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Union endorses closet neo-Nazi for San Bernardino City School Board

by Qwerty Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006 at 5:43 PM

In the below photograph, Joseph Turner, closet neo-Nazi and founder of Save Our State, a virulently racist anti-immigrant group, mingles with a crowd of flag-waving skinheads at an anti-day laborer center rally that took place in Laguna Beach in July 2005. Turner is wearing a light blue shirt and dark gray khaki pants on the far left in this photograph.

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Board candidate endorsement questioned

SAN BERNARDINO: A union is checking claims that Joseph Turner is linked to radical groups.

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, October 20, 2006

The Press-Enterprise

The leadership of the classified employees union for the San Bernardino City Unified School District is looking into claims that one of the candidates endorsed for the Board of Education may be involved in radical groups, officials said Friday.

Last week, Chapter 183 of the California School Employees Association endorsed Teresa Parra, and Rhonda Early, Amanda Jacobs and Joseph Turner.

Steve Holt, 1st vice president-elect and chief job steward, said that since the endorsement, the union has heard numerous concerns regarding Turner's alleged involvement in radical organizations.

"There has been a flood of e-mails involving him and radical groups, and we are looking into it," he said.

Holt said the union has not rescinded its endorsement.

Turner said he is not involved in any radical or racist organizations. As of early Friday afternoon, he had not received any calls from the union regarding the endorsement.

The candidate is the executive director of Save Our State, which he describes as an "aggressive anti-illegal immigration organization."

He led a petition drive for a San Bernardino city ordinance that would have barred public funding of day-laborer centers, and would have required the city to revoke licenses of businesses that employ illegal immigrants, and fine landlords who rent to them. A judge ruled that not enough signatures were collected to place the measure on the ballot.

Turner said he has been open about his position regarding illegal immigration with the public as well as the union.

"The topic was discussed during the (candidate) interview," he said.

Holt said the union membership has been disappointed with the district for some time now, particularly regarding the process of hiring employees.

Members have complained about rampant nepotism and favoritism in the district's hiring process, officials have said.

In response, Holt said, it is clear the members wanted a change in the system and that is why the union endorsed the three newcomers instead of incumbents Antonio Dupré, Lynda Savage and Elsa Valdez.

He said the selection committee endorsed incumbent Parra because she demonstrates fairness.

"Although she doesn't agree with us on all the issues, she has always been willing to meet with us and is open to communication," Holt said.

Last month, the San Bernardino Teachers Association endorsed the four incumbents because they were the best candidates "to keep our school district moving forward and in the right direction," President Linda Whitaker said.

Reach Cadonna Peyton at 909-806-3053 or cpeyton@PE.com
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from the local 183 homepage a friend Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006 at 6:55 PM
wanta make a difference? a friend Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006 at 8:34 PM
Help us in San Bernardino Fed up With Turner Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006 at 9:51 PM
What's that? Medusa (up)Rising Monday, Oct. 23, 2006 at 5:25 PM
"Closet?" Fredric L. Rice Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006 at 8:32 AM
This is outrageous Fredric L. Rice Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006 at 9:12 AM
warped tanto Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006 at 7:22 PM
Joe Turner: "I'm not involved in radical or racist organizations. Swear to God!" Of course Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006 at 7:42 PM
Racist Turner Unendorsed Adios Turner Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006 at 10:54 PM
Don't think he's a "politician" Fredric L. Rice Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 at 5:10 AM
A Song for Joey nazis for target practice Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 at 8:59 AM
another way to defeat Turner a friend Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 at 11:38 AM
keep the conversation over here a friend Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 at 11:42 AM

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