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Big $$$ politics influencing Ravenswood - Shame

Original post made by Shame, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 19, 2018

Citizens and Voters of the Ravenswood City School District -

I'd like to bring to light a pattern within Ravenswood that has existed for a long time, and I hope in this election, we can see through that and truly vote for the candidates that best represent our community and concerns.

Of concern to me, is the history of RCSD's using a political consultant on staff paid for by the district, Rolando Bonilla, to do "PR" for the district but we can assume also cultivating relationships with corporate donors that do not even live here for the reelection campaign of Pulido, Knight, Lopez campaign. The committee that formed called themselves the "Parents for a better Ravenswood in support of Pulido, Knight, and Lopez." Really? Look at the donors and endorsers. Barely any actual parents.

HOWEVER, the only donors to that campaign have been SVA Architects of Santa Ana, CA for $15,000.00 and Telacu Construction Management of Los Angeles, CA for $15,000.00 and Lewis and Tibbetts for $5,000.00 in San Jose, Ca. You can see their donations here - Web Link">Web Link

That is over $35,000.00 for our community's school board elections?!?!?! Who does that?!?!?

Its a much greater amount than any true parents for a better Ravenswood would ever raise. They have in turn used that for countless banners, signs, mailers, consultants, calls, etc. all for re-electing the candidates the corporations want to keep their business. So when you see a sign for Pulido, Knight or Lopez, know that not one member of your community paid for that. If they did, they would show up on the donor report.

Should our district sell out like Pulido, Knight and Lopez? If Pulido, Knight and Lopez were really concerned about community donations, they would deny these. Every Pulido, Knight or Lopez sign or email you see is from corporate money to make a buck. I hope we all vote for candidates not swayed by that that truly have our kids and community at heart.

Do I even need to get into Charlie Knight and how she does not even live her anymore and is 86 years old and probably has not knocked on a door or been with a kid in our school district for I do not know how many years?

Shame on those Pulido, Knight, Lopez, accepting corporate donations for your ego. If you truly wanted to represent the community, you would have not sought or accepted them.

So first, why would companies from Los Angeles and Santa Ana even care about our Ravenswood kids? They don't. They are contributing to re-elect the people that will approve their business contracts. They do not know a single kid in Ravenswood.

Second, although Ana Pulido has denied this, this political action committee has produced over $11,000.00 in banners, yard signs, door hangers, campaign consulting, and even "data" on yourselves as you can see here - Web Link">Web Link


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