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    75% Latino district names new school after Mexican serial killer

    75% Latino district names new school after serial killer


    Superintendent Ramiraz thinks a Mexican bandit who murdered white people is a “hero.”

    The Alisal Union School District, in Salinas, California is openly pushing racial hatred. The city is 75% Latino.

    Iburcio Vasquez was a 19th Century Chicano bandit who murdered at least two white people and was suspected of killing four others. His first violent crime was stabbing a police officer at age 14! A California school district is calling him a “role model.” They just named a new school after him as a direct insult to all white people.


    From Fox News…

    The Alisal Union School District in Salinas agreed to name the new school in honor of Tiburcio Vasquez – who was eventually hanged for killing at least two people in the nineteenth century.

    Superintendent John Ramirez defended the board’s decision telling Fox News that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

    “Tiburcio Vasquez, along with others, was an individual who was a revolutionary,” Ramierz said. “He was not okay with the oppression.”

    Vasquez “was probably the most notorious bandit California ever saw,” according to the University of Southern California library. He was 14-years-old when he committed his first crime – stabbing a constable.

    In 1875 Vasquez was convicted of two murders and subsequently hanged.

    Other historical records indicate he may have killed as many as six people – including a law enforcement officer.

    “He took from the rich and gave to the poor,” Francisco Estrada told KION.

    “He was your inspiration of Zorro.”


    Estrada sat on the naming committee for the new elementary school and said the convicted murderer was a good man who should be a model to the youth of East Salinas.

    He said Vasquez was simply misunderstood.

    “Mr. Vasquez, number one, was not a murderer,” he told the television station. “He was framed by the system at that time.”

    “The history was written by mainstream whites,” he said. “It wasn’t written by Californians or people of Mexican descent. When do we have our history written by us? When do we stop having our heroes branded as villains?”

    Ramirez told Fox News that Vasquez is a role model to Mexican-Americans.

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    Tiburcio Vásquez

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    Tiburcio Vásquez (April 10, 1835–March 19, 1875) was a Californio bandido who was active in California from 1854 to 1874. The Vasquez Rocks, 40 miles north of Los Angeles, were one of his many hideouts and are named for him.

    [edit] Early life


    Tiburcio Vásquez was born in Monterey, California on April 10, 1835 [1] to Jose Hermenegildo Vásquez and Maria Guadalupe Cantua. His great-grandfather came to California with the De Anza Expedition of 1776. Vásquez was slightly built, about 5 feet 7 inches in height. His family sent him to school, and he was fluent in both English and Spanish.
    In 1852, Vásquez fell under the influence of Anastacio Garcia, one of California's most dangerous bandits.[2] In 1854, Vásquez was present at the slaying of Monterey Constable William Hardmount in a fight with Anastacio Garcia at a fandango. Vásquez denied any involvement, but fearing arrest, he became an outlaw. Vásquez would later claim his crimes were the result of discrimination by the norteamericanos and insist that he was a defender of Mexican-American rights.[3] Vasquez and Garcia then played leading roles in Monterey County's murderous Roach-Belcher feud, which reached its end when Garcia was lynched in the Monterey jail in 1857.[4]
    By 1856, he was actively rustling horses. A sheriff's posse caught up with him near Newhall, and he spent the next five years behind bars in San Quentin prison. There he helped organize, and participated in, four bloody prison breaks which left twenty convicts dead.[5] After his release, Vásquez made attempts to be law abiding, but eventually returned to crime. He committed numerous burglaries, cattle thefts, and highway robberies in Sonoma County in 1866. He was captured after a store burglary in Petaluma and sent to prison again for three years.[6]
    [edit] Final years

