Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Fernando Chapa, State Rep. Linda Chapa-LaVia's Brother, Seeks Elected Office with East Aurora School District 131 Board

After moving from Batavia to Aurora recently, sources said Fernando Chapa, who's family owns a real estate brokerage and he is the brother of State Rep. Linda Chapa-LaVia, was considering a run for elected office.

Speculation ranged from mayor to alderman-at-large, but now it's confirmed he has filed to be a candidate for School Board for East Aurora School District 131.

The school district, which has been in a state of academic and financial crisis, continues to require dramatic and bold transformation.

The candidates that have filed for the April 7, 2009 election for school board are (in alphabetical order):

* Samuel Carson

* Fernando Chapa

* Stella Gonzales

* Fernando Salinas

* Juanita Wells

Note: Click here for West Aurora School District 129 Board candidates

53 comments:

Anonymous said...

Openline, why can't you get this right? You didn't even mention the most worthy, qualified candidate running for D131 School Board:

Anita Lewis.

She has extensive experience in business management. She's been active for many years in the district in the band boosters; and we can thank Anita for the fact that the district's check registers are now posted.

Anonymous said...

Just what we need an idiot like Chapa running the east side school district. Maybe he can have more gang bangers come and talk to the kids. This guy needs to get a life.

Anonymous said...

There is another person running but the Beacon and Lisa Morales left it out. Annette Johnson opposed the tax increase and questioned the change in tactic from one election to the other. Many people were confused by calling it a bond not a tax increase. The Yellow journalism Beacon refused to do a story. So what a coincidence.

Anonymous said...

Chapa is using his mothers address he lives in Batavia. When he was picked up on drunken driving that was the address he was using in Batavia

Anonymous said...

Chapa brought the gangbangers to the caucus to vote for his girlfriend Christina Campos.

Anonymous said...

Openline you forgot someone else Annette Johnson. Here is what she wrote on the community blog.

Annette said...
Update
I called the Beacon they stated Lisa did not turn the name in.
I called for Lisa she was out of the office.
She did this the last time you would think she would learn not to make the same mistake twice. It leads me to believe she is either incompetent or devious.
I am running, but the Beacon and Lisa Morales failed to mention my name. They know I am opposed to the District's handling of our latest tax increase. I have tried to get the Beacon to print opposing views when they did not I canceled my subscription. Calling the last tax increase a Bond issue confused many voters. It is criminal in this economy to raise peoples taxes.
So was it a mistake or a was it coincidence.
I called

January 28, 2009 10:51 AM

Anonymous said...

I find it amazing that Johnsons name was omitted in the paper. Her mother ran last time and almost won. She is the best candidate in the whole pack. More crappy coverage from the local paper.

Anonymous said...

This guy oughta be a shoe in considering the number of mexicans on the east side.

Anonymous said...

Heard awhile back tha Chappa would run for school board as a stepping stone to become Mayor. Morales did not give Johnson's name to the paper. Morales does not do many things right, but she is another subject. Anita Lewis is the best one on the whole list. She attends meetings and so does Stella Gonzales. Have not seen the other candidates there. Chappa was there along time ago when one of the postions needed to be filled, but he did not live here then so he could not be a board member. His address is listed as Aurora now, so everyone can just go and see if he lives there, if there is any questions.

Anonymous said...

I noticed that the press release from the district ran the names different than what was ran in the Beacon. Salinas and Wells names where first in the Beacon but not on the press release.

It states in the press release from the district that Wells and Carson are the one for the 2 yr.spot shouldn't Salinas be one of the ones for the 2yr. spot since he took Bud's place and not Wells? How do they determine that on which ones run for just the two year term and the ones for the four years one?

Anonymous said...

Now as we know who the candidates are can we get something together to hear what they all have to say. The district really went out full blast for the referendum can they put something together so we can hear what all the candidates have to say and take question from the community. I don't know all the legal stuff with this but could one of the schools have a forum like they did with the last election to have the community come and ask questions. They would have to have some that worked on that take a lead on this. I know some can't because under the Ethics law they can't but maybe that student that sits on the school board can. We need to get the community involved in this just like we did with the referendum to make sure that all community members are heard and they take ownership of this district just like they did with the referendum. Parents need to know that the school board has a big decision on what is done here and they need people on the board that looks after the whole and not the few.

Anonymous said...

Salinas should be the running for the 2 yr. spot as he took Bud's place. Bud would have been up for re-election in 2 yrs. Otherwise this is not fair to the public. It would be different if Salinas was just running for school board this time, but he isn't as he is a replacement.

cb said...

