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Henry Amigable was sentenced March 1 with a misdemeanor in a South bay corruption case. The case is related to Southwestern's proposition R and Sweetwater Union's proposition O bond construction monies. Amigable will be on probation for three years, spend 100 hours in community service, and pay a $1,000 fine.

On January 4, 2012, district attorney Bonnie Dumanis filed charges against five defendants on multiple felony charges including bribery, perjury, and influencing an elected official. Amigable was among those charged.

At that time, Dumanis told the public that "this is the largest public corruption case our office has ever prosecuted." She also asserted that the corruption uncovered in the two South Bay districts, Sweetwater Union High School District and Southwestern College, was "systemic and pervasive."

Amigable testified before the grand jury in November 2012. As a result of the grand jury investigation the scope widened. In December 2012 a total of fifteen defendants were charged with bribery, perjury, accepting gifts and more.

According to Allison Sampite, Star News reporter, the sentencing judge, Michael T. Smyth, commented: "I think his underlying conduct is serious and needs to be addressed." A consideration, according to Sampite's report, was Amigable's "role as an employee rather than a construction company owner."

On September 15, 2010, the San Diego Reader published an article titled "Prop R for Rewards" which describes Amigable's work history:

"Amigable appears to follow the bond money. According to a Seville press release [Seville initially managed Southwestern's proposition R program], he [Amigable] joined the company in April 2009. Prior to joining Seville, Amigable worked for Gilbane Construction [Gilbane initially managed Sweetwater's proposition O construction]...

"Before working for Seville and Gilbane, Amigable was a senior vice president at Douglas E. Barnhart, Inc."

Pictured: attorney Dan Greene (left) with Henry Amigable

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joepublic March 2, 2013 @ 7:43 a.m.

From the article: [Dumanis told the public that "this is the largest public corruption case our office has ever prosecuted." She also asserted that the corruption uncovered in the two South Bay districts, Sweetwater Union High School District and Southwestern College, was "systemic and pervasive."]

I guess white collar crime pays pretty well considering the consequences.

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anniej March 2, 2013 @ 8:16 a.m.

"When you know better, you do better" - we the voters NOW KNOW BETTER, the question remains -

will we do better via our vote?

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erupting March 2, 2013 @ 12:31 p.m.

I will reserve judgement until Alioto and Wilson the big crooks get in front of the judge. Remember that the DA's office see the vendors and contractors as the victims. I'm not totally aboard with that but I do get their point.

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Visduh March 2, 2013 @ 7:32 p.m.

Would you want that scruffy-looking dude as your attorney? Good grooming is many things, and if a trial attorney looks like a low-life, well, what do you expect?

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Sjtorres March 2, 2013 @ 8:21 p.m.

The corruption at SWC continues. Union hacks and union puppets dominate the board of trustees and the Prop R oversight board. Bad news for those concerned about actual education.

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Visduh March 3, 2013 @ 7:53 p.m.

The teacher unions have become a convenient whipping boy for all sorts of educational breakdowns in recent years/decades. But they have never had the clout that news media have claimed, and if the school boards had stood up to them, little of the claimed abuses would have ever occurred. The bigger problem at SWC and many other such operations was the desire by board members to line their own pockets, stay in office, and take care of their supporters who were not the unions, but rather were contractors, consultants and suppliers. If you want to keep drinking the Sjtorres Kool-Aid, go ahead, but prepare yourself for more disappointments.

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anniej March 3, 2013 @ 7:22 p.m.

Sjtorres: I can not agree that all of the problems at Southwestern are union driven.

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