Thursday, September 28, 2006

Gabe Rivas, Chris Adler and the like by not placing CG on Administrative Leave; you are personally enabling him to carry out "his lovin" of TA.

Dear Hugh Tomlinson,

In reponse to your belated and uninformed email response below:

[Del Mar Electronic Anonymous Input Forum] A BLUEPRINT for POSITIVE CHANGE (In the order it was binded as recieved) Inbox

Jaime Kenedeño

Jul 17

Jaime Kenedeno
This is a continuation of the ongoing Community Outreach Information Project ...

Jul 18

Jaime Kenedeno
---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Jaime Kenedeno <>

Jul 18

Hugh L. Tomlinson
to me
More options 2:47 pm (5 hours ago)

Listing all of the names in a bulk email like this is just an open invitation for every person on the list to be added to spam lists and result in us being flooded with more spam. That is one of the reasons for the bcc address, so that you don't expose the email address of every person on your mailing to spam. Most of us already get way too much spam without your carelessness adding to the problem.

"Jaime Kenedeno" <>

07/18/2006 03:48 PM

JK: WOW! We got us a rocket scientist here folks. I sent this email back in July. We are now 2 days away from October. Initially, there was a lack of respect for the influential power of Jaime Y Los Kenedeños (Kenedeño & Associates) and our community outreach approach (email & World Wide Web). Everybody needed to know our information and documentation were touching thousands of local recipients. The Expose' reaches individuals in positions of responsibility, character and integrity with considerable compromise and stake (in the outcome) depending on the acceptance or rejection of our information campaign. Mr. Hugh L Tomlinson appears to be a CG TA sycophant now entering our theater TARDY. Well like I always tell the students, "Better late than absent". Ok Hugh, If you will do your homework, you will find the bcc approach has been ongoing for quite some time now. Now the compromised and the rest of the DMC Sexual Harrassment / Contract Yanqui Quid Pro Quo coverup must wonder who the information is touching. Everyday our message becomes louder and now when we speak, we accomplish. I recieve a lot of SPAM and PHISH, I just delete it. I dont even consider opening it. We ARE having an impact; that is why Hugh is making these lame propeller attempts to chastise. Come on Hugh, such inept intellect? CG, cant you send a more worthy adversarial rebuttal?

Now on to Dr Garcia's response to the most recent revelations. CG, you have no shame sir. Remember Gabe Rivas, Chris Adler and the like, by not placing CG on Administrative Leave; you are personally enabling him to carry out his love of TA.

I Suppose CG Still Likes TA But Will DMC Continue To Enable While Footing The Bill? Hey Gabe, Are you offering anymore of those Scholarships?

The Benitez Legal Fees are said to be $ 300K +?

How much was the Benitez Settlement?

Must we consult the FOIA?

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

I Suppose CG Still Likes TA But Will DMC Continue To Enable While Footing The Bill? Gabe, Are you offering anymore of those Scholarships?

The Benitez Legal Fees are said to be $ 300K +?

How much was the Benitez Settlement?

Must we consult the FOIA?

I Suppose CG Still Likes TA But Will DMC Continue To Enable While Footing The Bill?

The Benitez Legal Fees are said to be $ 300K +?

How much was the Benitez Settlement?

Must we consult the FOIA?

Monday, September 25, 2006

Del Mar Board of Regents Meeting (Attention all Media Entities & EEOC Staff D Perez & E Mondragon)

Del Mar Board of Regents OPEN MEETING?

Media Event or Closed Session?

Del Mar Board of Regents meeting tomorrow @ 1:00 PM.

I understand certain community leaders will call for Dr Garcia to be placed on Administrative Leave.

JK: Gabriel Rivas (en camera) represents and definitively concludes, when an
employee is accused of Sexual Harassment; that employee is placed on
Administrative leave. JK: The Administrative Leave Requirement is an integral
step in the Due Process and unequivocally applies to each employee the same. The
act of discontinuing or modifying the JOB opportunities of one’s accuser, is a
blatant act of retaliation. In the protection of DMC (all) preventing
retaliation is an obvious reason the Due Process requires the placement of the
accused employee on administrative leave.

I ask for Dr Garcia's Resignation or in the alternative his termination. Mike Westergren and DMC Counsel are conflicted by representing Dr Garcia and the College simultaneously. Force Dr Garcia to defend himself; one day he will be your adversary and maybe even suing the college himself. Alaniz needs to go ahead and start fessing up to the deception he has created. Is it a restoration or just lipstick and rouge. I will refer everyone to the critique (by an expert in the field and Candidate for Del Mar Board of Regents Howard Karsh) titled [South Texas Anti Incumbent Candidates] Opening Richardson Performance Hall,
facelift subterfuge dishonest!!

Also, remember the knee jerk email response from Dr Garcia?

