Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly
Unified School District (SUSD) Trustee Salvador Ramirez’s residency investigation has met its end… as far as the Secretary of State’s Office (SOS)’s election fraud investigation unit is concerned.
In a memo made available to the press, the SOS stated “after a thorough investigation into the matter, we were unable to gather enough evidence to refer this case for prosecution. As a result, the case was closed on July 28, 2010.” The memo was addressed to SUSD retired teacher Rosalinda Galaviz who initiated the investigation with that office.
Meanwhile, reporters from the Stockton daily The Record conducted their own investigation. It revealed that — between April 5 and May 11— Ramirez was seen 9 times returning to and performing house chores in a Davis, California, house, a few miles from where he works as a substitute teacher. During the same month, he wasn’t seen once in the Stockton house he claims as his permanent residence, a padlocked, boarded up duplex at the corner of Church and Sierra Nevada streets in South Stockton. The Record stated they stood by the results of their investigation.
But, even if the SOS investigation had found Ramirez did not live in the school area he represents —thus rendering him unqualified to serve in the SUSD board— the matter was to be handed to the San Joaquin County’s District Attorney to consider pressing charges.
According to a memo sent by Ramirez to Austin G. Erdman, San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters, the SOS memo vindicate him and free him to continue on his campaign for reelection comes November. “I am happy to put this behind us,” says Ramirez, “and to move forward with the business of representing the students and parents of Stockton Unified.”
Another SUSD retiree, Dr. Gracie Madrid, said that The Record’s investigation convinced her, but that it was obvious the SOS “has bigger fish to fry and this is not important to them.” Or, after The Record’s report came out “he rushed to unlock the padlock and turn on a few lights at the duplex,” added an observer who requested anonymity… “and that was what the SOS saw.” “It doesn’t matter,” ended Madrid, “the November election is just around the corner.”