    In 1870, Vásquez organized a bandit gang which included the notorious Juan Soto, and later, Procopio Bustamante. After numerous bandit raids, he was shot and badly wounded in a gunfight with Santa Cruz police officer Robert Liddell. He managed to escape; his sisters nursed him back to health.[7] In 1873 he gained statewide, and then nationwide, notoriety. Vásquez and his gang stole $2,200 from Snyder's Store in Tres Pinos, now called Paicines, in San Benito County, killing three innocent bystanders in the process. Posses began searching for him, and Governor Newton Booth placed a $1,000 reward on his head. Sheriff John H. Adams from San Jose pursued the band to Southern California; Vasquez escaped after a sharp gunfight.[8]
    Vásquez hid for a while in Southern California, where he was less well known. With his two most trusted men, he rode over the old Tejon Pass, through the Antelope Valley, and rested at Jim Heffner's ranch at Elizabeth Lake. Vásquez' brother, Francisco, lived nearby. After resting, Vásquez rode on to Littlerock Creek, which would become his first Southern California hideout.
    Vasquez was very popular in the Hispanic community, and had many friends and family members from Santa Rosa in Northern California to Los Angeles in the south. He was handsome, literate, charming, played guitar, and was a skillful dancer. Women were attracted to him and he had many love affairs. He enjoyed reading romantic Spanish novels and writing poetry for his female admirers. He had several affairs with married women, one of which would eventually prove his downfall.[9]
    Vásquez returned to the San Joaquin Valley. On November 10, 1873, he and his gang robbed the Jones store at Millerton, in Fresno County. On December 26, 1873, and his band sacked the town of Kingston in Fresno County, robbing all the businesses and making off with $2,500 in cash and jewelry.[10]
    Governor Booth was now authorized by the California state legislature to spend up to $15,000 to bring Vásquez to justice. Posses were formed in Santa Clara, Monterey, San Joaquin, Fresno, and Tulare Counties. In January 1874, Booth offered $3,000 for Vásquez's capture alive, and $2,000 if he was brought back dead. These rewards were increased in February to $8,000 and $6,000, respectively. Alameda County Sheriff Harry Morse was assigned specifically to track down Vásquez.[11]
    Heading towards Bakersfield, Vásquez and gang member Colodeoveo Chavez rode to the rock promontory near Inyokern now known as Robbers Roost. Near that spot, at Coyote Holes, they robbed a stagecoach from the Cerro Gordo Mines, silver mines near Owens Lake. During the robbery Vásquez shot and wounded a man who didn't obey his orders.
    The gang moved to Elizabeth Lake and Soledad Canyon, robbing a stage of $300, stealing six horses and a wagon near present day Acton, and robbing lone travelers. Vásquez was believed to be hiding out at Vasquez Rocks.[12] For the next two months, he escaped attention. However, he then made an error that led to his capture. On April 15, 1874, he and his band held the prominent sheepman Alessandro Repetto for ransom. Pursuing posses from Los Angeles almost trapped the gang in the San Gabriel Mountains, but once again, Vasquez and his men escaped.[13]
    [edit] Capture

    Vásquez took up residence at the adobe home of "Greek George" Caralambo in the northwest corner of Rancho La Brea, located 200 yards south of the present-day Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Greek George was a former camel driver for General Beale in the Army Camel Corps. Allegedly, Vásquez seduced and impregnated his own niece. Either the girl's family or Greek George's wife's family betrayed Vásquez to Los Angeles Sheriff William R. Rowland. Rowland sent a posse to the ranch and captured Vásquez on May 14, 1874. Greek George's adobe was situated near the present day Melrose Place in West Hollywood. This was coincidentally very close to where the movie industry would, in a few decades, set up shop.[14]
    Vásquez remained in the Los Angeles County jail for nine days. He had numerous requests for interviews by many newspaper reporters, but agreed to see only three: two from the San Francisco Chronicle and one from the Los Angeles Star. He told them his aim was to return California to Mexican rule. He insisted he was an honorable man and falsely claimed he had never killed anyone.
    In late May, Vásquez was moved by steamship to San Francisco, California. He would eventually stand trial in San Jose. Vásquez quickly became a celebrity among many of his fellow Hispanic Californians. He admitted he was an outlaw, but again denied he had ever killed anyone. A note purportedly written by Clodoveo Chavez, one of his gang members, was dropped into a Wells Fargo box. Chavez wrote that he, not Vásquez, had shot the men at Tres Pinos. Nevertheless, at his trial Vasquez admitted participating in the Tres Pinos raid. Since all the participants in the robbery were equally guilty of any murder that took place during its commission, whether Vasquez actually pulled the trigger was legally irrelevant. In January 1875 Vásquez was convicted and sentenced to hang for murder. His trial had taken four days and the jury deliberated for two hours before finally finding him guilty of one count of murder in the Tres Pinos robbery.[15]
    Visitors still flocked to Vásquez's jail cell, many of them women. He signed autographs and posed for photographs. Vásquez sold the photos from the window of his cell and used the money to pay for his legal defense. After his conviction, he appealed for clemency. It was denied by Governor Romualdo Pacheco. Vásquez calmly met his fate in San Jose on March 19, 1875. He was 39 years old.[16]
    [edit] Quotes


    • "A spirit of hatred and revenge took possession of me. I had numerous fights in defense of what I believed to be my rights and those of my countrymen. I believed we were unjustly deprived of the social rights that belonged to us." (Dictated by Vásquez to explain his actions)


    • Vásquez was asked just before his execution, "Do you believe in an afterlife?" He replied, "I hope so... for then soon I shall see all my old sweethearts again". The only word he spoke on the gallows was pronto - quickly.