Dr Garcia is "discrediting our institution". He is the individual with criminal activity lingering over his head. Not only this single act, Garcia has developed a pattern of aberrant behavior, inappropriate behavior, anger management issues and imprudent choices.

Before the DMC Regents meeting there is the "People's Forum". This is a John Kelley (Socialist Party of Texas) Nueces Democratic Women event. Only now has this faction became involved with the issues at DMC. This event was established after John Kelley was revealed.

These People (Bottomless Pit People) didn't give a hoot about DMC. Why Now?

Re(1): These People ........
Posted on September 26, 2006 at 02:00:10 AM by dannoynted1

......oh good!

Ask Ms.Arriaga, Ms.Olga & Mr.Rivas, why Del Mar College now has no EEOC for students or employees?

A president who is {CG-TA}

Not to mention the Theresa Cox debacle!

Why Mr. Karsh replacement, Shawn Meredith (peeping tom) works for delmar still after "the "ballet nacional" incident?

just to name a few.

This "People's Forum" is in support of their posture and their candidates Solomon P Ortiz Jr and Juan Garcia yet neither candidate has became involved nor have they considered jumping into the issue. I have personally asked both Juan and Solly to help out with this issue. Neither one has had the balls so far. Who knows, maybe they are ready to get their feet wet? In all fairness Seaman and Mc Comb have ignored these issues completely. At least Juan & Solly listened and responded. OK, let's see WATT they got?

People's Forum

We invite you to participate in the discussion of issues directly affecting you and your community. Please join us!

Our confirmed speakers will be Del Mar Board of Regents Candidates.

At Large: Minerva Arriaga & Joseph Ramirez

District 1: Gabriel Rivas III

District 3: Olga Gonzales

District 5: Howard Karsh & Israel Garcia

(All Del Mar candidates are encouraged to attend and will be given opportunity to speak.)

Location: Bottomless Pit BBQ - 4815 Leopard St.

Date & Time: September 26, 2006 - 11:30-1:00

Hosted by: Mack Rodriguez III

For more information please call or email
361.879.0900 *

Kenedeno & Associates

Dr Carlos Garcia Per SOP Must Be Placed On Administrative Leave

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Now that it is confirmed WATT was the settlement agreement between DMC and Mr Benitez?

[Del Mar Electronic Anonymous Input Forum] 9/17/2006 10:34:10 PM

From: Jaime Kenedeño <>
Date: Sep 17 2006 - 8:34pm

Unconfirmed information on the Benitez case has indicated that a settlement between DMC and Mr Benitez has been reached.

Unconfirmed information on the Benitez case has indicated that a settlement between DMC and Mr Benitez has been reached.

Various amounts from $3 million to $1000 are rumored.

More as the facts are uncovered.

Any settlement is demonstrative that the College acted with Malice. It also places the credibility in question of all the liars at DMC. If this is true; we must now go back and approach Adriana Garza of the Caller Times and demand retractions and apologies.

They were using you Adriana.


Del Mar College, Benitez settle his lawsuit

Former instructor alleged violation of civil rights

By Israel Saenz Caller-Times
September 20, 2006

An attorney for Alberto Benitez said a settlement has been reached in the former Del Mar College instructor's civil rights and breach of contract lawsuit against the school.

Benitez attorney Robert Heil said Tuesday that representatives for his client and the school came to an agreement late Friday afternoon, three days before a trial was set to begin in federal district Chief Judge Hayden W. Head Jr.'s courtroom.

Attorneys for both sides would not elaborate on the terms of the settlement.

"I can say that both parties have reached an agreement without having to go to trial," Heil said.

Benitez and former Del Mar student Melody Lopez filed the lawsuit in September 2005, alleging school officials unlawfully terminated Benitez's employment that January, after he supported Lopez's claim of racial harassment by a Del Mar employee.

Heil said no agreement has been reached in Lopez's lawsuit. Her case still will go to trial, although Head has not set a date.

Del Mar attorney Augustin Rivera said a tentative agreement was reached after Head dismissed civil rights violations claims against six of the college's current and former officials in a pre-trial hearing Sept. 7.

At the hearing, Head dismissed claims against Del Mar College President Carlos Garcia, Board of Regents President Gabriel Rivas, Vice President of Student Development Jose Rivera, Vice President of Instruction Rosie Garcia, Legal Professions Department chair Stonewall Van Wie and former Dean of Business Ann Matula.

Head did not dismiss the suit's claims against the college as a whole at that time.

"After the court ruled in the college's favor on a substantial part of the plaintiff's case, the college was presented with a reasonable opportunity prior to trial to end the litigation and avoid any further expense or costly disruption of college business," Augustin Rivera said.

Benitez's and Lopez's suit states those school officials played a role in either Benitez's termination or retaliation against Lopez, who the suit states officials expelled from the college in September 2004.

