The VCUSD board has chosen to appoint Ruscal Cayangyang by a vote of 3-1. Only trustee Ubalde called for the board to place Hazel Wilson back on the dais. Ubalde cited Wilson’s experience and the need for a female perspective. Trustee Worel countered with the need to have a non “old person” on the board. Worel also heavily emphasized the need to respect the election results which place Cayangyang next in line after the withdrawl of Richard Porter. His position was met with agreement by board president Ward “Ace” Stewart. Trustee Mommsen had few comments, but cast his vote for Cayangyang.

After what has been a bumpy ride, it looks like Trustee Cayangyang is ready to roll up his sleeves.

Here are a few photo highlights:


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  1. January 21, 2015 @ 6:21 pm Anonymous

    I think you mean 4-1.


    • January 21, 2015 @ 6:27 pm benjamin

      The vote was 3 in favor of Cayanang and 1 for Wilson or against Ruscal. We all join with Ruscal in extending our congratulations for an election hard fought and won with honor.


      • January 21, 2015 @ 8:46 pm decentamerican

        YES, honor prevails, youth prevails, justice prevails (sometimes!) …

        Thank you Worel for supporting to honor the voters.

        Congratulations Ruscal — we did not doubt you will win, but did feel ashamed at the circus some of the adult board members put on, wasting everyone’s time and resources … when it could have been done in a simple meeting after the elections.

        We wish you well — roll up your sleeves, embrace and seek support when needed and shake that board when you need to — be bold, be consistent, be good in build a legacy of helping the students and teachers in Vallejo.


    • January 21, 2015 @ 6:51 pm Anonymous

      Or 3-1


  2. January 21, 2015 @ 6:24 pm Doug

    Congrats to not only Ruscal, but the Board as well!!!


  3. January 21, 2015 @ 8:10 pm Bong Hit

    Best of luck Ruscal!


  4. January 21, 2015 @ 8:12 pm Anonymous

    Sam Kurshan, surprisingly did something honorable tonight, by speaking in favor of Ruscall being appointed. Sam even spoke in a unifying way that was captured on the board’s video of the meeting. Steven Hallet even publicly praised him.


    • January 21, 2015 @ 10:31 pm Wow

      Incredible, considering how,he bashed Ruscal on blogs.


    • January 22, 2015 @ 12:11 am ImtalkinHere

      Yeah, well let’s not muddy up the words of congratulations by bringing his name up. He has given Ruscal grief for years for no reason.


      • January 22, 2015 @ 11:33 am cassandra

        ….and the truce is over…he posted three identical copies of a nasty comment on TH page


  5. January 21, 2015 @ 9:24 pm Melissa Bowman

    Thank you to the board for conducting a civil meeting guided by parliamentary procedure (as stated in the board by-laws). I was relieved to see that Burky had bought a copy of Robert’s Rules and referred to it. Granted, he brought a simplified version, but it got the job done. I feel more confidence that the board can handle what challenges lie ahead. I attended the complete meeting beginning to end.


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  7. January 21, 2015 @ 10:20 pm ImtalkinHere

    Congratulations Ruscal. You will bring a much needed fresh prospective and new eyes to this board. Good work young man.


  8. January 22, 2015 @ 7:17 am Wow

    Thank you Marc Garman and Robert Schussell for keeping on the board. We the public are grateful for your reporting. I look toward to seeing you both at he meetings. Thank you Ace Stewart and Raymond Mommessmen for doing the right thing. Burky, you are a fresh breath of air.


  9. January 22, 2015 @ 7:57 am Bong Hit

    Dear Ruscal,

    There are certainly many issues facing the Vallejo schools and many decisions to be made by the new school board. I wish you and all the members of the board much success and thanks for doing a thankless job. One thing you might consider taking a leadership role in is a free speech movement with the kids. Let the kids, moms and dads speak out on the issues that concern them. They are the clients and consumers of our education service that is ranked last in the state of California and they are suffering great harm as a result of poor adult school management.

    Take back the language, take back the power of the first amendment, take back the rights of students and parents to express themselves without the interference of agenda driven entrenched interests within the district. The people who control what is said to media outlets and government officials often don’t have the best interests of the students in mind. They protect their turf and petty fiefdoms in a toxic stew that deny children the best chance at a fruitful life.

    We can’t solve the nations problems from Vallejo but we can look to the national stage for examples to show our kids the dangers of language restriction and thought control. After all of the destructing that took place in Missouri, the Department of Justice has concluded that police officer Darren Wilson committed no civil rights violations of Michael Brown. The messaging and language was so tightly controlled and the false narrative was pushed so widely that poor and illiterate people were led to believe a fictitious tale. That’s the power and the danger of controlling language and messaging.

