Southeast Bexar County Awareness: 2015 Elections Required Score Card due to Dirty Tricks
Here we go again. Grandstanding
In resemblance of actions taken by Mr. Brewer several years ago. The sitting members of the Southside ISD school board that were up for re-election/election were playing every trick in the book to try to secure their position.
Past history shows where Mr. Brewer had his wife try to add him as a candidate with minutes left to turn in his application, unknowing that he could not use a power of attorney for election purposes, he was unable to run.
This time around and with district funds, they met with the schools attorneys to make sure what could and couldn't be done.
Filling for a last minute change, community members needed a score card just to keep track of what was going on and who was running against whom.
Down and Dirty for Power
Do you believe in underhanded tricks to earn a position on the school board?
Pay close attention...it will get confusing
Frank Cannon, with a history of being financially irresponsible to the point of being arrested at a school board meeting this past year made a last minute decision to drop out of the race.
Next, Mr. John Wood, who was running to defend the seat to which he had been appointed to, quickly made a switch. Mr. Wood ran for the vacated position of Frank Cannon's and would no longer be running against former Southside ISD coach, Daniel Espinoza, but against former Southside ISD School Board member and respected member of the community, Julian Gonzales.
Because Mr. Wood left his seat vacant, Coach Espinoza, former coach at Southside ISD and Vice-principal at Omega charter school was going to be left to run unopposed. The team's campaign manager, Sylvia Mendelsohn quickly called about another "inner circle" member, Mr. Castillo. Mr. Castillo is a board member of the Thelma Area Neighborhood Association with close ties to Ms. Mendelsohn. ESD6 board minutes can be found where Mr. Castillo praises Ms. Mendelsohn on a doing such a great job. What wasn't said, was the Mr. Castillo had been promised the position of running the new ESD6 community center later changed to evacuation building.
Ms. Guzman's opponent was Johnny Cantu, a respected member of the community and business man.
Mr. Rodriguez's opponent was Kenneth Bouldin, a respected member of the community and USAF retired Master Sergeant, a BBA in Health Care, Fire Chief of the Ata-Bexar Fire Department and member of Glory Bound Baptist church.
Mr. Sandoval, who was appointed to the board by the original "team of 5", was to run unopposed until the last minute, when Norberto Chavez, "Roby Cannon Chavez" put his hat into the ring. It was questioned as to the residency of Roby Cannon Chavez whose friends and family in the southside community mentioned the fact that Roby Cannon Chavez resided in the northern part of San Antonio.
The new candidates
- Julian Gonzales, former Board Member
- Daniel Espinoza, educational background
- Kenneth Bouldin, medical background
- Johnny Cantu, business man
- Manuel Sandoval, works for engineering firm
- Theo Castillo, board member Thelma Area Neighborhood Association and husband of ESD6 board president, Sofia Castillo (appointed under Sylvia R. Mendelsohn by Chico Rodriguez' as a member of their "inner circle" and promoted to President after Ms. Mendelsohn went to work for Chico Rodriguez). Surprisingly, Ms. Mendelssohn's friends, the Stonewall Democrats would only endorse Mr. Castillo out of the 5 candidates she has running.
- Norberto Chavez, Jr., mall cop, son of sitting vice president of the same name, also a part of the Sylvia Mendelssohn "inner circle"
- John Wood, janitor and former ESD6 board member and part of the Sylvia Mendelsohn "inner circle"
- Daniel Rodriguez, works for undisclosed engineering firm, another member of the Sylvia Mendelssohn "inner circle"
- Alma Estrada, retired, took $120,000 from the school. Member of the Sylvia Mendelsohn "inner circle"
Chavez or Chavez
Mr. Manuel Sandoval was appointed to the board by the "team", it was quickly determined that Mr. Sandoval was not a team player. He asked questions, according to Mr. Brewer; too many questions. Mr. Brewer informed Mr. Sandoval that he was not to ask anymore questions at the board meetings. Mr. Brewer purposely set up board meetings for dates and times that Mr. Sandoval could not make do to his job.
They then devised a scheme to run another one of their own to remove Mr. Sandoval from the board.
Which Chavez and what are the consequences?
There was much confusion as to which Chavez was running for the board. It was discovered that it was Norberto Chavez IV, aka. Roby Cannon Chavez, son of the current board member. This showed the community just how hard they were trying to retain power. If Roby Cannon Chavez should win the seat against Mr. Sandoval, then they would have another "yes" vote to further their agenda.
Mr. Brewer was very vocal when serving on the school board during his first tenure that it wasn't right to have relatives on the board; speaking of former board members, Juan Silva and his brother-in-law.
If Roby Cannon Chavez were elected, this would put a father and son on the board. Roby Cannon Chavez was a musician, who frequented the 151 Saloon, works as a mall cop and uses the Instagram id of "smooth criminal".
With all the issues that Southside ISD school board had at the board level. What the district needed was maturity on the board.
Many faces of candidate Chavez
What is the outcome?
With the candidates, Julian Gonzales, Daniel Espinoza, Kenneth Bouldin, Johnny Cantu and Manuel Sandoval elected to the board, there will now be diversity on the board and it would remove power from Mr. Brewer and Mr. Chavez to control the district.
The outcome was determined by the voters and how many community members took on the responsibility and voted.