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    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley will formally ask the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Friday to give him the authority to start the process of ending remote and hybrid learning. Riley first announced his intentions during a Department of Education meeting last week. The board will meet again Friday afternoon at its headquarters in Malden. READ MORE: Boxford Rescuers, Good Samaritans Team Up To Save Deer That Fell Through Ice “With the extensive mitigation strategies in place and as state health metrics continue to improve, we now need to begin shifting away from remote and hybrid learning models and return to the in-person educational format,” Riley wrote in a memorandum to the board on Wednesday. He wants the board to give him the authority “to determine when hybrid and remote models will no longer count towards meeting the required student learning time hours.” If the panel...
    (CNN)Following widespread power outages during a series of winter storms that left many Texas residents in the dark for days, the head of the organization overseeing the state's power grid has been fired. Bill Magness, president and CEO of Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), was terminated from his contract by the organization's board of directors after an emergency meeting Wednesday night. In a statement sent to CNN, ERCOT says the board "directed the Corporate Secretary to exercise the 60 days' termination notice" to Magness pursuant to the employee agreement. He will continue to serve as president and CEO during this transition period, the statement said. Five board members had earlier resigned after the storms. ERCOT expects to start an immediate search for a new president and CEO, the statement said. The next ERCOT board meeting is currently scheduled for April 13.
    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4) – Since the summer of 2020, Douglas County School District officials say they’ve been working to get students back into classrooms as safely and effectively as possible. “COVID-19 data and its impact on DCSD’s ability to offer full-time, in-person learning… has been continuously monitored and shared,” Interim Superintendent Corey Wise told district families in a letter. “We have listened to the diverse voices of staff, students, parents and community members, as well as guidance from our public health partners.” READ MORE: Aurora City Council Approves Letter To White House Supporting Push To End Private Prisons With that, Wise says the district is moving forward. On Tuesday night, recommendations will be presented at the DCSD Board of Education meeting for middle and high school students to return to full, in-person learning. It would begin on Monday, March 22nd, which is the start of the fourth quarter....
    By STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics made a symbolic gesture toward gender equality on Tuesday by appointing 12 women to the body’s executive board. The board will now have 19 women among its 45 members, or 42%. To accommodate the new women, the size of the board was increased from 35 to 45. Several resignations on Tuesday also created more space. The move was announced by CEO Toshiro Muto after an executive board meeting. The names of the new members were expected to be announced on Wednesday. Seiko Hashimoto, the new president of the organizing committee, prompted the changes. She took over last month after 83-year-old former president Yoshiro Mori was forced to resign after making derogatory comments about women. Essentially, he said they talk too much. “Regarding the promotion of gender equality, we believe that it is necessary to work with a sense...
    The board of directors of Danone voted Monday night to separate the positions of chairman and CEO of the agribusiness giant, a defeat for Emmanuel Faber who will keep the chairmanship, and will only remain CEO until a new CEO is found. Emmanuel Faber had been CEO since 2014 and CEO since 2017, and had faced a sling of shareholders for several weeks, who had notably demanded the separation of the two functions in order to restore new vigor to the group, battered by the Covid pandemic. 19. A board meeting ruled Monday, and the information was announced by press release, more than three and a half hours after the meeting began. Read also: Artisan Partners advised by Bennink (ex-senior executive at Danone) wants to bring down Faber The selection of the CEO will last “several months” The executive management of the group will therefore escape Emmanuel Faber, who...
    By: KDKA’s Jennifer Borrasso PINE TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) — Parents and students rallied outside a Pine-Richland School Board meeting on Monday. READ MORE: Revolution Pipeline Back In Service Nearly 2.5 Years After Explosion In Beaver County The group wants students to get back in the classroom now and a concrete plan from the district. But the school board did not vote on a plan. The last time fourth- through 12th-grade students were in the classroom full time was last March. (Photo Credit: KDKA) The school board talked Monday about a timeline for a phased return to bring students in grades four through 12 back full time. Right now, kindergarten through third-grade students have the option to use in-person learning five days a week, hybrid or remote learning. The district is proposing fourth- through sixth-graders and seniors have the option to go back to full-time learning in the...
    Parents in the La Mesa-Spring Valley, California, school district are calling for the resignation of a school board trustee who referred to plans to return to in-person learning as “white supremacist ideology.” Reopen California Schools tweeted about trustee and board Vice President Chardá Bell-Fontenot (pictured), who said during Tuesday’s virtual board meeting that plans on how and when to bring children back into the classroom for in-person learning “seems like a very white supremacist ideology.” La Mesa, CA trustee Bell-Fontenot goes off on fellow board members, one of which is Hispanic, saying returning to in-person learning is “a very white supremacist ideology,” telling them to “[check] their privilege,” and that mandating in-person instruction is “slavery.”1/5 pic.twitter.com/qIEiMPstsF — Reopen California Schools (@ReopenCASchools) February 25, 2021 With parents also watching the meeting, Bell-Fontenot, who apparently was not on-camera, was heard saying, “That seems like a very white supremacist ideology, to force people...
    With the clock ticking on the need to appoint a replacement trustee, Oakley Union Elementary School District trustees decided on Thursday to do just that to fill the seat of a member who resigned in January ahead of four others last week. They also agreed to meet next week to discuss how to fill the other seats that were vacated following fallout from an embarrassing hot-mic moment, which drew national attention last week for this small Delta city. Trustee Larry Polk, first elected in 2007, resigned his Area 2 seat on Jan. 4, and the former Oakley trustees had agreed to appoint a replacement instead of holding an election. Board members were about to interview and appoint a candidate on Feb. 17 when they were caught off-guard making disparaging remarks about parents unaware their meeting had gone live. The new temporary board, appointed last week by the Contra Costa County...
    OAKLEY (KPIX) — Less than a week has passed since the entire Oakley school board resigned after being caught on a hot mic bashing parents, and now the district is working to figure out how to fill their empty seats. Thursday night’s Oakley School Board meeting was only able to happen because two members of the County Board of Education stepped in to fill seats. READ MORE: COVID Schools: San Jose Mayor Joins Parents Calling For Speedup In Reopening Classrooms For parents hoping the big shakeup will speed up school reopening, things may not move as fast as they would like. “Unfortunately, you gotta be careful what you wish for,” said Contra Costa Board of Education Member Mike Maxwell. “When the board left, all of that board work kind of got set aside.” Maxwell is one of the two interim members of the Oakley School Board, and he stresses “interim.”...
    A California school board member is facing criticism after comparing reopening schools amid uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus vaccination rollout to "White supremacist ideology" and "slavery" in a meeting earlier this week.  The comments from La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools Board Vice President Chardá Bell-Fontenot – which were confirmed to Fox News by Superintendent David Feliciano – come as the San Diego-area district’s board voted in favor Tuesday of bringing students back to classrooms for hybrid learning starting April 19.  "I don’t think our plan should revolve around a vaccination, solely," a person is heard saying in a YouTube audio version of that board meeting posted online by the district. "I think there are a lot of other factors that are really important for children's health and well-being that we need to take into account here and to only put all of our eggs in one basket is doing a great disservice to our children."  Charda Bell-Fontenot has been receiving "hateful, racist, and threatening communications," the district's superintendent says. (LVM Schools/iStock) ENTIRE CALIFORNIA SCHOOL BOARD RESIGNS AFTER BEING CAUGHT MOCKING PARENTS OVER SCHOOL REOPENINGS  "Without any teachers we don’t have the ability...
    THE Texas power grid was a mere four minutes and 37 seconds away from collapsing for a week or longer during the recent devastating winter storm.  It would have meant “total collapse” and a statewide blackout, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) officials revealed at an emergency board meeting on Wednesday.  3ERCOT CEO Bill Magness said the Texas blackouts during the winter storm were 'devastating'Credit: Getty Images - Getty “This was a devastating event," ERCOT CEO Bill Magness said in his opening statement, according to KHOU 11. "Power is essential to civilization.” ERCOT officials were able to prevent the statewide blackout by implementing controlled outages. Winter Storm Uri last week took 365 generators offline, which was almost double the outages that the Lone Star State experienced in its last massive winter storm back in 2011.  3If the power grid had gone out, Texans would have been without power for at least...