    Law enforcement is asking people to help identify looters who destroyed a mans small business during the riots in Missouri. Even though the truth has prevailed in this case and the mask has been pulled off the agenda peddlers, notice how comments have been disabled in the youtube video of the crime scene:

    The desire to limit free speech is powerful, it operates here in Vallejo and all across the nation. You could be a champion for all the parents and children in Vallejo who are demanding change in the Vallejo public schools. You could help them take back the language and take back the messaging by opening up free speech opportunities. You’ve got one of the best mentors in Marc Garman. Good luck to you and all the innocent school children trying to survive a sick and dysfunctional school system.


  10. January 22, 2015 @ 8:17 am Bill Goat

    Amazing news, wow, they did the right thing after all!
    Agreed, Burky is a breath of fresh air, and provides a very-needed point of view.
    Now if they can do something about more accessible meeting times & places…


  11. January 22, 2015 @ 11:16 am craig

    I’m simply amazed that THE BOARD did this. One had anticipated other actions followed by an expensive election.
    Turning this mess around means that you’ll accumulate a great deal of experience and ‘seasoning’ for a life of public service.


  12. January 22, 2015 @ 11:24 am anonymous

    This is addressed to “wow” and “I’m talking here”. Do not try to turn this negative. I follow topix and Sam Kurshan never said one negative word against Ruscal. Kurshan did a good thing last night. What did you do besides to try and turn it negative?


  13. January 22, 2015 @ 11:57 am karol heppe

    Congrats Ruscal and Congrats Vallejo! Now lets get to work. First up, need to review top heavy administrative staff and make cuts. Then check administrative contracts and wages and again, cut. Then put the money saved by administrative cuts and salary savings into supplies and programs for our kids.


  14. January 22, 2015 @ 1:35 pm honestysearcher

    I’m glad Mr. Worel quickly took down Presbyterian Pastor Ubalde’s nomination and his preposterous argument from authority to support his a priori held position. Many from the left and the right (they are a legion!) cite Pope Francis to bolster their own liberal or conservative point of view–which tells me they’re just using the Pope to advance their own agenda.

    Congratulations, Ruscal!


    • January 22, 2015 @ 3:54 pm Ben

      The reverend Dr. Ubale is a retired Methodist pastor.


      • January 22, 2015 @ 4:22 pm Honestysearcher

        Thank you, Ben. I stand corrected. Credit too to the pastor for his ecumenism, for showing he is not anti-papist.


  15. January 22, 2015 @ 2:50 pm ken

    Thanks to Marc Garman and Robert Schussell for bringing the community attention to school board and meetings many months ago.

    It started the change and now we see some result. Great work guys!


  16. January 22, 2015 @ 4:45 pm Willy Wontey

    Ubalde may be a minister, but he has driven out other, competing Methodist ministers by creating the kinds of sexual allegations that are difficult stains for ministers to wash away. He has been chaplain for the Vallejo Police Department, and yet he is the one school board candidate who went Nixon-like and abused his power and broke campaign laws. For the twenty-plus years he has been “working” in this community, it has always been about making money and formulating deals. Guess having a tax–exempt church and occupation is a good place for him to do his pimping. Make no mistake about it, this man is a bigger pimp than Fillmore Slim. TU may be the sleaziest thing ever to come near a Vallejo school.


    • January 22, 2015 @ 10:10 pm Ben

      And how do you explain that in the recent election he was the highest earning vote getter? He was the peoples choice.


    • January 23, 2015 @ 1:34 pm craig

      Anger, hatred, and other miscellaneous negatives are the dark side of this web. Tony Ubalde is many things, one of which is ‘a man of integrity’. Willly Wontey needs to grow up, get off the primary school playground, and be a part of a civil society.


  17. January 23, 2015 @ 8:47 am education advocate

    @ben, phillipinos

    @willy, you hit the nail on the head. ubalde is a sleazebag. and FYI…he is roz aliga’s tight friend and confidant. like attracts like.


  18. January 24, 2015 @ 7:28 am Bong Hit

    The picture of Tony and the Rev. Jim Jones was remarkable. I’m left wondering how involved Tony was with those kooks who traveled to Jones town. Being associated with a mass murderer is not something one would normally want posted on their Linked-in profile.

    Tony, what say you? What’s up with the Jim Jones picture?


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