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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Emery School Board Member Cruz Vargas: An Authoritarian Without Authority

Last Authoritarian Holdout on School Board,
Cruz Vargas Warns that 
President Barbara Inch 
"Must Be Kept Away From the Children"


News Analysis/Opinion
Normally a body of relative comity, the Emery Unified School Board has lately devolved into a place of ugly ad hominem Trumpist vitriol, member Cruz Vargas leading the charge.  His political will thwarted by his colleagues, the City Council and the people of Emeryville, former Board President Vargas used his place at the dais to warn parents and citizens that their newly selected president, Barbara Inch, must be "kept away from the children".
It seems a nadir for Emeryville's last authoritarian political soap box orator, the ostracized and dispossessed board member who sanctimoniously and without a sense of irony, rejects the title 'politician'.   He's here not to play politics he says, rather he's here for the children.

Board member Vargas has become a curiosity.  Among the authoritarian right wing in Emeryville, formerly a syndicate establishment that for decades ran this town, he's the only one of them left standing from what was the entire elected political class.  But following a righteous two year democratic purge at the hands of Emeryville voters, there's now a near total loss of authority for Emeryville's right wing.  It's been a slow motion train wreak that leaves only the impolitic and obstinate Emery School Board member Cruz Vargas standing athwart the rubble of the once mighty right wing power elite.

Mr Vargas has faced a recriminatory and humiliating onslaught from all comers as of late.  But it hasn't been without merit.  This year he was stripped of his Board presidency by a unanimous vote of his colleagues in an epic take down over unnamed behind the scenes transgressions, called out publicly for his lies by the City Council and then in November, Emeryville's voters denied Cruz a sympathetic Board majority he would have needed to build an army of followers to beat back the progressive tide.  Rather than graciously giving way to the will of the voters, an embittered Cruz Vargas is instead howling against the democratic wave that swept the last of his kind away, now telling anyone who will listen that Emery's new School Board president and architect of his demise (at least as he sees it), must be stopped.  It's for the sake of the children he says.  Literally....Board member Vargas announced at the December 12th Board meeting when the new officers were being selected by the Board, positions taken by all members except for him, his new job on the Board is to keep the chosen School Board president, Barbara Inch, away from children.  "For two years I've fought to ensure that we keep politics and politicians away from our children.  Barbara Inch has shown where politics trumps progress." he said.

Abject Politics
It's been two years filled with political drama with Cruz Vargas on the School Board, his authoritarian philosophy of education serving as his guide.  An early supporter of and apologist for former Superintendent John Rubio, Cruz moved to protect the alpha-male schools chief as he drove an authoritarian campaign of disruption leading to the worst teacher retention problem in the Bay Area.  Nine departing teachers inveighed against the Superintendent's bullying and racist tactics at a School Board meeting prompting member Vargas to lead a drive to scrub their outgoing speeches from the official record in retaliation.  Dissenting School Board member Inch was the sole vote to allow the teacher's comments to be part of the record as reflected in the official minutes.
Later, as Board President, Mr Vargas led a drive to stop the Board from endorsing Measure C, Emeryville's $50 million affordable housing bond because the School Board has no interest in helping families move to the District, he said.  Dissenting Board member Inch cast a dissenting vote stating that Emery Unified School District in fact does have interest in having families with children afford to live here. Seventy two percent of Emeryville voters agreed with Ms Inch.
Most prominent over the years was Cruz's failed bid to get the taxpayers to pay for a full time sworn police officer to patrol the school campus; the infamous Emery School Resource Officer (SRO) debacle.  After the idea was forcefully shot down by the entire City Council as a sociopathic exercise in service of the right wing's greater 'school to prison pipeline' syllabus, President Vargas swore a quixotic oath to go around the Council.  Using an emotional pleas to parents, Cruz engaged in a pious go it alone political gambit that came up empty handed.  Countering President Vargas, Mayor John Bauters made a legendary speech calling for evidence-based policy on the SRO issue and to be cautious of politicians using demagoguery in its service.

