Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Did PUSD District 3 Board of Ed Candidate Ruben Hueso Break His Boy Scout Oath?

Scout's honor?
As any Sierra Madre resident can tell you, we here in the Foothill Village somehow had our right to vote in this year's Pasadena Unified School District's Board of Education election stolen from us. We are taxed real American dollars to pay for the schools under the PUSD aegis, yet we have no right to elect representation. Something that I think our forebears fought a revolution over if I recall correctly. At least that is what I was taught at the public schools I attended as a child.

But nothing here prevents us caring citizens at the Sierra Madre Tattler from discussing this election. After all, we are still a part of the Pasadena Unified School District, even if that school district took away our right to a vote in their election through the illegal Measure A. I'm sure that many women talked about voting when the law denied them the right to do so over 100 years ago. As did African Americans in the Deep South during the terrible days of racial segregation. Sierra Madre is now somewhere in that category.

Scouts breaking their oath?
So today we are discussing a Pasadena Unified School District candidate by the name of Ruben Hueso (click here). Ruben is backed in all of the usual places such as ACT (click here), the organization that had previously showered its many blessings upon such dicey Board of Ed members as Ed Honowitz and Tom Selinske. All of which supported vote theft Measure A.

ACT also had our own former Mayor John Buchanan to their debate shindig the other week as moderator. I wasn't there, but I understand that our boy did almost as much talking as the actual candidates. John truly is a man of deep convictions, fortified by his powerful psychological need to make himself heard. That he did not want to discuss our stolen vote is troublesome, though.

This is, of course, all the regular stuff. And coming from District 3 Mr. Hueso is in an area that still has the right to vote in this election. But there is also something kind of uniquely odd that we'd like to bring to your attention. One point that Ruben Hueso likes to make a big deal about is his support for the Boy Scouts. If you click on the colorful Hueso campaign material we posted today it will enlarge and you can easily see that there is a definite Boy Scout theme going on here. Up top we can see Ruben proudly attired in his own scout regalia, and to the right he and some actual scouts are saluting the American flag in a classroom setting. All fine I guess. Certainly a man can take some pride in his support and volunteer work for so fine an organization.

But wait, is this all actually a good thing? Perhaps not. Apparently the use of both actual Boy Scouts and Scout uniforms and regalia in political material of the kind the Ruben Hueso campaign has produced and mailed out to select PUSD District 3 voters is a very serious violation of Boy Scouts of America regulations.

This from the Boy Scouts of America.org (click here):

Can a BSA Scout participate in a Political Event? The question of Scouts at a political event comes up every time there are campaigns. My understanding is that the policy is that it is OK for Scouts to perform patriotic duties (like a flag ceremony) at a political campaign, but they cannot be seen endorsing a candidate or handing out political fliers.

Scouts are often seen with candidates of all political parties performing flag ceremonies. They should not be seen cheering on the candidate. The policy is: Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America, Art. IX, cl. 2 and 6:

clause 2. "The officers and leaders of the Boy Scouts of America shall, when practicable, cooperate in connection with civic or other public gatherings of a nonpartisan and nonpolitical character which gives Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorers [Ventures] an opportunity to render service in harmony with their training instead of merely taking part in parades or making a show of themselves in their uniforms."

clause 6. " The Boy Scouts of America shall not, through its governing body or through any of its officers, its chartered Councils, or members, involve the Scouting movement in any question of a political character. However, this shall not be interpreted to prevent the teaching of patriotism and good citizenship as required to fulfill the Corporation's purpose. This policy shall also not limit the freedom of thought or action of any official or member as an individual."

Cub Scout Leader's Manual: Chapter 7: Uniform Rules and Regulations "The uniform may not be worn by either Cub Scouts or adult leaders when: Involved in any distinctly political endeavor."

Here it is again from another site on Boy Scout policies (click here):

Boy Scouts of America policy prohibits Scouts from participating in political activities. BSA membership applications, under Program Policies, state: Citizenship activities are encouraged, but  partisan political activities are prohibited.

Uniformed unit members and leaders may participate in flag ceremonies at political events and may lead the Pledge of Allegiance; however, they should retire after the ceremony and not remain on the speakers’ platform or in a conspicuous location where television viewers could construe their presence as an endorsement or symbol of support. In addition, photos of candidates or Scouts in uniform or BSA marks and logos are not allowed in political campaign materials of any kind. Leaders must be alert to situations that would imply that the BSA favors one candidate over another. Strict observance of our long-standing policy against the active participation of uniformed Scouts and leaders in political events is mandatory.

One more time for thoroughness (click here):

Uniformed unit members and leaders may participate in flag ceremonies at political events and may lead the Pledge of Allegiance; however, they should retire after the ceremony and not remain on the speakers’ platform or in a conspicuous location where television viewers could construe their presence as an endorsement or symbol of support. In addition, photos of candidates or Scouts in uniform or BSA marks and logos are not allowed in political campaign materials of any kind.

Volunteers and professionals must be alert to situations that would imply that the BSA favors one candidate over another. Strict observance of our long-standing policy against the active participation of uniformed Scouts and leaders in political events is mandatory.