I'm disturbed at the racism presented on this board. I am a caucasian business owner who does some work with the youth in Aurora. I have found Mr. Chapa to be present at such events, professional and caring when it comes to our youth. In the future, if you want to blast the Hispanic community, you might considering doing so using your name and not posting anonymously. I'm sure that some of these other candidates are exceptional and interested in making a positive difference as I believe Mr. Chapa is. I'm certainly happy to lend my name and face as a supporter of his.
Corey Blake

Anonymous said...

I plan to vote for Mr. Chapa for the D131 School Board also. He has definitely been an active and concerned member of the East Aurora community!

But Mr. Salinas is another matter. He is part of that corrupt, "old-guard" board and was snuck back onto the board by his cronies, after the voters in the district had made clear they didn't want him there.

Anonymous said...

While I don't know Mr. Chapa I have heard that he has been involved with children of the district which is good but we need board members that do more that get involved with the children. We need board members that can say no to some of the things this administration and superintendent do. We need a board member that cares for all the children of the district and not a few as they want to do with the Magnet Schools that they said to the board and now they want more money. They are hiring more Magnet School teachers where will this money come from. As the money gets tight will he stand up and say the money needs to go for all children. Can he stand up to the administration and superintendent with money getting tight and say no rasies this year the money should go to the children.

Being a School Board Member is more than being involved with children it means that you give direction to the superintdent and he follows them not the other way around. I would like the committee minutes be more informative like the school board members get. Not hiding a superintendents early contract renewal in them.

If Mr. Chapa gets out the word of what he plans to do on this board I will be more than happy to listen to him and them make my decison of where I will vote for him. That goes for all the other new people running for the board. It's time to do more than just vote for the frist four on the ballot.

Anonymous said...

I will be voting TOGO:

"Throw the Old Guard Out".

Anonymous said...

So what makes you think that the new ones will be any better if you don't know how they will do their job on the board?

Anonymous said...

Because I like the job the 2 newest board members have been doing, and because the old guard ones are responsible for a lot of what's wrong with this district.

We need fresh faces, new ideas.

Anonymous said...

I like what the last two new ones have tried to do. They almost it looks like get snubbed by most of the board and the committee members. I do believe the new ones have tried to give the other respect but not so the others. Let's not forget when they tried to get Rayanne out and did all the press releases and then when they decided that she didn't really do anything wrong nothing was said.

How do you know that some of the ones running have not sided with the old guard in case they weren't re elected to continue in the old way? Do they really know their responsibly on the board that they make policy and not the committees? The committees bring the information to the board to vote on and not hide things in the minutes. Even before they had the board vote on the Magnet Schools the administration was already trying to get students and families to sign up before the board voted on it. It should have been the other way around and the vote should have been the other way around and they should of had the board vote on the Magnet Schools before they started. Awhile back in the paper there was an article about the West side starting a Magnet School and they stated they needed more information before the administration could take action.

Anonymous said...

While I know Johnson will never side with the old guard Board and she has the education to do a good job. I read on the community blog she has been a Controller so she should understand the budget. It was her mother that ran in the last election and opposed the referendum.
As far as Chapa he runs a non for profit group that works with gang members so he says. He has received city and state money for this program. I am sure a idea his sister gave him to make a living off the tax payers back.
Lewis also stated many good ideas and did get the check register going.
Salinas is old guard voted overwelmingly off and put back on by his cronies
Wells is a zero and a old guard backer she needs to go. When I attend meetings all she ever tells us about is black history.

Anonymous said...

I do not believe that there is any racism being portrayed on this blog. I attend school board meetings and the ones that I have been to have only seen Chappa there once. It is one thing to do what he is doing with the children, but completely different bening a school board member. And what if he does run for Mayor next time? That would confirm what was stated here. He was wanted to be considered for Bud's replacement, but he did not live in Aurora. He could have been to some that I did not attend of course, but it does make me wonder why people who run for a position do not attend the meetings to really get a perspective of things. Another one I have not seen is Annette Johnson attending. Again, may have been at some I have not been to. There is more to being a school board member than going to meetings. Also, the ones that are elected also needs to have some common sense. I know that Anita Lewis and Stella Gonzales attends the meetings. The others that are running might but I do not recogonize the names but might know the faces when information comes out about them. Scott Ascher is the one that got the forum together at the last election. Maybe he will this time. Wells and Salinas has to go. The others on the school board do give the new ones a very hard time. The worst of all is Roberts because is allowed to run the show. How can they want new teachers for that Magnet School when our children are on the watch list and things are so bad? I saw the presentation the kids gave from the Magnet School and thought what they presented would be what is taught in regular classroonms. THis comment is not meant to be a bad refection on the students, just on what they are being taught. THe kids were cute. The regular teachings are being ignored for this school and Roberts, when he is gone will have left us with a mess. The state should have steppen in along time ago and this is the time now for it to do it.

