Saturday, October 09, 2010

Brooks accepts Esquivel/Walz Hypocrisy Award

APS Supt Winston Brooks did not accept his Dixon Award in person; in his stead, APS Legislative Liaison Joseph Escobedo, and APS' embattled Police Chief Steve Tellez.

Tellez' claim to fame; as the Chief of the APS Police Department, he is responsible for failing to close a 3 1/2 year long "investigation" of felony criminal misconduct in the APS Police Department, and failing to forward the evidence of felony criminal misconduct involving senior APS administrators to the District Attorney for criminal prosecution.

He is party to ongoing civil rights violations regarding the use of APS police officers to deny my rights to speak freely and petition my government at school board meetings.

Not surprisingly, Tellez' is also one of two senior officers in the APS Police Department that fell in a no-confidence vote by APS Police Officers, link.

Brooks' award comes apparently, as the results of efforts by NM FOG Board Members Kent Walz and Marty Esquivel.

Journal Editor Kent Walz, seen here extolling Brooks' many virtues,

could claim I suppose, that when he nominated Brooks for the Dixon Award, NM FOG's most prestigious award for champions of transparency, he was unaware of the fact that

  • Brooks is hiding public records of public corruption and incompetence in the leadership of the APS Police Department, and in the leadership of the APS in general.
  • Brooks has abdicated as a role model of the student standards of conduct.
  • Brooks is denying due process to hundreds of whistleblower complaints.
  • Brooks is using of the APS Police Department to violate the civil rights of dissidents at board meetings.
Esquivel can make no such claim of course, since he is party to all of these efforts to obfuscate transparency in the Albuquerque Public Schools.

If Walz could ever claim honest ignorance of the corruption in the leadership of the APS, he can no longer.

He sat in the annual membership meeting of the NM FOG, and heard all of these allegations. He heard that it has been 3 1/2 years since the Journal's most recent investigation and report, link, on the corruption and incompetence in the leadership of the APS.

He sat and listened, while I reported to the NM FOG Board of Directors, that APS School Board Member Paula Maes, who sat and spoke at the FOG Board Meeting but is not listed as a current member of the board, link, had once boasted that she
"... would never agree to any audit that individually identified ..." corrupt or incompetent administrators or board members.
She said that, right after APS School Board President and NM FOG Golden Boy Marty Esquivel had built a cogent argument in front of all assembled, that it is just such an audit that is so desperately needed.

He backed off, fell in line, and is now APS' School Board President.

Whether there should be an audit that "individually identifies" the corrupt and the incompetent in the leadership of the APS, is worthy of public discourse. It is worthy therefore of coverage in our newspaper of record; the Albuquerque Journal.

Walz can no longer profess ignorance. He has a few days to assign a Journal reporter to investigate and report upon the ethics and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS.

If that investigation and report is not forthcoming, and
especially if it does not precede the upcoming school
board elections, I will offer that failure as evidence and
conclusive proof of a conspiracy to cover up public corruption
and incompetence in the leadership of the APS, that
includes the Albuquerque Journal, and the leadership of
the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.

In fact, is there any good and ethical reason that we cannot
expect to read the truth, the whole (ethically redacted) truth
and nothing but the truth about the ethics and accountability
scandal in the leadership of the APS before November 3rd?

Before Brooks accepts NM FOG's highest award in a more
private setting, deep in the castle keep at 6400 Uptown Blvd?

Lest it go unnoticed;
APS/Modrall also has a seat on the board.

Though, Modrall lawyer Pat Rogers, said, it is his practice
to recuse himself from any votes that might create some
advantage for the leadership of the APS.

photo and frame grab Mark Bralley

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