Tag: due process

The High Cost of Abuse

Special Ed OAH Hearing Stats

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.

Special Ed OAH Hearing Stats

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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

A Moment of Silence

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 People Behind the Scandal

God Save the Queen

Timothy Ritter, TVUSD Superintendent
2013 Compensation, $233,161
Email: tritter@tvusd.k12.ca.us
Telephone: (951) 506-7904

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
Email: mhubbard@tvusd.k12.ca.us

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.

KVEQ3Kim  Velez, TVUSD Director of Special Education
2013 Compensation, $143,538
Email: kvelez@tvusd.k12.ca.us
Telephone:(951) 506-7981

On October 30, 2013, Velez was named as a defendant as part a a civil lawsuit filed against TVUSD in the Jesse Snodgrass case.… Read more

When Cornered Rats Attack

TVUSD staffer Chris Check's TVUSD Manifesto suggests that tinfoil hats are currently en vogue inside the administration compound.
TVUSD staffer Chris Check's TVUSD Manifesto suggests that tinfoil hats are currently en vogue inside the administration compound.

TVUSD staffer Chris Check’s TVUSD Manifesto suggests that tinfoil hats are currently en vogue inside the administration compound.

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.

TVUSD Superintendent Timothy Ritter has a serious issue.

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TVUSD’s Admin Pep Rallies Continue to Neglect Our Kids

TVUSD Director of Special Education asks, "who's the fairest of them all?"
TVUSD Director of Special Education Kimberly Velez

“Mirror mirror on the wall…” TVUSD Director of Special Education Kimberly Velez

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.
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Allan Pulsipher is Not a Crook

Allan Pulsipher, Dr. Prez
Allan Pulsipher, Dr. Prez

Allan Pulsipher, Dr. Prez

Temecula Valley Unified School District board members Allan Pulsipher (current president), and Kristi Rutz-Robbins have each received a Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition. 

As we noted, Rutz-Robbin’s answer was priceless. Now, we’ve received Pulsipher’s answer.

“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and

remove all doubt.”

Mark Twain

We’re speechless…read on.

Pulsipher Response (click to enlarge)

Pulsipher Response (click to enlarge)

Notice of Intention (click to enlarge)

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Meet Ritter’s Mousketeers

Tim Ritter and his Mousketeers

Tim Ritter and his Mousketeers

TVUSD Superintendent Timothy Ritter has a serious issue. He can’t face criticism, which is problematic for any person whose livelihood is funded by taxpayers, and who is responsible for the well being of our children on 180 days of each year.

He goes to great lengths to hide from critics, but in instances where he hasn’t been able to find shelter from words that make him sad, we’ve seen his behavior turn erratic and bizarre. While Tim Ritter has a tremendous amount of shortcomings, this is his Achilles heel. And it’s unacceptable for any school district’s superintendent.

At the April 21, 2015 school board meeting, Rittergate was publicly revealed:

According to (Craig) Johns, the district became in breech of its own policies by hiring Lindsey Jean Ritter, daughter of TVUSD Superintendent, during a board meeting held on October 1, 2013.


Johns went on to say that through the investigation the group discovered Lindsey Ritter has convictions including a “plea of guilty, nolo contendere (no contest) and/or a finding of guilty by a judge or a jury.”

“Court records confirm that Lindsey Ritter was charged with penal code 487 1-3,” Johns said. “Pertaining to one of two felonies with which she was charged which is grand theft. On January 17, 2012 Miss Ritter was sentenced without going to trial for … felony reduced to a misdemeanor. Sentencing included the repayment of $18,676 worth of restitution to the San Diego court system and probation.

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Are TVUSD’s Superintendent and Board President Attempting to Undercut New Board Members?

All Signs Point to Bunker Mentality

This Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) Governing Board meeting, multiple documents will be proposed for updates. One document that has caught our attention is N.4. PROPOSED REVISION TO BOARD BYLAW 9010 – PUBLIC STATEMENTS.

In this document, paragraph #1 currently reads as follows:

The Governing Board recognizes the rights of Board members to freely express their views and encourages open discussion of issues during the Board meeting. The Board believes that all Board members have a responsibility to express themselves, whether in agreement or disagreement with the other Board members, in ways that support the Board’s ability to govern the District.

If the proposed changes are accepted, it would be changed to read as follows:

The Governing Board recognizes the responsibility of Board members in their role as community leaders to participate in public discourse on matters of civic or community interest, including those involving the district, and their right to freely express their personal views. However, to ensure communication of a consistent, unified message regarding district issues, Board members are expected to respect the authority of the Board to choose its representatives to communicate its positions and to abide by established protocols.

All public statements authorized to be made on behalf of the Board shall be made by the Board president or, if appropriate, by the Superintendent or other designated representative.

The proposed changes to this document could easily be interpreted as a message to the new board members to “keep your mouths shut and know your place.” If this is the case, the irony is that the new board members actually hold the majority.… Read more

State Finds District that Entrapped Our Son Misappropriated Special Needs Kids’ Money


TVUSD punished again for financial improprieties

A year-long investigation by the California Department of Education (CDE) into the Temecula Valley Unified School District’s (TVUSD) special education department found a multitude of violations – click here to read the full CDE report (323 pages) –  including the following examples of improper use of funds designated for TVUSD’s special education students:

  • 40 school district staff members, who were not assigned to teach Special Education students, received a portion of their salaries from special education funds during the 2013-2014 school year.
  • A Temecula charter school to which TVUSD was required to provide Special Education funds received only 54.3% of the funds during the 2013-2014 school year.

In total, the CDE issued 226 corrective actions and has given TVUSD a deadline of April 15, 2015 to provide evidence that all corrective actions have been completed, including repayment of the misappropriated funds.… Read more

State Investigation Reveals 92% of Temecula’s Special Education Students Have No Future

Meltdown in Temecula as State Investigation Finds Massive Non-Compliance in TVUSD Special Education

Temecula, CA is home to the most famous special education department in the United States. However, it’s a distinction that Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) brass would likely not want, because it was earned after TVUSD allowed undercover cops onto their campuses, resulting in the entrapment of nine special education students, who were handcuffed in front of their classmates and hauled off to jail.

And now, TVUSD’s reputation is about to get even worse.

We are the first to report that last week, TVUSD superintendent Timothy Ritter received the results of the California Department of Education’s (CDE) year-long investigation into TVUSD’s special education department. The State’s investigation of TVUSD is something we had previously reported.… Read more