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Archive for November 2009

A list of resignations

Below is a very partial list of individuals, connected to Kevin Johnson, who have resigned from their posts or been dismissed over the course of the current year.

June, 2008 – Kevin Johnson resigns as CEO of St. Hope and is elected Mayor of Sacramento in November 2009

February, 2009 – Sarah Z’Berg, Johnson’s administrative assistant, resigns (after only a few months) to take a job at the Capitol. Johnson’s special assistant, Chris Young, resigns to take a job in Obama administration

March, 2009 – Bernard Bowler, St. Hope Board member, resigns
Lori Mills, St. Hope Board member, resigns
Sam Oki, St. Hope Board member, refuses comment on resignations/investigation involving St. Hope and eventually resigns

April, 2009 – Robert Trigg, St. Hope Board member, resigns

May, 2009 – Rick Maya, executive director of St. Hope, resigns

June, 2009 – Inspector General Gerald Walpin is dismissed

August, 2009 – Kim Curry-Evans, Director of 40 Acres Art gallery, resigns


Written by scusdobserver

November 21, 2009 at 3:48 pm

The plot grows thick legs…

Today, an eye-opening 62-page report was released by two Republican members of Congress, (Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley) who directed their staff members to gather factual evidence and investigate the June 11, 2009 firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin.

The report also suggests that Michelle Rhee, the school chancellor in Washington, intervened on behalf of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, her current fiancé, who was under investigation by Walpin.

“The facts outlined in the referral give rise to reasonable suspicions about potential hush money payments and witness tampering at a federally funded entity,” the congressmen wrote.

The entire document merits a thorough read.

Find it here

Written by scusdobserver

November 21, 2009 at 2:50 am

County will begin series of flu shot clinics at Hiram Johnson

Sacramento County’s series of free public clinics to distribute the vaccine against the H1N1 flu starts on Monday.

For the first two weeks, the vaccine will only be for those in priority groups
-Pregnant women
-Healthcare workers
-Persons caring for children under 6 months of age
-Children and young adults aged 6 months to 24 years
-Adults aged 24-64 with underlying medical conditions

If you plan on attending one of the free clinics, you may save time by downloading the consent form and bringing it with you.

Here is a complete schedule of the upcoming clinics:
Hiram Johnson High School
Monday, November 16th 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
6879 14th Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95820

Rio Linda High School
Tuesday, November 17th 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
6309 Dry Creek Road
Rio Linda, CA 95673

Loaves & Fishes
Wednesday, November 18th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
1321 North C Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Casa Roble High School
Thursday, November 19th 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
9151 Oak Avenue
Orangevale, CA 95662

Samuel Pannell Community Center
Friday, November 20th 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
2450 Meadowview Road
Sacramento, CA 95832

Town & Country Lutheran Church
Saturday, November 21st 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
4049 Marconi Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95821

First Covenant Church
Monday, November 23rd 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
10933 Progress Court
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

La Sierra Community Center
Tuesday, November 24th 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
5325 Engle Road
Carmichael, CA 95608

Scottish Rite Masonic Center
Monday, November 30th 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
6151 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95819

North Highlands Community Center
Tuesday, December 1st 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
6040 Watt Avenue
North Highlands, CA 95660

Isleton Elementary School
Wednesday, December 2nd 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
412 Union Street
Isleton, CA 95641

South Natomas Community Center
Thursday, December 3rd 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
2921 Truxel Road
Sacramento, CA 95833

Antelope High School
Friday, December 4th 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
4635 Elverta Road
Antelope, CA 95843

American River College
Saturday, December 5th 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
4700 College Oak Drive
Sacramento, CA 95841

Sheldon High School
Monday, December 7th 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
8333 Kingsbridge Drive
Sacramento, CA 95829

Anthony Pescetti Community Room
at City of Galt Police Department
Tuesday, December 8th 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
455 Industrial Drive
Galt, CA 95632