The downward spiral of the delusional former Board President Vargas is quite a spectacle to behold and his displays of abject hypocrisy would make for some pretty entertaining viewing were it not for the disturbing complete unmooring from reality.  In his failed attempt to derail the vote to make Barbara Inch Board President, she the most popular candidate ever elected to the Emery School Board, Cruz Vargas told the audience at the December meeting (again lacking a sense of irony), "Not every Board member should be president."  The guileless former president Vargas added, "It requires a special level of leadership, presence, demeanor, social skills and composure."   Those being words his Board colleagues believe....and acted upon, when they stripped him of his Board presidency.


EUSD December 12 2018 FULL Board Meeting from Emery Unified School District on Vimeo.
Video Legend:
21:12 - 21:50 Cruz tells his Board colleagues they must protect the children from Barbara Inch.

21 comments:

  1. OMG this is so sick. You can't make accusations like this against what should be your your partners on the school board. What is he thinking? For the children?!? If anybody should be kept away from children its Cruz Vargas! Wheres he get off with this? This is the last thing Emery schools need.

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  2. Agree with the first commenter, this is the last thing we need. Vargas needs to step aside and let us move on without all his drama. His side lost and he needs to get a grip. Childish name calling won't do. For the children. Yeah right. They're supposed to be the adults.

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  3. I noticed you did a positive story on the mayor. I wish you could do a positive story on Emery schools. There's always something holding Emery back from doing the best it can. This is self inflicted. We really need to move on past this bickering pettiness. No more talk of doing it for the children. No more talk. Anybody that has to say it isn't doing it.

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    1. We'd do a positive story on School Board member Vargas but he won't let us!

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  4. Good to see you’re finally using the O word in this little bullshit opinion blog of yours. Now you need to get over yourself. Nice how you’ve hung up Cruz over the same stuff you praise in your new idol Bauters. Cruz is the last man alright. The last man making any sense. Why don’t you stick to writing about how great Bauters is and leave the real news to the adults. How many readers you have now? 5? F’n pathetic.

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    1. Nice to hear from you again Rob! It looks like there's still some distress over there on your side in the aftermath of all the electoral defeats you've been handed. But it's good to see it hasn't changed your plucky and indefatigable spirit.

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  5. Cruz Vargas. You are undeniably one of the sickest, slimiest, dirtiest motherfukers that I've ever had the displeasure of running my eyes across. You, Brenda Collins and whatever other smelly ass remnants of the 2016/2017 school board is there need to go. If anybody should be kept away from the children it is your dirty ass

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  6. By the way. This is the last fucking year that my little son stays in this shit hole of a fucking cesspool goddamn district with a bunch of lame-ass motherfuking corrupt fuckers. You chiefly among them piece of shit ass Vargas

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  7. Note to Readers:
    The commenter above, David Jackson, made several comments, again referring to the Emery School District, in the December 16th story on John Bauters. Those comments may have been inadvertently placed there, intended for this story on Cruz Vargas.

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  8. I have purposely avoided board meetings, PTO meetings or anything else having to do with Emeryville School district and it's interwoven politics. I do c a relaxation around the school and I'm assuming that this is also felt within the school district itself. I don't expect this to be posted. I am absolutely disgusted with the Emeryville School district and it's embedded politicians.

    I am not naive and I know that every school district has its level of corruption and bs. When Kaiden begins middle School it will not be in the Emeryville School district.

    I have to feel that the school that my son attends not only has the best interest of its teachers at heart but especially the students and parents of those students since we are the lifeblood of your district. I have lost all trust in the officials running this school district. 

    I am one of numerous black parents who retreated absolutely horrendous Lee at this school. In fact I sought the support of two people who are now on the board at a time that apparent really needed support and I'm not only got no support from these people I turned to but the husband of one of these people told me that I was basically screwed because if it's not his kid he doesn't give a shit. The wife of this individual along with one other individual who I sought support from are now on the board and city council. So understand this. At a time when they should have been supporting other parents when it would have been fairly easy to do so they chose not to. My question is what the hell are they supposed to do on the board? I see hit pieocracy and I see a bunch of progressives and liberals and others who are absolutely disconnected from reality.