    A week after the entire Oakley Union Elementary School board resigned after making disparaging remarks during a virtual meeting, county officials who have temporarily filled the vacant seats are deciding how to replace them. The fill-in trustees will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss plans on whether to appoint new trustees or hold an election. The meeting is open to the pubic. The fallout began on Feb. 17 after three school trustees bad-mouthed parents who were eager to have their children return to in-person classes, saying they just “wanted their babysitters back,” or prefered to be home alone so they could smoke pot, while another used profanity to describe a parent who had criticized her. It all happened during a virtual session, which had inadvertently gone live early, as parents were logging in for a regular meeting to discuss a return to school. After board Preisdent Liza Brizendine resigned...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools officials said Thursday plans are in the works to get high schoolers back in classrooms before the end of the school year.CPS CEO Janice Jackson told the Board of Education that meetings with the Chicago Teachers Union over those plans starting soon. Jackson said the district and the union are establishing a joint High School Task Force, in a process that formally began last week.READ MORE | CPS reopening: Pre-K, cluster students return to classroom ThursdayThe task force will work to create a plan to bring older students back to in-person learning with student, staff and teacher safety in mind.Jackson said she hopes to have high schoolers back in classroom this spring.RELATED: Chicago teachers approve tentative deal to reopen CPS classrooms, CTU saysCPS and CTU were locked in negotiations for months over plans from kindergarten through eighth grade students to return to classrooms. The...
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) is investigating a Republican Grand Traverse County commissioner after he showed a gun during a board meeting via Zoom. Breitbart News reported in January Commissioner Ron Clous left his seat during a virtual meeting as a liberal activist demanded the board denounce the Proud Boys, which has no discernible presence in the area. “Welcoming such a group and having that message go out has changed the environment of northern Michigan from a hunting culture to a gun culture,” Kelli MacIntosh claimed during the meeting, according to ABC 7. As MacIntosh spoke, commission vice chairman Clous left his seat and, moments later, returned with a rifle. He sat down with it across his lap, showing it on screen for about four seconds, before setting it near his feet. He never pointed it at the camera. MacIntosh, who did not respond to the incident during her...
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Board members of Brazilian oil giant Petrobras on Tuesday paved the way for approval of a retired general with no industry experience to take the helm of the state-controlled company, sparking fears of government meddling in pricing. President Jair Bolsonaro announced last week that former Defense Minister Joaquim Silva e Luna would take over the firm, seeking to appeal to truck drivers who have threatened to strike over recent increases in fuel prices and whose 2018 strikes brought the country to a standstill. Following standard procedure, Petrobras’ board voted on Tuesday to summon an extraordinary general assembly in order to elect Silva e Luna a board member, replacing Roberto Castello Branco, the company said in a statement. Once elected, Silva e Luna can be named chief executive. Analysts said the nomination signaled to investors that political interests would take priority over the financial health...
    Do we give liberal protesters a pass? James Harris (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group) During the year prior to the global shutdown and pandemic, the Oakland School Board was repeatedly unable to meet publicly due to protests designed to disrupt and derail the democratic process. Not only did these acts disenfranchise Oakland citizens, at times the protests we experienced in 2019 were as surreal and unbelievable as the events that took place at the nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6. How can we say to Donald Trump and his Proud Boys that we are about discourse and dialogue, and that there is no place in our society for violence, when there are those people within our own ranks who have threatened our democracy? We cannot allow our beliefs to dictate when it’s OK to threaten a public official or take over an elected body, whether it’s a local school board meeting or...
    (CNN)The president and three members of a school board in Northern California have resigned after they were heard making disparaging comments about parents in the school district during a virtual board meeting last Wednesday. Members of the Oakley Union Elementary School District (OUESD) Board of Trustees apparently believed they were speaking privately in the moments before the meeting started, CNN affiliate KPIX reported, when in fact, community members had already logged on to watch. In a recording of the meeting posted anonymously to YouTube, the superintendent and boardmembers are heard discussing the agenda for the meeting before then-board member Kim Beede says, "Are we alone?" Beede then goes on to tell other board members, apparently in reference to a social media post from a parent, "B*tch, if you're gonna call me out, I'm gonna f**k you up. Sorry! That's just me." CDCs Covid-19 school guidance leaves some reassured, others...
    California parents reacted on Saturday to the Oakley school board resigning after mocking the people who push to reopen classrooms after a long closure during the coronavirus pandemic. "One of my biggest concerns is we see this being dragged out longer and longer to where I have the concern of by the time my kids are ready to go in next year, is school going to be back to normal?" resident of Oakley, California Thomas Will, told "Fox & Friends," alongside Claudine Zambrana, another concerned parent in the city. Will said that the prolonging of the school closure is a "fear a lot of parents have." He also said that the school board has not been "listening" to the needs of parents. "I think we all need to take this step back and realize how shocking it is that there's been no real progress forward to get back to in-person learning because we...
    After almost a year of virtual meetings, it seems some people can't quite figure it out. Carl Court/Getty Images In a virtual meeting, board members mocked parents who wanted to know when the school would reopen. The members said parents wanted their "babysitters" back and implied they wanted to do drugs. The members did not realize the meeting was public, and all resigned after complaints from parents. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An entire school board in Northern California resigned after being heard swearing and mocking parents during a virtual meeting that they thought was private. The meeting, which took place on Wednesday, was among the Oakley Union Elementary School District board of trustees. Clips of the meeting were shared on Twitter by local NBC reporter Bigad Shaban. "They want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back," Lisa Brizendine, the board's president, can...
    The entire board of trustees for a Northern California school district resigned after they made inappropriate remarks about parents during a Zoom call that was unknowingly being broadcast to the public.  Oakley Union Elementary School District Superintendent Greg Hetrick in a letter to the district’s families Friday announced the board members’ resignations following their Wednesday meeting, a portion of which was recorded and posted on YouTube.  The board for the Oakley Union school district, serving about 5,000 students just east of San Francisco, in a Zoom call initially thought the meeting was not yet open to the public, according to ABC News.  In the call, part of which was posted to Twitter by NBC News Bay Area reporter Bigad Shabad, trustee Kim Beede could be heard saying, “Are we alone?” before adding, “B---- if you're going to call me out, I'm going to f--- you up." 1) When officials...
    California parents reacted on Saturday to the Oakley school board resigning after mocking the people who push to reopen classrooms after a long closure during the coronavirus pandemic. "One of my biggest concerns is we see this being dragged out longer and longer to where I have the concern of by the time my kids are ready to go in next year, is school going to be back to normal?" resident of Oakley, California Thomas Will, told "Fox & Friends," alongside Claudine Zambrana, another concerned parent in the city. Will said that the prolonging of the school closure is a "fear a lot of parents have." He also said that the school board has not been "listening" to the needs of parents. "I think we all need to take this step back and realize how shocking it is that there's been no real progress forward to get back to in-person learning because we...
    AN entire school board has resigned after a video showed members mocking parents for allegedly wanting "to smoke pot" and claiming they use staff as "babysitters." The incident unfolded during a virtual public meeting on Wednesday night about reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  6A Californnia school board quit after members made fun of parents for wanting "to smoke pot"Credit: Twitter / Laurel Principal 6They claimed parents used staff "as babysitters"Credit: Twitter / Laurel Principal The president and three other members of the northern California school board resigned after they were caught on a hot-mic incident mocking parents ahead of a public meeting about reopening schools during the pandemic. Schools Superintendent Greg Hetrick confirmed Oakley Union Elementary School District President Lisa Brizendine resigned after the call. Brizendine was on the call with Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito and Richie Masadas - the three other members who constitute the school board - before the...
    An entire San Francisco Bay Area school board resigned this week for making disparaging comments about parents during a virtual meeting the officials didn’t realize was being broadcast to the public. Four members of the Oakley Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees had stepped down by Friday, following an outcry from parents who obtained thousands of signatures on a petition calling for their resignations. It comes amid heightened tensions across the state regarding reopening schools. In a letter to parents, Oakley Union District Supt. Greg Hetrick said that Contra Costa County education board members would be serving as interim board members for the district until official ones were selected. “As a district, we will continue to proceed with the work that we are engaged in to bring our students back to school,” Hetrick said. The trouble began on Wednesday, during the regular meeting of the Board of...
    Texas storms: A final round of freezing temperatures strikes as state struggles to rebound from winter storms Senator seeks probe of natural gas price spikes during storm All members of a northern California school board have resigned after the leaders were caught making disparaging remarks about district parents during a Zoom meeting that was accidentally broadcast to the public, the superintendent said. "They want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back," President Lisa Brizendine said during the Wednesday Zoom meeting of the Oakley Union Elementary School District board of trustees, a recording of which was posted to Twitter by NBC News Bay Area reporter Bigad Shabad. The Oakley Union school district is located east of San Francisco and serves around 5,000 students. 1) When officials at the Oakley Union Elem. School district thought they were meeting privately, they used profanity to insult & threaten parents upset...
