Friday, February 26, 2016

Will legal weaselry save APS School Board VP?

Analee Maestas, the vice president of the APS school board has provided yet another example of the lack of character and competence that grips the leadership of the APS.

It appears she stole a few hundred dollars, link, from her employer,
the Albuquerque Public Schools.

As embarrassing as this will be for her, she needn't worry that her record will reflect having done anything wrong.  No matter what else happens, she will admit no guilt in the settlement.

If it suits the interests of the rest of the school board, they will meet in secret and without recording, to spend on her behalf and without limit on her cost-is-no-object defense; all the lawyers, and legal weaselry she will need in order to allow her to escape the earned consequences of criminal misconduct.

They recently did just that for former school board heavy hitter Marty Esquivel.  

The board, meeting in secret and without real oversight; knowingly permitted or negligently allowed Esquivel to spend more than $850K before they finally pulled the plug on his non-viable defense.

All, in order that he (and they) would have to admit no guilt for the violations of my civil rights.  All, in defense of his ego.

Most don't know; Esquivel is still a named respondent in ongoing litigation.  Operational funds are being spent to this day, on lawyers and legal weaselry in Esquivel's interests; escaping the consequences of civil rights violations and of his perjury in sworn statements.

The people whose trust and treasure are being squandered remain ignorant to this day, of the federal complaint and of the ongoing betrayal of their trust.

Journal Editor in Chief Kent Walz and Marty Esquivel are good friends. 

They're all good friends. 

APS does whatever it is they do for the leadership of the APS, and the Journal does whatever they can in return. 

The Journal refuses still, to even report that the complaint has been filed in federal court, much less that hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent, and are being spent, on another non-viable Esquivel defense.

The Journal refuses still, to investigate and report upon the ongoing ethics, standards and accountability crisis in the leadership of the APS.

Walz' refusal to expose the ethics, standards and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS cannot be explained by his ignorance of it.  If he is ignorant (he is not) it is according to his will. 

It cannot be explained any conviction of his that the allegations might not be true.  That the allegation is false; that school board members and superintendents are honestly accountable to meaningful standards of conduct and competence within their public service, is every bit as newsworthy as the truth; inadequate accountability to inadequate standards without adequate record keeping.

It can be explained only by Walz' complicity in the cover up.

photos Mark Bralley

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