A Major Civil Rights Victory Just Occurred in Temecula

The Riverside County Registrar of Voters has certified the ballots for the 2014 Temecula School Board election, and the results are now official. Huge congratulations are in order for our newest board members, Julie Farnbach, Kevin S. Hill and Sandy Hinkson. These are the three candidates we publicly endorsed and they come to the five member board as an immediate majority. History will show that this election was an important moment in a burgeoning movement. Children are often the forgotten victims of violations, and we maintain that every undercover drug sting in schools is a violation of children’s .

The outcome of this election is a direct result of Operation Glass House, the abusive debacle in which undercover officers from the Riverside County Sheriffs Department entrapped twenty two of Temecula’s children in a fabricated drug sting, nine who were Special students, including our autistic son, . This is precisely the result we worked for, on behalf of Jesse, and all other children who we believe were abused under the watch of TVUSD administrators.

After Operation Glass House, members of TVUSD’s brass responded with behaviors toward its victims that we consider to be inappropriate and offensive. And after Operation Glass House was exposed as a sham in numerous media sources, most notably Rolling Stone (The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass) and VICE (The War on Kids), along with the tireless efforts of our partners, including the Drug Policy Alliance, and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, TVUSD did little more in response than to stick its head in the sand. This stands in stark contrast to the response from the powers that be at the University of Virginia following last week’s Rolling Stone exposé involving abuses of students on their campus – penned by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, also the author of The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass.

But since the people who are supposed to be in charge of Temecula’s school children refused to act, the citizens of Temecula forced action upon them from the voting booths on November 4.

In Temecula, school board incumbents have historically gotten a free ride with the voters. Two of the incumbents, Richard Shafer and , first became board members in 1994 and 1995, respectively, and had never been seriously challenged at the polls. The third incumbent, Vincent O’Neal, announced in August that he would not seek reelection, which was a wise move because had O’Neal run, he would have suffered the same fate as Brown and Shafer.

Here is the final vote total:

2014 TVUSD Final Results

We have a few thoughts about the election:

  • The only memorable accomplishment of Robert Brown’s tenure on the board is that he was one of only three people who were aware that adult undercover cops, Yesenia Hernandez and Daniel Zipperstein, were masquerading as students on Temecula’s high school campuses with no accountability, and entrapping the most vulnerable children. Not only did Brown pre-bless the operation, he sung its praises in the immediate aftermath. “I thought it was great,” he said. “I was glad to see it was happening…I’m sure this sent a message to the rest of the kids.” Unfortunately, part of what Brown was cheerleading included reports of inappropriate undercover officer conduct on campus.

    But although (undercover cop) Daniel was in a relationship, that didn’t stop him from admiring other girls, like when, during one lunch period with a view into the dance room, Daniel exhorted about a 15-year-old in spandex, “Dang, look at the ass on that one!”

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    Daniel informed Perry and Sebastian he didn’t swallow Vicodin, he smoked it. The boys were dubious, so Daniel described how he’d rub off the pill’s coating, grind it to powder, then freebase it off tinfoil. To demonstrate, Daniel popped the pill into his mouth and sucked it, then spat it out and rubbed it on his shirt, explaining that it was now ready for crushing and smoking. “I heard you can do the same thing with heroin,” Daniel said, dropping a hint about his next drug target. The boys didn’t pick up on the bait; they were agog, having learned a new drug-taking technique.

  • Julie Farnbach and Sandy Hinkson actively campaigned, and received some endorsements. The largest endorsement, which included heavy advertising and press, came from the Temecula Valley Educators Association (TVEA), who endorsed Hinkson and Cherlyl Eckard. As you see though, Eckard – who also had the heaviest advertising in this election – only finished 5th in this race, so the TVEA endorsement appears to have had little positive impact.
  • Kevin Hill did no real campaigning. He was the only challenger who had no campaign yard signs, and he didn’t even have a website. The only endorsement he appears to have received was from us. But his message resonated strongly with us. And with Hill (a teacher with solid special ed experience), retired teacher Hinkson, and zero-tolerance policy critic Farnbach, our endorsement was based not primarily on non-incumbent status, but on the fact that we strongly believe them to be the right people for the job.
  • Shafer, O’Neal and the rest of the board members, (Allen Pulsipher and Kristi Rutz-Robbins) have blood from Operation Glass House on their hands too, as they rubber stamped the expulsions of all students entrapped in Operation Glass House. And in Jesse’s case, even though a criminal judge threw out the charges against Jesse, TVUSD decided to move forward with his expulsion. We filed for a hearing to stop the expulsion, which resulted in Judge Marian S. Tulley issuing a scathing decision against TVUSD, and ordering Jesse’s immediate return to school. At 7:00 a.m. on March 13, 2013, only three business days after Judge Tulley issued her ruling, and only 48 hours before Jesse’s return to school, the school board held an emergency session behind closed doors, in which they voted to file an appeal of the ruling. There are many levels on which this appears vindictive and irrational, but here is the most glaring example: The remedy sought in the appeal was to expel Jesse. However, the appeal process is such that it would not have even been heard by a judge until well after Jesse was set to graduate. So the bottom line is that the board voted – in secret – to authorize the use of thousands of taxpayer dollars to try to expel a student that had already graduated.