    Video credit: YouTube Members of a California school board resigned en masse after they were caught mocking parents during a public video meeting about re-opening schools shuttered during the pandemic. All four members, including president Lisa Brizendine of the Oakley Elementary School District board, resigned Friday, according to a Fox News report. The board members were caught on video complaining about parents who wanted teachers to return to their classrooms. Brizendine appeared to mock parents who “want their babysitters back” during the Wednesday meeting which trustees thought was private. “The comments made were not in alignment with our vision and are definitely not what any of us stand for as leaders. I know that we lost trust with the community. I will not make excuses for what happened or why it happened,” said Schools Superintendent Greg Hetrick in a statement. The Oakley School Board virtual meeting was accidentally open to...
    OAKLEY, Calif. (AP) — All members of a San Francisco Bay Area school board resigned days after they were heard making disparaging comments about parents at a virtual board meeting they didn't realize was being broadcast to the public. The four members of Oakley Union Elementary School District Board had stepped down by Friday amid growing outrage that began with the board’s Wednesday meeting. Before the meeting officially began and unaware the public could see and hear them, they used profanity and made jokes about parents just wanting a babysitter or to smoke pot in their home. The incident garnered national attention and widespread condemnation. The district’s superintendent, Greg Hetrick, announced the resignation in a letter Friday and said that Contra Costa County education board members will replace them in an interim capacity, the Mercury News reported. “We deeply regret the earlier comments that were made in the meeting of...
    OAKLEY, Calif. (AP) — All members of a San Francisco Bay Area school board resigned days after they were heard making disparaging comments about parents at a virtual board meeting they didn’t realize was being broadcast to the public. The four members of Oakley Union Elementary School District Board had stepped down by Friday amid growing outrage that began with the board’s Wednesday meeting. Before the meeting officially began and unaware the public could see and hear them, they used profanity and made jokes about parents just wanting a babysitter or to smoke pot in their home. The incident garnered national attention and widespread condemnation. The district’s superintendent, Greg Hetrick, announced the resignation in a letter Friday and said that Contra Costa County education board members will replace them in an interim capacity, the Mercury News reported. “We deeply regret the earlier comments that were made in the meeting...
    Every member of a school board in Northern California resigned on Friday after a video revealed they mocked parents during a virtual public meeting about reopening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Lisa Brizendine, president of the Oakley Union Elementary School District, resigned with members Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito and Richie Masadas, Fox News reported. Schools Superintendent Greg Hetrick described the comments as 'truly inappropriate' and issued an apology on Thursday. 'Last night at the Oakley Union Elementary School District Regular Board Meeting there were unfortunate and truly inappropriate comments made that were heard by many. These comments are not typical and more importantly they are not what the community should expect from our school district,' he said. 'The comments made were not in alignment with our Vision and are definitely not what any of us stand for as leaders.' Scroll down for video  The resignations come after video revealed they mocked parents...
    OAKLEY — It started with profanity, jokes about parents just wanting a babysitter or to smoke pot in their homes, and then, with the horrible realization by the elected officials making these comments that they were speaking on a live video stream being broadcast to the public. And now, the three-day saga that has garnered national attention and widespread condemnation has resulted in the resignation of the entire Oakley Union Elementary School District Board, according to a letter by the district’s superintendent. “We deeply regret the earlier comments that were made in the meeting of the Board of Education earlier this week,” a joint statement by now ex-board members Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito, and Richie Masadas says. “As trustees, we realize it is our responsibility to model the conduct that we expect of our students and staff, and it is our obligation to build confidence in district leadership; our comments...
    A California school board member has resigned after she appeared to make comments during a public video meeting mocking parents calling to reopen schools. Oakley Union Elementary School District Superintendent Greg Hetrick confirmed former trustee board President Lisa Brizendine's resignation to Fox News.  CALIFORNIA MOM REACTS TO 'HEARTBREAKING' MOCKERY OF PARENTS BY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ON HOT MIC Hetrick issued an apology on Thursday for board members' "truly inappropriate comments" made during a virtual meeting on Wednesday after a group published a video of the meeting that appeared to show board members complaining about parents who want teachers to return to classrooms. "The comments made were not in alignment with our vision and are definitely not what any of us stand for as leaders. I know that we lost trust with the community. I will not make excuses for what happened or why it happened," Hetrick told Fox News in a statement. KEEPING SCHOOLS CLOSED...
    The president of a California public school’s board has resigned following a petition launched by parents rebuking “disrespectful” comments about parents that some board members made during a meeting, numerous sources reported. Lisa Brizendine, the president of the Oakley Union Elementary School board, resigned and apologized for her “callous and uncalled for” remarks during a meeting that board members thought was private, but was actually available to the public, KTVU reported Friday. UPDATE: President of Oakley school board resigns, apologizes for ‘callous remarks’ https://t.co/M17PAcfIyy — KTVU (@KTVU) February 19, 2021 “I am raising a 10-year-old with special needs and having him home during this pandemic, while also holding down two jobs to support my family has been a huge stress,” Brizendine said in a statement to KTVU. “I suffer with many of the same things that parents are going through from mental health issues to regression.” “My remark was...
    Lisa Brizendine, president of the Oakley Union Elementary School District Board, resigned on Thursday, one day after she and fellow trustees were caught making disparaging remarks about parents just before a meeting when they thought their mics were turned off. Board members were preparing for the meeting and discussing some social media posts and letters when Brizendine chimed in to share her thought about the growing criticism they’ve faced over closed schools, suggesting parents wanted schools reopened so they get their babysitters back. “They forget that there’s real people behind those letters they are writing,” she said. “We are real community members, we have kids or have known kids who have gone to those schools, so we have a vested interest in this process and they don’t know what goes on behind the scene and it’s unfortunate they want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back.” When...
    OAKLEY (CBS SF) — School trustees in Oakley found out that a “hot mic” can get public officials in hot water during open video meetings. During a live public meeting Wednesday night, members of the Oakley Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees were caught on video making disparaging comments about parents during a discussion about public comments made during board meetings. An online petition seeking the resignations of the trustees was soon posted on social media sites. Superintendent Greg Hetrick was describing a proposal to limit public meeting comments to three-minute audio clips made in advance when trustee Richie Masadas noted, “It’s easy to hide behind a screen.” Apparently unaware that the public video feed was still live, trustee Kim Beede said “Are we alone? If you’re going to call me out. I’m going to f— you up.” Following her comments, board president Lisa Brizendine added, “People forget there’s...
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Elected officials in northern Michigan have voted down a resolution to recognize the service of a Republican congressman to his district. The seven-member Grand Traverse County Board voted 3-3 Wednesday on the resolution for U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported Thursday. RELATED: Watch Live From NASAs Jet Propulsion Labortory Covers the Landing Of The Mars Perseverance Rover A seventh commissioner abstained. The board is comprised of five Republicans and two Democrats. Both Democrats voted against the resolution. It was presented by Republican county board Vice Chair Ron Clous, who displayed a rifle last month during an online meeting in response to a citizen’s comments against a far-right extremist group. Bergman, who was elected to a third term in November, gave the invocation at Wednesday’s meeting. Commissioner Bryce Hundley voted against the resolution, pointing to Bergman’s support of a Texas lawsuit that challenged the results...
    Elementary school board members in California were caught making disparaging remarks about parents during a meeting they thought was closed to the public. "They don't know what goes on behind the scenes," Oakley Union Elementary School District board member Lisa Brizendine said during the virtual meeting held Wednesday. "It's really unfortunate they want to pick on us. They want their babysitters back." Another board member, Kim Beede, asked during the meeting, “Are we alone?” before saying, “B----, if you’re going to call me out, I’m going to f--- you up!” regarding pushback she ostensibly received over a social media post. Another member also suggested parents want their children back in school so they could smoke marijuana, which prompted laughs from other members. BREAKING: Oakley, CA school board members caught on tape mocking parents who desperately need their kids back in the classroom. “Are we alone?” one says....
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Elected officials in northern Michigan have voted down a resolution to recognize the service of a Republican congressman to his district. The seven-member Grand Traverse County Board voted 3-3 Wednesday on the resolution for U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported Thursday. A seventh commissioner abstained. The board is comprised of five Republicans and two Democrats. Both Democrats voted against the resolution. It was presented by Republican county board Vice Chair Ron Clous, who displayed a rifle last month during an online meeting in response to a citizen’s comments against a far-right extremist group. Bergman, who was elected to a third term in November, gave the invocation at Wednesday’s meeting. Commissioner Bryce Hundley voted against the resolution, pointing to Bergman’s support of a Texas lawsuit that challenged the results of November’s presidential election in Michigan and three other states, in addition to Bergman’s...