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  9. Please forgive my typos. It isn't because I am terrible at writing but because these things are so emotion evoking I sometimes fail to proofread

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  10. The last time I went to a board meeting I was attacked, verbally and then threatened bye the daughter of one of the board members. and then I ran into the same daughter of one of the board members at a bar the following weekend. And then I almost got jumped and possibly shot at the same bar the weekend after that. You can call this whatever you want! The rantings of a madman, the going ons of a lunatic, whatever. I don't believe in coincidences.what Cruz Vargas is quoted as saying raises some questions for me. He says to keep Miss inch away from the children. Well back in 2016, after the X principal attempted to have me jumped in the lobby of eccl in front of other parents and their children, after all of the crazy police traffic stops in harassment that I'm do it after that, I received a text message at 2 in the morning which was supposed to be baked. A sexually explicit text message that I didn't bite on or take the bait on. I reported this to the Emeryville police, a department I know to be corrupt as fuck. one police officer, even though he didn't even want to take the report, had the human decency to give me a warning in the best way he could. You know what he said? Do not get caught walking around the halls of the school alone. Let that shit sink in for you. so here we go again. It sounds like the school that my son is been going to ever since first grade and its staff or administration is more than willing to fuckmylife off and the life of my son by setting me up. Now the only reason I'm still in this district is because I've had his mother to deal with. Well 6th grade is a whole different ball of Wax and my little man is getting the fuck out of this school. This is a fucking cesspool, a joke and I don't give a damn what principle is there or what superintendents there, this is crazy. so Cruz Vargas seems like the type of sleazy slimy motherfucker that could have been in on attempting to set me up at that time. I'm sure he's had some help. But why would a cop tell me not to get caught walking The Halls of the school alone? Would I get lost? Die of dehydration and some rarely traversed corner of the school? What exactly was that cops warning about? Did he have some inside fucking information ? I'm hearing a lot of talk about how the school has changed and I'm quite sure that it in some ways it has. My son has a teacher he likes and that's all gravy. But my son will find teachers that he likes at other schools. There will be students he likes at other schools. Not that other schools aren't corrupt, I just plan on going into the next School district not fucking with as many people as I did at Emeryville. I sat at barbecues, gatherings, and other functions. I've done the PTO meetings, board meetings, and in the end all I'm doing is communing with people who will leave you (especially parents and their children of color as I have seen countless times in the Emeryville School district. everybody talks about how great it is now. I have not met the superintendent. I'm not opposed to meeting the superintendent. But I will say this. If I had to keep some bullshit going. If I was a politician, a dirty politician in this city, Emeryville, then the school superintendent position would be a job that would have to be filled buy a puppet, someone I can control. The current superintendent we'll have to understand that trust has to be earned and that that person has filled a seat filled with shit and has to sit in it.

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  11. So let me just keep it all 100 as they say! I believe that the text message that I got was a trick or trap. I believe that if I took the bait of this sexually explicit text message that I got from a total stranger at 2 am, if I took thebaked. Then I would have gotten a knock on the door talking about my phone is sending messages back and forth with some underage person. I got a text message at 2 a.m., April 2017 from someone claiming to be a person named charice and calling me Big Daddy asking me if I can come and put my thing on them again! I asked who the fuck this was and absolutely stated that none of this ever happened and whoever the fuck this is do not call my number again. I took this text message, copies of this text message and I went to the Emeryville Police department because this happened right after the X principle, Miss Lang attempted to have me jumped. It was during my conversation with the Emeryville police officer about these texts, as I was making a report about these texts I could tell that this man really did not want to be here taking this report. What he did do is he dropped me a huge, frightening lug! "Don't get caught running through the halls of the school alone". What the fuck! What the fuck does that mean? I'm in the school all the fucking time and I have been in this school supporting my son's education in the education of other students since my son started school so what am I now being told that if I walk through the fucking Halls of the school I can be set up for some fucking crime. People say what you want but fuck the Emeryville School district! I don't give a fuk how many new teachers you motherfukers get, how many new superintendents you get, it's still a fucking cesspool, toilet. some people are going to give me a look the next time they see me on the campus. Damn man! It's like that? You goddamn right! It's just like mother fucking? That. Yes I know that this is profanity-laced and quite frankly that's how I'm feeling. I don't feel like being eloquently articulate. I don't feel like writing this as if I'm writing some great American literary piece. This is how I'm feeling right now. And read that Cruz Vargas is insinuating that someone on his board may be a danger to children raised as a red flag with me. Hey weak-assHey weak ass Cruz Vargas! since it seems that you like to throw baseless ass insinuations out at people I'm quite sure that you know all about what I'm talking about. Were you in part behind the reason for the cop telling me not to get caught walking around the halls of the school alone? A lot of you would say that this shit is in the past and to those of you who say that I say fuck you! You're the same mother fuckers who turned your backs on me when I came to you asking for support. So again! If you cannot support your fellow parents before you get a nomination to the board, if you can't support your fellow parent in the most simple basic way, how the fuck are you going to be any good to the school and the students at Large? Allyou ego-stroking masturbating motherfukers that's all that is.