As you can plainly see, Ruben Hueso has himself broken some very specific rules of the Boy Scouts of America. But in his mad rush to use the Boy Scouts as a personal political campaign prop, Ruben has also dragged some actual scouts into this mess, and at his request they too are breaking Boy Scout regulations on political participation as well. Which is kind of an unfortunate thing for Ruben to have done. These kids, should they be identified, could very well be kicked out of Scouting.

If you click here you will be taken to the Ruben Hueso campaign website events page. Here you will read that Ruben is to be given an award by the Boy Scouts tonight. Here is what it says:

Ruben will be receiving the Silver Beaver Award at the Los Angeles Area Boy Scout Council's annual dinner at the Quiet Canon in Montebello. The Silver Beaver is the highest award bestowed upon a volunteer.

Given what we have seen here about how Ruben Hueso has violated Boy Scout usage policies regarding his own political campaign, perhaps they might want to reconsider.

Bonus Conway Coverage

Pasadena Star News: "Prosecutor spells out case against Nick Conway, former SGVCOG director" (click here). Photos of Courtroom action on the SGV Tribune site can be accessed by clicking here.

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

66 comments:

  1. It never cease to amaze me where do you guys come up with all this stuff. However, a Boy Scout should not lie. Hueso lied by omitting important information regarding the source of his contributions and his endorsements. He just set a good example to his scout troop that lying is OK. Is there anything in the Boy Scout's Manual that speak about liars and cheats?

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    1. Just a little thing called the Boy Scout Law.

      A Scout is:
      Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
      Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
      Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
      Brave, Clean, Reverent

      Ooopsie Daisy

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    2. I guess that Boy Scout Law doesn't apply to Hueso Impreso!

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    3. It is arrogance. Meatheaded arrogance.

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  2. This could cost Hueso his Silver Beaver.

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    1. not if he confesses his sin to Great Bear

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  3. By Any Means Necessary

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  4. I am certain the public employee unions who funded Hueso's mailer pictured here are real pleased with how he used it.

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  5. An image of the BSA's Silver Beaver Award:
    http://statpromo.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/SilverBeaver.3163417_std.jpg

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    1. i hope he'll put it on his next mailer

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    2. Hueso should be awarded the Silver Skunk.

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  6. Shades of John Harabedian's Sierra Madre Police Association post card.

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    1. And there were no consequences for Harabedian using the police. Think there will be consequences for Hueso?

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    2. Some good laughs at Huesito's expense!

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    3. 7:18 - It might cost him his Silver Beaver Award.

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    4. jajajaja Huesito cabeza nada

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  7. Is it legal to misappropriate BSA patented imagery?

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    1. Has anyone informed the Scouts?

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    2. Nice life lesson Hueso is teaching those scouts pictured on his campaign mailer.

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    3. 7:49, I shared this article on their Facebook pages, hopefully they'll notice.

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  8. Some one should ask Harabedian at the next C.C. meeting what he thinks about Hueso using the Boy Scouts to get himself elected, when it is clearly illegal to use uniformed people in politics.
    Perhaps his lawyerly brilliance will explain why it is OK.

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    1. How about you asking Harabedian at the next CC meeting, since it is your idea?

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    2. The city launched an investigation. Elisa Weaver was running it. I think it is time that we saw the results.

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  9. Conway and his lawyer have sure got their game faces on - quiet indignation, scorn, amusement. Hope he can't weasel out of anything.

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    1. The D.A. doesn't commit limited to resources to cases he cannot win. Conway is well on his way to the pokey.

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  10. Is this the caliber of candidate the PUSD establishment and ACT is putting forward for election this year? God help us all!

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  11. Who are the Girl Scouts voting for?

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    1. Those chocolate mint wafers win every time.

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  12. As for Nick Conway's unethical (sgvCOG) behavior and actions that spread across 17 years and beyond is just another sign that elected officials and contractors working with or for them can not be trusted.

    More and I mean a lot more Open Government laws need to be passed and or enforced to the hilt or letter, take away the protection these groups have given themselves to allow them to operate under the radar with NO fear of the law enforcement.

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  13. Kinda like our boy Johnny Haribedian and the local cops. Nothing will happen.

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    1. Don't be so sure. Stay tuned.

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    2. The maddening part about these sleazy PR tactics is that you know Harabedian and Hueso have done something shady, and I know those two have done something shady, but their targets, the less informed voters, may not know, and will associate the candidates with safety and ethics.
      argh.

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    3. Established political power here is arrogant. They think the people do not understand, the media is powerless, and nobody cares about local government. It is up to us to prove them wrong. Nick Conway was brought down by one determined man and his smart lawyer. That should be our example.

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    4. I'm with ya, 12:41, but that determined man had to use his own money to get the ball rolling. He got it back, but still. The need for money makes it harder.

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    5. True. But the little stuff, a PRA request for Weaver's repor on Harabedian's postcard, those should be things we can do.

