s mother — and didn’t realize that there were problems. They seemed like decent, hardworking and competent people to me. I assumed that because the Board was saving money on Ahad’s salary — he was not paid to work full-time — that the DJUSD was getting a bargain out of the process.

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