Cortez Quinn

New effort in Twin Rivers district seeks to oust Quinn as board president

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 4, 2013 - 8:13 am

Cortez Quinn's future as president of the Twin Rivers Unified School District board is in question, again.

Three of Twin Rivers' seven trustees have signed a letter asking that a discussion about Quinn's removal as president be placed on the agenda of next Tuesday's board meeting, officials said.

"The matter should at least have a board hearing," said trustee Michael Baker, who signed the letter along with trustees Rebecca Sandoval and Linda Fowler.

Neither Quinn nor Sandoval returned messages from The Bee requesting comment.

This isn't the first time that members of the board have tried to call a hearing to discuss removing Quinn as president.

At a March 5 meeting, Sandoval asked for a vote to put the item on the agenda. She said Quinn should be removed because of a Feb. 28 California Fair Political Practices Commission report. It found that Quinn illegally accepted more than $55,000 in personal loans from a school employee and did not report them on financial disclosure forms. He was fined $14,000.

In addition to the loans, Quinn also illegally accepted a $4,000 gift from an employee, according to the report. The Political Reform Act prohibits elected officers of local government agencies from receiving personal loans of more than $250 from employees and gifts of more than $420.

"The community really ought to know all the information about him," Fowler said.

The board voted at the March 5 meeting to put the matter on the March 19 agenda. That never happened. District officials said the board had not followed protocol.

Sandoval cried foul, saying the item had been voted on and couldn't be pulled off the agenda.

A review of board bylaws by The Bee shows that a "censure" hearing does require that at least three members of the board make a request in writing. "The request must contain the specific charges on which the proposed censure is based," according to the policy.

It's unclear what charges the letter contains, as district officials would not release a copy to The Bee.

The school district's counsel is currently reviewing the letter, said Zenobia Gerald, district spokeswoman.

QUICK FACT

A Feb. 28 California Fair Political Practices Commission report found that Cortez Quinn illegally accepted more than $55,000 in personal loans from a school employee and did not report them on financial disclosure forms. He was fined $14,000.

Call The Bee's Diana Lambert, (916) 321-1090. Read her Report Card blog at http://blogs.sacbee.com/report-card/.

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