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NEWS
March 17, 2008
QUESTION: To the Calexico Unified School Board and superintendent: When will equal consideration be given to those that have been victimized by varsity coach/physical education teacher Richard Guzman? The fact still remains that policies and regulations have been violated and not properly addressed. Student athletes have been exposed to sexual harassment, bullying at school, coaching regulations violations, standards of behavior/ethic violations as well as California Standard for the Teaching Profession (California Department of Education and Commission on teacher credentialing)
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NEWS
January 20, 2002
resignation emotional blow to IVC By JENNIFER RALTON-SMITH Staff Writer Reaction to the letter of resignation submitted by Imperial Valley College President Gilbert M. Dominguez at Wednesday night's meeting of the district's Board of Trustees has not been slow in coming. "It was a very emotional moment for me," said Rudy Cardenas, president of the Board of Trustees, describing the moment when Dominguez tendered his resignation. Cardenas said he was caught by surprise when the matter came up during closed session Wednesday night.
OPINION
March 5, 2004
Over the years I have read letters by Robert Rubio, Daniel Santillan, John Garcia and others about the discrimination by the Imperial Irrigation District. Most relate to placing employment applications with the district and being rejected. Most recently, your paper carried an article, Feb. 19, on the ongoing suit against the district by Martin Mercado, Henry Pereda, Ramon Reina and Domingo Valdez. This article and previous letters to the editor in which claims were made that jobs were given to out-of-state persons for reasons of nepotism or economic nepotism have enticed me to write on some personal experiences.
NEWS
March 31, 2010
I am an employee of Campesinos Unidos and would like to know what is happening in the company regarding a loan for $1.5 million that was given for the repairs of the new office located at the Las Palmas building in Brawley. There are rumors going around the company that the money is missing and they are going to be asking us to donate one of our paychecks to cover some of the debt. We are having a mandatory staff meeting today. I have heard the executive director will be asking us to donate a paycheck to keep our jobs.
OPINION
January 27, 2004
Call it want you want. Political correctness gone amuck, blue humor or same-sex harassment, times they are a-changin', and it's about time some at the Imperial County Sheriff's Office step into the 21st century. Two Sheriff's Office correctional sergeants, Matt Pumphrey and Jack Greer, are in the middle of a protracted battle with the county over what they deem harassment by Undersheriff Charles Jernigan, the second highest-ranking officer at the Sheriff's Office. The sergeants went on stress leave in spring 2003, shortly after an incident in January of that year in which Jernigan allegedly made graphic homosexual references about Greer and Pumphrey in front of a third party.
NEWS
February 26, 2002
I don't know where Philip Ricker and John Garcia have been living for the past four years, but it must not have been in the Imperial Valley. If they had been here with the rest of us they would know the county that Wally Leimgruber inherited four years ago was a mess. The county was embroiled in a bitter sexual harassment lawsuit, the VIDA mess was threatening to stop all county-assisted development, the Gateway project was a disaster with threatened lawsuits from all directions, and the deputy sheriffs were in open rebellion from a lack of adequate pay, benefits or even respect.
NEWS
By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer, Dateline: Heber | April 22, 2002
Ruiz & Associates-Safety Assessments of Heber can write and implement a comprehensive safety-on-the-job awareness program to help employers in the Imperial Valley avoid third-party lawsuits and compensation claims from workers injured in an accident. Fernando Ruiz of El Centro said the firm he runs with his wife, Conchi, and partner, Gordon Bigger of Imperial, is unique in the Valley because it can adapt to the vast number of industries here. Bigger said the firm counts as clients school districts, convenience stores, geothermal plants, municipalities such as the city of Calexico, farm labor contractors and feedlots.
NEWS
By MARC SCHANZ, Staff Writer | May 29, 2004
Nellie Lerma, Imperial County's director of human resources and risk management, wants to settle a legal claim with the county, but some dirty laundry is being aired first, according to documents obtained by the Imperial Valley Press. The document outlines a long and serious list of allegations against the county, including violations of policy along with patronage, intimidation, verbal and sexual harassment by county staff and elected officials. Since confirming her absence from her position earlier this month, the silence from the county regarding Lerma's status has been resounding.
NEWS
By RICHARD MONTENEGRO BROWN, Assistant Editor | November 3, 2007
Al Gore, you?re my hero. Not because of your commitment to fighting global warming, but because of that sweet Nobel Prize. I know I?ve always wanted one, and damn if it wouldn?t look awesome wedged right in between my 1986 Sunbeam Little League last-place trophy and the sexual harassment training certificate I scored last winter (you should have seen this honey I was seated next to during the presentation). Gore has given us little guys something to shoot for, hope that with a compelling but unproven cause, tons of charisma and the full support of the pinko liberal media machine, we, too, can achieve far beyond our reach.
OPINION
December 26, 2004
Far more serious than the short-term consequences of some poorly armored vehicles in Iraq are the potential long-term consequences of putting female soldiers in ground combat units. Critics of placing women in combat units say the Army is manipulating language in rules governing such placement to achieve a social objective that would substantially and significantly change the way America fights wars and possibly put all soldiers ? men and women ? at greater risk. What has raised concerns is a Nov. 29 briefing by a senior Army officer responsible for Army personnel issues at the Pentagon along with a civilian.
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