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Union Members Refute ABC Board Member Lynda Johnson’s Account of Argument With VP Apodaca


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ABCUSD Board Member Lynda Johnson.

By Brian Hews

In the past few weeks, ABCUSD Board Member Linda Johnson has been angrily singling out ABCFT union members, pushing others to get ABC Board President Olympia Chen to resign, finally getting into an expletive filled one-sided argument with ABC Vice President Chris Apodaca after the July 19 ABCUSD Board meeting.

HMG-CN published an article on the confrontation based on the observation of two people who witnessed the conversation.

The two told HMG-CN that it was not peaceful, saying that Johnson dropped a few f*** words and bashed the ABCFT union.

Johnson vehemently denied it was an argument calling it a “peaceful conversation.”

After the article published, Johnson, in an angry email to her supporters, accused this newspaper of defamation.

Johnson said in emails, “to my supporters who know my style, nature and spirit, you will know that these articles are grossly inaccurate and will recognize that there is no truth to these stories. It is unfortunate, that Los Cerritos Community News continues to print defamatory articles. To clarify, reports of my communication with Vice President Apodaca are completely false (in LCCN). In fact, other than Mr. Apodaca and I, there was also a member of the union in our presence that witnessed our peaceful conversation.”

But ABCFT union members Gavin Riley and Richard Hathaway both refute Johnson’s statement.

Riley and Hathaway have come forward with a completely different version of the events that occurred July 19, a version that calls into serious question Johnson’s written and verbal statements that “a member of the union was present” and “heard the conversation.”

Riley told HMG-CN that Hathaway and he were the only ABCFT union members at the July 19 meeting.

All other union members were at a convention in Minneapolis.

When asked if he was near Johnson’s conversation, Riley said “absolutely not, I did not hear about it [the conversation] until I read it in LCCN.

 

 

HMG-CN contacted Hathaway and asked him if he was near the conversation between Johnson and Apodaca.

In his email response to HMG-CN this past Sunday, Hathaway said, “it wasn’t me.”

Riley stressed to HMG-CN that “every ABCFT union member was attending the convention in Minneapolis” and that “no other ABCFT union members would have been present at the meeting or in the parking lot.”

After the initial article broke about Johnson singling out Riley for exclusion and the subsequent argument in the ABCUSD parking lot, HMG-CN emailed Johnson several times requesting comment.

Johnson emailed back writing, “the report was inaccurate, there was also a member of the union in our presence that witnessed our peaceful conversation.”

When questioned about the two people who said no one else was present Johnson fired back, “you are harassing me I will not answer your emails anymore, any questions must go through the district now.”

HMG-CN sent a request to ABCUSD to forward an email to Johnson informing her that Riley and Hathaway are going on the record saying they were not present at the ABC parking lot.

Johnson has not sent a response as of the time of publishing this article online.

Compounding her apparent fabrication that a union member was present, HMG-CN has obtained an email sent by Johnson pressuring her supporters to email VP Apodaca and “demand” he “retract his statement” that the argument in the ABCUSD parking lot on July 19 was confrontational.

Told of the latest revelations about Johnson, ABCUSD VP Chris Apodaca told HMG-CN, “ Regardless of comments made, in public or private, I respect the office she was elected to by her constituents. It is my sincere hope that the dialogue between all of us on the board will be an open, honest, and uninhibited one as we seek to govern in the best interests of our students.”

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Union Members Refute ABC Board Member Lynda Johnson’s Account of Argument With VP Apodaca

  1. Scott Collins Reply

    August 26, 2016 at 8:53 am

    These school board members need to worry about running a school district and not their own agendas. After experiencing what I had to go through at the district we need to replace them all and get individuals who really care about the children..

  2. Wooden schoolhouse Reply

    August 22, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Union Members Refute ABC Board Member Lynda Johnson’s Account of Argument With VP Apodaca

    Glad to read this story has some names attached to it, compared to the other story; which had a lot of Ghost characters .

    Whatever- whatever people do in their off time is their own business. ABC parking lot is not part of their paid Trustee contract, so anything can happen out there. People have the right to public comments & so does the unions, just like anybody else does during the agenda item being negotiated. Outside the chambers is fair gaming for all.

    drive.google.com/file/d/0B9MqHmfr0Wo5RzQ0OHQxczdZWGM/view

    Do think that Realtor/Trustee : Olympia Chen, the chairperson should be evaluated medically, her ageism and impairment are being challenged. If the medical review board makes a recommendation, feel the trustees elected to the district, should move to have Mrs. Chen retire from the board.

    Yesteryears, in the old days, arguments would break out in the parking lot, the parking lot had staffed a sheriff patrol car staging during the meetings, to maintain peace and dignity and well being to all. Even during the heated affordable housing —La Cuesta Villa proposal, the sheriff’s department was usually stationed out in the parking lot to protect all sides.

    Mr. Gavin Riley: Should school districts have a teacher’s Union, but really question if we should allow any/all public servants to rally in to unions, when their wages are being paid for by the taxpayers money? I don’t think it’s fair to have a union representative teachers, when the teachers are not independent institution, but are slaves of the taxpayer’s money. Think the union is better fitted to protect the private employees; so they’re not raped in the public jobs for the workforce employees of the country.

    Enclosing, end of the day, the Trustees are there for the students, our conceived children, born from womb. Board arguments, citywide elections and bitter union froth, are all working against building life long character relationships with the students. Is Olympia roll model for the students? Is Gavin roll model for the students and world wide employees? How is Chris being digested by the peoples of Hawaiian Gardens and the females of the area?

    We all need to chew on what is good and the best for the students. Lets put an end to Whitney-Leal- Tracy, so tired of the tier levels being created in the district and equating out to the development of real estate.

    ///Wooden schoolhouse

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