Supporting Our Local Nurses

We here at San Joaquin County Together proudly support our County Nurses in their fight for a fair and reasonable contract. Nicholas Hatten joined the nurses at their strike rally at the county hospital and these are the thoughts he shared:
“I want to thank our nurses who have been exemplary during this pandemic while serving our most vulnerable of people. Specifically I want to thank the nurses who cared for my Mom’s cousins, three of whom passed away due to the pandemic and four who survived. I want to thank the nurses who cared for my dear friend Gilbert who’s family and friends miss dearly. I want to thank the nurses in NY who not only helped my best friend survive covid but cancer at the same time. I also want to thank the nurses that helped deliver Dyane and Gustavo’s new baby, Matteo. I also thank the nurses on the phone, online (hi Julie!) and on TV who have educated all of us so that when my brother and aunt became sick; we were able to help them recover without going to the hospital. Not only are you serving the needs of this pandemic but as you can hear from my thank yous, life goes on and its that intersectional care that you all are so skilled at that is deserving of our thanks and deserving of a fair contract.
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. That’s a pretty major judeo-christian tenant, right? It also doubles as a core value for nurses. Well i’m here today to not only thank you my siblings but also to draw the line in the sand. To the three cisgender caucasian males who serve on our Board of Supervisors—who love to legislate by throwing their values in our face. To the one brown cisgender male on the board who continually votes with the other three males, I say to you, be consistent. love thy neighbor! In good faith, vote in support of a generous contract for our nurses that says thank you for your service. Let me repeat that, vote in support of a generous contract that says thank you for your service. After all, it’s the judeo-christian thing to do.
Here’s the deal my siblings, we progressive activist within San Joaquin County are here for you and we are here for you for the long haul. We are here to make sure that our County Board of Supervisors has a majority vote that are committed to fair labor contracts. I am here on behalf of San Joaquin County Together, a new organization committed to educating the public about the important difference between county, city and local board governance. Our top priority is walking San Joaquin County residence through how much money the county has and how they have historically waisted, not spent or misused funds. This is our pathway to fair contracts at the county level.
So one last time: Thank you nurses for what you have done for my friends and family during this pandemic and what you do 365 days of the year for all of San Joaquin County This is your time! Let us work together to make sure that all people of San Joaquin County support your efforts.’
Best of luck and remember, we are here for you!”
~Nicholas Hatten

Unofficial ballot drop boxes popping up throughout the state worry elections officials

Be aware! Fake ballot boxes are popping up in California to stop the vote. Check the locations on line and/or check your voting packets. Here is the story about what is happening. We have placed where to look for SJ County in the comments! These pop up ballot boxes are prohibited let our County Registrar know if you see one as spotted in Southern California. https://www.latimes.com/…/california-gop-republicans…

Families for better school abroad

Families for better school abroad

Who are Families for a Better School Board and what is their goal?

Families for a Better School Board is a coalition of families, community leaders, and educators who are coming together to make sure that the Stockton Unified School District Board is made up of thoughtful and dedicated trustees who put educational outcomes, health, and safety for students first in their decision making.

What happens when a board member resigns?

When a vacancy occurs from six months to 130 days before a regularly scheduled Board election at which the position is not scheduled to be filled, a special election to fill the position shall be consolidated with the regular election. The person so elected shall take office at the first regularly scheduled Board meeting following the certification of the election and shall serve only until the end of the term of the position which he/she was elected to fill. (Education Code 5093)

Why do we believe that these board members are responsible for the Superintendent’s resignation?

On February 24 board members hired outside legal counsel, separate from the District legal team, at a great cost to the District.
On March 10, the board members began meeting in closed sessions to ‘evaluate’ the Superintendent despite giving him a positive review and a raise just months before to reward progress in schools. The Board also reaffirmed its approval of a contract for hundreds of thousands more dollars to keep their extra law firm in place to help them perpetuate their political agenda while the District faces a multi-million-dollar budget shortfall coming out of the pandemic.
On March 26, they created confusion among parents when they chose not to give emergency authority to the Superintendent and voted against a resolution communicating that schools would remain closed, even though it was mandated by the State. They chose to put their secondary issues ahead of sending a clear message to students and families about what to expect from the School District at a critical time.
Later, on April 21, during a time where their energy and focus should have been on the health and safety of our children, they maneuvered behind closed doors to force the resignation of the Superintendent and called an emergency meeting, in violation of the Brown Act, to formally accept it. At this meeting, which was held via tele-conference, over 100 public comments were submitted in support of the Superintendent but few were read. Over 1400 citizens signed a petition disavowing the Board’s habit of cycling through Superintendents at a cost to our children… but these pleas were ignored.
On April 28, shortly after this decision, they attempted to hire a former superintendent who left SUSD under a cloud of scandal as a consultant to them.
On June 9, an expensive one-year contract was approved for a new interim Superintendent, which will be paid at the same time as the board continues to pay the former Superintendent’s salary through June of 2021.