Anonymous said...

Is there a residency requirement for this position? If so, As a registered voter in Batavia Township, I doubt Chapa would qualify. Even if he is now living with his Mommy.

Anonymous said...

Yes there is a residency requirement for this position. If he is a registered voter in Batavia he would not be allowed to take the poisiton. One has to be a reistered voter in D131. Rumor has it that he bought a house on the far East side.

Anonymous said...

If anyone truly knows that Mr. Chapa has not been a resident of Aurora for a year you can file an objection to his petition. This has to be done by Monday Feb 2nd. Lisa Morales at the service center is the person to contact.

Anonymous said...

While Carlson stuck to her guns Weaver pandered to the Roberts. She voted for and signed the seconded the motion to the tax increase. Being creditable and sticking to your word means something. We need a candidate meeting so we can hold the new ones accountable. I was very disappointed in Dee

Anonymous said...

What did she sign? When they vote they just vote on something and don't sign. I don't believe Mrs. Weaver will ever pander to Dr. Roberts. Sometimes you need to fight the battles you can win and let some of the others go. I do believe the Mrs. Weaver said at one time she would never say she wouldn't vote for a referendum.

Anonymous said...

If you go back to the meeting that you are referring to you will find what you stated about Mrs. Weaver is wrong. The vote for that referendum to go on the ballot was the meeting before that, I believe. You had better believe that Mrs. Weaver will not give in to Roberts. Going to meetings I have seen this for myself.

Anonymous said...

One would think that it is Lisa's responsibilty to confirm the residency of all running for the school board. That should be the first thing done when their packets are handed in.

Anonymous said...

Do you trust Lisa. She just turned in the wrong names again. Johnson did she ever get back to you?

Anonymous said...

doesnt this guy have past arrests???

Anonymous said...

the Chapas cant wait to turn Aurora into a TOTAL ghetto.

Anonymous said...

Someone should ask Chappa why he was sent to Mexico when he was younger. Someone who graduated from East in 1977 should be able to answer this.

Anonymous said...

I don't know this man and I'm making any excuses for him but we all know when we where young some of us did things we might not be proud of now and some of us maybe had concerned parents that sent us somewhere to get ourselves back on the right track. We should judge people by the way they have grown and not past mistakes. If he has tired to better himself give him credit. As we post anonymously no one can look into your past and see what you have done.

He without sin cast the first stone.

Anonymous said...

From the other blog:

In order to qualify for school board membership, an individual must be, in each case as of the date of the election: a United States citizen, a resident of the State of Illinois and of the school district for at least one year preceeding the election, at least 18 years of age, a registered voter, neither a school trustee or nor a school treasurer and is not a child sex offender.

A school board member may not hold an incompatible office. Certain types of school districts have additional residency requirements. Additional residential requirements apply to persons appointed to fill school board vacancies.

January 30, 2009 7:56 PM

Anonymous said...

There's supposed to be a residency requirement for the superintendent, too--but that was disregarded in Dr. Roberts' case.

Is it possible that the corrupt D131 administrators can disregard official policy and twist the rules to allow someone who doesn't actually live in the district to run for School Board?

I wouldn't put it past 'em.

Anonymous said...

A Superintendent job and a school board member are two different things.

While a board may make a policy that lets a superintendent not live in the district they can't change to rules for a board member that is a state law and applies also for mayors, aldermen and states rep.

The board's secretary does take care of the process of elections for the school board but if you feel they are overlooking something you can go to the states attorney.

Anonymous said...

Chapa would be a great choice. This criminal and friend of gangbangers can join the two new ones in not knowing what they are doing. How long have they been on the board and they still don't know the rules of protochol for board meetings.

Anonymous said...

They have been on for almost 2 years now and are still as dumb as a rock.

Anonymous said...

9:01, some of us feel it's more important for our elected officials to represent our kids' best interests than to know the rules of "protochol".

Dee and Rayanne may not have PhD's, but they're not shy about speaking the truth regardless of whose toes they step on. And soon we'll have Anita joining them.

Better days ahead for District 131!

Anonymous said...

I think you have it wrong it's the others that don't know protochol. For so long it has been done the wrong way no one really knows whta is really right. At least those two try to make eveything come out intead of hiding it in committee minutes. No one would of know that Roberts contract was being renewed early if one of them didn't bring it up.

Anonymous said...

Theones that have it wrong are the two new ones!!!! They are dumber than rocks

Anonymous said...

Some people are book-smart, some are street-smart, and some are people-smart.

