Ex-Benicia mayor wins school board seat

There are 15 comments on the Nov 4, 2009, Vallejo Times-Herald story titled Ex-Benicia mayor wins school board seat. In it, Vallejo Times-Herald reports that:

Former Mayor Steve Messina will to city leadership, this time on the school board, based on final election results from Tuesday's election.

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Benicia Parent

Vallejo, CA

#1 Nov 4, 2009
Sad day for Benicia schools. Politics over best choices.
wassername

Sunnyvale, CA

#2 Nov 4, 2009
Benicia Parent wrote:
Sad day for Benicia schools. Politics over best choices.
Vallejo choices should be relief to you. Two imbecile incumbents and a nymphomanic former non-profit director fired for filing a lawsuit. Feel better?
Cedric

San Bruno, CA

#3 Nov 4, 2009
Well, at least he can still feed from the public trough... until the money runs out!
Not a Good Old Boy

Vallejo, CA

#4 Nov 4, 2009
Sad day for Benicia... What big project can he build or (whoops!) do for himself through the school district???
Resident

San Francisco, CA

#5 Nov 5, 2009
"Sad day for Benicia... What big project can he build or (whoops!) do for himself through the school district??? "

Well put. Messina has no business messing with our schools, he already did enough damage.
Benicia transplant

San Francisco, CA

#6 Nov 5, 2009
Benicia you voted for Messina, but still, I am staying foot, because, believe me, Vallejo has got it real bad.
American

San Francisco, CA

#7 Nov 6, 2009
I don't really have a problem with Messina. What I do have a problem with is the unbridled cronyism at the DO. Friends of Janet are running the place! This includes Rosie Switzer.

Rosie, Dana Dean are complete incompetents. Just visit a board meeting and it is self evident. At least Messina will give a fresh voice. I am encouraged.

Outside of Andre Stewart, the board is a bunch of low intelligent incompetents.
Wake up Call

San Francisco, CA

#8 Nov 6, 2009
Benicia Parents, Be Aware and Concerned. Sad for Vallejo, Adrienne Waterman was elected to school board for Vallejo, Sad for Benicia as well, she is already trying to get her buddies in Benicia to hand over Benicia's resources towards Vallejo. Benicia School Board, do NOT deal with Waterman. Do not trust her with money raised by families in Benicia. She will rob you!
Dan Smith

Vallejo, CA

#9 Nov 14, 2009
What a bunch of uninformed vitriol on this board. Dana Dean, Rosie Switzer and Adrienne Waterman are all intelligent, dedicated women that we are lucky to have elected.
Bob

Vallejo, CA

#10 Nov 14, 2009
Dan Smith wrote:
What a bunch of uninformed vitriol on this board. Dana Dean, Rosie Switzer and Adrienne Waterman are all intelligent, dedicated women that we are lucky to have elected.
What about Messina Dan,whats his angle? You know he's got one !
who lost

San Francisco, CA

#11 Nov 14, 2009
Dan Smith wrote:
What a bunch of uninformed vitriol on this board. Dana Dean, Rosie Switzer and Adrienne Waterman are all intelligent, dedicated women that we are lucky to have elected.
And lucky for Benicia, you lost!
Solano Voter

San Francisco, CA

#12 Nov 15, 2009
who lost wrote:
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And lucky for Benicia, you lost!
I agree.
American

United States

#13 Nov 20, 2009
Dan Smith wrote:
What a bunch of uninformed vitriol on this board. Dana Dean, Rosie Switzer and Adrienne Waterman are all intelligent, dedicated women that we are lucky to have elected.
Considering the source of this post, I feel completely vindicated in my posting. And Dan - I am very active in the district and know what I am talking about. BUSD suffers greatly from 1) Cronyism (Friend of Janet), and 2) Incompetence at the board level.

Example: When budget cuts were targeted this past year, what was Rosie's position of priority? Save the reading specialists at Joe Henderson! They happen to be close friends of hers. What about teachers? What about curriculum? NO! In Rosie's world, her friends are priority over students.
Dan Smith

Vallejo, CA

#14 Nov 21, 2009
American wrote:
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Considering the source of this post, I feel completely vindicated in my posting. And Dan - I am very active in the district and know what I am talking about. BUSD suffers greatly from 1) Cronyism (Friend of Janet), and 2) Incompetence at the board level.
Example: When budget cuts were targeted this past year, what was Rosie's position of priority? Save the reading specialists at Joe Henderson! They happen to be close friends of hers. What about teachers? What about curriculum? NO! In Rosie's world, her friends are priority over students.
If you were as active as you say, you'd know that the superintendent's name isn't Janet. But I'm glad you appreciate Andre, because he is definitely a real asset to the district too, just as Dana and Rosie are.
American

United States

#15 Nov 23, 2009
Dan Smith wrote:
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If you were as active as you say, you'd know that the superintendent's name isn't Janet. But I'm glad you appreciate Andre, because he is definitely a real asset to the district too, just as Dana and Rosie are.
Gee Dan ... you got me. JANICE. Friends of JANICE. Do you care to comment on the cronyism? The head of HR, Special Ed.... all FOJ's. Rosie ... I challenge anyone to watch a school board meeting and see if anyone's opinion matches Mr. Smith. A single viewing and I think it will be easy to see who is competent. But a warning .. it's hard to hear Rosie on TV .. she smacks gum pretty loud.
I know Rosie well ... she is a hot head, opionated, and not a top notch intellectual (to be kind). She has an agenda: Her friends and the teachers. Period. The rest of the district can go to hell.

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