The legacy of former Southwestern College vice president Nicholas Alioto is not a closed chapter, as attested to by the following: Alioto’s house was searched by the San Diego district attorney’s office on December 20 — and the basis for this story came from an anonymous tip forwarded to the Reader for investigation.
Prior to being hired by Southwestern, Alioto was president of the Public Business Consulting Group. According to the online Milwaukee-Wisconsin Sentinel Journal, PBCS committed questionable business practices in at least two Wisconsin school districts — St. Francis and Racine Unified.
More recently, Kenosha County (Wisconsin) documents announced that Alioto’s Chula Vista home was foreclosed upon in July of 2010. The public record that ties Alioto closely to the unfolding district attorney investigation is the Wisconsin Department of Revenues delinquent taxpayers page: Alioto’s last known mailing address, according to the Wisconsin website, is the same as that of a Poway home owned by Echo Pacific CEO Christopher Rowe.
In 2010, Alioto, Henry Amigable (whose home was also raided) went on a Napa Valley getaway with Rowe. Alioto’s expenses were paid for from Southwestern College’s Education Foundation. Shortly after returning, Echo Pacific received a $4 million dollar construction contract from Southwestern College for work to be performed under the 2008 Proposition R bond proposal.
In November 2010, Southwestern trustees Tim Nader and Norma Hernandez were elected. Subsequently, Alioto resigned and Echo Pacific lost the contract.
Pictured: Former vice president Nicholas Alioto dancing at a Southwestern College Education Foundation Fundraiser called "Havana Nights." The photo was briefly posted on Southwestern's website; when things started hitting the fan it was taken down. The pictures were retrieved and saved by an anonymous SWC employee.