I posted something earlier regarding a mailer that was going around that included a quote from this blog by former and late City Manager Charles Theofan. The mailer was a slander against Sam Pinto, who is running for School Board. I mentioned how the quote was fake because there was a person who did comment on this blog as Charles Theofan, but wasn’t Charles Theofan. I automatically assumed that quote was from that ‘fake’ person. That’s why I said the quote itself was fake. It turns out that quote didn’t come from a comment, but from an actual post. This one, to be exact.
With 3500+ blog posts, I remember almost everything I wrote, but this blog has had other writers. Back in 2011 there were four. That Theofan quote came from a post which was published by another writer who claimed he received it directly from Theofan via email. This is the quote in question:
On July 18, 2007 two members of our paid fire department, while on duty, anonymously perpetrated an unspeakable act of cruelty and harassment against a fellow firefighter and his fiancé. In the interest of their privacy I will not go into details, but it was a indefensible, despicable act. After many months of the perpetrators refusing to come forward, and no effort being made apologize for the incident, the victims hired an attorney, who drafted a Notice of Claim…. [link]
Ok, here’s the thing. Charles Theofan is dead. We’ll never know the ‘two firefighters’ Charles was talking about. The slanderous mailer claims that Sam was one of those two people. Ok, now pay attention to these dates:
The Charles Theofan quote was published October 26th, 2011. Charles Theofan PROMOTED Sam Pinto to Lieutenant in Demember 2011. To me, it doesn’t sound like Charles was talking about Sam.
Many people I know are emailing, messaging and smoke signaling me with multitude sides to this story. Does anyone know what truly happened? I suggest you check out your source, because I do know that this School Board election is absolutely brutal and DIRTY. I heard that the slanderous mailer can be proven fake with a simple FOIL. Unfortunately, FOILs aren’t the easiest to do in this city when it comes to certain topics, especially when those who are in charge are friends with those who are running against Sam (cough cough…oligarchy, anyone?). Let’s just say the politics in this city runs thicker than you think. I will share Sam’s statement regarding the mailer below. With that, I have two small children and I really don’t feel comfortable getting deeper into this topic. I hope you are all enjoying the blog. Later, dudes.
Posted via Facebook on May 11th, 2018:
It is truly disturbing what people would do to try to manipulate voters in this school board election.
This week, I was made aware of a nasty slanderous mailer being sent out to many residents in this great community. Luckily, many of those who received it know me and my character; and quickly reached out to me about what they were sent. This letter was sent out anonymously and was filled with lies, false claims and dirty attacks. I am honestly shocked that someone or some group would take the effort to disseminate such misinformation. No one is perfect, yet the claims in that letter are filled with lies. I believe they had the specific intent of defamation towards my family and to tamper with the voter turnout for this election.
This mailer reeked of similar attacks from past elections and I have a strong belief of who is behind this. Coincidentally enough, it directs you to the Long Beach City Hall FOIA Officer, who happens to be a Former School Board Trustee. We have seen this all before, it is not new to Long Beach elections. The climate of clubhouse buddies doing anonymous smear campaigns against candidates needs to stop.
School board is about the children, not about money, leverage or political power; but some people are obsessed with that type of control, and will do anything to protect their interests.
Once the election is over, I intend on following through on all appropriate legal, criminal and civil avenues to bring this situation to justice; but I need to remind everyone that the best way to do that is by voting. Voting will disrupt the status quo that mailers like this are acceptable behavior.
If you are so compelled to follow through on the letter’s guidance to request some sort of documents, then I implore you to exercise that right, as I will be doing the same. I will also be filing requests of the history of those requests to see who may be involved and if the process was fairly implemented and legally followed.
The “red herring” letter about me made many claims and insinuated many things. It even included a quote from the former City Manager, the late Charles Theofan from October 2011. It did not include how Mr Theofan promoted me to Lieutenant only weeks later (December 2011). You would think the claims in this letter would affect promotion. The false charges, claims and judgements cited in the letter against me, would obviously affect that process.
In closing, if you are sick and tired of the nonsense and nasty tactics that we are sadly accustomed to in our great community, than you should vote for change and make sure you rally your neighbors to support my campaign on Tuesday, May 15th. I will continue to focus on what matters and that is the children and our community.
May 11th, 2018