    OAKLEY, Calif. -- Some members of the Oakley Union Elementary School District Board of Education were caught making controversial comments about parents during a portion of an online meeting they thought was private but wasn't.In the video, board member Kim Beede uses expletives in talking about parents. The board also talks about making parents call in and record their public comments rather than making them live in a meeting and the recording would cut them off at exactly three minutes.Board member Lisa Brizendine said in the video that the public forgets that there are real people on the other side of the letters."They don't know what goes on behind the scenes. It's really unfortunate they want to pick on us. They want their babysitters back," said Brizendine.FULL VIDEO: Oakley school board caught making controversial comments about parentsEMBED More News Videos Some Oakley Union Elementary School District Board of Education members...
    OAKLEY, Calif. (KGO) -- The Oakley Union Elementary School District Board of Education held a meeting on Wednesday night, and during one part of the meeting, they thought it was closed to the public, but it wasn't.Some school board members for the Oakley Union Elementary School District were caught on video making inappropriate remarks during Wednesday night's meeting.RELATED: 'Missing all CA students' billboard sparks controversy as North Bay schools work to reopen safelyThe board members thought the portion of the meeting was closed to the public, but it wasn't. About seven minutes they realized parents were listening in and the video was abruptly stopped.In the video, board member Kim Beede use expletives in talking about parents. The board also talks about making parents call in and record their public comments rather than making them live in a meeting and the recording would cut them off at exactly three minutes.Board member...
    San Francisco’s school board on Tuesday delayed a meeting with labor unions to discuss a tentative agreement to resume in-person learning for the city’s 54,000 public school children and instead opted to review the renaming of 44 of the city’s public schools, NBC Bay Area reports. The city school board late last month voted to remove the names of Washington, Paul Revere and Abraham Lincoln from public schools after officials deemed them and other prominent figures, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, unworthy of the honor. San Francisco sued its own school district on Feb. 3 to force the reopening issue, saying school leaders “have no meaningful plan” to reopen classrooms. The suit won the support of Democratic Mayor London Breed. "I know this is a drastic step, but I feel we are out of options at this point," Breed said at a news conference alongside City Attorney Dennis Herrera. "...While I...
    Did the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League violate the Ralph M. Brown Act when it voted and finalized its spring sports schedule? A parent of a Palo Alto High School baseball player has brought a complaint that by law requires a response within 30 days, alleging the league didn’t take proper steps under the California public records law. However, First Amendment expert David Snyder said Brown Act complaints can be thorny, drawn-out legal processes that are sometimes filed more out of grievance with an outcome than the process that led up to it. It’s not clear if Charles Goldberg’s claim has merit, but Snyder said there are two questions that need to be answered: Does the SCVAL Board of Managers fall under the jurisdiction of the Brown Act? If so, did it provide adequate public notice and ability to comment? In an interview Tuesday, commissioner Brad Metheany said...
    It’s been nearly a month since their local middle school principal and his second in command suddenly "vanished" from the district, and concerned parents in Wyckoff, as well as their children, still have no idea why. Had they gotten into some kind of trouble? Were they fired? Did they quit? “We found out that we had no principal and vice-principal through the hair salon and through town gossip,” prominent civil attorney Michael Epstein said during a Wyckoff Board of Education Zoom meeting Monday night. Parents in the northwest Bergen County town who are concerned for their children’s safety and well-being clicked into the meeting, where the board approved the appointment of an acting principal for the Eisenhower Middle School. Little was said apart from that, leaving them with more questions than answers. For nearly a month, parents of the school’s 670 or so students had emailed the district’s new superintendent,...
    It’s been nearly a month since their local middle school principal and his second in command suddenly "vanished"’ and concerned parents in Wyckoff, as well as their children, still have no idea why. Had they gotten into some kind of trouble? Were they fired? Did they quit? “We found out that we had no principal and vice-principal through the hair salon and through town gossip,” prominent civil attorney Michael Epstein said during a Wyckoff Board of Education Zoom meeting Monday night. Parents in the northwest Bergen County town who are concerned for their children’s safety and well-being clicked into the meeting, where the board approved the appointment of an acting principal for the Eisenhower Middle School. Apart from that, not much was said, leaving them with more questions than answers. For nearly a month, parents of the school’s 670 or so students had emailed the district’s new superintendent, Dr. Kerri...
    The Santa Clara Valley Athletic League may have violated California public disclosure laws when it finalized its three-season spring sports schedule, according to a new complaint filed by an aggrieved baseball parent. Even as some sports have begun to prepare for their first competitions since last spring, Charles Goldberg, the father of a Palo Alto High School baseball player, is seeking to invalidate the season schedule by legal recourse through the Ralph M. Brown Act, which under California law requires public bodies to post meeting notices and agenda items, as well as allow for public comment. On Monday, Goldberg delivered a “Cure and Correct” letter addressed to the league’s Board of Managers that demands action within 30 days or he will be left with “no recourse but to seek a judicial invalidation of the challenged action,” according to the complaint. The SCVAL, which operates within the California...
    MARIN COUNTY (CBS SF) – The Marin County Board of Supervisors will consider adopting an ordinance Tuesday that would bar rent increases for the rest of the year. The ban would cover parts of the county hit hardest by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to county officials. Proposed by the Community Development Agency, the ordinance would prevent residential rent increases through Dec. 31, 2021 in Marin City and northern parts of West Marin. The board will hear another request from the agency to help renters. The agency is seeking $7.6 million in Emergency Rental Assistance from the U.S. Treasury Department. The request would authorize county staff to consider the allocation and the process for distribution of funds. The board will meet at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9. See more information, including to read the agenda and directions how to watch the meeting online, at https://www.marincounty.org/depts/bs/meeting-archive. © Copyright...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki demurred on Friday in response to a reporter’s question about whether congressional Democrats would support making a deal with Iran, but said it was “smart” to ask. “There is going to be a principals’ meeting on Iran today,” NBC reporter Kristen Welker noted during the daily press briefing at the White House, in reference to a Cabinet meeting at the White House. “President Biden so far has not … moved forward with negotiations for a new Iran nuclear deal. What is the time frame for that to happen, and does he think he’ll be able to get Democrats on board with this?” Psaki complimented the question, but didn’t venture a guess as to whether congressional Democrats would be interested in a new nuclear deal with Iran. President Barack Obama entered a deal with Iran in 2015 before President Donald Trump pulled out of it in...
    HAYWARD — Trustees with Hayward Unified district have narrowed the field to fill a vacant spot on the school board to eight finalists. Twenty-nine people were initially in the running for the vacant seat. Trustees plan to decide who will end up filling the seat on the Hayward Unified School District board during a special meeting Friday. The candidates who emerged on top Wednesday are Alexis Villalobos, Briggitte Lowe, Gabriel Chaparro, Crystal Araujo, Savitha Moorthy, Maria Del Carmen Espinoza, Elizabeth Morales and Lucy Hernandez. In his interview with trustees, Villalobos said that he is the son of people who came to the United States from Mexico. “I know the obstacles many students face,” he said, while Moorthy said she has “a fierce desire to fight systematic racism.” Lowe has worked for 22 years as an Alameda County deputy district attorney, and Chaparro said he wants to “maintain high expectations for...
    The city has postponed by a week the move-in date for a new homeless shelter that will be located at the Lower East Side Blue Moon Hotel shelter, new court papers show. Lawyers for a group of LES residents and business owners who oppose the shelter said in a letter to a judge Wednesday that the city said it is delaying the opening of the 100 Orchard Street facility from Feb. 9 until Feb. 15. The group of locals filed suit last month arguing that the facility — a 22-room converted former tenement building — would be too densely packed housing 70 homeless men, which could cause an outbreak of COVID-19 in the area. The city has since said it only plans to use 46 beds at the facility and laid out a plan of action to combat the spread of coronavirus — including providing PPE, testing and vaccinations...
    More On: Coronavirus in NY This De Blasio comment may make for an awkward Valentine’s Day at Gracie Mansion Manhattan shelter forced to relocate animals due to COVID-19 outbreak NYC restaurant workers, taxi drivers are now eligible to receive COVID vaccine NYC health commissioner tests positive for COVID-19 The city has postponed by a week the move-in date for a new homeless shelter that will be located at the Lower East Side Blue Moon Hotel shelter, new court papers show. Lawyers for a group of LES residents and business owners who oppose the shelter said in a letter to a judge Wednesday that the city said it is delaying the opening of the 100 Orchard Street facility from Feb. 9 until Feb. 15. The group of locals filed suit last month arguing that the facility — a 22-room converted former tenement building — would be too densely packed housing...