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  12. And just for the record. It is not you who chooses not to fuck with me, but I choose not to fuck with you! I students don't need the power of baking cookies on the board. They don't need the power of setting up fou functions. Your strongest point is knowing what decorations to use for the harvest festival. And we need people on the board that will serve all of the parents all of the student base not just the well-off white portion. I've seen that a lot lately in the last few years I've been in this district. I'm just going to go ahead and say that I don't feel that the current board choices are right for the school. I feel that these boards choices fall right in line with saying a lot and doing nothing

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  13. And another thing Cruz Vargas. I know you're a coward ass mother fucker. You don't have to fucking look spooked when you see me in the street. I've run into you a couple of times and you look like you were going to shit yourself. Despite all of the bullshit rhetoric designed by you and any of my other punk-ass detractors out there, there isn't a shred of evidence that can be pointed to buy anybody I know Friend or Foe, that says that you have to fear running into me in the streets. So since I know that you're the type of slimy ass mother fucker, lying ass conniving piece of shit, I know you'll lie and say whatever you have to say in order to win. You'll do whatever dirty deed Eugene necessary or that you are told is necessary. This tactic was used by you and many of the staff that were stuck headfirst up into you the superintendent's ass, told people that I was dangerous, that I could possibly hurt somebody and none of you motherfukers have any evidence to support any of that shit. You just said whatever you could say, whatever you could think of that would smear me so badly that my very valid and true claims might be washed out. The only thing that got washed out is that bitch Lang and her ragingly corrupt asshole surrogate husband Rubio. Make no mistake parents of eccl. This district has a very dark and dirty as past and best believe it has a dirty ass present. There just hasn't been any volcanic eruptions lately, no earthquakes shaken up the cemetery , shaking all those bones loose. Make no mistake this district doesn't give a shit about you. This is a racist ask district I am one of several black parents who have been banned from this school for exercising our constitutional rights as human beings. Only black parents but our new city council or school board members are absolutely useless to me. you weren't there when this shit happened to me and I don't expect you to be there for my child now or any children of color from here forward. Again not that the next School district I put my son in will be free from the next S but as I said I am going in with eyes wide open and a 10ft pole between me and 70-90 percent of people I encounter. this is not a slight against my son's teacher. I think that she is awesome. But that's just not enough to wipe away all of the shit I've seen and heard and been through at the school. Not just shit I've been through. But the shit I've seen this fucking school put other parents just like myself I've se. I've got nothing good to say about this district and if anyone ever asks me I'll tell him it's a shit hole

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  14. "Leave that in the part, David" Hell no! Didn't they just get finished doing a best and worst of the 2000s? Surely I can go back a couple of fucking years and surely I'm not going back in that much because it sounds like there's plenty of bullshit still going on within the Emeryville School district. The past! Give me a fucking break!anybody want to start a petition to keep Cruz Vargas away from the children and the school I'm down with signing that shit

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  15. Creepy ass looking little sleazy weaselly looking motherfuker talking about keeping somebody else away from the kids. You look like you carry a tree around with you in your pocket.

