Getting Harassed!

Who is threatened by my message?


October 19, 2018
The Coast News: By Carey Blakely

As the school year gets further underway and the election draws nearer, San Dieguito Union High School District faces turmoil over the direction of its leadership.

School board candidate Lea Wolf, who is running for Trustee Area 5, filed a police report alleging theft of her campaign signs, cyberattacks on her websites and harassing emails.

Wolf told The Coast News that more than 150 of her campaign signs “have been stolen, removed, and trashed” and that her four websites were hacked and infected daily with viruses over a two-week period. She also shared that she has received anonymous emails “bullying me with threats and stating that my signs are an ‘eyesore’ to the community.”

One email addressed to Wolf, that was included in the police report, stated, “You talk like one of those witches from Frisco or New York” and asked, “Are you from the Middle East?” Wolf lived in Israel from age 6 to 18. Another email questioned Wolf, “How dare you have the nerve to trash up our community (Pac Highlands Ranch) with your obnoxious signs?”

Video footage Wolf shared shows a busy street corner in Carmel Valley, with campaign signs for other political candidates in the ground and visible — but her signs tossed on top of bushes out of view.

A screenshot from the page shows a person alleging that some of Wolf’s signs were illegally placed and offering to remove them. Amy Flicker, a candidate running for Trustee Area 1 against incumbent Maureen Muir, wrote in response, “Love our teachers!”

Flicker told The Coast News that her comment wasn’t intended as a response to the offer to remove Wolf’s signs, “but looking at it, I can see how that can be read that way.” She said she was commenting generally to the complimentary posts above it and that her “complete novice utilization of social media is showing!”

According to county campaign records, as of Oct. 3 the San Dieguito Faculty Association (teachers’ union) PAC had contributed $3,500 each, or $10,500 total, to the campaigns of Flicker, Kristin Gibson and Rhea Stewart and had spent an additional $4,228 on campaign expenses, like signs and postage.

Flicker told The Coast News that she did not cash the union’s checks totaling $3,500 and will not accept any future checks from them. She explained in a written statement, “As a candidate I’m proud to have the endorsement of our teachers. I made the decision not to cash their checks. In doing so, their endorsement remains, and they stand behind the candidates that they chose to support.”

In 2016, the union contributed $37,219 total to the campaigns of Beth Hergesheimer and Joyce Dalessandro, who currently serve on the board but are not up for re-election this year.

During public comment at the San Dieguito board meeting on Oct. 11, the union PAC Assistant Treasurer Duncan Brown singled out board member John Salazar for voting against the 12.5-percent pay raise for teachers in 2016 and accused Salazar of spreading misinformation about teacher compensation. San Dieguito teachers are the highest paid in the county, with an average salary exceeding $100,000.

Salazar, who is not running for re-election, wrote in a statement to The Coast News, “I’m most proud of voting against the 12.5% (retroactive) pay raise, which also required the district to have the highest paid teachers regardless of performance. No wonder our district has deep deficits, overcrowded classes, and more and more unhappy families.

“I strongly oppose tenure, and even having public employees unions. The union bullies and buys off board members. Hopefully someday the taxpayers will wake up and take back the school system.”

A Member of the Carmel Valley Community Shared With Me Her Story, KW 92130 

“This is really sad to hear about. I met her about three weeks ago at a CCA function, I was disheartened to hear about the email trash she was getting. I travel quite a bit for work, and one morning (really early 4:30am or 5:00am), I was heading to the airport. I pulled up to the stop light at Carmel Country Road and Carmel Canyon Road, I was turning left (to head to the 56). There was a lady across the street on a bike with a head light and it caught my attention because she was on the grass (standing) with the bike propped up between her legs. She was trying to throw what appeared to be a sign over the brick fence (I didn’t see who’s sign it was). She fumbled it several times before she got the sign over the fence. I was shocked to see this, who was clearly an adult. I shined my brights on her, to let her know that I could see her. She hopped on her bike and rode away very quickly. The folks on Cavallo street must have their backyards littered with signs. As homeowner, I would be very upset with people trashing signs in my backyard.”

San Dieguito Teachers Union Facebook

Harassement emails

“ Taxpayers and students need an independent representative who will look out for their interests…
a parent of a district student…with fresh ideas.
Lea is an outspoken voice for students and their parents… one of the few that dares to speak out.
Lea has the courage, commitment, and integrity to be a student-centered trustee.”

John Salazar, SDUHSD Board Trustee

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