I have been informed, through none other than Robert Kirk and his son Mark Kirk, that I will be served with recall papers in the very near future, perhaps at the April 6th Hesperia Unified School District board meeting. That is their, or anyone's right, to take such actions.
I will not be resigning. And unlike Mr. Kirk, I will not renege on that statement.
Nor do I think any recall effort against me will be successful because there are absolutely no legitimate grounds for recalling me. Kirk the Elder and Kirk the Younger, or whoever they get to do the actual deeds, are simply trying to threaten and intimidate me like they have done to many others.
Kirk-camp threats will not sway my commitment to the students of HUSD, their parents, the wonderful employees of our district, and the huge number of voters who elected me to the office. I ran because I care about kids and they need a voice on the HUSD board; now more than ever.
Since Mark Kirk, and his San Bernardino County machine style politics, are coming at me here, it is worth noting that Mark Kirk recently ran for Hesperia City Council, and was soundly defeated, despite spending huge sums of money that was provided to him by all types of very interesting sources, to include those persons involved in the Colonies Partners settlement, and their subsequent shenanigans. Mark Kirk spent over $167,000 to learn that honest and hardworking Hesperians were not interested in his style of governance for this city. Many have also reasonably argued that Mark Kirk's loss was a direct reflection on Mr. Kirk's HUSD actions over the past couple of years.
News sources reported on April 2nd that the ironically titled political action committee "Alliance for Ethical Government" was provided huge sums of money from Colonies Partners. And lo and behold, according to these reports, Mark Kirk received $20,000 and Anthony Riley $5,500 respectively from this PAC.
Oddly enough, Mr. Anthony Riley very recently amended his "assuming office" Statement of Economic Interests page to include his apparently "forgotten" incomes from his consulting role in the (losing) Kelly McCarty for Assembly campaign (which he now says paid him between $1,001 - $10,000) and his secretary position with the Alliance for Ethical Government (which he now says paid him between $500 - $1,000).
Mr. Robert Kirk, Anthony Riley, and Mark Kirk all operate together in their political circles. Do we really want these types of political circles running HUSD as well?
Mr. Kirk was served with recall papers because he has repeatedly demonstrated that he is unable to put HUSD kids first and foremost in his role as a governing board member. His record speaks loudly and unfavorably for itself on open governance issues and cooperative relationships.
Mr. Kirk apparently believes that only he can run HUSD and that is simply untrue. He, with his voting bloc, tried to force a calendar issue but changed his mind. He tried to force a building process for OHHS that was unsound and then later changed his mind. He tried to eliminate bussing but then changed his mind. He said he would resign if served with papers and then changed his mind about that too. There has never been consistency to his actions and words.
Mr. Kirk has never provided the student centered focus that is required of school board members. And we must remember that it is through his leadership, although many would call it dictatorship, over the past two years that have brought HUSD to its current state of affairs. Kirk said he would resign, but, once again, he is not keeping his word. Instead he only continues the damage to HUSD that he is now well known for causing.