The plaintiffs further alleged that after a February 2003 incident in which Lopez and two other students were verbally harassed by a school official's secretary, Benitez issued a witness statement as part of her grievance procedure.

"We believe (Benitez's) civil rights were violated," Heil said. "That's why the claim was brought against Del Mar. All that is remaining is Lopez's claim."

Benitez, who suffered a gunshot wound in August 2003 and recovered, also claimed a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He conducted criminal justice courses online as he recovered, before his termination.

Francisco G. Perez was convicted of attempted capital murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison for the shooting. Benitez's ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Reynolds, was sentenced to life in prison for hiring Perez to kill Benitez.


Albert Benitez's civil rights and breach of contract violations lawsuit against Del Mar College was settled last week, his attorney said Tuesday. A timeline of events, according to his court complaint:

Feb. 2003: Former Del Mar student Melody Lopez accuses Legal Professions Department Chair Stonewall Van Wie's secretary of racial harassment. Benitez, who claims to have witnessed the incident, submits a statement as part of Lopez's grievance procedure

July 2003: Benitez files a grievance accusing college officials of retaliation

August 2003: Benitez is shot in his home; he survives. While he recovers, Del Mar allows Benitez to teach from home through Internet courses

Sept. 2004: Lopez is expelled from the school

Jan. 2005: Benitez is fired on the basis that he did not properly perform his duties as an instructor

Sept. 2005: Benitez and Lopez file a lawsuit against the school

Source: U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas Amended Complaint

Contact Israel Saenz at 886-3767 or HYPERLINK


Who's credibility is in question?

Imagine if the Judicial Process does not protect the College?

Like in Austin.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Benitez charges he was terminated unjustly after he supported a student's claim of racial harassment.

Del Mar's regents take no action on suit

September 15, 2006

Del Mar College regents met but took no action Thursday regarding a lawsuit against the college that is set to go to trial next week.

The trial, involving the college and former professor Albert Benitez, will begin Monday in federal court with Chief Judge Hayden W. Head Jr. presiding. Benitez charges he was terminated unjustly after he supported a student's claim of racial harassment.

Last week Head dismissed individual lawsuits against several Del Mar officials in the case.

Israel Saenz


udge dismisses rights claim against Del Mar officials

Former instructor's other issues to be tried Sept. 18

By Israel Saenz Caller-Times
September 8, 2006

U.S. District Judge Hayden Head Jr. on Thursday dismissed former Del Mar College instructor Albert Benitez's claims of civil rights violations against six of the college's current and former officials in a pre-trial hearing.

Benitez's breach of contract and violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act claim against the college, however, will go to trial Sept. 18.

Benitez, a former criminal justice instructor at Del Mar, says school officials fired him in January 2005 after he sought due process for student Melody Lopez's claims of racial harassment by a college employee. He filed the suit last September.

Head dismissed claims against Del Mar College President Carlos Garcia;, Board of Regents President Gabriel Rivas;, Vice President of Student Development Jose Rivera;, Vice President of Instruction Rosie Garcia; Legal Professions Department chair Stonewall Van Wie; and former Dean of Business Ann Matula.

Houston attorney Lee Solomon, representing Benitez, would not comment on the motions Thursday.

Del Mar College attorney Augustin Rivera Jr. said some of the plaintiffs' claims against the college also were dismissed, although he did not specify which ones.

Contact Israel Saenz at 886-3767,1641,CCCT_811_4977693,00.html

Friday, September 15, 2006

Opening Richardson Performance Hall, facelift subterfuge dishonest!!

To Whom It May Concern;

I am concerned with the recent announcement that Del Mar College is reopening Richardson Auditorium as Richardson Performance Hall.

I have heard some media reporting this as a renovation.

It was specifically explained to me when I was the Auditorium Manager that the auditorium would not be renovated, it was to be an upgrade or a facelift.

The coordinating architect explained to me and Board of Regents members that were present that a renovation would require the expenditure of additional funds to meet building codes and by using the subterfuge of a facelift or upgrade the College could avoid code enforcement.

I am concerned that the public is being misinformed as to the use of their tax dollars.

One of the major complaints particularly from older patrons was the lack of available restrooms.

This facelift as best as I can determine from the documents posted on the DMC WEB site adds a very few additional restroom facilities that will make very little impact on older patrons and there will still be long lines at the restrooms.

Based on the plans I've seen I suspect that the placement of the box office and concession stand will create crowd control problems, particularly when there are large audiences in the auditorium.

I will reserve judgment on the backstage issues of safety that I originally addressed as Auditorium Manager and which were used to force me into retirement.

The regents and administrators knew that if I remained as Auditorium Manager, I would resist taking short cuts that would compromise the safety of everyone using the auditorium.

Unfortunately, by eliminating my presence only the lackeys were left.

Please, do not misinform your audience correct your reporting and do not report this as a renovation!