Dee and Rayanne are people-smart, meaning that they see the wisdom of actually communicating with and representing the people they were elected to serve. I've known Anita for several years and she, also, is people-smart. She'll be a great addition to the board!

Book-smart folks (like "Serial Bully" Radakovich and Dr. Marin Gonzalez) are often people-dumb, making decisions based upon personal vendettas or their own selfish interests.

We need more people-smart Board members and fewer corrupt stuffed shirts running our district!

Anonymous said...

Dee is not a people person she berates her fellow board members in public. She is also not true to her word she will promise one thing and do another. You do need common sense but not someone who just likes to herself talk. Anita is not responsible for the check register another lie. D129 was doing it and Administration brought the idea back. I read a blog post she now would like a class on reading it. I guess then she needs to go back to 4th grade.
Lets also discuss Serial Bully Dee and Rayanne's pet name for Radakovich not very professional but coming for those is about what you get. He balanced the budget and ran a tight ship. Yes the budget increased but the demand on the D131 did as well.
His major sin was in Dee, Rayanne and Anita's small minds differing with them on the Band. It seems life revolves around this band. Give it up have you no life.
The problem currently with the Board is who for a non paying job whats to get in that mess.
Dee and Rayanne are the ones that need to go.

Anonymous said...

So you think Radakovich ran a tight ship? Spending hundreds of thousands (probably millions) of dollars on unnecessary extras like expensive office remodeling, landscaping and taking the School Board to California--I'd say, more like he sank the ship!

And the band situation is merely one major example of the corruption that has been the hallmark of the old-guard D131 administration. Parents, students, and taxpayers were lied to and told that Mr. K's reassignment would result in a better high-school band program; the more time goes by, the more obvious it becomes that administrators made that decision based upon a personal vendetta. Our kids deserve better, and electing a new School Board is a step in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

Radakovich did not raise our taxes and the Band Boosters don't run the schools.
Dee needs a lesson in people skills and a honesty lesson also.
Anita is her hand picked stooge.

Anonymous said...

I will tell you one thing about Dee and I don't know her that well but she is the most honest person I know. She will call you on that every time. Her passion for education for every student is real. I believe she calls it how she sees it and with this board they walk a fine line in ethics. She believes in honest and open transparencies which this board doesn't do. She didn't have anything to do with the Regional Superintendent coming down and making this district tell the community about the land deal that the City finally bought the land but this is one of the things that she wants to make open to all the community of this district of how they spend the money.

Anonymous said...

Well that's a lot of BS for somebody who does not know her that well.

Anonymous said...

And that's a lot of BS that doesn't know her at all.

Anonymous said...

No, your comment does not even make sense. There was not a lot of BS there. The person who started out by saying that I don't know her that well but here is what she stands for, is kind of full of it.

Anonymous said...

She talks a lot but does not know what she is talking about. A person can make a speech about changing communication on the Board and that's fine but I still don't know what she has done or is doing.
Anita Lewis is the same way asked what she will do she tells you only they need to communicate better. They are nice people but lack the knowledge to get anything done.

Anonymous said...

Not that my thought really mean anything in here but since everyone else is getting them out... 1st of all your comments about Lisa M. Most of you don't even know anything about her and if the Beacon didn't put in Johnson's name in...well everyone makes mistakes. She is a classy lady who most of you couldn't even come close to comparison. (nor could you do her job any better - think about it - could you really handle Dea W's non-stop talking/complaining for more than a few minutes a day?)

As for the people who are running. Stella has work in the district some years ago, she understands the students. And the board members should be there for the students first! (I think some people forget this).

Chapa - I'm hispanic (not really important with this topic) but no way will I votet for this guy. He's not even live around Aurora! Just because he can find an Aurora address from a family member. Stick with Salinas, stronger...wiser....and attends everything!

Lewis, she seems like a strong woman and has been to meetings - I have been told. As long as she can drop the band issue from YEARS ago - she will have my support. Just please think for yourself not what Dea and Reanne tell you to do.

Johnson - simply put. I laughed and this is funny. Now don't make it a scary situation by voting her in.

Ms. Wells - true passion for D #131. Best choice out there. If I forgot anyone else, please call the Beacon.

Anonymous said...

Lisa classy what a joke

Anonymous said...

Salinas attends what serves his family and puts them before all others. He and Wells have superiority attitudes.
If you want to talk about the band issue go-listen to Salinas brag about a band that doesn't deserve it. Maybe due to Jr. being in it. He managed to get his son a good spot on the baseball team and same with other things because he reminds people of "who he is."

Juanita serves for the Black community and Johnson dislikes minorities.
I say let the state take over and really get stuff done!