Editorial: North Natomas and Robla deserve representation

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 - 12:00 am

The residents of North Natomas and Robla have gone unrepresented on the Twin Rivers Unified school board since Nov. 7.

That was when Cortez Quinn submitted official notice that he would be “taking a formal leave of absence for 90 days.” He has been charged with four felony counts of perjury and four felony counts of filing false documents relating to a paternity case, and five misdemeanor counts related to $55,000 in illegal loans from a district employee.

His self-imposed 90-day leave of absence ends on Wednesday. The Twin Rivers Unified board meets on Tuesday. Quinn should attend and hand in his resignation.

The residents of North Natomas and Robla deserve representation.

Quinn’s problems are not just from the criminal case. He also has a Fair Political Practices Commission fine of $14,000 still hanging. Quinn paid half with a $7,000 contribution from the Twin Rivers teachers’ union political action committee, but has not paid the other half. The Enforcement Division of the FPPC is about to file a civil action in Superior Court that would allow the commission to do tax intercepts, place property liens or garnish wages for the amount Quinn still owes.

In November, Quinn ignored the board’s 5-1 vote on Nov. 19 calling for his resignation. The board noted that Quinn had “brought disrepute to his office and the district” which “threatens to cause further distraction from the central mission of the district, which is to provide excellent educational opportunities for all students.” That remains true today.

Quinn should step down.

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