Howard Karsh, retired Richardson Auditorium Manager, Candidate for the DMC Regents, District 5.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Yes Sir Mr Cohn, indeed you WERE talking to me!

Mr Cohn: I read Bruce Olson's dmcall. It took all the fun out of Karl Kemm's marvelous e-mail.

JK: Will somebody please provide this email from Karl Kemm so I can see WATT “fun” Ed is speaking of?

Mr Cohn: Here is the problem. He starts from the premise that the President is anti-faculty and this bias has lead to: (1) the "release" time study; (2) the Rangel report; (3) the president's pay raise; (4) various supposed statements by the President; and (5) various alleged communication and leadership problems. He concludes that the Regents should fire the President, if the President will not resign himself.

JK: In rebuttal Mr Cohn, I must disagree. Dr Olson begins from the premise that he was, well I will use his words, I served as Chair of the Chairs Council when the president came to the College. I was on the search committee that recommended him. Most at the College seemed excited and pleased with his selection and everyone wanted him to succeed. As Chair of the Chairs Council, I organized a transition workshop for him and all department chairs. It took place on a Friday in order to spend the entire day with the new president on building a new team and discussing and analyzing strengths and weaknesses of DMC from the chairs perspective.“ Dr Olson is establishing the history, which is in direct contradiction to Mr Cohn’s assertion, Here is the problem. He(Dr Olson) starts from the premise that the President is anti-faculty”. At one time Dr Olson was in full support of Dr Carlos Garcia (DMC President). The most recent response from DMC Board of Regents candidate Howard Karsh, illustrates Dr Olson in a light quite contrary to the one Mr Cohn attempts to bill.

Dr. Cohn:“(1) the "release" time study; (2) the Rangel report; (3) the president's pay raise; (4) various supposed statements by the President; and (5) various alledged communication and leadership problems.”

JK: It is obvious that Mr Cohn is not “in the know” when it comes to the inappropriate behavior of DMC hierarchy, either he is: trying to score points, benefiting from the present Power Structure or a wannabe hoping for inclusion. Pull your head out sir. Dr Carlos Garcia can be attributed to possess severe deficiencies in his communication and leadership skills. He is a very quick to frustrate persona. There is significant documentation of Dr Garcia’s words and actions, which deem him spontaneous, whimsical and inappropriate for the position he enjoys as DMC President. One example would be the knee jerk response to an email he received titled “Nah! There aint nothin inappropriate goin on at Del Mar College. Right Adriana? This was a fatal error for DMC and for Dr Garcia. I would have enjoyed watching the facial expressions and the discussion when Mr. Westergren learned of this “knee jerk” response by Dr Garcia.

Dr. Cohn: The problem is with the premise. The President has not been anti-faculty.

JK: Dr. Cohn is attempting to address the premise of Dr Olson. Cohn has a problem with this position and maintains the position, “The President has not been anti-faculty”. The faculty, I assure you Mr Cohn; does not share your sentiments regarding the anti faculty issue of the President. The Rangel report reflects this disenchantment.

Mr Cohn: Looks at Bruce's memo again. What is Bruce's proof? First, the president left a meeting and did not reconvene it. Assuming that is true, it is not as though the President has never since met with the Chairs and the Faculty Council. Quite the contrary, he has met with FC more than any President.

JK: First of all by the nature and context of your very own response, it is true. The next two sentences are only a failed attempt to digress and are disingenuous. Please refrain from insulting the intelligence of our audience.

Mr Cohn: Second the President has, according to Bruce, spoken against the Faculty: faculty are retired in place, faculty are lazy, faculty are overpaid, faculty don’t work enough hours. The first phrase is an old military one, as I am sure Bruce knows; it was not used by the President, but by a faculty member (not me). The last is one that the President has repeatedly disavowed (he has been very articulate on why Faculty in fact must be working 40 hours a week). As to being overpaid, he has consistently argued that he wanted the DM faculty to be among the top 5 best paid in the state (and our clerical and APT to be well compensated ). As to faculty being "lazy", I have never heard him make such a statement, certainly not publically.

JK: Although these statements are indicative and consistent with Dr Garcia’s actions I will practice my “laziness” and address the above section expediently. The disclaimer, “certainly not publicly” either demonstrates your “off the record” knowledge or your uncertainty.

Mr Cohn: What the President has tried to do--what most General Officers I have known have tried to do--is to challenge his staff. Are you doing all you can do to make this a great place? Is being a great classroom teacher enough? Here is the difference between what Bruce is accusing the President of and what the President has actually done. The President has challenged us--the faculty, as well as other elements of the college. He has NOT publically (outside the college) run the Faculty down. He always--to my knowledge--has spoken highly of the College and the Faculty publically.

JK: This is BS. Have you offered any evidence supporting the assertions? Dr Garcia should challenge his faculty to learn to define the word PUBLICALLY. For some reason I cannot find it in the dictionary? LOL. However, you are correct the PUBLIC is DMC’s ALLY.

