Last week, the Press Enterprise reported that a six-figure settlement was reached in a lawsuit against TVUSD over a drug sting. This was not the lawsuit that we’re involved in, which is still moving forward to trial, but an entirely separate case that we have been aware of from early on.
The Notice of Claim that was received by TVUSD on May 7, 2013, includes the following narrative of the event.
School administrators of (redacted) Middle School intentionally and/or negligently in derogation of the law placed minor, (redacted), an eighth grader, special education student at (redacted), in danger/harm’s way by “deputizing” and involving him in an unlawful school directed drug sting operation on the (redacted) campus on December 5, 2015. The day before the unsanctioned “drug sting” (redacted), the minor’s mother, upon learning from her son that the administration was going to use him as “bait” the next day in an attempted drug sting devised to expel a suspected drug dealing student on campus, specifically spoke to (redacted), the Assistant Vice Principal. In this conversation, (the minor’s mother) told (the Assistant Vice Principal) that the school did not have her and her husband’s permission to use their son in such a manner.
Despite advising (redacted) administration that they did not want their son involved in this illegal school fabricated drug sting, these administrators, against the parents’ wishes, went ahead with their operation the next day (December 5, 2012).
It is interesting to note that the the incident happened only six days before the Operation Glass House arrests, when our son and 21 other students were arrested, 9 who were Special Education.… Read more
This past Tuesday, we spoke at the Regular Meeting of the Governing Board of Temecula Valley Unified School District, during the public comments section. Here’s the video.
Here is the text of our comments:
We are Catherine and Doug Snodgrass. Our son is Jesse Snodgrass. We’re going to use our allotted time to remember the 22 victims of the undercover drug sting known as operation glass house, which occurred on three of our TVUSD high school campuses.
Please join us now in silently honoring these 22 children.
After our comments, we walked out of the building.
Here are TVUSD administrators shown in this video, going from left to right:
- Kevin Hill, Board Member
- Julie Farnbach, Board Member (not visible)
- Sandy Hinkson, Board Member
- Kristi Rutz-Robbins, Board Member (not visible)
- Allan Pulsipher, Board President
- Timothy Ritter, Superintendent
- Lori Ordway-Peck, Assistant Superintendent, Business Support Services
- Joe Mueller, Human Resources Development (Certificated)
- Tiffany Martinez, Human Resources Development (Classified)
- Jodi McClay, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Support Services
During the moment of silence, there were several things that made impressions on us, but we’ll only publicly comment on one at this time. Jodi McClay appeared to be expressing a hostile stare while resting her chin on her hand. In our opinion, this is a strangely inappropriate response to a request for a moment of silence to honor victims, some who spent the holidays – and longer – behind bars due to the now infamous undercover drug sting, Operation Glass House, which was authorized by Timothy Ritter.… Read more
The following is a transcript of the closing comments made by TVUSD Board Member Julie Farnbach at the most recent school board meeting on June 2, 2015.1)While we have had no private communications with Farnbach, or any of the board members since they were sworn in last November, we fully agree with the content of Farnbach’s statement.
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At the beginning of every school board meeting, we pledge allegiance to the Republic for which this flag stands. For those of us who crammed right before finals then promptly forgot our civics lessons, a Republic is a government based on representation. Since a democracy fails to function as soon as a population outgrows the biggest venue in town, we elect representatives to make policy decisions on our behalf.
Except in cases where we must protect another’s right to privacy, this decision-making is to be done in full view of the public. The voters must be able to observe the process, give feedback to their representatives, and assess their decision-making in order to make an informed vote in the next election cycle.
Although as board members, each of us becomes the public face of the school district, our primary purpose here is NOT to represent district staff to the public, but to be representatives of the people TO the district. The school board exists to represent the people, the voters. We stand in for them.
Tim Ritter is one of three people within the TVUSD who were aware of the undercover police operation that occurred for several months on Temecula school campuses. According to sworn testimony by TVUSD Director of Child Welfare and Attendance Michael Hubbard, Mr. Ritter is the person who authorized this operation.
Ritter’s term as superintendent has been plagued by multiple public scandals, financial improprieties, public investigation by the state of California, and open hostility toward critics.
Michael Hubbard, TVUSD Director of Child Welfare and Attendance
2013 Compensation, $142,501
Telephone: (951) 506-7983
Michael Hubbard is one of three people within the TVUSD who were aware of Operation Glass House, the undercover police operation that occurred for several months on Temecula school campuses. Hubbard was in frequent communication with the law enforcement officials responsible for this operation, and provided personal information about our son to the law enforcement officials several weeks before our son Jesse Snodgrass’s arrest.
On October 30, 2013, Michael Hubbard was named as a defendant as part a a civil lawsuit filed against TVUSD in the Jesse Snodgrass case.
On October 21, 2014, the TVUSD discipline czar informed the school board how drones are being used at TVUSD school sites.
Inside the Temecula Valley Unified School District’s administrative compound, full-scale panic has set in. As we’ve reported previously, TVUSD officials have been showing signs of cracking, with public displays of erratic behavior and questionable judgment. This past Thursday, a 3,040 word manifesto from Chris Check, a TVUSD administrative staffer, was sent via TVUSD email to all school board members, District staff members, and school employees. Check, who fortunately is retiring at the end of the current school year, is a direct report of TVUSD Special Education Director Kim Velez, who is already facing a mother lode of legal issues.
Underscoring the bunker-mentality that has overtaken the TVUSD administrative compound, the attempted cyber-bullying appears to be heavily fueled by anger and paranoia, naming enemies in unrepeatable terms and engaging in unflinching defamation without any attempt to provide substantiation. And the use of the word defamation is not ours, rather, it comes from the Cease and Desist that was delivered to Superintendent Timothy Ritter and Chris Check, with copies being received by Velez, along with all of the board members, on the day after the maniacal manifesto was mass-delivered through TVUSD’s taxpayer-funded email system. This is the 2nd Cease and Desist Check has received.
As we’ve noted before, things get dicey when team Ritter is forced to face the temperature of the real world.
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TVUSD Superintendent Timothy Ritter has a serious issue.
After receiving a devastating indictment from the California Department of Education (CDE) in the form of 226 corrective actions, TVUSD Special Education Director Kimberly Velez seems to be mimicking the increasingly erratic behavior of her boss, Superintendent Timothy Ritter. Last week, Velez continued the recent trend of TVUSD administrators hijacking school board meetings and turning them into pep rallies aimed solely at the audience in the room.
[pullquote align=”right” color=”#EF7C43″ class=””]Kimberly Velez appears to be more concerned with saving face than protecting the children she was hired to serve.[/pullquote]
In a display that can charitably be described as bizarre, Velez used last week’s school board meeting to share a taxpayer-bankrolled PowerPoint presentation filled with multiple photos of her smiling for the camera, with big colorful letter grades plastered across the slides – nothing lower than an “A” of course. The message here? Even though the CDE gave Kim Velez’s leadership of TVUSD’s Special Education department an “F”, Velez thinks she deserves an “A”.
Had Velez been less concerned about gifting the taxpayers and her staff with pictures of herself, she may have found time to address some serious issues.
- The nine special education children who were entrapped in the abusive drug sting, Operation Glass House, which Timothy Ritter personally authorized and has led to Velez being personally sued.
- The pattern of changing educational documents, after being signed by parents, as identified in the CDE report.
- The misappropriated special education funds that never made it to a Temecula charter school, also identified in the CDE report.