Burbank High School
Wednesday, December 9th 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
3500 Florin Road
Sacramento, CA 95823

Citrus Heights City Hall
Thursday, December 10th 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
6237 Fountain Square Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

Florin High School
Friday, December 11th 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
7956 Cottonwood Lane
Sacramento, CA 95828

Franklin High School
Saturday, December 12th 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
6400 Whitelock Parkway
Elk Grove, CA 95757

Mesa Verde High School
Monday, December 14th 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
7501 Carriage Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

Folsom High School
Tuesday, December 15th 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
1655 Iron Point Road
Folsom, CA 95630

St. Rose Parish
Wednesday, December 16th 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
5961 Franklin Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95824

Sacramento High School
Thursday, December 17th 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
2315 34th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817

Encina High School
Friday, December 18th 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
1400 Bell Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95825

Rosemont High School
Monday, December 21st 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
9594 Kiefer Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95827

Natomas High School
Tuesday, December 22nd 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
3301 Fong Ranch Road
Sacramento, CA 95834

Robertson Community Center
Monday, December 28th 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
3525 Norwood Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95838

Sears – Florin Mall “Drive-Thru”
Tuesday, December 29th 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
7000 65th Street
Sacramento, CA 95823

St. Anthony’s Church
Wednesday, December 30th 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
14012 2nd Avenue
Walnut Grove, CA 95690

First Baptist Church
Monday, January 4th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
4401 San Juan Avenue
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Elk Grove High School
Tuesday, January 5th 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
9800 Elk Grove-Florin Road
Elk Grove, CA 95624

Grant Union High School
Wednesday, January 6th 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
1400 Grand Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95838

Sunrise Mall “Drive-Thru”
Thursday, January 7th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
6041 Sunrise (behind Sears)
Citrus Heights, CA 95610

Inderkum High School
Friday, January 8th 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
2500 New Market Drive
Sacramento, CA 95835

Valley High School
Monday, January 11th 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
6300 Ehrhardt Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95823

Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church
Tuesday, January 12th 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
6929 Franklin Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95823

Christ Community Church
Wednesday, January 13th 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
5025 Manzanita Avenue
Carmichael, CA 95608

Sacramento City Public Safety Center
Thursday, January 14th 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
5770 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95822

County Administrative Center
Friday, January 15th 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
700 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Written by scusdobserver

November 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Confirmed: Montessori will move to TJ Elementary

California Montessori Project will be relocating to the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School located at 2635 Chestnut Hill Drive, Sacramento, CA 95826. School will be closed on Nov. 12th and 13th for the move and will resume on Monday, November 16th. SCUSD will provide bus transportation in the morning and the afternoon beginning Nov. 12th through the end of the school year.

Capitol Relocation Survey

Sacramento Press article about the move

Written by scusdobserver

November 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Neighboring Folsom Cordova Unified to close schools

Last night at Mills Middle School, parents and community members came together to discuss school closures.

Six schools north of Folsom Boulevard in Rancho Cordova, could shut down for good, although the focus was on three – Cordova Lane, Riverview and Williamson elementaries.

One parent suggested that homeowners in Rancho Cordova may fight back by filing a class action suit, an injunction or even a restraining order to prevent the district from closing schools.

Although often unsuccessful, school closures can lead to lawsuits. This summer in Seattle, parents filed litigation on behalf of schools targeted for closure in the poor/minority areas of the city.

In Hawaii, the state is facing two federal lawsuits that seek to block Furlough Fridays in public schools, one representing nine students with autism and the other on behalf of regular and special education students.

Closing neighborhood schools will eventually awaken the sleeping giant of parents, teachers, community activists and education advocates (if it hasn’t already).

Regardless of the outcome, defending against the protracted litigation that will eventually follow these closures will drain school districts of precious time and resources.

Written by scusdobserver

November 3, 2009 at 4:11 pm