The local message of the 2014 Temecula School Board election is this: TVUSD is broken, and the citizens have forced action upon the administration.

The national message of the 2014 Temecula School Board election is this: Any school administration that allows undercover drug stings on their campuses puts their students, their school district, and their own jobs at risk.

7 comments for “A Major Civil Rights Victory Just Occurred in Temecula

  1. Sean Chaiyakum
    April 27, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Sadly, we can’t be excited about these candidates! After attending the recent board meetings, we only have one that makes her decisions based on knowledge of information and the best interest for ALL students , and that’s Mrs. Farnbach! Mr. Hill looks like he’s snoozing during people’s presentations, so when he is asked if he has any questions…of course he never does because he doesn’t even know what is going on?! And Hinkson looks like she is best pals with Robbins. They go along with whatever Pulsipher wants. Next election is going to be much different, trust me! We deserve better than this!

  2. Mark Winchester Sr.
    January 4, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Had that that been my disabled son the punk cop would never be physically able to hold another job again or eat solid food for a long, long time!

    • Henry Hank Henderson
      July 12, 2016 at 3:16 am

      Exactly mark Winchester! That little punk ass so called cop is nothing but a piece O’ $hit!!

  3. March 3, 2016 at 2:40 am

    How is Daniel Zipperstein not in jail for teaching kids how to do drugs & making pedo comments about a 15 year old???

  4. Erin Rayne
    April 9, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I am so sorry you and your son are going through this nightmare, and can’t imagine all the potential ramifications, like future availability of subsidized housing and food stamps, among others. I can’t believe that any governmental organization is still pursuing such ludicrous forms of entrapment during an age when the involvement of CongressMEN (yeah, right?) in ABSCAM was made into a box-office topping COMEDY. From the bottom of my heart, I hope all aspects of it are resolved in Jesse’s favor, as soon as possible.
    In the meantime, as a 50-year-old childless woman who has never been arrested or had interaction with the legal system other than as a victim, juror, or girlfriend, and never previously considered it could be a useful tool, I hope Deputy Dan and EVERYONE else who sponsored, supported, and enabled this BS discriminatory program has been thoroughly and completely doxed by Anonymous or anyone else with a heart and the capability (although I wish no physical harm on current or former law enforcement officers). Additionally, justice demands their wives and girlfriends go completely Lysistrata on their worthless asses (and psych work-ups to rule out antisocial and narcissistic personality disorders).
    THIS is the result you get when public service jobs are evaluated the same as if they worked at for-profit corporations. Most of us are better than that (a certain Presidential candidate excluded).

  5. Kellie
    September 27, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    When you go into employment with the Temecula school district they give you extra training on keeping parents in the dark. I get it, some things stay in the district. This stank of cover ups, lying, and using manipulation to get what the district wants. I can’t respect that. I shouldn’t feel ashamed and dirty to do my job. Hopefully the attitudes are adjusted and this sends an example to the school district and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department that action like this will not be tolerated. When you do your job for the people you shouldn’t have contempt for the individuals who need help the most. This made it clear that the individuals involved are predators and monsters. It will not be tolerated and hopefully it will never happen again. If it does the good people in this area will ensure the wrong is made right despite individuals like that who did this knowing what it meant.

  6. Non of your Business
    December 23, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    its sad … shame on that officer!!!! straight dirty as ****! this really does make me mad asf!!!!!!!!!! HELLA MAD!
    here he is just trying to make a new friend..
    he couldn’t even make any friends in the 1st place and his one only friend he trusted let him down.. now he cant trust anyone and make more new friends as he grows up..
    no supporters no one to talk to
    **** THAT COP! FUCK QUOTE DANIEL
    COME AND FIND ME FOR MY DISRESPECTFUL COMMENT !!! YOU OFFICER ARE JUST ONE SHALLOW LYING *** CRUEL MOTHER *****

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