    [edit] Legacy

    Even today, Tiburcio Vásquez remains controversial. He is seen as a hero by some Mexican-Americans for his defiance of what he viewed as unjust laws and discrimination. Others regard him simply as a colorful outlaw. A more balanced view is that he was indeed a robber, but became a folk hero in his own lifetime to Mexicans and Californios, who were oppressed and would grasp at anything to give them hope, even a bandit.
    The actor Anthony Caruso played Vásquez in a 1954 episode of the syndicated western television series, Stories of the Century, starring and narrated by Jim Davis.

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    This is very very bad. I hope we can find the time to act on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALIPAC View Post
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    Superintendent John Ramirez

    Alisal Union School District
    1205 E. Market Street, Salinas, CA 93905 -
    Phone: (831) 753-5700
    Fax: (831) 753-5709

    Mr. John Ramirez Jr.
    Superintendent
    (831) 753-5700, ext. 2014
    john.ramirez@alisal.org


    The Alisal Union Elementary School District is governed by an elected 5 member Board of Trustees
    Meredith Ibarra
    Board Clerk
    748 Towt Street
    Salinas, CA 93905
    (831) 578-4186, cell
    meredithibarra@yahoo.com
    Trustee Area #1 - Alisal Community and Cesar E. Chavez Schools
    Lilia Cortez-Garza
    Board Vice President
    1102 Siena Way
    Salinas, CA 93905
    (831) 757-1235, home
    (831) 320-5705, cell
    lilia93906@yahoo.com
    Trustee Area #2 - Creekside, John E. Steinbeck, and Dr. Oscar F. Loya Schools
    José Castañeda
    Board Member
    10 Nogal Circle
    Salinas, CA 93905
    (831) 240-2568, cell
    jose.castaneda@alisal.org
    Trustee Area #3 - Virginia Rocca Barton and Frank Paul Schools
    Adella Lujan
    Board President
    31 Toro Avenue
    Salinas, CA 93905
    (831) 424-9698, home
    adella.lujan@alisal.org
    Trustee Area #4 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, Jesse G. Sanchez, and Fremont Schools
    Sarah Garcia
    Board Member
    1823 Alisal Street
    Salinas, CA 93905
    (831) 261-5545, cell
    sarah.garciaL@alisal.org
    Trustee Area #5 - Bardin School
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    can you get us a contact list for the entire school board?

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    It's been added above.
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    Tiburcio Vasquez School In California Named After Bandido Ignites ...

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    New Salinas city councilman dodges KSBW reporter

    UPDATED 6:01 PM PST Dec 19, 2012

    SALINAS, Calif. —Jose Castaneda's first day as a Salinas city councilman got off to a rough start Tuesday.



    When he arrived, Castaneda was 10 minutes late to his own swearing-in ceremony and had to rush past a packed crowd in the City Council chamber to take his seat. When he was leaving, he dodged KSBW Reporter Tom Miller to avoid an interview.

    Castaneda was president of the Alisal Union Elementary School District, and Miller was attempting to ask Castaneda if he would continue serving on the board. Serving on a Salinas school board and the Salinas City Council at the same time violates California's conflict of interest laws, legal experts said. Castaneda won the race for Salinas City Council District 1 in November.

    VIDEO: Miller attempts to interview Castaneda


    While Castaneda was hustling past Miller, he said, "Your station does not represent the truth. We'll talk later; I got to get to another event."

    The other event was a party Castaneda hosted that night at a nearby casino. Castaneda questioned KSBW's truthfulness because of a recent KSBW editorial that criticized the school board's unanimous decision to name a new elementary school after Tiburcio Vasquez.

    EDITORIAL: Read KSBW's editorial on the school naming controversy

    Vasquez was born in Monterey in 1835 and spent his life as an outlawed bandit who brawled, robbed, and horse-rustled his way across California. He was publicly hanged at the age of 39 after he was convicted of murder.

    Vasquez was not seen as a bad guy by all. He was considered a Robin Hood-like hero by some in the Hispanic community, and he was a self-proclaimed defender of Mexican rights.

    The 850-student school is slated to open in August 2013 in an area plagued by youth gang violence and crime.

    New Salinas city councilman dodges KSBW reporter | Salinas News - KSBW Home
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