Mr Cohn: Now let us turn to Bruce and his allies in their campaign to oust the President. What have they done? They have taken our dispute public. They have sought the limelight of KRIS. Here is an example. KRIS did NOT cover the August 11 Faculty Council meeting; they were not there. However, faculty dissatisfaction at Del Mar was reported that day. Why? Because Ann Thorn notified KRIS about the meeting, just as she notified the Caller Times. On the one hand we have a President who has said nothing to the detriment of Del Mar publically. On the other we have someone who has aired our problems in the most public manner possible.

JK: Taking the dispute Public? The Public is your BOSS. The Public knows about the situation at DMC due to inappropriate actions, abuse of power and abuses of position wielded on the students. The faculty is a tertiary element when it comes to the Public becoming involved. Ann Thorn is with Ann Matula and that tells us everything we need to know.

Mr Cohn: Let's look at a second item. Bruce says that the August 22 Board meeting shows the President should resign because "even the GI Forum and other citizens" want him put on administrative leave for "improrieties".

JK: The Regents are considering giving him the boot however; there are other factors such as increased acknowledgement and further liability for the College. The GI Forum has asked for DMC SOP to be adhered to and Dr Garcia be placed on administrative leave.

Mr Cohn: Unfortunately for Bruce, I was at the August 22 Board meeting. The people orchestrating that protest were Jaime Kenedeno and his group. This group is the same one that tried to get our Professor of the Year to resign from the college because of "impropieties" a year ago; the accuser and her helper-part of Kenedeno's entourage-were right there trying to undermine the President about something that needs to be left to the EEO processes and the Courts.

JK: First of all, there was no protest. Joe A Ortiz (GI Forum National Civil Rights Director) and Mr. Rolando Garza (community advocate and defender of the “little people”) addressed the DMC Board of Regents as per Open Meeting Decorum. All conduct was proper and distinguished. As far as Ben Blanco, the Due Process via EEO remedies has been thwarted, not to mention the Theresa Cox revelations. WATT is unfortunate is, Ben Blanco lusted for the wrong female student and his inappropriate aggression has ruined the life of human beings. The improprieties are documented, supported with affidavits and some of the conversations are even recorded. We will be getting to this issue in due time. Ben Blanco was just, “Going through a mid-life crisis and needed a young female”.

Cohn: Surely Bruce does not want us as faculty to be aligned with Jaime Kenedeno. I know that he would never agree to such a thing. I am concerned that he would use the August 22 Board meeting as a basis for calling for the resignation of the President (with due respect to the GI forum). The August 22 meeting was covered by the press and TV. Does any faculty member think that publicity was good for the college. Does anyone think that Jaime Kenedeno had the best interests of Del Mar (or its faculty) in mind on August 22?

JK: WATT is your opposition to aligning with the Jaime Kenedeno? Sometimes Ed we need to shine the light on roaches so we can quash them and exterminate them. Just look at me as an exterminator and getting rid of the roaches is good for DMC. The DMC hierarchy has been petitioned and pleaded with to address, acknowledge and allow the Due Process to operate unimpeded. The voices of students, faculty, staff, community leaders and others have fell on deaf ears. The only remedy was to appeal to Public Opinion. It is working brilliantly I might add.

Cohn: I would not have a problem with Bruce's approach of going loudly public and latching onto any possible ally, if the College were in danger, but it is not. It is headed by a pro-faculty administration. The Rangel report had been put as deeply to sleep as it could be, within the college. The Administation (Rosie and Carlos; the Academic Deans), the Chairs and FC all attacked the misguided Reassignment report. The truth of the matter is that FC officers read the report before the VPI and the President because the President gave us a copy before he had even read it (his attempt to have open communications). The President had supported many faculty initiatives, including pay raises. The President tried very hard to communicate with Faculty Council, as did the VPI.

JK: Bruce is not the one who went “loudly to the public”. The GI Forum was pursuing remedies through their own accessible channels. Thanks to Ben Blanco, Los Kenedenos became involved. Kenedeno & Associates are the ones who blasted the message and engaged the Public. Initially, we did this without inside access to DMC Faculty or Staff. The Rangel Report is highly accurate and very eloquently addresses crucial issues in a most positive demeanor. The President per SOP should be placed on administrative leave yet he remains active to the detriment of the College.

Cohn: Immediately after the July 28 meeting of Faculty Council, I called for a meeting of the VPI, the incoming and incumbant chair of chairs, and the incoming and incumbant FC chair. I presented a paper which delineated where I thought the communication had broken down, leading to significant faculty concerns. The VPI said: this has to go to the President. We were overtaken by events (the August 11 FC meeting). After that meeting, the administration acknowledged that communication needed to be improved with FC and with impacted faculty for any further restructuring and agreed to do so in an Addendum to its announcement restructuring. I must add that the failure of communication was not solely the Administrations fault. I need to take my share of that failure.

