The vote was 6-1, with only Sal Ramirez voting no.
Before the vote, Assistant Superintendent Julie Penn said the district’s plan is for the YMCA to take over for the rest of this school year, with the program put out to bid again for the 2014-15 school year. And the cost is $420,000, not $350,000 as previously reported by the school district. Penn said this is because the second semester is longer than the first.
Sal Ramirez questioned the cost increase. David Varela praised Penn’s efforts. Ramirez then said, “What’s going on is just political. We’re afraid of the media.” He defended the Boys & Girls Club, said they’ve been doing the job for years.
It had appeared there would be a vote momentarily, but then former Councilman Ralph Lee White called out from the back of the room. It appears he arrived a few minutes ago. He defended Ramirez, blasted the media, and said, “It’s very political. It’s more political than all of you know. The Stockton Record does not run Stockton. They’re trying to set the young man (Mayor Anthony Silva) up for a recall.”
The vote was held moments later. Someone in the audience said, “Sell out.”
And that’s the end of the meeting.