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  16. And though I very much enjoyed the look in your face when we passed each other in the streets on a couple of the loo, you don't have to worry about me doing any more to you then ripping your ass apart right here on this forum. So you don't have to look so scared. You know deep down inside that you're safe but because you're such a dirty shit I can understand why you be spooked by passing someone in the streets you took part in fucking over. But you don't have to worry you fucking coward. I wouldn't waste my life fucking with your weaselly ass in any other way than I'm fucking with your coward ass right now. Calling you out on this forum.

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  17. Before some of you hoity toity, bougie, want to be upper echelon motherfukers turn your noses up. Hopefully we won't have another situation where we have sexual assaults on school grounds and the district chooses to, instead of looking out for the best interest of our children, decides to look out for the best interest of their confers and to protect the influx of money. And of course the school districts deceiving image. Until Emeryville purges itself of all of this Cruz Vargas type bacteria and fungi, it will never operate in a way that is in the best interest of our children. I know that there is no shortage of venom in the word I used to describe certain individuals and my feelings for this district and the treatment of not only myself and my family, but for numerous, countless other families of color. our white sistren and brethren, laughable, decide to take the if it's not my child route when it comes to families of color in the same school as their children. we have heard and have ample evidence of racist practices by School administration, ie our last superintendent and even teachers and other faculty. Some of whom still operate in this school district.my posts are in no way meant to deter you from choosing the school as an option. My posts at this time is in response to Cruz Vargas making such a damaging, irresponsible, and frankly dumbass comment he made about Ms. Inch. For me it brings up the several attempts made at entrapping me criminally by members of the board, the last superintendent and the last principal. I'll refer you to post that should be visible soon we're in I speak of being assaulted by the husband or friend of our last principle. Not physically but an attempt was made to physically assault me in the lobby of this school while parents and their children stood in the lobby preparing for first hour. in other words, the last principal put yours and my children endanger and that did not stop because the superintendent, the last superintendent ordered that to sexual assault not be reported. Sexual assault that happened on our grounds. So ask yourself who do we want on the board. Ask yourselves who do you want teaching your children. Ask yourselves, how active are you in your children's education?. And another thing. If we do not shed this us against them, fuck you it's about me, if it's not my child fuck it, mentalities then today it's my child and tomorrow it's yours.

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  18. I haven't said anything in my posts that I haven't said directly to the board standing before them on more than one occasion. This is an unsolicited fact - I think for myself and for myself alone. My views are not colored by any other person's viewpoints. I cannot and will not be used as ANYONES pawn. My posts consist of actual experience with the school district, some of its faculty, and it's administration. I am no one's tool. Anything that I stated through all of my posts past and present are intentional and based on and rooted in absolute fact. Keeping in mind that I think for myself alone and that I am no one's tool, I do agree with Brian Donahue's assessment of the district, certain board members and on many other points. Those who disagree are either close to those being named or are ill-informed people giving their opinions. And you know what they say about opinions. I think it goes something like, "every asshole has them" or something like that. I'm probably wrong. But anyway. You get what I'm saying.

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  19. The only people that would tell me to leave this in the past are the same lameO's I went to for help but who turn their backs on me because they weren't my friends in the first place, but where supporters and kiss asses of the guilty. As you who know me have noticed I've dropped off the grid for the last year plus. Every now and then I check out the tattler. And I did so this time. And to read about Vargas suggesting that one of the board members, Miss inch, no less, should be kept away from the children angers me especially when it was obvious that this school district, if I am to read the police officer correctly, was planning on setting me up on something very similar. Because of complications with a break up my son is still in the school however, will not be for next school year. Breakups where children are concerned are and can be Rocky. This is the reason he's been pulled from the school. If it were up to me we would have been gone two years ago. And although my son's teacher seems to be wonderful as I'm sure she is, he loves her, the negative after school far outweighs the positive. I know that several of you will be glad to hear that I'm gone. I know that at least one person on the board is upset that I'm still around. Make that two, right Vargas? I have a question that I've been asking for the last two to three years. I see that you guys love posting videos of your board meetings. Have you posted any of the videos of the meetings of which I've attended.....? I'm sure you didn't because that would be very embarrassing for you. I've searched for them but I've been unable to find them. Luckily I have copies of my own. I'll save you for my grandkids.

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