Derrick W. Roach
|Derrick W. Roach|
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|Board member, Sweetwater Board of Education, Trustee Area 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 What's at stake?
- 4 About the district
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Roach is a licensed private investigator.
The election in Sweetwater features five seats up for general election on November 4, 2014. There was no primary election.
The spring of 2014 brought a sweep of convictions of elected officials, administrators and contractors in southern California school districts that left the Sweetwater Union Board of Education with one member, board president John McCann, to finished his term through November 2014. Four members of the San Diego County Board of Education stepped in to serve as interim board members until new members are elected on November 4, 2014.
McCann did not file to run for re-election, but former members Bertha J. Lopez and Jim Cartmill, both of whom pleaded guilty to misdemeanors of accepting gifts above the state limit while serving on the school board, are running to reclaim their seats. A total of 21 candidates are running for the five open seats.
Roach ran in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 80. He and incumbent Ben Hueso (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012. He was subsequently defeated in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|California State Assembly, District 80, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Ben Hueso Incumbent||69.6%||76,225|
|Republican||Derrick W. Roach||30.4%||33,260|
|California State Assembly, District 79 General Election (2010)|
|Ben Hueso (D)||46,349|
|Derrick Roach (R)||27,545|
What's at stake?
Issues in the election
Former members, ousted after misdemeanor convictions, run to reclaim seats
Bertha J. Lopez and Jim Cartmill pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor each in April 2014, after accepting gifts above the state limit while serving on the Sweetwater Union Board of Education. After being sentenced in June to three years’ probation, 40 hours of community service and a $4,589 fine, a San Diego Superior Court judge ruled that both of their seats had become vacant. The ruling was based on Government Code 1770, which states that any conviction involving an offense that violated official duties of an elected office creates an immediate vacancy in that office. The code does not stop Lopez and Cartmill from running for office again. Both former members filed to reclaim their seats in the general election on November 4, 2014.
Two other members of the Sweetwater Union Board of Education were involved in a sweep of convictions in southern California school districts in the spring of 2014, leaving only one board member left for the district, board president John McCann. The San Diego County Board of Education stepped in to fill the vacancies created by the convictions until the election determines the new members. McCann did not file for re-election.
Issues in the district
Title IX class action lawsuit upheld
The Sweetwater Union High School District was in violation of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits gender discrimination in education and public school athletic programs, ruled the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on September 19, 2014. The district was also charged to have engaged in unlawful retaliation under Title IX. The ruling upheld a lower court ruling in favor of a lawsuit filed in 2007 on behalf of female students in the district.
In 2012, U.S. District Court Judge M. James Lorenz ruled that female student athletes at Castle Park High School been denied the equal opportunity to play high school sports as they had inferior facilities and less opportunities to play compared to male student athletes. Lorenz also ruled that the district was in violation of Title IX in many other aspects, including coaching benefits and publicity.
The unlawful retaliation charge came from the district's firing of softball coach Chris Martinez after he had complained to Castle Park High School's administrators about the girls' facilities. The court ruled that the school's female softball team had been stronger with Martinez as a coach.
The district paid almost $500,000 in legal fees during the first round of court proceedings and a further $100,000 to appeal the decision. Since the lawsuit was filed, the district has spent $1.6 million to improve its softball fields.
About the district
Sweetwater Union High School District is located in San Diego County, California. The county seat of San Diego County is San Diego. San Diego County is home to 3,211,252 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. In the 2011-2012 school year, Sweetwater Union High School District was the 16th-largest school district by enrollment in California and served 40,619 students.
San Diego County outperformed the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 34.4 percent of San Diego County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5 percent for California as a whole. The median household income for San Diego County was $63,373 compared to $61,400 for the entire state. The percentage of people below poverty level for San Diego County was 13.9 percent while it was 15.3 percent statewide.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Derrick + Roach + Sweetwater + School + District"
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- Sweetwater Union High School District, California
- Sweetwater Union High School District elections (2014)
- La Prensa San Diego, "Sweetwater board races provide an opportunity for a fresh start!" September 26, 2014
- San Diego Republicans, "2014 General Election Voter Guide," accessed October 15, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- UT San Diego, "Judge rules Sweetwater seats up for grabs," August 27, 2014
- Business Insurance, "Title IX class action lawsuit ruling against California school district upheld on appeal," September 19, 2014
- UT San Diego, "Appeals court upholds Title IX ruling against Sweetwater," September 22, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "San Diego County, California," accessed July 14, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- San Diego County Registrar of Voters, "Presidential General Election November 6, 2012, Official Results," accessed July 14, 2014
- San Diego County Registrar of Voters, "Presidential General Election November 4, 2008, Official Results," accessed July 14, 2014
- San Diego County Registrar of Voters, "General Election November 2, 2004, Final Official Results," accessed July 14, 2014
- San Diego County Registrar of Voters, "General Election November 7, 2000," accessed July 14, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Sweetwater Union High School District Elections|
|San Diego County, California|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||Trustee Area 1: • Burt Grossman • Arturo Solis • Jerome Orlando Torres |
Trustee Area 2: • Adrian Arancibia • Bertha J. Lopez • Kevin O'Neill • Kevin J. Pike • Dana Toogood
Trustee Area 3: • Richard F. Arroyo • Jim Cartmill • Chris Shilling • Frank A. Tarantino
Trustee Area 4: • Valley P. Coleman • Tino Martinez • Felipe Nuno • Derrick W. Roach • Nicholas Segura
Trustee Area 5: • Paula Hall • Marcelino J. Martinez • William "Bud" McLeroy • Thomas "Tom" Schaaf
|Important information:||What's at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|