    3 Idaho National Guard pilots killed in helicopter crash outside Boise, Guard says UN court takes on Iran-US sanctions case Tokyo 2020 chief Mori makes sexist remarks at Games meeting - newspaper TOKYO (Reuters) - The president of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee told a meeting on Wednesday that female directors talked too much, which was "annoying", according to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. © Reuters/POOL Olympics-Tokyo 2020 officials speak to media after video call with IOC's Bach Yoshiro Mori, a former prime minister, made the comments, some of which were greeted with laughter, at a meeting with members of the Japanese Olympic Committee, the Asahi reported. Tokyo 2020 could not be immediately reached for comment. "If we increase the number of female board members, we have to make sure their speaking time is restricted somewhat, they have difficulty finishing, which is annoying," Mori said, according to the report from...
    A viral video that has been making the rounds on social media shows a Virginia father fed up with remote learning unleashing an explosive tirade at school board members and calling for their ouster, unless they agree to resume in-person classes. The dad's meltdown, reminiscent of fictional news anchor Howard Beale's epic temper tantrum from the 1975 classic Network, took place on Tuesday during the public comment section of a meeting organized by Loudon County School Board. In the video, which was made public on Twitter on Tuesday, the unnamed parent, wearing a blue surgical mask and a winter hat, steps up to the microphone to weigh in on the debate concerning the reopening to local schools.  Tantrum: A frustrated father exploded in rage during a meeting organized by Loudon County School Board in Virginia on Tuesday  The father ranted that members of the board deserved to be...
    NEWARK — The Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating a complaint alleging the Newark school board violated conflict of interest law when it hired one of its members to be an executive assistant to the superintendent, according to state records obtained by this news organization. The investigation is bringing more public scrutiny to a district that recently voted to close two schools because of declining enrollment and budget troubles, and which has a history of legal issues, at times wayward leadership, and a recent spate of turnover at high-level positions. Though Superintendent Mark Triplett said a complaint against the district about the hiring is “without merit,” critics of the district disagree and say there hasn’t been full transparency about the issue. In July 2020, just weeks after the Newark Unified School District board hired Triplett as its new superintendent, the board approved hiring one of its own members, Lucia Gutierrez,...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Schools leaders are set to host a public hearing where talks about students returning to in-person learning are expected to occur ahead of Wednesday’s vote. Parents and students in the district will have the opportunity to express their thoughts and concerns to the school board tonight. The concern here is whether or not to send kids back to school for in person learning before or after spring break. A resolution was presented during last week’s agenda review meeting and would postpone students’ return to the classroom until after April 6. Related story: Pittsburgh Public Schools Board Considers Pushing Back In-Person Learning To April There are a few reasons why these talks happened. The school board says COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County remain high. Plus, some teachers, bus drivers, and staff are concerned about coming back to the classroom before they get the...
    (CNN)A Grand Traverse County commissioner in Michigan got up and grabbed a gun during a board Webex meeting while a local woman asked board members to denounce the Proud Boys, video from the meeting shows. Keli MacIntosh, a 72-year-old retired nurse and regular attendee of the board meetings, spoke at the Wednesday gathering about the importance of denouncing the activities of the Proud Boys in support of a woman who spoke before her on the same topic. The first woman criticized the board for allowing members of the group to speak during a March meeting regarding making the county a "gun sanctuary."The woman and MacIntosh told the board that normalizing the Proud Boys, a far-right group, is harmful to the community and asked the commissioners to denounce their actions in light of the US Capitol riot on January 6."It's really hard to tell the difference between the Proud Boys and...
    CENTEREACH, Long Island (WABC) -- A 12-year-old from Suffolk County caught the eye of MTA transit officials this week after speaking during the board's monthly meeting.Lukas Wolpiuk, of Centereach, appeared on Zoom on Thursday morning during the MTA's public comment section."We need to stand up for what's right at the MTA," Lukas told Eyewitness News reporter Kristin Thorne.ALSO READ | You can now chat with LIRR customer service staff in new appEMBED More News Videos Kristin Thorne has more on a new LIRR app that includes a feature to chat in real-time with a customer service staff members. Wolpiuk, a 7th-grader at Dawnwood Middle School, told MTA officials he was pleased they decided not to raise fares on the LIRR but said they should offer a discount to riders who have to pay the $6 parking fee at the Westbury LIRR station.He also suggested better shuttle service for riders when...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It turns out that riders of all ages have something to say about MTA fares and tolls. A young boy let his feelings be known during the comments section at Thursday’s MTA board meeting. “On Monday night, I heard that the fares may not be increasing. Instead the bridges and tunnels tolls would be increased. I hope that this means that Unlimited Ride MetroCards are staying. Also, I’m glad LIRR and Metro-North will not have flat fares, if what I heard is correct. Anyways, I think they have made the right move. People will switch from driving to taking mass transit,” Lucas Wolpiuk said. Transit officials took notice. New York City Transit interim president Sarah Feinberg responded on Twitter, calling it the highlight of her morning and saying, “I gotta find that kid.” MORE FROM CBS NEW YORK Exclusive: Woman Brutally Attacked At Harlem Liquor...
    More On: mta Brooklyn man organizes safe walks home following subway attacks Suit: MTA attorney alleges she was attacked by supervisor, agency did nothing Mitch McConnell’s betrayal hurts the nation: Goodwin Survey finds 3 out of 4 riders say MTA cleaning for COVID makes them feel safer A kid stole the show with his testimony at Thursday’s MTA board meeting — Zooming in to complain about LIRR station parking fees, chiding the agency for releasing its board documents late and giving leaders kudos for delaying fare hikes. “Good day, MTA board members,” youngster Lucas Wolpiuk began during the public comment section. “On Monday night I heard that the fares may not be increasing [and] the bridges and tunnels tolls would be increased. I hope that this means that unlimited-ride MetroCards are staying,” he continued. “Anyways, I think they have made the right move. People will switch from driving...
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A county official in northern Michigan displayed a rifle during an online meeting in response to a citizen’s comments about a far-right extremist group, drawing outrage from some local residents. Ron Clous, an elected member of the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, was at home during the livestreamed meeting Wednesday, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. During a public comment period, a local woman, Kelli MacIntash, criticized the board for allowing self-described members of the Proud Boys to speak at a commission meeting last year and urged commission Chairman Rob Hentschel to denounce them. The neo-fascist group is known for engaging in violent clashes at political rallies and some of its members took part in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. At that point, Clous stepped away from his webcam and returned with a rifle. MacIntosh told the Record-Eagle she felt threatened. “This...
    The Chattooga County Board of Education have released the work session agenda, regular session agenda, and the December 2020 Financial Statement. CHATTOOGA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD MEETING WORK SESSION AGENDA JANUARY 21, 2021 @ 6:00 PM VIA TELECONFERENCE Chattooga County Board Office of the Superintendent Agenda for Board Meeting Due to a rising number of Covid-19 cases in the county, the January 21, 2021 Work Session Meeting will be held via teleconference. • Invocation • Adoption of Superintendent’s Recommended Agenda for January 21, 2021 School Board Work Session Meeting. • Review Minutes of Previous Meetings – December 17, 2020 Work Session Meeting – December 17, 2020 Regular Session Meeting – December 21, 2020 Called Meeting A. Resolutions/Recognitions: NONE B. School Board Members 1. Dr. Houston- Menlo School Maintenance (non-action item) C. School Board Policies 1. (action required in Work...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Maryland State Board of Elections Chairman Michael R. Cogan (R) announced Tuesday that he will be stepping down after the board meets in February to move out of the state. Cogan did not give a reason for his move from Maryland at Tuesday’s state elections board meeting. Members of Maryland’s Board of Elections serve four-year terms. Cogan’s term was set to expire in 2023. Cogan will run the board’s February meeting. At their meeting Tuesday, Cogan told members that some polls show a large number of Republicans doubt the integrity of last year’s elections, and he urged them to ensure all future elections are seen as “fair and honest.” “There can be no partisanship in this country as to fair and honest elections,” Cogan said. Voter confidence in...
