Credibility, good judgment and loyalty constitute a triad of trust and are the hallmarks of good leadership. Elected leaders of our republic are charged by the governed they serve with employing a triad of public trust in the halls of government.
United Taxpayers of Imperial County recently held a question-and-answer forum for candidates seeking seats on the directors' board for Imperial Irrigation District. Attending the forum, John Hernandez — candidate and big loser at the polls of his trustee's seat on El Centro high schools' board — affirmed that there is a "duplication of services in IID"; and because there are "no guidelines being followed, favoritism is practiced by IID in its donations to Imperial Valley College and Pioneers' Museum." Such statements by Hernandez are bald lies and portend how he will act on IID's board: treacherously and boorishly.
As school board president, he schemed, plotted and shamelessly prolonged his presidency into a second consecutive term — unprecedented in its blatant rudeness, as yearly presidential rotation is the accepted school board format — offering a stick-to-the-eye to all that disagreed. An Imperial Valley Press editorial correctly labeled him "a divisive force on the board and in the community."