Old boys network trying to keep Lynette Verino off the Rancho Board?

The Democrats love to say they are the party of the minority, but have a look at the Rancho Santiago Community College District’s Board of Trustees.  One of the Latinos on the Board, Al Amezcua, is walking away from his seat.

Amezcua’s seat is part of Area 1.  I am told that Area 1 also includes Trustees Brian Conley and David Chapel.  Conley is a Democrat and Chapel is a Decline to State voter.

Today Mark McLaughlin, who lives in the ritzy Floral Park neighborhood, pulled papers for Area 1.  The only other announced candidate to replace Amezcua is Santa Ana Housing and Redevelopment Commissioner Lynette Verino. 

Why is McLaughlin running?  Is the old white boys club trying to keep Verino off the Rancho Board?  His wife was very actively involved in the recall of former SAUSD Trustee Nativo Lopez.  And the McLaughlin’s hosted the official Lopez Recall Party at their home.  I am told that they were motivated to recall Lopez because they wanted to keep a proposed new school out of their neighborhood.  That figures.  Can’t let the little brown kids in, can we?

McLaughlin was a co-chair of the fraudulent SAUSD Measure G tax increase, along with Amezcua.  The chisme is that Amezcua wants his allies to take over the Rancho Board so that they can vote to invest thousands of dollars of district funds in Amezcua’s Santa Ana Business Bank.

Verino is currently the only woman in the race.  Don’t be surprised if McLaughlin and his allies convince another lady or two to file in order to undercut Verino.

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