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. The Prince William County School Board on Tuesday night voted to meet again Feb. 17 about bringing older students back into classrooms, with a goal of phasing children in as soon as the end of February. During the nearly six hour special meeting, board members nixed Superintendent Steve Walts’ revised model presented last week to delay returning grades fourth and up to classrooms until after spring break. Preschool through third-grade students have already returned to classes two days a week, if parents chose. Families can still opt for all-virtual learning. School Board Chairman Babur Lateef made the motion to meet again next month, giving school officials time to see where COVID-19 vaccines and metrics stand after learning that vaccinations would be available for school staff starting the end of this month. “I believe...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Public speaking rules at the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ meetings will change due to a settlement approved Tuesday with the American Civil Liberties Union. The A.C.L.U. filed the lawsuit in 2019 on behalf of the People’s Homeless Task Force O.C. The lawsuit alleged that the board’s rules that speakers must provide their names and direct their comments to the chair of the board and not individual supervisors violated the state’s law on public meetings, known as the Brown Act, as well as the state and federal constitutions. “Orange County’s supervisors were treating their meetings like something out of a monarchy,” said A.C.L.U. attorney Peter J. Eliasberg. “It was a royal court where criticism directed at individual supervisors could not be heard. This was clearly unlawful.” The A.C.L.U. said requiring speakers to provide their name had a “chilling effect on political speech.” Michael Robbins, president of the...
    The Agenda for the Walker County Board of Commissioners meeting on 1-14-21 has been released. The meeting takes place at 7:00 p.m. at Courthouse Annex III at 201 S Main Street in LaFayette and will be streamed live on the county’s Facebook page. In addition to being streamed live on Facebook, a recording of the meeting will be posted on the county’s Youtube channel within 24 hours. Those attending this meeting will encounter a number of COVID-19 related precautions, such as a temperature screening, sign-in sheet for contact tracing and limited seating so social distancing can be observed. They will only able to accommodate about 24 people. Face masks are recommended. Hand sanitizer will be provided. A complete agenda packet can be accessed here: https://walkercountyga.gov/government/meetings-agendas/ On January 1, 2021, the governing authority of Walker County transitioned from a Sole Commissioner...
    A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Thursday canceled a contempt hearing that had been set for next month over Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s refusal to comply with a subpoena to testify before a civilian oversight panel. Lawyers representing L.A. County dropped the case against Villanueva after he showed up voluntarily to this month’s Civilian Oversight Commission meeting — for the first time since July of last year — and agreed to appear again next month to discuss his agency’s coronavirus pandemic response in the jails. The legal battle was a litmus test of the commission’s newly minted power to issue subpoenas as a tool to keep the sheriff in check. The county Board of Supervisors gave the commission the authority in January and voters reaffirmed the commission’s right to do so when they overwhelmingly approved Measure R in March. In September, Gov. Gavin Newsom gave the right to subpoena...
    HAYWARD — Luis Reynoso got good news as votes were tallied in November. Not only did he get re-elected as a trustee of the Hayward Unified Unified School District, Reynoso secured a seat on the board of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District. And he was sworn in to both offices. But that’s also a problem, according to the Hayward district. State law prohibits a public official from serving on a school board and a community college board with overlapping boundaries, officials note. Reynoso now needs to pick where he wants to serve, they say. Trustees of the Hayward school district met in closed session Dec. 17 to discuss the situation. April Oquenda, the board president, said in a statement afterward that Reynoso “has been presented with the full legal analysis, so he may himself determine how he would like to proceed.” Reynoso did not take part in the closed proceedings,...
    Chattooga Schools Superintendent Jared Hosmer made the announcement late Tuesday evening that the Chattooga County Board of Education Office would be closed due to COVID-19 positive cases. Hosmer confirmed there are currently two positive cases among the 14 employees. Hosmer said the custodial staff will doing extra cleaning and disinfecting of the building. The Chattooga County Board of Education Office will resume normal business operations on 1/04/2021. This school year has presented many challenges for the faculty and staff of Chattooga County Schools dealing with COVID-19 cases and quarantines. “It has been as good as could be expected. We have had some bumps in the road but overall, we are making the most out of a difficult situation. Trying to keep everyone safe and trying to keep our kids in school,” Hosmer said. Hosmer said he felt the teachers and...
    Protesters chanted "We will not comply" and waved flags to an amplified version of the national anthem Tuesday outside the offices of the Central Health District Board in Boise, Idaho. Idaho broke its daily record of new COVID-19 cases this week, its moving average of new cases is at an all-time high, and its healthcare system is edging up to a crisis as hospitals reach their limits and doctors contemplate rationing out care on the basis of who’s most likely to survive. Which means, of course, that the hyper-patriotic followers of “Ammon’s Army”—the “resistance” to the state’s public-health measures led by far-right provocateur Ammon Bundy—turned out in force Tuesday to protest, and ultimately shut down, a state health board’s meeting to discuss stronger steps to rein in the pandemic. Armed fanatics even turned up at the homes of board members, shouting and frightening their children, which spurred the board to...
    At least three Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) members have tested positive for COVID-19 after an in-person meeting last month, the chair of the board told The Hill on Wednesday. SBOE Chair Keven Ellis said three board members have tested positive for COVID-19 in the two-week period after the Nov. 20 in-person meeting. It is unclear if any of these members contracted the virus at the meeting. The Texas Tribune first reported the story on Tuesday. SBOE Member Georgina Pérez of El Paso confirmed to the Tribune that she was one of the three members to test positive for the virus.  Board support staff sent emails last Monday and Tuesday informing the board that two members have tested positive. The emails were confirmed to the newspaper by three SBOE members. The Tribune declined to name the board members before they respond to a request for comment.  Most of...
    Idaho's Central District Health Board postponed a virtual meeting Tuesday night over "safety concerns" when demonstrators protesting proposed coronavirus restrictions gathered at Central District Health's Boise headquarters and two board members' homes, Central District Health said in a press release. The board would have voted on a districtwide public health order that would, among other provisions, require residents of Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties to wear masks when they are unable to keep a six-foot distance from people who are not members of their households. TRUMP TO SIGN CORONAVIRUS EXECUTIVE ORDER PRIORITIZING AMERICANS OVER FOREIGN NATIONS Boise Police were already present at Central District Health headquarters "in anticipation of a large-scale protest" after the order received more than 3,000 written public comments between Dec. 4 and Dec. 7, Central District Health said in a press release. next Image 1 of 3Anti-masker demonstrators converge on Central District Health offices, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020...
    An emotional Idaho health official had to abruptly leave a Zoom meeting where they were voting on a local mask mandate after her 12-year-old son called to say dozens of armed anti-mask protesters were surrounding her home and banging on the door.  Ada County Commissioner Diana Lachiondo tearfully interrupted the Central District Health's online board meeting on Tuesday night, saying that the anti-mask protesters were outside her home.  Lachiondo, who was at her office at the Ada County Courthouse, initially excused herself so she could call police.  She interrupted again just moments later saying she had to rush home to be with her son.   'My 12-year-old son is home by himself right now and there are protesters banging outside the door,' she said.   'I'm going to go home and make sure he's okay.' Another board member, family physician Dr Ted Epperly, told the meeting that protests were 'not under control at my house'...
    An Idaho county commissioner said Tuesday she had to leave a virtual board of health meeting due to anti-mask protesters surrounding her house. “My 12-year-old son is home by himself right now, and there are protesters banging outside the door,” Ada County Commissioner Diana Lachiondo said as she excused herself from a meeting of Idaho’s Central District Health’s Board of Health, according to The Washington Post. Protesters separately gathered outside the home of board member Ted Epperly, who said the demonstration totaled about 15 people. “It is not under control at my house and it’s not under control at Diana’s house,” he told board members. Lachiondo later tweeted that she and her family were safe. Update: We are fine. Thanks all for your concern and especially @BoisePD for your help.— Diana Lachiondo (@LachiondoD) December 9, 2020 The board was set to vote on an order requiring masks to be worn...
    Idaho public health officials abruptly ended a meeting Tuesday after the Boise mayor and chief of police said intense protests outside the health department building - as well as outside some health officials' homes - were threatening public safety. The request from Boise Mayor Lauren McLean and the Boise Police Department came just a few minutes after one health board member, Ada County Commissioner Diana Lachiondo, tearfully interrupted the online meeting to say she had to rush home from work to be with her son. "My 12-year-old son is home by himself right now and there are protesters banging outside the door," she said, according to CBS Boise affiliate KBOI-TV.  "I'm going to go home and make sure he's OK." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The board had been expected to vote on a four-county mask mandate in Idaho's most populated region. "My...
    (CNN)The weekly board meeting for the Central District Health, one of seven district health agencies in Idaho, was halted abruptly due to protests outside of their headquarters in Boise and at a few of the board members' homes Tuesday evening. During the virtual meeting, which was broadcast live on the board's YouTube page, District Director Russ Duke said he was contacted by Mayor Lauren McLean asking them to stop the meeting due to an "intense level of protesters in the parking lot and the concern for police safety and staff safety, as well as the protesters that are at some of our board members' homes right now."Christine Myron, a spokeswoman for Central District Health, told CNN that the board was set to discuss a districtwide public health order about Covid-19 restrictions across its four counties -- Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley -- that they have been discussing for a number...