JK: Underlined above are direct contradictions to your assertions regarding communication and leadership deficiencies. In this section above and after reading the brown nosing rebuttal; “the whole world” can see right through the rhetoric. Also, I surmise this response is embarrassing that DMC would employ such inadequacy with respect to the Language Arts Department. I know the English instructors cannot help but to wince.

Cohn: Now we can finally lay out the contrast between two segments of the faculty. Bruce and his team believe that the President is anti-faculty to the degree that he must be opposed at all costs. Therefore, it is OK to bring our disagreements into the open. It is also OK to rely on the enemy of our enemy in the battle against the President. Another group of faculty believe that we have a human and fallible Administration which is pro-faculty and reform minded. This group believes that debating our differences out of public (non-Del Mar) view, and without running to the regents and regent's meetings is the best approach because the President and his Administration are essentially pro-faculty.

JK: Contrast the faculty division? Either you are with em, or you,…. I will use the words of DMC Board of Regents Candidate Howard Karsh, In the end as I have often said you are either swallowed up by the culture of corruption or you are gone”. With regard to the “out of public” approach, been there done that and bought the t shirt. It is too late to keep it out of the Public; we are here and we will remain. As for the remainder of your rebuttal I see no reason to continue, unless you insist Mr. Cohn.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Edward Cohn <>
Date: Sep 11, 2006 9:01 AM
Subject: Re: Fwd: [Del Mar Electronic Anonymous Input Forum] This Letter From Dr Olson stands on it's own. We will address the Rebuttal by Dr Cohn Soon.
To: elle mintry < >

Don't bother. I was not talking to you.

Ed Cohn

Yes Sir Mr Cohn, indeed you WERE talking to me!

With all due respect Mr Karsh, Mr Olson has joined in the us (in the fight) now. Good blast sir

Where have you been Mr. Olson? This didn’t start with President Garcia. Where were you when a custodial supervisor by the name of Robert ********* was forced out of his job because he was only trying to do a better job. He had been transferred from the West Campus to the East Campus because he had been considered a good worker on the West Campus. Than he got ambition. He made recommendations. He tried to change things. He told the than Physical Facilities Director that he would like to apply for a higher-level position. The Physical facilities Director told him not to bother. So he complained to VP Alaniz. Alaniz figuratively spit in his face. The Physical facilities Director called me to spy on Robert. I didn’t do it. They made his life miserable. Eventually they got rid of him. How about the classified employee who worked for Chuck Tynes over in Purchasing? She discovered that the DMC was hiring temps for classified positions and than giving them priority for the jobs over long time classified employees who should have had first choice by policy. She spoke up in front of the regents. Not long after she just disappeared from the campus. My informant told me she was let go after all she was only a disgruntled classified employee.
Than of course I was labeled a disgruntled employee until I proved the auditorium was really unsafe. Than, Chris Tetlauf Belhausen agreed to work with me as a temporary supervisor. Dr. Gustavo Valadez Ortiz became College President and suddenly I was in. I was redeemed. He saw to it that I was actually invited to meetings about auditorium safety and finance. Chris told everyone that she had me under her control. She did help me to recoup overtime that the College under VP Alaniz had cheated me out of. Than Chris got tired. The auditorium began to bore her. I was too much trouble. I was supposed to bow down and forget that the real safety and financial issues concerning the auditorium were still not resolved because Joe Alaniz refused to resolve them. Dr. Valadez Ortiz came under attack not really for anything he had done administratively but because his personal life offended Regent Chris Adler and others. In any case my protection was gone and VP Alaniz became Acting President and the target that was on my back just got bigger. I started out being concerned about safety, I saw great potential in the auditorium from the beginning and I never changed. The political winds around me kept changing. Than there was Alaniz’s newest attack in a long line of attacks against custodial and buildings and grounds workers over phony sexual harassment charges. Let’s not forget that report in the 1990’s that compared DMC custodians and grounds keepers to their counterparts at Trinity College. Nobody checked to see if that was an accurate comparison. I did look into it. It was easy. I sent out the information I found to the campus because it was a false comparison. Trinity College is nowhere near the size of Del Mar College. Just another phony trumped up report. Than there was Ms. Lopez. Than Mr. Benitez. Than Theresa Cox. I don’t know how many others? Where were you Mr. Olson?

Now that President Garcia, VP Alaniz and their cronies have placed the target on the back of the faculty, are you only out for yourselves? Are you going to consider the corrupt practices that all employees at the College have suffered under all this time?
Howard Karsh, retired Auditorium Manager, Regents Candidate District 5.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Del Mar College is, perhaps, the most incompetent institution in Texas


Posted by: "Don Cudd" doncudd

Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:15 pm (PST)

Well, a man just told me that he tried to sign up for the Citizen Reporting
class today, but was told that the class has been canceled -- before the
September 12 registration deadline that an administrator had set.

