Officials demand Kevin Beiser resign from San Diego Unified School Board

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Democratic Party voted 58-4 to call for the resignation of San Diego Unified School Board District B Trustee Kevin Beiser amid allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct that surfaced this week.The party’s vote in favor of Beiser’s resignation came after a discussion of the allegations made against him. The party also invited Beiser to attend the Tuesday night meeting, but he declined, according to party Chair Will Rodriguez-Kennedy.Beiser issued a statement Tuesday night denying the allegations and suggesting they were politically motivated.“We will take swift action against any public official who uses their power to abuse others,” Rodriguez-Kennedy said. “Kevin Beiser is entitled to his day in court, but we believe that he has lost the confidence of the public and will not be able to focus on the important work of the people.”A lawsuit filed Monday named Beiser and his spouse, Dan Mock, as defendants, alleging that Beiser date-raped the plaintiff and made increasingly aggressive and physically abusive attempts to seduce him between 2013 and last year.The suit also alleges that Mock failed to help the anonymous victim when he was being abused at the couple’s home.Further reporting by Voice of San Diego revealed that four other men corroborated similar interactions with Beiser in recent years. All five alleged victims were locally involved in politics in some way.Local Democratic Party officials condemned Tuesday’s initial reports of Beiser’s alleged sexual misconduct, but pumped the brakes on calling for his resignation until a vote could be taken. With the vote, the local Democratic Party joins a rapidly growing chorus of local political officials, groups and LGBTQ community leaders to call for Beiser to step down.San Diego Democrats for Equality, the Republican Party of San Diego County, San Diego Unified School Board President Sharon Whitehurst-Payne and a joint group made up of Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, San Diego City Council members Georgette Gomez, Jennifer Campbell and Chris Ward, Carlsbad City Councilwoman Cori Schumacher, Chula Vista City Councilman Stephen Padilla and Encinitas City Councilman Joe Mosca all called for Beiser to resign from the board.In a statement issued Tuesday, the joint group said: “As LGBT elected officials who are committed to changing the overarching cultural and political climate to prevent sexual harassment, we want to ensure that every complaint is fully investigated and appropriately decided. That said, even following the principles of due process, there are cases, especially those with multiple and severe allegations, where the obvious right thing is for the accused to step away from their position. This is one of those cases.”Beiser, who was elected to the school board in 2010, is currently a math teacher at Castle Park Middle School in Chula Vista. He has also filed to run for San Diego City Council next year in District 7. March 20, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Officials demand Kevin Beiser resign from San Diego Unified School Board Posted: March 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

IndoAmerican girl in coma after being hit by car in hate crime

first_imgDhriti is currently in coma following severe trauma and head injuries.A 13-year-old Indian-American hate crime victim was struck down intentionally by a motorist who thought she was a Muslim. The victim, identified as 23-year-old Dhriti, is still in a coma. The incident happened 0n April 23 last month, when Dhriti and other members of her family were crossing a road in Sunnyvale, California. All of a sudden a motorist struck them down intentionally.Over $600,000 has been raised for the treatment of Dhriti. As of Monday (May 6) evening, the GoFundMe page, created to help the seventh-grader Dhriti Narayan’s family cover the medical costs, had raised more than $600,000. The target was $500,000, reports the American Bazaar online news portal.The family was targeted because the motorist, Isaiah Peoples, thought they were Muslim.Seven others, including Dhriti’s father Rajesh Narayan and her nine-year-old brother Prakhar, were injured in the incident.Dhriti is currently in a coma following severe trauma and head injuries.Since the fundraising appeal went live on GoFundMe seven days ago, more than 12,360 people donated money.The fundraiser on the site reads: “While our hearts and prayer go to Dhriti for her speedy recovery but a huge medical bill and potential rehab costs are expected for her recovery.”We, friends of Dhriti’s family, who were touched by her and her family’s caring and helpful nature, are actively working with family members and other friends along with appropriate organisations and organising this fund-raising campaign to support the family at this difficult time.”Peoples was arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose on May 3. He was charged on eight counts of attempted murder. His next hearing will be on May 16.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more