    By REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho public health officials abruptly ended a meeting Tuesday after the Boise mayor and chief of police said intense protests outside the health department building — as well as outside some health officials' homes — were threatening public safety. The request from Boise Mayor Lauren McLean and the Boise Police Department came just a few minutes after one health board member, Ada County Commissioner Diana Lachiondo, tearfully interrupted the online meeting to say she had to rush home from work to be with her son. The board had been expected to vote on a four-county mask mandate in Idaho's most populated region. “My 12-year-old son is home alone right now and there are protestors banging outside the door,” Lachiondo said. Another board member, family physician Dr. Ted Epperly, said protests were “not under control at my house,” as well. Hundreds of...
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho public health officials abruptly ended a meeting Tuesday after the Boise mayor and chief of police said intense protests outside the health department building — as well as outside some health officials’ homes — were threatening public safety. The request from Boise Mayor Lauren McLean and the Boise Police Department came just a few minutes after one health board member, Ada County Commissioner Diana Lachiondo, tearfully interrupted the online meeting to say she had to rush home from work to be with her son. The board had been expected to vote on a four-county mask mandate in Idaho’s most populated region. “My 12-year-old son is home alone right now and there are protestors banging outside the door,” Lachiondo said. Another board member, family physician Dr. Ted Epperly, said protests were “not under control at my house,” as well. Hundreds of protesters gathered...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and community leaders will speak out against MBTA service cuts as officials meet to discuss the proposed plans. The T is considering fewer bus routes as well as cutting weekend commuter-rail service and ferry service. The move would be to make up for a budget shortfall that’s only worsened during the pandemic. The T’s advisory board met Friday and said they don’t need to make any drastic cuts just yet. Walsh is scheduled to speak out against cuts during a 9:15 a.m. press conference. “The MBTA’s proposed service cuts will impact us all, and will disproportionately hurt Greater Boston residents & workforce who depend on public transportation, including neighborhoods that are home to the highest populations of people of color and immigrants,” Walsh said in a statement. “These proposed cuts are a threat to our economy, our regional climate and housing goals, our...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has vowed to fight the rapid sale of the National Archives facility in Seattle in court, saying it’s “outrageous” that there wasn’t more public notice given about an Oct. 1 meeting where federal officials fast-tracked the process. The 10-acre site contains the history of 272 federally recognized tribes, including drafts of many tribal treaties, and only a tiny fraction of the material has been digitized, The Seattle Times reported Saturday. The trove of documents is important to members of Pacific Northwest and Alaskan tribes, who will now have to travel hundreds of miles to Southern California or Missouri to view them. The five-member federal Public Buildings Reform Board made the decision to close the facility in January after it concluded that the 73-year-old building had “a deferred maintenance backlog of $2.5 million,” and that its annual maintenance costs were $357,000. Under an...
    Governor warns of further stay-at-home orders; Manson followers parole is blocked Prison pen pals: Hong Kongers keep in touch with jailed protesters Boeing Quietly Split CEO, Chairman Roles After Investor Vote (Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co.’s board quietly separated the chairman and chief executive officer roles earlier this year, after a majority of shareholders bucked management and supported a permanent split of those positions in a nonbinding vote at the company’s annual meeting. © Bloomberg A Boeing logo sits on the Boeing Co. company's chalet prior to the opening of the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, U.K., on Sunday, July 13, 2014. Under the new policy, which is detailed in a statement on Boeing’s website but hasn’t been widely publicized, the board will elect a chairman from among the independent directors each year following the shareholder meeting. If that chairman leaves the board or joins the company’s executive ranks, a...
    Breaking point: Many hospitals already at capacity Inside the unlikely return of Jen Psaki Boeing Quietly Split CEO, Chairman Roles After Investor Revolt (Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co.’s board quietly separated the chairman and chief executive officer roles earlier this year, after a majority of shareholders bucked management and supported the move in a nonbinding vote at the company’s annual meeting. © Bloomberg A Boeing logo sits on the Boeing Co. company's chalet prior to the opening of the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, U.K., on Sunday, July 13, 2014. Under the new policy, which is detailed in a statement on Boeing’s website but hasn’t been widely publicized, the board will elect a chairman from among the independent directors each year following the shareholder meeting. If that chairman leaves the board or joins the company’s executive ranks, a new leader will be picked from the remaining independent directors. Load Error...
    Loading the player... Paulette Woods, a member of the Buffalo school board, is under fire for appearing to use an obscene gesture and using profanity during a virtual meeting earlier this month, as reported by Newsweek. Woods would later apologize about the incident after being called out by The Buffalo News’ editorial board. READ MORE: Writer Jeffrey Toobin fired from New Yorker after exposing himself on Zoom Buffalo school board members have meeting on Zoom. (Photo: WGRZ-TV) “I just want to start by publicly apologizing to parents, students, my constituents, my fellow elected officials, Buffalo school staff and the West New York community at large for displaying offensive body language and facial gestures during a very emotionally charged Board of Education meeting a couple of weeks ago,” Woods told WGRZ radio. During a Zoom meeting on Nov. 18 with fellow members of the Buffalo school board...
    A NEW Jersey school board member resigned after accidentally broadcasting herself going to bathroom in front of 150 people on a Zoom call, reports say. Frances Cogelja, a trustee on the Hackensack Board of Education, mistakenly left her laptop camera on while she relieved herself in front of her colleagues and students on Monday. 3Frances Cogelja resigned on Tuesday Credit: Facebook 3A Zoom meeting attendee took a photograph of her on the toilet during the meetingCredit: Hackensack School District During the virtual meeting, Cogelja was seen sitting on the toilet while her camera was activated during the fraught conference, the Daily Voice reported. The board recorded the Zoom meeting and the link was posted online but the toilet incident occurred during the public comments portion of the evening and is not featured. The small thumbnail showing Cogelja was on another screen which wasn't recorded – but...
    A trustee on the board of education in Hackensack, New Jersey, has resigned after she accidentally left her laptop camera on while relieving herself in the bathroom during a Zoom meeting attended by 150 people, including students. The mishap took place on Monday evening, when Frances Cogelja took a bathroom break during a board meeting that was held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Several of those in attendance on the Zoom call were shocked to see Cogelja sitting on the toilet while her camera was activated, according to the Daily Voice. The Hackensack Board of Education recorded the Zoom meeting and posted a link online, though the incident in question is never seen since it took place during the public comments portion of the evening. The main Zoom screen was largely covered by a stopwatch. Frances Cogelja resigned from her position as trustee of the Hackensack,...
    A New Jersey woman who once said she was “disgusted” by LGBT curriculum flushed her career on a local school board down the toilet this week by accidentally broadcasting her bathroom break on Zoom during a public meeting. Frances Cogelja resigned as a trustee of the Hackensack Board of Education over the embarrassing video fail Monday night when she brought her laptop into the bathroom to relieve herself, according to the Daily Voice. Cogelja apparently was unaware she’d left the camera on — and her trip to the toilet was witnessed by nearly 140 attendees of the virtual meeting, including students. The board’s Vice President Scott James-Vickery addressed the NSFW spectacle later on. “As far as I’m concerned, while our teachers are being professional and you’re at home, sitting on the toilet, we are moving on with this district doing what’s best,” he said. Cogelja’s resignation was announced by...
    A New Jersey woman who once said she was “disgusted” by LGBT curriculum flushed her career on a local school board down the toilet this week by accidentally broadcasting her bathroom break on Zoom during a public meeting. Frances Cogelja resigned as a trustee of the Hackensack Board of Education over the embarrassing video fail Monday night when she brought her laptop into the bathroom to relieve herself, according to the Daily Voice. Cogelja apparently was unaware she’d left the camera on — and her trip to the toilet was witnessed by nearly 140 attendees of the virtual meeting, including students. The board’s Vice President Scott James-Vickery addressed the NSFW spectacle later on. “As far as I’m concerned, while our teachers are being professional and you’re at home, sitting on the toilet, we are moving on with this district doing what’s best,” he said. Cogelja’s resignation was announced by the...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – On Wednesday, the Allegheny County Board of Elections will meet to amend its election certification. The subject of the meeting will center on ballots that are tied up in legal battles. It will be a virtual meeting that begins at 2:00 p.m. and the public will be able to tune into the meeting. Public comment was open for submission until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and those comments will be read into the record during the meeting. The meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the public can tune in by clicking this link.
