Antelope Valley is a hot bed of racism that begins with its leadership. Whether the leader is a member of the local city council, school board, or the newspaper of record, racism continue to make the quality of life miserable for its non-white residents.
The leadership and the area newspaper; Antelope Valley Press, uses staff writer Julie Drake, to spew racism through her position with the paper.
2UrbanGirls has learned that Julie Drake has a history of fiscal malfeasance with her personal finances and presumably due to the papers need of advertising revenue from the city and school district, Drake has yet to question ANY of their compensation or racism, because it pays her bills.
Julie Drake of Antelope Valley Press filed for bankruptcy and dumped almost $100,000 of personal debt shortly after joining Antelope Valley Press. It’s not clear if she embellished her filing as she listed accumulating over 60,000 miles on her brand new car in a two-year period. Did she intentionally not declare all of her income? Was she driving to another job?
Workers of Color (Black and Latino) are not welcomed the same way as their Caucasian (white) counterparts in Antelope Valley. Remember when Antelope Valley Union High School District (AVUHSD) sought to hire Bruce Frank? Frank was sought after for his expertise to assess the security at district schools, due to hate crimes and other racial practice like “Black Face” incident that went viral causing an outpour of rage through out the county. Julie Drake along with School Board Members Jill McGrady and John Rush were publicly against his contract and its subsequent costs.
Bruce Frank retired after many years with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation came to the attention of the School District as Highly qualified and experienced however his black skin was not welcome.
Local school districts around the country hire Attorneys to assure they are working within the law and Education Code, Antelope Valley Union High School District has been no different, until the school board majority sought out and hired the well experienced Harris & Associates.
Harris & Associates is recognized as one of the TOP 100 law firms having representing local municipalities and government officials, yet hasn’t been welcomed by the district. School Board Member Jill McGrady was outraged after realizing the firm’s attorney are black. Board members Jill McGrady and John Rush, at the direction of Superintendent Dr. David Vierra, has said nothing about the no bid contract of Attorney James “Jay” Fernow who has been given millions of dollars to safeguard Dr. Vierra and his families employment throughout the Antelope Valley Union High School District.
Drake, a close ally of Jill McGrady, has Drake heaping praise on James “Jay” Fernow of Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost. Had Drake been objective, and researched the firm, she would have found issues with their contract in Palo Alto Unified School District.
Palo Alto Unified School District, troubled by the sky-high legal fees billed by James “Jay” Fernow and his co-workers, were called out of their lack of tangible results for services to the school districts most vulnerable student population, those with special needs. Palo Alto School Board members found the firm FAILED to correct and keep the school district in compliance with state and federal requirements for special education related to Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
Julie Drake’s main job at Antelope Valley Press is to tarnish anyone Black, Brown or Non-White who seeks to bring their expertise into the community while ignoring white contractors who overbill with impunity.
No wonder Drake finds no issues with Superintendent Dr. David Vierra’s “Impossible to be fired” contract and the hiring of his and her family members throughout the school district.
Julie Drake will continue to remain bias on these matters because it feeds into her own racism that dictates all her articles. After reviewing this bankruptcy filing, Julie Drake needs to monitor her own finances and refrain from counting the money of others.
How the hell do you drive 60,000 miles in two years?