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  14. Looks like the court saved the best for last today. Good for Carol Herrera and Tom King for doing the right thing and not giving up on spreading the word that Nick Conway is a crook. Just sorry it took so long (and so many tax dollars later) for someone to call him to court to have his day. May justice prevail.

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    1. When will we know if this is going to a full trial?

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  15. Is there a report on Harabedian's postcard?
    Where?

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    1. That is the big question. When the Tattler broke the card story last March there was a big to do about it. A story on the Patch quoted Elisa Weaver as saying the City had launched an investigation into the matter. That was 10 months ago. That investigation should be over by now, and City Hall owns the residents a report.

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    2. Well ya know, the staff is really overworked and there has been a re-organization (as if they were organized in the first place). Actually what they need is a consultant to come in a do a study. A political consultant that has police department experience. It should cost about $50,000.

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  16. Never, never let political crooks investigate themselves, this is how Nick Conway of the sgvGOG got away with his underhanded operations for 17 years.

    Besides the Patch is in the pockets of the Sierra Madre politicans machine.

    Remember your changing city lawayers and this will allow the paperwork to get lost and the one year period lap, with no charges being brought against Harabedian's postcard breaking of the law.

    The political machine is just running the clock out.

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  17. Why not put the $50,000.00 to good use and let the Sheriffs Department do a audit and a cost breakdown to patrol and protect Sierra Madre much more effectively and cheaper in the long run.

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    1. Ah. $50k. the magic number.....

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  18. Whatever happened to the supposed "third installment" of Steve Tobia's energetic defense of Nick Conway in THE Magazine? He was gonna name names and all that.

    http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com/2012/07/steve-tobias-defense-of-nick-conway.html

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    1. Actually that was the 3rd installment. The grand finale where all of Steve's trains of thought were supposed to collide never happened. His ads on the Pasadena Sun for that Sunday L.A. Times insert are long gone, as is the insert itself as far as I know. Steve Tobia is a very mysterious fellow. A newspaper ad space hustler who would like everyone to believe he is posh beyond the wildest dreams of us more quotidian folk.

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    2. Posh? Steve Tobia? That magazine is just full of overpriced bling, which tells you what his real background is - street hustler.

      He's running around grabbing every charity event he can use to his own benefit - which is publishing it in his mag. He went so far as to publish a "Showcase House" edition in THE Magazine that undercut sales in the actual Showcase House publication; they couldn't get enough ads because Tobia shopped all their sources, using the Showcase logo without explicit permission.

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    3. The Magazine is where the witless nouveau riche go to get the latest news on platinum toilet fixtures.

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    4. Quotidian. damn john, gotta look that big word up.

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    5. I kick ass on a scrabble board.

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    6. Me too, I play that game the same way I play no lose solitaire and no lose monopoly

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  19. I love "The."
    Rarely do you find everything that is worst about a culture encapsulated in one small magazine.

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    1. And the fact that it thinks of itself as the best? The cherry on the sunday. You've got to admit, there is a sort of perfection there.

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  20. I used to get it in the mail, but it stopped showing up. Maybe Rusnak put Posh on a diet and he couldn't afford the postage anymore.

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  21. John Buchanan sho loves him some John Buchanan.

    and Steve Tobia is a classic con artist but I do like how he screwed over Susan Henderson. When he sold his "ajudication" rights to Henderson he kept all the money for that year and Henderson had to print legal notices for several months for free.

    Tobia, who doesn't live in Sierra Madre would often show up at Councils to match dim witted commments with Buchanan. Tobia once boasted about the largest private employer in Sierra Madre and that was his typical teflon BS. Dude reeks but he can certainly con advertisers...in my opinion...

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  22. rage of sierra madteJanuary 30, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Wonder if BSA would appreciate protests outside of local troop meetings.

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    1. I never let my boys join the Scouts. Not that they ever asked. The thought of them hanging out in the woods with overweight middle aged men in tight shorts didn't work for me.

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  23. PSN reports that Conway's judge is postponing decision on whether he will go to trial or not til Feb 14th.
    Check out the main defense:
    "White argued that all charges be dismissed because the contracts Conway secured for the planning agency were approved by a governing board and the board's attorney.

    "This is a man who did what his board instructed him to do - in the open," White said. "It is not the way someone (who) knowingly violates the law acts."

    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_22485204/l-judge-postpones-decision-whether-ex-cog-executive#ixzz2JWzAl6pG

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    1. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

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    2. Of course, the Board made him pay his own company. And the lawyer told him there was no conflict of interest, and that he should help himself to seconds, and thirds.

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  24. The Judge is Tony Villar's sister. What did you expect?

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  25. Double dipping from ones actions on behalf of ignorance by board members just shows the public how truly ignorant these politicans really are.

    For those board member's who didn't see the light and try to do the moral and ethical "right thing" shame on you and your family and city you represent.

    As for Nick Conway, your still not out of the woods along with your family members who enriched themselves at the expense of the public's inability to catch you sooner, but we got you now!

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  26. You guys need a life!

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    1. You guys need a candidate that doesn't make people laugh!

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