For months, community activists have asked the Sweetwater Union High School board, “Where is the Vega report?”
In May, board president John McCann called for attorney Greg Vega to conduct an independent review of controversial invoices submitted to the district by Alevy Communications, a public relations firm.
The district’s former legal counsel, Bonifacio Garcia, purportedly hired Scott Alevy to work on labor negotiations. However, a Union-Tribune investigation into the invoice found disparities. Some people Alevy claimed to have met with did not recall the meeting; others did not recall that the meeting related to Sweetwater.
At the November 14 board meeting, community activist Kathleen Cheers called again upon the district to release the Vega investigation. Interim superintendent Brand’s calendar, obtained through a public record request, shows Brand met with Vega about the report on November 3.
In a recent interview, Cheers said she was told that the report would not be made public due to attorney-client privilege. She believes the report contains “a smoking gun” and will reveal “that the district tampered with elections.”
Cheers said she wants to know why Alevy met with select 2010 board candidates, including John McCann. She also questions why the district paid Alevy to develop and distribute election trends and meet with “key influencers” when he was hired to work on labor negotiations.
Cheers forwarded her queries to the district attorney’s office, where there is an ongoing investigation into several Sweetwater issues.
Brand did not respond to emails soliciting comment.
Pictured: Scott Alevy
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