    JEANNETTE, Pa. (KDKA) – Even in a school year already unpredictable and troublesome for many in the Jeannette City School District, Monday morning’s announcement the district canceled classes before the school day began caught students and parents alike off guard. “I was walking to school and one of the janitors came driving by and said school’s canceled today,” said 8th grader Aidan Kuhn. Freshman Cale Kuhn said, “I was confused because we have school every day and it wasn’t a canceled day last night.” And parent Cynthia Pretlor said, “You have kids out there trying to get a bus, parents gone to work, and I think it’s very very shady.” The announcement comes as the district is dealing with rumors of a COVID outbreak and the unexpected death of a long-time employee as well as a large number of teachers calling off due to illness Monday. KDKA’s Ross Guidotti contacted...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Board of Elections in Allegheny County will meet Monday morning to certify the November 3 general election results. Allegheny County leaders are also appealing a decision by a Commonwealth court to not count about 250 provisional ballots. They are now asking the State Supreme Court to overturn the decisions and allow the votes to be counted. The issue in these provisional ballots was voters not properly signing the outer envelopes. In most of these cases, voters signed one line, but not the other. The Commonwealth court ruled that unless both lines were signed, the votes would not count. Allegheny County is arguing that a technicality shouldn’t come before someone’s right to vote. The County Board of Elections will be meeting virtually Monday to certify the election results. The public is invited to watch — but the deadline to submit questions has passed. The board will meet...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff MT. LEBANON (KDKA) — The Mt. Lebanon School District is set to hold a special board meeting to discuss its COVID-19 learning plans. The district approved a plan to move forward with its hybrid learning model last week. The meeting is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Monday via Zoom. The public is allowed to participate. A link to the meeting can be found here.
    (CNN)Certification is usually a formality, but President Donald Trump is trying to block or delay the process in key states as part of a long-shot effort to overturn the election that he lost to President-elect Joe Biden.All eyes have been on Michigan this week after Trump called two Republican canvass board members from Wayne County to offer his support, after they went back and forth on voting to certify the election results from the state's largest county, which includes Detroit. The board members filed affidavits Wednesday seeking to "rescind" their votes to certify the election result.On Friday, leaders from the state's GOP legislature met with Trump at the White House, but contrary to the baseless claims of fraud the President and his allies have been peddling, they said they "have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan." Biden leads...
    The Chattooga Board of Education met on Thursday evening for its November meeting.  At the meeting Chattooga County Schools Superintendent Jared Hosmer presented the names of five candidates to fill the open position on the board.  The position has been open since the death of former Republican Board Member Sammy Ballard.  Mr. Ballard passed away on September 27th of this year.  He had held the seat since 2018. Those who have applied are: Johnny Brady Andrew Campbell Steven Groves Lynn Hall Mark Pickle Superintendent Hosmer said that all five of the applicants reside in the Menlo District and would be eligible to serve. The Board voted last night to have each candidate speak at the December 17th meeting and the Board also voted to choose a candidate at the January 21st meeting
    County officials called Republican efforts to delay certification 'a last-ditch effort to delay' Joe Biden's win. A state Board of Canvassers' meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled after canvassers in southeastern Michigan's Wayne County unanimously certified election results showing Democrat Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump. The meeting had been scheduled in case the state board needed to canvass any county results if a county failed to certify, according to Tracy Wimmer, spokeswoman for Michigan's secretary of state. "All counties have certified, so the meeting was unnecessary," Wimmer said in an email. The board is next scheduled to meet Nov. 23 to certify the Nov. 3 general election.
    By COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — A state Board of Canvassers' meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled after canvassers in southeastern Michigan’s Wayne County unanimously certified election results showing Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. The meeting had been scheduled in case the state board needed to canvass any county results if a county failed to certify, according to Tracy Wimmer, spokeswoman for Michigan’s secretary of state. “All counties have certified, so the meeting was unnecessary,” Wimmer said in an email. The board is next scheduled to meet Nov. 23 to certify the Nov. 3 general election. On Tuesday, two Republican members of the Wayne County canvassing board initially voted against certifying that county’s results, resulting in a 2-2 deadlock with Democrats on the board. Republican member Monica Palmer said poll books in certain precincts in Detroit — a majority-Black city — were out of balance....
    LANSING, Mich. – A state Board of Canvassers' meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled after canvassers in southeastern Michigan’s Wayne County unanimously certified election results showing Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. The meeting had been scheduled in case the state board needed to canvass any county results if a county failed to certify, according to Tracy Wimmer, spokeswoman for Michigan’s secretary of state. “All counties have certified, so the meeting was unnecessary,” Wimmer wrote in an email. The board is next scheduled to meet Nov. 23 to certify the Nov. 3 general election. On Tuesday, two Republican members of the Wayne County canvassing board initially voted against certifying that county’s results, resulting in a 2-2 deadlock with Democrats on the board. Republican member Monica Palmer said poll books in certain precincts in Detroit — a majority-Black city — were out of balance. The deadlock brought on...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Residents who were angry about Orange County's coronavirus restrictions spoke out at a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday morning, after the county was among 40 in California that reverted back into the most restrictive purple tier of the state's four-tier reopening roadmap.The supervisors' meeting agenda included a discussion of continuing their mitigation efforts and health emergency order."We the people, we're battered and bruised," a woman who identified herself only as Kimber P. of Laguna Niguel said, addressing the elected officials during the public comment portion of the meeting. "You have the almighty power to lift this fake state of emergency once again that you guys are putting us in."New cases have risen sharply in the county, where health officials reported 380 new cases on Monday, raising the cumulative count to over 65,605. There were no new fatalities, so the death toll stands at 1,526."I...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Residents who were angry about Orange County's coronavirus restrictions spoke out at a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday morning, after the county was among 40 in California that reverted back into the most restrictive purple tier of the state's four-tier reopening roadmap.The supervisors' meeting agenda included a discussion of continuing their mitigation efforts and health emergency order."We the people, we're battered and bruised," a woman who identified herself only as Kimber P. of Laguna Niguel said, addressing the elected officials during the public comment portion of the meeting. "You have the almighty power to lift this fake state of emergency once again that you guys are putting us in."New cases have risen sharply in the county, where health officials reported 380 new cases on Monday, raising the cumulative count to over 65,605. There were no new fatalities, so the death toll stands at 1,526."I...
    MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — The board of trustees at Western Illinois University is set to vote Monday on the selection of the school's 12th president. After meeting earlier this month to interview six candidates, board members meeting in afternoon will vote on Guiyou Huang (GWEE’-yoo Hwong) who is currently the president of Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. The special meeting will be livestreamed and public comment will be limited to 30 minutes. Earlier this month the board met in closed session to interview candidates, including current administrators at WIU. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
            by Jonathan Mattise  NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The review of a federal utility’s CEO compensation following President Donald Trump’s criticisms of the pay scale will continue into 2021, according to its board chairman. John Ryder, Tennessee Valley Authority chairman, said at a board meeting held virtually Friday that results from an independent consultant’s review of CEO pay should be ready for the utility’s board meeting in February. “We’re not going to jump the gun and reach a conclusion before we have a thorough and complete review of the system,” Ryder told reporters in a call afterward. “So, whatever the outcome of the election is, we will complete our process in accordance with our schedule.” TVA announced the review in August, after Trump earlier that month fired the former board chairman and another board member and called for CEO Jeff Lyash’s replacement and the position’s pay to...
    By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The review of a federal utility's CEO compensation following President Donald Trump's criticisms of the pay scale will continue into 2021, according to its board chairman. John Ryder, Tennessee Valley Authority chairman, said at a board meeting held virtually Friday that results from an independent consultant's review of CEO pay should be ready for the utility's board meeting in February. The timeline would follow President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20. "We're not going to jump the gun and reach a conclusion before we have a thorough and complete review of the system," Ryder told reporters in a call afterward. “So, whatever the outcome of the election is, we will complete our process in accordance with our schedule.” TVA announced the review in August, after Trump earlier that month fired the former board chairman and another board member and called for...
    A parent was arrested Tuesday after officials say she refused to wear a mask at a school board meeting in Pinellas County, Florida. “Several parents argued against the district’s mask policy during a school board hearing,” ABC Action News reported. A district spokesperson said Kari Turner was arrested for Trespassing, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, and Disorderly Conduct. “The individual refused to wear a mask which began a series of events that led to the arrest,” the Pinellas County Schools explained in a statement. Video footage reportedly showed Turner on the ground inside the lobby as officers put her in handcuffs. Several parents alleged that as they left the meeting, school district police stopped them and said they had to put on masks to walk through the building, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “Opponents to Pinellas’ masking rule have raised a number of objections, some based on health concerns...
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