Del Mar College is, perhaps, the most incompetent institution in Texas. I
give up! (But not before I tally up what I pay in taxes to the school each
year and sending the board of regents a refund request for at least the last
three years. I'll let you know how that goes.)

But this is, probably, a blessing. It means we can now, hopefully, find
another location for the class, and everyone can participate for free.

When I tried this last time Del Mar screwed up on the class, no one was
interested. But now, I think, we've got enough interest to get someone
besides me, Dad and Priscilla to the class meetings on a regular basis.
Based on behind-the-scenes conversations, at least 8 people were solidly
interested in the class, and another 10 or so were "mildly" interested.
That's a good start.

Now we just need a location. I'll be asking around, again, in the next few
days. In the meantime, if anyone has a location idea, please let me know.
One rule that I have: the location must be a public one. Meeting in a
private residence is just too awkward for my taste.

I'm guessing we'll have a public location lined-up in a week or so. Stay

See ya'll,

Monday, September 11, 2006

This Letter From Dr Olson stands on it's own. We will address the Rebuttal by Dr Cohn Soon.

Del Mar College: A Case Study in Leadership, 2004-2006

I came to teaching later in life than most. It was sort of a metamorphous after numerous years of the military service, as well as positions in the government and business sectors. What attracted me to teaching was the personal sense of satisfaction I got when I served others. I am now the Chair of the Department of Social Sciences and have taught at Del Mar College the past fifteen years. The College and its community have been very good to me. It is from the perspective of an academic department chair that I offer my views of what has happened at Del Mar College the past two years. Also, it is a matter of public interest and a call for communication with a president who refuses to answer and be accountable to the faculty and the community of the College. In addition, I want to speak out now so no one in the future can ever say to the faculty -- Why didn’t you say something when this was going on? Why did the faculty remain silent?

I served as Chair of the Chairs Council when the president came to the College. I was on the search committee that recommended him. Most at the College seemed excited and pleased with his selection and everyone wanted him to succeed. As Chair of the Chairs Council, I organized a transition workshop for him and all department chairs. It took place on a Friday in order to spend the entire day with the new president on building a new team and discussing and analyzing strengths and weaknesses of DMC from the chairs perspective. The workshop went well until the group began to go over the weakness they believed DMC needed to improve on. At that point, the president ended the meeting, said he would meet with us at some future date, and left. He never reconvened a meeting to discuss what needed fixing at DMC from the academic departments’ perspective. The president appeared not to want to know what we needed -- because to know would be to accept responsibility and to be held accountable. Afterwards, he hired consultants who delivered faulty and skewed data that he used to justify his platform of effectiveness and efficiency which later became the foundation for his own salary and benefits raises. His platform was at the expense of the faculty’s reputation.

For the past two-plus years, the president has proved to be an ineffective communicator. He has seldom met with the constituency groups on campus and when he does he often loses his temper and fails to get his points across to the audience. Yet, he has proved astute in creating division and conflict among his staff. Do not think though that the College administrators are helpless victims. They had choices and they chose to remain quiet and go along with his agenda. The president tried to use the same strategies to divide the faculty. He has tried to give the impression that faculty are causing all the dissention at the College that all the problems at the College are the faculty’s fault, or at least a small group of disgruntled faculty and employees. He has tried to shut down shared governance at the College and has relied on certain individuals to try and quiet the faculty. In this, he has failed. The faculty are unified and understand what is going on here. There is no in-fighting among the faculty. On the contrary there is solidarity. The faculty have a right to know the answers to their questions. They have a right to know of decisions that affect the College and how they are made. They have a right to take part in the decision making process. And because the faculty have these rights, they have taken the initiative to discuss College issues on Internet forums at the College to get around the presidents attempt to censor them and shut them up.

The faculty’s reputation is priceless and is the very foundation of the College. Go out into the community and our citizens will tell you how much they have loved and respected Del Mar College. They will tell you how much it means and has meant to their families. They will reminisce with you about the teachers they have had who challenged them, changed their lives and gave them a more promising future. A president should protect that reputation and should not let his administrators deride it in reports that attack faculty professionalism, work, and dedication to the College, its mission and its community. What kind of president says things like faculty are retired in place, faculty are lazy, faculty are overpaid, faculty don’t work enough hours? What kind of president allows his administrators to say things like that? What kind of president allows administrators to publish and distribute reports saying things like that? Things that cannot be substantiated by any legitimate facts or data? Once they are printed in College reports, they are out there for the whole world to see. Well our president does and by so doing he is attacking and destroying our professional reputations -- reputations that we have spent a lifetime building. As the symbol of the College, what comes out of his mouth is representative of the College to the community and the country. By his actions and statements he has grievously harmed the reputation of the faculty, the chairs, and the College to the people at-large. He has shut down communication systems, painted his critics as disgruntled employees, and libeled them. When it is shown by others that they have a good, strong, earned reputation, he does not take responsibility to correct his claims. This makes him not only a bad communicator, but also a bad player and a failure as a leader.

