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School Supt Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges-Could Go to Jail and Pay $100,000 fine

Original post made by Pay to Play/Pay to Stay, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Aug 25, 2014

According to Web Link , Superintendent Manuel Paul could have to pay a fine up to $100,000 and spend a year in jail for a "pay to play" scheme involving conspiracy, bribery, perjury and other counts in connection with the alleged "pay for play" scheme where the superintendent and board members not only did not file reports for gifts, meals, restaurants, tickets, trips and junkets provided by District contractors and potential contractors and others at School conferences, but also the superintendent began raising campaign money for three pro-superintendent Board members during the election. For years, the superintendent/public officials regularly accepted what amounted to bribes in exchange for getting contracts awarded and their votes.

It would be a valuable service to the public if the Pleasanton Weekly could obtain via a PRA all Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests for the Superintendent and Cabinet and all sitting Board members and report to the public: 1) What gifts, meals, trips, etc. have the Superintendent and Cabinet and Board have been reported to the State per state law (or are they hiding them too?) and 2) Whether the district is paying for housing or temporary housing for any members of the Superintendent and Cabinet.

Also, for "Pay to Stay" The Pleasanton Weekly should find out why Santa Rita inmate and convicted felon with Inmate PFN Number ULX561 Occupation "Teacher" is still in Santa Rita Jail Web Link and has not yet been sentenced (was supposed to happen in June) to Federal prison yet. Are Federal prosecutors are working with her to spill the beans on how she was able to obtain a lease on PUSD property in order to conduct her fraudulent business and obtain from her the details on the who's who cocnering what local staff and elected and appointed officials magically made this lease happen?

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Posted by Not quite accurate
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 26, 2014 at 10:49 am

Sorry no smoking gun here, mr. troll.

The superintendent that you quoted was not accused of not filing his financial disclosure forms (PFFC Form 700). He was accused and pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe, cold hard cash.

PUSD form 700s for the Superintendent and executive team may be found on the district website. I just did a google search and found them. Web Link. Board members can be found at the county registrar of voters. Web Link. Search by name.

These are legally required to be filed by all elected officials and senior executive staff at public agencies.

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Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 26, 2014 at 11:23 am

Thanks for the link. I really surprised that none of the district cabinet has any stocks, or real property in Pleasanton (living in or rental property). Something seems fishy about their 700 forms.

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Posted by Rational Thinker
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 26, 2014 at 11:31 am

San Ysidro ... well, that's only a stone's throw hop skip and jump and then another 550 miles from Pleasanton. Excellent research, PaytoPlay. I'm impressed. This speaks to what we face here in the PUSD. The past administration was really awful, and this current one is just really weak. Really. (The poster Not Quite Accurate can only blather about this and that. Is probably a highly paid operative in the PUSD who is slated to get a huge pension.)

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 26, 2014 at 11:35 am

[Removed because it was irrelevant to this thread]

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Posted by Pay to Play/Pay to Stay
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2014 at 1:47 pm

I agree with 111. Something is more than fishy.

Seems also very strange when you compare the Forms to the Palo Alto Unified School District posted here Web Link

They (PAUSD) report multiple Gifts on Schedule C from financial and bond advisors that are the same bond advisors that are hired by Pleasanton Unified such as a company called Keygent LLC. PAUSD also reports many gifts coming from events from conferences for an organization called CSBA.

Seems very odd that absolutely none of the Pleasanton cabinet has any spouses or domestic partners with any income, have no real property, have no stocks, and have received no gifts. Are they all divorced? Or are they all concealing their spouses' income and stocks?

Web Link seems to say perjury and conspiracy and bribery charges come into play: "Dumanis alleged that between 2008 and 2011, the defendants frequented San Diego-area restaurants, spending hundreds of dollars on food and drinks, sometimes more than $1,000 per outing. They were also given Los Angeles Lakers playoff tickets, Rose Bowl tickets and a trip to Napa Valley, Dumanis said."

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Posted by Not quite accurate
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 27, 2014 at 11:41 am


Did you see the post on Trolls?

You are so good at stirring up fake corruption. If you are so worried about this file a complaint with the FPPC. You can do that here Web Link. Alas you don't have the courage to put your name on it. And no I don't work for PUSD nor do I get a pension from my company. Although it would be nice to be able to pay my bills in my elder years.

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Posted by Sal
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 27, 2014 at 11:57 am

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Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Weekly, sounds like a good investigation to see if those filings are legitimate. I find it hard to believe that none of the administrations have any stocks, any real property in the district, or other income.

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Posted by It never ends
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:16 am

Good job trolls. Let's turn no information to an investigation! Someone must be guilty of something somewhere somehow.

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Posted by Pay to Play/Pay to Stay
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Interesting that attorney John Jordan who represented mobster Sebastiano (Sebby) Saracino, arrested for immigration fraud, of the Colombo mob family is now Susan Su's attorney.

Sebby Saracino, Colombo-family solder-turned-FBI informant decided to become a Federal witness against those charged with crimes ranging from murder to witness intimidation after he was arrested for immigration fraud and was going to be deported back to Italy.


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