According to leadership studies by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, great leaders challenge, inspire, enable, model and encourage subordinates. Leaders have visions and dreams and are able to communicate these to their followers who they involve in their projects. They do not achieve success by themselves, or at the expense of others. Leaders enlist support and assistance of all and encourage teamwork and collaboration. They search for opportunities and learn from their mistakes. They set the example and are consistent in their behavior. Good leaders display "genuine acts of caring to draw people together and forward." Above all they are credible and truthful. Psychologist John W. Gardner identifies nine tasks of leadership including envisioning goals, affirming goals, motivating, managing, achieving workable unity, explaining, serving as a symbol, representing the group, renewing. According to Gardner, leaders and managers are not the same thing but they do overlap. Above all, leaders are communicators, teachers, and a symbol. They represent the group. They can delegate most duties and responsibilities except for two. They cannot delegate serving as a symbol or envisioning goals.

The best leaders rapidly assess the situation and form their vision. They have a high tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty and a capability to learn rapidly. They reconcile competing demands according to priorities of a clearly formed vision. They take their vision of what has to be done, clearly communicate it, and ensure its execution. They act as standard bears, developers and integrators. They build team cohesion, provide purpose, direction and motivation. Above all, they serve as role models, promoting ethical development of their subordinates and the institutions they represent.

Through their good efforts this past summer, the faculty were able to reverse some things the president and his staff tried to do to the detriment of the College, such as the Reassignment Time Study, a malicious attack on faculty professionalism. This came at a high price for faculty taking part in these actions. The president and his administrators labeled them as disgruntled employees. This libels the faculty’s good name and reputation and casts us in a negative way as being against change or improvement at the College. This undermines the image of the College to students, the community and taxpayers. Before this president, the community viewed the faculty as an important community asset and treasure, consisting of very experienced and selfless educators. He is soiling our good, hard-earned reputation and replacing it with one where he presents the faculty as retired-in-place, overpaid and lazy. He has libeled our hard-earned reputation and has broken the trust we gave him. He is attacking our livelihood with misinformation and phrases that are damaging to our reputation. We should be indignant about a president’s actions that are at odds with College interests and convey a negative image of the College. We want to know the truth. We cannot follow a president who stands in the way of the Board of Regents examining his actions, or who interferes with their review and investigation of his actions. Serious changes require a leader to be transparent in his actions, treatment, and communication with the public and his followers. It is a sad day for Del Mar College when the only recourse faculty or employees have for justice, review, or redress, is to go into the courts. The College, students, employees, and community deserve better.

By professionally accepted criteria that define good leadership, the president falls short in meeting the minimum standard for an effective leader. The president’s interests are in conflict with interests of the College and the people it serves, its students and the taxpayers. The president has sacrificed the College’s security, reputation and public confidence for individual power. As a public official, he should be held accountable. No public official should be above reproach. The damage by the president’s actions has not gone so far yet as to destroy the College. The foundation of Del Mar College is still the faculty and we are here, ready, willing and able to serve our community. The faculty and community are aligned with the Board of Regents in their willingness to make the president accountable for his actions, public statements, and bad judgment. He has gone too far to be rehabilitated. Community leaders recognize the problem of the president. At the last Board meeting, even leaders from one of the local G.I. Forum chapters and other citizens called for the Regents to put the president on administrative leave pending the end of investigations into alleged improprieties by him. According to them, he needed to step aside, not interfere, and allow his actions to be reviewed by the College. It is now in the best interests of the College for the president to tender his resignation. If he is unwilling to do that, then the Board of Regents must take the necessary action to terminate his employment with the College for cause because he has failed to lead effectively. His poor communications have misrepresented, libeled, and harmed the faculty and the College.


Professor of History and Chair

Department of Social Sciences

The Secretary of State cleared her to run.

I think these guys are going to learn a lesson or two....

from the attorney general down. The Secretary of State cleared Ms Garcia to run. If you read the AG opinion you will know what a crook this guy is when it comes to the little people. Carlos Valdez, I cant see how he would obtain Jurisdiction given there is no criminal act. This matter should be processed through existing administrative law.

A Voter Registration in Kleberg While Residing in Nueces?

The question is, which home was her domicile. I have been to her Apartment here in Corpus Christi, it sure looks like it is her primary residence.

I cannot imagine Carlos Valdez even having anything to do with this case, given his history with Mike Westergren and I am told with Joe Alaniz as well.

If Carlos Valdez prosecutes this lady, he is a fool.

I stand behind her.